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    BrianI got a reaction from Furby in First time on Queen Mary 2   
    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
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    BrianI reacted to afcandrew in WHAT IS REALLY GOING ON WITH CRUISE PRICES?   
    I obviously don't know what your circumstances are but if you can book late it is always worth trying.  I know a solo cruiser who managed to get a good late saver deal with P&O in a double cabin without any single supplement.  Rare perhaps but always possible!   My cruise last week with Marella Cruises was booked in December and I paid about 25% supplement in a cabin designated as single but with double bed.
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    BrianI got a reaction from Bumble Bee in BRAND NEW Celebrity Edge in Europe for 2019   
    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
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    BrianI got a reaction from iknowlescourier in BRAND NEW Celebrity Edge in Europe for 2019   
    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
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    BrianI got a reaction from CJW in Credit Card charges to be abolished   
    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
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    BrianI got a reaction from RobBar in Credit Card charges to be abolished   
    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
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    BrianI got a reaction from Captain Kidd II in Credit Card charges to be abolished   
    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
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    BrianI got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in Credit Card charges to be abolished   
    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
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    BrianI got a reaction from HALaP&O in Baltic Cruise currency   
    The currency in Estonia and Finland is the Euro.
    Brian
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    BrianI reacted to Nimrod in Do cruise lines offer ship visits or experience days?   
    Thanks  Daveybe, wasn't aware of these actual ships visits until I'd seen the above blogs. Sadly I'm still living in the age of P&O's Canberra days and the Posh club where you were always given the opportunity to visit new ships to their fleet, could wave goodbye on the quayside with brass bands and streamers  every cruise and less security. Looks like I'm going to have to stop living on my happy memories and "get real" to how it is today, so sad though!!
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    BrianI got a reaction from Digital Dan in Newbie Cruiser Questions   
    The gratuities are apparently going up to £6 per person per day from April.
    Brian
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    BrianI got a reaction from Digital Dan in Newbie Cruiser Questions   
    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
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    BrianI got a reaction from Digital Dan in Newbie Cruiser Questions   
    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
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    BrianI got a reaction from Davybe in Saver fare cabin allocation   
    Normally cabin numbers are allocated two weeks prior to departure. Keep checking your cruise personaliser.
    Brian
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    BrianI got a reaction from swingwing in Saver fare cabin allocation   
    Normally cabin numbers are allocated two weeks prior to departure. Keep checking your cruise personaliser.
    Brian
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    BrianI got a reaction from Davybe in Sally54   
    You cannot go in the summer months as it does not get dark. The best time seems to be about March but even then you can expect temperatures of -25C. P&O have some trips in March from Southampton. There is no guarantee that you will see the lights due to weather etc.
    Brian
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    BrianI got a reaction from Captain Kidd II in Cruising in the Caribbean   
    I would disagree that the P&O charters are inferior to the likes of BA. Thomson fly new Boeing Dreamliners with a seat pitch in economy of 33". The seat pitch on BA is 31". Check this out on Seatguru. Last time we flew with BA, we arrived in Los Angeles with our luggage still at Heathrow.
    Check your luggage in at your P&O departure airport and the next time you see it will be in your cabin on board. Just one tip - your luggage may arrive on board a couple of hours after you so if you fancy a swim on arrival pack your swimming gear in your hand luggage.
    Brian
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    BrianI reacted to Sea Cruiser in Immigration clearance when sailing to the US   
    No MG16 its just the once i believe
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    BrianI got a reaction from RobBar in Transatlantic to NY   
    Cunard Queen Mary 2 is the only ship doing regular crossings to New York. There is a sailing on 19 Aug 2018.
    Brian
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    BrianI got a reaction from Nick in Southampton train station   
    It depends which terminal you are going from. It's about 0.5 mile to City terminal, 1.0 miles to Mayflower and about 1.5 mile to Ocean and QEII terminal. I would imagine a taxi would be less than £10.
    Brian
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    BrianI got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in Costa Coffee Card on P&O Cruises   
    Yes.Brian
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    BrianI got a reaction from Falmouthgirl in Gratuities charged differently   
    Gratuities have always been charged per night in my experience. Is this a recent change?
    Brian
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    BrianI got a reaction from Nick in Norway currency   
    Many places will accept Euros but maybe not at a very good exchange rate. Also if you use Euros you have a double exchange rate loss - pounds to euros then euros to krone.
    Best to use a credit or debit card or draw a small amount of krone from an ATM.
    Brian
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    BrianI got a reaction from HALaP&O in Would never dream of booking 2 years in advance, however special birthday coming up in 2018, this is the year!   
    P&O always have a round trip from Southampton to USA & Canada, sometimes two ships. It is always departing mid to late Sept for the autumn fall colours. The duration is around 24 days. Cunard also do something similar. For an idea, you could look at the 2016 and 2017 itineries which are available now. It won't be much different in 2018.
    Brian
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    BrianI got a reaction from Don_Harrison in Would never dream of booking 2 years in advance, however special birthday coming up in 2018, this is the year!   
    P&O always have a round trip from Southampton to USA & Canada, sometimes two ships. It is always departing mid to late Sept for the autumn fall colours. The duration is around 24 days. Cunard also do something similar. For an idea, you could look at the 2016 and 2017 itineries which are available now. It won't be much different in 2018.
    Brian
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