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  1. Kristiansand to BA is about 6,700 nautical miles, so at an economical speed of 12 kts, it would take a little over 23 days, plus any time deviating for bunkers. Affirmative, to sail with pax on Jan 2nd, she would be setting sail in first week of December. For the Venus, the first time the AIS is powered up could be just before the trials.
  2. Viking Jupiter appears to have crossed Skagerrak and is returning to Kristiansand. Could be multiple reasons, but since she hasn't headed out to sea for 4 months, she may have completed an engine rebuild and is running them in. The Venus is not yet operational, so the AIS is not powered up. Once the AIS is powered up, you will see her in the various position reporting websites, provided they have a close shore station, or you can receive the satellite position info.
  3. If the ship resumes service in mid-Feb in San Juan PR, I would except it to start loading stores the last week of January and set sail at the end of January. Don't track bunker prices, so not sure where they will top off the tanks, but that only takes 1/2 day. I would expect Hotel Managers/Supervisors and some hotel crew to start arriving in mid-January with most of the hotel crew just before they start loading stores. All assuming the ships were maintained in hot layup, if they have gone to cold layup it would take Deck & Engineering a few days to get the systems up and running before the hotel crew arrive.
  4. Jim - my experience was similar. We never knew when, or where we were going until a few days before leaving. A couple days before the end of our leave we received a call from London advising the ship's name and joining date. Next morning the postman delivered the instructions - flights, etc. Just after we were married, I was scheduled to join Sun Princess in Vancouver. However, while on our honeymoon, staying in a campground in Victoria, I received a message from the campground office advising I had a phone call from London. The crewing chap had tracked me down and asked if I could sign-on a couple of weeks early. I believe it was Thursday and the ship was in Vancouver on Saturday. Packed up the camper, headed to the ferry to get back to the mainland. Packed and reported to the ship early Saturday morning. I could only dream of knowing joining dates and even sign-off dates in advance.
  5. Heidi13

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    I preferred passenger, where cargo work entailed watching pax boarding from the bridge wing. Tough job!! Only experienced 1 bulk ship, a PanOcean chemical tanker, as 3rd Mate. Signed on in Dunkirk and on meeting the Chief Officer he rattled on about ship/shore stops, loading through manifold or drops, required PPE, etc. My eyes glazed over, as he could have been speaking a foreign language. He then asked if I had been on a tanker before. Nope, never - P&O Cruises & General Cargo were the only divisions I experienced. I got the cadet for the first few days to figure out everything. These days, I believe you require a tanker endorsement before serving on a tanker.
  6. Not sure if Viking's crew policies have changed, but when we left the Sun in April, the Viking crew at home were receiving a portion of their wages, so were basically on retainer. The crew are also well advised regarding their schedules, knowing sign-on/sign-off dates 3 contracts ahead (pre-COVID). If cruising is to resume in the New Year, I expect notifications going out to the crew shortly, but no movement until about 2 to 3 weeks before resuming service. The ships would no doubt load victuals before departing Europe, as they all come from a central warehouse in Germany. At 12 kts, the transit from Europe to San Juan is 12 to 17 days, which can be reduced to 8 to 10 days at higher speeds. I would expect most of the hotel crew to join in Europe, then top off the crew a day before resuming ops. Crossing the Atlantic they will have emergency drills, the "Superstar" induction training and preparing the ship for pax.
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    Friends of ours, who was also a P&O Cadet at South Shields with me for 2MFG was on a P&O Bulker doing the exact same voyage, about 1 day behind. Although not technically sister ships, they were identical ships. They received a message from the owners to check the fwd hatch, shortly after the sinking. I was on Sun Princess doing 7 day R/T from Vancouver to Alaska, still remember hearing of the loss on the news.
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    Thanks for the explanation of the + 1.
  9. Peregrina wins the prize. Affirmative, same order for the first ships.
  10. Heidi13

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    When I left UK we only got Beeb 1 & 2, STV & Grampian, so these new channels are new to me. Checking all the UK channels we receive, some of the ones you all mentioned are: - Quest Red - is this the same as Quest, or do they have multiple channels - Channel 4 - Channel 4 plus 1 - is this the same as More 4+1 - Channel 5 - Channel 5 plus 1 - ITV 4 - ITV 4 plus 1 - More 4 I also noted Discovery History UK were showing Mighty Ships at 06:00, which was 13:00 UK time. They had the Wind Surf episode. Had seen it before, so switched over to Sky. Is Channel 4, ITV 4 and More 4 all the same channel?
  11. RVL was conceived in the early 70's, starting with 3 ships, which were virtually identical. The first one RV Star had a couple of minor differences from the next 2 ships - RV Sky and RV Sea. The ships were spectacular, proper looking ships. Passenger counts were only about 500 to 550, whereas similar sized Princess ships were 750. Memory is hazy, but I recall the founding partners, which were all Scandinavian (possibly all Norwegian) , each owned one of the original vessels. They marketed heavily in the US, aiming at the wealthy retiree market. Cruises were longer and to more exotic locations. In the mid 70's, I recall reading they were the first sister ships to transit the Panama Canal simultaneously. Torstein, as CEO of Bergen Line, replaced Warren Titus as CEO of RVL about 79/80. One of his first initiatives was lengthening the 3 ships by almost 100'. A German S/Y built the new sections, the ships were cut in half and the new section moved into place, with the ship welded together. I still remember reading and watching the films showing the operation. In the mid-80's, Torstein tried to purchase RVL and had financing in place, but the owners sold to Norwegian Cruises, which was owned by a Norwegian businessman. He left the company, which then built a 4th ship in the late 80's - RV Sun, which was bigger than the first 3 ships. They built a 5th ship, a small excursion v/l in the 90's that was similar to the Seabourn Ships. RVL was folded in the 90's, with the ships moved to NCL & Royal Cruises. Lost track of the ships, but 2 of them ended up with Fred Olsen Lines and they had a very loyal following, one of whom was my dad. Never sailed with them, but passed them weekly in Alaska and saw them often in port. Really spectacular ships. Notice any similarities to the development of VO.
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    Thanks for the updates. We are heading home this morning, so will check which channels we receive - definitely Ch 4 and I believe I recall seeing "More". Have watched the Viking ship on Mighty Cruise Ships a couple of times, which helped us in selecting Viking for our last world cruise. Just have to remember the time difference is now 7 hrs, since your cloxs changed on Sunday.
  13. I just shake my head when the environmentalists start complaining about the cruise ships and pollution. Yes, their have been some serious issues with non-compliance with regulations, but how do the ships compare with towns and cities. While some cities have exceptional recycling rates of 65% +, many do not even come close. On average, I believe cruise ships recycle about 60% more solid waste than shoreside. Overboard discharges must go through an oil content meter, with waste oil being pumped ashore for proper disposal, which must maintain a paper trail. On shore, the oils on the roads are washed into the storm sewers, most of which are not treated. Sewage - cruise ships win this by a country mile. The discharge is basically fresh water. How many cities equal this standard, I suspect few, if any. I know Metro Vancouver certainly doesn't. Fuel - I believe it was effective Jan 1st that ships were required to use low sulphur fuel or exhaust gas scrubbers, which are being fitted to existing tonnage. Therefore, it is not only new ships that will have reduced emissions, but most ships during the phase in period. How many older diesel cars and trucks get retro-fitted with pollution equipment?? An increasing number of ports also provide power hook ups, with Vancouver providing power from clean hydro-electric to the ships. Basically, I see the marine industry, especially cruise ships, being way ahead of their shore counterparts when it comes to environmental issues, so no, I have no issue taking holidays on cruise ships.
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    Anyone know if it is being rebroadcast, as we only receive UK programming at home and are currently out of town. Would be interested in watching it. If you know of any others upcoming, please post, as we don't have a TV guide, only the next 3 to 4 hrs for each station.
  15. I assume you booked with a UK Travel Agent, which has different billing practices with their counterparts in N/America. Suggest asking on the UK board, which has had some previous discussions on refunds. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/544-uk-cruisers/
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