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  2. bluemoon

    How about other UK ports ?

    Thanks for the info Midshipman, but I knew P&O Ferries were owned by DP WORLD. Ther is no smoke without fire,but I will keep what I know to myself.
  3. Oldworldtraveller

    How about other UK ports ?

    CMV did this with Tilbury and then further embarkation in Amsterdam the next day. Amsterdam was always day 2 so nothing repeated.
  4. Last week
  5. towny44

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    I think the Xmas cruise balance date has already passed, I know a friend of ours only just paid her balance for Iona over Xmas.
  6. towny44

    How about other UK ports ?

    Just for your info P&O Ferries have no connection any longer to P&O cruises, so any ferry relationship will have no influence with Carnival who own P&O cruises.
  7. towny44

    How about other UK ports ?

    The same cruise itinerary done continuously over a season, just like a lot of the US ships do in the Caribbean.
  8. bluemoon

    How about other UK ports ?

    I believe P&O are one ofthe cruise lines that were intrested intrested would save fuel and most cruise pasengers live in the midlands, north, Scotland and Northern island. Much easier than travelling down south.P&O have a huge Ferry Terminal in Hull and have a good relatoinship with Kingston upon Hull City Council. Just let me point out I am not from Hull just know that feelers have been put out to construction firms.
  9. afcandrew

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    A sensible decision. After their refund fiasco, which has brought tons of negative press on social media, they needed to do something. At least announcing this now has saved a lot of folk paying the final balance on their Christmas cruises.
  10. afcandrew

    How about other UK ports ?

    Unless they have agreements in principle with some cruise lines, that's quite a risky venture but I wish them well. Maybe P&O are thinking of adopting the Costa Cruises practice of having more than one starting point - day 1 Southampton, day 2 Hull, day 3 Scandinavia etc. Mind you, not sure how many pax boarding in Southampton would fancy 2 calls into Hull in one cruise...
  11. afcandrew

    How about other UK ports ?

    "Milk Run" cruises?
  12. towny44

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    These cost about £30 per test kit, so quite expensive to test all 8000 passengers and crew on an Excellence class ship, especially if you intend testing everyone who goes ashore at each port.
  13. Anchors-aweigh

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    This is a link to a new type of test called DNA Nudge -it is carried out by taking a cheek swab and the result is known within an hour. It has been proved to have an accuracy of 95% and a specificity of 100% [as I understand it- this means a test of not having the virus] https://www.dnanudge.com/en/COVID-Nudge
  14. bluemoon

    How about other UK ports ?

    HUll are planing a brand new cruise terminal, car parks and reguired maine works for the largest cruise ships. A63 dual cariageway right to the terminal already exists straight off the M62, so easy journey than through the streets of Southampton. It will not replace Southampton but compliment it. Few years in the future though
  15. Pesky Pirate

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    I see P and O have now cancelled all cruises until 2021
  16. 2torts

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    Our cruises on Iona in November & February have now been cancelled. I hope that by the time we get to our next one in May that the virus will either have burnt itself out or that there is a vaccine available.
  17. towny44

    How about other UK ports ?

    Traditionally P&O have not done milk run cruises with the same ship, but they did intend just that with Iona, however I suspect Iona would be too big for Hull to deal with 5500 passengers every 7 days.
  18. afcandrew

    How about other UK ports ?

    I guess time will tell but as you can see from the above posts, P&O are very much committed to Southampton...
  19. afcandrew

    oceana sold immediateley

    In total, Carnival Corp have announced that they are offloading 18 ships that are older and not cost-effective. Until today, that figure was 13, so they have upped it by 5. They have however recently sold two HAL ships to Fred Olsen, which were not in the original 13, so there are another 3 to be identified/named.
  20. bluemoon

    oceana sold immediateley

    Carnaval group are selling 6 ships
  21. bluemoon

    How about other UK ports ?

    I heared a rumour P&O were looking at Hull, plenty of deep sea berths there and on the end of M62 ideal for Scandinavia
  22. bluemoon

    Cruising from Liverpool?

    I heared a romour that P&O were looking at Hull
  23. Earlier
  24. afcandrew

    How about other UK ports ?

    I certainly agree with the comments by OWT and David above. As the mainstream cruise lines build ever larger ships, I think it would get more difficult for them to have regional departures, especially on a frequent basis. Liverpool could be reasonably well provided for, as long as the new cruise terminal eventually gets built. Places like Newcastle and Rosyth however would only seem suitable for those travelling by car. Additionally, Rosyth cannot take large ships as access is restricted by the Forth Bridges. Greenock can take fairly large ships but again, there is very little infrastructure there to support changeovers and a relatively small population to provide a decent supply of passengers. Another relevant issue is that the RCI and Carnival companies have made significant commitments to Southampton. RCI I believe made a large financial contribution when City Cruise Terminal was rebuilt and enlarged. Carnival the same with Ocean Terminal and of course with Carnival in particular, their UK HQ is in Southampton. Increasingly, the cruise lines are looking to cut costs and a way of doing this is to be based in one centre in order to get the best deals. At the end of the day, I don't see regular, large-ship cruising anywhere other than Southampton in the UK.
  25. DavidH

    How about other UK ports ?

    Hi Graden, As I have no desire to cruise on "The Leviathon Of The Seas", I would welcome the opportunity to sail from more Northerly ports on the smaller ships. But, to where????? DavidH
  26. Oldworldtraveller

    How about other UK ports ?

    You make a good point Graden and it is something that has been mentioned by others. However it's one thing for Fred Olsen with their smaller ships to use those ports mentioned as turn round ports but what of the larger ships which now make up more than a significant proportion of the cruise industry. Do the ports you mention for instance have the bunkering facilities, quay length, car parking, rail network etc. for ships in the 100,000 - 200,00 GT range with lengths up to 1,200ft catering for up to 6,000 passengers plus crew . The other question that comes to mind, are there enough passengers to fill ships of that size if based at the locations you have mentioned. As always, time will tell.
  27. The postings under this topic will still remain when cruising returns. Cruise companies reiterate time and time again about steps they are taking to address the current virus issues on board their ships. All well and good,yet,for many of us we still have the arduous journey of many hours to reach Southampton. En route we go past ports in Scotland,Newcastle and Liverpool certainly with the infrastructure to take most modern liners. Unless we drive down ourselves in the main we have to endure many hours on a coach and until a vaccination is rolled out,we shall be obliged to wear a face mask/covering. Surely it's time more shipping companies followed the Fred Olsen lead by taking advantage of these mid country ports. What do you think? Best wishes to you all
  28. Oldworldtraveller

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    You are correct Sinbad10, my mistake, it is indeed 25th March, 18th April and 16th May. However it is still almost 7 months before the first Cunard ship will set sail, will others follow?
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