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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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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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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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Hi All

I received an email yesterday to the effect that Aurora cruises for late 2022 would be on sail early July.  The thing with new cruises starting off is the majority of them state that you can only mix with people you are travelling with, not so good for a solo traveller…

hope you are all ok 🙂

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14 hours ago, Countrygirl said:

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.

Sailing on Saga will spoil you for P&O! 😀.  Would love another cruise with Saga but now they have gone 'boutique' and all-balcony cabins, the prices are outwith my budget...

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4 hours ago, Pesky Pirate said:

Hi All

I received an email yesterday to the effect that Aurora cruises for late 2022 would be on sail early July.  The thing with new cruises starting off is the majority of them state that you can only mix with people you are travelling with, not so good for a solo traveller…

hope you are all ok 🙂

From what I've seen elsewhere, it appears Aurora will be doing two 50 night cruises. I was hoping that she would do some shorter ones for those of us who do wish to sail on the larger ships...

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14 hours ago, Pesky Pirate said:

The thing with new cruises starting off is the majority of them state that you can only mix with people you are travelling with, not so good for a solo traveller…

I understood that you formed a "Table Bubble" which is great if you happen to like the people on your table and you all have the same likes and dislikes.

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9 minutes ago, Oldworldtraveller said:

I understood that you formed a "Table Bubble" which is great if you happen to like the people on your table and you all have the same likes and dislikes.

The only line I have heard that is definitely doing this is Fred Olsen. Don't know whether any other lines are so far...  With P&O, I believe you have to book your restaurant (including the mdr) using their new on-board 'app'. I don't think there's any fixed dining.

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23 hours ago, Pesky Pirate said:

Hi All

I received an email yesterday to the effect that Aurora cruises for late 2022 would be on sail early July.  The thing with new cruises starting off is the majority of them state that you can only mix with people you are travelling with, not so good for a solo traveller…

hope you are all ok 🙂

 

18 hours ago, afcandrew said:

From what I've seen elsewhere, it appears Aurora will be doing two 50 night cruises. I was hoping that she would do some shorter ones for those of us who do wish to sail on the larger ships...

I hope you mean 2023 because we’ve got one booked on Aurora in September 2022 & there are others on sale for later that year. We’re hoping there will be some on Aurora in June 2023 that are about 2-3 weeks long to celebrate our golden wedding.🛳😎

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On 6/29/2021 at 2:12 PM, Pesky Pirate said:

I did a solo cruise a few years back, it was a table of couples and they didn’t speak to me for the whole cruise until the last night… so much for a bubble..

it seems too much of a hassle to cruise at present, might leave it until 2023… 🙁

I usually request a table of solos. Always been fine so far.

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21 hours ago, 2torts said:

 

I hope you mean 2023 because we’ve got one booked on Aurora in September 2022 & there are others on sale for later that year. We’re hoping there will be some on Aurora in June 2023 that are about 2-3 weeks long to celebrate our golden wedding.🛳😎

Aurora still on sale for cruises up to Jan 2023. The two 50 night ones I am referring to are indeed early next year.

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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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On 7/5/2021 at 12:52 PM, Stuart C said:

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. 

Glad you enjoyed your cruise and especially good to hear you felt safe on board. Interesting comment about the restaurant managers. Were the majority of the restaurant and bar waiters still from India?

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13 days time and I should all being well be on Virtuosa. Will be interesting to see what is new and how the healthy protocol operates. Then it's Fred Olsen next month so something to compare it with.

 

I see 2 passengers were not allowed back on a Celebrity ship on the other side of the Atlantic after disobeying the health rules by going ashore by themselves.

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22 hours ago, Oldworldtraveller said:

13 days time and I should all being well be on Virtuosa. Will be interesting to see what is new and how the healthy protocol operates. Then it's Fred Olsen next month so something to compare it with.

 

I see 2 passengers were not allowed back on a Celebrity ship on the other side of the Atlantic after disobeying the health rules by going ashore by themselves.

A friend has been on Virtuosa and said he had a good time, especially with the reduced capacity. Virtuosa and then Fred - very contrasting cruises to compare. Look forward to hearing about your experiences.

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On 7/8/2021 at 12:02 AM, afcandrew said:

Glad you enjoyed your cruise and especially good to hear you felt safe on board. Interesting comment about the restaurant managers. Were the majority of the restaurant and bar waiters still from India?

Sorry for the delay!!  Yes, normal staffing, just these 'restaurant hosts' who are a poor option.  

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