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  1. afcandrew

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    Well, it looks like P&O will have their new ship available whenever cruising is resumed. According to a normally very accurate source, the 5200+ pax Iona was formally handed over to P&O this morning. She is apparently not expected to come to her home port of Southampton until next year...
  2. afcandrew

    P&O -does 'goodwill' exist?

    I'd keep your expectations low on the roll call to avoid disappointment 🙂. I will keep my fingers crossed for you but must say I am pleased in some ways that my next cruise is now due in late June next year (after having three cancelled). I really do hope cruises will be operating by next April, although I have a feeling at the moment that they might not be the ones presently scheduled...
  3. afcandrew

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    It certainly does sound well-organised. Were you wearing masks when outside on excursions or just social-distancing? I am NOT asking the price but I would guess it was considerably more than an average mainstream cruise line. Whilst I can see this sort of system working on large ships, it still wouldn't be attractive to me when sailing solo.
  4. afcandrew

    oceana sold immediateley

    It does seem strange that three out of four of the sun-class ships have been off-loaded when there are older ships in other fleets. Maybe they have been particularly costly to run or maintain? The only one left is sailing as Pacific Explorer for P&O Australia and it looks like she has been refurbished to provide quite a few extra on-board revenue streams...
  5. afcandrew

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    But of course, ship-only excursions would only be one of a number of restrictions. It would undoubtedly be accompanied by social distancing on board, mask-wearing whilst moving around the ship and in many public areas etc. I will be choosing not to cruise until most restrictions have been lifted. I would rather go to a land hotel where you can escape properly during the day and only have restrictions at breakfast and in the evening.
  6. afcandrew

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    Yes, I think many will agree with you. We will just have to hope that the Covid crisis eases to almost nothing by the middle of next year and that life can get back to a pretty good version of normal... 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
  7. afcandrew

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    Typical P&O shoreside - left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing...
  8. afcandrew

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    Would probably depend upon the date of the cruise and whether booked direct or through a TA. I know P&O were being flexible to pax who asked to delay balance payment recently but of course they denied it in public - as were one or two of the better TA's.
  9. afcandrew

    How about other UK ports ?

    And Cunard with QM2 TA Crossings. They used to be Southampton-New York-Southampton. Now the have added in Hamburg, which also gives them short cruises Southampton-Hamburg-Southampton.
  10. afcandrew

    How about other UK ports ?

    Thanks. Ah, the way of operating that P&O seem to have largely adopted from next year for all their bigger ships. Only Aurora and Arcadia now seem to have a truly varied set of itineraries.
  11. afcandrew

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    A sensible decision. After their refund fiasco, which has brought tons of negative press on social media, they needed to do something. At least announcing this now has saved a lot of folk paying the final balance on their Christmas cruises.
  12. afcandrew

    How about other UK ports ?

    Unless they have agreements in principle with some cruise lines, that's quite a risky venture but I wish them well. Maybe P&O are thinking of adopting the Costa Cruises practice of having more than one starting point - day 1 Southampton, day 2 Hull, day 3 Scandinavia etc. Mind you, not sure how many pax boarding in Southampton would fancy 2 calls into Hull in one cruise...
  13. afcandrew

    How about other UK ports ?

    "Milk Run" cruises?
  14. afcandrew

    How about other UK ports ?

    I guess time will tell but as you can see from the above posts, P&O are very much committed to Southampton...
  15. afcandrew

    oceana sold immediateley

    In total, Carnival Corp have announced that they are offloading 18 ships that are older and not cost-effective. Until today, that figure was 13, so they have upped it by 5. They have however recently sold two HAL ships to Fred Olsen, which were not in the original 13, so there are another 3 to be identified/named.
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