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  1. Stuart C

    Cruising Resumes!

    I was one of the lucky ones to join Britannia on the first cruise after the lockdown period. I have to say that I felt very safe and secure, from the excellent Eavesway coach trip down to Southampton, through the health screening prior to boarding, the boarding experience and then the cruise itself. There are one or two things that we have to get used to: facemasks whilst indoors except in bars and restaurants: regular hand sanitation: acceptance that some activities are currently off the itinerary. These only mirror what is happening on dry land but add to the feeling of safety. My only d
    4 points
  2. Highlights of the Day, do you think it could go something like this on no port cruises, "Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is your cruise director speaking. Just before midday I would ask you to line the starboard side of the ship to cheer the "MV Going No Where" as she passes us going in the opposite direction. This will be repeated at 1500hrs as the "MV Haven't Been Anywhere" passes. The entertainment team will lead the cheering."
    4 points
  3. So sorry to hear this Jenjen. There is nothing anyone can say to make things any easier or better but please know you have my deepest condolences. We had been cruising on & off for 17 years when my partner died in 2012. Strangely enough, it would have been his 66th birthday today. Tony died in early June that year and I actually went on a cruise in October that year. It felt quite soon but was also partly driven by wanting to get his ashes scattered at sea. Various other options to do it hadn't worked out and I knew it was possible to do it from a cruise ship. P&O were fabulous in
    4 points
  4. DavidH

    P &O new ship

    Just another one that's too big for my liking. DavidH
    4 points
  5. The joke was definitely meant more at P&O's expense, not yours. Lots of folk think that the name of the new ship is too close to both Aviva and Arriva. On another forum I use she has been nicknamed 'Our Vera'...
    3 points
  6. Captain Kidd II

    P & O Arvia

    It’s all to do with saving money. The shorter the name the less paint it uses 😂
    3 points
  7. Oldworldtraveller

    Bolette

    Returned last Sunday from 5 days on Fred Olsen's new ship Bolette. I have always been a fan of 'Fred' but have to say this ship, ex HAL Rotterdam, really is a step up. The View, name given to the buffet does the most amazing stir fries, you select what you want in it. 2 speciality restaurants, Vasco specialising in Goan Cuisine and free of charge on my cruise and Colours and Tastes specialising in Asian Fusion and costing £5, amazing value for money. The regular 'Fred' venues are on board but so many new ones. So glad to have sampled it, now want to go again.
    2 points
  8. afcandrew

    Cruising Resumes!

    Good to see P&O (amongst others) setting sail again with Britannia leaving Southampton today with 927 pax aboard. I am very ambivalent about cruising with Covid restrictions in place and am not keen on the larger ships which are being used. That said however, I really hope all goes well, that the pax on board have a great time - and that the weather improves for them!
    2 points
  9. DavidH

    Cruising Resumes!

    Well done, guys!! At least somebody has posted on here. DavidH
    2 points
  10. Tally

    P &O new ship

    My favourite ship was the Aurora. We last cruised on her in 2015. It was the world cruise and like you thought standards had declined. We tried the Oceana in 2016 and didn't like that ship at all and again realised standards weren't what they had once been. Since then we've cruised with Cunard and are very unlikely to go back to P&O. We will never be enticed onto a larger ship.
    2 points
  11. 2torts

    P & O Arvia

    I can’t say that I like the name of the new ship. In fact at first glance I read it as Arriva & then I put my specs on!😀
    2 points
  12. afcandrew

    P &O new ship

    You are not alone. Me too and I have seen the same said by a number of people on other cruise fora. Unfortunately, Carnival Corp has decided to take P&O down the 'pile it high, sell it cheap' path. As I said above, I have a cruise booked on Aurora next year but if they do sell her off before then, I doubt I will cruise with them again. I don't dislike Arcadia but wouldn't have any trust left at all with P&O as a company. It will cost me significantly more but I will move my custom to Fred Olsen who at least (currently) have 4 nice, smaller ships.
    2 points
  13. Pesky Pirate

    P &O new ship

    I prefer smaller ones too, for the fans of P & O let’s hope they don’t get rid of the likes of Aurora and Arcadia when they can’t fill the big ones..
    2 points
  14. Countrygirl

    P &O new ship

    Me too David I prefer the smaller ships
    2 points
  15. Pesky Pirate

    COVID vaccination

    Good idea, I think you should be issued a certificate on your second vaccine to prove you have had the vaccine, this is what happened years ago on receipt of the likes of smallpox, yellow fever jabs etc. it could easily be signed off each year. I think that it might end up like the flu jab needing to be updated at least annually. Let’s face it with all the bugs you can catch on ships to insist on a vaccine jab, even if you have to pay for it which the flu jab only costs around a tenner, it’s worth it.
    2 points
  16. DavidH

    How is everyone

    Hi Jenjen, We've completely lost the confidence to book anything new. We do have a cruise booked - Japan and Russia in April 2022 - but that is only because the original date of April 2020 was cancelled due to the first wave of Covid, rebooked for April 2021, then cancelled again. I'm not at all sure it will go ahead in 2022 either, given the current state of play in Japan. However, I do hope you enjoy your trip when it comes around. DavidH
    1 point
  17. Is anyone else going to log into the naming ceremony on May 16th, well Line of Duty has finished and there isn’t much else scheduled on tv.... 🙂🙂
    1 point
  18. Pesky Pirate

    Cruising Resumes!

    A friend of mine is doing one on Iona in August, I will post his comments when he gets back
    1 point
  19. I am sure those onboard all the ships that are sailing will have an enjoyable time. I was due to have been on Virtuosa last Saturday out of Southampton but I was cancelled. Like other cruise lines they had assumed they would, after the 21st June, be able to sail 50% full but with Boris continuing the restrictions this brought them back to the 1,000 maximum. 2,000 of us were cancelled. Now due to sail end of July. Also due to be on Freds new ship, Bolette, in August but with Scottish cruise ports closed to cruise ships not sure what will happen. At least on a positive note with ships insi
    1 point
  20. Countrygirl

    Cruising Resumes!

    Morning, it is good to see there is somebody out there. I agree I watch Britannia sail out on the “Solent Ship” live you tube site. Our cruise on Arcadia in November was cancelled last week, we were not surprised but still disappointed. It makes us wonder if the plan to sell the last two small ships Arcadia and Aurora. We have now booked a cruise for September 2022 with Saga with the discount on offer it was a good deal, so worth a try.
    1 point
  21. 2torts

    Win some, lose some.

    Thank you afcandrew. Needed manipulation to change the angle of the wrist (thank goodness for entinox) & then replastering. Next appointment should be in 4 weeks.
    1 point
  22. It should go live on 17th May, that’s why it is not showing your Covid jabs at the moment ( but don’t hold your breath)
    1 point
  23. afcandrew

    Win some, lose some.

    Oh no - how rotten. Hope the pain is easing now and that you are feeling on the mend.
    1 point
  24. Countrygirl

    Win some, lose some.

    Sorry to hear your news keep taking the pain killers, on the positive side you have had your 2nd Jab. I get my on the 12th May (must make sure I don’t fall over)😷
    1 point
  25. Sorry hear of your pain! Had my second jab on Friday and thought I had the chills only to realise it was just plain cols😂
    1 point
  26. Must have been having a Blonde moment, just got the joke, OR were you having fun at my expense 🤔
    1 point
  27. Is that Aviva or Arvia...🤔😉😂
    1 point
  28. MSC Virtuosa has got around the drinks with offering all inclusive, There is also an insurance company Cover for you underwritten by AXA which covers Cruises to nowhere and Around UK Cruises that appear to be on the ball with regards to actually defining what they will cover. Obviously more Companies will follow but this I believe was the first. Interestingly I believe AXA Travel Insurance may be ending next year to concentrate on their AXA Health section. https://www.coverforyou.com/faqs_travel.php also for MSC Virtuosa cruises in the UK there is this on You Tube from MSC Grando
    1 point
  29. Staysure have confirmed that if you have annual multi trip policy covering cruises then you will be covered for Staycation/Seacation cruises in UK waters by P&O/Cunard/Princess you have to ring them and they will e-mail you and endorsement letter.
    1 point
  30. Countrygirl

    Arvia

    We have done about 10 cruises on Arcadia and have two booked one in November 2021 and one in April 2022 moved from this year, will we get to go in November? Who knows. Sorry but don’t like the big ships. We went on Venture last year and won’t be going on her again.
    1 point
  31. donag

    Arvia

    I also like the smaller P&O ships, done most of my cruises on the Aurora including 2 full world cruises. Also sailed twice on the Arcadia.
    1 point
  32. Hi Pesky hope you are well. How do you think the vaccination passport will work for those who medically can't have the vaccine or those younger generations who will not be given the option to have the jab? Obviously youngers may be less affected by the virus, but they are still carriers, will countries allow them in, similarly with those who can't have it for whatever reason, would cruiselines be able to refuse a booking in those circumstances, can they discriminate in those circumstances? What a minefield. Regarding cruises to nowhere and onboard restrictions, not for me, I thi
    1 point
  33. Hopefully with them being only available to UK residents that by the time of cruise most people will be vaccinated so if covid is spread to anyone carrying it there will be no serious effects. Problem is will Cunard/P&O/Princess demand that all cruisers will be vaccinated and will the inevitable vaccine passport be available by then and will children be allowed onboard who will not be vaccinated.
    1 point
  34. I suppose it may be a series of short cruises which would be ok as a tester to see if you liked the ship or not, particularly the big ones.. I don’t think cruising will go back to how it was for quite a while and it will only need one person to get on a boat with the virus for it to spread. Better to be in uk waters and get taken off in the uk rather than abroad.
    1 point
  35. afcandrew

    P &O new ship

    And I wouldn't be surprised to see further changes to the P&O product over the next few years David. There will only be Freedom Dining on Iona (and therefore Arvia) and they will only have 1 Formal Night per week, named Gala Night. P&O have so far released very few renderings of Iona's interiors and despite her being handed over some time ago, no photos at all. The few renderings released mostly seem to show thirty-somethings dressed in jeans and t-shirts. My guess is that 6-12 months after Iona starts sailing they do away with Formal Nights altogether due to "customer feedback".
    1 point
  36. Countrygirl

    P &O new ship

    Well that will be the end of my P & O cruises. We went on a 38 night cruise on Venture last February ( oh those where the days) can’t say I was very impressed with her, much prefer Arcadia
    1 point
  37. Hi David, Yes, all okay with me thanks. Hopefully, once the effects of Covid are behind us fully, we will see prices for most lines start to reduce a bit. Interestingly, I see that Princess Cruises has just announced the sale of its last remaining 'R Class' ship. They haven't disclosed the buyer yet but I wonder if it could possibly be Sycamore for Azamara...
    1 point
  38. Countrygirl

    COVID vaccination

    When comparing Saga with other cruse lines you must remember what the Saga price includes, insurance, drinks, excursions, no extra charges for using other dinning options and travel door to ship and return. Therefore sometimes the difference is not as big as you think.
    1 point
  39. Not heard anything, but nice to see there is somebody out there.
    1 point
  40. I’ve changed colour as well .... I think I was pink before 🤓
    1 point
  41. Happy new year both, I’ve not heard anything either... but then we aren’t really hearing a lot about cruising.... I’m finding this new site a little odd, at least it’s still running.. 🙂
    1 point
  42. Well it will be Christmas soon, after a difficult year that none of us expected we can only look forward to happier time when life will be back to some sort of normal (What ever that is). At Easter our family were disappointed that we could not be together “ don’t worry will have a great Christmas “ I told them. Little did I know we would still be in the same position. So here goes- Have a safe and Merry Christmas 🎄 and let’s look forward to a Very, Very good 2021🥂
    1 point
  43. Christmas Wishes to everyone and may 2021 be a year to remember, but for all the right reasons.
    1 point
  44. mitch

    It’s that time again

    good luck and happiness to all have a good one
    1 point
  45. Best wishes to all. Hoping 2021 is much better and that we will be allowed some form of normality 😎😊
    1 point
  46. towny44

    It’s that time again

    A very Merry Xmas from me, and let's hope for a Happy and Lockdown free 2021.
    1 point
  47. 2torts

    It’s that time again

    Well said Countrygirl. A safe & happy Christmas to you too & to everyone on the forum & at Bolsover.🎄
    1 point
  48. towny44

    Lock Down

    Of the experts Van Tam has so far been the one that seems to have the most sensible approach to how we should handle this pandemic, and while his 99% might be a tad too optimistic, I take him to mean that once the vulnerable are vaccinated the pressures on the NHS will ease dramatically, thus allowing enough relaxation of the rules to enable the economy to start a strong and steady improvement.
    1 point
  49. I just hope they will come up with some reasonable prices. I've looked at solo prices on three of Fred's 2022 cruises and the cheapest is coming up at over £250 per night 😱
    1 point
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