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    Saga cruising onboard the new ship Spirit of Discovery

    Lots of information about the facilities on board, see link https://brochures.saga.co.uk/seeinsidebrochure/Saga-Holidays_A-guide-to-Spirit-of-Discovery/doublepage
  2. We booked this It's not actually going to the Black Sea, only as far as Istanbul. The other Turkish port is Kusadasi. 21 ports in 30 days. We love the smaller ex Renaissance ships. After the poor summer here, it seemed like an excellent opportunity to see some sunshine and say goodbye to Adonia. I just hope when they refit her for the new venture that they don't destroy her charm. 3 weeks to go - still some spaces
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    Northern Lights Cruise With P&o

    We are going on Oriana in February to hopefully see the Northern lights. I had seen lots of reports about problems, mainly plumbing. It did give me pause before I booked, but my partner was so keen to do this trip. Hopefully there won't be problems, There aren't many cruise ships that do the Northern Lights, Fred and CMV, plus Hurtigruten. My S-I-L went on a Hurtigruten ship to see the lights and was not impressed, so P&O it was. I'm going with a PMA, and fingers crossed we see the Aurora.
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    Complimentary Toiletries In Cabins

    OCEANIA has Bulgari toiletries, no connection to OCEANA
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    Our Azamazing evening in April in Safaga is going to be held on-board the ship. I have heard such mixed reviews about these events that I am pleased about this, as we can take the decision whether or not we attend on the day and presumably not be 'fined' if we decide to give it a miss.
  6. Personally I would prefer to see gratuities included in the price of the cruise which would stop those who leave gratuities on their account subsidising those who remove them. We are not stupid enough to believe that these are 'gratuities' in the true sense of the word but a contribution to the salary of the staff. I doubt that this system will ever change, the 'American' culture which dominates cruise companies in the UK is too ingrained. Even though Azamara includes gratuities in the fare price there are always threads on the Azamara Cruise Critic board concerning how much extra to tip. I prefer the auto gratuity route, I dislike handing over envelopes like 'Lady Bountiful' on the final evening, somehow it seems demeaning to the people who have helped make my cruise so enjoyable. I'm sure many will disagree but that is how I feel.
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    Everyone's Favorite Cruise Ships!

    I haven't really got a favourite but the Oceania Riviera was pretty special. Generally I prefer the smaller ships.
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    We toured with Alla tours in St Petersburg this September. A full on 2 day tour in a small group, the guide spoke excellent English. It cost us £368 for the 2 of us including the visa.
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    Adults Only Ships

    Saga also operate adult only ships
  10. I think this is good advice, a case of 'You get what you pay for'.
  11. I have insurance thru Nationwide and have used it for European trips but have just taken out an annual policy with Saga for our trip to Rio next month as anywhere outside of Europe wasn't covered. I usually take out an annual multi trip but used the Nationwide cover when my annual one expired. Fortunately I've never had to claim.
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    Just Joined

    Hello from Leicestershire. I've taken 41 ocean cruises with 11 different lines, plus 3 Nile cruises and 1 on Lake Nasser Just love being on the water
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    Anybody been on the Queen Victoria?

    How did you manage to book a Britannia Club room on QV, there aren't any Maybe you sailed on QE?