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  1. I am interested in the Golden Princess as it is scheduled to transfer to P&O Straya. Vessel Finder has her leaving Manila Bay and arriving in Port Klang on the 10 Jul 20. Interestingly Princess has removed her from their website. The question is, will she end up at P&O Straya? Here is the Bridge cam.
  2. You are right with your thinking. They were included when we did the Indian Pacific 3 years ago.We really enjoyed the experience.
  3. I agree. No way will they be spending money on a conversion to P&O Straya. I have a booking on the Pacific Adventure in Oct 2021. I am not getting my hopes up that it will happen.
  4. I found this from their document, Interim advice for restarting cruise ship operations after lifting restrictive measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "If tender boats or other means of transport are used to move passengers, physical distancing measures and protocols for frequent cleaning and disinfection should be implemented in line with on board procedures. Cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces of transport, including tender boats, should be conducted between each use. While travelling in groups, it should be ensured that passenger groups maintain physical distance from other tour groups. Cruise lines may consider making available appropriate PPE (e.g. face masks) to passengers on excursions and should refrain from organising visits to crowded areas during the pandemic." Very difficult as you say even for a half full ship. They are recommending short cruises to start with. "It is suggested that a gradual approach to restarting cruise ship operations should be considered. When resuming operations, cruise lines may initially consider using itineraries of a short duration (e.g. 3 to 7 days) and to perhaps limit the number of port visits in the itinerary."
  5. This is how easy the virus got out of control in Melbourne. One person (selfish Idiot) not following the instructions. ""On Tuesday, I received a briefing of a genomic sequencing report that seemed to suggest that there seems to be a single source of infection for many of the cases that have gone across the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne," Ms Mikakos said. It appears to be even potentially a super spreader that has caused this upsurge in cases." Source ABC
  6. Here is a link to a YouTube video by Gary Bembridge for those than want a quick review of the EU's guidelines for cruising. The comments under the video indicate most are not keen to cruise under the proposed EU's protocols.
  7. Here is one extract about masks. My emphasis. Welcome to the new world of cruising. "Where passengers may interact with one another but appropriate physical distancing can be maintained (at least 1.5 metres), there is no need for the use of PPE. **For passengers who are travelling together such as a family unit or travelling unit (e.g. cohabitants, friends etc.), no PPE are required when they are interacting, and physical distancing between them is not required. When passengers are interacting with others outside of their family unit or travelling unit and a physical distance of 1.5 metres cannot be maintained, it is suggested that passengers use a face mask." Further into the document, it states. "Settings where face mask use is strongly recommended Specific settings including: During embarkation at the terminal On buses during transport Walking/passing in narrow corridors on board In elevators on board Visiting the medical facility on board On board lifeboats"
  8. Thanks for the link. I didn't get to read it all as it is quite detailed. Not looking forward to cruising whilst COVID-19 is around. A cruise, whilst wearing a face mask most of the time, does not appeal to me.
  9. It could work on P&O Straya and Carnival. I agree not on Princess or HAL.
  10. Here is a link to an article in Travel Weekly about the EU guidance for cruising to re-start. Part of the article. "The guidelines say “cruise lines could consider” testing all incoming passengers for Covid-19 before boarding and routine health monitoring (including Covid tests) for all crew. The EU recommends reduced onboard capacity to allow for physical distancing and the quarantining of passengers and crew in case there is a need. It also recommends that cruise lines start out with short voyages (three to seven days) when returning to service, perhaps limiting the number of port visits. Additionally, the guidance suggests that activities and services onboard cruise ships be “organized according to age group, so that older individuals are separated from other age groups.” This applies to crew members as well"
  11. The Ferguson Plarre Bakehouses website says "Tiddly Oggie is Cornish for 'proper pasty' . In Cornwall, a pasty is often called an “Oggie”, and while it is unclear as to where the word originated, some people have suggested that it is derived from hoggan, a kind of bag in which the miners carried their croust (croust is the Cornish term for lunch)".
  12. Has anyone mentioned my favourite? Lemon meringue pie. Irresistible.
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