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  1. Our last cruise was Jan to April this year on Arcadia. On the plus side, we were one of the last passengers off a P&O ship before they stopped all cruising. On the down side, the last leg of the world cruise was 33 days at sea, with social distancing. Hopefully we will cruise again next year. Stay safe everyone. Brian
  2. Thanks! Paid via the TA, refund today apparently. Plus FCC to be moved to another cruise, if they don't keep cancelling them. Brian
  3. Yes it is. We paid our final balance yesterday. Cancelled today. Brian
  4. We booked the 2022 world cruise on Aurora sometime ago. We have manages a couple of world cruises so far, including the 2016 Aurora, and this years Arcadia, although this one (2020) was not really a world cruise (33 days at sea from Australia to Southampton). As someone previously mentioned, the world cruise seems much more relaxed, more of a life style than a holiday. We have mixed both DIY and P&O tours. It really depends what you want to do, and how adventurous you are. There are a few places to see the Koalas in Australia, and the Opera House is walking distance from the sh
  5. Just looked at Ventura on 'Cruise Tracker' and the ship looks like it is heading south, toward Bay of Biscay. Brian
  6. So far I have had two Iona cruises cancelled. We should have been boarding just about now, for her maiden voyage. Alas I'm at home doing some gardening. I know where I would rather be! Brian
  7. I don't think the social distancing policy we had on Arcadia, would do anything to stop the spread of the virus if on board the ship. The policy was just for appearances only. For example, the one empty seat between you and the next person in the show, will not prevent the person sat directly behind you, coughing and sneezing all over you. And the passengers in the next 4 rows in front also in the blast radius. In the MDR we sat opposite our dinner guests with the width of the table as distancing. But the reality was that at some tables the back of our chairs were almost touching t
  8. Social distancing was introduced for the last 33 days of the Arcadia 2020 world cruise. The restriction was 1 metre distancing, not 2 metres as we have today. Maximum 4 people in the lift. Not really socially distanced but they tried. All bars had tape around the actual bar so no passengers could stand at the bar or use bar stools. Max of 2 people, sat side by side, in the bar area, and that was only if you shared a cabin, although this was not monitored. You could still sit opposite someone with a table in-between. Piano Bar and Crows Nest had 'Wait here to
  9. Our last cruise was the 2020 Arcadia world cruise that wasn't. Quite eventful really, as we mostly didn't go where we should have. First leg went to plan with a trip through the Panama Canal to SF. Second leg we had 2 cancelled ports, Tonga and Samoa due to measles outbreak. Auckland to Sydney was fine. Our 3,4,and 5th leg of the cruise saw us visit just one port from the original itinerary, Brisbane. Then we turned south and travelled around Australia making several ports of call, ending in Freemantle (should have been Hong Kong). We then set sail for Dubai
  10. Not so much what I like to drink, but where...….Andersons on Aurora for me. Mind you, my better half is partial to a Bramble in the East Bar at sunset on Arcadia. Brian
  11. I got off Arcadia today. When I looked out this morning at 3:30am she was manoeuvring onto the berth. Disembarkation is over 3 days. Most of us got off the ship today with disembarkation times up to 4pm (as no one was waiting to board). We had full use of our cabins right up to disembarkation. The most civil and organized, debark I have ever experienced. No crowds, and no real queues to speak of. Social distancing was being adhered to by just about everyone. We were allowed to leave the ship and enter the terminal in small groups. There were approx. 1400 passengers on board, so we
  12. Otter18


    Currently on Arcadia in Albany. Next stop is Fremantle. Sri Lanka has been cancelled. The whole of the onward itinerary is now a mystery. We have been promised an update from the captain before Perth. Loving Australia though, looking forward to where we go in the next 35 days.
  13. We are now spending a second day in Hobart, Tasmania due to weather and not being able to tender. Sun is shining here and a great place to spend a couple of days. Onto Adelaide next.
  14. We are tendering today, and moving to dock at the OPT, where you are now, at midnight tonight.
  15. I’m on Arcadia, in Sydney today. The revised change over port that was Hong Kong will now be Perth. Overnight stop and same date. From Perth we travel to Colombo Sri Lanka and resume our original itinerary from that date. 21 days in Australia to come!
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