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    RCI, Celebrity
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  1. Yes. Nearly all public transport companies have reduced their services. National Express coaches have suspended all services until further notice for example. We'll just have to wait until things get back to normal!!! 🤞 Simon
  2. The train is on what is essentially a commuter line, but as the commuters should all still be at work (assuming Covid is over by then!!!), you should have no problems. There will be no large luggage racks, but you will have overhead racks for carry ons and should be able to find a '2 facing 2' seat bay where you can sit with your luggage. You will probably be on a Class 377 like this: '2 facing 2' seats are in the foreground. Simon
  3. Arcadia Nov/Dec '19 to see the Northern Lights (which we didn't) and to celebrate my 60th (which we did)! Simon
  4. I wouldn't book for noon. Lets say you get off the ship at 8. Public transport (trains probably) would take an hour to London and at least an hour out to LHR. Thats 10am, but this will be a working day, so more traffic...add an hour, thats 11am, leaving you one hour for check in etc and no 'wiggle room'. Not enough in my opinion. Also, this is the start of a bank holiday weekend (30th Aug is a holiday), so the airport will be busy. I'd go for at least 3pm. Simon
  5. That makes as much sense as anything the. Government put out!!
  6. We're on the same cruise, but we had a chat with our TA a few weeks ago (when balance was due) and they said P&O are not chasing payments, as if they cancel (which in TA's opinion they probably will) it saves all the hassle of refunding and giving 125% FCC to everyone. We haven't cancelled yet, purely because we still would like to go, but won't if it means you have to walk round the ship with a mask on all the time....not very relaxing! If it goes ahead (which it probably won't) we definately need some guidelines on how P&O are going to handle everything. Simon
  7. Thanks Anne. Hopefully it will be finished by the next time we get to Dubai...whenever that is! Simon
  8. Easiest way is to use the port shuttle bus. It drops you at the Columbus statue at the bottom of Las Ramblas. From there you can get anywhere in the city and there are LOTS of shops!!! https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/faq/cruise-ship-terminals/shuttle-bus-barcelona-cruise-terminal.html Simon
  9. I can help with the very last bit of your post. Towers Rotana is just across the road from a Metro station (air con footbridge to the station is 100 yds from the hotel) and its one stop to the BK and mall (bear in mind its a good 5-10 minute walk in a air con footway to the mall), or stay on the metro for 5 stops to get to the Mall of the Emirates. If you are there for more than a few days, get a silver NOL card at the airport for use on all public transport...its cheap! We even used the metro to get to our hotel from the airport and you could too to the Towers Rotana. Getting to the port is e
  10. Due to get on when you get off on 28th Nov. Probably will go, but will see if anything changes before final payment in August. Simon
  11. Have you checked your bank/building society? My wife has a Nationwide account and gets free European travel insurance. To upgrade to world and add me on to the policy costs £36!!! Simon
  12. Don't forget to check your home insurance. Many policies have a limit of 30 or 60 days that you can be away from the home, or your insurance is invalid...unless you pay them a bit extra of course!😁 A world cruise is normally around 90 days. Simon
  13. Bravo bravo bravo (which means someone has been good at lighting fires!) Simon
  14. We spent 6 days in Dubai (and 2 in Abu Dhabi) before our January cruise a couple of years ago and still didn't see it all! Try and have a few days there rather than cramming it into 'the day before you fly home'. If you are at all in to flowers/gardens, DO NOT miss the Miracle Gardens! Simon
  15. Best to wait for JB to chime in , as he lives down that way, but I think you will struggle. Its about 80 miles each way. Obvious choice is the train, but its 2 1/2 hrs each way, which will use up a lot of your time. Taxi would be mega bucks...don't know how you feel about hiring a car for the day? Even if there is a local bus, that is going to take at least as long as the train. Even if you were first off and last on, you would only have 6 hours at Portsmouth and spend 5 hours travelling. I think you could find better things to do with your time. Simon
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