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  1. 1 hour ago, wlhug said:

    Hi I am booked on the MSC Virtuosa sailing from Southampton on 14th of September however very concerned about the recent media reports on the covid outbreak on the cruises around the UK.  I am double vaccinated and in good health should I cancel or should I continue with my cruise.  I am very conscious of the disease and will follow protocol all the time ie facemask etc.  What are other cruises doing 

     

    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. 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.

  3. 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.  

  4. 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/

     

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  5. 32 minutes ago, burnoutbabe said:

    How much would a taxi from the railway station be of interest? I have only just heard of this extra test and need to arrive 2 hours earlier, luckily before i booked my trains. it doesn't look tooo far.

     

    Least they take us from the test place to the ship!

     

    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.

     

  6. 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.

     

     

  7. 1 hour ago, les37b said:

    Many thanks guys.... 

     

    Is this place anywhere near the terminal car park? ie do we need to use their car park or is it close enough to walk?

     

    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
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  8. 6 hours ago, johnnylikely said:

    Thanks for that.

    Do you think that the covid test will be the throat swab?

    I think the other cruise liners have opted for just the nasal swab...

     

    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

     

     

     

     

     

     

  9. 7 hours ago, dippyblond said:

    Thank you very much, using I phone also.

    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.

  10. 21 minutes ago, Wansbrough said:

    So how did you come by all this information, I've received nothing? 

     

    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.

  11. 9 minutes ago, les37b said:

    This may be a bit of a dumb question, and I've not found the answer on here....

     

     

    I know when I boarded Virtuosa, I had to do a Covid test at the port before posting. I know other CL have similar protocols in place.

     

    My wife just commented she hadn't seen any reference for boarding Scarlet Lady for a pre-test or at the port - just a health questionnaire to fill in.

    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.

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  12. On 5/6/2021 at 10:37 AM, TAP Cruiser said:

    I understand that all passengers will have had 2 vaccinations and a covid test . Anyone know if the tests will be provided or do we arrive with proof of  negative test ?

     

    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.

  13. 29 minutes ago, dippyblond said:

    I’ve been using the app, booked everything I needed for summer sailing now app not working!  If I delete it and reinstall it would I lose all my bookings??

    Mine didn't using iPhone

  14. 3 hours ago, garymfreedman said:

    Wow-I can't wait...:).. Website does not show it anymore, but it initially said there was a tops optional area......

    I am sure that  NCL had a topless sun deck area on Epic , but believe that policy has now changed.

  15. 15 minutes ago, terrierjohn said:

    From my experience 6 nights has always been the same as 7 days, and at present the Carnival shareholder benefit is on days, so 6 nights would qualify for the 7-13 days benefit, and 13 nights would qualify for the 14 days or longer, and anything les than 6 nights will qualify for the 6 days or less benefit, which has always been the case.

     

    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.

  16. 10 minutes ago, jaydee6969 said:

     

    Carnival do not count embarkation day and disembarkation day as separate days.  It is no difference from P&O nights or Carnival days.

     

    Look at this 6 day carnival cruise on board for 7 days, this would be classified as a 6 night P&O cruise.

     

    https://www.carnival.com/itinerary/6-day-the-bahamas-cruise/charleston/sunshine/6-days/ba4?abCode=&currency=USD&hideSailingEvents=true&itinportcode=chs&locality=1&military=N&numGuests=2&offerCode=&pastGuest=N&promoCode=&rateCode=&roomType=IS&sailDate=02252024&senior=N&smp=Y

     

    Or am I missing something again?

    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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