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    mitch got a reaction from Furby in Hurricane Update on ports!   
    i am going on 7 oct, no changes as yet from p&o. i will go with the flow. i can deal with extra sea days or port changes.
    the islanders have been far more inconvenianced than any disruption to a cruise itinery would do to me.
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    mitch got a reaction from Bumble Bee in Arcadia J717 carribean 7 -31st october 2017   
    at last after several weeks of searching its booked.
    a little background to the issues that caused such a prolonged decision. i am a widower so the first issue the dreaded single supplement. i havent done a cruise for some time or even booked a brochure holiday for the last 10 years i have booked a flight and arranged my own hotel and saved at least a thousand pounds on a fortnights holiday to destinations that can provide some sun.
    however earier this year i damaged my already arthiritic knees so any flight over an hour or so is out of the question hence the search for a cruise from a uk port.
    additionally i am one of the lepers that smoke albeit now an electronic version so it brings its own restrictions,combined with the inability to stand for more than 10 minutes i needed to find out if there were seats available in smoking areas or if you were relegated to a pontoon towed behind the ship. so emails were necessary to cruiselines. and following said emails it seems additional info has appeared regarding smoking areas on some p&o ships.
    the weekend has been spent preparing and repairing baggage etc and the first practice pack has started, the aim to get enough in for a 24 night cruise and keep the bag below 23kgs.
    the main bag will commence the holiday before me on the 3rd oct with the baggage company as i dont fancy battling the rail system with a large bag, a walking stick and a rucksack.
    for £72 return it seems a no brainer,and the rail fare wasnt bad just over £100 return from chesterfield with an upgrade to first class down to southampton.
    so the boxes are getting ticked the list of washing and dry cleaning is complete, ironing all but the last load done. the self travelling bag is almost packed for the first time,initial weigh in will be on wed/thurs, then the task of slimming it down will begin to get to its target weight for the 3rd. do i really need that hawaian shirt or that second bottle of sunscreen.
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    mitch got a reaction from Bumble Bee in Arcadia J717 carribean 7 -31st october 2017   
    going  through the tick sheets and list making brought back a lot of memories lol.
    the wife and i did quite a few cruises between 1995 and when she died in 2003. sat ironing this afternoon i had the thought at least i havent had to go clothes shopping.
    that was a nightmare endured prior to every cruise  trips to nottingham or meadowhall or where ever to get "the new outfit". it usually involved an entire day in whatever shopping centre "trying on", followed by several fashion shows at home.
    followed by another trip to same shopping centre to return half of what was bought on trip one followed by more buying. repeat 3 times for each shopping centre.
    at least.
    dont even ask about shoe shopping lol esp as she  was tall almost 6ft and had size 8 feet.
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    mitch got a reaction from Bumble Bee in Arcadia J717 carribean 7 -31st october 2017   
    going  through the tick sheets and list making brought back a lot of memories lol.
    the wife and i did quite a few cruises between 1995 and when she died in 2003. sat ironing this afternoon i had the thought at least i havent had to go clothes shopping.
    that was a nightmare endured prior to every cruise  trips to nottingham or meadowhall or where ever to get "the new outfit". it usually involved an entire day in whatever shopping centre "trying on", followed by several fashion shows at home.
    followed by another trip to same shopping centre to return half of what was bought on trip one followed by more buying. repeat 3 times for each shopping centre.
    at least.
    dont even ask about shoe shopping lol esp as she  was tall almost 6ft and had size 8 feet.
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    mitch got a reaction from Bumble Bee in Arcadia J717 carribean 7 -31st october 2017   
    at last after several weeks of searching its booked.
    a little background to the issues that caused such a prolonged decision. i am a widower so the first issue the dreaded single supplement. i havent done a cruise for some time or even booked a brochure holiday for the last 10 years i have booked a flight and arranged my own hotel and saved at least a thousand pounds on a fortnights holiday to destinations that can provide some sun.
    however earier this year i damaged my already arthiritic knees so any flight over an hour or so is out of the question hence the search for a cruise from a uk port.
    additionally i am one of the lepers that smoke albeit now an electronic version so it brings its own restrictions,combined with the inability to stand for more than 10 minutes i needed to find out if there were seats available in smoking areas or if you were relegated to a pontoon towed behind the ship. so emails were necessary to cruiselines. and following said emails it seems additional info has appeared regarding smoking areas on some p&o ships.
    the weekend has been spent preparing and repairing baggage etc and the first practice pack has started, the aim to get enough in for a 24 night cruise and keep the bag below 23kgs.
    the main bag will commence the holiday before me on the 3rd oct with the baggage company as i dont fancy battling the rail system with a large bag, a walking stick and a rucksack.
    for £72 return it seems a no brainer,and the rail fare wasnt bad just over £100 return from chesterfield with an upgrade to first class down to southampton.
    so the boxes are getting ticked the list of washing and dry cleaning is complete, ironing all but the last load done. the self travelling bag is almost packed for the first time,initial weigh in will be on wed/thurs, then the task of slimming it down will begin to get to its target weight for the 3rd. do i really need that hawaian shirt or that second bottle of sunscreen.
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    mitch reacted to HLM in Sunbed wars are raging   
    I've done similar in the past Mitch choose a place where others seem to think they own, never been challenged though, if I were I'd simply say "you should of got up earlier" just to rub that extra bit of salt in the wound.
    HLM.
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    mitch got a reaction from 2torts in Sunbed wars are raging   
    on a 14 day carribean cruise in the 90's a woman would reserve about 8 sunbeds in a particular corner of the pool deck set them out in a particular order then pull out various towells and personal effects and distribute them around the beds she did this the entire 1st week. in fairness she would then occupy one of the beds for most of the morning. the remaining beds were all for her freinds/family who had gone ashore on various trips and didnt join her until at least 1pm depending on the trip they were on.she was extremely rude to any staff member who even dared to enquire about removing towels etc.
    one morning for some reason i was up early and she was delayed, anyway needless to say i bagged a bed and small table right in the middle of her territory. within a few minutes the pool bar tenders and a growing number of waiters had gathered at the bar obviously tying to decide who would get the short straw of coming over to talk to me. i ordered my drink  and sat back.
    well her face was a picture when she arrived with her shopping bag of towels etc,the bar staff and waiters were all trying hard to look as though they were busy doing other things and had by now called their boss. she went ballistic, thats my bed etc etc i always have this area on and on she went for a good 5 minutes.
    i simply stood up towered over her and said i dont see your name on the chair or deck so "go away". sat down and had a drink. she span round spotted the bar manager and sped off towards him ive never seen bar staff and waiters scatter so fast lol. give him his due the manager didnt back down and simply showed her the sign on the bar about reserving beds etc. other people around and the bar staff applauded as she slunk off to find a new domain and the bar manager sent over a free drink! so it was a good start to the day lol.
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    mitch reacted to Jenjen in Sunbed wars are raging   
    I did hear of a case that a couple went into Andersons bar for a pre dinner drink, a man approached themand said that they were sitting in his chair at his table, he always occupied that spot on every cruise, they told him to get lost, they were not going to leave" or move seats they reported some of the waiters went into hiding and were laughing up the corner. You could not make it up.
     
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    mitch got a reaction from 2torts in Sunbed wars are raging   
    on a 14 day carribean cruise in the 90's a woman would reserve about 8 sunbeds in a particular corner of the pool deck set them out in a particular order then pull out various towells and personal effects and distribute them around the beds she did this the entire 1st week. in fairness she would then occupy one of the beds for most of the morning. the remaining beds were all for her freinds/family who had gone ashore on various trips and didnt join her until at least 1pm depending on the trip they were on.she was extremely rude to any staff member who even dared to enquire about removing towels etc.
    one morning for some reason i was up early and she was delayed, anyway needless to say i bagged a bed and small table right in the middle of her territory. within a few minutes the pool bar tenders and a growing number of waiters had gathered at the bar obviously tying to decide who would get the short straw of coming over to talk to me. i ordered my drink  and sat back.
    well her face was a picture when she arrived with her shopping bag of towels etc,the bar staff and waiters were all trying hard to look as though they were busy doing other things and had by now called their boss. she went ballistic, thats my bed etc etc i always have this area on and on she went for a good 5 minutes.
    i simply stood up towered over her and said i dont see your name on the chair or deck so "go away". sat down and had a drink. she span round spotted the bar manager and sped off towards him ive never seen bar staff and waiters scatter so fast lol. give him his due the manager didnt back down and simply showed her the sign on the bar about reserving beds etc. other people around and the bar staff applauded as she slunk off to find a new domain and the bar manager sent over a free drink! so it was a good start to the day lol.
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    mitch got a reaction from 2torts in Sunbed wars are raging   
    on a 14 day carribean cruise in the 90's a woman would reserve about 8 sunbeds in a particular corner of the pool deck set them out in a particular order then pull out various towells and personal effects and distribute them around the beds she did this the entire 1st week. in fairness she would then occupy one of the beds for most of the morning. the remaining beds were all for her freinds/family who had gone ashore on various trips and didnt join her until at least 1pm depending on the trip they were on.she was extremely rude to any staff member who even dared to enquire about removing towels etc.
    one morning for some reason i was up early and she was delayed, anyway needless to say i bagged a bed and small table right in the middle of her territory. within a few minutes the pool bar tenders and a growing number of waiters had gathered at the bar obviously tying to decide who would get the short straw of coming over to talk to me. i ordered my drink  and sat back.
    well her face was a picture when she arrived with her shopping bag of towels etc,the bar staff and waiters were all trying hard to look as though they were busy doing other things and had by now called their boss. she went ballistic, thats my bed etc etc i always have this area on and on she went for a good 5 minutes.
    i simply stood up towered over her and said i dont see your name on the chair or deck so "go away". sat down and had a drink. she span round spotted the bar manager and sped off towards him ive never seen bar staff and waiters scatter so fast lol. give him his due the manager didnt back down and simply showed her the sign on the bar about reserving beds etc. other people around and the bar staff applauded as she slunk off to find a new domain and the bar manager sent over a free drink! so it was a good start to the day lol.
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    mitch got a reaction from 2torts in Sunbed wars are raging   
    on a 14 day carribean cruise in the 90's a woman would reserve about 8 sunbeds in a particular corner of the pool deck set them out in a particular order then pull out various towells and personal effects and distribute them around the beds she did this the entire 1st week. in fairness she would then occupy one of the beds for most of the morning. the remaining beds were all for her freinds/family who had gone ashore on various trips and didnt join her until at least 1pm depending on the trip they were on.she was extremely rude to any staff member who even dared to enquire about removing towels etc.
    one morning for some reason i was up early and she was delayed, anyway needless to say i bagged a bed and small table right in the middle of her territory. within a few minutes the pool bar tenders and a growing number of waiters had gathered at the bar obviously tying to decide who would get the short straw of coming over to talk to me. i ordered my drink  and sat back.
    well her face was a picture when she arrived with her shopping bag of towels etc,the bar staff and waiters were all trying hard to look as though they were busy doing other things and had by now called their boss. she went ballistic, thats my bed etc etc i always have this area on and on she went for a good 5 minutes.
    i simply stood up towered over her and said i dont see your name on the chair or deck so "go away". sat down and had a drink. she span round spotted the bar manager and sped off towards him ive never seen bar staff and waiters scatter so fast lol. give him his due the manager didnt back down and simply showed her the sign on the bar about reserving beds etc. other people around and the bar staff applauded as she slunk off to find a new domain and the bar manager sent over a free drink! so it was a good start to the day lol.
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    mitch got a reaction from 2torts in Sunbed wars are raging   
    on a 14 day carribean cruise in the 90's a woman would reserve about 8 sunbeds in a particular corner of the pool deck set them out in a particular order then pull out various towells and personal effects and distribute them around the beds she did this the entire 1st week. in fairness she would then occupy one of the beds for most of the morning. the remaining beds were all for her freinds/family who had gone ashore on various trips and didnt join her until at least 1pm depending on the trip they were on.she was extremely rude to any staff member who even dared to enquire about removing towels etc.
    one morning for some reason i was up early and she was delayed, anyway needless to say i bagged a bed and small table right in the middle of her territory. within a few minutes the pool bar tenders and a growing number of waiters had gathered at the bar obviously tying to decide who would get the short straw of coming over to talk to me. i ordered my drink  and sat back.
    well her face was a picture when she arrived with her shopping bag of towels etc,the bar staff and waiters were all trying hard to look as though they were busy doing other things and had by now called their boss. she went ballistic, thats my bed etc etc i always have this area on and on she went for a good 5 minutes.
    i simply stood up towered over her and said i dont see your name on the chair or deck so "go away". sat down and had a drink. she span round spotted the bar manager and sped off towards him ive never seen bar staff and waiters scatter so fast lol. give him his due the manager didnt back down and simply showed her the sign on the bar about reserving beds etc. other people around and the bar staff applauded as she slunk off to find a new domain and the bar manager sent over a free drink! so it was a good start to the day lol.
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    mitch reacted to Popsicle in Are all cruise ships alike?   
    You could compare cruise ships to cars!
     
    They come in all different sizes, styles, some are colourful others quite plain. They all have their own unique features! Some are fairly basic, others very high-tec and innovative..
    The most important word to consider when you are looking into cruises is RESEARCH! The internet is a knowledge fountain, you can find almost everything you need to know out about the ships..!

     
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