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[email protected] (Dan Harris)

16/07/2004 5:16 PM

A UK Based Who Cruise For 2005? Comments Please...

Sorry for the double-post if you've already read this, but it really needed to
appear under two different headlines to cover all the bases...

Well everyone, with about 100 days to go before we set sail, The
cruise line has JUST informed us that the rest of the ship is now
officially SOLD OUT. I have personally placed a deposit payment to
hold on as long as we can to the LAST 5 unsold cabins remaining in
our group's original room block, but they will only continue to
hold them for us until 15 August, and then they are GONE! If you
want to go this year, you need to call in to our travel agents RIGHT
AWAY! I am currently looking at three different options for a 2005
cruise, but ALL of them will cost significantly MORE than this
year's cruise, so if the cost is a big factor for you, you'll
want to go THIS YEAR if you can.

One of the three options I'm seriously considering for 2005, and the
one that I'd personally most like to do, would be our first-ever
cruise sailing from the UK. It would be a full week, from 3-10
September 2005, sailing a round-trip out of Southampton in England,
with scenic ports of call at Vigo in Spain, Lisbon in Portugal,
LaRochele in France, and Gurnsey in the UK Channel Islands (where
they filmed "Bergerac", with Louise Jameson, by the way...), aboard
the P&O/Princess cruise ship "Sea Princess." (NOTE: insert
"Love Boat" jokes here...) I expect to be able to offer a minimum
cost membership of $999 per person. As of today, they are already
holding space for us on this sailing until I make the final decision
on 2005's cruise. Most cruises sailing round-trip from England are
12 to 15 days long, and are on very expensive ships, and are WAY out
of our budget range. This rare, one-off, 7 day sailing, on a very
nice but still moderately priced ship, is the only affordable
opportunity I've been able to find in over 5 years of doggedly
looking for a UK-based sailing that's possible for us to do, and it
opens the cruise up for the first time to UK fans and celebrities who
can't or won't fly overseas, so I REALLY want to see it happen if at
all possible. And for us North American fans, what better excuse
could we have to take a TWO week vacation and spend the extra time
seeing England once we're already there? Yes, there's the added
expense of a longer overseas flight to London, but be honest, doesn't
EVERY North American Who fan really want to go there some time anyway?

The other two options I'm currently considering as second and third
choices after the UK cruise include a week sailing round-trip out of
New York City with port calls at Port Canaveral, Miami, and the
Bahamas; or a week sailing round-trip from either Seattle or (more
likely) Vancouver, up to Alaska and back, both at similar prices and
time of year to the UK trip. As much as I love the whole
Mexican/Mayan thing, after 4 cruises in a row to that general area, I
think it's time to do something radically different again for 2005.
Obviously, your input on these options is very important to me in
making the final choices, so please do give me any and all comments
you may have.

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chas_m

in reply to [email protected] (Dan Harris) on 16/07/2004 5:16 PM

18/07/2004 1:48 AM

On 2004-07-16 20:16:00 -0400, [email protected] (Dan Harris) said:

> One of the three options I'm seriously considering for 2005, and the
> one that I'd personally most like to do, would be our first-ever cruise
> sailing from the UK. It would be a full week, from 3-10 September
> 2005, sailing a round-trip out of Southampton in England, with scenic
> ports of call at Vigo in Spain, Lisbon in Portugal, LaRochele in
> France, and Gurnsey in the UK Channel Islands

Sign me up!

I mean, yes the Alaska one sounds good too, but my preference would be
a UK one.

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"David Brider"

in reply to [email protected] (Dan Harris) on 16/07/2004 5:16 PM

18/07/2004 3:46 AM

"chas_m" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> On 2004-07-17 16:17:19 -0400, "David Brider"
> <[email protected]> said:
>>Interesting idea. I've often wanted to go on a sea cruise, and the added
>>"Doctor Who" connection makes it definitely an attractive proposition.

> Where've you been? Dan's been doing this for at least a decade, though
> admittedly they've all been US-based till now ...

Oh, I'm aware of the cruises, but the fact that they've been US-based has
been...not off-putting, but it involves added expense on top of the cost of
the cruise itself.

>>Admittedly, the price tag does seem a bit steep (although I've no idea
what
>>the exchange rate works out to),

> I must defend Dan's honour here. Not only are his previous cruise
> prices unusually low, this proposed one is too. $999 for a week-long
> cruise works out to $140 a day, which I would think would be quite
> reasonable for such a deluxe vacation.

Sorry, wasn't intending impugn (sp?) Dan's honour, nor to suggest that the
cruise was steeply-priced in comparison to other cruises - indeed, the price
he's quoted in £UK does sound frightfully cheap by comparison with other
cruise deals that I'm aware of. But for someone like me who's barely got
anything left in my bank when the current month's pay goes in, that sort of
money does sound like a heck of a lot to save. But as I said, it's a very
attractive idea!

David.

--
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screen.
This week I have been mostly reading: "Trojan Odyssey" by Clive Cussler.
"...God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still
sinners, Christ died for us."
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"David Brider"

in reply to [email protected] (Dan Harris) on 16/07/2004 5:16 PM

17/07/2004 1:17 PM

Interesting idea. I've often wanted to go on a sea cruise, and the added
"Doctor Who" connection makes it definitely an attractive proposition.
Admittedly, the price tag does seem a bit steep (although I've no idea what
the exchange rate works out to), but I suppose I'd have a while to save up
for it. Yep, definitely put me down as "provisionally interested".

David.

--
David Brider; a full-length adventure, too broad and too deep for the small
screen.
This week I have been mostly reading: "Trojan Odyssey" by Clive Cussler.
"...God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still
sinners, Christ died for us."
(Romans 5:8)
http://www.livejournal.com/users/davidbrider/

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[email protected] (Dan Harris)

in reply to "David Brider" on 17/07/2004 1:17 PM

17/07/2004 1:39 PM

>I've no idea what
>the exchange rate works out to), but I suppose I'd have a while to save up
>for it. Yep, definitely put me down as "provisionally interested".
>
>David.
>
>--
>David Brider; a full-length adventure, too broad and too deep for the small
>screen.

Good point on the exchange rate. At current rates of about $1.85 per pound, it
comes out to about £540 for the week, and with the pound gaining against the
dollar, it will likely be a bit less by next year, I'm guessing about £525 or
thereabouts, perhaps even lower.

*****[email protected] is Dan Harris*****
WhoCruiser's Personal Home Page: http://members.aol.com/WhoCruiser
Read about The Sci-Fi Sea Cruise at: http://www.scificruise.com
Purr-use The Cat House at: http://members.aol.com/LookAtMyCatsPage

GH

"Gordon Hudson"

in reply to "David Brider" on 17/07/2004 1:17 PM

18/07/2004 12:13 AM

"Dan Harris" <[email protected]> wrote in message
news:[email protected]
> >I've no idea what
> >the exchange rate works out to), but I suppose I'd have a while to save
up
> >for it. Yep, definitely put me down as "provisionally interested".
> >
> >David.
> >
> >--
> >David Brider; a full-length adventure, too broad and too deep for the
small
> >screen.
>
> Good point on the exchange rate. At current rates of about $1.85 per
pound, it
> comes out to about £540 for the week, and with the pound gaining against
the
> dollar, it will likely be a bit less by next year, I'm guessing about £525
or
> thereabouts, perhaps even lower.

Here is a tip:

If you pay by Visa or mastercard they stick 2% on top as a currency fee.
If you pay by American Express they don't do this.
Plus the american express exchange rate is slightly better than the Visa
one.

I just noticed this when I checked both my card statements from last month
when I was in the US.

Gordon

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chas_m

in reply to [email protected] (Dan Harris) on 16/07/2004 5:16 PM

18/07/2004 2:03 AM

On 2004-07-17 16:17:19 -0400, "David Brider"
<[email protected]> said:
>Interesting idea. I've often wanted to go on a sea cruise, and the added
>"Doctor Who" connection makes it definitely an attractive proposition.

Where've you been? Dan's been doing this for at least a decade, though
admittedly they've all been US-based till now ...

>Admittedly, the price tag does seem a bit steep (although I've no idea what
>the exchange rate works out to),

I must defend Dan's honour here. Not only are his previous cruise
prices unusually low, this proposed one is too. $999 for a week-long
cruise works out to $140 a day, which I would think would be quite
reasonable for such a deluxe vacation.

As for what the "exchange rate" works out to, let's just say the UK
passengers are getting the best deal. You'd be paying roughly £533, or
about £76/day to ponce around Europe with celebrities. I admittedly
haven't been back to England in a few years now, but last time I was
there it was *easy* to drop 76 quid in a day in a much more mundane
fashion. I'd have to say it's a luxury vacation on the cheap for UK
natives ... pity us poor US-bound fans, for whom a pound equals nearly
two dollars!

There are certainly cheaper vacation schemes, but nothing even remotely
compares to a cruise (forgetting the comraderie and intimacy of the
celebs for a moment) in terms of comfort, style, social interaction,
food and relaxation. I highly recommend it.

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