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  1. If you’re ok with wearing a mask in public areas, you could book a Warner’s break? Very similar to cruising, but on land. No testing required as far as I’m aware? Or is wearing a mask also a no? If so, you might find a B&B in Blackpool or Southport that’s privately owned where the owner doesn’t believe in masks and stuff? If you don’t mind self catering, you could hire a caravan. I’m sure you’ll find a holiday to suit. Just have to get creative with ideas. Best of luck.
  2. I think the issue is that many people with Covid do actually ‘feel well’. They can present no symptoms at all. If a person with Covid, albeit no symptoms, were allowed to board a cruise ship, it could lead to a major breakout across all of the passengers and crew. This would result in cruising being set back again, and possibly some passengers or crew dying needlessly, just like last time.
  3. I was going to suggest you go with MSC instead as they’re not requiring any vaccines, but then I realised you are also refusing to have a test. Even MSC are requiring simple tests before boarding, so it looks like you might not be cruising for a while unless you can get over your fear of the tests. They’re really not uncomfortable, and I’d hate to think I’d be losing an opportunity for a great cruising holiday because I was afraid of the test. They take about 20 seconds to do. Maybe try a HomeKit first so you can see what to expect? I wish you the best of luck.
  4. Let’s imagine (in a dream summer) Southampton - Bristol - Liverpool - Belfast - Dublin - Southampton. Repeat 3 times, allowing guests to embark in their local port for a round trip back to their local port. That could be done quite easily, a la MSC. I can but dream! 😁
  5. But things can change in an instant, and we all know that based on the year we’ve just had. Never say never. 🤞
  6. Southampton is a long drive for those of us up North. P&O could attract a ton of new customers if were to offer special cruises from local ports for these initial cruises, e.g. Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle and perhaps Rosyth? Or even have 2 ships sailing in opposite directions to eachother doing round trips, where you can board for the entire sailing, or can switch at a port and make your way back (if time was of the essence). I’d book tomorrow if I could do a local cruise sailing from Liverpool. CMV and Fred Olsen have done very well with this model.
  7. Really enjoyed the programme, but have a question...does anyone know which ship the Presenter filmed her pieces in? Looked like a smaller ship? Also, for Po Go, as an ex crew member, I can assure you we were never given photos of previous passengers. If we remembered you, it’s because you stood out to us as a lovely person. I haven’t blowdried Mrs Rosenberg, Mrs Sanderson or Mrs Welch’s hair for over 20 years, but I’d spot them in the street if they passed me today and I’d be excited to hear about how they are doing and what they’ve been upto!
  8. I’m considering the itinerary as my travel mate is a first time world cruiser. I think the itinerary is ideal for that, as it includes the likes of Australia and New Zealand, which HAL have missed out. Haven’t HAL sacked all their in house dancers and singers lately though? Isn’t entertainment more or less, “as you make it” according to reviews (sadly)? MSC aren’t American, and they have some of the best entertainment at sea out there currently. Your post slightly irked me, as you’ve judged a product before it’s even launched, based on it being “not American”.
  9. Hiya folks, Just looking for feedback here. Fred Olsen bought the Rotterdam this year, as most of you know, and today they’ve launched their 2022 World Cruise itenary and pricing for the ship (now renamed Borealis). It’s more or less the same itenary as Zaandam for 2022 world cruise, but half the price. Zaandam starts at £19,400. Borealis starts at £9,999. That’s a huge price difference for what is essentially the same ship and itenary. How many of you would consider 2022 with Fred Olsen on the old Rotterdam vs Zaandam with HAL? I’m t
  10. So the World Cruise 2022 has been announced for Borealis (ex MS Rotterdam), and prices start at just £9,999. I had a sneak peek over at HAL, and the sister ship to Borealis, MS Zaandam, has prices beginning at £19,400 for the 2022 World Cruise, and it’s more or less the same intenary...on the same class, layout and style of ship (except Borealis is slightly bigger and a bit faster too). It’s seriously tempting me to book now, as I’m fearful places will go fast. HAL seasoned world cruisers know this ship well, and might just be tempted to “cross over” to Fred to cruise o
  11. I wonder how the tender process will work with social distancing requirements, plus more passengers to move relatively, as opposed to how it would have been on the smaller ships?
  12. Interesting news here folks...they’re determined to continue with the CMV offering of ex-uk no fly cruises. https://apple.news/AQHqZ1xSpQMq4lwSdIFEG6w “Sky News has learnt that a number of assets belonging to Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), which appointed administrators last month, have been sold to a new vehicle established by Christian Verhounig, its former chief executive.” "Having developed a much-loved brand over the past decade and hugely popular value-based niche no-fly cruise product, we have been simply overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and p
  13. I’m unsure about vibration, but both ships were built for world cruising, so I’d imagine they’re both still very sturdy. Perhaps minimal vibration when docking? If you like private space and a good view, there are 3 good options that most new passengers won’t be aware of until well into the cruise. The first is the crows nest. Once you’ve had breakfast in the Lido, come straight past the pool until you get to the entrance of the spa. Take the elevator or stairs one deck up, and you find yourself in the crows nest. It’s used as the nightclub. During the day h
  14. I haven’t sailed the Rotterdam or Amsterdam, but I have extensively sailed the Ryndam when she was with Holland America (identical layout, just slightly smaller in size), and I can say that there is plenty of outside space on these ships. Terrace balcony equivalents would be the Lanai cabins and veranda decks. The layout of these ships is honestly the best I’ve experienced; everything just ‘flows’. You never feel like you’re far from where you need to be, and everything feels like it’s ‘where it should be’. The gym, spa and salon give amazing morning workout v
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