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  1. Perhaps Just no Blue ensign to hand, or he did not want anyone to know he was in Command. 😆
  2. Was that a single trip policy for that cruise ? as looking at the Health declaration for Annual Policy they do not cover pre existing conditions or even conditions likely to occur if taking blood pressure tablets/ cholesterol it would not cover a Heart attack or stroke, or am I missing something ? https://booking.allianz-assistance.co.uk/images/3183TVL_(1)_0316_Health_dec.pdf
  3. As Captain Christopher Wells was in the Royal Naval Reserve, he is entitled to Fly the Blue Ensign on ships under his command. Usually The Red ensign is flown on most ships in the UK Probably easier to just give you the link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Ensign
  4. Exactly you are not covered . Any one can book that is what the Cruise Companies are hoping .
  5. I beg to differ on that. Whilst FCO restrictions are in force then most Travel Insurance will not pay out, until restrictions are lifted even though you have booked. They will expect the Cruise Company to pay you back or a FCC. It does depend when you booked your policy, or if you have continuous renewal. see link here re one insurance co. https://www.coverforyou.com/faqs_travel.php#am-i-covered-for-a-cruise
  6. That is what I said. Presently the FCO are advising against Cruising. Once it is allowed then obviously Insurance is a must. However many passengers may not be insured for all costs even though they think they are, especially for Medical costs on board, whilst cruising to nowhere or Cruises just around UK. Which is classified as different to a Regular Cruise with a foreign port. Cruising Insurance presently is a minefield although a few are now actually stating what is covered.
  7. No rush as presently Travel insurance is null and void as presently if booked , will be against FCO advice.
  8. It just wont happen in my opinion. The Cruise Line will not want to threaten the bubble. For safe stress free cruising especially as this will be their first attempt at trying to get passengers back on board here in the UK . I would imagine that passengers will be watched very carefully by security and any breach will result in not being able to continue the cruise. It was MSC that back in August 2020 on Grandiosa that passengers were refused access to re board after violating Covid rules by breaking their social bubble and putting the ship and other guests at risk, after leaving an organised tour.
  9. See Cover for you is with AXA Travel Insurance, I just asked same question and they said yes subject to their usual get out clause, of t&c 😁 However I have AXA and as far as I can see as long as you have minimum 2 nights booked then your covered.
  10. The problem is being discussed over on the P&O Forum page, about Insurance companies not covering for On Board Medical expenses when a cruise is only in the UK waters. On board medical can run into hundreds of £ before you get to a NHS hospital. This appears to presently be a problem with these new Seacation cruises at the moment and the Insurance company. Many may find that they are not insured for travelling only in UK Waters. see thread https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/topic/2774984-travel-insurance-cruise-cover/
  11. Not only what documentation, but also the Insurance question re cover for onboard medical expenses, should you sadly need them in UK waters.
  12. Perhaps a vaccine passport may be a good idea ?
  13. MSC will work out of the New Cruise terminal next door to City Terminal at Berth 102 together with NCL https://www.abports.co.uk/media/04ic5uoc/southampton-port-plan.pdf https://www.abports.co.uk/news-and-media/latest-news/2020/port-of-southampton-to-open-new-cruise-terminal-for-2021-season/
  14. You may find that they were referring to the need of providing a negative test printed in duplicate 72hrs prior to boarding, when not having both Covid jabs, not forgoing requirement of their swab test prior to boarding https://www.msccruises.co.uk/health-and-safety-measures For MSC Virtuosa’ sailings around the British Isles in the upcoming months, we will initially welcome only UK residents of all ages, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated guests (i.e did not receive the full set of vaccine shots) will need to take a PCR (molecular) or antigen (lateral flow) swab test within 72 hours prior to the ship’s departure. The test results certificate must be printed in two copies and presented at the terminal in order to embark on the ship. The test is not required for fully-vaccinated (proof of vaccination needed) or under 2 years old guests. However, as per our stringent MSC Health & Safety protocol, all guests both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will need to undergo some Health and COVID 19 screenings including a COVID 19 swab test, a health questionnaire and a contactless temperature check, before boarding the ship.
  15. Why not stay the Night at a Southampton Hotel that offers parking for cruise passengers if Goverment Restrictions allow Leonardo Grand Harbour Holiday Inn Southampton https://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/southampton/leonardo-grand-harbour/cruising?utm_medium=cpc&gclid=CjwKCAjwpKCDBhBPEiwAFgBzjx88OZ-t2U69bskaJgdPdIR9wG52cgvaLe65f7HPCD_LE3DbFfOPRBoCfxsQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds https://hisouthamptonhotel.co.uk/stay-cruise/park-stay-cruise/ Or book the normal meet and greet Carpark companies at the port Try MSC https://www.msccruises.co.uk/manage-booking/before-you-go/parking https://www.cruiseparking.co.uk/
  16. Have received further information from MSC UK in a tweet "Hi, For MSC Virtuosa’ sailings around the British Isles, we will initially welcome only UK residents of all ages, both vaccinated and unvaccinated. All unvaccinated or partially vaccinated guests (i.e did not receive the full set of vaccine shots) will need to take a PCR (molecular) or antigen (lateral flow) swab test within 72 hours prior to the ship’s departure. The test results certificate must be printed in two copies and presented at the terminal in order to embark on the ship. The test is not required for fully-vaccinated (proof of vaccination needed) or under 2 years old guests. However, as per our stringent MSC Health & Safety protocol, all guests both vaccinated and unvaccinated, will need to undergo some Health and COVID 19 screenings including a COVID 19 swab test, a health questionnaire and a contactless temperature check, before boarding the ship." Looking at another problem with other cruise lines like P&O and Fred , is Cruise Insurance were some Insurance companies and Bank limit the amount for these UK Cruises, when apparently the Cruise Companies state that Cruise Insurance must include a combined medical and repatriation cover of £2 million minimum that includes cover for emergency evacuations and medical expenses related to COVID-19.. They apparently will check policies and deny boarding for those underinsured. Uncertain what MSC require but have so far only found this "The Company recommends that every Passenger should have adequate insurance policy which covers them sufficiently for Holiday Package cancellation, medical assistance and expenses, loss and/or damage of the luggage, from the time the Holiday Package has been confirmed as Booked to the end of the Holiday Package."
  17. Received this email from MSC when I asked earlier about what tests were needed. "Should you be non-vaccinated or only have had one vaccination, you will need to take an RT-PCR or antigen swab test within 72 hours prior to the ship’s departure. The test results certificate must be printed in two copies and presented at the terminal in order to embark on the ship."
  18. Are negative Covid tests prior to boarding Virtuosa required ? If so this could add a few additional ££ and inconvenience to the process of travelling.
  19. Re in bursed or keeping the Ponzi cruising scheme going ? 😄 I have stopped booking except for 1 but may book a UK though. Just stopped booking fed up with it, trying to keep track of cancelled and monies owed, just would be nice to be back cruising though.
  20. On the MSC Deck Plan for us in the UK it is shown as a Partial View. Same on the New Virtuosa
  21. My travel agent has advised me of this, that MSC are offering three options, these are as follows: 1. Rebook on the new sailings around the British Isles onboard MSC Virtuosa that are on sale from 1st April. These sailings will begin to depart from 12th June 2021 for 7 nights. This will include a non-refundable on-board credit of £250.00 per cabin which will be applied to your new reservation. We will be able to advise of new pricing. 2. Rebook onto a later sailing with MSC. MSC will be issuing new vouchers in early May that you can use to rebook, with an additional benefit of a non-refundable on board credit of €200 euros per cabin which will be applied to the new reservation once made. The new voucher can be applied to any new reservation they make for any of our sailings currently on sale. 3. Refund of all monies paid.
  22. If Zenith is the Highest on board that line then it should be Diamond with MSC
  23. The only thing to be aware of is your Cruise Insurance, as some stipulate you need a port of call ! Make sure you are covered, Evacuation if needed could be expensive !
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