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  1. " Next Friday there's a programme on Channel 5 "the world's most luxurious cruise ship" - Regent Seven Seas Explorer. " You would think that passengers paying upwards of $3,000 a night would get better entertainment than an all-singing all-dancing joke-telling entertainment director. But he got a standing ovation nonetheless.
  2. Some photos I took on Tuesday of the QV entering the River Tyne in the morning on her way to dock at North Shields. (photo was taken in South Shields). Unfortunately they left an hour early as we were eating evening meal and so didn't get the chance to take photos then. Am I right in thinking that this is the first time Cunard has been to Newcastle since the QE2 was there about 10 years ago? Did anyone manage to get pictures of the 3 Queens in Southampton last week?
  3. Oops, that didn't go quite right did it? 🙂 Still not used to using this new message board. I'll try again without the quotes: Yes and the Viking Sky incident was all that was shown of "cruises going horribly wrong". The rest of the programme was about flights going horribly wrong. 🙂 Next Friday there's a programme on Channel 5 "the world's most luxurious cruise ship" - Regent Seven Seas Explorer. Very sad to read the news today of the Australian entrepreneur who fell to his deathfrom the Symphony of the Seas.
  4. There is information about the new ship on the following thread: https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/topic/2611002-cunard-latest-new-build/
  5. Large cruise ships are to be banned from entering Venice's historic centre, the Italian government says. Ships weighing more than 1,000 tonnes will be rerouted away from certain waterways from September. Starting from next month, some liners will be forced to dock at the Fusina and Lombardia terminals away from the city centre. By the end of 2020, a third of all ships will be rerouted. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49276730 Apart from any potential damage, these huge ships just look too big in central Venice.
  6. Channel 5 are at it now! A one and a half hour programme on Wednesday 14th August at 9pm - When cruises Go Horribly Wrong & Other Travel Nightmares. A cruise ship is caught in a dangerous storm off the coast of Norway. So that's the Viking Sky cruise incident in March yet again (yawn).
  7. " Plates and furniture were reportedly used as weapons after a mass brawl broke on a British cruise ship. The alleged fight took place as P&O's Britannia returned to Southampton from a week-long trip to Norway's fjords." https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-49137520
  8. I think this change came in last year. We are also diamond and both trips last year we were given late boarding times. But we just ignored them and checked in early as was always the case as diamond. It felt like we'd been demoted!
  9. No need to be disappointed. We prefer the QE over the QV and always have done. One wonderful waitress we had on the QV moved over to the QE when she was launched. I can understand some people preferring the QV over the QE when it had the original Chart Room but that room is now Britannia Club dining the same as the QE.
  10. Yes, the Viking cruises trip to Norway in March where they were caught in a storm and all engines stopped. Everyone wearing their life jackets and some helicoptered off as it was too bad to use the lifeboats. The MSC ship in Venice which hit the pier and a river cruise boat. Noro virus on one ship, drug smuggling on another. Drunk passengers on a ship in Australia. Crew throwing plastic bags of rubbish overboard, and a Carnival ship discharging pollution for years for which they got fined. Most of these things have appeared on the news recently and you can also find them on youtube. So nothing new really.
  11. Terrifying weather and emergency evacuations caught on camera. Everything from bad weather to illness, and shipboard crime to full-on collisions
  12. I thought it might be about the recent incident of the MSC Opera that crashed into a dock in Venice last month and also hit a riverboat.
  13. You would be best looking at insurance comparison websites such as compare the market.com, confused.com, money saving expert., etc. Different insurance companies will suit different people according to age, medical etc. Some names are Insure and Go, the Post Office, Admiral, Flexicover, Liverpool Victoria. I've been looking for cover myself recently and apparently Tesco and the Halifax don't do travel insurance any more.
  14. You might be better asking on the British Isles forum. There are lots of knowledgeable people on there: https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/148-british-isleswestern-europe/
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