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tartanexile81

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    Walking, Scotland, volunteering, singing, exploring
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  1. My OH has been shielding so life has been strange since we got back off Ventura on 17th March, just as lockdown started. For us shielding is not an option for the foreseeable future irrespective of FCO advice. Until we both feel confident with the vaccine, we will not be considering a cruise. I don't fly but again until there is a vaccine, I would not consider travelling by train to Europe which we often do. Luckily we only have one cruise booked - well a B2B- on Iona for next Feb / March and it's highly unlikely we'll be doing that. Were now looking at driving to the S of France at that time, which is the only way we'd consider going on holiday. For the rest of this year we'll be taking staycations
  2. All four Fred Olsen ships were anchored in the Forth but have now moved to the port of Rosyth. Fred Olsen ships home port here in the Summer months just as they do in Newcastle so I guess now cruising has been cancelled till mid-October P&O had to find a suitable berth (s) for the ships. Newcastle would be a good option. I know Greenock was also asked to accept ships on lay-up but they refused. This is the reason given by Fred Olsen for the move. "Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “When we paused our operations back in March, we had an initial date of May 23 to resume cruising again. Unfortunately, this has not been possible, and so we have had to reconsider the running of our four ships until such a time that we can set sail once again.Moving our ships to Babcock’s Rosyth facilities and having them alongside in port allows us to run a more efficient operation, including the general maintenance of the ships, crew changes and refuse collection." Th
  3. We're very lucky and took early retirement so we could travel. We've ticked a few off our bucket list nd loved every one The Baltic Venice, Croatia etc in the Adriatic Greek Islands Caribbean island-hopping Round South America The only cruise we haven't done but which is on our bucket list is a Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Southern Germany. However the cruise we'd do if it was available would be a round trip to Southern Africa with a safari included but that's not going to happen :( We cruise with different lines but as I don't fly we're getting less keen on taking the train out to join cruises in the Med etc so wish P&O would do longer cruises to the Eastern Med or Mediterranean islands from Southampton. We'd love to see more of the smaller Greek Islands but also places like Corsica,Sardinia, Cyprus, Malta, Minorca and Adriatic islands. If only..........
  4. Just got my lockdown delivery and it was great- got all the alcohol I ordered so I'd give it a go!
  5. Andy Chambord is available in Asda. I think it's about £7 for a small bottle. I always keep it in stock as my favourite tipple is a French Martini.
  6. Ventura is due back in Southampton tomorrow according to the Marine Traffic app. Andy Willard joined as Captain on March 1st when we were on Ventura in Miami so he'll be doing the driving and if anybody can keep the crew's spirits up, it's him. Great fun and entered into everything - even sung a solo in the choir. Hope you're okay showingdiva
  7. They also want it before the fly cruises begin usually involving 3 ships. The first two stops on our cruise next week are La Coruna and Bermuda, and if you look at a map you will see that we will be following a fairly Northerly course and not a million miles further South from the course to New York. I think the likely reason is the weather in Canada if you go later in October, By the time we arrived in Quebec (beginning of October) it was bitterly cold and detracted from our enjoyment of the city. We had to buy hats and gloves but even then my partner had to go back to the ship as he suffers from a breathing condition
  8. I'm very surprised they always do it so early. We only really saw the start of the colours in Quebec hardly at all before that.
  9. We were there through September and really you need to go later to see the best of the Autumn scenery in Canada. I'd advise mid to late October.
  10. I would go entirely by the itinerary because some of the Canadian Ports are a bit underwhelming. Agree that you want overnight in the cities. Personally I'd rather combine it with the NY / Boston / New England option offered by P&O and Cunard
  11. The 'all-aboard' time is at least 30 minutes before you sail so we aim to be at least an hour before that. We also always have a Plan B in case we come across any problems.
  12. I'd keep Britannia and The Castle but skip the Harry Potter if I had just one short day, but it all depends on your personal interests. As a cruiser I love Britannia and can appreciate why the Queen enjoyed it so much.
  13. If it's not available to waitlist, it may be that they cant get any more guides to do this particular tour. Like others we did it on our own which was very easy to organise then took the funicular up and walked down the lovely winding trail with great views. I would say that is easily achievable in the time you have. Unlike the others though, we've always had lovely sunshine in bergen! As you're on one of the bigger ships, you will have a free shuttle into town. It stopped right beside a lovely park. I looked at Google map and I'm pretty sure it stopped in Christies Gate, maybe 5 minutes walk to the fish market
  14. The Royal Yacht is out of the centre and is quite small and I'd say 2 hours would be long enough. I've been a few times and always enjoy it. It's not at all regal - more English Country house at sea! You will just about get to the Castle in 30 minutes but there are lots of roadworks in that part of town at present so I'm avoiding it. The Castle is vast but at least at that time of year the queues won't be too long for the Crown jewels etc. I'd give it at least 2.5 hours and then it's just a short walk down the hill to the start of your walk. The Harry Potter Tour is quite interesting, maybe not something that would be a must-do for me, but each to their own. You see the inspiration for Hogwarts - (George Heriot's School) Diagon Alley (Victoria Street), the coffee shop where she allegedly wrote the first book and Greyfriars Kirkyard which provided the inspiration for the characters. I'm just a bit worried that you'll be rushing around and not really have a relaxed view of anything. The quickest way to get back to South Queensferry in the rush hour (which it will be!) would be to take the train from Edinburgh Waverley to Dalmeny (South Queensferry's station). It's about 10 minutes walk down hill from there to the pier.
  15. There are usually taxis there first thing. The taxi rank is to the right, about 50 yards past the lifeboat station after the pier gates. The village is called South Queensferry and Edinburgh is about 9-10 miles away. Uber is available in Edinburgh and may be useful for your return journey probably but not from South Queensferry. The High Street is part of the Royal Mile so 5-10 minutes walk downhill from the Castle. There is a taxi rank at Ocean Terminal where The Royal Yacht Britannia is situated. If there isn't one there when you need it, the website says Customer Services will phone one for you or you could get the phone number for the company which takes you into Edinburgh. It will almost certainly be one of the two large companies with hundreds of taxis each. Sounds like you're going to have a VERY busy day
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