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  1. My idea of hell to be on a boat for days without being able to get off. The destinations are the key part for me. That said with the FCO advising against all cruising and nullifying most insurance the question is answered for me.
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    Cruising after the 'virus'

    The biggest change I`ll see is that my cruising days are over I think. The idea of what it must have been like in the worst cases of cruising around with nobody wanting to let you dock and stuck inside a cabin has made me think that`s it for me.
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    Buffets

    I saw that happen extensively on P&O and have also seen it on RCI ships - mainly Brits. I know people who do this as a matter of course on whatever ships they can as well as in hotels - even if as simple as taking fruit. I must say that bananas in their skins have been rarer as time has passed. When we cruised last on Holland America the "buffet" was served by staff even to the extent of drinks at the counter / stations due to a virus on board the previous week. I preferred it that way. That said I usually try to use the MDR for breakfast , lunch and dinner when onboard as it is a way of controlling how much I eat!
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    Cruise Refund

    Where did I say I was talking about you? It was a general point saying that people whether cruising or on other holidays will have to accept the delays will be long. If a delay means the company I`ve booked with gets through the crisis without going under I personally am happy to wait to protect jobs if I am assured a refund is on it`s way .
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    Cruise Refund

    I think people will just to have accept they`ll get it when it comes. People are so unrealistic expecting refunds within timeframes that would be fine usually but are impossible during these times. With so many staff laid off / working from home and companies wrestling to save their futures if you`ve been told it`s on it`s way you just have to wait. I`ve 2 holidays up and coming where I expect problems even in getting money back because of the nature of them with an insurance company saying no insurance companies are paying up for the virus and the holiday supplier saying claim on insurance. If I was told you`ll get it back in 90 days I`d be delighted!
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    Annual insurance

    My insurance company (Explorer) are saying that no-one is covering corona virus cancellations, other than falling ill with it on approved travel, so they won`t be having huge losses. I`ve 2 land based trips coming up - Spain end of June and Madeira in September. My annual cover comes to an end in late July . he June trip is an Easyjet flight with privately booked accommodation through an agent. I expect Easyjet will cancel and are currently offering refunds but accommodation in Spain might be open then. Checked to see if insurance would cover accommodation if so and told no - nobody is covering covad 19. For the Madeira trip the company (Fleetway) have stopped posting on facebook (mid March) and tell everyone to claim from their travel insurance - even when people know they`ve been refunded by hotels and airlines. Clearly wrong bu o travel insurance company will cover that. Means court or bank card claims although many are saying the banks won`t get involved either. Collective buckpassing to ensure they don`t go bust!
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    Scarlet Lady

    Great photos - looks cool Nice to see something new.
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    Brexit

    It might be British politicians that are stupid enough to do the damage. Why always blame the EU when it is us that are out of step with the 27 other countries working together?
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    Let the Train take the Strain?

    We did the Rocky Mountaineer a few years back - Vancouver to jasper with an overnight in Kamloops. My wife loved it whereas I tolerated it. As a photographer I was frustrated with the lack of opportunity to shoot stuff at times when I went onto the end of the carriage outside in the heat. Like any railway bushes /trees came at the worst times when I wanted a shot. I much preferred driving back through the Rockies to Calgary in a hire car stopping whenever I wanted.
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    Havana US ban

    One of my favourite cruises was some years back around Cuba. It was a Louis crystal (then) cruise chartering a Greek islands ship and packed with Canadian food for guests. We cruised around the island stopping at the main places making one stop at Montego Bay (unfortunately) to let Americans on who were beating the blockade by getting on / off there. They were Ok as long as they were not found with Cuban goods on them when going home but only a handful risked it. We went as we were then worried about the relaxing of US access and fears it would change Cuba. No problems even then with insurance / access but ours was the only cruise doing such a tour after the failure of various Russian ventures to do the same.
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    Waste paper

    I mentioned this on one post and they replied and advised me to email / use the contact button here and ask for all to be stopped. This I did apart from Into the Blue.
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    P & O going down hill

    Exactly so. I threatened to go to formal dinner in swimwear in a desperate attempt to get access to a cabin for a shower. In the end they gave access to an inside cabin 2 decks down at the other end of the ship saying there`ll be dressing gowns in the room. yeah because inside cabins come with gowns! I`m a "he" by the way. Others seemed accepting to the idea of showering poolside in swimwear and then changing. The only thing as bad as the actual responses in terms of service was the speed at which a non-disclosure form came out of the hotel manager`s drawer before our compensation was agreed. More concerned at secrecy than customer satisfaction. Took me 2/3 days to find that some 30 cabins had been affected by the same outage that we were told only affected us and the 2 cabins next to us. As if I`d wait that long for drinking water! I realised I was on a loser when we asked for ice on one of the early nights of the cruise to be told by the cabin steward " I don`t have time" before he then offered us the leftover ice from a cabin he hed just cleared!!!!!
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    Jane back on Friday.

    I wish she`d do her own shore trips or the cheaper ones instead of always going on the dearest excursions possible!
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    P & O going down hill

    I`ve no idea if P&O are going downhill - I just know I wouldn`t go with them again after the one cruise we did with them to the Caribbean. Shocking customer service after going without water i our cabin for 26 hours! Poor service generally. I`m almost embarrassed o other lines when busy workers are flying around the corrdiors and insist on you going first even when it`s easier if they do. No such issue with P&O where they just carry on and in one instance just rammed the trolley into my leg claiming right of way! I argued all the way to the top - with much difficulty - and ended up with compensation as we sailed but due to the non disclosure form that came out from a readily available pile in their drawer can not now and could not say more at the time. Suffice to say others affected that seemed to accept the instruction to shower "poolside" for formal dinner night did not do as well it seemed and were far more accepting of the situation. Maybe they`d sailed P&O before and it was the norm!!!!
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    Following the Dress Code.

    I always have to smile at the blokes in very old, hopelessly outdated tux sets that still have the food stains from their last few cruises on them and yet think they are smarter than someone else in a jacket tie and shirt . I really hate this judging by dress that goes on and the "if they cannot dress up they can eat in the buffet or elsewhere". Fact is if they have been allowed in by dining room staff either they`ve been judged to meet the standard or else the ship itself places no importance on the dress codes they have supposedly i force so then it become no-one elses business.
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