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  1. Just to add to JB's comprehensive answer: Birmingham New Street was completely modernised in 2015 and your change will only mean walking from one platform to another. All platforms can be accessed by lifts (elevators) so you should have no problems with wheeled luggage. Both legs of your journey will probably be on "Cross Country Trains" although each part will be a different train. You may find this website helpful: https://showmethejourney.com/train-station-guide/station/378-birminghamnewstreet Note the part abot how platforms are split into 'A' and 'B' parts along their length. Only the longer trains will use both parts (I have no idea if the train to Sheffield will be a long one) so you should be aware of this when you make your way to the platform.
  2. Celebrity Silhouette would be my choice. A bit above the average and not too big.
  3. I know it was a long time ago, but I felt that I should correct TLCOhio's assertion that the The fictional story of Thomas the Tank Train is based on the Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog narrow-guage railroad.
  4. I have now cancelled the cruise and re-booked for Autumn 2021
  5. Unless there is another serious peak, I think that the end of September is a fairy safe bet. As far as ports go, I would not be devastated if we had to stay on board for the whole trip.
  6. Our original plan was a villa in Brittany with the family. That fell through so it became a villa for two, but we were not enthralled by it. I was also looking at cruises for next year and found that a lot of people had beaten us to it. Needing a disability cabin restricts the choices and complicates the searches. I thought I had finally found one from and to Southampton via the Canaries and then discovered that it was 2020 not 2021 - darn. Then I looked again. It is on Celebrity Silhouette, a ship we really liked and the price is good. The outcome is that France is off and The canaries is on. We sail on 28th September.
  7. As Dean says, public transport is just not practical. https://www.dorsetvehiclerentals.co.uk/ wile rent you a car for £25/£30 for the day but it is still a 1½ hour drive each way.
  8. I think it depends on whether you prefer Spring - "When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim, Hath put a spirit of youth in everything, or Autumn - "Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun."
  9. The three last cruise ships still sailing with passengers will dock today. MSC Magnifica, in Marseilles, Pacific Princess in Los Angeles, and the Costa Deliziosa in Barcelona (and then Genoa). The BBC has the story of Magnifica's world cruise. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-52350262
  10. If you don't want to go to some event with a fixed date, Spring and Autumn are far the best times to visit the UK.
  11. Amazing what you can find on t'internet: OCEANA is en route to the port of Dover, sailing at a speed of 8.3 knots and expected to arrive there on Apr 14, 06:00. MARELLA CELEBRATION is DRIFTING South of the IOW, sailing at a speed of 1.1 knots MARELLA DISCOVERY 2 is at North East Atlantic Ocean en route to the port of Southampton, sailing at a speed of 14.1 knots and expected to arrive there on Apr 17, 06:00. VIKING SKY is at North East Atlantic Ocean is en route to the port of Portsmouth, sailing at a speed of 16.5 knots and expected to arrive there on Apr 16, 05:00. ALLURE OF THE SEAS is at North East Atlantic Ocean en route to the port of Southampton, sailing at a speed of 19.1 knots and expected to arrive there on Apr 22, 06:00. That's just a few at random until I got bored https://www.marinevesseltraffic.com/2013/06/vessel-cruise-finder.html?full_screen=yes
  12. When are you planning to go? There seem to be plenty of flights from UK to Porto in normal times. AFAIK, Porto is not an embarkation port. You will join at Lisbon.
  13. It should be quite a sight to see all those ships anchored in Weymouth Bay. It might give a bit of a boost to the locals as they will all need services.
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