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  1. As a Welsh expat and a lot of friends and family down in Cardiff and the Vale still, I kind of feel sorry for you all. Coming from England it does feel as if the WAG has to be seen to be doing more than Westminster, regardless whether it's the right choice (for which I'm not entirely convinced lockdowns are personally). I've heard rumours that places in Wales will be closing at 6pm on Monday, but nothing concrete nor from a reputable source. On a better note, my wife (who also posts on here occasionally!) has successfully taken our puppy through the first round of his puppy training, and I've got a new bike so getting back into mountain biking. Got to somehow fit into my suits and dinner jacket by June next year for a TA (NY to Soton) we have booked!
  2. Next trip is going to be a TA in June next year, so it'll be a pint of Sierra Nevada in the Golden Lion most likely.
  3. Kind of surprised at that. It's now illegal to charge for using a credit card, but I found SCC to be pretty decent. Sure, they're not the cheapest but they have a great fleet of vehicles (nice S class Mercedes) and the service was overall good. I tend to use Smiths for Airports predominantly instead as I can get a car with more luggage space than an S class (we travel heavy!) and they're a little cheaper. You probably won't get an S class from them though, but otherwise they also provide exceptional service. I've used them a load of times. I'd probably avoid the train. Did it once to Soton for a 5 night cruise before Christmas and found it to be such a pain with baggage that paying out for a taxi makes sense personally (I live near Heathrow).
  4. Agreed. From memory Carnival UK's IT systems are on Windows - they're a Microsoft place. I saw a solutions architect role advertised that I was kind of tempted to apply for but my experience is more on the Java / Linux side than MS.
  5. If Carnival are complying with GDPR legislation then all data should be encrypted (and if they're not GDPR compliant then that's a big problem). As others have said we don't know what Carnival brand is affected by this. But I'm not hugely worried personally as I'd hope stuff was encrypted as above. I suspect this is something like a network share was left open for people working remotely or similar. One machine had a ransomware installed (e.g. someone gets emailed a dodgy attachment) then it spread via the network share to other machines (e.g. servers) and encrypted them. Hopefully they had good back ups! (i do this kind of stuff for my job!)
  6. I showed this to my wife. I think it'd probably suit him, although he'd probably bite me if I made him wear it! Some nice dogs here!
  7. Debating booking an Alaska trip for July next year to use my credit with Cunard. May hold off though - if social distancing / masks etc are still required then I kind of think I'd maybe rather not be on a ship. First time in years that I've had nothing booked! Otherwise lockdown life isn't too bad, although the puppy (not a lockdown one - we'd been planning on getting one for over a year before the breeder said she had a litter!) is a bit crazy and hard work at times (he seems to like to scratch and bite me for fun).
  8. A Cardigan Corgi (my wife had one when she was a child, and I grew up in Cardiff so a Welsh breed is a good thing)! Just need to try to find a good kennel for him for our next trip!
  9. Supposed to be heading off on the Queen Victoria to Norway on Sunday. Have cancelled a week of leave and am just taking 1 week off next week instead (not really had a break since Christmas). Had my trip to Alaska on QE in August cancelled also. Hoping to book something with the 125% deposit but may hold off until stuff is a bit more settled. That said, maybe the cancellation was somewhat lucky - our puppy is turning up on Thursday so our time will be spent puppy training!
  10. Had my Alaska trip in August cancelled today. They'll be another time to go. It's a shame though - I've gone from 2 cruises this year to zero! I booked my Alaska trip using a future cruise deposit I bought onboard. Does anyone know what's happening with these? Would I get it back to use on another trip?
  11. I'm on the 3rd May cruise from Soton to Norway on the QV. Norway has banned people from outside Nordic countries (i'm a Brit and will be boarding in Soton) until the 26th March. Hoping it doesn't get extended as I'd kind of like to go on this trip. Got a truckload of OBC! It's super unprecedented times.
  12. Pretty sure the machines are Nestle - https://www.nestleprofessional.us/nestle-vitality/vitality-express-dispenser-nestle-vitality-juices Contents, not sure. I guess maybe Nestle.
  13. For me: * Curry in the Golden lion on embarkation day with either a pint of Sierra Nevada (if QM2) or San Miguel (QM / QV - shame there's no Sierra Nevada on tap on those!) * Drinking a bottle of champagne on the balcony once we get moving (the Pol Acker I either make cocktails with, or bring home - I've got a few bottles of it in my garage...) * Corned beef hash at breakfast * Quercus toiletries < 100 days to my next trip now!
  14. Hmm, group flight kind of fills me with dread. I was hoping to be able to select seats etc in advance and not sure I will be able to now. I think left luggage and then back into Vancouver is a good idea. As a mountain biker a trip to Whistler is tempting though!
  15. Ynox

    St Petersburg

    We did a 2 day tour with Alla. It was a great tour, although we crammed a lot in (a couple of long days). Mini bus was comfortable and provided food was ok-good. Russian immigration asked me on the first day if I was police or military, then admitted me into the country with proof of the tour being booked. Pretty easy. I'd echo the comments about the weather. It was very mixed when we were there (mid May).
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