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  1. CMV has extended the suspension of cruises until at least 30 June.
  2. The intention was certainly not to give any slight. I am sorry if that has been the case. It was, perhaps, a clumsy sentence so I will do my best to be more careful in future.
  3. Actually, I don't think that I said that I "take no interest", just that I basically mind my own business.
  4. I find myself in a quandry too. I am booked on the January 2021 world cruise and am due to pay the remainder of the monies (around £11.5K) by mid August. If I decide to go ahead and the cruise is cancelled I, no doubt, will face many months trying to get it back if the experience so far is anything to go by or be offered this FCC of 125% perhaps. If, by some chance and I wouldn't rule it out totally, CMV stop operating altogether I will lose the lot. I am torn between paying the full amount or pulling out and losing my £1.5K deposit. If only CMV were as upfront and as reasonabl
  5. From my own experience on Columbus nobody batted an eye at people in the MDR on formal nights who were wearing a decent collared shirt and tailored trousers. Most are just interested inwhat's going on in their own parties.
  6. I am sorry that CMV are being so tardy in letting people know what is going on. It is not good enough and damages the reputation of the company if they are not keeping their customers fully informed of developments even in an uncertain age such as we are in presently.
  7. Hi, Re.excursions. I went on 26 ship organised excursions during my world trip on Columbus in 2018 and the average cost for a half day one was in the range of £39 - £49. I only went on one full day excursion and that was to Petra. Including the 5 hour coach round trip, buffet lunch and a guided tour the total cost was £129. Not cheap but I would have paid more just to visit this amazing site. In general, the excursions were well organised and did what the brochure said it would. No complaints.
  8. I was a first time cruiser when I went on Columbus's round the world trip in 2018. It was a great 4 months experience: the crew were very attentive, the cabins were spacious and the staff were forever sanitizing the surfaces within the ship which was reassuring. In my view the overall service was excellent. There were plenty of onboard activities every day e.g quizzes, dance classes, craft activities, choirs etc. The food was invariably tasty and with plenty of choices even though it might not have been classed as luxury. No, it's not Cunard or, perhaps, some of the American based cruise
  9. If those over 70 are advised not to cruise, and they take heed of that advice, then I foresee a number of cruise lines going bust.
  10. That's a pity, I'm currently booked on a cruise in January 2021!!!
  11. Nice pics - thanks. I am booked on the world cruise on Columbus in January but am having second thoughts at present in the light of what has happened with this year's cruise. However, still plenty of time to make my mind up one way or another.
  12. Are the Canadian ports different enough from one another?
  13. I am booked on CMV's world cruise in January 2021 but am now considering seriously whether to cancel that and take a couple of shorter cruises that year with P&O who obviously know how to treat their guests somewhat more kindly.
  14. CMV are going to lose a lot of potential and existing passengers unless they copy the likes of P&O and show a little more humanity. If they don't show they care more about their passengers than simply their own bottom line, in years to come, I suspect they will deeply regret the loss of goodwill and loyalty that they have tried to build up during their existence. Poor show.
  15. Hi Evesham; sorry I did not read your request correctly - blame old age and failing eyesight! Hope you enjoy your trip. I have a friend who has travelled on Marco Polo a number of times and has pretty much enjoyed all the voyages.
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