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Dermotsgirl

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About Dermotsgirl

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  • Location
    Kent, UK
  • Interests
    Reading, family history, theatre, cinema
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    P&O, Fred Olsen, CMV

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  1. I’m not keen either. Gavin and Stacey is another one that people rave about, but I don’t like it at all
  2. I do a mixture of P&O excursions and doing our own thing in ports that are walkable. However, unless it was an excursion I really wanted to do in a port that is rarely visited, I wouldn’t book my outings any earlier than a couple of months before the cruise, and that’s in normal times. This thing about watching ITV on a Saturday night. I always thought the quote was that P&O was aiming for the Saturday night TV audience ( no channel mentioned). If that’s the case, I reckon that includes loads of us, as Strictly is a Saturday night TV show that’s very popular with P&O cruisers
  3. The two times that I've been to Warner, they had just the one sitting for entertainment. The new arrangements take away some of the spontaneity, but I think it but for short break type of holiday, I think I'd be fine with what emam has described.
  4. Thanks for all the good wishes. I can't believe it's 39 years already, where does time go. Tomorrow, I'm going out with a couple of friends for afternoon tea. It's to celebrate my 60th birthday, postponed from March. I will be 60yrs and 5 months tomorrow, so it seemed like a good day to do it. I will bring back a doggie bag for my husband (if there's any left overs), and his anniversary treat will be an afternoon of peace and quiet !
  5. We’ve just been out to lunch, as it’s our 39th wedding anniversary tomorrow. It was fairly quiet, as it’s not an Eat Out to Help Out day, but we had a £15 voucher, so we did get a bit of a discount.
  6. Sinah Warren and Littlecote also have the separate dining and cabaret rooms, which is my preference. I’d be less likely to stay at a property where the dining and entertainment take place in the same room. It’s good to see that Warner’s are being proactive with their cancellation procedures, as it gives their guests confidence. We’ll probably go to Warner’s next year, most likely Cricket St Thomas
  7. We only started watching Line of Duty on series 4, so we are now watching from the beginning on BBC1 on Monday and Tuesday. As you say, it helps to make sense of what happens later, and also the characters aren’t using acronyms all the time, which makes it easier to follow. Plus, it’s a chance to look out for people who might be ‘H’. Apart from that, we watch quite a lot on Netflix. We are currently half way through Ozark, a money laundering/crime drama.
  8. The FCO updated it’s advice on 9th July. It’s not just the oldies, the advice now applies to everyone. It seems clear to most people that there’ll be no more cruising this year. It would be much less stressful for passengers if the cruise companies just cancelled the remaining chunk of cruises
  9. England isn’t an island - it shares an island with Scotland and Wales.
  10. The cruise line I sail with requires the full payment to be made 90 days before the date of sailing. I don’t know how they expect us to make that payment when, as yet, they haven’t told us all the information that you mentioned in your post. If that information isn’t known, it’s buying something blind
  11. I’m with you on this. i can’t see how will resume again in 2021, as the virus will still be out there. There will be some limited attempts with short cruises to nowhere or to a few ports on a very controlled basis. However, sooner or later, even with the most rigorous procedures in place, the virus will find its way on board, and it’ll all grind to a halt again. Cruising as we knew it has gone for a long time, maybe for ever. Many vaccines are in development, but I don’t think they are going to be the magic bullet. If a vaccine is pronounced safe, we still don’t know how effective it will be and a world wide mass vaccination project would be a huge undertaking. I haven’t even got a date in mind for when I think normal cruising will start again. I have cruises booked for March 2021, October 2021 and January 2022 ( the last 2 are ‘big’ cruises) and I feel that it is very unlikely that I’ll be going on any of them. Also, I’m not even considering booking any other cruises for the foreseeable future. If cruising doesn’t get going again next year, there’s the real possibility of the cruise companies going under. I know it all seems gloomy, but my main hope is to recoup most of the money that I paid for deposits. It’s just my view - I don’t expect everyone to share it - but I do raise my eyebrows when I read posts about looking forward to a Christmas Cruise, or taking FCC instead of a cash refund. It just makes me think that many haven’t yet realised the enormity of the global situation.
  12. https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/heres-how-genoas-stazioni-marittime-preparing-cruises-restart Here's some details of the MSC boarding process. It doesn't sound like the most relaxing start to a holiday. An allotted check in time is key to their process. I'm not sure if P&O cruisers will turn up at allotted times. When this was introduced a few years ago, I remember a right old kerfuffle when people were given a 3.30pm check in time I normally get a 1pm boarding time and usually get there about 15 minutes before hand, and the hall is normally heaving with people at this time. There'll need to be a change in passenger behaviour if P&O go down the 'rapid testing' route. Another thought that struck me is that the ports will need a lot of coaches. Even if onboard passenger capacity is reduced, a large percentage will now do the shore excursions. The coaches will be at reduced capacity for social distancing. I did a coach trip the other week (booked pre COVID), and the maximum capacity was 50%
  13. Yes, it's one of the staple destinations for Brits seeking some winter sun. Once you get to the Canaries, the weather is often nice and warm, but the Bay of Biscay can be dicey, so you can have 'interesting' weather on the journey out and back. My main cruise line is P&O and usually two or three of their ships sail from Southampton in the winter, and typically do the Canaries, Northern Lights cruises to Norway, and 'Christmas Markets cruises to places like Denmark and Germany. P&O's other ships are either based in the Caribbean for the winter, or do longer cruises like a World Cruise or sail round South America.
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