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  1. The QM2 was the largest cruise ship in the world when it was launched in 2004. The ballroom is not up forward but is at the rear and it is quite large. Cunard claim it is the largest ballroom at sea and I have no reason to dispute this. Brian
  2. You got he decimal point in the wrong place -£4,700. Or £4,738 at today's closing price. Brian
  3. There is a children's tea at 5pm and a night nursery from 6pm which you can use at no extra cost, leaving you free for the evening. Details here https://ask.pocruises.com/help/PO/life-on-board/childrens_club Brian
  4. The 50 night cruise was cancelled and Oriana is currently in dry dock in Hamberg. Brian
  5. Marine traffic says arrival in La Corunna at 0630GMT Sunday Brian
  6. The hire cost will probably be less than two weeks parking. Brian
  7. Leave your car at home and do a one way car rental which also saves on parking charges. Enterprise have a depot just outside gate 8, which is about 150 yards from City terminal. Brian
  8. The Amsterdam cruise terminal is right in the centre, about a 10-15 min walk to the main railway station. Brian
  9. That is correct for P&O, Cunard and Princess who charge 1.5%. However, I booked a cruise last year through Bolsover with Celebrity on a credit card and there was no charge as Celebrity do not charge. Brian
  10. From the BBC website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40648641 So for a bill of £3000 will cost the TA £18 with a credit card or 10p with a debit card. It's not difficult to see why they do not like accepting credit cards. Brian
  11. Don't worry about the night nursery. They give you a pager so they can contact you if your child does not settle. Or you can pop your head round the door from time to time to see they are ok. Brian
  12. A children's tea is served around 5pm in the buffet with a child friendly menu. https://ask.pocruises.com/help/PO/life-on-board/Children_fed?_ga=2.170217312.1344001215.1498042029-528053723.1454188514 There is a night nursery for under fives and the kids club is open in the evening for the older ones. https://ask.pocruises.com/help/PO/life-on-board/childrens_club Brian
  13. Normally you register your credit card when you check in or with some cruise lines on line before your leave home. I am surprised they let you run up a debt without a card or a cash deposit. Most hotels operate the same way. Brian
  14. The currency in Estonia and Finland is the Euro. Brian
  15. Sorry, yes you can change your display name. Just go to your account settings to change. Access by clicking on your name in the top right hand corner. Brian
  16. You can't change it yourself. You need to contact Admin. You can get them by clicking on "staff" on the top blue bar. Brian
  17. Being near a lift means less walking so it is an advantage. Lifts are quiet so you won't hear anything from your cabin. Brian
  18. Tips are actually per night. For example, a 14 night cruise is 15 days but you only pay 14 lots of tips. Brian
  19. Whilst most world cruises tend to be westbound, there are some eastbound ones. We did one two years ago from San Francisco to Southampton on Aurora. The ship had come from Australia. Brian
  20. The gratuities are apparently going up to £6 per person per day from April. Brian
  21. You can get foreign currency at reception which is just added onto your account but the rates are not good. You can also draw sterling cash for which there is no charge. The best way to get local currency is to use your debit card in a local ATM. There are lots around these days. Brian
  22. All P&O ships have UK electrical sockets. P&O have self service washers and driers which are free to use but you have to provide your own detergent. Either take your own or buy from the on board shop. There is also a chargeable laundry service. Pool/beach towels (blue or blue/white) are provided in your cabin, usually stored under the wash basin. These are in addition to your normal cabin white towels. The ships time will be changed to local time. You will be advised when this happens. Brian
  23. Oil is priced in dollars so it's the same price in dollars the world over. There will be small local variations depending how far the port is from the refinery. Hence in sterling terms oil is more expensive, even in Southampton. Brian
  24. Normally cabin numbers are allocated two weeks prior to departure. Keep checking your cruise personaliser. Brian
  25. It's actually 23+5kg. See P&O website https://ask.pocruises.com/help/PO/flights/baggage_allowance The allowance for charters is dictated by P&O so it's the same for any airline. Maybe different if you are on a scheduled flight. Brian
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