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  • Location
    South Yorkshire, UK
  • Interests
    Cooking - I am good
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, NCL
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Norwegian Fjords, Baltic, Iceland, Northern Europe

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  1. We will let our TA sort this out next week. What we will do will depend on: 1. Whether we can use our FCC on the cruise we have booked but not paid final balance on for 28th August, and 2. Whether we would likely get our money back if the August sailing is also cancelled (as it is also from Southampton, so would I guess depend on them doing a transatlantic reposition). If the answer to both of those is Yes, will take the FCC. If the answer to either or both is no, will take the refund. We had hoped to do Alaska and Rocky Mountaineer next year. At present
  2. We have just had our email from Celebrity - our May 9th Silhouette cruise to the fjords is cancelled. 125% FCC or 100% refund. We will likely go with the former and apply it to the cruise we are booked for in late August. (Alternately we can cash out any time up to end of 2021). Disappointing, but entirely what we predicted. And the right and responsible thing for them to do. Fortunately we had no flights to worry about, and losing cost of a hotel night is small potatoes. Better safe than sick. So much in my diary through to August has been cancelled or has change
  3. The info above is also present in The Week: https://theweek.com/speedreads/901770/entire-country-norway-shutting-down in which the article notes: "Additionally, everyone entering Norway from anywhere other than another Nordic country will be required to be home-quarantined, regardless of symptoms — one of the most drastic measures taken in Europe so far. Healthcare professionals are no longer allowed to travel abroad, and the country is encouraging its citizens traveling abroad to return home at once." Perhaps it is unsurprising. According to https://www.worldometers.info/c
  4. This article in a Norwegian newspaper/site today: https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/i/MRbqmR/fhi-anslaar-full-epidemi-fra-mai-helsekonsekvensene-blir-store (Google translated it for me) states that they expect that they will be in full epidemic stage in May, perhaps lasting through to October (which would scupper both our May and August cruises). Also suggests they are thinking of sending uninfected tourists home/preventing entry. Closing schools, universities, all businesses in hospitality industry, and a range of other measures: " Kindergartens, kindergartens, secondar
  5. I don't think an end date has been set. I suppose worth noting that ships currently can dock, but not disembark
  6. Bergen and Stavanger have apparently closed today. That rather scuppers our 2 cruises this year. Will have to wait see if things change. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/03/11/cruise-ship-passengers-banned-from-bergen-as-coronavirus-cases-rise-in-norway/?fbclid=IwAR2ld-W9bcWk5svx-D3Ky_rQThq1OvSczP03DWeydmHOObwogACDYwUIbrM#54962b7d348a
  7. Oh poop. We are supposed to be going to the Fjords in May and August on Silhouette. Now, who knows. Bergen and Stavanger have apparently closed to cruise ships. https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidnikel/2020/03/11/cruise-ship-passengers-banned-from-bergen-as-coronavirus-cases-rise-in-norway/?fbclid=IwAR2ld-W9bcWk5svx-D3Ky_rQThq1OvSczP03DWeydmHOObwogACDYwUIbrM#54962b7d348a We will wait and see. We would be happy to go even if we could only get on and off in Southampton and sail through the fjords (we have been before).
  8. Cruising to Norway in May. If the cruise happens (i.e. the ship does its TA reposition, UK and Norway don't close to cruise ships) and provided we don't have it, we plan to go.
  9. We have sailed on NCL and Celebrity. Food on Celebrity is much better. Sushi on 5 is great. We prefer Murano to Tuscan, but like both. Yes, they do. You can also get them at the Mast Grill. Yes. Enjoy your cruise!
  10. Am I right in thinking that an E-Ticket ride means that the seas are so rough it is like being on a rollercoaster?
  11. I love the randomness of the OP. You can have all the butter you want.
  12. Re the OP - yes, we have. We have cruised with Celebrity, NCL and MSC (Yacht Club). When we started cruising we did lots and lots of excursions. We enjoyed most of those but found them tiring. Over time we learnt only to book shorter excursions and only if they were things we really wanted to do/see. (So, we loved going to Giants Causeway and Blue Lagoon on our Iceland and Ireland cruise for example. We enjoyed Flam railway in Norway). Last year we had an MSC Yacht Club cruise. It was all about getting away and not at all about the destinations - so we didnt get off the
  13. A non-issue that I will illustrate with a short joke. What is the difference between oral and rectal thermometers? Answer: The taste.
  14. I think it is important that TAs work for us, not the other way around. You can fire your TA.
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