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  1. It feels to me that the obvious answer to the question in the thread title is NO However, once this epidemic/pandemic is consigned to history (🤞) and after the share price has hit rock bottom and is on the way back up, then that might be a very shrewd time to either buy for the first time to gain obc and dividends, or to purchase more simply for the dividend
  2. Below £28.50 already today. A loss of over 5%. There’s no doubt cruising will be badly hit, at least in the short term. I’m no financial expert. I wouldn’t dream of advising on holding or folding. I’m so glad our shares have paid for themselves plus, in the 7 or 8 years we’ve held them. I suppose the dividend will be cut, or even withheld, but may well offer more than a miserable ISA interest rate
  3. It worsens. In my, non-expert, opinion we are very close to a worldwide epidemic https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-51611422 I have an appointment for a pneumonia/pneumococcal infection vaccination this week. Perhaps it’s a good idea for all those within the guideline (over 64, 2-64 with underlying health issues) to check whether they ought to get this additional protection?
  4. We are all individuals and experience things in our own way. Such is life. Imo (and everything written on here is simply that, an individual’s opinion) there is limited value in an individual detailing minutiae of niggles during one, possibly ill-chosen, cruise. If complaints are serious and substantiated then they should be taken up with the company. If, on the other hand, they are niggles, they might be addressed with onboard crew at the time, or noted in the post-cruise questionnaire. I’m not sure there is much value in broadcasting to the (few) readers and contributors to a (?fading) online messageboard. Live and learn. If an experience has been bad for you then mull it over, think if there’s anything you could do to improve it, were you to repeat it; if the answer is no then, it seems to me, the answer is to avoid it in future.
  5. My answer to the original question is quite simply Value For Money. If I paid a lot more, I’d expect a lot more.
  6. I’m sorry 🙁 I’m sure the chances of either of you being infected are slight However, we should all be alert. This is no longer half a world away
  7. 4 newly diagnosed cases among the 32 pax recently evacuated to U.K. from Diamond Princess ... all of whom tested negative before release from the ship Worrying ... and a Chinese man has developed the illness 27 days after last contact with a confirmed case Eek!
  8. Fairly revolting article here - Reader discretion advised https://www.businessinsider.com/wuhan-coronavirus-chinese-wet-market-photos-2020-1?r=US&IR=T
  9. That thought passed through my mind too ... 🙁
  10. I think the answer is ‘Watch this space’ If it was me, I would withhold paying the balance till the last possible date; maybe even contact P&O to see if they are willing to consider reducing the 90 day period It’s a worrying situation, particularly as no one seems to be able to make any connection to Chinese or other infection foci
  11. If it does ‘get loose’ it will fulfil a prophesy I’ve been making for the last 20 or 30 years. There are too many people chasing too few resources. Nature, or Gaia, whatever will restore the balance; a flu epidemic is the simple way. Harry is right - world-wide epidemic, populations reduced, then back to equilibrium, with just a few vulnerable or unlucky folk succumbing each flu season. Ho hum. To think it all started (apparently) because people ate creatures which are probably best left well alone. Isn’t that the theory with Ebola too? Mmm, perhaps vegetarianism or veganism is the way forward?
  12. Agree with that. Could the company do more to provide spaces and activities for those (at least)first & last day ex Southampton - more in the darker months? Non-stop cinema somewhere suitable, port talks & speaker talks repeated on big screens in suitable venues, ‘evening bars’ turned into (paid) coffee bars with coffee/cake deals? Surely they could break even? It would certainly provide a service
  13. Very worrying that it is in northern Italy. Take care everyone. Follow all the advice. Wash your hands like it’s going out of production. Keep your fingers away from your eyes, nose, mouth. Avoid people with dubious personal hygiene
  14. eddie11

    Busy Saturday!

    Very good point. I Hope first-time cruisers, or those contemplating their first cruise, understand it. I think they probably do. Participation in this type of online forum appears to be falling across the board (pun noted but unintentional) in my experience. It’s older people, generally, who still use messageboards, whilst younger people use Facecloth and the like. I booked our first cruise (entry-level, 1 week to the Fiords) before reading anything on a messageboard. If I had read first, I don’t think I would have booked - so much negativity; so many little niggles emphasised without even mentioning how overall wonderful the experience is. ETA - I enjoyed the fast-moving board yesterday, too. Just like the old days 🙄 🙂
  15. Mmm, mmm. Read this article 😳 ” ... 0.1 gram of faeces per person; 1 teaspoon per 5 people in a tub..” 🤮 https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/hot-tub-germs_n_5268919
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