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  1. Dream was the ship for my second cruise with Thomson, a Caribbean one out of Bridgetown. Whilst I don’t have an emotional attachment to the ship - I’m sad to see such a reduction in capacity with the loss now of two ships but it is to be expected in these times. There are no signs of the FCDO changing their advice on sea cruises so I might look to book one of the River cruises for December Xmas markets and the first sailing in March for my credit vouchers. I had hoped to book a USA itinerary or the New Eastern Adventure which visits Canada but that’s now not possible - for summer 2
  2. I have read on Marella official FB page the news that Dream is to be retired from the fleet immediately. They have therefore made the decision to cover its upcoming sailings for summer 2021 with Discovery instead, therefore cancelling the new USA summer sailings Discovery was due to sail. There is no update on Dream’s & Discovery’s planned winter 2021/22 sailings.
  3. I’ve been informed: Explorer will sail Tuesdays/ Wednesdays from Tenerife and Gran Canaria home ports. A third itinerary called Island Escape will be available with an overnighter in Funchal. Explorer 2 will sail Tuesdays from Montego Bay. The repositional from Europe to Caribbean will be from Naples and not Dubrovnik, a 19 night sailing. Flavours of the Caribbean has the overnighter in Havana and 1 sailing in the season of the Panama Canal Experience. Discovery will sail on Sundays from Barbados. The 21 night repositional will be from Cape Canaveral to Bridgeto
  4. 8th September on website - 10th official launch.
  5. I haven’t been advised about the flights, sorry.
  6. Hi all - My source has let me know the following: Marella Discovery 2: Asia and 2 new sailings from Hong Kong and Singapore. New ports visited in Vietnam, Philippines & Brunei. Marella Discovery has a 21 night repositional when it leaves Orlando calling at ports in USA and Canada before returning to winter home base of Barbados. New home ports of US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Marella Explorer 2 will do the sailings from Montego Bay with Flavours of Caribbean reintroduced which has the overnighter in Havana. There will not be
  7. I understand that this was taken out of context. My understanding is that they might sell the ships to TUI Cruises - the joint venture between Royal Caribbean and TUI. They did the same with Hapag Lloyd I think?
  8. No, but I imagine they are putting it out there for consumer confidence for when they can re-start the programme. Until the insurance industry can sort out insurance I for one will not be travelling and I say that with a heavy heart as I love cruising. In my household is my 70 year old Dad who had Covid19 recently whilst we’ve been in lock down abroad and was hospitalised with a DVT and pulmonary embolism. I can’t risk bringing Covid19 into our home when he’s in the U.K.
  9. Marella has been the darling of TUI U.K. & Ireland for a long time bringing in profits. I wouldn’t think it would be in for the chop - the company will continue with its asset rich strategy - it’s own airline it’s own ships it’s own hotel brands (Riu - TUI Blue - Sensatori etc) but cutting costs - I don’t think Celebration was selling well and that’s why they took forward her retirement. Tough decisions - no one wants another Thomas Cook debacle.
  10. My source hasn’t revealed anything - Marella have really kept their cards close to their chests. Information about the Celebration and the new cancellations they revealed this week went public before my source was made aware.
  11. You must have been on a list to call - they can’t save numbers on the telephony system - your 200 calls would have been noted on their stats as calls waiting/received but that’s about it.
  12. I think they have crunched numbers and looked at cancellations they’ve had and trimming costs. Does Dream belong to Marella or is it on a lease? I don’t understand how it works I’m just guessing. Can it be returned to the owner maybe enforcing a force majeur clause? Now is not the time to bring new customers to cruise - people are going to be cautious for a long time. A smaller fleet until they can be sure if the sales. I wonder what they would do with D2 until Feb 2021? Where do you store cruise ships?
  13. I couldn’t find how to edit my post - more announcement in press today. https://www.worldofcruising.co.uk/marella-cruises-to-restart-summer-2020-sailings-this-july/
  14. Taken from TUI website about cancelled sailings. o All sailings on Marella Celebration o Sailings on Marella Discovery 2 up to 30 April 2021 o Sailings on Marella Dream up to 4 May 2021 o Marella Discovery sailings in December 2020 and January 2021 o Marella Explorer 2 sailings between 5 May 2021 to 20 October 2021 So all passengers due to travel on Celebrstion in summer 2021 will be upgraded for free to that ship, where they have children and can’t use that ship they will be given the credit refund note and 20% incentive instead. Explorer 2 t
  15. https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/marella-cancels-sailings-until-end-of-june-22672 Yes confirmed this morning.
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