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  1. I wasn't talking about the test. If I pay $4000 for a weeks cruise from Barcelona and turn up at port to be denied boarding and have to arrange a quick flight home or 2 week's hotel quarantine my insurance won't cover it. If they start testing before boarding this is a red flag for me as I cannot be stuck in a foreign country.
  2. TUI flights Zante (Greece) to Cardiff (Wales) had 7 with corona virus positive cases, mask wearing wasn't complied with and the staff were not enforcing their rules. Massive media coverage all over the UK and in Europe about this. TUI are still operating flights nothing has changed. If cruise lines get a few cases I shouldn't see why this would change a future cruise the next week. Like other (rare) norovirus cases I don't see that anything should change even with a few cases onboard (in isolation)
  3. @Jason12 Do you have to include the flights with the initial booking or can you phone them up to add flights later? Sorry for the questions and thanks for taking the time to answer. PS I love the photo with homer.
  4. Thanks Jason that's great news did you phone the UK number or a US agent?
  5. Just look and RC's air travel is only for US and CA residents. For my flight next year Brussels to Barcelona none of the airlines flying the route offer any cancellation refunds or vouchers unless you take business class or fully flexible. Could book though and take a credit on my deposit if i couldn't find the flights?
  6. Doesn't matter it's not for European customers. What is the air2sea department? There website doesn't offer included flights does it or is it only shown when you have booked the cruise? I'm in the same position I want to book a good priced cruise for next year but I don't want to take expensive non-refundable flights in case the cruise doesn't sail. It's the first time I've heard of RC booking flights. thanks, John
  7. check out this guy. If you watch on PC you can choose for it to auto translate CC into English, which it does fairly well, abeit with some really funny mistakes but you can get the most of it. Thanks to @Neaxan for posting it a few weeks ago. Seems like he's also doing river cruises. I follow several vloggers doing theme parks as well and not one of them has caught the disease despite being in Florida AND visiting themeparks daily. What does that mean for me? Well it means when you have situations which are controlled and protocols in place the mitigat
  8. Good news. I wonder how many actually quarantine when visiting places. There have been several reports of people visiting Ireland and still doing tourist things despite supposedly being in quarantine sadly.
  9. The general non cruising public still think of cruises as petri dishes. Sure even before this pandemic most of my non-cruising friends have cited health issues when deciding not to cruise despite me explaining the fact that outbreaks affect less that 0.01% of annual cruises. "I don't want to be stuck on a boat with everyone sick around me" is the usual quote. When I mention cruising resuming the first answer is Diamond Princess where they cite 70% infection rate. (While failing to even acknowledge that only 10 people had the virus when it docked. Or that it took 6 weeks to
  10. 100% agree with JeffB. What has been already successfully shown with Germany is if you have the correct protocols in place you can reduce the spread and chance of infection significantly. With the protocols it would be very unlikely to see a wide spread contamination of the virus on a short cruise. The only way that would happen is if a person who showed no symptoms refused to wash their hands wear a mask or social distance. Or a crew member afraid of loss of wages/tips continued to work whilst experiencing symptoms but there again we are talking about company protocols wh
  11. So the cruise company failed to fully test and isolate crew before beginning to work. Out of the 41 passengers and crew as stated only 5 out of the 100+ passengers on board have covid, none with serious symptoms. The other 36 were among crew members who were probably living and working in close quarters. Compare this to Mien Schiff where proper protocols for staff were introduced to limit crew infection. Been sailing since 24 July without incident. To be honest the law of averages states that people on ships get sick. My cruise had to turn around last August due to a hearta
  12. I wasn't on either of these ships but to see them beach because of this virus is heartbreaking. Just thinking there must be so much kit on them that can be recycled.
  13. Thanks I found him. I speak Dutch so can get the just of what he says with my high school German from decades ago. Supplemented by the funny auto translate from Youtube Thanks too for the bar menu that's quite an impressive list of free drinks. Interesting to see they are now offering 7 night cruises as well in August. Only areas of concern would be theater, from his vlog there didn't seem to be much (if any) social distancing in it and the jury is out on non-masked indoor live entertainment venues like bars, cinemas etc.
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