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  1. Things getting worse again in the U.K. Having had a really bad time of it in the spring, things were improving over the summer, but now we are on the cusp of the second wave we were all warned about. Infections going up dramatically, but regional rather than national. University cities are hotspots. Lots of controversy about the treatment of university students, some of whom are being forcibly quarantined in their halls of residence. Deaths still low but increasing and we know from the first time around that there’s a lag between infections and deaths, though maybe if the infections
  2. I expect your “glares of disdain” sent her home feeling even more miserable and harassed than she already was - a little empathy wouldn’t go amiss.
  3. If the child was sneezing, it’s a cold, not Covid, and masks aren’t mandatory for young children (because trying to get children to comply with correct and sustained mask wearing is like trying to go on a cruise during a pandemic). Not trying to be argumentative, but caring for children through all this is difficult enough without being judged by random strangers who have no idea what you are dealing with and the daily difficult decisions and difficulties you have to navigate your way through.
  4. Here in England, we’ve just had new restrictions announced. Lockdown had worked well and we were lifting restrictions but, unfortunately, that’s resulted in a sharp increase in diagnosed cases (though mostly amongst young people at this stage). In my own county (rural, remote) after a month of no new cases, we’ve had 2 new cases this week. I know we’re lucky, but this has been a blow, after feeling like we were heading in the right direction. My attitude is not being helped by the fact we should have been flying to Venice to board Constellation this weekend ☹️.
  5. I think it something even more fundamental than generational or leadership or personal attitude - something in the national psyche about which takes precedence: individual freedoms or the communal good.
  6. Here in the U.K., the situation is improving. Our deaths have been the highest in Europe, and still near the top worldwide, though it seems likely those numbers are going to be massively overshadowed by the growing numbers elsewhere. I am very fortunate to live in a rural area which has been relatively unscathed, and I do not know a single person who has been affected. We’re in a sort of semi-restricted state but it’s not really being enforced so people are making their own decisions. The majority are being cautious but the media is full of reports of mass gatherings: beach
  7. We’re in Norfolk, England, which is a rural and coastal area of the UK. We’re very lucky as there have been very few cases locally, but we’re under the same lockdown as the rest of the UK: stay at home except for essential work and shopping and for exercise once a day. Shopping has been difficult (shortages and restrictions in the supermarkets and near impossible to get deliveries if you can’t shop in person) but this is starting to improve. We have two small shops in our village which we’re very grateful for, though there have been occasions when we couldn’t get milk, for example. We have loc
  8. In fairness, that’s the size of chair that there’s always been in the standard M class balcony cabins - it’s only Aqua & Concierge that had sofas. Also, am I right in thinking that Kelly Hoppen only designed the suites, not the other cabins, so isn’t responsible for these issues?
  9. That’s useful thank you. I’m glad I asked on here - you’re very helpful.
  10. Thank you both for your very helpful replies 🙂
  11. We have a port stop in Athens in September. Our number one must-see is the Acropolis but we would also really like to visit the National Archeological Museum, which I understand is a long way away from all the other attractions. I have been researching organised excursions and have not been able to find one which does both the Acropolis and the Archeological Museum, so I think we’ll have to do this independently. Does anyone have any advice about the best way to do this? Are the hop-on-hop-off buses any good? Are there massive queues at Piraeus to get on the HOHOs? I would be grate
  12. You can turn up any time within the dining room opening hours. Sometimes you’ll be seated immediately. At peak times, you may have to wait: they’ll give you a buzzer so you can go to a bar nearby while you wait. The first two nights tend to be very busy. At peak times there can be a long queue to request a table and then a wait for the table as well. After that, it settles down and you can often get in immediately. You can can request a table for two or a table with others. Often, if you request a table with others, you’ll get seated more quickly, as most people on Select Dining p
  13. With the CBP, you can get a bottle of water (unbranded) alongside another drink, so we got in the habit of asking for water every time we got a coffee or alcoholic drink, for each of us, and stockpiled as suggested above. Also, we would get a couple of bottles (one per person) whenever we were passing a bar. My husband (who gets migraines so needs to drink a lot of water) would nip up to the pool bar with my card as well as his a few times a day and stock up. Most servers were happy to give him 3 or 4 bottles on the 2 cards when he wasn’t getting anything else. If you’v
  14. On Connie a year ago, Select Dining was on the lower floor. It is a very big room and crowded, so you won’t necessarily be anywhere near the big windows. We didn’t bother making any reservations. When you go to enter the dining room, there are two queues, one for people who’ve made reservations and one for those without. On the first two nights, both queues were long at peak times (approx 7.00-8.30). People without reservations were sent away with a buzzer until a table came free. This isn’t a problem as the Rendezvous Lounge is right next to the dining roo
  15. 30 minutes might be a bit early but 15-20 is good. Once there is a bus full of people for each excursion, your number will be called and you’ll be on your way, so you can get away early by arriving early.
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