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  1. Hi Isklaar. We haven’t travelled either. Still think on the basis of yesterday’s enquiries it’s not worth it. TA said Seabourn/other lines will not release any details on planned occupancy rates, nor any plans for double jabbed requirement still being in place. On the likelihood of being able to travel ashore independently, they did say that it is now possible post a certain date in September but surely it depends on local requirements, particular cruise line requirements etc so I didn’t believe this. Regarding the covishield vaccine acceptance, it is pretty much impossible to get an up to date list that isn’t just based on conjecture/ what the press has picked up based on press releases that cover intention not actual change. For Portugal there’s press releases in August saying it was changing and would be accepted but no list includes Portugal. These cruises sail from Lisbon, so I’m not prepared to risk it. Spain is on the list of accepted. Yesterday Italy made steps to accept Indian nationals that have it so is in the process of being included but it isn’t clear whether this will apply to British people. I couldn’t find out from TAs whether there would be flexibilities attached to these bookings. I understand cruise lines are moving away from that and trying to return to the usual conditions for uk bookings. For me there are too many unknowns to risk thousands. Thanks at least for commenting Isklaar. I’d really appreciate a bit of general debate on here. I feel a lot of the uk favourite posters have abandoned the board lately. I had. Too painful to read over the last 18 months. But now I need much more info if I am to return in any shape or form. The uk TAs at least and cruise lines do not appear able or willing to do this, I think for fear of later objection, so I may need to move on and take other holiday types. id be interested to know if anyone is thinking of taking the plunge with this, especially from the uk.
  2. Re the Canaries Encore cruises announced, does anyone have the answers to these questions please? 1. What will sailing occupancy be? 2. Are passengers again required to be fully vaccinated? 3. For UK cruisers, does anyone know the current vaccination/testing/entry requirements for these cruises and does anyone know whether the Indian made AZ batch numbers are permitted for Portuguese/canaries travel? 4. Million dollar question - will passengers be allowed ashore independently? Obviously we don’t have crystal balls but if people have a view, or this info becomes known, I’d be grateful if you would share please. Thank you !
  3. But not a patch on Seabourn 😆
  4. Further update from BBC in last few mins: International cruises will be able to start again from England from Monday 2 August after a 16-month break.
  5. Agreed but a step forward nonetheless and worthy of mention.
  6. Today’s news - from Govt press release Following the close monitoring of epidemiological evidence, gained through the restart of the domestic cruise industry earlier this year, the UK government has also confirmed the go ahead for international cruise sailings to restart from England in line with Public Health England guidance. International cruise travel advice will be amended to encourage travellers to understand the risks associated with cruise travel and take personal responsibility for their own safety abroad. To further support the safe restart of international cruise travel, the government and cruise industry have signed a breakthrough memorandum of understanding (MOU) to help the industry build back from COVID-19 while protecting British nationals from future pandemic-related disruption. Update Newspaper article (no restart dates) In further measures, it was announced that international cruises have also been given the go-ahead for the first time in more than a year. Cruises will be able to start and finish in English ports – calling at foreign destinations in between – without requiring vaccinated passengers to quarantine on their return. It will provide a big boost to the cruise industry, which was effectively closed down at the start of the pandemic.
  7. This is a not very illustrative picture of when we were caught off the coast of Italy in the Medicaine of October 2018 in over 100mph winds
  8. Hmm true but not always the best though
  9. As a photographer myself, I can assure you that photos can be picked up cheaply, whether inspiring or not, so if a calendar is produced then surely it is more likely to be displayed and commercially doing its job if the photos it contains are well chosen. But you are missing the point. I said I loved the calendar. I use it. I am just sad there are few ships in it, particularly smaller ships.
  10. I want to add that I am a huge fan of smaller ships, hence my concern 🤔
  11. It’s for the Caribbean tier and above
  12. It was lovely to receive the calendar. Did anyone else notice the only ships included were large ones (and not many ship pics at all). Am I being overly suspicious? Is it “just in case”?
  13. The last full Aurora cruise to Arctic Norway, ending around 10 March.
  14. Been the last two years to Alta, Tromso etc on a Northern Loghts cruise. Fantastic!
  15. Agreed. Sorry, I didn’t see this. Just reposted this article on the EU thread Thirty-three crew members of a Hurtigruten cruise in Norway have been diagnosed with Covid-19, with four hospitalised and the rest in isolation. The staff, of which there were 160 in total, were tested at the end of a seven-day sailing around the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard yesterday, with 177 passengers on board; none of whom reported any symptoms of the virus while onboard and all of whom had disembarked by the time the news broke. In what is unfolding as a major test for an industry that is only just getting back on its feet, all guests have been ordered to quarantine and will undergo testing. The Norwegian cruise line has already announced that one passenger has tested positive for coronavirus. “There was no reason to suspect Covid-19 when the ship docked in Tromso based on the symptoms the four of the crew had,” said Hurtigruten communications manager Rune Thomas Ege. “Fortunately, we received a quick response to the tests, so that both we and the Tromso municipality were able to implement measures.” The vessel, MS Roald Amundsen, which is the world’s first hybrid-powered ship, remains in Tromso and its next voyage, due to embark yesterday, was cancelled. Earlier this month, Hurtigruten became the first line to announce cruises around Britain, planned for September, since the pandemic forced the industry to pause all operations in March. The FCO currently advises against all ocean cruises.
  16. I think this tells us why - today’s news. Thirty-three crew members of a Hurtigruten cruise in Norway have been diagnosed with Covid-19, with four hospitalised and the rest in isolation. The staff, of which there were 160 in total, were tested at the end of a seven-day sailing around the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard yesterday, with 177 passengers on board; none of whom reported any symptoms of the virus while onboard and all of whom had disembarked by the time the news broke. In what is unfolding as a major test for an industry that is only just getting back on its feet, all guests have been ordered to quarantine and will undergo testing. The Norwegian cruise line has already announced that one passenger has tested positive for coronavirus. “There was no reason to suspect Covid-19 when the ship docked in Tromso based on the symptoms the four of the crew had,” said Hurtigruten communications manager Rune Thomas Ege. “Fortunately, we received a quick response to the tests, so that both we and the Tromso municipality were able to implement measures.” The vessel, MS Roald Amundsen, which is the world’s first hybrid-powered ship, remains in Tromso and its next voyage, due to embark yesterday, was cancelled. Earlier this month, Hurtigruten became the first line to announce cruises around Britain, planned for September, since the pandemic forced the industry to pause all operations in March. The FCO currently advises against all ocean cruises.
  17. It’s likely. We did the same last December. We had caviar in the surf and beach toys at 2 locations. Mayreau and Carambola Beach.
  18. Iles des Saintes? Beautiful spot. Mine is definitely inferior to Fletcher’s. Here is a video I took at the same place. IMG_2481.MOV
  19. Yes that’s what Mauzac referred to above. PHE is public health England. Fletcher referred to this earlier today on another thread here. I wasn’t aware of it until then, so thanks all for the update.
  20. Definitely on Seabourn. But then it’s all inclusive. Still, some people do take very expensive wine to be served at dinner etc, no corkage
  21. I thought October had now moved to November?
  22. Just received a TA e mail with a 21-22 itineraries headline. There’s no detail but I did not like the sound of this: Seabourn Quest Central America and Panama Canal series late 2021. I had hoped for Antarctica. Just looking back at my 2017 photos there. Seabourn have today announced that their Autumn 2021, Winter and Spring 2022 voyages will be available from 19th June 2020.
  23. We stay in a large apartment on the grand canal with living room and large bedroom having a third floor superb view. It’s opposite ca d’oro
  24. I was refunded yesterday (as posted here) by credit card. I booked through a TA. I wasn’t asked to supply my details again before I received the refund.
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