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    afcandrew reacted to Pesky Pirate in Cruising Resumes!   
    A friend of mine is doing one on Iona in August, I will post his comments when he gets back 
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    afcandrew reacted to Stuart C in Cruising Resumes!   
    I was one of the lucky ones to join Britannia on the first cruise after the lockdown period.  I have to say that I felt very safe and secure, from the excellent Eavesway coach trip down to Southampton, through the health screening prior to boarding, the boarding experience and then the cruise itself.  There are one or two things that we have to get used to: facemasks whilst indoors except in bars and restaurants: regular hand sanitation: acceptance that some activities are currently off the itinerary.  These only mirror what is happening on dry land but add to the feeling of safety.  My only disappointment is that the good old Indian restaurant managers seem to have been replaced by eastern European 'Restaurant Hosts'.  The old friendly welcome has been replaced by characterless individuals.  Let's hope that's only temporary.  This cruise was the next step to normality and I would recommend a staycation cruise to anyone. 
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    afcandrew reacted to DavidH in Cruising Resumes!   
    Well done, guys!!
    At least somebody has posted on here.
    DavidH
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    afcandrew reacted to Oldworldtraveller in Cruising Resumes!   
    I am sure those onboard all the ships that are sailing will have an enjoyable time. I was due to have been on Virtuosa last Saturday out of Southampton but I was cancelled.  Like other cruise lines they had assumed they would, after the 21st June, be able to sail 50% full but with Boris continuing the restrictions this brought them back to the 1,000 maximum. 2,000 of us were cancelled. Now due to sail end of July. Also due to be on Freds new ship, Bolette, in August but with Scottish cruise ports closed to cruise ships not sure what will happen.
    At least on a positive note with ships insisting that passengers have received both doses of the vaccine and a negative test at the port prior to boarding the ship this has resulted so far in no Covid cases of ships sailing from UK ports. MSC have now carried many thousands safely since May and many thousands more out of Italy without incident.
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    afcandrew reacted to Countrygirl in Cruising Resumes!   
    Morning, it is good to see there is somebody out there. I agree I watch Britannia sail out on the “Solent Ship” live you tube site. Our cruise on Arcadia in November was cancelled last week, we were not surprised but still disappointed. It makes us wonder if the plan to sell the last two small ships Arcadia and Aurora. 
    We have now booked a cruise for September 2022 with Saga with the discount on offer it was a good deal, so worth a try.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from DavidH in Cruising Resumes!   
    Good to see P&O (amongst others) setting sail again with Britannia leaving Southampton today with 927 pax aboard.
    I am very ambivalent about cruising with Covid restrictions in place and am not keen on the larger ships which are being used. That said however, I really hope all goes well, that the pax on board have a great time - and that the weather improves for them!
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    afcandrew got a reaction from Scranman in Cruising Resumes!   
    Good to see P&O (amongst others) setting sail again with Britannia leaving Southampton today with 927 pax aboard.
    I am very ambivalent about cruising with Covid restrictions in place and am not keen on the larger ships which are being used. That said however, I really hope all goes well, that the pax on board have a great time - and that the weather improves for them!
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    afcandrew reacted to 2torts in Win some, lose some.   
    Thank you afcandrew. Needed manipulation to change the angle of the wrist (thank goodness for entinox) & then replastering. Next appointment should be in 4 weeks.
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    afcandrew reacted to Pesky Pirate in Iona’s naming ceremony   
    Is anyone else going to log into the naming ceremony on May 16th, well Line of Duty has finished and there isn’t much else scheduled on tv.... 🙂🙂
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    afcandrew got a reaction from 2torts in Win some, lose some.   
    Oh no - how rotten. Hope the pain is easing now and that you are feeling on the mend.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from TrentAnn in Cruising to nowhere and vaccinations   
    The joke was definitely meant more at P&O's expense, not yours. Lots of folk think that the name of the new ship is too close to both Aviva and Arriva. On another forum I use she has been nicknamed 'Our Vera'...
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    afcandrew got a reaction from DavidH in Cruising to nowhere and vaccinations   
    The joke was definitely meant more at P&O's expense, not yours. Lots of folk think that the name of the new ship is too close to both Aviva and Arriva. On another forum I use she has been nicknamed 'Our Vera'...
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    afcandrew got a reaction from Countrygirl in Cruising to nowhere and vaccinations   
    The joke was definitely meant more at P&O's expense, not yours. Lots of folk think that the name of the new ship is too close to both Aviva and Arriva. On another forum I use she has been nicknamed 'Our Vera'...
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    afcandrew reacted to Countrygirl in Cruising to nowhere and vaccinations   
    Must have been having a Blonde  moment, just got the joke, OR were you having fun at my expense  🤔
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    afcandrew got a reaction from 2torts in Cruising to nowhere and vaccinations   
    Is that Aviva or Arvia...🤔😉😂
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    afcandrew reacted to Life0nMars in Cruising to nowhere and vaccinations   
    MSC Virtuosa has got around the drinks with offering all inclusive,  There is also an insurance company Cover for you underwritten by AXA which covers Cruises to nowhere and Around UK Cruises that appear to be on the ball with regards to actually defining what they will cover. Obviously more Companies will follow but this I believe was the first. Interestingly I believe AXA Travel Insurance may be ending next year to concentrate on their  AXA Health section. 
    https://www.coverforyou.com/faqs_travel.php 
    also for MSC Virtuosa cruises in the UK there is this on You Tube from MSC Grandoisa which may be of interest to what a cruise could be like on Virtuosa here in the UK
    https://youtu.be/mL86xUYNe7A
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    afcandrew reacted to sinbad10 in Cruising to nowhere and vaccinations   
    Staysure have confirmed that if you have annual multi trip policy covering cruises then you will be covered for Staycation/Seacation cruises in UK waters by P&O/Cunard/Princess you have to ring them and they will e-mail you and endorsement letter. 
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    afcandrew reacted to Countrygirl in Arvia   
    We have done about 10 cruises on Arcadia and have two booked one in November 2021 and one in April 2022 moved from this year, will we get to go in November? Who knows. Sorry but don’t like the big ships.  We went on Venture last year and won’t be going on her again.
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    afcandrew reacted to donag in Arvia   
    I also like the smaller P&O ships, done most of my cruises on the Aurora including 2 full world cruises. Also sailed twice on the Arcadia.
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    afcandrew reacted to Oldworldtraveller in Cruising to nowhere and vaccinations   
    It will be interesting in several ways. Firstly when the ship is more than 12 miles out it has left 'British' waters and is in 'International' waters and if it enters the waters of a different nation (Non UK) will this count as foreign travel. Secondly what if the ship docks in a foreign port even though no passengers are allowed to go ashore does this count as visiting a foreign jurisdiction to which the 'Traffic Light' system will apply. And thirdly as the ships are not UK registered could you be classed as going overseas when you step on them. I don't know the answers but it would be interesting to hear what others think, food for thought.
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    afcandrew reacted to Countrygirl in Latest Gaffe from P&O   
    Maybe one of us should apply 😉
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    afcandrew reacted to sinbad10 in Latest Gaffe from P&O   
    Think they should start with a new President.
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    afcandrew reacted to DavidH in Latest Gaffe from P&O   
    What a fiasco!!
    DavidH
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    afcandrew reacted to Oldworldtraveller in Cruising to nowhere and vaccinations   
    Highlights of the Day, do you think it could go something like this on no port cruises,
    "Good morning ladies and gentlemen, this is your cruise director speaking. Just before midday I would ask you to line the starboard side of the ship to cheer the "MV Going No Where" as she passes us going in the opposite direction. This will be repeated at 1500hrs as the "MV Haven't Been Anywhere" passes. The entertainment team will lead the cheering."
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    afcandrew got a reaction from DavidH in Cruising to nowhere and vaccinations   
    Good to see that despite Covid, some things never change. The P&O booking system crashed when they opened booking for these cruises this morning...🙄😂
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