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  1. We have. We lifted and shifted last year's Boston to Tampa repo to this year. That was cancelled at the start of this year so did a L&S to this years Odyssey TA. That's now cancelled and been given L&S as an option again 😞
  2. With those ports I would think you should have some lovely weather at that time of year
  3. It would help if you could say the itinerary. There could be a lot of difference between sailing around say Northern Italy and South of France on a West Med cruise and Southern Greece/Turkey on an East Med cruise. Also the earlier in October, the better chance of good weather
  4. In that case I would depart from Rome. Barcelona port is very close to the city and it's fairly easy to do the highlights in a day. The distance from Civitavecchia to Rome means a lot of the day is wasted on travel. Additionally the key attractions in Rome are more spaced out and need more time to fully appreciate them
  5. Actually you may well be right. And I may well be wrong ☺
  6. And on what is allowed in port. Unlike the Singapore cruises - which are cruises to nowhere - the press announcement mentions 5 different ports in Greece and Cyprus. I wouldn't think those countries will want thousands of guests wandering around and foresee a similar set-up to that on recent MSC cruises whereby you can only leave the ship on an organised tour.
  7. I wouldn't imagine as well as those from Singapore. Have never called in to Haifa, but I can't imagine it's remotely as well set up as an embarkation port as Singapore, where I have cruised from on several occasions. Also no idea about the for desire for cruising amongst Israelis, whereas I know there is a real enthusiasm for it from Singaporean residents.
  8. Oops sorry, since this thread was about Odyssey I jumped in too quickly without reading the post to which you were responding
  9. They go on sale on 9th March https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/press-release/1498/royal-caribbean-says-shalom-israel-with-odyssey-of-the-seas-debut/?fbclid=IwAR2t0gNkYHYR99aGH21YC46uPE9Y7x8xLqdd2Tfr0ujTts_lfFEWDdKBPSY
  10. They are telling us now. I am the OP and I was due to be on the TA. It's cancelled, received the email this morning.
  11. https://www.royalcaribbeanpresscenter.com/press-release/1498/royal-caribbean-says-shalom-israel-with-odyssey-of-the-seas-debut/?fbclid=IwAR2t0gNkYHYR99aGH21YC46uPE9Y7x8xLqdd2Tfr0ujTts_lfFEWDdKBPSY
  12. Agree. There are too many countries on too many different timescales for vaccinations/lockdowns etc. I also thought about dani - one of the few people I have seen on here posting from Israel.
  13. All Odyssey cruises from Rome are cancelled. New departure port is Haifa and only for Israelis so you will get your refund
  14. Will be interesting to see if they decide to do the same with cruises from the UK if our vaccine success continues to be so successful
  15. Apologies if this has been mentioned already, did a search and couldn't find it. Just had notification that our cruise on Odyssey from Rome has been cancelled and they are moving the inaugural season to Israel due to their success with the vaccines. No doubt there will be some very disappointed people with lots of plans to be changed
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