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Ukulele girl

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    East Hampshire
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    Gardening, sewing, reading.
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    Enjoyed The Malaccan Straits

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  1. Thank you roscoe39, 6035 should be just perfect and I will be travelling feet first! How clever to have the plans and know all the secrets of the ship. Can I now be brave enough to actually take the plunge? As the news today was so positive about the efficacy of the vaccines July 2022 should be possible. I shall sleep on it I think. Thank you to everyone for the responses. Can't beat CC for answers.
  2. I am almost daring to book an Alaska 15 night cruise for July 2022 on QE. I am looking at deck 6 balcony cabin 6035. I would like to have the bed on the right hand wall as you look into the room. My husband gets up early and as I sleep on the left he would be nearer the bathroom and door so disturb me less if I was on the balcony side. Is there anyway of knowing which side the bed is on in different cabins? Help would be great. (Then all I have to do is pluck up the courage to actually book!),
  3. I had a lovely long chat with my sister this morning. She says the Captain is wonderful and has kept them cheerful during various difficulties including waiting for 5 days at Durban. They do have the BBC world news and Sky News so they are up to date with what is going on here but of course they are essentially on 'holiday' and as it would be with most of us we wouldn't choose to sit and watch the news very often on a cruise. My sister and her husband will disembark at 8.00 on Sunday morning and will go through immigration before collecting their luggage, then onto the coach and aw
  4. I had an email exchange with my sister on Arcadia at the weekend. All is well on board and they are still enjoying themselves. I had asked her about social distancing on the coach ride home and she said they may not all disembark on the 12th but may take a few days to be allowed off. Not sure what arrangements have been made so far about this but I am sure she will let me know once they have an idea. She said she would be happy to stay on board till all the virus problems have passed! I think it has been a safe haven for them. They cannot understand what they are returning to as we
  5. Tring - thank you for that, it will be helpful. I have a very big world map on the landing with a sheet of perspex over it. We use small footprint stickers to mark the places we have been across the world. I have been using a small suction childish toy to track my sister since January and have enjoyed knowing where she is all the time. Recently the toy has been wandering aimlessly around the oceans! Now I can track accurately again. Any small distraction is welcome in the current lock-down.
  6. My sister is on board and she has just had a days internet. It was so good to hear from her as I have been worrying. She says that everyone is cheerful and still enjoying themselves but they recognise how they are living in a very protected bubble. I think they are all naive about what they will find when they return but that's not surprising. She said they were enjoying the talks by Wayne Sleep and that the weather had been good. She didn't comment on food or much else so I assume all is ok there. She did say that P&O had been generous with compensation. See below what she sai
  7. I live in a village on the edge of a small market town in North Hampshire. The town is very quiet with everyone keeping their distance. I wear gloves if I have to go into a shop but we are not going anywhere beyond one food shop a week and the tip to get rid of garden waste. Aldi was busy on Tuesday but had most of what I needed, including stocks of toilet paper which I didn't buy. It is my birthday today, 65 years young, and we are having our first Chinese take away for many years as my treat. I sit on my lap top and read or watch TV and forget how the world is going mad but then it hits me a
  8. My sister will travel home by coach and I assume this will still be running. I agree with Son of Anarchy, it has been a safe place to be in these difficult times. It is possible that hotels will be closed so I hope people will be able to get home after such a long trip.
  9. My sister is on Arcadia and has been since the start of the world cruise. She rang me today and it was good to hear her voice. She said they were all well and enjoying themselves. She did mention social distancing but said it was to get them used to it - not sure I believe that but she didn't sound worried. It was clear that she wasn't aware of the gravity of the situation here and it will certainly be a shock when they return. She said they had been given extra on board credit for the remainder of the cruise. She also said they had booked three more cruises so the problems haven't put them of
  10. Below is a clip from BBC news overnight. Perhaps this means no-one will be flying home and it will just be a refuel and food stop now. I don't suppose Arcadia carries sails if they are refused fuel too! 'Earlier, South Africa declared a state of disaster, closing its borders to foreign nationals from countries badly impacted by the disease. The ban includes China, Iran, Italy, Spain, the UK and the US.'
  11. 2BACRUISER - thank you, that is very helpful to know. Of course the way things are going they may not be allowed to dock by the time they get there. I wonder if anyone joined the ship in Fremantle? There will be a lot of people on board who don't like to fly (my sister is one of them) so they will possibly choose to stay on board. It will be a very different cruising experience on the way home.
  12. I heard from my sister overnight but she had no further news about the route or any stops. I had asked her lots of questions but she didn't answer them. I would think they will stick to the Suez route because for some the chance to go through the canal would at least be interesting. The sun worshipers on board should get a few days to lie out before they reach the Med which will fill time for some. I expect they will all make the best of it as they realise how difficult the world situation is regarding the virus. If I hear again (she said she might ring me at some point) I will p
  13. I expect to hear again from my sister in the morning. She is on Arcadia currently and will email me during the night. She should have some confirmed news about their onward travel plans but of course P&O may not be able to say for sure where will accept them as things are changing by the hour. Arcadia is clear of all infection at present but if passengers have joined the ship in Fremantle then that may change too. If they travel back without any further port calls it will be a long five weeks for them all.
  14. trinity126 - thank you for that information. My sister sent an email overnight where she says she doesn't know the full plans for the future. Below is a quote from her email. Perhaps your information was given out while she was off the ship. Perhaps she will tell me more tomorrow. 'When we leave here tomorrow evening we're heading for Colombo, Sri Lanka but not getting off there. It's just for refuelling. Currently we're supposed to be docking in Dubai on 24/25 March and Muscat on 26 March but who knows. I can honestly see this being the last port of call where we're allowed to dis
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