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#21
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Originally posted by Lanky Lad
A question is, does this have anything to do with Brexit or all of the recent problems in the med?
It's certainly interesting and it would indeed be the year of Brexit. My first thought was that with there being so many Med cruises are they looking to differentiate themselves in terms of itineraries?
#22
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Originally posted by DG12345
It's certainly interesting and it would indeed be the year of Brexit. My first thought was that with there being so many Med cruises are they looking to differentiate themselves in terms of itineraries?
Yes, I think that there has been a change from Med cruises to Northern Europe cruises so as to give it a change, and no, the top priorities on the Brexit agenda have nothing or little to do with tourism.
#23
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Originally posted by Camgirl
Oh no!

My son and his fiancee are hoping for a med cruise for their honeymoon in 2019. Looks like they may have to go to a different line.

I wonder why it is so heavily based on northern ports?
Hi Camgirl.. the med is becoming problematic for many cruise lines, along with the refugees floating around the med and the legal ramifications of having to pick them up and take them to the nearest safe port etc along with so many "no go" ports now because of security issues , Turkey, Egypt, Israel etc most cruise lines have been looking at changes for a few years but it takes a few seasons for the changed ports to work through the system.

Hopefully Cunard will look at spending more time here in the safer waters of the Pacific in the next few years..

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#24
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It seems that most of the refugees are in the Mediterranean Sea bordering Libya. Specialized ships from numerous countries are present to ensure security, the conditions are changing. The situation is complex and it takes time to change things to the better. Still I would rather visit North African countries by ship instead of using other means of transport.
The times we live in are hard all around the world, but this does not keep me away from travelling !
#25
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Originally posted by Cats2010
It seems that most of the refugees are in the Mediterranean Sea bordering Libya. Specialized ships from numerous countries are present to ensure security, the conditions are changing. The situation is complex and it takes time to change things to the better. Still I would rather visit North African countries by ship instead of using other means of transport.
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A lot of the refugees are crossing to Kos in Greece and from Lybia across to Sicily and Malta, theres a map here from the BBC showing some of the routes.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-24521614

You only have to consider the ramifications of a cruise ship coming across a boat of refugees and having to stop to pick them up - deliver them to a safe port and can only leave once they have been accepted. For the cruiselines this must be a nightmare considering the effects this will have on their bottom dollar.

I can't imagine Ernie and Ethel been alt pleased if they thought they were heading off for a trip of a life time jaunt to cyprus and Rhodes and been diverted to Kos and made to stay there for a week while things were sorted.

A lot of the cruse lines have had to reconsider their protocols and security precautions several years in advance for their Itins, I think the Med has been problematic for some time, also the number of cruise ships servicing the area can't help. Its a great opportunity for us if they have to consider their usual routes as hopefully more interesting ports will come through. Alaska next year is one fantastic new one, I hope they consider stationing one of the Cunaders this side for a season in the future.
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#26
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Originally posted by Lynnewob
Blue Marble - am I correct in thinking that there are 3 x 10 night cruises doing a round trip from Vancouver Alaska trip or am I missing something here? It seems rather odd that they would do it 3 times.

"May 31-Jun 10 Vancouver, (Alaska), Vancouver
Jun 10-20 Vancouver, (Alaska), Vancouver
Jun 20-30 Vancouver, (Alaska), Vancouver"
Sorry, I'm a bit late getting back to you about this, but I have just returned from a road trip to see the total solar eclipse that occurred here in the US on Monday. That was an absolutely magnificent sight. But I digress.

Queen Elizabeth is not doing a traditional world voyage in 2019. Instead, she is doing what one might call a repositioning cruise in January, 2019 to start a schedule of Australia/New Zealand cruises through early April. During that time, she will be doing several round trip cruises from Australian and New Zealand ports. For example, I count a total of four round trip voyages that should be possible from Melbourne and three from Sydney.

Other ports on Queen Elizabeth's already announced schedule for early 2019 also have one or more round trip cruises, including two round trips from Yokohama, Japan in April and May before she heads across the Pacific to North America.

It looks like something similar is in the works for Vancouver during the May-June timeframe. Cunard previously announced one 10-day round trip cruise from Vancouver for May 21-31, 2019. Now I am seeing three more 10-day round trip Vancouver cruises from May 31 through June 30 for a total of four Vancouver round trips in 2019. You can see them listed as "10-day Canada" cruises under the "Find a Cruise" function here on Cruise Critic. Unfortunately they don't provide any port of call information for those cruises yet. For now, the three newly added round trips from Vancouver simply show "Cruising" for each day of the itinerary. Presumably those details will become available when Cunard officially announces the schedule in a couple more weeks.

Regards,
John
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#27
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John

Thank you for your information. I hope you enjoyed watching the eclipse. We only saw it on the news in the UK.

I'll wait with bated breath to see what is offered in Alaska when the official itineraries come out, however I probably won't book until we board QM2 on 22 Sept as it will be nice to get extra OBC. Let's hope there's some cabins left

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#28
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Originally posted by roscoe39
A lot of the refugees are crossing to Kos in Greece and from Lybia across to Sicily and Malta, theres a map here from the BBC showing some of the routes.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-24521614

You only have to consider the ramifications of a cruise ship coming across a boat of refugees and having to stop to pick them up - deliver them to a safe port and can only leave once they have been accepted. For the cruiselines this must be a nightmare considering the effects this will have on their bottom dollar.

I can't imagine Ernie and Ethel been alt pleased if they thought they were heading off for a trip of a life time jaunt to cyprus and Rhodes and been diverted to Kos and made to stay there for a week while things were sorted.

A lot of the cruse lines have had to reconsider their protocols and security precautions several years in advance for their Itins, I think the Med has been problematic for some time, also the number of cruise ships servicing the area can't help. Its a great opportunity for us if they have to consider their usual routes as hopefully more interesting ports will come through. Alaska next year is one fantastic new one, I hope they consider stationing one of the Cunaders this side for a season in the future.
It is unfortunate that many are affected by all this. However, Nato and EU have sent ships to the Med, and as far as I know Russia and others as well, so not only cruise ships are involved. At the same time, negotiations are taking place with many countries bordering the Med to secure their own internal stability. As said before, all this takes time, it is very complex.

Travelling is always connected to certain risks and everybody can decide whether or not he wants to take them. There are certain countries in this world where I never would not go. They have to see how they get along without me ....
#30
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Thanks for letting us know, are they as predicted ?
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#31
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Originally posted by Host Hattie
Thanks for letting us know, are they as predicted ?
I've not looked at all of them but so far, pretty much although June '19 isn't showing any results for QE so far.
QE certainly has some very interesting itineraries.
#32
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Thanks, I look forward to checking them out later.
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#33
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Originally posted by Victoria2
I've not looked at all of them but so far, pretty much although June '19 isn't showing any results for QE so far.
QE certainly has some very interesting itineraries.
Glad you said that. I thought it was just me who couldn't find anything for the QE
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#34
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Originally posted by Lynnewob
Blue Marble - am I correct in thinking that there are 3 x 10 night cruises doing a round trip from Vancouver Alaska trip or am I missing something here? It seems rather odd that they would do it 3 times.

"May 31-Jun 10 Vancouver, (Alaska), Vancouver
Jun 10-20 Vancouver, (Alaska), Vancouver
Jun 20-30 Vancouver, (Alaska), Vancouver"
Fairly usual for Alaska from Vancouver - really interested to see prices to compare with the likes of Viking
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#35
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The US site has no itineraries past May 2019 yet.

Like others I'm interested in seeing the Alaska itineraries for QE. Probably that means they'll be priced accordingly.
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#36
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Originally posted by Victoria2
I've not looked at all of them but so far, pretty much although June '19 isn't showing any results for QE so far.
QE certainly has some very interesting itineraries.
I downloaded the online brochure on the UK website covering March 2018 to December 2019 and for QE there are no June 2019 voyages as Victoria2 and babs135 noted. The Cruise Calendar listing for QE at the back of the brochure shows Q915 (Tokyo to Vancouver on 4 May) and then Q919F/G/H (SFO to the Fort Lauderdale/New York/Southampton on 3 Jul). There are no Vancouver departures - either the 10 day Alaska voyages or the voyage back to Southampton embarking in Vancouver. So maybe these voyages aren't being sold (at the moment) in the UK ?
#37
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Joined Feb 2012
Hi just noticed that the UK online brochure has a page mentioning the May and June 2019 Alaska voyages and inviting you to register your interest to receive details of itineraries and prices when they are available. The UK brochure give the link to register interest as www.cunard.com/alaska but this doesn't work as it should be www.cunard.co.uk/alaska
#38
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This is so frustrating!! Does anyone know when the June itineraries for Queen Elizabeth will be out? We are particularly interested in the trip from Vancouver back to Southampton.
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#39
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The San Francisco to Southampton itinerary is shown for July so the only missing section is Vancouver to San Francisco.
Looks very interesting.
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