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  1. So today the Foreign and Commonwealth announced that British Citizens should not travel by cruise ship. This applies to both Ocean and River Cruises. We also have a cruise out of Fort Lauderdale in April so fingers crossed this restriction is lifted by then as travel insurance is invalidated for travel against FCO advice. Then of course we have to hope that the US will lift the ban on Brits entering the country by then. I’m glad we have no earlier plans. April is a long way off.
  2. Today the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have advised against cruise ship travel for all British citizens at the present time. I wouldn’t want to try to make any insurance claim for travel after this announcement.
  3. I don’t think it’s relevant now. We use both a UK and US travel agent to book our cruises. We research every cruise and compare price, perks, refundable or non refundable deposits. Like that the deposit goes directly to the cruise line in the US and is not held by the travel agent who could go out of business. We sometimes book with future cruise desks to get the extra OBC or whatever they are offering. They usually ask which travel agent we want the booking to go to. If you don’t specify, they automatically send it to the agent you have used for the current cruise. We have never used any other address than our own home UK address. Some years ago we were refused by 2 different large US cruise agencies but I think that has changed now. The currency exchange rate is a big consideration but if the cost becomes out of the budget we are willing to pay, then cancel and get the deposit back if booked in the US. I must stress that this is for Royal and Celebrity. Other cruise lines, don’t know their policy.
  4. Well I watched and certainly felt like a cruise bashing programme. Princess mainly.
  5. Thanks everyone for your input. I have learned something new. I did not know 100.5 was the upper temp limit. I was interested to hear if the cruise lines would assist financially and again, I now know that some, if not all will. I agree totally about the arrival the day before the cruise. At least one day. I am hoping that the travel insurance business will be willing to underwrite Covid Cover if an additional supplement is paid. Much as the supplement for over 75 yr old cover or extended trips. I believe this is available now in the US.
  6. So the scenario is this: Mr and Mrs Cruiser arrive at the port (both are over 65) after a long, tiring flight from their home where it rarely gets above 65. It is in the high 80s so both are hot and bothered. Temp is taken by check in staff and it is above the required limit. They are refused boarding despite having no other symptoms. Travel insurance is not valid for Covid 19 problems. Would the cruise line assist or offer any compensation? I anticipate the answer is no, they are not required to offer anything but curious to know what the procedure would be and I’m sure someone on these boards will know.
  7. My email is e 4 l s mail at a o l d o t c o m - let’s see. Are you sailing from Southampton?
  8. Now I know you. Lysle still has that white jacket and it still fits. Would love to meet up with you again one day on a cruise. Best regards from us both.
  9. You almost got it right. Just missed an S. Can you just remind me which cruise? We have met so many lovely people on our cruises that I sometimes don’t keep up. Best regards, Elaine
  10. I had no problem with the Reflection TA or the Apex TA. Made reservations for both. The next cruise on the Apex is only showing the Tuscan available and no dining packages available. It just seems strange that everything is fully available on the TA and then nothing for the next week which made me wonder about a partial charter.
  11. I am hoping by November 2021 we will be back to “normal” cruising. If it was due to restrictions then surely the same thing would apply to the cruise immediately prior to this one also.
  12. Thanks. I know it’s a long way off so I’ll just check now and again.
  13. Way ahead I know but I am curious to know why 3 out of 4 dining rooms are unavailable for our Apex cruise in Nov next year. We are on the Transatlantic and all dining rooms are available for reservations (I have been bored enough during the lockdown to entertain myself making bookings). We are on the following Caribbean cruise and only the Tuscan is showing as available. I’m now wondering if maybe there is a large group or convention on that cruise and the other 3 MDRs are reserved for them. Any way to find out? or am I being pessimistic. Have no desire to cruise on a ship where we don’t have access to all facilities.
  14. We are on the same cruise. Paid $2855US for a 1b balcony with 3 perks in January. if we were paying current prices we wouldn’t book.
  15. Yep. Reflection April 19th Fort Lauderdale to Amsterdam. 7 sea days followed by the Azores, Lisbon, La Corunna, Bilbao, Le Havre, Zeebrugge, Amsterdam. 16 nights. However, if you are Royal fans this probably won’t be lively enough. We enjoy both.
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