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by bananaboy
Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

There are currently five moored off Bournemouth. Aurora Jewel of the Seas 2 Royal Caribbean (unable to make out names) 1 other. Any one able to confirm ID and if any decision made about their future. Explorer / Anthem and Allure are all off the coast of Bournemouth currently. The new Celebrity Apex...

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by bananaboy
Sun Sep 20, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways (BA) introducing new First Class suites with doors.
Replies: 51
Views: 10205

Re: British Airways (BA) introducing new First Class suites with doors.

the doors thing is driven by bloggers who have an anti-social bias and put a huge premium in privacy. If sleeping, the door is great but otherwise ........... Some of my favorite flights have been in the nose of a 747 (TG F or for biz a KL DC10) where the sense of space was amazing. I loved 1A in F...

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by bananaboy
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Good to see a new cruise line planning to launch. Tradewind Voyages acquired a Star Clippers ship that wasn't taken up and have upgraded her to a more luxury experience. What's nice is that they're planning the majority of their operations to be wind-powered. https://www.tradewindvoyages.com/ Hoping...

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by bananaboy
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Sure we're going to see the reboot of CMV and them bidding on a couple of these with a view to future restart. They have everything they need, except the ships. My money would be on Columbus and Marco Polo making a return...Columbus is a little larger than Magellan, I think has more balconies and as...

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by bananaboy
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

There were protests held in Venice regarding the lack of cruise ships. Port workers in Venice believe that local officials have not done enough to encourage the return of cruise ships to the city. Talk about wanting to have your cake and eat it too. Didn't Venice locals protest the arrival of many ...

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by bananaboy
Fri Aug 28, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

There were protests held in Venice regarding the lack of cruise ships. Port workers in Venice believe that local officials have not done enough to encourage the return of cruise ships to the city. https://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/23440-port-workers-in-venice-demonstrating-to-get-ships-...

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by bananaboy
Thu Aug 06, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

No announcement yet but Carnival seems to have taken Europe 2021 sailings off sale. https://www.carnival.com/cruise-search#?datFrom=072021&datTo=072021&dest=e&layout=list&numAdults=2&pageNumber=1&pageSize=8&showBest=true&sort=fromprice&useSuggestions=true Hoping i...

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by bananaboy
Fri Jul 31, 2020 4:52 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Carnival Ecstasy is officially for sale: http://globalferry.apolloduck.net/detail.phtml?id=563987 And listings for the Carnival Inspiration and Elation have both vanished (bad as it's unlikely they sold...). Also listed for sale... 3 Millenium Class (Celebrity). Constellation, Millennium and ??? Ra...

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by bananaboy
Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Heard that Fred.Olsen got a real fire sale price,for their two new ships. Rumour was that the original asking price for the pair was around £100mil and that they ended up getting them both for around £40mil. Nothing too specific on the Bonheur website but the finance amounts stated are low. https://...

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by bananaboy
Tue Jul 21, 2020 3:51 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

What sort of cruise line is Fred Olsen line? A fleet of second-hand vessels suggests a budget operator, or am I mistaken? Very much so, it's a premium line, closest I can think of would be Cunard, maybe a little higher like Azamara. Yes their fleet is second hand, but they are very well maintained ...

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by bananaboy
Mon Jul 20, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

News coming in that Cruise & Maritime Voyages collapses into administration Yes. Very sad. https://cruise-adviser.com/cruise-maritime-goes-administration/ I have a feeling they charter one of their ships (possibly Astoria) from another line but the rest are owned. Given their age, they don't ha...

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by bananaboy
Fri Jul 17, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2560

Re: How common is self-transfer?

Then the 'Billies' blame you for not protecting the onward 'connection', demand that YOU find them a seat on the next connection etc. etc. etc. the initial delay, of course, was all YOUR fault!!! That was exactly it.. "What was I going to do?" That would depend on how it was agreed on. Ba...

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by bananaboy
Fri Jul 17, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines has Purchased Two New Cruise Ships Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is buying two new ships, from none other than Holland America Line After a tough start to 2020, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines is looking ahead to the future, having just announced it’s purchasing two new cruise ships. The ...

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by bananaboy
Thu Jul 16, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Wow. Great news for Celestyal, plus I see Fred.Olsen have just confirmed their purchase of the Amsterdam and Rotterdam from Holland America Line. I guess prices are rock bottom for these ships at the moment, so a "now or never" moment for those cruise lines that can secure finance. https:/...

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by bananaboy
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Popular movies that are now seen as Politically or socailly bad
Replies: 99
Views: 4306

Re: Popular movies that are now seen as Politically or socailly bad

...But even Fawlty Towers has fallen prey - the episode "The Germans" (I had the privilege of being in the TV audience for the filming!) has been removed from some online streaming services not only because it portrays and lampoons national stereotypes (the Germans) but also because the M...

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by bananaboy
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Airplane! On Netflix starting today
Replies: 46
Views: 4276

Re: Airplane! On Netflix starting today

George Zip. Thinks he's Ethel Merman.


Do you like movies about gladiators?

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by bananaboy
Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Cruise and Maritime future seems uncertain as they attempt to secure additional funding. https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-cruise-operator-cmv-in-last-ditch-bid-to-stay-afloat-12028601 ---- I hope they survive. They offer a great range of regional UK departures, low prices and smaller ships. O...

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by bananaboy
Wed Jul 15, 2020 11:13 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Cruise and Maritime future seems uncertain as they attempt to secure additional funding. https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-cruise-operator-cmv-in-last-ditch-bid-to-stay-afloat-12028601 ---- I hope they survive. They offer a great range of regional UK departures, low prices and smaller ships. Ot...

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by bananaboy
Mon Jul 13, 2020 3:50 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: How common is self-transfer?
Replies: 44
Views: 2560

Re: How common is self-transfer?

Quite common - worked overseas and there were many guests from the Channel Islands / ROI / Belfast and Scotland that would fly down to Gatwick to take the charter flight.

Was a pain on the return when they'd only leave 2 hours connection time and the flight back to the UK was delayed. :banghead:

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by bananaboy
Sat Jul 04, 2020 9:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Paper Straws
Replies: 26
Views: 1155

Re: Paper Straws

johns624 wrote:
einsteinboricua wrote:
During my last cruise with NCL, their Starbucks store offered paper straws.
Starbucks? All of our NCL cruises had Lavazza coffee.



From memory Norwegian Joy and Norwegian Encore have a Starbucks store.

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by bananaboy
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

I'm all for limiting cruise ship movements along Guidecca for safety and environmental reasons, but I don't think it will help "overtourism" in Venice. Cruise ship guests account for only around 10% of total visitors, and not all of these cruise passengers will even head into Venice, parti...

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by bananaboy
Sat Jun 27, 2020 7:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

I think that Celestyal Cruises or the Turkish line acquiring the Saga Sapphire would be good companies to operate the Costa Victoria. No way is Costa Victoria suitable for Celestyal. It's much too big. Celestyal's largest ship is less than half this size. She wouldn't be able to offer the flexibili...

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by bananaboy
Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

I suspect it's something to do with a niche. But ship building isn't like Boeing and Airbus where you can only buy what's currently in production. I think these cruise lines would be a bit more appealing if they had brand new ships. They don't have to be megaships like RCCL has, but something sized...

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by bananaboy
Wed Jun 03, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

NCL are the first major cruise line to release specific details of the plans to enhance cleaning and health protocols to bring about a safe and sustained return. Oceania and Regent aren't shouting about it in the same way but seems as if they're following similar lines, as is to be expected. https:/...

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by bananaboy
Wed May 27, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles
Replies: 27
Views: 7053

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

Interesting operator - is this in any way linked to the company based out of Bournemouth that used to fly 747-200s on random charter missions in the early 2000s? Yes, looks to be from the same group. The airline ran from 1993 to 2008 with 1-11, 737-200 and 747-200's (happy to be corrected on any of...

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by bananaboy
Sat May 23, 2020 10:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles
Replies: 27
Views: 7053

Re: Maleth-Aero A346 Shuttles

http://www.euroav.com
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I guess it's registered EAL as I think these are operated by European Aviation Group.

Wondering...is Maleth the airline and European Aviation the charterer?

http://www.euroav.com

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by bananaboy
Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Most geographically nonsensical routing?
Replies: 94
Views: 8494

Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Flew ORD-LHR via SFO which was ok.

SYD-LAX via ICN was painful in Y.

Mark

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by bananaboy
Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 337656

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

EI-FNG operating EI9020 DUB-PEK now. Repat flight or supplies?

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by bananaboy
Thu Mar 26, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI 767 into LHR
Replies: 15
Views: 6051

Re: TUI 767 into LHR

JannEejit wrote:
Repatriation flight for cruise liner passengers apparently.


Correct. One of the MSC ships I believe had a lot of British guests onboard.

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by bananaboy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 10:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 337656

Re: HNL cruise ship pax evac flights 23 March

I know a little about two of them. WAMOS Air have 2 x 747s heading from Madrid to HNL. One will head to FRA (possibly non-stop) as is showing a lighter load. The other will route through Vancouver to London Gatwick. Edit. Just reading that there'll be another flight going to Sydney. Unfortunately t...

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by bananaboy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 7:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 337656

Re: HNL cruise ship pax evac flights 23 March

My company Ground Ops on HNL are being told tomorrow (23 March) there will be 8-10 pax flights from the cargo ramp operating as evac flights for 2 cruises ships that came into port. I understand the cargo operations will be disrupted due to very limited ramp space. Can anyone confirm or provide add...

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by bananaboy
Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 337656

Re: HNL cruise ship pax evac flights 23 March

My company Ground Ops on HNL are being told tomorrow (23 March) there will be 8-10 pax flights from the cargo ramp operating as evac flights for 2 cruises ships that came into port. I understand the cargo operations will be disrupted due to very limited ramp space. Can anyone confirm or provide add...

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by bananaboy
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II
Replies: 1993
Views: 337656

Re: Coronavirus Aviation Related News & Discussion Thread - March 2020 - Part II

Two Wamos Air 747-400's are on their way to Hawaii as rescue flights to bring people back to Europe, including cruise passengers. Both will depart back to Europe on 23rd. One will operate via YVR to LGW. The other is operating to FRA. I'm hearing that there will be less pax on the FRA flight and a f...

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by bananaboy
Wed Mar 11, 2020 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?
Replies: 77
Views: 14398

Re: What was the rationale for 2-5-2 configuration on older widebodies?

smi0006 wrote:
Was 2-5-2 ever adopted outside the US?


Yes. Air China, Cathay Pacific and Malaysian are amongst those who used it.

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by bananaboy
Mon Mar 02, 2020 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020
Replies: 462
Views: 39173

Re: Cruise Ship / Ocean Liner Thread - 2020

Great pics. Was also on in Liverpool. I left feeling a bit underwhelmed tbh. Seem like they've concentrated on design and forgotten substance a bit. Pool area is tiny and cabins have some major design flaws. Having said that, I found the bed comfortable, loved the rainfall shower, couldn't fault the...

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by bananaboy
Sat Feb 01, 2020 4:27 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Past routes from Europe-Australia
Replies: 37
Views: 1918

Re: Past routes from Europe-Australia

I do recall a charter airline flying some sort of regular charter flight. Might have been Thomas Cook. Thomson (now TUI UK) did for at least one season in the mid 2000s. I'm pretty sure it was LGW-BAH-HKT-SYD on a 767-300. I believe Airtours International (which became My travel and was then absorb...

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by bananaboy
Wed Jan 01, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Avoiding Pushback
Replies: 20
Views: 3934

Re: Avoiding Pushback

Pula in Croatia for sure. This also happens at many of the Greek Island airports.

Mark

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by bananaboy
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread - 2019
Replies: 136
Views: 21270

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2019

https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/ma ... te-october

Mark
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Carnivals next new ship Mardi Gras is going to be delivered over two months late. 8 cruises cancelled.

https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/ma ... te-october

Mark

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by bananaboy
Thu Dec 19, 2019 7:12 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 220026

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

Time will tell how long they can last, I've seen similar scenes walking past the rebranded Hays branches in recent days, but then again I don't know too many people looking to book holidays in the weeks and days leading up to Christmas. There's still a role for a traditional travel agent, but the s...

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by bananaboy
Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1315
Views: 220026

Re: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread

When I walked past Trailfinders yesterday, I noticed that of the 8 or so desks in the shopfront, only two were occupied by agents. Of those desks, only one had a customer. And this was at lunchtime. How long can high street travel agents last? Time will tell how long they can last, I've seen simila...

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by bananaboy
Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could a human stop an engine start?
Replies: 20
Views: 4075

Re: Could a human stop an engine start?

Thanks all for the responses!

Mark

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by bananaboy
Sun Dec 15, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Could a human stop an engine start?
Replies: 20
Views: 4075

Could a human stop an engine start?

This is a totally pointless question but I'm on a long train journey and my mind was wandering! Disregarding all safety implications, could a person stop an engine start by holding on to the fan blades or props assuming the engine was totally stationary? Or, are the forces involved greater than an a...

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by bananaboy
Sat Nov 23, 2019 9:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Which airlines that will go down next in 2020?
Replies: 51
Views: 3983

Re: What airlines will go bankrupt next? And why will they go bankrupt?

I wonder about TUI Europe (different airlines, same problem), MAX groundings really hurting then, and the margins on holiday package flights where really thin already. Tui aren't going anywhere soon. They made a decent (albeit reduced) profit in Q3 and in many ways are a very different business to ...

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by bananaboy
Wed Nov 13, 2019 6:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread - 2019
Replies: 136
Views: 21270

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2019

Did you do the go karts? Mark I did, but not worth it either. It set me back $15 for 7 laps where it's impossible to overtake any racers and all karts have a maximum speed. No bumping is allowed (so attempting to overtake anyone is almost breaking rules). The laser tag was more worth it, though I w...

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by bananaboy
Wed Nov 13, 2019 4:20 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread - 2019
Replies: 136
Views: 21270

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2019

Norwegian Encore's maiden voyage was AMAZING! I highly recommend a transatlantic voyage (inaugural or not). I hope to get a trip report set up soon. That being said, consensus among the veteran NCL cruisers is that Encore was a disappointment compared to other Breakaway Plus ships. One of the bigge...

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by bananaboy
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread - 2019
Replies: 136
Views: 21270

Re: MSC Grandiosa

The MSC Grandiosa has been christened in Hamburg, Germany by Sophia Loren and is the 15th cruise ship for MSC Cruises. The ship has been subject to an immersive light show since she arrived in Hamburg and the ceremony took place in different locations across the ship. An MSC Village was built on th...

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by bananaboy
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI to make Melbourne its Florida gateway in 2022
Replies: 70
Views: 11685

Re: TUI to make Melbourne its Florida gateway in 2022

Thinking about this move , if this was to support the cruise ships at Port Canaveral are TUI planning on getting people to the ships the day they arrive? If so then passengers will have to depart the UK earlier so that they can make the ship in time before it departs in the afternoon or are they go...

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by bananaboy
Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TUI to make Melbourne its Florida gateway in 2022
Replies: 70
Views: 11685

Re: TUI to make Melbourne its Florida gateway in 2022

How does MLB suit their (are they there?) or other cruiselines cruises out of Port Canaveral in comparison to SFB? I know in the past I've looked at YTO - MLB but could never make the times work for Port Canaveral? EDIT: The Marella Discovery is basing in Port Canaveral from 2021 so I assume they'l...

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by bananaboy
Wed Oct 23, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC
Replies: 261
Views: 58694

Re: Air New Zealand dropping LHR launch NYC

Air New Zealand was at a huge disadvantage in operating their LHR to AKL flights. Due to the higher UK departure tax charged on every ticket sold through to NZ. At £175 it's the highest amount charged which this cost has to be added in to the ticket price. All other airlines EK, QR, CZ, MH etc offe...

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