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  1. Well I think sunbed availability should be all down to the cruise line and not the passenger. I have seen people put towels on both sides of the ship (top of pool area) so when the sun moves they just move to the appropriate bed. Beats me why anyone would rush to get a sunbed around the pool areas, packed like sardines, food/drinks left on the floor from bringing it out of the restaurant it looks like a cheap 1 star hotel. I like to get as far away from the pool areas on any ship and search the ocean for sea life. Don't get me wrong I love to mix with people just not in that environment it's f
  2. I'm with you on that one Dozydo, it's my favorite place...
  3. I agree with Tindall1039 about P&O. I also like being able to make myself a drink whenever I want in the cabin- I don't want room service.
  4. Throughout the first 2 days of the cruise on Oriana there was staff at every entry point to food and then it was written in the daily magazine that it was expected that everyone would automatically do it themselves - but sadly that was not the case.
  5. I feel I should not need to post this but I could not believe my eyes and ears. Just returned from a cruise and one thing that really got my blood boiling was some people not using the hand sanitizers when entering the food areas and got stroppy when asked to do so. I could not believe hearing some ladies entering the main evening restaurant moaning that it will spoil their nails. I wonder if the same people would be the first to moan if there was an infection outbreak and we were all confirmed to our cabins !! I was also amazed at the amount of ladies who left public toilets in such
  6. Have just returned from a cruise around the Canaries on the Oriana. We did not have good weather and the seas were rough until the last couple of days but the ship was very noisy which we had never noticed before. We had table 16 in the main restaurant (right at the back of the ship) and the noise was a standing nightly topic where everyone said they thought it was ready for the ........... yard even though it had just been out of action for 3 weeks having major work done. We have sailed on the ship approx 5 times previously and always thought it to be a very steady ship but it rocked and roll
  7. Have just returned from the Canaries on the Oriana (the cheap black Friday deal) and the service was brilliant therefore had no reason not to pay the gratuities up front and when we worked it out we would have paid the same amount in cash for the service of cabin steward and restaurant waiting staff. We did notice on the last night for those passengers who paid the staff direct in the dining room that the staff opened the envelopes and the cash went into a specific drawer possibly to be shared out at the end of the night - but who knows. We said the only time we would go to reception and chan
  8. We are due to go on one of the cruises they have just released to replace the 50 day one cancelled on Oriana in Jan ( excellent deal for black Friday just could not resist ) Just received all of our paperwork with the updated email. We have no issues with the new alcohol policy as P&O drinks are by far the cheapest cruise line. We are also happy re: the personalised slogan tee shirts we had someone in the dining room in the evening in October and no one stopped him coming in so hopefully people will get the message. If you want to look like that stop at home and drink cheap booze. I am n
  9. Just returned from P&O cruise and after asking 2 different members of the crew including, stewards and waiters the answer to your question is as follows: The P&O statement is correct - so the truth is being told but the most important thing to them are the feedback forms as they are judged by their line manager and can affect their future employment.
  10. To start I have to say that we are by no means mean in any way but we have just returned from a P&O cruise and chose to pay the gratuities through our on board account ( 1st time of paying this way) which was a good amount for 17 nights. We did feel that some of the waiters started to pay more attention to you during the latter part of the holiday ( we did get excellent service throughout) but felt that we had paid for that service without having to give more on the last night. During the last week we politely had a chat with the waiters to explain that we had paid their gratuity on our on
  11. We are calling at Ravenna and Civitavecchia and thought that it might be quite nice to go into the town of both places. Does anyone know if there is a shuttle bus to take us there or is it not too far to walk. We have been to these places before and don't want to do a shore excursions- all help would be helpful Thank you in anticipation of replies from fellow cruisers.
  12. Thank goodness that Admin has sorted this out, thanks. I cannot believe how many people spent so much time writing on this forum when all they had to do was ask the question of P&O- which I did 2 days ago and received a phone call this morning from Mr Christopher Edginton's department to confirm that this was not true at all.
  13. That happened to us on a BA flight but it turned out to be fantastic as they upgrading us to First Class !!! its another world and the way we would certainly travel if money were no object...
  14. I would like to ask a question of those who have traveled on Britannia. I am told that the way they serve the food in the buffet area has changed quite considerably, for e.g. the food is already made up and you choose a plate rather then serve yourself. I love getting a lovely salad at lunchtime with the food I like, therefore not wasting anything. I feel if I have to have a plate of food given to me I might waste food. If the plate system is in operation, is it only at lunch/tea time or does it continue into the evening and does it apply to ALL P&O Ships
  15. I am happy to tip for good service but I have just read in the documents received today for our cruise in Sept that it only goes to Cabin Steward and Restaurant waiters (head waiter, deputy waiter and junior waiter) what happens to those staff in the buffet areas?? surely they cannot just share the money from the obligatory basket put out on the counter at the end of the cruise. Here's a little story for you.... we always tip for good service but on this one occasion we did not feel that our cabin steward was up to scratch for various reasons which I will not go into ( a first I might add) and
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