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  1. Yes, in Australia the price you see is pretty much the price you pay in my experience - tipping really not expected
  2. Ha Ha and England is third above Norway and "Ice Land" ...hotel accomodation in Australia (with the xeception of a few outliers e.g. Park Hyatt) is way cheaper than many of those countries
  3. Australia most expensive tourist destination in the world, really? Am I misunderstanding something, never dound it that expensive, once you get there
  4. Looking at £6500 for a cruise with 1 perk - this is 14 nights veranda next year ex UK to Italy - we've paid £2000-3000 before fr a similar cruise with celebrity, £3800 with drinks. Last year 12 nights from Venice to Barcelona was £5000 with drinks. This is a heck of hike.
  5. I have a good selection of Scotch and Brandy at home at all price ranges - I certainly don't restrict myself to the very best (although I do adopt a less qty better quality approach these days). Scotch - I generally enjoy the Islay malts, along with Talisker, Oban. I've enjoyed Martel VS at winter bonfire parties, Remy and Camus VSOP over the years as a general go to brandy. Henessey, Martel and Camus XO come out for special occasions / a bit of self indulgence. In the sunset bar the Henessey VS and Remy were a surprise - if you'd told me it was a cheap rip off i'd have believed you.
  6. I was disappointed with the quality of some of the branded spirits in the Classic Package last year on Infinity, even the upgraded spirits tasted poor. The White Label scotch was very rough, The Henessey VS tasted like aviation fuel and the pay extra Remy VSOP, again poor. Perhaps, it was what I had eaten or drunk previously. Best quality drinks I've had in onboard was in the World Class Bar on Eclipse, but I enjoyed the Martini Bar last year on Infinity.
  7. UK cruise line P&O (part of Carnival) have announced that they are not restarting operations until October 15th at the earliest, effectively writing off the entire European summer season. In addition UK is announcing quarantine of 14 days for all visitors. I can't see any cruises coming in and out of the UK this summer, and very little or anything in Europe.
  8. You seem quite close to the investigation going on in Australia and New Zealand. Are you in getting full disclosure from the investigators? In the UK we are not hearing from the investigators in those countries, is the situation different in Canada?
  9. Main topic " WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO RESTART CRUISE SHIPS??? Listening to the experts and not deriding them
  10. When you start your statement referring to doctors as "so called experts" I guess I know where you're coming from..... The DOCTOR in question was referring specifically to the tests in development and has probably been the leading media medical voice on C19 in the UK - but hey what does he know compared with someone who goes on cruises and wants to think creatively.... You're right let's will a solution and think positively, that will sort it. Those people under 60 who really want to cruise can get on a ship even if one isn't sailing, such is the power of positive thought. I wonder what Gwyneth Paltrow's take on this is - perhaps Goop should be consulted?
  11. I heard this proposed by someone on TV this morning. The Doctor on the show said it wouldn't work. The quick tests that are being developed only work if you have symptoms. If you are asymptomatic these tests (along with temperature checks) will not work
  12. Feels a bit cynical of Celebrity to sell this cruise in the present circumstances - that cruise will almost certainly not sail and if it does where will it actually sail to? Perhaps a desperate attempt to get cash in. Keep selling cruises to generate cash to pay for the refunds needed to pay for earlier cancelled sailings. If it does sail, on it's return the indication is that everyone will need to go into quarantine
  13. If Social distancing is applied at a port - say 2 metres (as in the UK) then with 3000 passengers a single queue would be 6km long of passengers (approx 4 miles). If passengers congregated in an area then to maintain Social distancing each person needs 16 square metres of space. 3000 passengers = 48,000 square metres or about 7 football pitches. Whilst Social distancing is in force I can't see a large cruise ship sailing.
  14. Interview just now on British TV with 2 crew British crew members (Lauren Carrick and Joseph Harrison) currently stuck on Celebrity Infinity in the The Bahamas. They describe terrible conditions, locked in their cabins for 21 hours a day (for a few weeks it was 24 hours a day). They say the atmosphere on board is terrible and people are suffering health issues. They are concerned because they claim that in a bid to save money Celebrity will not fly them home but is instead choosing to spend 16 days sailing them home. Lauren went on to claim that women are feeling particularly vulnerable on board. They said the only crew who got balcony cabins were smokers. They were moved from their crew cabin to one with a window only after intervention by their Member of Parliament,
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