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TUI Group has said it expects to restart cruise service this summer, but with less occupancy.

The company, which oversees the TUI, Hapag-Lloyd and Marella brands, said the changes will start at boarding, with new health questionnaires. screening preboarding and staggered boarding groups.

The company also said it plans to start with less than 1,000 guests on each ship until August 31, 2020, meaning TUI's big ships, with capacity for just under 3,000 guests, would be sailing at approximately one third occupancy, allowing for much more distance in public areas.

Other changes include the elimination of self-service food. Public venues will also be limited to one third of their capacity. Only 10 children will be allowed in the Kids’ Club aboard, the company said.

In addition, the ships will operate at what TUI called OPP-3 (Outbreak Prevention Plan Level 3), meaning constant cleaning of touched services, every 30 minutes or less. The company said it expects to have COVID-19 testing capabilities aboard with additional medical staff.

The cruise line will work closely with ports to develop joint procedures to handle any possible COVID-19 cases, according to a statement

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If they are thinking of running with 1/3 capacity does this mean prices will rise to cover the cost of the missing 2/3 of passengers and if so would customers be prepared to potentially pay three times current prices.😳

Edited by Brummijam

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I am Struggling with the following.

1. If they currently have say more than 1/3rd of capacity booked on each ship. Who is going to be allowed to go?

2. If only 1/3rd of venue capacity can be used how does this work, you can't Que I would assume?

3. Who counts how many people around the pool?

4. If I had kids of kids club age still and booked an paid a lot of money only to be told 10 kids per session, they won't ahve enough capacity.

 

We will just have to wait and see what Marella advise everyone 

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Fife

 

1st question is a good one

 

They would also need to implement a one way system in the corridors.One out,one in at toilets etc

 

Difficult to socialise under the restrictions which is a important part of cruising for us.Kinda glad our cruise was cancelled this year and next one isn,t until july next year when hopefully things will be better

Edited by Jim The Scot

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Marella ships max out at approx 2000 passengers, so even less passenger availability. 

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The abscence of buffet food will have the waiter staff run off their feet for a start.

 

Then there's social distancing issues around the ship - for example, corridors will be a problem, likewise access to and from toilets.

 

There is another consideration - if the government impose self isolation after return flights.................who fancies a fortnight in the pokey at home ?

 

Then there's the doomsday scenario if even just one case of the virus is identified onboard.

 

I would not want to expose any of my family to any potential risk(s).

 

 

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Would anyone want to travel anyway this year, we certainly would not want to.

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Unless the FCO advice on overseas travel is changed its all irrelevant anyway as all of our travel insurance will be null and void!!

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1 hour ago, Zombatar said:

Unless the FCO advice on overseas travel is changed its all irrelevant anyway as all of our travel insurance will be null and void!!

 

Unless the current FCO advice changes Marella surely can`t sail anyway, insurance or no insurance.

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Interesting article in Daily mail today re holiday insurance. Can't see any of us going anywhere ex UK anytime soon with appropriate holiday insurance. 

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Mmm

 

Hi Fife

 

Think that would depend on when you booked your hols and insurance company

 

I have two hols booked for next year which were booked pre covid19 so as per my travel insurance should be covered

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Jim don't like to worry you but will your insurance run out before your bookings date as they will obviously change your contract. Fingers crossed for you.

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P

 

Our Insurance is through our flex plus account with  Nationwide BS and our holidays were booked pre the dates they stopped their cover for covid

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Ours is also through Flexplus but because of age and medication it only runs for twelve months, renew in March, and each year the excess increases its now nearly £300.

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Similar on the medication side,I also have an excess but not nearly as high as yours P.......

 

At the moment

Edited by Jim The Scot

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Not least the 14 days quarantine (if this stays in place post the end of June). I see the European body for air travel have issued guideline CAA here expected to follow with similar.

 

1. Min hand luggage

2. All planes disinfected load/unload.

3. No food, drink or duty free sold on board.

4. At security, boarding gates and at planes. 1.5 metres safe distancing rules GEEEZZZZ no danger at Corfu airport

5. See Jet 2 now pushed back start till July.

 

We will have to await TUI/Marella

 

 

 

 

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Hi Fife,

 

Am I missng something?

 

 

So we,d need to social distance at security,boarding gates and at planes but once on board you sit shoulder to shoulder on a flight 😜

 

 

Fun and games if you require the toilet on a flight

 

Thankfully we wont be flying this year

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Spain have joined Italy, Greece & Malta in reopening borders to international tourists from July so dependent on when FCO change advice holidays to Europe can recommence.

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Latest from TUI/Marella

 

Tour operator Tui has extended the suspension of its holidays until at least the end of June.

The firm has also cancelled its Marella Cruises sailings up to July 30.

 

Where now

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Looking less likely any marella cruises soon

Surely corfu makes no sense now. 

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