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  1. I would agree that Oceana is possibly endangered, but Aurora and Arcadia are ships with their own "following" and the Adult Only market is growing - from just one ship it has doubled to the current two, and elsewhere Warner Leisure Hotels are also expanding. I think that the Adult Only market would be more resistant to bigger ships and indeed are more traditional in their cruising style. I would bet on Ventura being the other endangered vessel... with a possible move to P&O Australia, where other ex-Princess Grand class ships have already headed. After all, the family market, already
  2. Apple chargers (like many others) are "switch mode" which means that they automatically adjust to the correct voltage. To be certain, check the markings on your charger. Making sure that it fits the available socket is another thing... I use this adaptor which has an integrated USB socket for charging https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B073RHKK8T/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  3. Strict? Not MSC. They are Italian, don't forget...... Unlike P&O etc., MSC board passengers at several ports on a round trip, so only a few hundred will be getting on in Southampton. We've always just turned up and walked straight on. TBH I didn't even know that they allocated boarding times. Are you sure that 1600 isn't "board no later than" ???
  4. "I didn't pay. My teenage son has hacked into P&O's computers so we get our cruises free."
  5. We've flown with P&O to the Caribbean on a few occasions and checked in 2 hours ahead of the flight without any problems. We have always pre-booked our flight seats - perhaps if you have not done so it is worthwhile arriving sooner to make sure of the best chance of suitable seating.
  6. Just back from 13 nights on Ventura - it was a completely different (and much nicer) group of passengers. Based on this, we have now booked longer cruises with P&O (12 and 14 nights) from Southampton for 2020.
  7. Buffet for lunch on Princess if the weather is nice - especially on Royal/Regal which have a nice seating area by the pools.
  8. Better to pre purchase. The pre-purchase price we have paid in the past does not attract the 15% service charge which is added if you buy it on board.
  9. Last time we were on Oceana we ate in Beach House each of the 7 nights. Well - it was our honeymoon, so we spoilt ourselves. Absolutely love the lava rock... we have an electric one at home (and we are having steak on it tonight!)
  10. Miami airport is pretty bad - and it's worse for us living in the North west of the UK as we have to connect flights. We have found it is better to connect at Chicago or Philadelphia instead of Heathrow, because we do the customs and immigration at the hub airport, arriving at Miami on a domestic flight, which is MUCH easier. The "rental car village" at MIA is accessed via a train connection from the airport, and we struggled to find our way out of Miami - but we picked up the car straight after getting off the 'plane, so we were tired and it was dark. Next time, we will stay overnight a
  11. You've been very lucky. We've flown through Miami several times and have never found it pleasant or easy. Last time in Miami we had a 2 hour wait for wheelchair assistance. On other occasions passport control queues have been well over an hour. Miami is the main US hub airport for flights to Latin America, and can be utter chaos.
  12. Have you considered Orlando? Three hours drive if you rent a car "one way".
  13. We are flying with Jet2 next May and have already been able to access on line to book seats and meals.
  14. 20 minutes from Miami port is Hollywood Beach - a lovely beach with pedestrianised promenade alongside. Lots of hotels at most price points - the new Margaritaville resort has amazing swimming pools and private beach area.
  15. We usually stay at the Dolphin - the building is a bit old and quirky, but it's in a good location and parking is reasonably priced. Plenty of bars and restaurants in easy walking distance, also very close to the shopping centre for any last-minute purchases. There is a taxi rank across the road.
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