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If you were cruising regularly before the pandemic, when do you think you'll go back?

As soon as they'll let me!
As soon as I've had the vaccine
2022
2023
I've gone off the idea altogether.

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Online Rob Lightbody

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When will you go back to cruising ?
« on: Jan 08, 2021, 02:36 PM »
Hi,

For those of you who were cruising regularly before the pandemic, this poll is to get an idea about how you're feeling about cruising now.

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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #1 on: Jan 08, 2021, 06:54 PM »
I doubt I will. I have not ticked the poll, because I have not gone cruising during the past 10 years. After our last stay on QE2 in September 2008, I enjoyed two mini cruises, and both of these ships have meanwhile also disappeared (Black Prince and Marco Polo).

Maybe I have gone back to my pre-QE2 attitude, in that I do not see much sense in cruising. If I want to see a place, I would much rather stay there for a longer period and give it the necessary time. And at the moment, I do not see any ships that I would enjoy staying on for their own sake, quite independently of the ports of call.

This of course may change as I grow older and less mobile, when a cruise may be the ideal solution for a relaxing holiday. In that case, I might try one of the French ships. Hopefully by then, the pandemic would be over, and we would all know how to protect ourselves on board.




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Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #2 on: Jan 08, 2021, 07:33 PM »
I haven't voted in the poll either, as my answer doesn't fit any of the choices really. While I more or less enjoyed my last two cruises, even without the pandemic, I am not keen on cruising again at least right now on the huge floating flats that are disguising themselves as ships. The more I am thinking about it, the more I believe my next time at sea will be as a passenger on a working ship such as a freighter. I love to be at sea, but I want to feel that I really am at sea. (I've been talking with Jasper and Brum Brum !)  :)
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Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #3 on: Jan 08, 2021, 09:02 PM »
 Yes however I would like to try a cruise other than with Cunard , I havent cruised since October 2008 .
The notion of one of the Mega ships or a Carnival fun ship out of Long Beach does still hold an interest.
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Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #4 on: Jan 08, 2021, 10:39 PM »
I would cruise again, as well as visiting QE2 in Dubai again, and hopefully throughout adult life, but only when the pandemic has been knocked on the head by the vaccines, and the restrictions that would impact on enjoying a holiday are removed due to not being needed by then. Having said this I don't and won't have the means to do anything too much for some years cost wise with a holiday or cruise which isn't helped by CMV's demise, and the sorts of ships I like to cruise on are the ones disappearing (older "classics" and mid sized ships that aren't in the luxury brands). Maybe I'll be working for Carnival UK by the time the finances allow a transatlantic or cruise on QM2 or some such and be getting paid to sail her around...
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Online Lynda Bradford

Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #5 on: Jan 09, 2021, 10:22 AM »
I look forward to the day when I can cruise again, but not until the vaccine has been rolled out. 

The health precautions need to be a lot better than asking passengers to fill in a health form declaring themselves fit.  Cunard had sent information that a negative covid test would be required before joining the ship, but not sure about vaccine requirement.  In the UK people, I believe that people will not be issued with a vaccine certificate for lots of reasons. e.g. administration costs and the fact that at this point in time, it is not known how often you will need to be vaccinated. 
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Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #6 on: Jan 09, 2021, 10:29 AM »
For those of us who have the ordinary WHO vaccination booklet, you know the yellow one where we enter all our vaccinations, it must be good enough to enter the Covid vaccination there too. It does in any case have to be properly documented, and I also believe that it is not even possible to receive the vaccination without receiving a certificate. I doubt that this is different from one country to another.

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Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #7 on: Jan 09, 2021, 10:35 AM »
For those of us who have the ordinary WHO vaccination booklet, you know the yellow one where we enter all our vaccinations, it must be good enough to enter the Covid vaccination there too. It does in any case have to be properly documented, and I also believe that it is not even possible to receive the vaccination without receiving a certificate. I doubt that this is different from one country to another.

I have never seen or have knowledge of a WHO booklet for vaccinations.  Even when I received vaccinations in 2019 when cruising from Hong Kong to Dubai I did not receive any certificates. 

Re Covid vaccinations the clinical director was asked whether a certificate would be issued at a recent Covid update and responded to say at this stage no certificate would be issued but this may change.
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Online Andy Holloway

Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #8 on: Jan 09, 2021, 12:24 PM »
We, my wife and i, were due to go on a Scenic River Cruise along the Douro last Sept [2020] with some NZ passengers/friends we met when i was on 'Seabourn Odyssey' 10 years ago. It was due to be part of a long trip to Europe that they do every 3 or 4 years but, once NZ went into full lock down they had to postpone, as did we also. Then we 're-booked' for July this year, but even that looks highly unlikely now, so i have no idea as to what will happen now.
We live in hope but, it's probably more wishful thinking than factual belief in an end being in sight.   

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Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #9 on: Jan 09, 2021, 05:00 PM »
At the moment, I have a complete aversion to indoor spaces... and I think after things go back to normal(ish) this will remain with me.  I'll certainly give more thought to it.

Planes seem to be just about the only closed spaces that have good air-conditioning (this was news to me) but I'm still very unconvinced about ship's air-conditioning - they need to do something to educate/reassure me that I won't just catch whatever the person in an adjacent cabin might have (even if its not covid).  I've heard zero news about this.  I think this is the number 1 thing that will stop me going back on a ship with thousands of other people (even if I've had the vaccine).

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Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #10 on: Jan 09, 2021, 05:31 PM »
Yes however I would like to try a cruise other than with Cunard , I havent cruised since October 2008 .
The notion of one of the Mega ships or a Carnival fun ship out of Long Beach does still hold an interest.

Hi Myles - I do have to say that of the three large ships I have recently been on, Sky Princess was the one that really had its act together. If I were choosing another mega ship cruise, I would most likely choose Sky Princess.

My thought on my next cruise is that I would like to be in a working ship.  :)
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Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #11 on: Jan 11, 2021, 02:55 AM »
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Planes seem to be just about the only closed spaces that have good air-conditioning (this was news to me)   

Southwest Airlines are operating with the middle seat kept empty ( they also dont have an assigned seat policy. A flight recently with Easyjet had them board the passengers in the middle of the aircraft and then using both stairs boarding from the front and from the rear, It was a remarkably quick process, the same for deplaning, the Pilot did however emphasize that once seated you were to remain seated until otherwise told. l felt remarkably safe during the whole process, the only issue is with the mask and those who will try to nurse a drink for the whole flight with a mask off . However that depends on how well the cabin crew police that .

Certainly, l would have no qualms about taking a flight . Indeed id be happy to checkin several hours earlier, have the covid test onsite (and await the results ) and fingers crossed be able to fly.           
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Online Brandon Sterkel

Re: When will you go back to cruising ?
« Reply #12 on: Jan 11, 2021, 07:19 AM »
This is a question that's been on both my mind and my family's mind.

I was supposed to embark on my second cruise last summer (7 days in the Eastern Carribean) but of course, the pandemic shut all hope of that happening. For us, we are waiting for "when the time is right" after vaccinations/things calm down as we still have every intention to take that trip.
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« Reply #13 on: Jan 11, 2021, 01:18 PM »
Although I don't think that air flight's are too much of a problem....... my biggest fear would be the hanging around in the airport. How good are their precautions?

 

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