Sold off isn't quite the right phrase but its demise was announced a few weeks ago. Basically Carnival, who are the parent company, announced that OV operations were to be wound down over the next couple of years with OV2 finishing at the end of summer 2009 and OV1 at the end of summer 2010. The ships are going to a new operation based in Australia where they expect to get a greater return than OV presently does. It's all down to profits. If you eant to know more then go to the OV site and click on 'Press' at the bottom of the screen and within that area select Press Releases where all will be revealed.
Thank you for answering my question re ocean village cruises. it seems this will be the end of casual dining cruising now that isalnd cruises have also changed. do you know of any other casual dining ships?
One of the 'Island' ships is continuing with Thomson and still with the same dining arrangements, I believe.
Thank you Rae but I think this cruise ship is a lot more expensive with Thomson than with Island Cruises. I have been on a Thomson cruise and it was not nearly as good. Also I think you can only do a fly cruise with this ship out of Ireland.
Thomson seem to be going to run the Island ship as before and not as on the Thomson ships. The Island prices were, I think, cheap for last minute bookings and I expect the same will apply under Thomson. The Thomson cruises often get reduced to very low prices towards sailing date. I do not understand your comment about Ireland. You are in Norwich.
I know I'm in Norwich that is the problem, as soon as you enter Island Escape as a fly cruise on Thomson's web site you only get an option of flying from northern ireland. don't ask me why. The only transatlantic one seems to be on another ship for 18 days and that is £1400 twice as much as we paid for the Island Star for the same duration and this was booked three months before the cruise took place.
OK - I tried it on the Thomson website and see what you mean! Comes up with only Belfast in April. But I can get Island Escape ex Norwich for later dates, so they are doing it. Must be a blip on the website. You won't get a transatlantic on Island Escape for next autumn though, because it will be in the Canaries for winter 2009/10. Suggest you phone them for a price. But don't phone Thomson, phone Portland, their direct sell arm. They will knock about £100 per person off the Thomson price.