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  1. We should have been on the explorer. Firstly I feel for all the crew members who have become family friends, keep safe and hopefully you are back on board soon. Finally got fed up last Thursday. Home from work at 4-30,travel agent at 5 booked for next with company beginning with a letter and ending in a number too Madeira. Feel far safer her. On arrival last Friday temp is taken automatically as you enter terminal. You are then given free Covid test. The above company gave a very competitive private transfer, you stay in your hotel room with full free room service until results received (they guarantee no more than 12 hours) we had ours in 6 and free to go out at 9 that evening after arriving at hotel at 4. Very safe as you go around. I see marella announced today next winter cruises will overnight in funchal.
  2. The Discovery 1 will be getting a refurbishment whilst she is laid up. The company carrying this out posted on LinkedIn yesterday showing the lorries leaving with all the materials "Company carrying it out is the Deluxe Group from the UK. Statement as follows Today the Deluxe Group Marine Team is en route to Marella Discovery to start work on site for the large refurbishment project and make the most of this 'pause' in cruise operations to enhance the onboard guest experience"
  3. Can anyone recommend a good single cabin deck 4 or 5 on the Marella explorer
  4. just announced all Marella cruises paused until the 15th November.
  5. We are already booked for the 2nd. See they have set out an update on how they will run today. If it's on we are going to go. Life's a risk everyday, we are going to have to live Covid till or if a vaccine is available
  6. Apologies a typo, you are correct its explorer
  7. Further announcement marella announced no cruising before 30th Sept. Looks like if they do operate. It will be ex 2 from corfu on the 2nd Oct.
  8. See today. Marella cruises all cancelled until 30th, only explorer will run commencing the 2nd Oct
  9. You can only take it at face value, given its published on there website and in the public domain I can't see how they can go back on the covid part. OUR HOLIDAY PROMISE EXPLAINED COVID COVER We promise you peace of mind thanks to a package of benefits including free amends if you contract COVID-19 before you travel and the ‘Holiday Guarantee’ insurance policy. • Every person who travels with us between now and the end of the year will be automatically covered for overseas medical assistance should they contract COVID-19 while on a TUI holiday. You’ll also be covered for any testing costs and we’ll fly you home for medical treatment if required (subject to terms and conditions). • If you’re asked to self-isolate while you’re away, you’ll be covered for an extended stay and a new return flight home. • And, you can amend your holiday for free if you contract COVID-19 before your holiday. • T&Cs apply and you’ll still need your usual travel insurance to cover all other aspects of your holiday. • To add to this, we’re taking every possible step to protect you against COVID-19 throughout your holiday, from deep-cleaning our aircraft to ensuring our hotels meet the highest standards of hygiene. Find out more about how we’re keeping you safe on our flights and in our hotels. TUI STANDARDS GUARANTEED We promise you’ll have a brilliant TUI holiday. If there are any significant changes at your hotel, resort or destination, which will stop this from happening, we won’t take you there. • You’ll see some changes on your next TUI holiday, but we’ll make sure this isn’t anything significant enough to get in the way of you having a great time.• So, for example, if you’ve booked a beachside hotel or villa and the beach is closed, we’d consider that to be a significant change.• Another significant change could be if you’re going on a waterpark holiday and the pools are closed. Or, if your board basis changes and All Inclusive is no longer available. Another example is if you’ve booked a Multi-Destination holiday and it can no longer go ahead in multiple locations as planned.• If there are due to be significant changes, we’ll get in touch with you directly to discuss alternative holidays, arrange a credit refund voucher or a cash refund. 24-HOUR SUPPORT We promise you’ll be supported 24/7 by our holiday reps. Simply download the TUI App or have a chat with our expertly trained staff. • The TUI App is super-easy to use. It’ll help us keep contact as minimal as possible on your holiday and will mean we can keep in touch with you every step of the way.• You can use it for everything from checking in for your flights to keeping up to date on flight times and transfers. You can also find out about excursions and contact our team 24/7 with any questions.• The TUI App is also the easiest way for us to contact you throughout your holiday.• Or, if you prefer, you can contact our resort team 24/7 by phone, SMS or email. QUARANTINE-FREE HOLIDAYS We promise we’ll only take you on quarantine-free holidays. This means we won’t travel to places where we know you will need to self-isolate when you arrive or when you return home. • If we know a destination or hotel is asking people to self-isolate when they arrive in the country, for any length of time, we simply won’t go there.• If you have to quarantine when you return home, you’ll have the option to change your holiday, as we don’t expect you to do this. NO HOLIDAY, NO WORRIES We promise we’ll get in touch as soon as we can if your holiday can’t go ahead due to COVID-19. We’ll offer you the chance to change your booking to a different holiday. Or, you can take a refund credit note or a full cash refund.• We’ll be as flexible as we possibly can if COVID-19 means your holiday needs to be cancelled.• We’re constantly reviewing the latest travel advice around the world and will work with you to take whatever the right action is for your particular circumstances.
  10. Interesting to see Tui going to cover your insurance re Covid. But no mention of this applying to cruises
  11. I see this morning the health minister advising no cruises till October Will have to see what marella do now
  12. FCO advises against cruise ship travel by Phil Davies Jul 9th 2020, 12:16 The government has issued advice against cruise ship travel. The hardened advice follows on from FCO guidance against over-70s and those with existing health conditions taking cruises, which was issued in March as the Covid-19 pandemic hit Europe. The government updated its advice on Thursday, saying: “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office advises against cruise ship travel at this time. “This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England. “The government will continue to review its cruise ship travel advice based on the latest medical advice.” The FCO added: “If you have future cruise travel plans, you should speak to your travel operator, or the travel company you booked with, for further advice. “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office continues to support the Department for Transport’s work with industry for the resumption of international cruise travel.” Updated advice against cruise travel follows changes to the global advisory against non-essential travel, the FCO added. It also confirmed that the guidance covers all cruises, including river operations, based on Public Health England’s assessment. Cruises from the UK have been halted since March but Hurtiguten announced plans this week to run a series of departures from UK ports in September. The FCO’s previous advice on March 12 said that British nationals aged 70 and over, and those with underlying health conditions such as chronic diseases and diabetes, should not to travel on cruise ships in response to the coronavirus outbreak. A Clia UK and Ireland spokeperson said: “We have noted the advisory issued today. “The health and safety of guests and crew is an absolute priority for our member lines. “Since the voluntary suspension of operations, we have been working collaboratively with the government on the road map to resumption involving a ‘door to door’ strategy – from the time of booking through to the passengers’ return home – with enhanced health protocols. “We look forward to completing this planning exercise with government and for the advice to be updated.” Carnival UK president Simon Palethorpe said: “We acknowledge the FCO’s guidance and P&O Cruises had already extended the pause in operations for all sailings up to October 15, 2020 and Cunard had extended the pause in operations until November 2020. “Our current focus is to work in partnership with public health agencies at the highest level as well as Department for Transport; EU Healthy Gateways and Clia, the industry governing body. “We will follow applicable guidelines to further enhance our already stringent measures to keep our guests and crew healthy and well and we will not resume sailings on either of our brands until this framework is in place. This will include rigorous protocols pre-boarding, on ship and in the destinations we visit. “Confidence in cruising is strong and we are seeing increasing demand from our guests, who we look forward to welcoming back on board when the time is right.”
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