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    Northern Ireland, UK
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  1. Doesn't seem much of an extension to the cancellation period. Hope of restrictions lifted in August or managing the cancellation and refund backlog?
  2. Mixed experience in the 'at home' cruise today. We've had an improvement in the weather, Ireland not being known for its Caribbean climate but it's been sunny and moderately warm. So, I ventured outside 'on deck'. Sadly there were no sun loungers available, none at all! No pool bar or buffet and I couldn't locate the swimming pool. Usually there are puddles at least 😀 The hot tub experience was a disaster too, tried to use the small water feature we have in the garden but apparently the pump is broken. Sunday lunch was fabulous but the butler has been very absent again 😂
  3. Unfortunately, once you're off the ship the reality of queues returns, you're no longer YC.
  4. Recent interviews with some of the cruise lines execs. Still understandably doesn't confirm anything but indicates the current thinking. https://cruiseradio.net/cruise-execs-reveal-where-first-cruise-ships-could-sail-from/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
  5. A fellow passenger on one of our trips removed their minis every day and took them home. I received a photo post trip and had no idea how to respond. Although I always bring the pillow chocolates home so I can't judge! I am pleased to report that my at home cruise butler has been more attentive today and as we we're able to collect our grocery order today the food choices were better this evening 😀 I was tempted to get out our last daily planners and introduce theme nights and a dress code but fear DH will finally think I've lost it 😂
  6. I have my slippers and diffuser but the rest of the experience isn't going so well. No one has delivered drinks, I can't find the buffet, meal choices and quality are not as good and the cleaning leaves a lot to be desired compared to onboard. The staff are nowhere near as obliging - DH is a poor butler and flatly refuses to escort me anywhere. This at home cruising isn't for me 🤣🤣
  7. There has been talk of introducing these air bridge agreements, so maybe some travel restrictions will be lifted. Although a Minister, think it was the Health one said don't expect any lavish summer holidays. Assuming cruising is considered lavish, camping in France might be on though 😉
  8. The UK Foreign Office still has a no travel ban to anywhere at present and anyone arriving has to quarantine for 14 days. Although countries are opening up for tourism, it doesn't look likely UK passengers will be enjoying any travel anytime soon.
  9. A full table service! That's outstanding 🤣 I mean just why? I don't really get the towels and robes, the robes never fit!
  10. They're remarkably resiliant those ships. We disembarked in Barbados a couple of years ago, our ships were in our suitcases which stood outside in the sunshine for ages before we transferred to our hotel. The same ocurred whilst we were leaving the hotel to travel to the airport some days later. I envisaged a suitcase full of melted chocolate blobs once we arrived home but our ships were absolutely intact. I just wrap the box in clothes and bury in the case somewhere. I've a few tubes of toiletries around and they just say 'Med by MSC'.
  11. So many ships are arriving in areas to repatriate crew and they're not being allowed to disembark. Feel so for the crew onboard, most reports are that they are well looked after but they must be so frustrated that they can't get home.
  12. It looks like they designed a nice ship, realised they'd forgotten the haven and added a box on top! I'm sure as others have posted, it's lovely inside but aesthetically it's not attractive.
  13. Totally agree it's not the value it was and really a lot depends on what you want. A number of the perks you can add as an additional cost. Some are irrelevant as you move up the VC scheme to. For us not having fixed dining at a shared table makes Aurea experience worthwhile. The website does have a full comparison chart.
  14. An impressive lightening display at POM this morning and quite a few ships coming in to dock. Including NCL Epic, which has to be the ugliest ship I've ever seen.
  15. We've never experienced any significant queues for AnyTime dining. If there's been a queue it's been just a few people, nothing compared to the queue for the MDR opening. I can't imagine how social distancing will be observed on a ship, literally everything involves close proximity to people from embarking, using the lifts, excursions and the theatre.
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