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  1. 53 minutes ago, Rv6flyer said:

    We have a Motorhome and an airplane. The airplane cruises ar 200 mph so can make Vegas in 1:15 from home. Have a friend that picks us up and have lunch

    When we were newly married my husband was building hours for his commercial pilots license. The cheapest way was to hire a little 172 four seater  in Waterloo Canada for two weeks and fly to Banff where our friend met us, we did that twice and had some hair raising adventures. He only has minimum hours for his private licence the first time. The  confidence of youth 

  2. Cancelled my Allure 20th Sept cruise yesterday. Even if the cruise goes ahead I'm not comfortable cruising at moment and didn't want to throw good money after bad. So I'll take the FCC for the deposit and hope to use it next year. No more cruises booked now thank goodness.  If she does have a short European season I'll watch with interest how it goes 

  3. 17 hours ago, Billy Baltic said:

    It’s not just cruise ships. 
    “The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel.”

    The advice in Ireland is similar. I’d imagine a lot of counties are giving this advice. 

    Unless traveling from one of the 60+ countries in the exceptiond list 


  4. 53 minutes ago, Doubt It said:


    The EU rhetoric is nice but the brutal reality of the travel marketplace is that few people from any country will be visiting the EU - so their banned country list is rather a mute point.


    Think majority of travellers will mainly be within the EU zone. Even though things have relaxed a little in UK I think most people are still wary of travelling for pleasure. Maybe the young will..... 

  5. On 7/8/2020 at 8:15 AM, fandash said:

    Firstly i will be so sad if cruising is over

    Cruising has it all - for us as a family

    Entertainment for my husband and i (and our daughter when she is not meeting new people at the teen club)

    Loads of things to do for our teen daughter - during the day by the pool, some of the club entertainment, at sea 


    Yes there are places in USA i would love to visit like Nashville, Miami again, and loads more but i would like to do them by adding them on to a cruise.


    We live in UK but we would not chose to holiday in UK.


    We're also in UK and I agree its difficult with teenage children but you have the whole of Europe on your doorstep. Maybe do some road trips through France, Spain and Italy. Hire a camper van for more freedom. 

    We are in our 60's and last year bought electric bikes that can be used on or off road and they are great fun. I watched the Larry Lamb series yesterday, he is in his 70's and is travelling all over UK on electric bikes with his adult son. They were in Pembrokeshire yesterday, it looked stunning. Short term we are off to Cornwall next week to visit family and reconnect with that beautiful part of the world 

  6. 37 minutes ago, Cruise a holic said:

    Wow. That is terrible. I went to my dr.  Was told wait in my car until called.  Went in with a mask. My temp was taken at the door.  The dr was immaculate.  I used purell which was on wall at drs

    Same with my dentist in UK.  As I was half way through treatment when we went into lockdown I was one of the first called back. Before I went I was sent a medical questionnaire to fill in and extensive explanations about their covid precautions. I had to wait in my car until they called me in. No body else in waiting room. All staff apart from the partners (husband and wife, both dentists) were furloughed. So my dentist was assisted by her dentist husband. They both had a lot of PPE and I had to exit from a different door than the entrance. Believe they are now bringing staff back but I was very impressed with their high standard of covid preparation and precautions. 

  7. 41 minutes ago, maryann2 said:



    Actually a lot of it is true!  Hard to believe but Roddy Llewellen was a scandal at the time.  The smogs of the 50s and early 60s. The Aberfan disaster etc.

    Great series and very well done.



    Yeap, as I said, based on actual events but some of the dialogue and the way the main characters react privately is surmised. But it is a great series, I'm still only on series 2. 

  8. 10 hours ago, Germancruiser said:

    Oh yes I am a big fan of The Crown , too!


    Agreed- to both statements.

    It's a great show, but remember, though based on actual events, it is still a show and not a documentary.  Sometimes it's easy to forget and think it's ALL true 

  9. 2 hours ago, yorky said:

    From Monday in Scotland it’s against the law to go into a shop without wearing a face mask.

    Wish we had the same in England. I fear our rates will go up with the easing of restrictions from tomorrow 

  10. On 6/30/2020 at 11:37 AM, John&LaLa said:


    Any mention of preventing EU citizens from coming this way, or having to quarantine upon return?

    As far as I am aware European visitors  including UK, were banned from entering the USA back in March by the American government. Don't think that's been lifted yet 

  11. On 6/27/2020 at 4:37 PM, Happy Cruiser 6143 said:

    Loved Croatia and its people!  

    My son and partner have a holiday in Croatia booked for Aug, hoping its included in the travel corridors ex UK as they have prepaid their hotel and its non refundsble. This was booked last year. 

    We are probably just going to stick to UK holidays this year, Cornwall or New Forest. If we were travelling abroad France and Italy are favourites 

  12. 4 hours ago, LXA350 said:

    . But letting people from the UK travel to Spain for instance with their numbers wouldn't make sense at this stage.

    I know it's the weekend but our figures for people passing in the whole of UK is 36 today, the figures have been consistently downward. But I'm happy to stay local in UK this summer, hope to make it home to Cornwall maybe in September 

  13. 4 hours ago, erinsmom03 said:

    I'd love your take on what could happen with UK ports in summer 2021... and tourism/travel in the UK as well.

    Not little britain, but here's some info on UK ports 


    As to tourism, hotels, B&B, self catering accommodation etc is opening on 4 July along with restaurants, pubs, etc. No Cinemas or theatres yet. The UK government is in the middle of talks to open travel corridors to other countries, mainly European holiday destinations, and they should be finalised in the next week or so. In these corridors there is no quarenteen necessary 

  14. 37 minutes ago, GarlicBread said:

    Crew member here 👋


    I am ready to go back as soon as I can get back, as are the majority I know (also part of various social media groups full of crew from all different companies and the consensus seems the same there too). 


    I do not necessarily think the operations to get crew home was/is botched, not when you open your eyes to what is going on in the world, but then I dont believe much of what that cruise lawyer posts as 'news'.


    Crew onboard who are working are getting paid. Crew whose contracts have ended are not being paid a 'wage' but are still getting an allowance for necessities, as well as being fed and getting free wifi 

    Thanks for the update. Its good to hear first hand news for once 

  15. 7 hours ago, NancyIL said:

     I agree that most RCI TA itineraries are short on ports and heavy on sea days. However, the 2021 Transatlantic itineraries were released in late 2019 - before cruising was affected by COVID-19.

    I've thought for the last few years that the ports, seem to be getting fewer and less interesting with more sea days on TA. Certainly on the bigger ships. Some of the smaller ships, like Rhapsody or Jewel, have more interesting ports  on their transatlantics

  16. 28 minutes ago, zonacruiser25 said:

    Allure should be near the end of her yard period, I wonder if there will be any info put out by Royal?


    I'm waiting to see if she goes straight back to the Caribbean or hangs around the Med after dry dock, either way I guess they will have to crew her up 

  17. 20 minutes ago, FionaMG said:

    We were supposed to be getting on as you were getting off but have already L&S'd to next year on Harmony. 😞

    Yeap, I tried to do that, but I had booked through an interline travel agent and Royal Caribbean wouldn't allow it. Of course Harmony for next year is hundreds of pounds more than the good price I got for Allure so we will probably cancel and take the FCC for the deposit 

  18. 43 minutes ago, Norwich Cruiser said:

    They are obviously working backwards 




    With August and most of September 2020 now unable to book looks like late September at the very earliest.

    My cruise, ex BCN on 20th Sept is still selling, Eek, maybe it will be one of the first 😬. Allure will be fresh out of dry dock, not sure if I would be comfortable with being a guinea pig, wish they had included mine in the cancellation so I could get my deposit back in cash, ah well will have to wait and see

  19. 41 minutes ago, Peewee14 said:

    I am now in the process of finding another holiday 😞 


    it will not be a cruise but need to get away Somewhere,  we have a 3 week holiday at Disney in Florida booked for Christmas and I really do think that will be cancelled also 

    Not sure if you are in UK, but they are talking about some European countries opening up and think our 14 day quarantine will end, or at least relaxed for some countries soon. But I think it will be UK only holiday for us this year 😔.  

  20. 16 hours ago, Ourusualbeach said:

    Typically Royal will not Tell guests what foreign countries require.  As there are hundreds of foreign countries it would be difficult to keep up to date on everything and they could tell someone one thing and the next day it could change thus setting themselves up. It is up to the guest to determine the requirements to get to the port. 

    Those last few weeks in March, when every country was beginning to shut down and close their borders, were a nightmare at the airport. Things would change hourly and with pax travelling all around the world it was difficult to keep up. Sometimes pax who checked in hours early had to be offloaded at gate because of countries changing their entry requirements. Pax who had been refused travel due country restrictions on their original airline would buy tickets on another, just to find that rules had changed again by the time (often just hours later) they tried to travel and again refused. 


    In normal times your government travel Web pages are the best guide 

  21. 3 hours ago, mugtech said:

    Just waited 5 hours in the Manila airport to take a 16 hour non-stop flight to JFK.  In the airport masks and social distancing were required, so only half the seats were available.  Once on the Philippine Airlines plane masks were required at all times except eating and drinking, saw total compliance. 

    Glad to hear you are finally on way home 👍😊

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