What will motivate you to travel post-covid19?

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41. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1994 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

I am assuming the ship has buffets? I really hate buffets. I always eat too much and then feel awful. I learned many years ago to avoid them like the plague.

You may like cruises pitched at the British market. They tend to have both waiter-service and buffet restaurants, and the buffets have enough throughput to be fresh. They also try to have a schedule of ports 6 or sometimes 5 days a week then a day at sea which acts as a relaxing day like laundry day.

They also have little in the way of onboard gambling, there's usually just a couple of card tables at the end of a bar rather than a full casino. So they tend to attract people more for the destinations than for onboard drinking and gambling.

42. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Quoting Beausoleil

I am assuming the ship has buffets? I really hate buffets. I always eat too much and then feel awful. I learned many years ago to avoid them like the plague.

You may like cruises pitched at the British market. They tend to have both waiter-service and buffet restaurants, and the buffets have enough throughput to be fresh. They also try to have a schedule of ports 6 or sometimes 5 days a week then a day at sea which acts as a relaxing day like laundry day.

They also have little in the way of onboard gambling, there's usually just a couple of card tables at the end of a bar rather than a full casino. So they tend to attract people more for the destinations than for onboard drinking and gambling.

Sounds interesting Andy. I'll keep that in mind if I can ever get my husband to slow down. He enjoys driving and taking trains or a combination of the two. We do a lot of walking. He likes cities and I like the country so we do a bit of each.

BTW, how does one find British cruises? They won't come up in a search from California . . . ;)

43. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1994 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

BTW, how does one find British cruises? They won't come up in a search from California . . . ;)

The brand I'd recommend is Marella Cruises, which is a TUI brand, formerly Thomson Cruises. Very good at cruises without the hoopla - no rules about when or where you dine, and a no-tipping policy. https://www.tui.co.uk/cruise/
They do both fly-cruises from the UK and sailings direct from British ports to the Baltic, Scandinavia, and Iceland. In the past I've known people unbundle their fly-cruises and join the ship direct so I'm guessing it's possible to organise your own transport from California or France.

Others serving the British market include Fred Olsen,
and P&O.

44. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

I am assuming the ship has buffets? I really hate buffets. I always eat too much and then feel awful. I learned many years ago to avoid them like the plague. . ...

Over the years I have learned that if I eat too much (buffet or not) I will pay for it. (a hangover from a mother who made me clean my plate) It isn't worth it. So I just take a taste of each thing I think will be good. Then I can go back for more if I really like it and if I haven't eaten too much other stuff. And in a restaurant (not the buffet), I just do not eat the things that I don't like. It took me a long time to get over the idea that I should eat everything.

Some people like to see the food before they pick it to eat. Some people do not like to dress up for dinner and then they eat at the buffet

But I do not like buffets either - in my case it is because I can't see the food from the scooter (the labels are over my head and the food also sometimes), I can't get the food and have no place to put it if I could get it when I'm on the scooter. Also there are too many people. But I don't have to eat in the buffet unless the ship is in port and the dining room is closed. And then I can eat on shore if I want.

45. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I never thought about the problems you must have eating while in the scooter. A buffet would be a nightmare in that situation. Don't the ships have someone to assist people who need it?

My problem is I just can't stop eating because I like it so well. Obviously a poor buffet is no problem, but the occasional excellent one is a disaster for me. My brain just won't say stop. Unfortunately, I like nearly everything. At any rate, I studiously avoid any kind of buffet.

My mother didn't make me clean my plate but was always hurt if I "didn't like her cooking" so I felt obligated to clean my plate. Considering her cooking abilities, I'm surprised I lasted as long as I did. I really only ate well when we visited my grandparents. Both grandmothers were excellent cooks. When I got married, I asked my maternal grandmother to teach me how to cook. Bless her heart, she was very patient. I still have the notes that I took.

46. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 926 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Post pandemic who knows how many buffets will survive but they probably won't be self service if they do, people tend to not over eat when a buffet has servers

When I went to French Polynesia I cruised the Marquesas and used the flight pass for Society. It did make for an interesting observation on the two travel styles. The cruise I did was great quality, they gave us comprehensive tours of the islands along with enrichment lectures that were value adding but after doing the flight pass in the Society Islands you do realise how much islands prepare for cruises and when they are not there it is a very different atmosphere not to mention it is nice to see what the islands are like at night like in Maupiti we would have missed the local Heiva festival if we did not stay overnight. I am glad we did a cruise around the Marquesas as it was logistically the easiest way to see the archipelago especially for the time we had. I would cruise again but I will probably stick to these small expedition style cruises as the activities I read about on the average cruise ship so far have no interest for me.

47. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1587 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

I never thought about the problems you must have eating while in the scooter. A buffet would be a nightmare in that situation. Don't the ships have someone to assist people who need it?

Some of them do, some don't. There are buffets that aren't on ships - Many times the breakfast at a hotel will be a buffet. It's easier for them that way.

My mother was a good cook, but I basically learned to cook in college because I was in a co-op for three years and we did our own cooking. I was really good at making bread for 90 people. I was also in charge of making the menus one semester. I also learned from the Good Housekeeping Cookbook.

48. Posted by hennaonthetrek (Respected Member 248 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Well, I was highly motivated to travel before the covid-crisis and that haven't change, I am just waiting when the world will open again :)

Most likely changes will be on borders as some of here have already stated (meassuring temperatures and all in all more strict crossing controls) and on airplanes/transportations (the facemasks could be here for good). But I hope that getting out and about will be easy enough to be enjoyable "after" :)

49. Posted by Ravikumar11 (Budding Member 3 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

I'm a nomad traveller and always rady to travel around the world. This pandemic will be over soon I hope. Probably, I will go the places where I have already visited, it's because there are 2 months already went and there gonna be a lot of changes happened naturally. Might you have heard the news? About Antarctica?

50. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1447 posts) 6d Star this if you like it!

Quoting Ravikumar11

I'm a nomad traveller and always rady to travel around the world. This pandemic will be over soon I hope. Probably, I will go the places where I have already visited, it's because there are 2 months already went and there gonna be a lot of changes happened naturally. Might you have heard the news? About Antarctica?

Do you mean the blooms of microscopic snow algae that have been spotted and look amazingly like grass growing in Antarctica? Weird. I guess there are other colors too.

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