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  1. Some of us aren't bothered about changing it. I'd prefer not to get coronavirus, of course, but assuming we eventually get a vaccine, then nothing will have changed. I will continue travelling by ship with hundreds of other passengers, I will continue sharing germs, and my body will continue fighting them off (something it is very good at). As you say, very big changes would be needed to stop sharing germs. (Stopping at home, primarily.) The big changes aren't worth it.
  2. You are completely missing the point. Your hotel is open as usual in July. This is subject to change. What could the email have said? "There is a virus called coronavirus about in the world and it is causing disruption, and we don't know what will happen in July.". Would that have been useful? Most of their customers would already know that.
  3. Especially under 10s. It's probably coincidence that the California politician was did no harm because it is apparently very hard for children to transmit this virus. A study in Iceland, where contact tracing is very thorough, found not a single case of anyone under 18 transmitting the virus to people they lived with. As for "when will it be safe", if they are working on the basis that "safe" means there is no chance of contracting coronavirus, then the answer is never. They need to redefine "safe". Cruises are a well known danger-holiday, because of the numbers of cruisers who die. mostly because a lot of people choose to go and live their last few years, even though it carries a more immediate risk than hiding in the basement and pretending the world isn't there. We all make our own risk assessments, and the nearer you are to death or incapacity, the less (for many people) there is to lose.
  4. They would have informed you they were closed for your July date when it became true. At present, they are open for July so they wouldn't bother telling you that they were closed for April and part of May. There is a limit to how much work the hotel can do for you. All they could have told you in an email was that there is a worldwide problem with coronavirus and plans for July are uncertain. Perhaps they assumed that you already knew that.
  5. Obviously you would have been informed. Why on earth would you not have been? I don't know exactly what the situation is in the USa or any part of it, but I would be very surprised if every hotel has its plans fixed and known for the foreseeable future. There must be a degree of uncertainty. It's the same in the UK. But at present, your hotel is closed and does not know when it will reopen. That is obvious to everyone in the UK and most people in America would at least have an inkling that there might be a doubt - like you did. So the hotel has not sent out emails to everyone travelling in 3 months' or more time to say they are closed now but expect/hope to be open before July - what would be the point?
  6. Because a lot of pensioners don't like flying, because a lot of pensioners find energetic holidays hard work but sitting on a ship watching the world go by is easy, because a lot of pensioners aren't certain they will be able to go on cruises in a year or two so they're making the most of the time they have got, and because a lot of pensioners know they are going to die anyway so don't want to spend the rest of their lives sitting inside staring at the walls in hope of keeping breathing for a short while longer. Cruising is a very easy holiday in the UK because everyone has a port close to home. Airports, by and large, are hell.
  7. I suspect that once things get back to normal, the people who have been in lockdown for many months (who make up the bulk of the UK cruising market at least) will realise that, given the choice of going on holiday with their excess spare cash or remaining indoors staring at the walls, holidays are more fun. 2021 bookings, they tell me, are higher than usual this far in advance.
  8. You might be confusing it with the Black Death, there. Spanish flu infected about 500 million people and killed about 50m - 100m of them, according to Wikipedia, which is about 2.5 to 5% of the world's population.
  9. Jewellery is one of the things that is always worth less than you paid for it, unless you are a professional jeweller with your own shop. Every time you leave a shop with jewellery, it is instantly worth perhaps half what you paid, because the part of your purchase that represents the jeweller's profit is instantly worthless and you can't get that back when you sell it. If they told you that its resale value would twice what you paid, then you would have a clear case for a refund; if they said (or could claim to say) only that it would cost you twice that much to buy it in that store or elsewhere, then you will struggle. I would forget the credit card claim. You made a deal to buy something and what you bought was what you agreed to buy; and the price you paid appears to be not wildly different from its worth. I can't see a credit card company accepting liability for that. They certainly won't accept any liability for the profits you expected to make, but won't.
  10. Take a look at Alnwick. Lovely place. (pronounced Annick.)
  11. One Scottish option is a visit to Shetland and Orkney; loads of history (5,000 year old houses etc.). There are companies that prepare bespoke itineraries for you. The one I used advertises "Tailor-made services and trips with a difference". (I don't know if it classes as a travel agent or as a holiday company so I won't give the name.) But they book all the tickets and hotels for you and the odd excursion thrown in. There are trains to Thurso and Aberdeen, where the ferries go from, and quiet roads on the islands so driving a foreign car on the wrong side won't be much of an issue. It will take about a week, though, if you want to see things. How long have you got?
  12. Lerwick's a sheltered port - between two islands. It's unlikely to be cancelled in summer unless (as the post earlier says) the sea as a whole is too rough for the ships. The ferry to Aberdeen is rarely cancelled in summer, and those ferries are smaller than all but the smallest cruise ships.
  13. That's impressive. In the Panama Canal, the narrow parts, they fasten the ship to railway engines on either side to keep it straight. But that just seemed to have a single tug - how does that work?
  14. Cruises from the UK sail from almost any port. My next one goes from Liverpool. I have also sailed there from Southampton, Tilbury, Glasgow, Hull, Newcastle. Look for Fred Olsen, P&O, Cruises & Maritime among others.
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