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Blyth - Answered a Question by Bond (02 Nov 08 10:57)

Well Mr Bond Carnival lost 13.64% of its share value in the past couple of days so what is that all about. I must admit was not aware of the OV and OV2 moves to Australia but clearly they think there is a market there, certainly Celebrity are pulling out of that area not sure why again, they will do there 2008/2009 schedule then no more having moved the Millennium down there to cope with the bookings. We did the trip last January and had a ball, glad we did it but it is a long way to fly and perhaps these costs are a reason for their turnaround plus of course the fuel bill, I think someone said RCI faced an extra $700M in costs this year for fuel and Celebrity are part of this group !! Certainly with the pound falling against the dollar our prices could rise unless there is a slump in the uptake when the final deposits are due to be paid.

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Imontoyou - replied to Blyth (03 Nov 08 01:44)

Ha Ha, Market in Australia. Just spoke to my brother who lives there and Oz economic climate is just as bad as ours!!

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BLYTH - replied to Imontoyou (03 Nov 08 09:01)

Yes I would not have expected anything else but the 30th October statement above from OV they think things on the cruise front are still OK but awhile yet before the swap takes place, so it might not happen.

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Blyth - Answered a Question by Bond (02 Nov 08 11:08)

- Message from Nick Lighton, Managing Director, Ocean Village - 30/10/08 I wanted to share with you some news announced today by our parent company, Carnival UK. As you may be aware, there are several cruise brands within Carnival Corporation and from time to time the decision is taken to redeploy ships to different brands and to new areas of the world. It has been decided to transfer both Ocean Village ships to the P&O Cruises Australia brand with the first ship moving in time for Christmas 2009 and the second a year later. The profile of Ocean Village is very similar to that of P&O Cruises Australia and the Australian market is a very buoyant one with great growth potential. Ocean Village will continue to operate a single ship in the Caribbean in winter 2009-10 and the previously published programme will be adjusted, with existing bookings amended accordingly. A new European programme will operate in 2010. I would wish to assure you that our ships will operate as normal until they eventually leave for Australia and everyone on board and on shore will remain fully committed to ensuring that you enjoy a great value, relaxing and enjoyable holiday with Ocean Village. If you have already booked for the Caribbean for winter 2010, we will be in touch with you directly or through your travel agent to advise you of the changes to your holiday. The welfare of our ships’ crew is a top priority and we will make every endeavour to develop their careers with Carnival by either transferring to Australia or joining other parts of our fleet around the world. We greatly value our staff and the key role they play in the enjoyment of your time on board and they in turn remain fully committed to giving you a wonderful holiday. Seek and you will find but rumour of a OV3 but not a new ship just a change of name but if true location as to where it will be based not known either.

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Vincent - replied to Blyth (02 Nov 08 13:47)

Well it's out in the open now! (reading the last sentence of Nick Lighton's message).Typical of a Copper, that Mr Plod swore he was giving me the inside information only! Noddy warned me he could not be trusted! * See my earlier entry regarding 'Ventura' OV3 !!!!!!!!!!!!

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BLYTH - replied to Vincent (03 Nov 08 08:58)

Whether this is a bad judgment call given Ausralia if you look at a comment further down is suffering the same as the rest of the world but they obviously still think the cruise market is bouyant, but the moves don't happen for awhile so it could all change.

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a - Answered a Question by Bond (02 Nov 08 14:18)

Old news - I posted this info back on Oct 30th - /cruise-lines/ocean-village-cruises/answers/question-8186/.

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gibs - Answered a Question by Bond (04 Nov 08 21:20)

What good news OV 1 & 2 are not cruise ships, they were/are Butlins surounded by water out of season i had the misfortune of booking it's second ever cruise, what a culture shock in reverse. good ridance to bad rubish.

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Jones - Answered a Question by Bond (05 Nov 08 08:09)

Good riddance - one of the worst cruises I have been on. Would suggest that Bond of Selsdon books on the Irish Ferry for his next voyage although he may find the dress code demanding!

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Wilson - Answered a Question by Bond (05 Nov 08 08:12)

We have usually cruised with the big wigs with all the the snotty formal wear, and I really moaned at the Mrs when she booked (what I thought was bucket class) a Med cruise with OV. Sorry mr Bond you really have to get out more.On a two week med cruise there are only four formal nights and if you don't want to play, many other informal dining options are available on those nights or you can just wear a normal lounge suit. Its a good way to get some decent professional portraits done for $10! I'm talking about the Independence of the Seas. Once you have experienced the Inde you will wonder why you ever wanted to stay with Ocean village ( incidentially half owned by Royal Caribbean) .

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