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  1. Sorry - picture won’t load
  2. Westerdam in Babbacombe Bay, South Devon, Uk today. The other ship in the picture is P&Os Azura. QM2 and Ventura are also in the anchorage.
  3. QueenMary2, Ventura and Azura are in Babbacombe Bay which is a part of Lyme Bay. Torbay, a few miles to the west, while offering better shelter, is too shallow.
  4. Grills on Cunard is very good. We also tried the Orissa suite on the P& O Oceana and were bitterly disappointed ( eg. I spilt a cup of coffee on the bed and the bed was remade with the dirty wet sheet!!!). We have found Cunard To suit us although I agree that PG cabins on the QV/QE are not ideal. The restaurants are delightful and the private sundecks very pleasing. QM2 grill suites are nicer but the restaurants are not so attractive particularly as people can look in through the windows
  5. Our first cruise was a 2 day cruise to nowhere from Southampton on the beautiful Queen Elizabeth 2. It gave us the bug and we have since completed 17 Cruises with Cunard, HAL, Celebrity, RSSC,
  6. Many of the countries which weathered the first wave are now experiencing a second spike/wave and are starting targeted lock downs again. Australia/Montenegro/Spain/Germany etc. As the US has not even defeated the first wave - the future does not look bright. I think it will be late 2021 early 22 before cruising restarts in a serious way and there may not be many cruise lines left by then!
  7. CMV, the British company which operates the old Statendam now called Vasco di Gama and was was to have bought the Ryndam from P&O Australia has called in the administrators. The Company had been struggling since the start of the Covid outbreak. Very sad as its not going to be easy to find new buyers for these old ships.
  8. This is wrong. The map shows the UK and Ireland with no restrictions. If US (and indeed UK citizens )who have travelled from abroad arrive in the UK - they must self isolate for 14 days before they can go out.
  9. Remember also the Carnival/ Cunards UK head office is in Southampton
  10. Absurd - no one forced the passengers to walk up the gangway. They had access to the news and made their own decision to sail. It is nonsense to blame the cruiseline.
  11. I think that Costa, HAL, Cunard and Princess are the vulnerable lines. P&O Australia may also be sacrificed. Personally, I would not consider setting foot on a cruise ship until a vaccine is available and even then would be concerned that I was protected against any variants of Covid 19 that may be down the line. That would seem to be a year away. I think that it is questionable if all the big 3 survive and Carnival because of its size and it’s recent problems must be more vulnerable. Incidentally, I saw the Saudis bought 8% today and they may be able to pump in more cash.
  12. We have completed 17 cruises over the last 20 or so years. (4 with HAL). We are now in our 70s and will not contemplate cruising again. It has been great fun and we have enjoyed every cruise we made - some were better than others - but it is land based vacations for us now and probably not too far from home!
  13. I think there will be a long hangover from this virus and it will be around for a long time. I think ‘seniors’ will think twice about cruising, particularly long cruises and they make up a sizeable majority of HALs passenger demographic. There are 3 lines which have suffered considerable negative publicity out of this crisis - HAL, Princess and Costa - all of which are Carnival brands. It may well be that if there is to be rationalisation/ brand mergers/ disposals - these are the brands which might be in the firing line.
  14. Hi Bill and Mary Ann So glad you got home safely. Thank you once again for taking us with you on your ‘half world’ cruise. Your reporting has been factual, measured and balanced, without any of the dramatic approach of some other blogs. I look forward to reading your follow on posts when you get your feet back on the ground. Has this experience put you off world cruising? Stay safe and well
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