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norn iron

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  1. $60 per day is an outrageous price for a drinks package. On our last Az cruise we had the Indulgence Package and it worked out at around $39 pp per day, that included tours, top shelf drinks, spa, three speciality meals etc https://www.azamara.co.uk/booked-guests/onboard-packages/experience-more-packages
  2. There is a long standing relationship between MJKM and RCG and they refit ships around the world for RCG and have continued to do so since completing Pursuit. The only unique aspect of refitting Pursuit was it was done at home as far as MJM were concerned. The bit I had heard was that MJM wouldn't be used again in Belfast, purely for logistical reasons of bring a ship to Belfast during peak season cruising in Europe. That is obviously different right now, as is the ease of bring PP during this pause in cruising. Belfast did a refurb on three Viking ships last summer when they
  3. Absolutely. Let's hope PP is in better condition that Adonia was. Friends of mine who know the MJM management told me the Pursuit contract stretched them way beyond their expectation. It has made me question are all P&O ships as badly maintained as Adonia was? In the short term I have wondered about Journey getting her update before cruising recommences in May, she could be in Belfast in around four hours!
  4. From what I saw a lot of work is required to bring it up to Azamara standards.
  5. Ritz Carlton cruises, when they launch.
  6. We've got of bit of the Mibees. There are a number of options we have to consider before the end of the month as our deal expires 31st Jan.
  7. Host Jazzbeau, you beat me to it. Great minds think alike. I have my email drafted for Sycamore Partners 😜
  8. That was the one. I don't think the pricing is relevant to the sale of AZ, I think it's TA's trying to generate forward bookings and some revenue. We are undecided. I'm more concerned about healthcare, and the unknown of ports being closed etc
  9. Not the news I wanted to hear ☹️
  10. Flight times are excellent and payment would be four months in advance, which as now know is the travel trade swinging the lead.
  11. It is sounding more tempting, so careful consideration will ensue. I have had a letter from my travel insurance company prior to our annual renewal the only amendment was as follows. "This means we won't cover - Any new trips you book after your next renewal for cancelation claims caused by any Coronavirus (including COVID-19) or pandemic, eg due to travel restrictions imposed by the government, or cancelation by your airline or tour operator"
  12. I have contacted the TA and all flights are via Heathrow and with BA. The only surprising piece of additional information was that they couldn't offer me connecting flights to Heathrow from Dublin. Belfast City Airport is only six miles from home, but flying out of Dublin removes all UK passenger taxes and the price could have dropped further!!
  13. Thank you to both Grandma Cruising and Uktog, you have both helped with your greater knowledge of the travel trade. I do agree itineraries may well change as cruising recommences. I am tempted to push the TA on the airline and the route to see if I can uncover any flaws in the routes. There is no doubt TA's are desperate to generate sales, and good luck to them, every business need a break in these difficult times.
  14. Like many others we have had major withdrawal symptoms from not cruising. Hopefully the opportunity will arise later in the year when we can take to the seas once again. I have been looking at a number of options for late in the year. I had compared prices for a number of cruises and the market was very stable with very little fluctuation in price. One Az cruise we looked at was coming in around £2650 pp from most TA's. Now I appreciate TA's have had a rough time and I have read all of the dubious practices they have been up to on these boards, which makes me suspicious of an of
  15. Part of the problem in the spike in numbers in Ireland is due to the fact that around 60000 people travelled to Ireland during the Christmas holidays. They travelled from around the world and the price is now being paid. One example, a friend of mine has two sons living in the greater Seattle area and they flew to Dublin on December 22nd, returning on 28th. At no point on either of their journeys were they tested or asked for evidence that they were Covid free.
  16. It is true. We witnessed it on Celebrity Century a good number of years back. I do have photographs (somewhere) however the light was so poor they probably would be hard to share. It was bizarre, the gates to the quayside were locked, and once the ship pulled away they were opened and around 30 locals ran to where the ship was berthed and mooned. On the deck (we were on) around 15-20 passengers who knew about the mooning waited with cameras at the ready.
  17. I'm going to guess Liverpool, only because of the 0151 phone code an the advertising board.
  18. I think it is, best described as an emergency stop!
  19. I think I took the same photograph. South America?
  20. I'm not disputing that. Close to where I live there are a large number of small rural GP practices with very small premises and low staffing numbers. The GP's who I was talking to have reasonably large premises and staffing numbers and it was they who highlighted the issue. All the countries affected by Covid are going to have their own individual challenges. What works in the USA or UK may be a bigger challenge in third world nations.
  21. It is a challenge, and then escalate that out worldwide!! I spoke over this weekend with two GP's about the roll out in the UK, and they are preparing for early December, however one did say "its a logistical nightmare' The lowest temperature available for delivery in the UK is -12, and as the temperature of the vaccine rises from -75 doctors will have around 3 days to use their supply. Shipments will be in approximately 970 doses per delivery. Once the vaccine has been given to the patient they will have to be observed for 15 minutes for immediate reactions, this h
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