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    #16
    Originally posted by Mrs M View Post

    I think these cruises will rise in popularity for UK residents, especially those who either sail without travel insurance [and I have met some who don't have insurance] or who do have medical issues. I can recommend them as we have done four. Two in May [brilliant weather Jill!] and two in July- dreadful weather for one of them. All four were a great R&R two weeks, even with the July fog, ice, hail, lightening, rain, storms and one nice day as we sailed past Anglesey...

    I'm sure if the ships are still sailing in years to come, we'll fit in another one.
    That will spoil them one of the great things with the round UK was very few brits.

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      #17
      Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post

      That will spoil them one of the great things with the round UK was very few brits.
      I suppose we have been lucky on QV and QE round Britain as we've met great Brits and great Americans. It might however, up the age profile a bit.

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        #18
        Originally posted by mike, lanarkshire View Post
        I’m sure when the dust settles and we get back to some form of normality, cruising will be back on the holiday agenda once again. For the moment, I’m disregarding all the Celebrity emails I’m receiving with offers that are changing weekly. As others have said, cruise ships will undoubtedly be one of the safest places to stay with all the health and safety protocols in place. It’s just convincing my wife that’s the issue. I don’t see us cruising for at least another year.
        I am sure you are right about cruise ships being one of the safest places to stay, far safer than most hotels but my concern is what someone, unwittingly no doubt, brings on board with them. I don't fancy a extra 2 weeks on board even if it is free!

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          #19
          Originally posted by JohnR, Chippenham View Post
          I am sure you are right about cruise ships being one of the safest places to stay, far safer than most hotels but my concern is what someone, unwittingly no doubt, brings on board with them. I don't fancy a extra 2 weeks on board even if it is free!
          I think if that scenario ever happens again, it will sink cruising for ever which is why I don't think the biggies will recommence until the world is more used to the virus and can deal with it without panic and that's why we're taking the pragmatic approach with bookings. If the FCO lift restrictions, we'll go. If not, we defer again or get our money back if Cunard goes into liquidation.

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            #20
            Originally posted by Mrs M View Post

            I suppose we have been lucky on QV and QE round Britain as we've met great Brits and great Americans. It might however, up the age profile a bit.
            Had 3 Round Britain cruises 2 on QE and 1 on Caribbean Princess , Love Cunard but must say the Princess cruise was better , would do another one in a heartbeat ,

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              #21
              Originally posted by mauden, billingham View Post

              Had 3 Round Britain cruises 2 on QE and 1 on Caribbean Princess , Love Cunard but must say the Princess cruise was better , would do another one in a heartbeat ,
              I am curious - why was Princess better?? thanks

              Annie

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                #22
                Originally posted by mauden, billingham View Post

                Had 3 Round Britain cruises 2 on QE and 1 on Caribbean Princess , Love Cunard but must say the Princess cruise was better , would do another one in a heartbeat ,
                Interesting. What made the difference?

                I wonder if more lines will be including this in their itineraries. Watch out Kirkwall, maybe even more ship visits!!

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by ilovesunshine, east yorks View Post
                  Anyone else feel the same?
                  No, not at all. I can't wait to get back.

                  Within a matter of weeks I will be commuting to London for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, on busy over-ground and tube trains. That makes the idea of a cruise feel low risk, in comparison!
                  See my cruise blog: HERE

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                    #24
                    I’d go on a cruise tomorrow if it was safe to do so and as soon as it is the booking will commence. I’m more frightened of the flying than the cruising. The thought of being in a confined space for X amount of hours terrifies me.

                    I’m moving my Oct Iona cruise to end of next year and will transfer again if still not safe. I don’t want to cruise wearing a mask onboard and not being able to socialise.
                    don't want to work, just want to cruise.

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                      #25
                      A few of ours were Princess, we like them but not for every cruise,

                      The general cruise format is fairly traditional with a adult target demographic that attracts wide age groups, P&O is probably the closest out of the big boys and girls.

                      They dispensed all the pretentious nonsense and they have mastered the traditional and flexible dining options,

                      Food has been pretty good and aimed at he international market which we prefer.

                      One issue is some of the ships are very big so you have to choose cabin location carefully

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by lucy, sutton View Post

                        What about a cruise around Britain or a cruise around the Scottish Islands? At least if you became unwell and needed the NHS, you would have it and not be too far off medical treatment at all times. There are lovely cruises around the country. I am not sure how this would work for you, but would be a good compromise.



                        we did Dublin to Dublin last September and even though my health was not good we loved it. Unfortunately when cruising is reintroduced is likely to be too late for me.

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                          #27
                          Originally posted by Cooke, Ashby View Post
                          Unfortunately when cruising is reintroduced is likely to be too late for me.
                          I hope you can hang on until October!
                          See my cruise blog: HERE

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                            #28
                            We have done 3 Round Britain/Ireland cruises. The first was on Voyages of Discovery, the second on Thomson Spirit and the 3rd with Cruise and Maritime.

                            We enjoyed all of them but this time my friend I and are looking at QV in May and Boudicca in July. My friend is veering towards Boudicca at the moment, especially as Fred already have a couple of grand (each) of our money which we could use towards either a balcony or a suite.
                            Jill

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post
                              A few of ours were Princess, we like them but not for every cruise,

                              The general cruise format is fairly traditional with a adult target demographic that attracts wide age groups, P&O is probably the closest out of the big boys and girls.

                              They dispensed all the pretentious nonsense and they have mastered the traditional and flexible dining options,

                              Food has been pretty good and aimed at he international market which we prefer.

                              One issue is some of the ships are very big so you have to choose cabin location carefully


                              That's why we like Princess too.

                              The loyalty programme is also very good, with perks that offer real benefits (to us, anyway), and the staff have always been excellent.

                              We don't cruise exclusively with Princess but have loved our cruises with them, including round Britain ones.

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by Mrs M View Post

                                Interesting. What made the difference?

                                I wonder if more lines will be including this in their itineraries. Watch out Kirkwall, maybe even more ship visits!!
                                Princess in my view was a much better itinerary , Also the Edinburgh stop was a tender port on QE , turned out to be a total nightmare . , the sea was choppy. the lady Captain wouldn't let anyone off , some people we getting very irate , eventually she let the lifeboats on the opposite side of the ship go down and we all got off , When we got to land nobody had any idea where to go then one of the locals said to go to the opposite side of the road and catch a bus into Edinburgh .
                                When the bus arrived if you didn't have the correct fare you couldn't get on , Imagine then everyone asking each other for help to get the correct fare , I was lucky I had it , but the bus driver said he couldn't wait and drove off so some people were left behind .
                                Wish ships would give a bit of info about things like this , but I think if you are not going on one of their trips they are not interested .
                                Another poor stop was Rotterdam , We are always up early so we got the shuttle bus and off we went , The place was like a morgue , we walked around and walked around and the only place that was open was McDonalds , so we had a coffee there , by about 11 o clock we had had enough of walking and seeing nothing so we went back to the bus , When I said to the driver about nothing being open he said " didn't they tell you that nothing opens in Rotterdam on a Monday till about 1 o clock , " no they didn't " Well they should have he said " bit of a wasted day I thought ,

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