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    afcandrew reacted to DavidH in Lock Down   
    Received an email from HAL in the early hours of this morning giving us an update on our planned cruise of Japan and Russia, scheduled for April 2021.  Bear in mind that this trip was a already a re-booking of our cancelled April 2020 cruise.
    Referring to the recently released Framework for Conditional Sailing from the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this is what they had to tell us:- 
    "As we continue to prepare and develop our plans, we have made the decision to extend our pause in cruise operations for all departures through March 31, 2021, cruises of eight days or longer that call at a U.S. port through November 1, 2021, and select longer cruise itineraries departing this spring. As a result, your upcoming voyage has been affected. 
    You will be automatically re-booked on the below voyage with your cruise fare and promotions protected, in the same (or equivalent) stateroom category. As a gesture of our appreciation, an Onboard Credit (OBC) will be applied to your new booking of USD $150 per person (up to USD $300 per stateroom).
    Noordam (Voyage N123), Monday, April 11, 2022, 14-day Japan and Russia."   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
    Can't say as I'm surprised and at least we've been given plenty of notice.  We've been advised that the re-booking confirmation will be sent to us by 8 December 2020 and, at that point, we can raise any queries or "consider an alternate sailing" either via our Agent or direct with their Southampton office.
    In the current climate, I thought members might find it helpful to know the thinking from across the pond.
    DavidH
     
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    afcandrew got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in Lock Down   
    I would prefer not to cruise whilst restrictions are in place and certainly wouldn't want to do so as a solo traveller. My cruise booked for next June is with a friend and is very port-intensive within Northern Europe. Fortunately, Fred Olsen are being very flexible in the current circumstances.
    I have pre-registered with P&O (via Bolsover) for a Med cruise on Aurora in 2022. I've decided I have to be positive about 2022 and believe that either Covid will be under control by then or we will have developed reasonable ways to live with it.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from DavidH in Lock Down   
    Hope it goes ahead for you David. The next one I have booked is a Fred Olsen to Northern Europe in June next year.
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    afcandrew reacted to Countrygirl in Lock Down   
    Yes another 4 weeks, but then I have not really been out much since we returned home from our last cruise on 17th March. I Just wish people would do as they are told then maybe the transmission would be lower. We maybe the older generation but we still want to get on with our lives.
    I look forward to be able to cruise again, so let’s wish and pray for a vaccine soon.
    LOOK AFTER YOURSELVES AND KEEP SAFE
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    afcandrew reacted to DavidH in Lock Down   
    Back in February, HAL cancelled our Japan and Russia cruise and promptly refunded all monies payed.
    With the help of both Bolsover (through whom the cruise was booked) and Trailfinders (flights and pre-cruise land tour package), we re-scheduled the trip for April 2021.  Bolsover have just informed me that the date for the cruise balance payment has been deferred by one month to early February 2021.  I guess by then HAL will be making a decision as to whether or not the cruise can go ahead, thus avoiding taking final payments which would need to be refunded.
    If it does go ahead, we currently intend to be on it.  Not sure for how many more years we will remain fit enough to make such a trip.  Tempus fugit!!
    DavidH
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    afcandrew got a reaction from Captain Kidd II in 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... 
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    afcandrew got a reaction from sinbad10 in 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.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from sinbad10 in 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.
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    afcandrew reacted to sinbad10 in How about other UK ports ?   
    Also done because QM2 attracts a lot of German cruisers doing TAs to New York.
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    afcandrew reacted to Oldworldtraveller in How about other UK ports ?   
    CMV did this with Tilbury and then further embarkation in Amsterdam the next day. Amsterdam was always day 2 so nothing repeated.
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    afcandrew reacted to towny44 in How about other UK ports ?   
    The same cruise itinerary done continuously over a season, just like a lot of the US ships do in the Caribbean.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from towny44 in 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...
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    afcandrew got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in How about other UK ports ?   
    I certainly agree with the comments by OWT and David above. As the mainstream cruise lines build ever larger ships, I think it would get more difficult for them to have regional departures, especially on a frequent basis. Liverpool could be reasonably well provided for, as long as the new cruise terminal eventually gets built. Places like Newcastle and Rosyth however would only seem suitable for those travelling by car.  Additionally, Rosyth cannot take large ships as access is restricted by the Forth Bridges. Greenock can take fairly large ships but again, there is very little infrastructure there to support changeovers and a relatively small population to provide a decent supply of passengers.
    Another relevant issue is that the RCI and Carnival companies have made significant commitments to Southampton. RCI I believe made a large financial contribution when City Cruise Terminal was rebuilt and enlarged. Carnival the same with Ocean Terminal and of course with Carnival in particular, their UK HQ is in Southampton. Increasingly, the cruise lines are looking to cut costs and a way of doing this is to be based in one centre in order to get the best deals.
    At the end of the day, I don't see regular, large-ship cruising anywhere other than Southampton in the UK.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in How about other UK ports ?   
    I certainly agree with the comments by OWT and David above. As the mainstream cruise lines build ever larger ships, I think it would get more difficult for them to have regional departures, especially on a frequent basis. Liverpool could be reasonably well provided for, as long as the new cruise terminal eventually gets built. Places like Newcastle and Rosyth however would only seem suitable for those travelling by car.  Additionally, Rosyth cannot take large ships as access is restricted by the Forth Bridges. Greenock can take fairly large ships but again, there is very little infrastructure there to support changeovers and a relatively small population to provide a decent supply of passengers.
    Another relevant issue is that the RCI and Carnival companies have made significant commitments to Southampton. RCI I believe made a large financial contribution when City Cruise Terminal was rebuilt and enlarged. Carnival the same with Ocean Terminal and of course with Carnival in particular, their UK HQ is in Southampton. Increasingly, the cruise lines are looking to cut costs and a way of doing this is to be based in one centre in order to get the best deals.
    At the end of the day, I don't see regular, large-ship cruising anywhere other than Southampton in the UK.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in How about other UK ports ?   
    I certainly agree with the comments by OWT and David above. As the mainstream cruise lines build ever larger ships, I think it would get more difficult for them to have regional departures, especially on a frequent basis. Liverpool could be reasonably well provided for, as long as the new cruise terminal eventually gets built. Places like Newcastle and Rosyth however would only seem suitable for those travelling by car.  Additionally, Rosyth cannot take large ships as access is restricted by the Forth Bridges. Greenock can take fairly large ships but again, there is very little infrastructure there to support changeovers and a relatively small population to provide a decent supply of passengers.
    Another relevant issue is that the RCI and Carnival companies have made significant commitments to Southampton. RCI I believe made a large financial contribution when City Cruise Terminal was rebuilt and enlarged. Carnival the same with Ocean Terminal and of course with Carnival in particular, their UK HQ is in Southampton. Increasingly, the cruise lines are looking to cut costs and a way of doing this is to be based in one centre in order to get the best deals.
    At the end of the day, I don't see regular, large-ship cruising anywhere other than Southampton in the UK.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from HLM in Cruising after the 'virus'   
    The whole situation is a nightmare and there is no easy solution. Do we know how long the virus might be in the body before showing up on testing? Could it be in the nose but not in the throat initially? Sadly, at this time I can't see how cruises can realistically operate without a vaccine being available. I do however sincerely hope the pathfinder cruises that are starting up now will prove me wrong...
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    afcandrew reacted to Anchors-aweigh in Cruising with MSC Grandiosa   
    I say well done to the Captain- these people knew the consequences  therefore I have no sympathy for them. 
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    afcandrew reacted to Countrygirl in Cruising with MSC Grandiosa   
    Just seen in the news that a family were not allowed to return to the ship after leaving an excursion in Capri. The ship had organised a ferry from Naples which had been specially prepared for the tour group. One family part way into the tour decided to leave and do their own thing. They returned to Naples only to find their luggage on the quayside. MCS said that it would not be fair to the other passenger who had abided by the rules. 
    I would like to think that the other cruise companies would do the same.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from Captain Kidd II in Ransomeware attack on Carnival   
    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).
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    afcandrew got a reaction from jinky in Oh for some 'joined up' thinking.   
    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.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from jinky in Oh for some 'joined up' thinking.   
    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.
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    afcandrew got a reaction from DavidH in Now it is the 'mask farce' on flights!   
    No, no David. Think positive or we will all be living with depression!
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    afcandrew reacted to Mayway in The two HAL ships joining Olsen-   
    Cruise ships are a tiny part of Fred Olsen's turnover - unlike companies that only do cruises.   I welcome the new ships.  Fred is a fantastic cruise line for adults and we love their smaller ships.  Don't care about balconies or loads of restaurants or all the rest of the stuff that P&O and others serve up as 'what customers want'.   I'll stick with Fred, thank you, you can keep the rest.
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    afcandrew reacted to Pesky Pirate in Venice to be a 'cruise-free' port-well for now.   
    If it protects Venice I’m all for it. The ships are getting too big and shouldn’t expect to be able to berth. 
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    afcandrew reacted to Anchors-aweigh in Venice to be a 'cruise-free' port-well for now.   
    A powerful protest movement in Venice has persuaded the authorities to prevent all major cruise ships from the lagoon. Effectively ceasing any berths in Venice for ships of more than 3000 capacity, I see that Costa and MSC are removing it from their current itinerary. We were among the lucky ones who were able to make port using the Grand Canal, what an entry it was. Who knows if this will become a permanency as there has already been protests to the ban. 
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