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  1. We had a 7 night stay in an AI 5* hotel in Sharm, Egypt, followed by a 7 night cruise out of the port, and the main difference was that the other people in the hotel were not as eager to talk as were the passengers on the ship- even if you were sitting at the same table in the bars, or next to someone on the beach. Within minutes of embarking on the ship, people were chatting away...we've noticed this on every ship in every country. Even staying the night before a cruise in, say, Southampton, when it's been very obvious that most of the guests were going on a ship next morning, conversation is more muted and infrequent.
  2. Thank you- yes, many lines sailing from the UK cruise round the isles... CMV is a popular one out of Newcastle which we hope to take one day... But Viking and Saga were hoping to make special cruises now, whilst the virus is still rampant, which would only touch UK ports, and only have UK cruisers on board. They were supposed to be in discussions with the Gov... And Hurtigruten's cruise will probably be watched by all the world- it will sail from Hamburg, as the Germans are coping with the virus so well, and may just sail along the fjords with no stops. We're all hoping it will be a success. 🙂
  3. I see that Hurtigruten is soon going to start cruises from Hamburg to the Norwegian fjords- probably cruise only, but at least there will be plenty to see. Perhaps Viking could be looking at something similar with Scottish Forths, or glimpses of islands...
  4. May to September is too hot for me in the Med, but not for my husband, nor the millions of Brits who flock there in the half term school holiday in May. It depends on your tolerance for heat- mine is extremely low, and red hair/pale skin is a burden.
  5. Both Viking and Saga were looking at having summer cruises out of the UK around the British Isles- has anyone heard what progress has been made?
  6. If the itinerary was one we wanted, then the ship hardly matters to us. Thus saying- if it had a large amount of sea days, then we might opt for a mega ship with plenty of activities on board. Otherwise, the ship is secondary.
  7. Usually a long-ish one in winter, and a short one of 10 to 14 days in autumn.
  8. Those are stunning pictures... I would have done that tour, even knowing how dangerous it could be. I'm glad you got to see it, but sad for those who lost loved ones.
  9. Oh, that would be my dream... the class I taught studied the eruption, many years ago, and I have books about it and even watched the movie several times... 😄
  10. I've always been interested in volcanoes, so not much can beat our stay-cations on Hawaii and Lanzarote, but OH persuaded me to go on a Caribbean cruise because there was a day on Martinique which included a boat trip to see Mount Pelee and visit the small museum of the 1902 eruption. On that same cruise we passed Montserrat at night and saw three eruptions. But the tours round Iceland have been the most fascinating for me... not so sure they were for my husband... 🙁
  11. Thanks... I book that tomorrow, when next week's programmes are available.
  12. We've taken part in the choir on several ships, all out of the UK, but only when the cruise is at least two weeks long. We've also been on a cruise with the group called The Really Big Chorus. They book large halls, such as the Royal Albert Hall in London, where you turn up on the day for a rehearsal of something like Handel's "Messiah", which is then sung by hundreds that evening... many of my home choir have taken part in these as they usually know the chosen pieces. One member sang Vivaldi in Venice with them, having learnt the piece at home. The cruise organised by them was round the Greek Isles, and rehearsals took place during much of the sea time... we all bought the music before we left, and rehearsed at home. About 130 singers, with various partners along, and a concert on the last day. I believe last year's choral cruise was a river one.
  13. To Southampton UK- usually go by train the day before, or the cruise lines provide coach travel from main cities on embarkation day, which all arrive between 1- 2.30pm, so check-in is just for coach travellers during that time.
  14. CalMac ferry staff have been discovering stowaways on some of their ferries- hidden in the back of a van, and even in the boot of a car. Some are wanting to escape from the islands, and others are escaping to the islands from the mainland...
  15. Amazing news... and I see from the same source that Saga is trying to do the same thing. Probably Fred Olsen, being owned by a Norwegian family, will be looking at the results. Thank you!
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