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Everything posted by afcandrew

  1. With the current situation nothing is guaranteed but Arcadia should be safe for next year...
  2. Oceana left Southampton this evening bound for Piraeus.
  3. Oceana left Southampton this evening bound for Piraeus.
  4. Totally agree about the Grand Class ships. Been on Azura twice and probably never again - just feels so overcrowded to me.
  5. Yes, they seem to keep adding extra decks at the forward end!
  6. They used to be nice a few years back but now are no better than a supermarket own-brand frozen burger.
  7. Personally, I am not giving much thought to cruising this winter because of the reasons you state. I am due to fly to San Francisco at the end of January to join Arcadia but really doubt that will happen. I am not a Caribbean fan fortunately, so if this winter's season should end up being cancelled it will not affect me. A lot will depend on the future path of the virus and whether there are more spikes.
  8. They only started taking Oceana cruises off the website this morning. I think booked pax have been e-mailed. She's definitely gone. On another forum, someone mentioned that electrical (possibly stage) equipment was being taken off the ship in Southampton yesterday. On the same forum there is also a suggestion that her P&O livery will be coming off imminently.
  9. Well, they did - at 10am this morning. Leaving the fleet this month. Very sad for all those pax booked on her but relieved that my source was accurate.
  10. Indeed, as you say, we won't know until it happens. The only thing I would say about 'the six' is that if I recall correctly, when Carnival Corp announced that they had agreements in place for the disposal of 6 ships, they also said they were actively pursuing agreements for a number of others.
  11. As they are on Aurora and were on Oriana. I have no doubt they are the same on all the fleet.
  12. https://www.tradewindsnews.com/cruise-and-ferry/carnivals-p-o-cruises-uk-said-to-be-selling-oceana-cruiseship/2-1-838865 Well, it has made the trade press now so surely P&O will have to move quickly to confirm or deny it...
  13. Well, that's confused me - the Smith & Jones reference.....🤔
  14. As you've mentioned the burgers, I must say I think that are pretty awful now too. The move to pre-cook and wrap them was a retrograde step imho. The freshly cooked burgers and hot-dog sausages on Coral Princess last year were in a different league!
  15. There is a fairly strong rumour doing the rounds that Oceana is feted for disposal from the P&O fleet sooner rather than later.
  16. Definitely true - and indeed, they have said they already have agreements for the six but that there will be others in the near future. With regard to P&0, I am hoping that the only possible contender would be Oceana. Although Iona needs a lot more pax to fill her, she will probably be more suitable for any social distancing measures that might be required. Additionally, as she will be much more cost-effective to operate, they can afford to sail her less full at a likely profit.
  17. Sorry, but for me it is just like going into Boots or WH Smith for a cheap and nasty pre-packed sandwich. Just not something I want to do whilst on a ship thanks.
  18. No, I don't think they are keen to do anything that will harm the industry even further. The ban is only effective in USA waters and has a get-out clause to end it early should the Covid-19 situation improve significantly. I guess you only have to look at the current situation in the USA to understand the ban. In terms of the other issues people have made on this thread, personally I feel I am unlikely to cruise again until any sort of social distancing on board ships is deemed not necessary. Also, when travelling solo, I would have to be able to eat with others as , for me, eating alone
  19. I must say that if I was asked to name something I would get rid of on P&O ships, the 'Grab & Go' counters would be a contender for the top spot!
  20. Yes, the balcony cabins on Aurora do attract a premium. She has the fewest in the fleet, with even similarly-sized Oceana having a full deck more! Pleased to hear you have booked it. Just forget about price and have a wonderful cruise when it comes around.
  21. I certainly wouldn't say the buffet is a favourite part of a ship but I do use and value it. In general, I eat more breakfasts in the MDR but will use the buffet if I am on an excursion or sometimes on a sea day if in warmer climes to eat out on deck. I do use it for lunch, especially on P&O ships as their MDR lunch menu seldom entices me. Almost never use it in the evening though. We all hear the horror stories about pax handling things and I am sure they are true but fortunately I have not so far experienced any gastric problems whilst on a cruise.
  22. I can understand why you are miffed and would probably feel likewise. Sadly, I think you have been hit with a double whammy. With the current situation, it would seem that bookings for 2021 are pretty healthy as many pax have moved from cancelled cruises this year to next and some have chosen to do the same before cancellation. On top of that, you are looking at Aurora, which of course has a limited number of balcony cabins. I'm sure if your cruise had been aboard one of the larger ships with copious balcony cabins, the situation would be very different. Getting a good result out of staff in C
  23. I also have mine with HG and do exactly the same as you Ray.
  24. Good for you David - hope it works out really well. An acquaintance was on the Zaandam South America cruise that was affected by the current crisis. He was on for far longer than planned as disembarkation at ports in South America was denied. He is a very experienced cruiser and had nothing but praise for the way HAL dealt with it all.
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