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  1. I am pretty sure our Ovation Transpacific in Sept / Oct this year will also be cancelled. I just saw in our news today that all three Cunard round the world cruises have been stopped and all passengers to be flown home. The ships will return to the UK empty. Difficult times for all.
  2. Sorry to read this but totally understand. We were booked to sail on Harmony on March 22nd this year but canceled, as we were afraid of being quarantined and not able to get back to the UK. Our “dream" cruise on Ovation is still 6 months away so fingers crossed, it will have all sorted itself out by then, otherwise we will need to make some serious decisions nearer the time.
  3. Amazing. Thank you for sharing. We sail to Alaska on Ovation later this year and we cant wait.
  4. Thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to share your experience and fantastic pictures. It is very much appreciated.
  5. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to do this. We are on the very same itinerary in 6 weeks time. Thanks again.
  6. Hi StrartrainDD, thank you for clarifying and I only noticed your reply once I had replied to Tom. I agree, it is very confusing (for me anyway !) and even our Travel Agent had to double check, and it wasn't until we got written conformation from RCCL that we sealed the deal. Thanks again.
  7. Hi,..you are absolutely right. The only way we are able to do this is because we are staying on the ship after Hawaii and sailing onto Sydney Australia ie we are doing a B2B2B. Alaska - Hawaii - Transpacific to Sydney.
  8. I have just found this thread and is very apt. I am now planning to retire myself in Aug 2020. Thank you for sharing your story. Your World Cruise will come round soon enough. As a retirement gift to ourselves we are going to Alaska and then a TransPacifc to Australia where we will spend some time with friends. We then fly home via Dubaii and finally back to the UK by which time we will have gone right rorund the world. We wish it could have been on a World cruise such as your one but perhaps after spending 6 weeks on Ovation as a "taster" (never been on a ship that long) it will whet our appetite for a longer one. You never know....
  9. Hi, This is spooky as that is the same as what I did and it was 2 years out. As it happens, I had a follow up meeting again yesterday and was told the same, I could retire now if I want to. However, we are doing a B2B2B on Ovation ie Alaska – Hawaii - transpacific to Sydney for this Autumn so I will slow down / transition to a 3 – day week till 31st Aug and then that’s it. I'm done. I have been told that the company will keep my position open after the trip if I wanted to come back and I have said “never say never” but in my heart it is unlikely. I too love seeing the countdown days drop and its “only” 216 days till we leave for Ovation but we have a wee trip on Harmony booked for April to tide us over till then. However, as they say,…life is too short and we should make the days count not count the days !
  10. Hi, not sure if this is any help but have you looked at the thread for World Cruisers? as I seem to remember from browsing that thread time ago some folks asking about things like that, and what they do to prepare for being away for extended periods. Good luck and Regards
  11. I plan to retire at the end of August this year, and we then leave on Ovation 2 weeks later for Alaska and then a Transpacific to Sydney via Hawaii. I had always wanted to do that for years but could never get the time off work so its finally coming round. We have a trip on Harmony in April to tide us over between now and then. We have been to Sydney twice before (beautiful city and country) but never been to Alaska or Hawaii so lots to be excited about.
  12. Hi, well done to you and it is good to have a plan. I really like your Good morning google thingy, and I think will try that myself. Its 238 days for me till our cruise ie Alaska then Hawaii and a transpacific to Australia on Ovation so lots to look forward to and its been a long time in the planning. The days will fly by till your cruise and it will soon come round. Never been on Silhouette but have been on Solstice and it was a lovely ship.
  13. 290 days and counting Ovation: Alaska - Hawaii - Sydney transpacific. Then Some time In Melbourne with friends then home via Singapore. By the time we get back we will have circumvented the world. Total of Six weeks away. Cant wait.
  14. Hi, congratulations on your impending retirement. I can totally relate to your comments. I have been mulling over retirement for a while now and a good friend of mine who didn't retire until he was 67, told me "you will know yourself when you are ready" and I simply wasn't ready last year or early this year for that matter so I put it off but I did cut to a 4 - day week. That has worked well for me in many ways. However I have just turned 61 and I too have been thinking more and more about this. So, for Tax reasons I plan to work on until March 2020 (it is only 5 months away) and will probaly call it a day then. We have a cruise planned for this Dec on Harmony and another one in April as well as our mega Transpacific in September so lots to look forward to 2020.
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