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  1. There are also road works on the M1 for long stretches of the route and especially near Leeds with lots of slow traffic.

    There are also long delays on the A1.south of the M62. 

     I would suggest that rather than taking the M1 from its start  you should take A1(M)  then the M62 East then the M18 back to the M1 . It's a bit longer but currently faster. (or it was last weekend).  

  2. You don't say which country you are from. So assuming that it isn't the UK, you need to be aware that the ability to gamble is commonplace in the UK - with lots of betting shops on  the high street, and lots of online gambling firms. So the ability to gamble on a ship has little interest to most UK customers. 

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  3. As I recall, Some weeks prior to a cruise FO starts offering upgrades, which frees up the cheap cabins.

     Can anybody remember when this starts ?  I am now thinking about taking a cheap cruise in May,

    but the  cheap cabins seem to have been sold..

  4. 14 hours ago, yorkshirephil said:

    Just because a product meets EN 14476 doesn't mean that it kills noro virus. 

     Well given that  BS EN 14476 certification means that it contains anti-viral ingredients and is required to kill  (amongst other viruses)  Poliovirus, Norovirus, Influenza A and adenovirus.   I would rather go for one that meets that spec rather than one that doesn't .  

  5. 18 hours ago, Snow Hill said:

    Which gel is that, as most healthcare experts say gel is ineffective against Norovirus and only effective hand washing with soap & water is effective against the virus

     

    Alcohol gels are of no use against noro, and neither are a lot of anti viral gels. 

    You need to search for something that meets EN 14476 - which is a test for anti viral products that includes norovirus. Though that info is often hard to find on web pages.  (

     

     One such is purell advanced hand sanitiser gel, and its clinell equivalent - though there are others. I  normally use the sterizar hand sanitiser gel. 

     

  6. On 11/22/2023 at 11:10 PM, showingdiva said:

     

    With cruise ships, it may sound like all too familiar advice, but try to only use the cabin toilet, keep washing hands with soap and water (because alcohol gel isn't going to help here) and don't touch your face.

    Which is why I always take a gel that is effective against  norovirus and use that as well as handwashing.

  7. 6 hours ago, twotravellersLondon said:

     

    We've not been able to find one... even with the help of the NHS website... so any suggestions of a hand sanatizer effective against norovirus would be welcome.

     You might need to search for something that meets EN 14476 - which is a test for anti viral products that includes norovirus. Though that info is often hard to find on web pages. 

     

     One such is purell advanced hand sanitiser gel, although there are others. I  normally use the sterizar hand sanitiser. 

     

     

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  8. On 6/25/2023 at 5:49 PM, Eglesbrech said:

     

    Personally I think it’s pure luck. I hand wash frequently , I carry anti viral gel, I never use the public toilets and still I’m struck down. 

      As I recall, one of the problems with norovirus is that most anti-viral stuff doesn't  work with it. You have to look for anti-viral stuff that specifically says it works on norovirus.   It also survives a long time on surfaces (like handrails, handles, buttons you push...). 

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  9. On 1/14/2023 at 12:33 AM, 84k said:

    Short window as in you think it'll take longer than 45 mins to check-in?

     

    Yes, there was a shambles. (they said due to a problem with the sky-bridge).  I arrived slightly early. There was first a queue outside the terminal waiting to get in - that took over 30 miniutes.  Then once inside you had to join a queue to get to the check-in desks.  Then once checked in  you had to join a queue (fortunately seated this time) to get to security - that too took over 30 minues. Once through security there were no delays in getting to the ship.   

  10. It may be dlifferent for P&O but I was on a cruise with fred in october, where all the front cabins (in front of the lifts) on my deck were reserved for covid patients (presumably crew) with a security door closed and signs saying don't go pass this point. 

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  11. 14 hours ago, bobstheboy said:

    This is certainly something I am going to look at when my current annual policy expire in June. I will be 77 in April but I believe they cover until 80 for a supplement. The other query, if someone knows the answer I would be grateful, is do they cover for a 35 night cruise ?

     As far as I know, there isn't an upper limit on age, once you have paid for the age upgrade. 

     The default is for holidays of up to 31 days - however they say you can pay more to increase it but I don't know the cost  ( NB you can get cover for a trip up to 184 days). 

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