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  2. towny44

    CMV in a last-ditch effort to stay afloat

    I hope they do manage to survive, their ships have been gradually getting newer, and fairly soon they might have been 21st century builds, which would have seen many more balcony cabins, as well as more modern accessible cabins, making them stronger competition to P&O.
  3. Anchors-aweigh

    CMV in a last-ditch effort to stay afloat

    Further from Sky...Sky News has learned that Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), which employs approximately 4,000 people, is in talks with VGO Capital Management, an investor in special situations with expertise in the shipping industry, regarding a possible agreement.
  4. A British-based cruise operator which has been at the centre of a repatriation row involving hundreds of crew is in eleventh-hour talks with potential investors in a desperate bid to stay afloat -this just in from Sky news. Lets hope they do keep going -had a few lovely cruises onboard.
  5. Anchors-aweigh

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    Frankly I am not over surprised that there is an apathy here in UK. We are constantly drip-fed a diet of negative news from our media. I read today that a worst-case realistic estimate for a second Covid surge this winter could claim 120,000 lives -probably from the same source who spoke of 500,000 deaths when it first hit the UK. How about also giving us the best-case estimate?
  6. towny44

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    But that would take away all the fun of being a member of a forum.😉 Seriously though everyone has an opinion, and a right to express it, and although I consider myself a glass half full sort of guy, I have to admit that I think some of the enjoyment of cruising is going to be sacrificed if we want to have a fully Covid safe environment on board ship.
  7. Countrygirl

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    I consider myself told off. But I am fed up with people complaining about things that might not happen. Let’s wait and see what the industry does to bring back cruising. Once we know the truth then we can comment and not second guess.
  8. Oldworldtraveller

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    Yes that is very positive as are the other points you mention, however, as the thread started off about cruising and continued in that vein I naturally thought you were looking for something positive regarding the cruise industry!!
  9. Last week
  10. Anchors-aweigh

    Insurance and Covid19

    My mantra is that we are only on this crazy merry-go-round once. I try not to get too 'down' about the situation, this has all happened in about 6 months, our next cruise is eight months ahead. As we are witness -even six months is a long time! Carnival CEO said that the German cruise industry is very strong since the announcement of sailing.
  11. Pesky Pirate

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    We are all lucky at present and fingers crossed we will remain so but some of us know folk who have died from this dreadful disease. I am one of them. Yes we endeavour to remain positive but it’s not always possible. It’s not all about reading books and gardening.. just my opinion but I await more backlash!
  12. Countrygirl

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    You are lucky enough to be still on this planet. Not so for over 44,000 poor souIs is that not positive enough for you. I look around and my garden has never look so good, my neighbours are people you stop and talk with instead of just the odd hello. the books I always said I would read are now done. i understand the use of my laptop and iPad more and can Zoom and FaceTime with ease.
  13. terrierian

    Insurance and Covid19

    Do we believe Dr Zhong Nansham or anything coming out of China? So many lies have been told already. The FCO do not want anybody to cruise ever and Public Health England just want us 70 and over to stop indoors and fade away. We have two cruises booked for next year but I have not taken out any insurance yet because no one knows what is going on.
  14. afcandrew

    Insurance and Covid19

    Hmmmmm. "Could be ready" and "needed for an emergency". That certainly doesn't fill me with confidence....
  15. Anchors-aweigh

    Insurance and Covid19

    This on MSN news :- China's top coronavirus expert, Dr Zhong Nanshan, claimed last month that the country's first COVID-19 vaccines could be ready to use as early as autumn. The 83-year-old leading epidemiologist said that some vaccines developed by Chinese scientists could be ready for 'emergency use' no later than the end of this year. He said: 'Some of them could be used for emergency maybe by the end of this year. We believe in the autumn or winter this year if they are needed for an emergency.'
  16. We have invariably selected our cruises in the past based on ports of call. However, we have occasionally returned from a cruise feeling as though we need a holiday to recover from the all action, port a day, routine. More recently, we have gone for a balance of calls and sea days. As for the future.....................................? DavidH
  17. towny44

    Insurance and Covid19

    If that clause is carried out to the letter, then any cruise booking made since March 18th would not be covered, and that presumably would include any transfers or bookings made using a FCC. I wonder if NW, or any other insurer having similar terms really intend that to be the case. I would hope that once the FCO advisory is withdrawn then all policies would provide medical expenses cover for Covid-19.
  18. Anchors-aweigh

    Insurance and Covid19

    My wife has pointed out a clear contradiction in the N/W website. I found the advice [shown here] in the Q&A section online -however their opening page indicates that this cover would only apply to trips booked before 18th March. I will have to call to check [ my critical date for a short trip to France is late Sept and they request only to call if within 28 days]
  19. Oldworldtraveller

    Insurance and Covid19

    Mine is similar with AXA PPP. Providing I am not travelling against the advice of my doctor or the FCO I am covered as I would be in any other situation.
  20. Anchors-aweigh

    Insurance and Covid19

    - was checking my updates on our Nationwide Flex-Plus travel insurance. The way it reads is that those already having this insurance will be covered for both cancellation and illness whilst abroad. The proviso's being that travel was not undertaken against either FCO travel advice or that of your GP. This is the current wording:- Your travel insurance will provide cover for events relating to COVID-19, such as emergency medical expenses abroad, cancelling or cutting short a trip, as long as you are not travelling against doctor’s advice and the FCO were not advising against travel both when you booked your trip and when you depart on that trip.
  21. Anchors-aweigh

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    Haha -no! We use cruises as a five-star taxi service to places on the globe we have not seen [or only seen once]. It is all about going to sleep in one place and waking in another. Our last cruise was on the QV -we visited 18 ports in 24 days quite a few we had never visited before.
  22. A pile of books, a mug of tea & a view of the sea (preferably from a balcony but a window would do) & I'd be perfectly happy.
  23. boy tough audience lol. ok assuming duty free was duty free, the cruiseline up their game on the entertainment and insurance etc were possible . then would you curmudgeons be interested?
  24. sinbad10

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    Think we are all well aware of that but if as suggested P&O did cruises to nowhere then as I said they would have to up their game with regards to some sort improvement in entertainment compared to the past even in the new norm post Covid.
  25. Oldworldtraveller

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    I would love to be positive about things Countrygirl but unfortunately I am struggling to find something to be positive about. Lockdown has been eased which is good news but I see this morning the 'R' rate has now risen.
  26. afcandrew

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    Aye, but there's the rub, as they say. All the time Covid is causing alterations to cruising, the experience on board is not going to be the same. We don't know how entertainment is going to be presented. With reduced numbers, social distancing, one way systems etc, who knows what things will be like?
  27. Anchors-aweigh

    how about a cruise to nowhere.

    I was quite amused that on the same day I read the EU recommendations of cruises 4-7 days ideally -and then saw a RoL advert for 108 days at sea with Cunard on a world cruise.
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