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  1. 2 minutes ago, Ocean Boy said:

    You managed to change from a cruise that probably will not occur to one that will and on a ship that you say you prefer. It has not cost you any more money to do that yet you say you have gained nothing. I am confused. It does, however, seem like you know which cruise line you would prefer to deal with in the future.

    Mmmm, your comments are interesting - I too am confused!!


    We all have to just wait and see as previously mentioned. Key to all of this of course is what Royal Caribbean are planning now as there is a very interesting article today on the refurb in Cadiz as 'Allure' approaches Gibraltar prior to her going to Cadiz tomorrow I read. We in the UK can't "L&S" easily as there are flights and hotel accommodation already booked in Barcelona and Miami. Decisions prior to final payment really must be made by the Company and sooner rather than later. Airlines may well be flying again so if you cancel it equates to total loss as it's not their fault!!

  2. 3 minutes ago, MADflyer said:

    Allure has just left Southampton and will arrive in Gibraltar on Thursday the 14th of May at 06:00. 


    Jewell is underway and will arrive at Gibraltar one hour prior to Allure on the 14th. 


    They state that the Allure crew remaining will transfer to Jewel and then Jewel will meet the other ships repatriating crew in MED prior to sailing to Southampton with remaining crew for flights home.  


    A charter flight will take South American, Caribbean and Central American crew to Barbados. 


    No confirmation on Dry dock from Navantia or local media, but Cadiz was one of the regions allowed to go to Phase 1 of Spanish reopening. That allows hotels to open and restaurant terraces at 50% legal capacity. 


    I have seen this too. It remains to be seen what happens then though, and even if she is AMPED in Cadiz, or it be scaled down, what happens then? Although able to sail, how many ports in Europe might accept her, let alone accept nationalities from many different countries and then in November when she is due to do a TA - with us from the UK on board hopefully - will we be able to enter a US Port? Mmm, much to wait and see in the weeks and months to come.......

  3. On 11/19/2019 at 8:06 PM, Tangoqueen said:

    There were quite a lot of unhappy people on the latest Canaries cruise so perhaps they don’t want negative reviews.


    What was the problem - we are due to sail in a fortnight, also to the Canaries.........

  4. Just now, Bigmike911 said:

    It is currently $11.50 in Britannia, and $13.50 in Grills. You should look further in the forum for an announcement on gratuities which impact this. 

    Thanks, I do know that it's $11.50/night in Britannia but want to find out how this is broken down between departments please...........

  5. 18 minutes ago, bluemarble said:

    Yes, that's a standard post-voyage coach transfer from Brooklyn offered by Cunard. It's called "Station Transfer" with stops at Grand Central Station, Pennsylvania Station, and Port Authority Terminal. It's $40 per person when booked prior to the voyage and $49 per person when booked on board through the tour office.


    Edit: Since you are from the UK, I can't speak for how that would work trying to book that transfer prior to the voyage and what the price might be for booking ahead in the UK.


    Many thanks for your quick reply. I agree with your 'edit' as we are from the UK. I have scoured the cruise personaliser and can't find where to book the transfer following disembarkation, even on the "New York Shore Excursions" at the end of the voyage.

    Any ideas please?

  6. Having just read a QM2 review, the reviewer states:-


    "I took the transfer from Brooklyn Cruise Terminal to Manhattan (Penn Station). It's a cost effective and efficient way of getting downtown"


    Do Cunard offer this as a matter of course because that would solve a big problem on our upcoming cruise next month as that's where we need to get to on our return?. Taxi/Limo companies are wanting upto $100 for this!!


    Can anybody help me please?



  7. I hear what is said with respect, however, for UK citizens and those too from Germany I am sure, if only visiting for a period of less than 90 days, or on legitimate business, an ESTA is required and they last for two years. We have had several since they were introduced back in 2009. Below is further information for anybody still in doubt!


    The visa waiver program is a U.S. government program that enables citizens and nationals from the 38 Visa Waiver Countries to enter the United States for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. The advantage of entering the United States under the visa waiver program is that you can travel to the United States on short notice without obtaining a visa in advance.

    What is ESTA?

    ESTA stands for Electronic System for Travel Authorization. ESTA US visa waiver is an online application system developed by the United States government to pre-screen travelers before they are allowed to board an airplane or ship bound for the United States. Starting on January 12, 2009, any person entering the United States under the visa waiver program is required to hold an approved ESTA US visa waiver Travel Authorization.

    Who Needs to Apply for ESTA?

    All travelers entering the United States (by air or sea) under the visa waiver program are required to hold a valid ESTA USA visa waiver. The purpose of ESTA US visa waiver is to allow the US Department of Homeland Security to pre-screen all Visa Waiver Travelers before they leave their respective countries. U.S.-bound travelers are recommended to apply for a Travel Authorization at least 72 hours prior to departure.

  8. 5 hours ago, steamboats said:


    Nothing different for Germany... anyway it´s not a visa but a pre-check within the visa waiver program. The immigration officer still can deny entry.




    No ESTA, no entry into the USA under any circumstances..............period!!

  9. On 8/10/2019 at 7:06 AM, steamboats said:

    eTA is only required for flying into Canada. It´s not required for cruise ship arrivals or passing the border by car (ESTA is also required for cruise ship arrivals).


    Anyway, neither ESTA nor eTA are a visa but just a pre-check.




    Thank you for your input. The ESTA has replaced the I94 and is required whenever entering the USA from the UK! Maybe not from Germany though!

  10. I keep getting conflicting reports as to whether or not we will need a Visa to enter Canada in October. Scenario - we fly into JFK from the UK for a few days (we have valid ESTA's)  and then leave for Canada on QM2 to Quebec and back to New York. Do any of you experts know please?


  11. Curious if you can book this type of day with just a party of two? This sounds a lot like the cruise ship excursions available, but prefer private instead. Looked at his site however no prices or specific tours were listed? Did he just reply with specifics after you emailed him? Thanks for any information, trying to plan for a Journeys cruise stopping at this port.


    I suggest that you email him directly and ask if he can offer a private tour for two, or if not who could he recommend/suggest?

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