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  1. LOL, Makes me wonder how often or not this happens. I fully admit that I wouldn't always know except, like you, when it is somewhere you are familiar with you look and think "Eh, that's not right...." 🙂
  2. If a ship sails into port for a day (not a disembarkcation day, just a normal cruise visit) and some passengers get off to visit and some stay on board, how is that any different to the situation within the port/town from a disembarkcation day? I cannot see how it makes a halfpennyworth of difference if some people stay on the ship. From past experience I know the paperwork can be done to allow it. As for changes due to covid protocols, then seriously, if anything, the more who stay on, the better for the town re covid. I completely understand that it is a matter of whatever local regulations are in place at the time, but it often sounds frustratingly haphazard. I'm booked for 24days on Vista, all booked as one single cruise, although I can see it is also sold as smaller segments. It is a long way off yet and hopefully by then things will be more straightforward but I'll do whatever I have to, of course, and I won't let it spoil my fun at being back on a cruise. 🙂
  3. I just got a copy of Oceania's 2023 Europe and North America brochure this morning. UK version with prices in £ sterling. I'm already booked on Vista inJuly/August 2023. Puzzled for a moment by the cover photograph of the brochure. Inside it says it is Portofino and waxes lyrical about it's beautiful harbour. Only snag is that it is not Portofino at all. It is similar, but absolutely not Portofino. It is Vernazza - one of the Cinque Terre further down the Italian coast, albeit a flipped left to right photo. Hmm, if you are in charge of picking the cover photo for a brochure, you'd think a proper check of the photos and attributions would be in order, wouldn't you? Anyone else spotted it too? Let's hope the captains know where they are going even if the "office" doesn't? 🙂
  4. Just fly in early and stay a few days beforehand at a lovely hotel - like the Coral Reef Club - and enjoy every one of those few days of Barbadian gorgeousness ahead of your Seabourn cruise. Sorted!
  5. Laughing that someone here thinks Virgin Voyages are luxury cruising. Jings!
  6. Hi all, especially Aloha1 Hope you will find the a roll call has started now - myself and the Auldladdie look forward to seeing you on Vista. Doesn't it look a lovely ship? We live in Scotland and have had a long lockdown there, so we are sorely needing to get back on the water - and warm water at that. 🙂 We have land trips booked in 2022, but this is our first "toe-dip", after a long dry spell. It is still such a long time away, but it is exciting and satisfying to plan another cruise. Just can't come fast enough!
  7. I notice that if you hit the "see all updates button on that FCDO page it still comes up as 28 July 2021 Updated guidance following the UK government's announcement that international cruise sailings can restart from England, in line with Public Health England guidance. Reports in the media that this new guidance generated yesterday, e.g. the one in Travel Weekly and a website article on BBC, were similarly reporting the "sailings from England" line. I live in Scotland and need to be sure I can get insurance correctly, so clarity is vital. Whilst I agree with others here that the intention was to make international cruise travel for all UK passengers insurable again, this is so unclear I cannot help wonder if Mr Schapps, whose comments yesterday to the media were also unclear, could not seek an amendment to the wording here, just in case idiots seem to be in charge. Oh...wait.... 🙂
  8. I notice that if you hit the "see all updates button on that FCDO page it comes up as 28 July 2021 Updated guidance following the UK government's announcement that international cruise sailings can restart from England, in line with Public Health England guidance. I live in Scotland and need to be sure I can get insurance correctly, so clarity is vital. While I agree that I think the intention was to make international cruise travel for all UK passengers insurable again, this is so unclear I cannot help wonder if Mr Schapps, whose comments yesterday to the media were also unclear, could not seek an amendment to the wording here, just in case idiots seem to be in charge. Oh...wait.... 🙂
  9. Thanks Jane, I saw on the Silversea board that the new guidance was put up earlier today on the FCDO website, then removed again after a while, so it seems to be back up in an amended format now which is clearer, although lots of websites, like BBC, still saying this applied to cruises "from the UK". Clearly there is a bit of confusion around Mr Schapps's quotes earlier today.
  10. I feel it is a bit confusing to give advice saying you can now "cruise internationally FROM England". Only leaving from a UK port? Seems unclear to me.
  11. From what I have read this is only for international cruises DEPARTING FROM THE UK. Not sure about returning back to the UK, but definitely departing from, so it is not a lot of good to me. 😞
  12. Thank you to Chengkp75 and Jim Avery for explaining lack of channel to sail around. I note that Marghera port area is where the road and rail link into Venice comes from and that it lies geographically closer to Venice than the airport. Would it therefore be possible to use road, rail or even possibly watertaxi into Venice from Marghera port? I would expect it can be managed. I know Marghera port is not pretty, but then neither is Venice airport, nor many of the other Mediterranean ports ships sail into, but that doesn't really deter tourists necessarily. Where there is a will there is a way and I doubt both the cruise tourists and Venice will want to lose the ability to visit. If we can dock at Civitavecchia for Rome and Livorno for Florence and Pisa, we can manage somewhere a bit more distant for Venice if it helps preserve this wonderful city, surely?
  13. Italy has banned the ships whose size is above the limits mentioned from sailing up the canal between Venice and Guidecca. I assume they will just sail around the outer side of Guidecca to the outlying Venice dockyard until the new mainland dock is completed.
  14. Coral Reef Club for me in Barbados.
  15. Totally agree with Tothesunset on this. The CDC did not make the claim as stated here and neither has any other reliable or authoritative news source. Just check web browser searches (It is not that difficult) and there is no such data given. Had it been it would most certainly have made worldwide headlines. The ease of spread of disinformation is shocking.
  16. Travelcat2, your mention of some cough and sneeze particles travelling "slightly over 6' " if not wearing a mask, raised my eyebrows. I recall reading very early on in the Wuhan outbreak a study of virus particle travel distance on a bus in Wuhan showing a travel distance of 4.5m within the bus (sans air conditioning) . Since then, there have been a huge raft of articles published or re-surfaced on sneeze or cough droplet travel distance - too many to list here, but a quick google brings up many. There is a bit of variation in results, but sadly slightly over 6 ft is a huge understatement in all. Here's one from MIT for example - this is just a brief summary but many others are very detailed - https://www.sciencefocus.com/the-human-body/how-far-do-coughs-and-sneezes-travel/ "according to research by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, it’s not just the person next to us we should worry about: coughing spreads droplets as far as six metres, and sneezing as much as eight metres. These droplets stay suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes." I totally agree that people will differ in what they feel is any type of effective mitigation measure. Understanding proven science helps everyone make their judgments optimally, but other factors, both emotional and physical ones, play a huge part in our decision making. You and I both agree we have a right to make decisions about cruising again for ourselves, if cruise companies are legally operating, but please be aware that it is very much the case that coughs and sneezes can catapult the virus much further than the distance that is likely between tables at restaurants. Of course that applies to all restaurants, not just those on cruise ships! I just wanted to clarify the known science about the distance. I hope you - and all cruisers - can stay safe while cruising and I am very much looking forward to a time when I can cruise safely in future. 🙂
  17. I see on another thread on this board Crystal has now closed down all cruises through end of 2020. That's quite a "Negative Nelly" to deal with isn't it?
  18. To the OP, all I can add is that if we had not been in a penthouse suite for our 3 Riviera cruises we would not have enjoyed them nearly as much as being in a lower suite and possibly would only have done 1, not 3. Thoroughly enjoyed every extra benefit listed earlier, from what we felt was entirely necessary ( the extra space, the specialty dining privileges and butler) right down the list. Overall it felt very luxurious with the added benefits and on board we were able to feel we were never "missing out" on any little luxury or added excitement that would have made our cruise any less than we could have possibly wanted or expected for the cost. To Georgia_Peaches, yes you can definitely retain your luggage if you want to, but you do have to be able to disembark with it with no assistance from staff. I completely understand why you would ask the question and, if I did not always overpack, I'd do same every time! 🙂 and 😞
  19. Hi Kool cruiser, as I posted a couple of days ago when the UK FO made their announcement, this is indeed a deal breaker for us -and I dare say almost anyone else with UK insurers. No insurance means no cruising, given Covid-19 and its attendant potential problems. 😞
  20. On a slightly different tack, here in the UK our Foreign Office has just declared it currently advises no cruising for UK residents, which means all of our travel insurance, should we cruise, is null and void. 😞
  21. If cruising is against FO advice for UK passengers we can kiss our travel insurance goodbye if we cruise.
  22. To Mich3554 who replied to my earlier post re testing all passengers, I understand the points you make, but I disagree with your assessment of testing facilities available in Japan. I guess, if you read the link you missed the vital part "Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said that the government will bolster testing capabilities for those on the cruise ship to about 1,000 samples per day by Feb. 18 — the last day of the designated incubation period for people on the cruise ship — by allowing testing at private facilities." That last sentence is the key. This article was posted on 12th Feb. Doing 1000 tests per day in private labs was clearly possible, but they chose to stick with 300 tests per day at government labs. They now say they will begin this private lab testing on Feb 18th as part of this article following :- https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/12/national/science-health/japan-covid-19-test-kit-shortage-cruise- ship/#.XkapwCj7RPY Kit shortages, lab sample transport etc etc all discussed here, ( I am not trying to minimise the difficulties at all) but all ultimately possible to be done. They had this option available to them, but it just needed political will, which seems to have been lacking. Like I said before, it was - and is, the world over, - all about the political "cost versus need" decision.
  23. Been saying testing everyone on board was the only way forward for days now. Eventually, the inevitability of this expense finally hits the economic fan..... Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said that the government will bolster testing capabilities for those on the cruise ship to about 1,000 samples per day by Feb. 18 by allowing testing at private facilities. So far, only up to about 300 samples can be tested each day at public health centers nationwide. Kato said the government is contemplating testing all passengers and crew members. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/12/national/science-health/40-new-coronavirus-cases-cruise-ship-quarantined-japan/#.XkQ74RNKjPA Please, no one repeat to me that Japan could not do this earlier - Japan is rich, sophisticated, littered with medical testing facilities and well capable of doing so. It was - and is, the world over, - all about the political "cost versus need" decision.
  24. Been saying testing everyone on board was the only way forward for days now. Eventually, the inevitability of this expense finally hits the economic fan..... Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday said that the government will bolster testing capabilities for those on the cruise ship to about 1,000 samples per day by Feb. 18 by allowing testing at private facilities. So far, only up to about 300 samples can be tested each day at public health centers nationwide. Kato said the government is contemplating testing all passengers and crew members. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/02/12/national/science-health/40-new-coronavirus-cases-cruise-ship-quarantined-japan/#.XkQ74RNKjPA Please, no one repeat to me that Japan could not do this earlier - Japan is rich, sophisticated, littered with medical testing facilities and well capable of doing so. It was - and is, the world over, - all about the political "cost versus need" decision.
  25. Of course testing all would be logistically difficult. But just because it is difficult, expensive and/or time consuming, that does not lessen the need for it to be done. Japan is a rich and sophisticated country with many labs surely able to deal with this if they are tasked to. Testing all on board should have been put in place at the start. Current circumstances show there does not seem to be another path which will ensure everyone who leaves the ship is virus free. If that does not happen, what was the point in the first place?
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