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    buddy got a reaction from Bailey in Sting On Cunard   
    i am not personally a big fan of Sting however I appreciate as a  musician he has entertained many many people over the years. I have seen lots of entertainers on board both P&O and Cunard who wouldn't have been 'my cup of tea' but in general thoroughly enjoyed them.
    not everyone likes the same things - variety is the spice of life!!!!
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    buddy reacted to RiverSong in Sting On Cunard   
    Passengers on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 where treated to a live performance from Sting last night.  He was showcasing songs from his musical “The Last Ship” and went down a storm for use of a better word.  Not a big fan of Sting but if I was on a cruise with somebody like this I would defiantly try my best to see them.
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    buddy got a reaction from Jeffniffer in Seabourn   
    if anyone is wanting a luxury cruise which is not stuffy at all then I recommend Seabourn.
    The ship, food, itinerary - everything was first class
    I need to start saving again however I've noticed there are some fab deals out there at the mo
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    buddy got a reaction from RobBar in Should Some Cruise Traditions Be Banned?   
    I was on Ventura earlier in the year and have to say I attended one of the best sailaways ever on a ship. Great weather, music, entertainment and great fun!!
     
    It wouldn't be an issue if I didn't attend a Captains cocktail party again or have a baked alaska parade however if people have never cruised before I know first time cruise clients really enjoy these little extra things.
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    buddy got a reaction from ron in Should Some Cruise Traditions Be Banned?   
    I was on Ventura earlier in the year and have to say I attended one of the best sailaways ever on a ship. Great weather, music, entertainment and great fun!!
     
    It wouldn't be an issue if I didn't attend a Captains cocktail party again or have a baked alaska parade however if people have never cruised before I know first time cruise clients really enjoy these little extra things.
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    buddy reacted to sammy sun in Dishonest Underhand Policies Of P&o   
    Many cruise lines operate exactly the same pricing policy as P&O, Cunard for example are one of them as are Princess Cruises and many other lines under the Carnival umbrella.  Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Holland America, you name any cruise line, they all will operate a policy where a price is covered by complete terms and conditions.  All cruise lines will surely reserve the right to reduce pricing closer to the time of a cruise otherwise if it isn't selling, the ships will sail with empty cabins meaning even more problems for the cruise lines.  I don't think its a problem with P&O Cruises, more of an issue with the overall industry these days but you will not find a cruise line that will honour a price change every single time they offer a new onboard credit deal or any other incentive, otherwise they would be inundated with calls and refunding every passenger left right and centre.
     
    There's a lot of negative comments on the forum of late, such as money scams on board and a lot of criticising of cruise lines - often P&O but they're actually doing things in exactly the same way as many other cruise lines.  I've sailed with many different cruise lines but still enjoy a P&O Cruise.  We all enjoy what we enjoy.  The forum should be more about helping each other with questions, chatting about what we like on board, favourite foods etc, dining rooms, ports but instead of late its been filled with negative topics.  Let's all enjoy cruising rather than criticise it, it's a holiday after all!
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    buddy got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in Has The Upgrade Fairy Been Kind To You?   
    I asked my travel agent about upgrades & she told me that the way the cruise companies offer them have now changed. They used to offer you a particular cabin and you could say yes or no as to whether you wanted to accept it or not. Nowadays, if you agree to go on the upgrade list they automatically upgrade you and you cannot decline the cabin once its been allocated. I booked very early for an inside midship cabin and was upgraded to an inside cabin one deck higher but 2 cabins from the bow of the ship. To me it wasn't an upgrade but as P&O grade this cabin a higher grade then it was. I couldn't go back to my original cabin as this had been sold to someone else.
    If you don't mind where you are located then go for the upgrade, otherwise beware!!!
     
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    buddy got a reaction from ELLEN in Volcano Ash Again?   
    Oh no!!!!!
    Just seen the news about the rumblings in Iceland and the volcano.
    I hope it doesn't happen - there was such disruption with flights!!!!
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    buddy reacted to Ahoy in Moroccan Weather   
    Just returned froma holiday in Morocco and the weather was gorgeous although at some times unbearable as it was so hot, is it usually better to go later on in the year? anyone have any experience?
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    buddy got a reaction from ron in The Cruise Ship   
    What a shame
    i keep telling my frineds how much I love cruising and how they should try it and then along comes another 'cruise reality' programme that would even put me off for life had I not sailed before.
    Why or why do they show all the negative, OTT things? I asume is is good TV!
     
    I think it will put alot of people off!!!
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    buddy got a reaction from rachel in Ventura Tips   
    Having just returned from Ventura here are a few tips:-
     
    Duty free is not avail on the flights or ship on our itinerary Genoa to Venice. 22% VAT is added to anything you buy in the shops, spa or photography areas.
     
    The bonded luggage is just great. Checked bags in at the airport and next saw them outside the cabin. The flights are early so we were onboard by 10.30am and they advise you your cabins are avail from 13.00hrs. We were lucky, our cabin was available straight away however we didn't get our luggage until 19.00hrs. I packed a swimsuit and shorts/top in my hand luggage so I could get changed. Quite a few passengers were sat sweltering in jeans etc..& the clothes that they travelled in. Even if your cabin is not avail you can go to the spa area where there are changing rooms and just spend the day on deck like normal. 
    The return flight again is very organised, your bags are put outside your cabin before 2300 hrs and next seen on the baggage carousel at the airport
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    buddy got a reaction from tigerlilly in Ventura Tips   
    Having just returned from Ventura here are a few tips:-
     
    Duty free is not avail on the flights or ship on our itinerary Genoa to Venice. 22% VAT is added to anything you buy in the shops, spa or photography areas.
     
    The bonded luggage is just great. Checked bags in at the airport and next saw them outside the cabin. The flights are early so we were onboard by 10.30am and they advise you your cabins are avail from 13.00hrs. We were lucky, our cabin was available straight away however we didn't get our luggage until 19.00hrs. I packed a swimsuit and shorts/top in my hand luggage so I could get changed. Quite a few passengers were sat sweltering in jeans etc..& the clothes that they travelled in. Even if your cabin is not avail you can go to the spa area where there are changing rooms and just spend the day on deck like normal. 
    The return flight again is very organised, your bags are put outside your cabin before 2300 hrs and next seen on the baggage carousel at the airport
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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    buddy got a reaction from hturtle in hotels at southampton   
    I stayed at the Travelodge - never again!!
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    buddy got a reaction from sunbedchrissie in hotels at southampton   
    I stayed at the Travelodge - never again!!
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    buddy got a reaction from Land Ahoy in Attraction charges on Anthem Of The Seas   
    ive been told you have to book your dining every night or you will struggle to eat anywhere & you also have to book your shows for the evening. does anyone know if this is correct?
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    buddy reacted to RiverSong in Good News For Cheese Lovers!   
    I am already impressed with P&O “Food Hero’s” but they are now enhancing this further by the addition of international cheese judge & expert Charlie Turnbull.  For those who have not heard of him he runs an award-winning delicatessen I in Shaftesbury & writes regular magazine columns on the subject.
    Also several times a year he will be host to beer & cheese tastings on board as well as excursions.
    I can't wait to go on Britannia!
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    buddy reacted to Popsicle in Good News For Cheese Lovers!   
    Oooh I do like a bit of cheese & crackers! Lovely!
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    buddy got a reaction from ron in Saver Fares And The Benefits   
    My neighbour has just returned & he was unhappy he didnt get the dining he wanted. He booked a saver fare & knew the dining was not guaranteed but decided to take a chance. He was going to write to P&O to complain
    until we all reminded him he was given a choice of 2 fares and choose the lower one and took a gamble with the cabin and dining.
    If you get what you want great but if not there really is no complaint
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    buddy got a reaction from seawitch in Plated Meals   
    I was quite perturbed to be honest when I found out the cruise I was going on had changed to plated meals but needn't have worried.
    The service was actually more efficient and the food stayed hotter.
    when I was reading the menu I just asked the waiter for more of one thing or ordered without another and it was fine
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    buddy reacted to tigerlilly in The Blacklist   
    Has anyone been watching this programme? i have to say we have been hooked!! season finale was last night
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    buddy reacted to ron in New Offices   
    Just looked at redevelopment of Bolsovers offices the projected plans look very welcoming well done Bolsover keeping one step ahead. :wub: Ron
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    buddy got a reaction from lightening10 in P&o Cruises 2015/16 Out Now!   
    What a lovely morning I've had looking at the cruise calendar & itineraries for P&O and Cunard in 2015.
    Dilemas, which one or two to book!!!!!
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    buddy got a reaction from kerry304 in P&o Cruises 2015/16 Out Now!   
    What a lovely morning I've had looking at the cruise calendar & itineraries for P&O and Cunard in 2015.
    Dilemas, which one or two to book!!!!!
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    buddy got a reaction from Bailey in Cunard 175Th Anniversary Cruise Details Out!   
    I have just been given the details of the cruises that go on sale tomorrow for the 175th year anniversary.
    just having a moment trying to choose which one to go for then will call Bolsover as normal and leave it with them. I'm lucky I always seem to get what I want
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    buddy got a reaction from wendybe in Fly Med From Regional Airports!   
    HORRAY!!
    At last, Ventura doing their 14nt Med cruise from regional airports. It makes such a difference to fly from somewhere on your doorstep!.
    Been told about 10 airports to choose from inc East Mids, Newcastle, Bournemouth etc...
    Good on you P&O!!
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