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  1. We're fine Ann and like you had our Winter cruise cancelled.We were doing a B2B on Iona- decided to take break from the Caribbean but will resume next yearn January on Ventura - fingers crossed! If I can help in any way with your planning, feel free to message me or email - tartanexile81 at outlook dot com. One thing I'd definitely recommend would be the day pass to the hotel in The Bahamas which is such a disappointing island Glad some people still remember the old timers. I joined in 2008 for our first cruise on celebrity Summit. Joined the roll call but didn't say much. Probably stopped posting much here a couple of years ago.
  2. I'm an old timer and used to post a lot on the UK and the cruiseline boards especially roll calls but I think that other mega social media forum has taken over for lots of cruisers. I just find people I know use that one including many people who used to be on here so I keep in touch with them via that. However if I've got a cruise up and coming I will occasionally post here and I still check the boards once in a blue moon - like tonight! Does anybody remember the P&O forum on the main P&O site? I loved that and it was free to use when you were onboard so you could set up friends on it to keep in touch when you were away. I made friends on those boards whom I still cruise with.
  3. It is too early to get the best Eurostar fares but this article will give you useful hints https://www.seat61.com/London-to-Paris-by-train.htm
  4. My husband is in the high risk group so we won’t be booking any more cruises for the foreseeable future. We doubt if we’ll be able to go in the Caribbean cruise I mentioned in 2022
  5. We were supposed to be on this cruise too with our friends but weren't going anyway because of Covid so we're happy to get a refund. We're also meant to be doing the next cruise as a B2B so unless they cancel it as well we'll have to lose our deposit. Just hoping there will be a vaccine well before January 2022 so we can go on Ventura to the Caribbean
  6. I haven't tried to book since lockdown but I paid £33 on my last visit in February. I have to say though that I was pleased that even though I'd booked at the non-flex rate I had 4 nights refunded for holidays cancelled
  7. These prices change regularly even from a day to day basis sometimes. I sometimes pay as little as £29 for West Quay PI and rarely more than £39 by keeping an eye on prices. It is only a short walk from the Coach station - no more than 10 minutes. However to me the cost of the taxis is so low that I'd always grab a taxi whichever hotel I was staying at. The Premier Inn is very convenient for the West Quay Shopping Mall so I'd rather have breakfast there - for example in John Lewis
  8. There are 2 performances of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo on aSaturday night, but only during August
  9. Please accept my sincere apologies Cotswold Eagle / Everyone. I try to make sure anything I post is accurate but failed abysmally here, by getting my wires crossed. I used to live near Leeds and used the route via Sheffield many times so I should've known it didn't go via Wolverhampton. Sorry and I hope I didn't confuse the OP
  10. We've transferred at Birmingham New Street quite often and as Bob++ has said it was modernised in recent years and we find it pretty easy to navigate, with clear signing. We travel from the North frequently and will avoid travelling through London at all costs. The A / B parts of the platforms at Birmingham NS aren't a problem. It is usually shown on the electronic boards where the train will be arriving and you can make your way there. Another option might be to change at Wolverhampton and it is often recommended by train companies. It is a much smaller station and it could be that your train from Southampton stops there as well as your onward train to Sheffield. I would agree with booking the two parts of your journey separately: I always find that cheaper. I book 12 weeks in advance but try dummy bookings in the 2 weeks before I expect the journey to be available so I know what price I should expect to pay. Let me know if I can help you any more
  11. I think the OP is talking sense. I think now the number of people who couldn't use simple app are limited if you look at one many people use iPads etc onboard. Clearly the powers that be will need to start thinking outside the box to re-start cruising and it makes perfect sense to go contactless
  12. My OH has been shielding so life has been strange since we got back off Ventura on 17th March, just as lockdown started. For us shielding is not an option for the foreseeable future irrespective of FCO advice. Until we both feel confident with the vaccine, we will not be considering a cruise. I don't fly but again until there is a vaccine, I would not consider travelling by train to Europe which we often do. Luckily we only have one cruise booked - well a B2B- on Iona for next Feb / March and it's highly unlikely we'll be doing that. Were now looking at driving to the S of France at that time, which is the only way we'd consider going on holiday. For the rest of this year we'll be taking staycations
  13. All four Fred Olsen ships were anchored in the Forth but have now moved to the port of Rosyth. Fred Olsen ships home port here in the Summer months just as they do in Newcastle so I guess now cruising has been cancelled till mid-October P&O had to find a suitable berth (s) for the ships. Newcastle would be a good option. I know Greenock was also asked to accept ships on lay-up but they refused. This is the reason given by Fred Olsen for the move. "Peter Deer, Managing Director at Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: “When we paused our operations back in March, we had an initial date of May 23 to resume cruising again. Unfortunately, this has not been possible, and so we have had to reconsider the running of our four ships until such a time that we can set sail once again.Moving our ships to Babcock’s Rosyth facilities and having them alongside in port allows us to run a more efficient operation, including the general maintenance of the ships, crew changes and refuse collection." Th
  14. We're very lucky and took early retirement so we could travel. We've ticked a few off our bucket list nd loved every one The Baltic Venice, Croatia etc in the Adriatic Greek Islands Caribbean island-hopping Round South America The only cruise we haven't done but which is on our bucket list is a Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Southern Germany. However the cruise we'd do if it was available would be a round trip to Southern Africa with a safari included but that's not going to happen :( We cruise with different lines but as I don't fly we're getting less keen on taking the train out to join cruises in the Med etc so wish P&O would do longer cruises to the Eastern Med or Mediterranean islands from Southampton. We'd love to see more of the smaller Greek Islands but also places like Corsica,Sardinia, Cyprus, Malta, Minorca and Adriatic islands. If only..........
  15. Just got my lockdown delivery and it was great- got all the alcohol I ordered so I'd give it a go!
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