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Offline QE2forever

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Yes, sadly QM2's World Cruise has been terminated at Fremantle.
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Online Lynda Bradford

As planned waiting at hotel in Perth for transfer to airport and seeing some QM2 passengers. One gentleman from NY said arrangements made to stay at the hotel for four days full board with drinks included. The people we met on Saturday, who had not been allowed to board at Fremantle were also getting four days full board, 100% refund or 150% towards a future cruise.

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As planned waiting at hotel in Perth for transfer to airport and seeing some QM2 passengers. One gentleman from NY said arrangements made to stay at the hotel for four days full board with drinks included. The people we met on Saturday, who had not been allowed to board at Fremantle were also getting four days full board, 100% refund or 150% towards a future cruise.

Well, you really made history, Lynda! You must be glad that you took this final opportunity to take a QM2 cruise before the world of cruising (and many other worlds) changed, probably for a long long time...

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Well, you really made history, Lynda! You must be glad that you took this final opportunity to take a QM2 cruise before the world of cruising (and many other worlds) changed, probably for a long long time...

It has been an amazing cruise and I am glad we got the opportunity to do it, sad situation with the virus. I was speaking to some of the world cruisers who came off the ship this afternoon. They are accepting the situation and I suspect they will get good compensation.
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Online Lynda Bradford

I overheard a man on the phone at the airport say there were 300 passengers sailed with the ship. Not sure if there  is any truth in this, but it is possible there are people who cannot fly for health reasons. I am sure more information will become available in the coming days.

Amazing what you hear going up the escalator at the airport, but could be nonsense
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Offline Clydebuilt1971

Just read from your Facebook post that QM2 is to sail light ship back to Soton? I am assuming QV and QE will follow suit?

Glad you got your cruise Lynda! Who knows what Covid 19 will do to the world as we currently know it. I fear for companies who are already on a wobbly financial footing.

The safety of people is of paramount importance but it is hard to see how things will pan out in the aftermath!

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Fred Olsen's Braemar is stuck in the Bahamas with passengers and crew infected with COVID-19

https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/cruise-ships-stranded-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

The Silver Shadow also has an affected passenger, as does the Silver Explorer

In fact the futher you read that article, the more you see there was no way for them to continue.

I have to ask - when can they restart?  From my reading of the situation, it could be a year.  I'm not sure I see the companies surviving that long...
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Just read from your Facebook post that QM2 is to sail light ship back to Soton? I am assuming QV and QE will follow suit?
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Gav

It was on the BBC earlier -

BBC News - Coronavirus: Cunard ends its three world cruises
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Jeez Soton is going to be a busy place soon!

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QM2 and QV are set to head back to Southampton. QE seems to be set to layup or to try to layup somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere, not being headed back to Southampton at the moment, and is empty of passengers having left Sydney early this morning (Sydney local time) according to one of her deck officer's Instagram stories. She is underway at low speed with a "port not recognised" next port/destination on MarineTraffic.

Saga Sapphire (with only a couple/few voyages left with Saga before leaving the fleet) has left Dover for layup in Tilbury alongside Spirit of Discovery which left Southampton a couple of days ago. Astoria and Magellan are already laid up in Tilbury.

Aurora has headed back to Southampton, Black Watch and Balmoral as well. Boudicca to Dover.

Southampton and other ports will appear to see laid up passenger ships in numbers not seen since the Seaman's Strike of 1966 with all the consequences that causes. That's not even considering certain types of cargo ship - car carriers laid up with people not buying cars, tankers laid up with less oil consumption etc etc…

I also wonder what Fincantieri and Meyer Werft are thinking and doing. For example, P&O's new flagship Iona is due to debut in May but who knows whether she will after all?
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Offline Chris Hodges

QM2 suspended services until 11/4/2020. I’m guessing that’ dates verges on the side of caution, However, it’ll take most of that time between now and then to return from Australia.

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Out of service dates for different companies are being pushed further ahead with each new press release. 
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I'm sorry to keep posting on this already depressing topic, however it's already giving an interesting story of how it all unfolded, if you start reading at the start.

Attached is carnival UK's share price position this afternoon...
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Offline Clydebuilt1971

I'm sorry to keep posting on this already depressing topic, however it's already giving an interesting story of how it all unfolded, if you start reading at the start.

Attached is carnival UK's share price position this afternoon...

No need to apologise Rob as you said on the main Covid19 topic - this gives a "for the record" account of happenings in the cruise industry during these unprecedented times.

Gav

 

Cruising and Coronavirus - How to get going again?

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