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  1. I may be wrong, but I think you may be looking at two different products. I would hazard a guess that you are referring to TUI - the old U.K. Thomson brand cruises now called Marella - and the above poster is referring to Mein Schiff (German part of the TUI group) and a completely different experience. Personally, I’ve always felt that the U.K. Thomson/Marella (TUI) fleet is not in the same classification as X etc. and their prices reflect this.
  2. Congratulations! More importantly, did the toilet rolls arrive 😆? This is the only year in many that we hadn't yet booked our summer cruise; we were waiting for no.1 son to confirm whether he was sailing with us or not. Instead, it looks like we have him back now for the whole of the summer as it appears the universities may not return until the new year in Sept/Oct. As you know, we also have the younger one still at school, preparing for his A levels; whatever is going to happen with those is about as clear as when cruising will return to some normalcy. However, there are still places around the world we’d love to see as a family, even if it takes a few years for everything to eventually calm down 🤞.
  3. No point coming here, nowhere to go and we, according to our government, are running four weeks behind Italy. Those over seventy are being told to prepare to self-isolate for 12 weeks.
  4. Agreed. Our peak isn’t supposedly due for another 4 weeks.
  5. Thanks for the update. Stay safe. I wish we would do something - anything really!
  6. Exactly. We are being told that we won’t hit our peak of cases until about four weeks time. No one wants the hassle of having to sort cruise ship issues when they have enough of their own health service problems.
  7. So is there only the Royal group, of the major lines, that is left to cancel now?
  8. True, unless Boris changes that in his COBRA meeting today. It’s been rumoured in the national media that we’re going up a level.
  9. So that means that everyone boarding the ship will be required to have secondary testing unless they stayed in their own home for 20 days prior to the cruise and then walked to the ship from home with their luggage; otherwise, how can anyone possibly say, with certainty, that they haven’t been in contact with an individual who has travelled through/in/from one of those countries listed.
  10. Yes, especially after you read this sobering story from an Italian doctor - deciding to cruise or not seems so insignificant: https://nypost.com/2020/03/10/italian-doctor-at-heart-of-illness-shares-chilling-coronavirus-thoughts/
  11. Well, Russia is imposing a 14 day quarantine for individuals from certain countries if they are visiting Moscow; let’s see if, in the near future, this is extended to other large cities too e.g. St Petersburg
  12. The problem is, things are changing from hour to hour, day to day. If our numbers continue to rise, like they have over the last few days, then we may be added to the restrictions list along with France and Germany etc. for Caribbean itineraries . No guarantees of anything in the current climate which must be awful when you are trying to sort a wedding/honeymoon etc. I believe the U.K. has now been added to the ‘Cruise with Confidence’ policy, so you could postpone to a later date if it does look doubtful in a week or two. All that being said, I do hope you have a wonderful honeymoon.
  13. No no logic at all and no way to control any of it. How can anyone, with certainty, say they have not sat next to a person who has visited one of the countries on the flight/train/coach/transfer/stood in a queue to the ship? And why the difference for the Caribbean? Furthermore, the quote below suggests that you may get on the ship and then be told you can’t disembark at ports because of your nationality anyway - whether you’ve been to any of the restricted countries or not in the past 20 days. Best advice: just don’t bother cruising if you definitely want to visit ports. ‘Additional restrictions may be imposed based on local circumstances. For example, certain countries may deny visas or prohibit entry based on travel history or nationality.’
  14. Correct. Which country wants to deal with an extra 3000+ people when their own health services are going to be stretched enough, and that’s just one ship! And that’s not counting the current ports which are refusing ships, such as Malta. No one wants the added hassles - they have plenty enough of their own to deal with in the current climate.
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