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Elephant1151

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    Cunard
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    South Africa

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  1. I contacted our TA Part of the message was omitted:- What does this mean for my customers? As this is a change to our existing policy that ran until 31 December 2021, guests who are sailing before 31 December 2021, and have members of their travelling party aged 17 and under, have the following options: · Keep the booking. If all guests on the booking will meet the criteria of our vaccination policy, they will need to complete a web form by 6 October 2021 to confirm that guests of all ages will meet the vaccination policy and are able to travel. Completing this form will prevent the booking being cancelled. A link to this form has been directly emailed to them. Please note, we will only be asking customers to complete this form if a member of their travelling party are aged 17 and under. This shows the importance of checking before posting to make sure the information is complete and correct.
  2. Please contact your TA ASAP as this could be so misleading if incorrect.
  3. d to be back at long last with Queen Elizabeth having resumed sailing in August. Our number one priority upon our return has always been, and remains, the well-being of everyone on board and in the destinations we visit. In October this year, we will set sail on our first international itineraries since our pause in operations. We continue to work hand in hand with authorities and regional partners in the destinations we visit to ensure we comply with evolving local protocols. We are continually monitoring the entry requirements of the ports on our upcoming planned itineraries and following our latest review it has become necessary to make a change to our vaccination policy. All guests of all ages will need to be fully vaccinated in order to travel on any voyage departing from 13 October 2021, up to and including 17 April 2022 for Queen Mary 2 and up to and including 17 May 2022 for Queen Elizabeth. The vaccine policy currently does not apply to sailings on Queen Victoria, who is scheduled to return to service on 22 April 2022. Our definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is a minimum of 14 days following the second dose of the currently approved Covid-19 vaccines or 14 days following the approved single-dose Janssen Covid-19 vaccine being administered. Please note, a single dose of any other vaccine will not be deemed 'fully vaccinated'. Further details of our vaccination and testing policy can be found on our website. This is a change from our previous stated vaccination policy. If any guests on your booking will be impacted by this change, you will be able to take advantage of our flexible transfer policy. For added peace of mind, our flexible transfer policy means you can move your booking, free of charge and as many times as you like, prior to the balance due date. Moreover, in order to provide booked guests with as much flexibility as possible we have taken the decision to relax our balance due payment terms on all holidays departing up to and including 31 March 2022, to 30 days prior to departure. You can find our latest booking terms here. Thank you once again for your continued understanding and support.
  4. Just received the following from Cunard regarding our 14th January 2022 sailing:- If you are having problems viewing this email click here. 0344 338 8633 Help & advice Dining Going ashore Spa Travel documents Important information about your upcoming voyage. Dear Mrs Wade, after such a long time away, we’re delighted to be back at long last with Queen Elizabeth having resumed sailing in August. Our number one priority upon our return has always been, and remains, the well-being of everyone on board and in the destinations we visit. In October this year, we will set sail on our first international itineraries since our pause in operations. We continue to work hand in hand with authorities and regional partners in the destinations we visit to ensure we comply with evolving local protocols. We are continually monitoring the entry requirements of the ports on our upcoming planned itineraries and following our latest review it has become necessary to make a change to our vaccination policy. All guests of all ages will need to be fully vaccinated in order to travel on any voyage departing from 13 October 2021, up to and including 17 April 2022 for Queen Mary 2 and up to and including 17 May 2022 for Queen Elizabeth. The vaccine policy currently does not apply to sailings on Queen Victoria, who is scheduled to return to service on 22 April 2022. Our definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ is a minimum of 14 days following the second dose of the currently approved Covid-19 vaccines or 14 days following the approved single-dose Janssen Covid-19 vaccine being administered. Please note, a single dose of any other vaccine will not be deemed 'fully vaccinated'. Further details of our vaccination and testing policy can be found on our website. This is a change from our previous stated vaccination policy. If any guests on your booking will be impacted by this change, you will be able to take advantage of our flexible transfer policy. For added peace of mind, our flexible transfer policy means you can move your booking, free of charge and as many times as you like, prior to the balance due date. Moreover, in order to provide booked guests with as much flexibility as possible we have taken the decision to relax our balance due payment terms on all holidays departing up to and including 31 March 2022, to 30 days prior to departure. You can find our latest booking terms here. Thank you once again for your continued understanding and support.
  5. The costs of the tests as per Cunard's website are:- We also organise testing which will be required to disembark the ship in Southampton, as per UK government requirements, and testing that may also be required to go ashore in various destinations on your itinerary. These tests will be available to purchase on board (at a cost of £18/$25 per antigen test per person and £25/$35 per PCR test per person). Currently, the majority of ports we will be visiting this year do not require entry testing. During your holiday, destinations on your itinerary may have various documentation requirements. You are responsible for meeting the entry requirements of each destination but we will be happy to guide you through all testing and documentation needs on board. All other Cunard voyages on sale do not currently require guests to be vaccinated. This vaccination and testing policy is reviewed on a regular basis as the global situation continues to evolve. At the time of travel, some ports of call may stipulate specific vaccine policies for guests going ashore that differ from this policy.
  6. We are on the 14th January 2022 voyage to the Caribbean - 28 days. Only 4 formal nights when it is usually 2 per week except in the islands. I would have exoected 6 - 7 Formal nights. Oh well hope this is not a taster for a World Cruise. Last year around South America 78 nights and 19 formal nights as I recall. After all the time spent in lockdown - it will be a pleasure to dress for dinner.
  7. I have been cruising for over 50 years. I love to dress for dinner a smart/cocktail dress for informal, evening dress for formal nights and trousers and smart top on casual nights. I shall continue as I wish as this is part of my voyage and let others dress as they wish as it is their choice. It is for the staff to ensure conformity of the dress code. As long as I can satisfy myself I conform so be it. If it means sending luggage ahead on a world cruise I am happy to do so . We are all individuals and our dress reflects this. I choose to travel with Cunard because I like their standards but I accept the world is changing and so are attitudes.
  8. We are booked on this cruise to Barcelona and intend to fly out earlier for a few days in Vancouver. The flights were booked at the same time as the cruise but we have no other information to date. The flights included one night hotel and transfers, but we may need to downgrade to flights only and arrange our own transfersas we intend to deviate from the package. I am not too concerned at the moment as it is so far off. Still sorting out FCC's and FCD's from several cancelled cruises.
  9. I did not enquire but I am sure if you contacted them they would inform you.
  10. Sorted - booked parking with Parking4cruises who state they will have EV Charger when they move to new premises. Booked hotel near the port with parking for the one night,.
  11. We are looking to book a hotel in Southampton area for a pre cruise stay. Some state they have EV charging but in fact are in a car park away from the hotel. This is a back up as we are hoping to book cruise parking with an EV charge. Has anyone had experience please?
  12. Something to aim for. Time to get in shape and bring out the evening dresses. We are booked on that voyage which sold so fast, I understand not all the cabins have been released. Looking forward to being back onboard, we were on QV Around South America when Covid 19 put the end to future trips for the moment. Two World Cruises 2 trips to Japan/Australia and Barcelona to Melbourne, cancelled, everything crossed this wil go ahead.
  13. We have managed to get a Grill stateroom but not our first 4 choices of cabin. The system always seems to go down on launch day, such is the joy of technology.
  14. On non formal nights a nice silk top and trousers or cocktail/smart dress is OK. I am from the UK so loook at Jacques Vert and Phase Eight for inspiration. Ebay and Facebook Marketplace are great for new clothes as sellers remorse is very evident, so many for sale with tags still on.
  15. Yes they do put the pull downs back into the ceiling during the day.
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