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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 Countrygirl 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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    afcandrew got a reaction from Countrygirl 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 towny44 in Is the CDC trying to 'kill off' the cruise industry?   
    Aurora has 3 decks of balcony cabins, not quite as many as Arcadia but far more than Oriana had, and from other passengers comments the inside cabins had suffered a similar percentage hike in price as well.  
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    afcandrew got a reaction from DavidH in Is the CDC trying to 'kill off' the cruise industry?   
    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 or Arcadia but the prices for those next year have now rocketed. I was paying just under £2500 for October this year on Aurora but a similar cruise at the same time of year next year on Arcadia is currently being sold at £3600 (inside cabin, solo occupancy).
    I'm starting to think that I might request a refund of the smaller deposit and then look to use the larger one towards a 2022 cruise on Aurora or Arcadia (before they sell either or both once the next 5000+ berths arrive in December 2022!).
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    afcandrew reacted to Anchors-aweigh in Is the CDC trying to 'kill off' the cruise industry?   
    I checked the cruise I am on in April [Aurora] has uplifted from a balcony cabin costing £2303 pp and has now gone to just under £4000 that is if you can find one.
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    afcandrew reacted to Anchors-aweigh in Oh for some 'joined up' thinking.   
    Our thoughts must be with those poor souls in Beirut with the thousands now homeless. It got me thinking, across the water in Turkey some wonderful cruise ships are being beached for scrap and around the globe there are countless others doing nothing but killing time. Surely to God SOMEHOW these wonderful floating homes could be put to humanitarian use in Beirut? 
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