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Jayayeff

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  1. You'd be right there - you clearly weren't around when it first made its appearance on Crystal..😀😀 I guess it would be asking too much to get what I would have preferred all those years ago - bring on the gelato!!!!! 😀😀 Anne...
  2. She certainly is, but we definitely don't refer to any of it as Lizzies!!!! 😱 Anne...
  3. At least you knew what she was talking about, I'm a Brit and had no clue - I have never heard our 'money' referred to a Lizzies....😀 Anne...
  4. You can stay within Port Rashid if you like as the QE2 is now moored there and open as a hotel (Queen Elizabeth 2 Hotel). Alternatively there are several hotels quite close to the port. You can check out The Canvas Dubai (A Mgallery Collection hotel) or the Hyatt Place Dubai, Jumeirah. If you are looking for budget hotels then try either the Mercure Gold or the Holiday Inn Express, Jumeirah... If you need any further suggestions, let me know... Anne..
  5. Two or three or in my case four mix and match doses!!!! After initially receiving two doses of one of the older technology 'inactive' vaccines back in January at the post 6 months date I was given the option of a booster shot of the same vaccine, or revaccination with one of the new technology mRNA vaccines (Pfizer in my case). Come Friday morning I will have become one of 'guinea pigs' who has now had two doses of two different vaccines....Am I any better for all of this, who knows, and as the saying on this board goes - time will tell...😀 Anne...
  6. I thought you were joking when I began reading this post but clearly you weren't. I can think of several words to describe those 'old time WC'ers' but I suspect this post would be short lived if I did!!!! That practice takes the concept of one step forward, two steps back to a whole new level... Anne...
  7. Really, you would never know that!!! Other than the occasional comment in response to posts from people I 'know' on this board, I gave up posting anything constructive long ago!!! 😀 Anne...
  8. You can have mine!!! I don't know how you managed to train your brain not to be light sensitive - I've been travelling for probably a lot longer than you and mine still says blackout or no sleep!!!! 😴 Anne..
  9. I think the reason for the fare differences of the various voyages mentioned is due mainly to their timing. The 2022 voyage is quite late for the Europe to Middle East route - they are usually scheduled in late October, and that route is well served at that time of year as cruise lines reposition ships from Europe to Asia, or for the Middle East winter season… I think this cruise and the following roundtrip Abu Dhabi cruise are well priced to draw interest to the Holiday Cruise, which sails from Abu Dhabi to Mumbai with an included excursion to the Taj Mahal… I’ve lived in the Middle East for many years and as far as weather goes it will not be unbearably hot anywhere along the route, in fact the first half could be quite cool with the possibility of rain. Temperatures will rise during the second half but you’ll also find daylight hours will shorten. December highs here are in the mid to high 20’sC but it is dark by 5.30pm… I did this itinerary in reverse several years ago and doing both Cairo and Luxor was easily doable as we had port calls in both Alexandria and Safaga but I wouldn’t recommend trying to do both from Safaga - you really would be rushed to see anything in any detail. Luxor or Cairo both warrant an overnight excursion… At least with the overnight port call in Aqaba there is the opportunity to take excursions to both Petra and Wadi Rum.. This is a great fare, an interesting itinerary and my favourite ship - I wouldn’t hesitate to book it…. 😀😀 Anne..
  10. Not a big surprise, but a big disappointment - I was hoping the final segment of the QM2’s voyage would be my means of returning to the UK next year without having to get on a plane!!!! 🥲🥲 Anne…
  11. I know we are in different time zones but the Serenity isn't just arriving, she has been docked in Cadiz since yesterday!!! 🤔 Anne...
  12. Hi Jay Will you be bravely returning to cruising when the Symphony restarts operations?? According to the Visit Antigua website all arriving passengers must have a negative PCR test result taken within the 7 days prior to arrival… Here’s the link to their website.. https://visitantiguabarbuda.com/travel-advisory/ Enjoy your trip… Anne…
  13. I have no idea where NPR reports from but I saw this pop up on my internet feed just yesterday…It certainly looks as though the Delta strain is being reported to be on the rise in the USA… https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/06/08/1004597294/the-highly-contagious-delta-variant-of-covid-is-on-the-rise-in-the-u-s Anne
  14. The transit is over now and the ship is now in the Mediterranean, I believe heading for Cyprus… It was a daytime transit for me as I live out here!!!! Anne..
  15. and especially for Roy (rafinmd) I also managed to catch the exact moment Crystal Serenity sailed past the Ever Given container ship st her anchorage in the Great Bitter Lake…. Anne
  16. For those of you not on the same time zone as me here are a few screenshots from my iPad of the Serenity as she transits the Suez Canal his morning… Sunrise over the Sinai Desert Canal Transit I’ll try to get some more later in the day.. Anne…
  17. Funny you should mention that - it was the first thing that sprung to my mind. I can't think why....😁 Anne...🤠
  18. I’m with you on this one - I couldn’t believe what I was reading. However, considering the number of for v against comments I can only assume it must be an ‘outsider’ view!!!! I’m already on the countdown to receive my booster shot!!! Anne
  19. Hi Maria, Sorry to hear your plans are still uncertain, I'll keep an eye on this thread now so if you do need anything else, you won't have to wait two months for me to reply!!!! Anne...
  20. Hi, Sorry it's taken so long to get back to you but with cruising paused for over a year I haven't even looked at CC during that time!!! As you already know the Expo site is well out of the city however, if you are comfortable using public transport and self-catering then you could look at either aparthotels or Airbnb's in either JLT (Jumeirah Lake Towers) or Dubai Marina as they both give easy access to the Metro (and the tram within Dubai Marina) which by October will run right to the Expo site. You can also go in the opposite direction and take the Metro into the city when you want to visit 'old' Dubai as both locations (directly across the highway from each other) are roughly midway between the two ... If you prefer regular hotels then again the are many within Dubai Marina, some with beachfront access, some not and in both JLT and Dubai Marina there are lots of dining options - especially within the Marina as the whole Marina Walk is a pedestrian zone... Anything else, please post and I'll check in more frequently from now onwards!! Anne..
  21. You haven't missed much Vince!!! I had a vague recollection of having visited during the Holiday cruise of 2015/16 but had to dig into my photo archives to confirm that!! There wasn't a lot to see or do - a scenic tour took us to a couple of forts and a coastal photo opp but my lasting memory is that it also included the airport!!!! Tour buses and tour guides were both pretty basic, but your never know, things may have improved in the last 5+ years....😀 Anne..
  22. and the Sunday Mail’s report/review of last night’s show..... https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8776447/Britains-Got-Talent-Comedy-singer-Jon-Courtenay-act-make-final.html Anne...
  23. Yes, if they are flying in then boarding the ship and not returning to the UAE a single entry visa would be sufficient... Anne...
  24. But not a new one - the UAE had a K9 detection team working in Dubai Airport a couple of months ago already.... https://www.thenational.ae/lifestyle/travel/watch-uae-police-dogs-detect-covid-19-at-dubai-airport-1.1057176 Anne...
  25. I saw this online today - Dubai port will reopen to cruise ships from the end of October but not seen anything yet on any other UAE ports... https://gulfnews.com/business/tourism/after-covid-19-global-cruise-lines-will-once-again-arrive-at-dubai-port-by-late-october-1.1600314367697?fbclid=IwAR0BS069usPy9C7bbag0jrw3WaUt-DL0hkOYl_RG1IHeetCpBxOw5jyukgM Anne..
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