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  1. I've been very tempted to do one of these, either with Cunard or princess. Today with news of rising covid rates in Europe I'm not sure if they will go ahead as planned. Plus there is the whole issue of what will be different. I except masks in public areas of the ship and when walking in corridors, but will room stewards still make up your room daily... Or just leave fresh towels out side your door? ( as some uk hotels are). Will the ship corridors have one way system? I see princess buffets will be served to you, but I'm not sure what other things will be different.
  2. I’d agree with you... The only thing I find odd is that Italy is going a head with it's ‘Italians only’ cruises. I think those will have all the issues that you've outlined, so I don't know how they can still cruise.
  3. I know this is an old thread but as there is not much cruising going on at the moment. I'm finding it an interesting read, particularly as I'm an acupuncturist. Lol. I've never worked on board but had an interesting chat with the onboard acupuncturist on my last cruise. I wanted to find out how he worked and treated as I suspected it would be very different to the way I work in my home based clinic. So I hope I can answer some of your questions. Yes acupuncture is an effective treatment for many conditions. The world health organisation has a long list of conditions that respond well
  4. I can see this I a wise move by Saga, boosting confidence amongst their customer base( and shareholders! ). They are a line for older UK passenger so it would be a good fit. I wonder where it leaves other cruise lines with a different demographic of passengers? I’m 55 so I don't see me cruising anytime soon as I'm way down the vaccine list. Then there are other cruise lines like Royal Caribbean, who cater for family groups on their massive ships. They are even further away from getting the vaccine than me. I'm uncertain about Saga’s approach. On one hand is good news that cruising ma
  5. Sorry to point out the obvious: your son is a recovering alcoholic and you want to buy him a cruise as a wedding present???!!!! The one place where you are guaranteed to be surrounded by free flowing alcohol and drinks packages! If he’s stopped drinking, why not show him your support and buy him something that him and his new wife can really enjoy with out temptation being constantly thrown in his face. I work with addicts and kicking a so called socially acceptable addiction is one of the hardest.
  6. I’ve seen estate agents offer 3 d tours of houses that are for sale and there is a river cruise company that does 3D tours of their boats. https://www.scenic.co.uk/our-ships/life-on-board/360-virtual-tour Does anyone know of any cruise lines that do them? Then I can get my fix having a virtual walk about the ship. :)
  7. Just as we are having a hot spell again, hubby has a week off work. All being well we plan to drive to Lyme Regis for a spot of fossil hunting tomorrow. If time and energy allow, we might come back via Weymouth and see if we can spot QV in the bay 🙂
  8. Ah, that may well explain what I have been seeing. We have been looking at Norway and the med, where prices are a lot more on Celebrity than Cunard who didn’t include a free drinks package. As people always say, there is never such a thing as a free drinks package, it’s just added into the cost of the cruise. i would have loved a Norway cruise on celebrity.
  9. I would love it if they brought in some uk deals that were just the cruise fare and not deals that included a free drinks package. It makes the base cost of the cruise too expensive for us... and pointless as we both don’t drink alcohol. We booked our last cruise ( cancelled with Covid) with Cunard for exactly this reason.
  10. I’ve just seen that some airlines are offering flights that go over antarica then land back at the same airport, so people can still enjoy the buzz of flying. Scheduled Cunard cruises are now cancelled till May 2021, so as that date approaches do you think Cunard will offer day or weekend cruises? They could do it with a very reduced capacity offering a day experience with meals and a show. They could even do it with the boat still tied up. what do you think?
  11. Funny, it was a first pub night out for us tonight. Ham, egg and chips and a glass of prosseco. Fairly basic, but it was fantastic being out 🙂
  12. We are in our mid 50’s and have only experienced 3 lines so far ( carnival, royal carebean and celebrity). I don't think virgin will be for us. We have to save for a few years to go on a cruise, it's a real treat for us, so I look forward to a bit of luxury. I can see they want modern and sleek, but it all looks like a shopping center / airport lounge to me.
  13. I wonder if big cruise ships could moor up somewhere and open as an out door theme park / cafe area. No indoor cabins and upee deck buffets could open as waiter service restaurants. 🙂 I could get my cruise fix then
  14. I will cruise when I see how things settle down. It might be autumn next year or 2022, but first I want to see what sort of differences become the norm. One thing, either for cruise on land based holiday. I'll be booking at short notice as I was a bit miffed that I paid the balance months before the cruise but had to wait weeks for a refund.
  15. For European sailings I think it's important to realise that all cruise ships will be subject to the regulations of the countries of ports that want to dock in. So If a ship visits several countries, it will have to comply with each of their restrictions. Even around the uk cruises aren't that simple as Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland each have their own different restrictions on travel etc. At the moment I think a mandatory 14day quarantine is required for all people entering the uk, so if you are from the uk... You could do an around the uk cruise... But best to stick to Eng
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