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  1. I see that her majesty has now said Scotland will have a list providers early next month.so hopefully the marella supplier will be on it and test on day 2 return will be acceptable.
  2. Yes, seen a post yesterday. You can ashore alone if double vaccinated . however under 17's cannot unless part of a ship tour. bizarre as we are due on the explorer 1 9th Oct for two weeks with an under 17 year old. Several off the tours over the two weeks have explore on your own as part of them. So its okay to explore ashore with your under 17 year old if you've paid Marella for a tour. I don't see going based upon above. Also if you search options ex Scotland in October now only ex 2 available . It also looks like the EDI 9th Oct flight with TUI is no longer going and if you are going a land based Majorca holiday that day and searching ex EDI it comes up its an Easyjet flight.
  3. Yes, seen a post yesterday. You can ashore alone if double vaccinated . however under 17's cannot unless part of a ship tour. bizarre as we are due on the explorer 1 9th Oct for two weeks with an under 17 year old. Several off the tours over the two weeks have explore on your own as part of them. So its okay to explore ashore with your under 17 year old if you've paid Marella for a tour.
  4. I see NCL and Celebrity now allowing guests ashore on there own. I wonder what Marella will do on-going.
  5. RR good news you managed to get a cruise. We are due on the explorer 1 in October (fingers crossed: No restrictions)
  6. So it looks like cruise may go ahead. I've checked out a few tours in each of the ports of call. Very strange if it stays the same that you can't go ashore unless on organised tour. Bizarrely several tours are on your own or you will have free time on tour to explore. Question has to be if its safe to go off on your own on a ship tour why can't you go ashore under your own steam.
  7. Great news International cruises now permitted on the news tonight
  8. Fingers crossed GOQ, we are due onboard the 9th Oct. Hopefully they also remove ship tours only to get ashore
  9. Hi Jim Yes, two things will be interesting. (1) The FCO has to change its guidance on cruising ex-uk or you won;t be able to go anyway I think. (2) Does Marella/Tui base any changes on the rules at that point in say England (where most of the customers would fly from I would guess) or not.
  10. Again the same questions for October on the explorer. Even if they are still running with reduced capacity will the only way to get off the ship be going and staying with an organised tour.
  11. Jim, we are due to go on the explorer in October. Not great if the only way to leave the ship is with a tour. It would be a long two weeks given we normally do our own thing in port. Hard to see if this rule will change.
  12. Yes, I seen that the Discovery was in Amsterdam a few days ago near the explorer 2 which was also there. Who knows now what will actually sail in October and where. (Fingers crossed for the Explorer ex Palma 9th Oct)
  13. I remember a few years back it was a hired in aircraft they used for most flights. Would be okay if they could do a deal with Jet2
  14. Our friend had there Discovery 2 ex Corfu 8th Oct on Wednesday. On hearing that the Discovery 1 would be doing ex Corfu September & October they called today to transfer onto the 8th October departure. On hold for just over an hour, they were advised that after further information yesterday they are not sure if the cruises will run ex Corfu so they could not transfer. They then asked to book Explorer 1 ex Palma on the 9th October, strangely are then advised that they can't transfer/re-book as there is a doubt if this will be running. Yet both of the above are showing website
  15. Our friend had there Discovery 2 ex Corfu 8th Oct on Wednesday. On hearing that the Discovery 1 would be doing ex Corfu September & October they called today to transfer onto the 8th October departure. On hold for just over an hour, they were advised that after further information yesterday they are not sure if the cruises will run ex Corfu so they could not transfer. They then asked to book Explorer 1 ex Palma on the 9th October, strangely are then advised that they can't transfer/re-book as there is a doubt if this will be running. Yet both of the above are showing website
  16. Fingers crossed the explorer goes on the 9th Oct ex palma 🤞🛥️
  17. Going to be interesting to see what happens. I've seen a few staff heading over to start onboard (mainly explorer 1 and 2). Cruise director named AV techs. Also if search for booking a cruise in October many including explorer don't appear. Its very much like they are reveiwing what if any ships will run. Fingers crossed we are meant to be on the explorer 9th Oct.
  18. On the port schedule for Corfu, the Discovery 2 is still listed each week.
  19. At these prices I can't see people rushing to book.
  20. Received passport in two weeks with daily updates
  21. 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.
  22. 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"
  23. Can anyone recommend a good single cabin deck 4 or 5 on the Marella explorer
  24. just announced all Marella cruises paused until the 15th November.
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