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  1. My wife & I were on N001 this year as well. We were both fit & healthy when we embarked but noticed there were a large number of passengers with very bad coughs almost from day 1. Within 2 weeks I developed a very bad cough which unfortunately I passed onto my wife. She was very poorly & cabin bound as she was so unwell do missed most of the cruise. Eventually she made a visit to the medical centre which was over run with passengers displaying the same symptoms - a hacking cough, nasty chest infection, feeling very weak, etc. After a weeks course of antibiotics & cough medicine my wife was no better. She had lost all sense of taste & smell & also ended up with a severe stomach upset. She had been down to the Medical Centre, and she was tested for influenza, which was negative. One of the nurses stated that they had never seen anything like it, and they were rapidly running out of medicine. The Sunday before we docked in The Azores she was taken down to the medical bay & put on intravenous antibiotics, rehydration meds, paracetamol etc. After blood tests & x-rays the Doctor confirmed she had pneumonia & was taken by ambulance from the ship in The Azores along with 5 other passengers. 2 of the 5 were later able to return to the Ventura but unfortunately 3 passengers including my wife were detained in hospital. Fortunately my wife was only kept in for the day but by the time we left the hospital at 9 pm the ship had sailed. We spent a week on the island whilst awaiting repatriation organised by our insurance company. My wife is fully recovered now but it took her a number of weeks to finally recover. It may not have been Covid 19, but may have been a previous version. I also find it strange that one of the people on here who states they had seen nothing untowards had a long conversation with me about the sickness on board.
  2. The cough on the Ventura for the 35 day cruise was a very nasty virus, which caused many chest infections. Many people left the ship for the hospital.
  3. Thanks Andy - The insurance company have been fine, and have arranged everything, and everything is being paid for.
  4. As we await repatriation from the Azores- the insurance company have gone through all our declarations and medical records from our GP before they agreed to the claim. Even to the extent of 'losing' the final medical declaration. Luckily I had it on my laptop, and as soon as I sent it to them it was 'miraculously' found.
  5. I hope the repair has sorted out the sporadic loss of power that has happened at least twice to the ship. It was a bit unnerving when it happened halfway across the Atlantic.
  6. We use Avon Skin So Soft.
  7. The people who do not wash their hands do not necessarily get the virus - they spread it.
  8. Paul Stickler was my boss when I worked. I enjoyed his talks very much.
  9. It's more satisfying for some of us to scroll up rather than scroll down.
  10. I always take a tube of Colemans mustard with me.
  11. We are also on the January cruise - we have done it twice before. Ventura is well suited for the longer cruises. We have also found another demographic on this cruise, which is the newly retired.
  12. I just have a thing about people making up laws to suit their argument.
  13. It is not against the law to vape in restaurants.
  14. The people I have spoken to about not washing their hands seem to think that the risk is only to themselves, and do not feel that it will not affect them. They do not seem to realise that other people who have the same attitude can infect them. This major problem seems to be overlooked on the briefings.
  15. I am certain it is to fill up Oceana after the Gulf cruises were cancelled, and a new itinerary at short notice was put together.
  16. I have never understood the 20kg limit in Southampton. If you are allowed 23kgs on a fly cruise where someone still has to put a 23kg case onto a boat. Needless to say, in protest, I have always filled my cases to 23kgs when departing from Southampton, and been ready to argue about it, but, alas, they have always been loaded without a problem.
  17. Another recommendation for Cosol Tours. We booked it in advance before we left.
  18. This post is about being accepted in the main dining room whilst wearing shorts. I am sure that if someone turns up in a jacket and tie with tailored shorts, long hose socks and shoes they will be allowed in.
  19. Having lived in Bermuda for a number of years I can tell you that you are mistaken.
  20. The on board credit is decided on four currencies. The US dollar, the euro, the pound, and the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate has nothing to do with it.
  21. I have taken a full size case through - the lock got caught on the car as we were unloading, and it had some expensive stuff in it. We cleared it with the staff who said that it had to fit through the x ray machine, which it did with ease.
  22. Ataraxia

    Do you Barter

    In ST Kitts I got a T shirt priced at $49 down to $25, and another from $25 to $9. This was a clothes/souvenir shop. There were a load of Americans who were watching in disbelief. One told the shopkeeper to call the police, because she thought I was a con man. Never tried it in a shop in Europe.
  23. We were on one a few years ago - Henry Kelly was on the cruise with loads of other classical type people. There were quite a few events during the cruise, but I only went to one quiz - only because it was in the bar I wanted to drink in.
  24. There is a group of CID officers at Southampton who have been sworn in as 'Reserve Constables' (same as UK Special Constables) in the Bermuda Police.
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