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Everything posted by afcandrew

  1. On another forum I am part of, there is a contributor who seems to work for or with Carnival. His track record of getting things right is exceptional. He has posted that P&O are not the brand affected (it is a P&O board).
  2. The whole concept of humanitarian aid is to aid our fellow humans - not their governments. Sadly, there are many governments that do not look after their population in an appropriate way but that doesn't mean the rest of the World should ignore the plight of fellow humans in desperate or extreme circumstances.
  3. 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 😱
  4. It's not so much the wash as the amount of water displaced. Obviously a large ship displaces a lot of water.
  5. That's not good news. Just for the record though, Arcadia has almost 300 more balcony cabins than Aurora (that's in all cabin/suite grades).
  6. I think it is sensible at the best of times but even moreso in the current situation. On a selfish level, it wouldn't bother me as I don't generally sail on a ship carrying much over 2000 pax. I love Venice but it is its own worst enemy. This situation has been going on for years. If they had acted in the first couple of years from it starting, by now they could have built a nice new cruise terminal outside the lagoon with easy access into the city.
  7. No, no David. Think positive or we will all be living with depression!
  8. Balconies are of course at a premium on Aurora. I usually sail P&O solo and on the smaller ships, so never even look at the balcony cabin prices.
  9. They certainly seem to be making the most of the - apparent - increased demand for next year...
  10. I am in a similar situation David. I have a small FCC from my October cruise aboard Aurora and now, since Tuesday, a much larger deposit from my 39 night Arcadia World Cruise sector. My options with P&O are narrowing as I am not interested in the larger ships. I thought of putting the smaller deposit toward a one week cruise on Britannia - just to see her more than anything - but the only one next year is in April and who knows, the way things are at the moment, that could easily get cancelled or changed. The larger FCC would normally pay for half a 14 - 19 night cruise aboard Aurora
  11. Yes, that is indeed a great idea. Some ships were going to be used as accommodation for the Olympics, so who knows, maybe we will be surprised!
  12. Words mean so little at such times but I am so sorry to hear this. Of course you can't look ahead at the moment but you will come through this dreadful time. My partner of 26 years died from cancer in 2012 and whilst I still miss him terribly and think of him every day, I'm still here and living life to the full - as he wanted me to. Lean on your family and friends, as you need looking after too. Take very good care.
  13. Sadly, their gamble has not paid off and has potentially very serious repercussions for both crew and passengers. Don't think we will be seeing their proposed round-Britain cruises next month now. This may well confirm the cancellation of all cruises for the rest of this year...
  14. Don't forget to come back when things get going again - you make a welcome contribution. Stay well and safe.
  15. They are not really a child-friendly line. To the best of my knowledge there are no dedicated facilities for children on any of the current fleet. They do have a kids club on selected school holiday sailings. Outside those sailings I doubt if there is ever a significant number of children aboard. Until they release plans for the new ships, we won't know exactly what their intentions are but I would be surprised to see a major change of focus.
  16. I haven't sailed on HAL but have checked out videos of the two ships. With cash not being abundant, I don't suppose Fred will be able to do full refits immediately. They might want the Exploration lounges to look a bit more like the Bookmark Cafes in their fleet. Installing an Oriental Room might be a relatively easy and cheap change too. Both ships have a children's area which Fred may want to replace - maybe with some single cabins as these ships don't have any? I just hope and pray that they don't re-carpet the Crows Nest/Observatory with the hideous 'nautical-themed' design one they
  17. Hadn't heard of this but have now looked them up. Not sure what market they are going to appeal to, apart from a fairly wealthy one probably 😄
  18. Yes, good news but I think this will be quite a different product. Swan's ship Minerva carried over 300 pax in a 'country house' style environment. I suspect this is more a case of buying a name and 'heritage'. Swan Hellenic sailed interesting and different itineraries with a high cultural input but we're probably not 'expedition' cruises as such, at least not most of the time. It will be interesting to see if the new owners actually make reference to the ' heritage' on board...
  19. She is a lovely ship. I should have been on her for 18 nights around the Med in October. I really do hope she is operational early in the new year because if not, I will start to sorry that we'll not see her again.
  20. A guess, but probably not. Earthquakes are pretty common in that neck of the woods. I was lucky enough to go to Alaska last year and there was a significant quake a month or two before we went and a small one in Seattle (where we flew to) a week before we went 😮
  21. Fares on smaller ships will always be expensive in comparison to ships that carry 3, 4 or 5 thousand pax - especially if you require a balcony. CMV's opening bogof deals are usually in the region of £100 pppd (outside cabin) and then later special offers often less. CMV is closer to Fred Olsen in style than P&O and prices compared well with Fred. I have been a long-term, loyal customer of P&O but sadly for me they are going in a direction that will not take me with them. The longer the Covid crisis continues, the more I fear for the future of Aurora, which would leave only one ship in
  22. Oceana has had her P&O livery painted over and been given a new name by her new owners, Seajet.
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