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  1. I know there are some people on this site who decry our NHS but it's threads like these that make me realise how fantastic its been with our vaccine rollout. All medical/carers, all those with pre-existing health conditions and all those over 50 have now been offered vaccines and this week we move onto over 40s. I realise we're a much smaller country but our centralised system has made the process so much easier to manage fairly
  2. If you're going to do shameless plugs about the Algarve I may well have to put you on ignore 😉😁 Portugal is my favourite country in Europe and the one I have visited most, particularly the Algarve. When our kids were younger we used to stay just outside Praia d'Oura and Falesia (Tomato Beach) was our favourite beach. In recent years we've been staying in Carvoeiro and even managed 2 weeks there last September, We have 2 more holidays booked to Portugal this year - June and September. I'm less hopeful for June but have more confidence that September (Porto, then driving down to Algarve, stoppin
  3. 3 of our best ever cruises have been from Sydney: Sydney to Singapore, Sydney around NZ to Fremantle and trans-pacific to Seattle. Each cruise preceded by staying with family (north of Sydney) and side trips to Blue Mountains, Kangaroo Valley and Hunter Valley. If I could only choose one place to cruise from again it would be Sydney.
  4. This (I was already coming to this conclusion pre-Covid) Also masks required and unable to leave ship unless on a ship-sponsored excursion
  5. I agree, and no breakfast buffet and evening hors d'oeuvres and no coffee machine (think of all the touching involved 😲). Hence it will just become a place where people can sit and read or watch the sea go by or meet LMP. (It will be interesting to see how many people are keen to hang out with LMP when there's no free booze/food involved) It will then become so underused it is turned into something else (which is profit-making).
  6. I wouldn't have any problem doing this. But then I'm not one of those people who feels the need to suck up to him so he remembers my name or has his picture taken with me 😉
  7. And go read my post again where I said I was referring to the terminology on the original post where it is referred to as an 'amenity'. I have far better things to do with my life than get bogged down reading T&Cs of a company where I only have one remaining cruise booked - and that only because I need to use a FCC 😄
  8. Nice try - but then why is it described as a 'personal gift/amenity' in the first post on this thread. Edited to add that I see now that the original post has been discredited but still doesn't take away from the fact that it was described as above in the first post - which is what we are supposed to be discussing here, despite your valiant attempts to turn it round to a different agenda 😄
  9. On the subject of choosing bottles of wine as an 'amenity'. In days past, when we were able to make or change our choices online, we could opt to have the wine delivered to our stateroom or to the Dining Room. Surely they could just deliver it to the DR - or will they not be serving (selling) bottles of wine in the DR due to 'safety protocols' ?🤔 (yes that question was asked with tongue in cheek)
  10. So no 2 free bottles of wine for D+ because of 'safety protocols. Hahahaha 🤣 🤣 🤣 yeh right. Nothing to do with penny pinching to claw back lost revenue then 🙄
  11. With your kids at the ages they are I would say Barcelona would be a great choice to sail from. It may not have the culture of Rome but there are some really cool places to visit - my boys loved it when they were teens and have been back independently since. You will also be visiting at a great time of year for weather so a cruise from Barcelona would inevitably include ports which would enable you to have a beach day, as well as mixing it up with some culture. Be aware that the last week in May is a school holiday for many European countries so prices will reflect that. When you n
  12. No I wouldn't sail around England even if I could take non-organised tours. I live in a nice house in a nice town and am happy to sit it out for a while longer rather than taking a cruise. I have friends and family scattered around the country if I feel the need to get away somewhere for a few days. The English weather can be very unpredictable and if I'm on a ship I want to be spending time relaxing on deck and would feel very frustrated having to remain indoors a lot of the time. I do feel for you though, as I know many people are so eager to cruise again and for those in the UK
  13. I said much the same thing on another thread but people disagreed. I guess time will tell
  14. I actually did a one week cruise on Ovation from Southampton when she first launched. The weather was awful, it rained 6 days out of 7, some so heavily that I didn't even set foot outdoors, so I do know what it's like to be on that class of ship and what is on offer. However, there is a limit to stuff you can do which doesn't have to be booked - and the two best things (ifly and North Star) lend themselves to good weather. 270 is a wonderful venue, but we struggled to find a seat in there sometimes during the bad weather. I rarely use the pools when the weather is fantastic so the thought of
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