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Re: Seawolf in Port today [Re: +8Rich] #733108
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The Iona is in Biscay, facing a gale.
But at 184,600 tonnes will anyone notice?


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Re: Seawolf in Port today [Re: Alistair] #733111
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Originally Posted by Alistair
5200 passengers plus crew. I would be in full CBRN underwear in this climate.

The fact that all the input and output of 7,000 people has to be stored onboard until docking is too much for my imagination sick2 Not a place you want to be laugh2


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Re: Seawolf in Port today [Re: Peter J] #733112
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Originally Posted by Peter J
The Iona is in Biscay, facing a gale.
But at 184,600 tonnes will anyone notice?
. We sailed from Portsmouth on the Britannia in a force 12 ,boy did we know it.


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Re: Seawolf in Port today [Re: +8Rich] #733124
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Originally Posted by +8Rich
Originally Posted by Alistair
5200 passengers plus crew. I would be in full CBRN underwear in this climate.

The fact that all the input and output of 7,000 people has to be stored onboard until docking is too much for my imagination sick2


Dont forget the dead bodies in the morg! Last time we were on one, and it was a lot smaller than Iona, there were 8 bodies after 14 days.

Having said that, provided you stick to a sensibly sized cruise ship they make for a very pleasant holiday. Good food, plenty of high quality entertainment ( lectures from professors etc) bars if you are so inclined, gym, pools, and the big plus that you spend time at sea. One check in only even if you visit a dozen countries.

People have a vision of them as floating Butlins and indeed some are. But others are more like a good 5 star hotel . And you dont have to endure airports and planes. Been on maybe a dozen so far

Re: Seawolf in Port today [Re: howard] #733135
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Originally Posted by howard

Having said that, provided you stick to a sensibly sized cruise ship they make for a very pleasant holiday. Good food, plenty of high quality entertainment ( lectures from professors etc) bars if you are so inclined, gym, pools, and the big plus that you spend time at sea. One check in only even if you visit a dozen countries.

People have a vision of them as floating Butlins and indeed some are. But others are more like a good 5 star hotel . And you dont have to endure airports and planes. Been on maybe a dozen so far


+1

We now stick to lines such as Azamara, Regent Seven Seas and Silversea who all run smaller ships. Azamara are the biggest of these at around 700-780 passengers but still manages to get some excellent speakers - David Trimble on one trip with them.

Once tried a 2250 px ship and found that it swamped some ports (up to 20 buses going to the same site!) - goodness knows what some of the more recent ships do to places like Athens and Venice. Not a peaceful holiday.


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Re: Seawolf in Port today [Re: howard] #733150
13/02/22 02:15 PM
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Originally Posted by howard
Originally Posted by +8Rich
Originally Posted by Alistair
5200 passengers plus crew. I would be in full CBRN underwear in this climate.

The fact that all the input and output of 7,000 people has to be stored onboard until docking is too much for my imagination sick2


Dont forget the dead bodies in the morg! Last time we were on one, and it was a lot smaller than Iona, there were 8 bodies after 14 days.

Having said that, provided you stick to a sensibly sized cruise ship they make for a very pleasant holiday. Good food, plenty of high quality entertainment ( lectures from professors etc) bars if you are so inclined, gym, pools, and the big plus that you spend time at sea. One check in only even if you visit a dozen countries.

People have a vision of them as floating Butlins and indeed some are. But others are more like a good 5 star hotel . And you dont have to endure airports and planes. Been on maybe a dozen so far

You are right about my imagining them as a great big floating Butlins and I suspect Rob Brydon advertising them and Jean McDonald have done nothing whatsoever to raise their profile to our eyes. Not liking people en masse is possibly a lot to do with our aversion, the lectures sound interesting though.


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Re: Seawolf in Port today [Re: +8Rich] #733154
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Originally Posted by +8Rich

You are right about my imagining them as a great big floating Butlins and I suspect Rob Brydon advertising them and Jean McDonald have done nothing whatsoever to raise their profile to our eyes.

+1

We would be happy to pay a surcharge to guarantee that RB and JMcD were not going to be on board (oh and Kevin Bacon, Alan Carr, and whoever the blonde bloke is with his surf board and dog and sofa).
Lectures (by someone more knowledgable than me) on e.g. the history of the MMC would be good though..... oops that's my Dragons Den / free cruises concept blown......


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Re: Seawolf in Port today [Re: +8Rich] #733156
13/02/22 03:10 PM
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The best cruise line for lectures that we ever used was Swan Hellenic. Minerva II was a lovely ship (Now Azamara Pursuit). On our trip to the Black Sea & the Crimea in 2005, the history lecturers included Prof Christopher Andrew (Official MI6 Historian) on the cold war and intelligence, Andrew Roberts on Churchill and Yalta and an Oxford professor of history whose name I sadly no longer remember on the Charge of the Light Brigade & the Crimean war.

Looking around, it seems that the Swan Hellenic brand has re-emerged with expedition ships at around 150 px.


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Re: Seawolf in Port today [Re: Paul F] #733158
13/02/22 03:13 PM
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Now they sound interesting Paul, maybe a little research is called for now.


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