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  1. ‘P&O Cruises has cancelled all its planned cruises until the beginning of September and those on Britannia and flagship Iona -- which has not even sailed with passengers yet -- until the beginning of October. The line will instead offer a series of short break and week-long UK cruises, which will go on sale later in March.’ Will HAL follow suit? The UK is further ahead with its vaccination programme than any other European country. Must throw doubt on Med cruises for this summer?
  2. For those who are interested. There are no HAL ships in Torbay and haven’t been for 36 hours. Unusually we are experiencing very strong ( and bitterly cold) easterly winds and Torbay is exposed to winds from this quarter. The prevailing winds are from the SW which is why it is such good shelter. A further problem is that the bay is relatively shallow and the high E swell kicks up a lot of sediment which is not good for the ship’s filters. They are milling around in the English Channel and we hope to see them back in the next couple of days as the wind is due to swing back to SW.
  3. Totally agree with Deckchair - we also now cruise with Cunard - although as previously expressed - I hanker after the ‘old’ HAL!
  4. Have sailed 5 times on HAL and twice on Celebrity. We have not booked HAL for the last few years as we thought the entertainment and food had really gone down both in terms of quality and quantity. The crew continue to be marvellous. Our last HAL voyage was on Eurodam and we thought the main dining poor and understaffed, the Pinnacle Grill food and service was rather perfunctory although we adored Tamarind. We normally book a Neptune suite. On Celebrity, we book a mini suite. The dining room food was ok but we thought Murano was bit pretentious. We enjoyed the Tuscan Grill. We thought the
  5. It is extremely unlikely that Europe will have completed its vaccination programme by July. In the UK - everybody over 70 will have received their first dose by 15th Feb but second doses will not be given until 12 weeks have passed, which takes us to May. Europe is way behind. Sorry to say your July cruise looks pretty unlikely.
  6. Spoke to a friend in NZ today who says there will be no cruise ships in NZ waters until Jan 22 at the earliest.
  7. I think it is extremely unlikely that the Mediterranean will be possible this year. Maybe the transatlantics will go as cruise companies want to reposition their ships back to the Caribbean for the winter in the hope that there is a winter season. The vaccination programme in Europe is very slow to get off the ground and until a very substantial majority of the population are vaccinated, European countries will not open their borders.
  8. Bear in mind when considering the last posters comments that HAL world cruises have been carried out on the Amsterdam and will be on the Zaandam (if she survives in the fleet). These are much smaller ships than the 3 Queens so not sur ione is comparing apples with apples!
  9. The Queen ELizabeth and The Queen Victoria are based on the same hardware platform as the Ost/West/Nor and Zuiderdam so there are plenty of similarities although internal layouts are different- cabins are essentially the same. The atmosphere on Cunard is more formal with formal dress required on several evenings during the cruise although this is more relaxed than it used to be. The Queens offer ‘Grill’ class which is enhanced single seating dining in the Grills restaurants which are exclusive to passengers occupying the highest grade cabins/suites. Some people do not like this as they sa
  10. Given how things are at the present time with European countries attitudes to non nationals accessing their countries, combined with the delays in the vaccination programmes, I think it is extremely unlikely that there will be any cruising in Europe in 2021. Another unknown is whether vaccinated people can infect others. Until this is resolved, I cannot believe that countries will allow large numbers of cruise ships to discharge passengers. sad - but too many unknowns.
  11. This was always on the cards once Royal Caribbean acquired Silverseas. Azamara and Silverseas are too close and Silverseas has a higher profile. I think Cunard and P& O may be merged and possibly spun off but I also think that HAL has lost its way as a brand over the last few years - it’s very much competing with Princess and must have been damaged by the fact that the traditional HAL passengers are ageing and prefer smaller but less profitable ships. Viking Ocean has taken passengers from HAL.
  12. Just remembered that the 4th Cunard ship presently in build is a Konigsdam platform
  13. I think that merging Cunard and HAL might be Carnival’s preferred option. They both have a European pedigree, both tend to cater to a more mature mostly well travelled clientele and both have world wide itineraries . 2 of the Cunard ships and 6 of the HAL ships have essentially the same hull platform.
  14. Carnival today reported that they intend to sell 4 more ships bringing their total disposals to 19. I suppose that some the older AIDa ships may be in the frame but Volendam and Zaandam must be vulnerable - they are more or less the same age and capacity as the Rotterdam and Amsterdam . It would be a shame.
  15. In a England the 6th of Jan is generally known as 12th night. Church goers refer to it as Epiphany ( there aren’t many of them left). - traditionally all Christmas decorations are supposed to be packed away by the 6th.
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