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This little gem is reported on 3fm today. A cruise liner visiting in July 2021. The passengers have paid over £2000 for a 11 day cruise. It’s just as well with our dithering leadership, paralysed with fear over making that all important decision, they won’t step onto dry land. They would be greeted with a complete mess in central Douglas. They will be then fleeced whilst visiting our knackered landmarks - the big wheel that doesn’t turn, and poorly maintained MNH properties. 
 

In all seriousness it’s a real test of how this Government, it’s politicos, it’s medical clinicians, know it all’s and pitchforkers behave. If they get a move there may be chance of recovering something of a tourist season. It would be absolutely mental to have a ship in the bay or berthed up, and not allow anyone off. We have to accept the harsh realities of life!

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Do the people booking this cruise actually know that the IOM is not part of the UK and the borders are closed?  This is what it says about it in the cruise brochure:

https://www.primaholidays.co.uk/tours/uk-southwest-liverpool-poole-tradewind-cruise

"We'll make our way to the Isle of Man overnight, docking in the capital, Douglas, come morning. Here, you can ride the mountain railway for fantastic views over to Britain, or take to the world-famous TT circuit in an ATV." (Eh? Did I read that last bit right?)

The words "trade descriptions act" come to mind.

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3 minutes ago, BallaDoc said:

Do the people booking this cruise actually know that the IOM is not part of the UK and the borders are closed?  This is what it says about it in the cruise brochure:

https://www.primaholidays.co.uk/tours/uk-southwest-liverpool-poole-tradewind-cruise

"We'll make our way to the Isle of Man overnight, docking in the capital, Douglas, come morning. Here, you can ride the mountain railway for fantastic views over to Britain, or take to the world-famous TT circuit in an ATV." (Eh? Did I read that last bit right?)

The words "trade descriptions act" come to mind.

Perhaps it’s the People’s Prince who is dictating policy? He should be answering the questions, and if he doesn’t like things ....... resign. 
 

I am sorry but Cruise Liners companies aren’t stupid, unlike our politicos. They are aware of how to do business, procedures to work to etc. They would have had permission from IOMG. What’s Hennies view? Or Ashies view ? They must have an opinion and been involved in decision making. Is it going to be the case that Manx residents are going to be subject to draconian border restrictions whilst IOMG allow tourists from COVID-19 hellholes, intent on infecting our island? 

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11 minutes ago, BallaDoc said:

Here, you can ride the mountain railway for fantastic views over to Britain

Even if they're allowed to land here they can't do this bit because it's secretly broken.

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Not at all\ @2112. Permission is not required for people travelling from the UK to the IOM outside of covid. Cruise companies will be staffed by people who may not even know where the IOM is, let alone the requirements for covid travel consent. This will be similar to the asylum seeker story. IOMG will have no idea its happening. Stick in an FOI for copies of all correspondence between DfE and Prima Holidays surrounding this vessel. All will be revealed.

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21 minutes ago, piebaps said:

Glass half empty today then 2112:D

It will be full to overflowing if we had politicos with a spine. It’s funny we can allow heritage tours and cruise liners but Manx residents can’t fly direct to Majorca or our friends in Guernsey as the air bridge is as fcuked as Pully Bridge.

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25 minutes ago, BallaDoc said:

"We'll make our way to the Isle of Man overnight, docking in the capital, Douglas, come morning. Here, you can ride the mountain railway for fantastic views over to Britain, or take to the world-famous TT circuit in an ATV." (Eh? Did I read that last bit right?)

They've obviously seen the state of the Prom an decided an ATV must be the only way to get around the Island.

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38 minutes ago, 2112 said:

Perhaps it’s the People’s Prince who is dictating policy? He should be answering the questions, and if he doesn’t like things ....... resign. 
 

I am sorry but Cruise Liners companies aren’t stupid, unlike our politicos. They are aware of how to do business, procedures to work to etc. They would have had permission from IOMG. What’s Hennies view? Or Ashies view ? They must have an opinion and been involved in decision making. Is it going to be the case that Manx residents are going to be subject to draconian border restrictions whilst IOMG allow tourists from COVID-19 hellholes, intent on infecting our island? 

Clown show in full flow here.

It's in July.  Calm down.

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3 hours ago, BallaDoc said:

Do the people booking this cruise actually know that the IOM is not part of the UK and the borders are closed?  This is what it says about it in the cruise brochure:

https://www.primaholidays.co.uk/tours/uk-southwest-liverpool-poole-tradewind-cruise

"We'll make our way to the Isle of Man overnight, docking in the capital, Douglas, come morning. Here, you can ride the mountain railway for fantastic views over to Britain, or take to the world-famous TT circuit in an ATV." (Eh? Did I read that last bit right?)

The words "trade descriptions act" come to mind.

I see that whilst here the visitors can enjoy ‘...views over to Britain’. Or indeed look at anything on the Island itself which was also in Britain the last time I audited my atlas.

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Ha ha ha..... She cannot dock in the capital, because she's too big, at 162.2m long. (Ben is only 125.2m long).

Even if people are escorted in their own "bubble", which they are not allowed to leave, they cannot be guaranteed a trip on the mountain railway - we weren't even allowed a trip on it ourselves last year.

It's not the only cruise company that has aspirations to visit us this year, despite our borders policy. See list here http://crew-center.com/douglas-isle-man-cruise-ship-schedule

And yes, some of the cruise company's personnel are stupid, and will be going on a combination of old, pre-Covid, IOM information as well as UK Covid rules - because they don't know we are not in the UK, and they've probably never heard of the IOM Gov't.

If they haven't already contacted/been contacted by the companies concerned, it might be a good idea if the Tourist Board adopted a pro-active approach and asked the direct question about what they think they are going to do here. 

 

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3 hours ago, BallaDoc said:

Do the people booking this cruise actually know that the IOM is not part of the UK and the borders are closed?  This is what it says about it in the cruise brochure:

https://www.primaholidays.co.uk/tours/uk-southwest-liverpool-poole-tradewind-cruise

"We'll make our way to the Isle of Man overnight, docking in the capital, Douglas, come morning. Here, you can ride the mountain railway for fantastic views over to Britain, or take to the world-famous TT circuit in an ATV." (Eh? Did I read that last bit right?)

The words "trade descriptions act" come to mind.

Either the ship is of a size can dock at Victoria Pier in which case permission would have been sought. Permission for tenders to come ashore as well. Do we let these cruise liners in without permission or having to pay any harbour fees? The People’s Prince and his tat salesman Skelly would know what’s going. The People’s Prince in his weekly blog keeps trying to convince his constituents of his hard work, the endless department meetings of Starship Enterprise, Infrastructure, Motorsport, Tourism and MNH. No one is being straight with the public. I’m sure many on here would like to plan ahead. Or are they going to announce big policy announcements, both HRH The Chief Minister and Ashie, if we be well behaved, like good children. 

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