Jump to content

SargassoPirate

Members
  • Content Count

    1,526
  • Joined

About SargassoPirate

  • Rank
    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    The Sargasso Sea
  • Interests
    Raiding and Plundering

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. We are too tight fisted to buy much of anything while traveling, plus we don't need more stuff. However, several years ago in Ephesus as we walked out of the gates to return to the bus, there were all sorts of vendors there. One honest guy among them had a big sign that said "Genuine Fake Watches". No scam there.
  2. For the anti-maskers and the anti-vaxers, there is a line uttered by Scrooge in A Christmas Carol that goes something like this: "If they would rather die, let them do so and decrease the surplus population." When the vaccine is readily available to all, I would hope that cruise lines and public transportation operations would make the vaccine a condition of employment and mandatory for all passengers.
  3. Based on my research for a WC, P&O is the most friendly with their single supplement rates. I booked with an internet travel company that books for just about every cruise line there is and their user friendly website lets you click right on the rates for singles. You can also search multiple lines at the same time. Be sure to get your vacation to go. 😉
  4. Do any of these have a shuttle service to the port? The last time I sailed from Southampton I stayed at a B&B and the proprietor called a taxi for me. Thanks
  5. That's a good idea and one that we considered, but it would require her to fly solo to and from the ports, etc, etc and she said it was too much work for a conjugal visit. We survived when I did a 49 night Around The Horn cruise several years ago, but she did fly to SF to meet the ship and we spent some time there before flying home together. And to tell you the truth, we both value our alone time and do so without being lonely. If one of us wants to do something, we don't let the other hold us back. There will be no regrets here when it's time to take up the rockin' chair.
  6. Diveloonie, I posted the comments below on another thread, but I think some of my comments are applicable here as well. Good luck with your planning and anticipation. "A world cruise has been on my bucket list for several years. She Who Must Be Obeyed has no interest in being on a ship that long, so I'm going it alone. That being said, a cruise line's single supplement figured into my matrix, as well as ports that I have not been to before. As part of my research, I read a book written by a world cruiser "Chasing The Dawn - Traveling The World With P&O". Having
  7. A world cruise has been on my bucket list for several years. She Who Must Be Obeyed has no interest in being on a ship that long, so I'm going it alone. That being said, a cruise line's single supplement figured into my matrix, as well as ports that I have not been to before. As part of my research, I read a book written by a world cruiser "Chasing The Dawn - Traveling The World With P&O". Having cruised on RCI, Celebrity, HAL, Princess, NCL, and Viking, I figured I would subscribe to conventional wisdom that says never do a world cruise on a line with which you have never c
  8. Once the vaccine is available to anyone, I can see it not only as a condition of employment (don't tell me you don't want the vaccine but expect workers comp coverage if you get sick from a work exposure) and any business venue if you want to participate in what they have to offer - cruise, transportation, football game, restaurant, bar, gymnasium, etc. We don't need potential carriers/spreaders in public venues just because they refuse the vaccine. Sound harsh? Tell that to all the people who have lost loved ones to the virus already.
  9. I guess we'll have to agree to disagree and wait to see what happens. Dr.Fauci already supports vaccinations as a condition of employment - he has to get a Hep B vaccine every year at NIH. You already have to show proof of vaccinations to enroll in schools. You have to have a license to operate a motor vehicle, enter a federal building, board an airraft, and more aspects of daily life. All papers to participate in society. And, no, I don't think we fought a world war over showing your papers.
  10. I am amused by the angst about testing if one is asymptomatic. The test is merely a snapshot in time. You could be infected and not shedding the virus yet. Even after a negative test you still have to wear a mask when conditions indicate or when required. So what is the value of testing? It's the same as stores and other businesses wiping down every surface in sight. It's all theater. If you are showing signs of the symptoms, don't waste time in line for a test - get your hiney to an ER. The only real solution is to require vaccinations now that they are being rolled out. P
  11. Here in the US, we will get an official vaccination card that will be our record. I plan to keep it with my yellow CDC immunization card that shows my yellow fever vaccination and all other immunizations that I have received for international travel. With about half of our population saying they will not get the vaccine, I can foresee some sort of system wherein one will need to show proof of vaccine as a condition of employment or to attend large commercial events such as games and concerts, perhaps even indoor movies. Darwin will take care of those who won't get the
  12. While our circumstances seem perfectly normal, we know they are not the norm. I take extended Harley trips and She Who Must Be Obeyed has no interest in riding, so I ride alone. She takes "girl friend" trips with some of her long-time friends - Africa, the UK, Mexico, etc. While we have cruised together many times, I did my first cruise without SWMBO several years ago when I did an "Around the Horn" cruise from Fort L to SF. Since then, I've done a few other cruises solo. With my benchmark of a motorcycle trip where I camp out about one third of the time, a solo inside cabin fills the bi
  13. I cancelled all cruises for 2021 quite some time ago. I have two cruises booked for 2022, one sailing in January and the other in November. Both are "Bucket List" cruises and while I am confident that a widespread vaccine will normalize cruising sometime mid-to-late 2021, at this point I am only gambling my deposit. If the situation doesn't look rosy by the time my final payment is due, I'll cancel. Stay well.
  14. Good point, Tranquility Base. It will be interesting to read reports from the folks who jump on the early post-shutdown cruises. I always tend to follow the money, and I would be willing to bet that as the vaccine becomes widespread, most if not all of these extra measures will fall by the wayside. Some of the current practices, such as constantly wiping down every surface is mostly theater to instill a sense of safety and well-being in customers. She Who Must Be Obeyed and I still laugh about an experience on the way into a ship's buffet several years ago. We asked where the ha
  15. I'll see your uneducated guess and raise you another uneducated guess. I've been wondering to myself and She Who Must Be Obeyed how many things the cruise lines will cut back on "because of Covid" in 2021 when cruising resumes but then those things never return?
×
×
  • Create New...