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  1. That decision obviously will be for you to decide. However having being on 3 MSC Staycation cruises in May and June I felt safe, even safer than being in the supermarket or pub. Just ensure that you wash your hands and sanitise regularly and keep a safe distance from others , This virus is here to stay, the pictures and the press want sensation news, When passengers get Norovirus the sanitising people on board wear the same gear so it is just sensationalism.
  2. The Sealy Cunarder Mattress did come in two colours here in the UK, White as on the Ships or Cream as on their website which had a different pattern. You had to ask for the White colour fabric as on the ships. But that was several years ago. https://www.sealy.co.uk/cunard.html
  3. Have Cunard and P&O now reverted back to docking in Amsterdam Central , since they boycotted the extra passenger tax imposed by the Amsterdam authorities ? The ships before covid had started to use the docking facilities at Ijmuiden some 28Km (34min travelling by coach) away from Amsterdam Central. https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news-headlines/carnival-uk-switches-amsterdam-calls-ijmuiden
  4. I think Virgin placed a $250 pending transaction on to my Barclaycard as it showed as £180 something. I did not spend anything extra onboard, as my drinks bill whilst on board was paid for by Virgins on board credit and complimentary drinks. The pending transaction slipped off just after 2 weeks. I did however get a mini statement pushed under my cabin door after a few days onboard showing the declining credit. The app also displayed my credit balance even on disembarkation morning.
  5. Let's hope that the USA will accept the AZ vaccine when they allow UK visitors, otherwise it will only be passengers with the Pfizer allowed to travel. There are also people I know that had one of each jab, due to reaction of the first AZ Jab, Will be of interest if they will be classified as double jabbed by the USA authorities.
  6. For those on board, a secret gem is The Dock House Deck 7 Aft and order a few Mezze dishes. Octopus, shrimp and steak. Service stops at round 6.30pm,
  7. On Board Credit is shown on the webpage of Virgin Voyages, your account , upcoming voyages. which shows your voyage.
  8. Try signing out and resigning back in, it worked for me,
  9. Limoux said We will be in an electric car and looking for parking. Anyone have ideas? We could use CPS but they do not have charging points. Are there charging points in a local car park for after the cruise. Thanks in advance. There is one at the Park and ride, by the COVID test centre W4 Tipner Lane, Virgin Voyages are using presently shows as free to use. Get down early, charge car, Take test, return to Portsmouth Port to park, job done 😁 https://www.portsmouth.gov.uk/services/parking-roads-and-travel/travel/electric-charge-points/
  10. Agree, Taxi always less stress once paid (lol) P&R fare of £4 includes up to five passengers https://parkandride.portsmouth.gov.uk/maps.shtml#citycentre
  11. I would say £7 plus tip. so Bus P&R 3 every 30mins at £4 , 9mins journey from Civic offices, seems cheapest option or Stand D City shops, Route 8/or 20 with 8 stops and with short walk.alternative.
  12. For those not driving and not wishing a Taxi The PR 3 (Park& Ride 3) from Civic Offices driver can issue a ticket on the bus £4 , however other PR services tickets unavailable from driver only available at the Park & Ride. ( Silly system) . Route 8 and Route 20 bus services from City Shops South Stand D (8 stops) getting off at Mountbatten Centre, Stamshore and a 7 minute walk.
  13. Virgin say :- Quote, For Sailors arriving in their own car: Drive to the testing site at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK Park your car (temporarily) at the site, and go inside to the testing marquee Once inside, you’ll get your COVID-19 antigen test, and be asked to show proof of your COVID-19 inoculation Once you’re cleared to sail (having passed the tests), you’ll be given your luggage tags, your Band (the wearable), and an additional band to indicate that you’ve been cleared Afterwards, you can return to your car and drive to the port terminal where you can park and leave your car for the duration of your voyage For Sailors arriving by public transportation or being dropped off: Arrive at the testing site at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK Head inside to the testing marquee Once inside, you’ll get your COVID-19 antigen test, and be asked to show proof of your COVID-19 inoculation Once you’re cleared to sail (having passed the tests), you’ll be given your luggage tags, your Band (the wearable), and an additional band to indicate that you’ve been cleared You’ll then be transported to the port terminal via bus, where you’ll be able to board the ship
  14. NHS require both for the do it yourself antigen test, but MSC only did nose, will find out shortly what Virgin Cruises do. Virgin Cruises have now placed this link on the thread below https://virg.in/4qiF
  15. The details are also on the web, selecting UK Sailings, then pre-sail checklist https://www.virginvoyages.com/email/pre-sail-landing-hub
  16. in case you have not yet found this in the app ------ Quite important All on the Virgin Voyages app , scroll to "A new Wave of Health Measures" then Sea our full plan, scroll Health and Wellness TO DO's, the details, then read item 2 Complete the COVID-19 antigen test prior to boarding. Reading the Embarkation Prep (As Virgin say) as shown 24 Jul 2021 Covid Test will be done at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK at Virgins expense. Complete the COVID-19 antigen test prior to boarding In order to board at port in the UK, every Sailor will be tested for COVID prior to getting on the ship, and the rapid antigen tests take about 15 minutes to get a result. We will pick up the cost of the tests so that they are free of charge to all Sailors. Testing will take place near the port at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK, and transport Sailors over to the port afterwards. Please see below for details about arriving at our testing site. No matter how you plan on getting there, Sailors must arrive at the testing site no more than two (2) hours prior to your selected boarding time (selected in the app in Ready-to-Sail). Early arrival at the testing site will not result in an earlier embarkation; so please adhere to your selected embarkation time. For Sailors arriving in their own car: Drive to the testing site at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK Park your car (temporarily) at the site, and go inside to the testing marquee Once inside, you’ll get your COVID-19 antigen test, and be asked to show proof of your COVID-19 inoculation Once you’re cleared to sail (having passed the tests), you’ll be given your luggage tags, your Band (the wearable), and an additional band to indicate that you’ve been cleared Afterwards, you can return to your car and drive to the port terminal where you can park and leave your car for the duration of your voyage For Sailors arriving by public transportation or being dropped off: Arrive at the testing site at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK Head inside to the testing marquee Once inside, you’ll get your COVID-19 antigen test, and be asked to show proof of your COVID-19 inoculation Once you’re cleared to sail (having passed the tests), you’ll be given your luggage tags, your Band (the wearable), and an additional band to indicate that you’ve been cleared You’ll then be transported to the port terminal via bus, where you’ll be able to board the ship We’ll have additional details to share with you the week of July 19th — after the planned UK Step 4 COVID Response update has been announced. Please check back then for more detailed information.
  17. All on the Virgin Voyages app , scroll to "A new Wave of Health Measures" then Sea our full plan, scroll Health and Wellness TO DO's, the details, then read item 2 Complete the COVID-19 antigen test prior to boarding.
  18. There is this, Reading the Embarkation Prep (As Virgin say) as shown 24 Jul 2021 Covid Test will be done at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK at Virgins expense. Complete the COVID-19 antigen test prior to boarding In order to board at port in the UK, every Sailor will be tested for COVID prior to getting on the ship, and the rapid antigen tests take about 15 minutes to get a result. We will pick up the cost of the tests so that they are free of charge to all Sailors. Testing will take place near the port at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK, and transport Sailors over to the port afterwards. Please see below for details about arriving at our testing site. No matter how you plan on getting there, Sailors must arrive at the testing site no more than two (2) hours prior to your selected boarding time (selected in the app in Ready-to-Sail). Early arrival at the testing site will not result in an earlier embarkation; so please adhere to your selected embarkation time. For Sailors arriving in their own car: Drive to the testing site at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK Park your car (temporarily) at the site, and go inside to the testing marquee Once inside, you’ll get your COVID-19 antigen test, and be asked to show proof of your COVID-19 inoculation Once you’re cleared to sail (having passed the tests), you’ll be given your luggage tags, your Band (the wearable), and an additional band to indicate that you’ve been cleared Afterwards, you can return to your car and drive to the port terminal where you can park and leave your car for the duration of your voyage For Sailors arriving by public transportation or being dropped off: Arrive at the testing site at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK Head inside to the testing marquee Once inside, you’ll get your COVID-19 antigen test, and be asked to show proof of your COVID-19 inoculation Once you’re cleared to sail (having passed the tests), you’ll be given your luggage tags, your Band (the wearable), and an additional band to indicate that you’ve been cleared You’ll then be transported to the port terminal via bus, where you’ll be able to board the ship We’ll have additional details to share with you the week of July 19th — after the planned UK Step 4 COVID Response update has been announced. Please check back then for more detailed information.
  19. Reading the Embarkation Prep (As Virgin say) as shown 24 Jul 2021 Covid Test will be done at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK at Virgins expense. Complete the COVID-19 antigen test prior to boarding In order to board at port in the UK, every Sailor will be tested for COVID prior to getting on the ship, and the rapid antigen tests take about 15 minutes to get a result. We will pick up the cost of the tests so that they are free of charge to all Sailors. Testing will take place near the port at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK, and transport Sailors over to the port afterwards. Please see below for details about arriving at our testing site. No matter how you plan on getting there, Sailors must arrive at the testing site no more than two (2) hours prior to your selected boarding time (selected in the app in Ready-to-Sail). Early arrival at the testing site will not result in an earlier embarkation; so please adhere to your selected embarkation time. For Sailors arriving in their own car: Drive to the testing site at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK Park your car (temporarily) at the site, and go inside to the testing marquee Once inside, you’ll get your COVID-19 antigen test, and be asked to show proof of your COVID-19 inoculation Once you’re cleared to sail (having passed the tests), you’ll be given your luggage tags, your Band (the wearable), and an additional band to indicate that you’ve been cleared Afterwards, you can return to your car and drive to the port terminal where you can park and leave your car for the duration of your voyage For Sailors arriving by public transportation or being dropped off: Arrive at the testing site at W4 Tipner Ln, Portsmouth PO2 8RD, UK Head inside to the testing marquee Once inside, you’ll get your COVID-19 antigen test, and be asked to show proof of your COVID-19 inoculation Once you’re cleared to sail (having passed the tests), you’ll be given your luggage tags, your Band (the wearable), and an additional band to indicate that you’ve been cleared You’ll then be transported to the port terminal via bus, where you’ll be able to board the ship We’ll have additional details to share with you the week of July 19th — after the planned UK Step 4 COVID Response update has been announced. Please check back then for more detailed information.
  20. I am sure that NCL had a topless sun deck area on Epic , but believe that policy has now changed.
  21. I agree with you above, however my 6 nights (7days) on P&O although refused, as booked through the BLC card scheme has been shown as £30 declined. 7days according to Carnival shareholder obc should be £60 but not according to P&O ? Although the BLC discount is appreciated, and is open to all Blue Light employees and ex, as is the Military Discount scheme, run by same company. It appears that the shareholders in the UK are being disadvantaged. I can understand if the offers were only to shareholders, but they are not.
  22. I would say that is 7days as you are on board for 7 days but 6 nights so one should receive shareholders benefit for 7 days if counting days . or Shareholders benefit for 6 nights. If counting nights. It does make a difference
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