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  1. CC's shortened version of the EU's interim guidance for restarting cruise operations https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/news/5434/ 49 page original: https://www.healthygateways.eu/Portals/0/plcdocs/EU_HEALTHY_GATEWAYS_COVID-19_RESTARTING_CRUISES.pdf?ver=2020-07-01-140908-853
  2. Southampton VTS has now been updated to show the QE on 24th-26th July at the Mayflower Terminal. Snap - we both posted at the same time! 🙂
  3. I thought his face looked familiar - he got Ant & Dec's Golden Buzzer on Britains Got Talent a few weeks ago.
  4. ITV - Thursday 2nd July Billion Pound Cruises: All at Sea Documentary exploring how the coronavirus pandemic brought the £129bn cruise industry to its knees and hundreds of ships around the world to a standstill over the course of six extraordinary weeks. It seems to be focusing mainly on the Diamond Princess fiasco.
  5. I think that article is from April. It was posted on here at the time.
  6. A lot of us have had to wait that long. I got my cheque last week after cancelling earlier in March than you. You don't say which country you're from but I expect you'll get your refund in the next few days. 🙂
  7. On the When Will You Cruise Again thread, I posted Costa's pdf with recommendations if someone becomes ill on a cruise: on board, there is a medical center equipped with the most advanced health equipment to deal with any emergency that may occur during the cruise. >The center has a dedicated and isolated area for suspected Covid-19 cases and has all the medical equipment necessary to perform diagnostic swab screening tests to ascertain whether the Sars-Cov-2 virus is present or not, in addition to being supplied with medication to treat guests who present particular symptoms.>Costa has enhanced its information network with regard to the prevention and management of possible Covid-19 cases by stipulating specific agreements with ground-based diagnostic labs in the destinations we will be visiting. If a guest experiences symptoms similar to Covid-19, he/she will be immediately transferred to a dedicated area and isolated in the Medical Center on board the ship; subsequently he/she will be moved to quarantine in specifically equipped cabins with balconies. Also, those who have been in close and direct contact with any symptomatic subjects, will be treated in the Medical Center and, if necessary, isolated in dedicated cabins. http://www.sailcosta.com/8115_Safety/8115.03_FAQs.pdf
  8. Costa has released the following safety proceedures which don't make fun reading, especially - in public areas of the ship, it will be essential to wear face masks in all circumstances where it is not possible to guarantee adequate social distancing. Costa are part of Carnival Corp so similar proceedures may be implemented on all their brands. http://www.sailcosta.com/8115_Safety/8115.03_FAQs.pdf However one good thing is: What happens if I am not considered fit for boarding? Unfortunately, you will not be able to access the ship; you will, however, receive a full refund of your cruise fare
  9. Apparently there was a question about the cruise industry at a daily briefing at No 10. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has thrown his government’s support behind the cruise industry, as it continues to wade its way through what are some very choppy conditions. “Like all industries, the cruise industry is going to have to go through – in the short-term at least – a period of self-reinvention to make sure it is COVID-secure,” Johnson replied. “I have no doubt that it can do it. It’s a great British sector and we will support it in any way we can.” Johnson’s show of support has been applauded by Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) UK and Ireland’s director, Andy Harmer. “As the prime minister has said, the cruise industry is a ‘great British industry’. The industry generates £10 billion to the UK economy each year. It is also a resilient industry. “We are currently working closely with the government, health authorities and ports to develop even more enhanced health protocols as we plan for the future resumption of operations. We look forward to playing our part in the country’s economic recovery.” https://www.travelweekly.com.au/article/we-will-support-it-in-any-way-we-can-uk-prime-minister-backs-cruise-industry/
  10. Just received my refund cheque too today from Carnival UK. 🙂 Cruise - 20th May 2020 Cancelled via online agent on 15th March - 80 days Acknowledgement from TA received on 23rd March - 72 days.
  11. So do some English ones! 🙂
  12. QV currently showing on QM2's bridgecam
  13. Thanks for the update bigjo1. Can you tell us in which country you live please as it doesn't show on your profile.
  14. I wonder what today's message was supposed to be? 🙂
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