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  1. I've got a lot of respect for Van Tam and Whitty dealing with this pandemic, they've done a fantastic job in unprecedented circumstances pity Boris didn't take all the advice offered. Believe me I'm happy the elderly and vulnerable are being prioritised having seen first hand what this virus is capable off (mother in nursing home caught virus) but the fact still remains that without a mass role out to the young the virus will continue to spread and as there's still no real certainty how long the vaccine protects, the most vulnerable and the NHS will still be at risk. On another note
  2. See the contact us link on the bottom left of this page. HLM.
  3. I'm very sceptical that it will eliminate 99% of hospital admissions and deaths. Throughout this pandemic the governments main message has been "stay home, stop the spread, protect the NHS" we've endured two national lockdown and various other measures such as face masks etc all to stop the spread, yet those who the government claim to be the super spreaders are very unlikely to be vaccinated any time soon, it's already been said there is no timeframe for when the general population will get vaccinated, seems a strange strategy to me?? Like millions across the country I've put my lif
  4. Absolutely Sinbad can't disagree, but the difference is there a lot is still unknown about this virus or it's longterm effects. What is also baffling is they are vaccinating the most vulnerable to stop them getting the virus, yet from what the scientists are saying those spreading the virus are the younger generation yet no immediate plans to vaccinate them, so the while young super spreaders continue to spread the virus I can't see no end to this, it'll continue to go round and round in circles. HLM.
  5. Whilst the news is positive about a vaccine, I think there should still be a lot of caution. From what I understand the vaccine like the current flu jab doesn't give total immunity but will stop hospitalisation in many cases, they also don't know yet if it can still be transmitted by those immunised to those who ain't. When you look at how it's going to be rolled out the likelihood of it getting it to the mass population any time soon is still a long, long way away. As someone who falls into the unlikely to get a vaccine category, there's still to much uncertainty for me for me
  6. Hope you did not mind me asking, but it's just there's been so many differing views about the restrictions onboard with an equal divide as to whether people will or will not cruise with them in place. I personally have decided not to cruise with onboard restrictions in place, it'll be interesting what experiences people do have when cruising finally opens up again. HLM.
  7. Good morning 2torts. Could I ask if your cruises do go ahead would you still go with restrictions onboard in place, such as face masks, social-distancing etc? HLM.
  8. Good question OWT. I personally don't see the cruise industry returning to any sort of normality for at least a couple of years even with a vaccine. I wouldn't even consider cruising until restrictions are lifted, cruising with face masks, social distancing, dining and shore restrictions doesn't appeal. It must be so difficult for Bolsover in the current circumstances, so I guess selling land based holidays is a way of keeping their head above water, but again in the current climate and travel restrictions not sure how viable it will be long term. Take care and stay safe ev
  9. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Jenjen, stay strong. HLM.
  10. I think it's the uncertainty of any new arrangements that will ultimately cause the most concern for cruise lines and travellers alike. If I had future cruise credit then I'd consider thinking of something a fair way ahead, but without it no chance, I just can't see how in the current situation the industry can ensure the safety of it's passengers without some sort of vaccination or effective drug in place, my thoughts are the same with flying not a chance of getting on a plane at the moment . HLM.
  11. Hi Towny. Hopefully for you by February things will have significantly improved and restrictions if any will be minimal. On the other hand if things have not significantly improved restrictions could potentially include cruising with facemasks, very limited ports of call, allocated dining times, no self service buffet etc etc, I can't see many wanting to cruise with those type of restrictions in place, especially at the current prices I've seen. Just my opinion, but unfortunately I think we are at least a year away from cruising normality. HLM.
  12. I personally haven't commented on the original post because I don't have an opinion either way. Regardless of what the CDC or CLIA's opinions are cruising of any sort will not get back to normal for a very long time either here or the US, Spain I believe have very recently announced that no cruise ships will be entering their ports for the remainder of this year others I'm certain will follow. I certainly don't want to cruise again whilst various enforced restrictions are in place. https://www.express.co.uk/travel/cruise/1301949/Spain-coronavirus-holidays-travel-covid-cruise-cru
  13. Good afternoon AA. As with most forums people tend to use 'view only' and those simply viewing as guests cannot post, only signed in members can. As of a minute ago only myself and Towny are signed in members, and I never sign out. If people have something constructive to contribute I'm sure they will but in the current situation cruising related topics have been done to the death and most forums are very quiet. HLM.
  14. I agree Towny, the buffet is my main eatery for breakfast and lunch only using the MDR for dinner in the evening. Obviously going forward there will be some initial changes as has already been said such as staff serving as they do during norovirus outbreaks but I wouldn't like to see that continue long term, I prefer to serve myself. As for queuing it'll happen whatever they do whether that be at the buffet or MDR. Here's hoping we get back to normality sooner rather than later. HLM.
  15. Not wimpish at all Jenjen. Not me personally and without going in to detail I've seen first hand what this virus can do, I certainly won't be taking any chances, especially like some of those idiots who hit the beaches over the weekend and the protesters yesterday. I'm by no means staying in but certainly "Staying alert" as per the guidelines. Take care. HLM.
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