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  1. MSC are using Monfalcone which is 90 minutes by road. After check in at Venice they are taken by coach to the ship. No cruise facilities at Monfalcone. The cynic in me suggests that any announcement will be made with 29 days to sailing rather than any earlier..
  2. And Shadow is due there 8th September but nothing announced as yet.
  3. Just checked Blacklane prices for my Sept dates and they quote £179.57 each way and I am 52.7 miles from Heathrow. My usual service which I have used for years is £120.00 for their e class Mercedes and they will continue to receive my custom. I have used Blacklane and had some excellent cars and drivers but all overseas and found them to be quite reliable. Sometimes they have pretty well matched local taxi prices and others they have charged more but if they quote me too much I just make my own arrangements. I do not need SS do do this for me and the extra charge is just a way of trying to increase revenue.
  4. Les, How about asking Viking which insurers they consider have acceptable wording?
  5. Funnily enough when you were posting I was on the phone to my TA on exactly this point. The difference being I was not aware of specific guidance for cruises but was looking at the 4 countries due to be visited on my September Shadow cruise. Sadly I think what you state is absolutely correct and I do suppose those people who have been on the Moon from the UK have accepted the risk of travelling without insurance. My father had a major problem on one trip and often said the premiums he paid for the trip was the best expense of his life. Whilst I feel well enough to fully expect I would cope with 13 days out of the country without a problem I do not fancy the risk. Accordingly if there is no change in the advice when I am about 35 days away from sailing I shall be cancelling and taking the FCC. Even if the FCO changed the advice re cruising there is still the issue of advice in respect of each country to consider and I would not suggest that just staying on board at a banned country would work. If you have a problem on that day you could find yourself in the local hospital and with no cover.
  6. Disappointed yes, surprised no. It was always going to be a revenue raiser as the markup on tours is substantial. When you consider the cost of making your own arrangements against the price SS charge. We once took the helicopter from Monte Carlo to Nice Airport for leas than SS would have charged the 2 of us for the transfer by road through them. Sadly so many people fall for the “free” headline and fail to note the resultant hike in fares.
  7. My first bloom of the year on the latest addition to the garden which I just had to have when I noticed the name whilst in the garden centre. The nearest I have been to it for far too long…….oh the name….Silver Shadow.
  8. Does anyone have an idea why there is this expiration date on the certificate. I could understand say for 1 year but 1 month???
  9. There is a casino on Dawn but OBC is not accepted there. We have always booked any trips prior to boarding and they always appear on the account at the end of the voyage when the credit is applied.
  10. Thats a relief so there is still hope for Shadow although sorry for your loss. Your cruise does not appear on the SS site when searched although the one following still does. On another thread the Moon is said to be cancelled in June so looks like something may be in the pipeline for SS using Moon this summer or am I just getting stir crazy and clutching at straws?
  11. I presume you mean the 8th September on Shadow although nothing showing on the website as yet.
  12. I presume you are on Silver Dawn which is scheduled to then carry on to South America for a few months. Even if Portugal is open by November will SS want or be willing to let your cruise go given that it could well be sending the ship to an unproductive part of the world in terms of cruise revenue? My feeling is that for you to have a chance of sailing you will need Mediterranean Europe, U.S.A and South America to be open. Dearly hope I am wrong but I am just looking for Mediterranean Europe to be open as I am due to disembark Silver Shadow in Lisbon in November and with an optimistic view rate my chances as less than 50/50. If I had to consider other areas as well then the chances only get worse. You ask if you cruise will go and all I can say is ask again in August and any guesses then will me slightly more chance of being right than they are now. Just think how things can change from month to month, we can only live in hope.
  13. In todays Webinar Barbara Muckermann suggested that they were looking at ‘cruise only’ fares. This was in reply to a question about the inclusion of trips but I fear that any cruise only fare will also exclude the air element. The only reason for including the trips is to raise more revenue, anyone who wants to go and look at a church and taste wine at 8.30 would be able to pay if they considered the cost reasonable. It would be good if they did offer an excluding trips fare and given the feedback on here this would appear to something they should look at.
  14. Our Caribbean sailing on Shadow in January was upto standard and we have 2 more booked on Shadow for the latter parts of next year. Need I say more?
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