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  1. We were offered that choice, so I decided to take a refund for the cruise itself but the 125% for the bookings. However, I ended up being refunded for both 🤦‍♀️🤷‍♀️.
  2. We did both in one trip, whilst staying in Porto. I had a look back at both cities to see which was ‘best’. If Braga includes Bom Jesus Sanctuary, then this is a good trip - I am not sure that either place on their own would fill one whole day trip to make it worthwhile.
  3. Fourmenco: there are various ships around the UK at present. The Fred Olsen ships are berthed in the Firth of Forth, Scotland, Cunard ships are seen off the Norfolk coast. Some ships are at Dover -P&O and possibly Viking. There are also ships at Tilbury (CMV which has gone bust) and Portsmouth. This is just from various news reports. As someone said, a maritime app would give you the full picture. The ship, The World, is docked at one of the harbours in Devon, I believe ‘riding’ out Covid. Needless to say, no residents are on board.
  4. It’s amazing what we will do in lieu of cruising. We are looking forward to our stay at Warner’s in Bembridge ( many thanks Britboys for your offer of info), and have a Norfolk hotel booked for a couple of nights. I am sad to say we have ‘succumbed’ to a stay at Butlins - because it is our Grandson’s first holiday 😂. We had other trips with him (and his parents) but all got cancelled because of Covid. Luckily we booked November 2021 as his first cruise (Britannia / Caribbean) so that trip should be OK 🤞
  5. Princess has cancelled a world cruise next year - Island Princess, and a South America circle cruise on Pacific Princess. Their advisory states - SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Due to restrictions and limitations with border and port access determined by government and health authorities and the continued uncertainty of airline travel, Princess Cruises is cancelling its early 2021 World Cruises and Circle South America cruises on two ships:
  6. I would suggest a topic on alternative uses for Sushi on 5! I feel it is a very underused venue and could offer more! Apologies for the ‘critical’ start but looking for positive suggestions 😂
  7. We have booked Bembridge on the Isle of Wight. We have cruised around the world but never visited the Isle of Wight, so saw this as an opportunity to have a short break and visit there.Does the ferry count as a cruise 😂😂😂😂? We have booked breakfast and evening meal times and there are two performances of the entertainment each evening (7.30 and 9.30 I believe). This will be our first time with Warner’s. It is interesting that they seem to have availability whereas most of the good hotels around the country are fully booked for September and October.
  8. Yes, give credit where it is due - have not heard of other cruise lines offering the fcc etc to those who cancelled ahead of the cruise company.
  9. We did this trip a few years ago. Alaska sailing on the Infinity, then the Rocky Mountaineer, albeit Silver Class. We loved Banff and would happily spend a few days there. The stop in Kamloops was literally a ‘night off the train’ - nothing to do there apart from sleep in the hotel. At the end, we then went to Calgary for the Stampede. The train was enjoyable, the staff certainly looked after you well, food was very good and generous drinks service. I am glad we did it but would not do the train again.
  10. At a push I can live with on board conditions - masks, dining, entertainment. What would be the ‘straw that broke the camels back’ would be only organised shore excursions and not being allowed off unless you participated in one of these. I can appreciate the cruise companies can control these but there endeth my cruising if I cannot do my own thing ashore.
  11. In Lisbon we stayed at the Avenida Palace hotel which was centrally located and ideal for walking to anywhere in the city. Lovely breakfast, very helpful concierge, nice bar for a bedtime drink. So many restaurants nearby, we tended to stroll and see what we fancied eating. Overall we preferred Porto to Lisbon but thoroughly enjoyed both. We are planning to return to visit the Pena Palace and other outlying areas (we had visited Sintra on a previous visit). We had 3 nights in Lisbon which was enough to see the sights. I had a Lisbon guide book and had researched on line prior to our stay. Allow at least half a day to go out to Betlem and the Monasterio, easy to get to using local buses.
  12. https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.mynewsdesk.com/no/hurtigruten/pressreleases/33-hurtigruten-crew-members-tested-positive-for-covid-19-3024215 And
  13. Aida, a Carnival line, is starting cruising at the beginning of August. Short 3-4 day cruises with no ports to begin with. It looks as though it depends on where the particular brands are based / marketed.
  14. My husband has received a couple of the emails although he is always the second person on the booking.
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