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  1. afcandrew

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    Yes, I think many will agree with you. We will just have to hope that the Covid crisis eases to almost nothing by the middle of next year and that life can get back to a pretty good version of normal... 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻
  2. afcandrew

    Cruising after the 'virus'

    Typical P&O shoreside - left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing...
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    Cruising after the 'virus'

    Would probably depend upon the date of the cruise and whether booked direct or through a TA. I know P&O were being flexible to pax who asked to delay balance payment recently but of course they denied it in public - as were one or two of the better TA's.
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    How about other UK ports ?

    And Cunard with QM2 TA Crossings. They used to be Southampton-New York-Southampton. Now the have added in Hamburg, which also gives them short cruises Southampton-Hamburg-Southampton.
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    How about other UK ports ?

    Thanks. Ah, the way of operating that P&O seem to have largely adopted from next year for all their bigger ships. Only Aurora and Arcadia now seem to have a truly varied set of itineraries.
  6. 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.
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    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...
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    How about other UK ports ?

    "Milk Run" cruises?
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    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...
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    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.
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    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.
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    Cruising after the 'virus'

    The whole situation is a nightmare and there is no easy solution. Do we know how long the virus might be in the body before showing up on testing? Could it be in the nose but not in the throat initially? Sadly, at this time I can't see how cruises can realistically operate without a vaccine being available. I do however sincerely hope the pathfinder cruises that are starting up now will prove me wrong...
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    Ransomeware attack on Carnival

    The fact that only one brand is affected probably suggests that it is not P&O or Cunard as most of their IT and other admin services are shared with each other as Carnival UK.
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    Goodbye Boudicca and Black Watch

    Well, it is good to know that booked guests will automatically be transferred to the new ship on the same itinerary. I must be worrying unnecessarily that Bolette (Amsterdam) is too big to do the double transit of the Kiel Canal I am due to do in June next year. Or maybe they are removing a deck...or raising the bridges that cross the canal...🤔🤔🤔
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    Ransomeware attack on Carnival

    On another forum I am part of, there is a contributor who seems to work for or with Carnival. His track record of getting things right is exceptional. He has posted that P&O are not the brand affected (it is a P&O board).
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    Oh for some 'joined up' thinking.

    The whole concept of humanitarian aid is to aid our fellow humans - not their governments. Sadly, there are many governments that do not look after their population in an appropriate way but that doesn't mean the rest of the World should ignore the plight of fellow humans in desperate or extreme circumstances.
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    The two HAL ships joining Olsen-

    I just hope they will come up with some reasonable prices. I've looked at solo prices on three of Fred's 2022 cruises and the cheapest is coming up at over £250 per night 😱
  18. It's not so much the wash as the amount of water displaced. Obviously a large ship displaces a lot of water.
  19. That's not good news. Just for the record though, Arcadia has almost 300 more balcony cabins than Aurora (that's in all cabin/suite grades).
  20. I think it is sensible at the best of times but even moreso in the current situation. On a selfish level, it wouldn't bother me as I don't generally sail on a ship carrying much over 2000 pax. I love Venice but it is its own worst enemy. This situation has been going on for years. If they had acted in the first couple of years from it starting, by now they could have built a nice new cruise terminal outside the lagoon with easy access into the city.
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    Now it is the 'mask farce' on flights!

    No, no David. Think positive or we will all be living with depression!
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    Now it is the 'mask farce' on flights!

    Things can only get better - can't they???????
  23. Balconies are of course at a premium on Aurora. I usually sail P&O solo and on the smaller ships, so never even look at the balcony cabin prices.
  24. They certainly seem to be making the most of the - apparent - increased demand for next year...
  25. I am in a similar situation David. I have a small FCC from my October cruise aboard Aurora and now, since Tuesday, a much larger deposit from my 39 night Arcadia World Cruise sector. My options with P&O are narrowing as I am not interested in the larger ships. I thought of putting the smaller deposit toward a one week cruise on Britannia - just to see her more than anything - but the only one next year is in April and who knows, the way things are at the moment, that could easily get cancelled or changed. The larger FCC would normally pay for half a 14 - 19 night cruise aboard Aurora or Arcadia but the prices for those next year have now rocketed. I was paying just under £2500 for October this year on Aurora but a similar cruise at the same time of year next year on Arcadia is currently being sold at £3600 (inside cabin, solo occupancy). I'm starting to think that I might request a refund of the smaller deposit and then look to use the larger one towards a 2022 cruise on Aurora or Arcadia (before they sell either or both once the next 5000+ berths arrive in December 2022!).
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