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  1. @BellagioCruisers All well and good whilst you and everyone else stay on board. Now what happens when you go ashore. At the moment there are so many petty arguments within the EU regarding the vaccine that I fear that they will not achieve reasonable coverage this year. This, for me, means two years without cruising and whilst living on a small island surrounded by sea we do like to get off. I agree that proof of vaccine would inspire a little more confidence. Keep safe. Cruise soon.
  2. @lprpYes it is great to know that our track and trace system works well. Our MoH is a virologist and has a close handle on things. The chief minister has warned against rumour spreading which in a small community is bound to happen. The pub still continues to be a place of interest by the medics and police so let’s hope that they get to the bottom of it. Case numbers still rising but slowly and somewhat unusually a fair number in schools (30). We all need to remember that it only takes one bad apple in the barrel to spoil the lot.
  3. @D C Sorry to read of the funeral of a relative on the island. Our numbers shot up after Friday of last week when we had 4 new cases taking the total to 10. As of 1600hrs today the total is 62, so quite an increase. We’re now in strict lockdown again and so long as no selfish person behaves irresponsibly hopefully all be under control again. A pub in St Peter Port is attracting interest by the authorities. They will have a handle on it.
  4. The belief is that the latest batch was brought in via an inbound essential worker. These people can only fly in from Southampton and it would be reasonably easy to contact them via passenger lists. The contact tracing group are on the case. SWFLAOK yes we do have flu vaccines (free for some) and reasonably well taken up by normal standards I believe. Deaths are fairly normal too although life expectancy is higher than UK. @lprpSamples are sent to the Uk to determine which variant it is and yes it may be the Kent variant (my daughter works for East Kent NHS Canterbury), we will be
  5. The belief is that the latest batch was brought in via an inbound essential worker. These people can only fly in from Southampton and it would be reasonably easy to contact them via passenger lists. The contact tracing group are on the case. SWFLAOK yes we do have flu vaccines (free for some) and reasonably well taken up by normal standards I believe. Deaths are fairly normal too although life expectancy is higher than UK. @lprpSamples are sent to the Uk to determine which variant it is and yes it may be the Kent variant (my daughter works for East Kent NHS Canterbury), we will be
  6. The trouble is being a small island hospital facilities are small (but very efficient). Thankfully the majority of our community follow the guidance and indeed penalties are severe e.g. £10000 fine or breaking self isolation rules (and this has been applied on several occasions). Lockdown may be severe to outsiders but hopefully it will work. Read “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” to understand the deprivation islanders had to put up with in WW2. We are still getting food deliveries today thankfully. Anyway looking to cruising soon. 🤞
  7. @SusieQft Well 24 hours later and we now have a further 20 cases. It’s the speed at which this has happened, when you relax it comes back to bite you on the bxm. I just hope that our health people manage to rein it all back in and carry on with the vaccine.
  8. @SusieQft I think that I am a little over cautious. Because we have been more or less Covid free since the end of April we have enjoyed the freedoms that many haven’t. However, as of yesterday, we now have 4 new cases apparently from nowhere. The island is now in lockdown until things are under control again. So 10 cases in a population of say 62 thousand as of yesterday. We now have to look forward to those freedoms again and, more importantly, the freedom to cruise.
  9. @Johnthesailor It would be also interesting to see how Regent and more importantly any port dealt with a case appearing onboard. Obviously all cruises are going to be seriously scrutinised at the resumption of cruises.
  10. So you have no intention of getting off the ship? Then why pay full price for a cruise? Sorry but I am not delusional about this (and I am sure that you aren’t), however I am realistic. So sorry, but that’s my life experience.
  11. As far as I am aware no vaccine is 100% effective and therefore I fear that what you say is wishful thinking. Also are you assuming that no one gets off the ship and that everyone ashore will be vaccinated? It took many years for smallpox to be eradicated and flu has never been eradicated. I fear that it may be some time before things get back to pre Covid times. However, we can all live in hope!
  12. crispy46, no need to apologise your assumption was correct. We prefer not to take our own wine on board but we do look forward to tasting Regents offerings especially when they are sometimes paired with the country you are in (Europe). There is an excellent choice of wines available and you can always request what you want. I almost fancy asking Regent if they would stock some English wines, we do produce some excellent sparkling ones. Maybe for the next cruise?
  13. I’m sure that Regent won’t mind you bringing your own wine on board, after all that means that you’re not drinking theirs!
  14. Couldn’t agree more. We have 5 cases of Covid in our population of 60+ thousand, almost all of them found on testing on arrival. Today we have closed our borders again for all but essential travel i.e. medical travel to UK. We expect this to be sustained until March. Much as though I would dearly love to book now, with all of the offers available, I’m afraid that I am too cautious and not a gambler. Here we enjoy life pretty much as normal, no masks, social distancing etc.. When cruising is almost normal then I’ll book.
  15. A shame it’s so far away but I think that I have to agree with you about the time of year. It may even be a little later and I guess restricted sailing areas (which may have to be very fluid). Oh well, just have to keep dreaming.
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