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  1. Your post brought tears to my eyes. I have a 40 year old son with a family, and if anything were to happen to him .... well, I can't even begin to go there. I am sad about losing my friend and the struggles of my best friend and DH, but nothing could compare with losing a child, no matter what age. Your next post shows what a good attitude you have. All the very best.
  2. I've debated whether to contribute to this thread since I first saw it, and read every response, yesterday. This group have kept me informed and entertained since lock down and despite not being a frequent P&O cruiser, I have appreciated this forum very much, so here goes. In the last 12 months my lovely charmed world, which I did appreciate, has turned upside down! I am very lucky in that I have quite a few really good friends but of my 2 closest, one died after a short illness last October. She and I met weekly and often spoke on the phone in between. When I exiled to Hertf
  3. Nooooooooooo! If I could start a meal with dessert I would 😋. Maybe when/if I reach 80 and wear purple, maybe I'll do just that ......! Desserts is stressed backwards - something I find only too easy to remember when I reach for the chocolate in trying times 😁
  4. I've enjoyed the thread despite that. Any form of light entertainment is welcome in my world right now!
  5. And washing clothes in a sink (you do not just 'rinse' underwear I suspect) is the last thing I would want to be doing regularly on a long cruise! There are beautiful ships with guest laundries - just not Celebrity - but fully understand your point of view 😉
  6. I have heard that reserving a machine by using an 'out of order' sign was a thing! Now that would drive me bonkers. I've only ever used 2 guest laundry rooms; one on Viking and also on Princess but I either went very early or very late. What also drives me bonkers - and this happens at Disney resorts - is where guests are quite happy to leave their stuff in the machine long after the end time. So inconsiderate. Maybe I need disposable 'smalls' and to use those laundry bags after all 😉. Enjoy your HAL cruise, which I hope happens, and your laundry package - it does sound like a
  7. All of the long-distance cruises we have looked at, the ships have had an on-board laundry room for passenger use, something which Celebrity does not have. The laundry room on Viking ships is free to use and (environment friendly) detergent is automatically dispensed - included in your $100,000 fare 😁. Despite having the free bag of laundry each with Celebrity, we rarely use it - I do not want anyone washing my not-so-smalls and this lack of facility would make Celebrity a no-no even if I were interested 😉.
  8. I take your point that you didn't say that the article was far from the truth but urged caution. I also accept everything else you have said about the workers on board and is something DH and I talk about every time we cruise, it does not stop me feeling uncomfortable about it though, including the number of hours the staff put in, not only the pay. My concern is that we really only see what we want to see and will use any minor inaccuracies to dismiss the main tenet of the piece, which I suspect is largely accurate.
  9. My good friend has a Jackapoo and he's a wonderful dog, and very smart. DH loves to take him for walks and he does need lots of exercise. He goes berserk with excitement at visitors - but doesn't jump up at them; he's well trained 😉 - great dog; sure you will be happy with your choice.
  10. Unlike pete14, I doubt that this is far from the truth. It doesn't make for comfortable reading that's for sure. Thanks for posting.
  11. Before Harry comes along ..... but only until the end of the year can you look to the EHIC card, unless there's an agreement.
  12. Probably says way too much about me, but this made me laugh!
  13. I loved your old avatar 😉, and I agree with your assessment of the current situation.
  14. I know it's a stereotype, but generally speaking, the Germans do obey rules in my experience, and this must help with testing the water. As a frequent visitor (we once owned a flat in Germany), and with German friends, I am still amazed at the number of times we stand at road crossings, with little-to-no oncoming traffic, while Germans wait until the green man gives permission to cross - and yes, I know it sets a good and safe example for children! Maybe a good test bed for the re-start of cruising, added to the fact that they seem to have the Covid-19 largely under control barring the odd l
  15. To the OP, even you though you obviously are in a very good situation in many ways, I feel sympathy for your situation. I had often recommended cruising to my SIL before, but especially after her husband died and she finally tried one with P&O earlier this year, and loved it - so much so that she booked another two immediately. She is a similar age to you and is also 'comfortable' financially. She enjoyed cruising for all the reasons you gave. A PP suggested taking a look at Warner hotels, and they also do solo holidays. I have never taken one myself, but have a friend who
  16. I love that poem and have since childhood. Given its size, nowhere in the UK is too far from the sea - we’re about 20 miles away - but I’m off to do some research on St Andrews by the sea right now because we are due another visit to Canada 🤞. We have friends in Orillia and Ottawa and combine our visits with other places in Canada. Still enjoying the thread!
  17. I'm happy to have my money back from P&O (£3000+ after a 60 day wait, weeks ago) because I think my future cruising life is in some doubt, even though I have 2 (moveable Celebrity) cruises booked for the second half of next year. The ITV programme on Thursday night about cruise ships and Covid-19 just reinforced my doubts. So many posters on here have now been refunded, but what a battle! I'm still waiting for a refund of £150 deposit from Princess but I'm not foaming at the mouth about it because a) the amount involved and b) I got an immediate acknowledgement of my choice o
  18. Funnily enough I’d recorded it and just watched half of it before seeing your reply. It’s a lovely programme so I’m going to save it ..... the sail into Kotor, walking around Split, the ship itself, even Jane’s cheesy (but good imho) version of ‘It’s now or never’ whilst on a gondola in Venice ....... sigh! I’ll watch the second part with Santorini tomorrow 😊.
  19. I agree that Guernsey is a lovely island - it's a bit like stepping back in time if you are from the mainland. I'm really enjoying this thread but the posters who have nowhere at home on their list were a surprise. We have travelled extensively throughout the USA - also Canada - on independent road trips and have loved every one. There is just so much to enjoy. Granted for history Europe wins hands down, but for vastness and spectacular scenery - well, just wow!! As I use a screen name, I hope no one will consider this to be a 'humble brag' but we have made travel a
  20. Nice thread! For me, the country that we have visited twice for holidays since sailing into Split and Dubrovnik is Croatia. We had never considered it previously but loved our land based stays in different parts of Croatia. Also on the ‘still to visit properly’ list is Slovenia after a cruise visit to Koper and hiring a car for the day. We always spend at least 3 short (a week or less) land vacations in Europe each year and just this morning booked 5 nights in Germany in early December with fingers crossed - cancellable hotel accommodation only though for the moment. Flights are available
  21. Oh dear! Working my way through this thread and what a difference a few weeks makes in the dreadful saga of this pandemic. I was just looking for info on the Connie as we are booked on her at the end of August but I’ll be amazed if it goes ahead. Pretty sure we’ll be home for the rest of the year at least.
  22. ‘Tis a good thing that you do - you deserve your refund pronto! Good luck 👍
  23. We have cancelled our January 21 cruise on Connie. Just too soon for us, and as another poster indicated, wearing a mask for 2 hours is doable, but don’t care for the idea for a 9 hour flight from the U.K. with mask. And that’s even before we get to considering insurance for overseas travel. Hoping to do European cruises August and October next year and keeping fingers crossed for January 2022 and the Caribbean.
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