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  1. More balconies on Arcadia. Oriana had the most expensive balconies as there was only 1 deck of them.
  2. Maybe ,but I think the options for cruising with other companies ,from the UK, will also be reduced. Pando might start up with round uk cruises. I cannot see American lines being able to come over here for quite some time.
  3. I did read somewhere ,heavens knows where, that using track and trace data, a lot of the infections are being spread by different households getting together in houses. More so than being on public transport (wearing a mask) or in shops (wearing a mask). Maybe if they just went back to not 2 households to get together at all in hot spots.
  4. And there we have the difference. I have no desire to carry my phone around with me. I am on holiday. I have few family left and those that care would not wish to contact me. I am sure there are a fair few people who cruise with pando who hate carrying their phone around with them in this country, let alone on-board. You have o have had the discussion with some one to know how anti mobile phones they are...even if their family have got them one
  5. I do not think the cruise industry want a repeat of this year ever again. That is if all the lines survive.. If the majority of people who cruise feel safer with something that says they have had the vaccine at least 2 weeks prior, surely they should be listened to. I have had all the vaccinations that you are given as a child in the UK, plus the slightly different ones when we traveled to the more exotic parts of the world. If we wanted to travel to the later places we had to prove we had had the vaccine (yellow fever is the main one I am thinking of, and thats live). I am fully expecting this vaccine to be a yearly one. I am also fully expecting one way or another that it will end up that if you don't have proof you will not be cruising. If some countries can say you cannot enter unless you have a yellow fever certificate, surely some could also say you cannot come ashore unless you have proof of having the vaccine.
  6. So the thing you have in your pocket tells the waiter who you are and cabin number etc. If you wanted to look at a drinks menu before ordering, would you have to do that on a phone. I wouldn't want to have to carry my phone around with me just to see what was available. I assume having carted round my phone waiter who knew all the info would speak to me to take my order and thats it. Still not 100% sure. I am not that old (i hope). Have a smart phone/tablet etc. sort of tech minded, but i am not convinced with having a phone with me. Ref the TV's i'm sure I read in the past it would mean retro wiring the ships , which would be no mean feat. we watch the news on them..i don't think any of the other programs, and we tend to spend time in our cabin. Maybe when we are back to "normal" it will be the latest hot topic..why is this tech or that tech not available.
  7. do you mean if you want to cruise and do not want the vaccine they would charge a hefty premium. I can see that. Equally that would not help the cruises be "normal" would it. I certainly would not want our cruise next summer to still be a mask wearing one. As some people are just opposed to any vaccines full stop should/would they be allowed on a ship. Should not the protection of the many override the personal feelings of the few.
  8. Oh interesting. We had cruise insurance taken out early august 19, that will run out early next month. Our cruise that was in april 20 we moved to late august 2021. So even if we had renewed it would have been over a year until we do cruise. So at the moment we have a cruise for next year, that is costing thousands, with no insurance. Oh well hoping by the time we need to do something, the vaccine will be around , and we can ring up april next year and they will cover us (small balance is due then) Its a cruise round the UK, so hopefully it will go ahead anyway. Never had a cruise booked with no insurance cover, but seemed to be the only thing to do in these strange times.
  9. Latest I am reading is that over 50's will get a flu jab this year...OH ,who is only 2 years older than me gets the flu and this year the punymonia one as well..I meanwhile can catch everything.. So if they are doing those sort of numbers I am sure when the vaccine for covid is ready they will do everyone asap. Did i not hear it somewhere they were hoping to enlarge the number/type of people who can give the injection. Will they /can they say no vaccine, no cruise. maybe the cruise line cannot/ will not. However the insurance companies are more than likely to set it as a condition for agreeing to provide holiday insurance. I am sure they will have a much stronger legal position for being able to do it.
  10. you are entirely correct. sorry..yes it was the arch. I'll go back to sleep now.
  11. It was hit by a large vehicle a few years back, so even it it was listed, unless millions probably had been raised, it would eventually have to have been taken down.
  12. Agree its not as simple as book cabin, they will pick one, you then have to go in and change it. Should add not all available cabins are shown when booking online, that is why I agree that talking to a human who can see all available cabins is much easier. I also would not trust that sort of money to the ether. You dont have to book when you speak to them, I usually say i'm just getting quotes. I have never had any sort of hard sell when booking direct, only when I have gone via a TA. Where when I have had a quote, but chosen not to go with them, I've had chase up calls saying would you like to book now..blah.blah.
  13. Well there is the problem. I personally dont think they will start in October. However they probably dont want to go into lots of details until they know the situation in our country and lots of other countries (so they can actually sail) The general rule of thumb seems to be pay your balance. Claim a full refund. I would imagine once they start cruising if the situation is similar they would offer refunds if it will be a totally different experience. I dont want to go if I have to wear a face mask all the time. I know one of the american lines listed a whole pile of things. I think that is more because US is not taking this totally seriously (from the Pres down) and will want to get people back on board ships, maybe before they should , for financial reasons. I think if we get round to next year and we are still similar a lot of people will want to cancel...if the lines have not already gone under by then.
  14. I have had many discussions on this. You book one room at PI. you pay with room with 1 card. Auto put money back onto card. Now try one booking 2 cards used (deposit and balance) , or via a 3rd party that may or may not be accepting calls, so cruise line have no idea of how you paid or how much. and do not hold your bank details etc etc. It was never going to be the same to refund a cruise...
  15. We have a cruise for next summer, that we transferred to from this april, on the assumption that all this would be done and dusted by then. I then read last night (pass as to where) some medical person said they thought the virus was something we would have to live with for years, and it wouldn't disappear like SARS did. The world would have to adjust its way of living to accomodate the virus. That really depressed me, as does this thread. I hoped that things would be better next year, now I am not so sure. With Carnival UK making hundreds redundant in Southampton yesterday, I just feel there is a whole world out there that will not exist in a years time.
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