I started this blog to focus on the fun and happy times I’ve had on all the cruise holidays I’ve taken. Instead, I’ve spent this bewildering year watching the industry that has given me so much pleasure brought to a seemingly never ending halt. Jobs have been lost, ships have been scraped and companies have gone bust. All of this has happened against a global background of death and disease, fear and separation, economic hardship and social injustice. I have never known a year like it.
In 2020 I was looking forward to the launch of brand new ships such as Virgin’s Scarlet Lady, P&O’s Iona and Celebrity Apex. I was lucky enough to take a short preview cruise around the South Coast of England on Hurtigruten’s hybrid powered MS Fridjof Nansen in early March. After that everyone’s plans were cancelled. My intrepid first solo cruise on P&Os Ventura in April was the first casualty. I put so much research into that itinerary I will definitely be looking to repeat it as soon as possible. A family cruise onboard Marella Explorer 2 to the Baltic in August was the next to go. After failing to get into St Petersburg on Celebrity Silhouette back in 2016 due to bad weather I am worried I’m fated never to go. I used my future cruise credit to book on P&O’s Iona in January to Spain and March 2021 to the Canary Islands, both of which have been cancelled too.
A cancelled holiday is hardly the end of the world, but a cancelled industry is more worrying. I have been following the many crew, performers, cruise bloggers, travel agents, ports and cruise lines that have been affected by this pause via social media this past year. Their positivity and optimism has been a great comfort and I wish them all a swift return to their jobs and their travels. It is great to see some life onboard continues, and to relive many happy memories. I cannot wait to be back at sea. With that in mind I am looking forward to the following cruises,
Sky Princess, Baltic, August 2021
MS Maud, Hurtigruten, Northern Norway, October 2021
Iona, P&O, European Christmas Markets, December 2021
There are currently good deals to be had and I’ve been tempted to broaden my horizons and book my first voyage with Cunard. I’ve had great customer service from both Princess and P&O whilst amending bookings and am excited to sail with them. My fingers and toes are crossed to get to see the Northern Lights on Hurtigruten’s MS Maud in October. I hope that the global situation improves and that life gets easier for all, and that 2021 will bring back the fun again.