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  1. Mind you, it fits well with Gwyneth Paltrow and her hook up with Celebrity. Perhaps Gen X appreciate her Goop and modern lifestyle brand 😂
  2. You are being charged, just upfront bundled into the cost of the cruise!
  3. I see from one of the posts it says ‘ all guests should have the same package’ which I take to mean both people in a cabin, which is a change from their present stance in that couples do not have to have the same perks (eg alcohol package).
  4. We visited the Isle of Wight recently. We have sailed by on many occasions to and from Southampton but had never been there. We were at the most western point, called The Needles and you could see the ships in Torbay and Weymouth in the distance. I must admit, I downloaded one of the maritime tracking apps to see which ships they were.
  5. We like the trips that call at La Paz and Loreto, prefer those ports to Mazatlan.
  6. I agree, and had not appreciated that Warner’s is now part of the Butlins group!! 🤦‍♀️😂. Off this coming weekend to a 2 night hotel stay and so looking forward to that.
  7. A brief feedback from our weekend stay at Warner’s on the IoW - Bembridge. Most points are covered in post #56. Check in was as you drove in but you then still had to queue up at reception to register your credit card for their cashless system 🤷‍♀️. You prebooked your dining times and we’re then allocated one of the two entertainment ‘sittings’ , we had 9.45pm (evening meal booked for 7.30pm). By the time we went, all bars and restaurants had to close at 10pm, so you could pre-order drinks for after that time, or to take back to your room. Contrary to reports elsewhere, service in the di
  8. Unfortunately BA don’t seem to want to play ball 🤷‍♀️. We have had cruises cancelled and BA refused to offer vouchers since our flights were booked outside of their allowed period - we booked early to get a good deal! We just had to sit it out and wait until BA actually cancelled the flights themselves. Hope you have better luck than we did 🤞.
  9. Yes, the 20 power up points was the email invitation I received, never have seen the 50 point one to participate in the webinar.
  10. Yes we did the quiz too, would love to visit there sometime 🤞
  11. Thanks, I received the newsletter this lunchtime, but from the post above, it looks as if you can't book on the webinar now 🤦‍♀️.
  12. It is not on the UK approved list at present. I am confident about the resort but unless Mexico is on the approved list, the package will be cancelled.
  13. We have a weekend planned on the Isle of Wight - the island that ships pass as they leave Southampton. We have travelled the world but never visited there. We also have a couple of days booked at a lovely hotel in Norfolk. Current regulations dictate that all bars / restaurants are closed by 10pm so no late nights 😂. We also have a week in Mexico planned in a December - a package AI trip, but although looking forward to it immensely, have doubts that it will happen. Next booked (true) cruise is not until September 2021.
  14. Not received the email or September newsletter 🤷‍♀️😔 in addition my Captains Club shows August as being my most recent newsletter! Out of interest, has anyone else in the UK received this?
  15. We were offered that choice, so I decided to take a refund for the cruise itself but the 125% for the bookings. However, I ended up being refunded for both 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️.
  16. We did both in one trip, whilst staying in Porto. I had a look back at both cities to see which was ‘best’. If Braga includes Bom Jesus Sanctuary, then this is a good trip - I am not sure that either place on their own would fill one whole day trip to make it worthwhile.
  17. Fourmenco: there are various ships around the UK at present. The Fred Olsen ships are berthed in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, Cunard ships are seen off the Norfolk coast. Some ships are at Dover -P&O and possibly Viking. There are also ships at Tilbury (CMV which has gone bust) and Portsmouth. This is just from various news reports. As someone said, a maritime app would give you the full picture. The ship, The World, is docked at one of the harbours in Devon, I believe ‘riding’ out Covid. Needless to say, no residents are on board.
  18. It’s amazing what we will do in lieu of cruising. We are looking forward to our stay at Warner’s in Bembridge ( many thanks Britboys for your offer of info), and have a Norfolk hotel booked for a couple of nights. I am sad to say we have ‘succumbed’ to a stay at Butlins - because it is our Grandson’s first holiday 😂. We had other trips with him (and his parents) but all got cancelled because of Covid. Luckily we booked November 2021 as his first cruise (Britannia / Caribbean) so that trip should be OK 🤞
  19. Princess has cancelled a world cruise next year - Island Princess, and a South America circle cruise on Pacific Princess. Their advisory states - SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Due to restrictions and limitations with border and port access determined by government and health authorities and the continued uncertainty of airline travel, Princess Cruises is cancelling its early 2021 World Cruises and Circle South America cruises on two ships:
  20. I would suggest a topic on alternative uses for Sushi on 5! I feel it is a very underused venue and could offer more! Apologies for the ‘critical’ start but looking for positive suggestions 😂
  21. We have booked Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. We have cruised around the world but never visited the Isle of Wight, so saw this as an opportunity to have a short break and visit there.Does the ferry count as a cruise 😂😂😂😂? We have booked breakfast and evening meal times and there are two performances of the entertainment each evening (7.30 and 9.30 I believe). This will be our first time with Warner’s. It is interesting that they seem to have availability whereas most of the good hotels around the country are fully booked for September and October.
  22. Yes, give credit where it is due - have not heard of other cruise lines offering the fcc etc to those who cancelled ahead of the cruise company.
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