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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from cruise addict in Credit card surcharge disallowed?   
    Hi All,
    Just a quick note to say that as a result of the new rules which came into place on 13 January 2018, we will no longer be charging ANY fees for credit card payments.
    Unlike some other travel agents, we won’t be adding any booking or admin fees to cover the cost of processing card transactions.
    If you would like more information on the changes to credit card fees, check out our recent blog post here.
    Thanks,
    Bolsover Cruise Club 
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from cruise addict in Credit card surcharge disallowed?   
    Hi All,
    Just a quick note to say that as a result of the new rules which came into place on 13 January 2018, we will no longer be charging ANY fees for credit card payments.
    Unlike some other travel agents, we won’t be adding any booking or admin fees to cover the cost of processing card transactions.
    If you would like more information on the changes to credit card fees, check out our recent blog post here.
    Thanks,
    Bolsover Cruise Club 
  3. Like
    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from cruise addict in Credit card surcharge disallowed?   
    Hi All,
    Just a quick note to say that as a result of the new rules which came into place on 13 January 2018, we will no longer be charging ANY fees for credit card payments.
    Unlike some other travel agents, we won’t be adding any booking or admin fees to cover the cost of processing card transactions.
    If you would like more information on the changes to credit card fees, check out our recent blog post here.
    Thanks,
    Bolsover Cruise Club 
  4. Like
    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from cruise addict in Credit card surcharge disallowed?   
    Hi All,
    Just a quick note to say that as a result of the new rules which came into place on 13 January 2018, we will no longer be charging ANY fees for credit card payments.
    Unlike some other travel agents, we won’t be adding any booking or admin fees to cover the cost of processing card transactions.
    If you would like more information on the changes to credit card fees, check out our recent blog post here.
    Thanks,
    Bolsover Cruise Club 
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from cruzwithkidz in We’ve officially been voted as the Best Cruise Agency in the Cruise Awards 2017!!   
    We’ve officially been voted as the Best Cruise Agency in the Cruise Awards 2017🍾!
     
    Plus, we’re happy to announce that we also won the highly-commended award for:
    🏆 Cruise Agent Lifetime Achievement Award, Michael Wilson
    🏆 Best Online Cruise Travel Agent
     
    Thank you to all who voted for us!
    To read more about the Cruise International Awards 2017, visit our Cruise News page by clicking here.
     
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from cruzwithkidz in We’ve officially been voted as the Best Cruise Agency in the Cruise Awards 2017!!   
    We’ve officially been voted as the Best Cruise Agency in the Cruise Awards 2017🍾!
     
    Plus, we’re happy to announce that we also won the highly-commended award for:
    🏆 Cruise Agent Lifetime Achievement Award, Michael Wilson
    🏆 Best Online Cruise Travel Agent
     
    Thank you to all who voted for us!
    To read more about the Cruise International Awards 2017, visit our Cruise News page by clicking here.
     
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from chrisdutts in To Tip Or Not To Tip, That Is The Question...   
    To Tip  Or Not To Tip, That Is The Question...
     
    There have been many threads on our forum regarding gratuities, it's certainly a hot topic in view of P&O's recent daily increase. But is it right or wrong...? Read our blog to find out more...
     
    Read our full blog >>
     

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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from KeithnRita in Behind The Scenes At Bolsover Cruise Club   
    Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside the nerve centre of the UK’s largest independent cruise specialist? Take a look behind the scenes at Bolsover Cruise Club HQ, or better still call in, see us, enjoy a complimentary coffee & let's talk cruising!
     
     
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from Pesky Pirate in Bolsover Cruise Club Announce Exclusive Partnership With Ocean Safari®   
    Bolsover Cruise Club are thrilled to announce an exclusive partnership with Ocean Safari®
    In a first for the cruise industry, Bolsover Cruise Club will charter six sailings aboard the Australian cruise line’s first ship, Safari on the Seas. The experiential cruise line stole the headlines in 2015, when it announced ambitious plans for a safari themed cruise experience.
    The first ship in the Ocean Safari® fleet will launch in July 2017 and Bolsover Cruise Club are thrilled to become the first travel agent in the world to charter the ship for a series of six safari sailings, all of which will depart from Southampton this summer. Itineraries will sail the Eastern Mediterranean, visiting ports of call including Rome, Nice, Florence, Ibiza and Barcelona.
    For further information on our exclusive charter sailings with Ocean Safari® click here
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from KeithnRita in Behind The Scenes At Bolsover Cruise Club   
    Have you ever wondered what it looks like inside the nerve centre of the UK’s largest independent cruise specialist? Take a look behind the scenes at Bolsover Cruise Club HQ, or better still call in, see us, enjoy a complimentary coffee & let's talk cruising!
     
     
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from Jaczs in UK’s Top Agent For 30 Years   
    Last night we were thrilled to be voted the UK’s top agent for a 30th consecutive year by P&O Cruises, receiving the coveted ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at a star-studded ceremony held at London’s 100 Wardour Street hotel on Thursday 26 January 2017.
    The UK Cruise Awards is the most prestigious event on the cruise calendar, bringing the industry’s biggest names together to recognise the most successful agents of the previous year. A James Bond theme set the scene for a glamorous evening of awards, dinner and dancing, during which we were announced as winners of the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ for P&O Cruises. Bolsover Cruise Club Director Julie Straw and Helen Moore took to the stage to collect the shining new addition to our awards cabinet; our 30th P&O Cruises Top Agent award in as many years. Helen later returned to the stage to collect her own ‘Shining Star Award’, a fantastic accolade voted for by all Carnival Cruise Lines operators.
    Our history with P&O Cruises dates back over 30 years…
    Bolsover Cruise Club was founded by the Wilson family in 1960 and began selling cruises in 1983.
    Derek Wilson, Business Development Manager of Bolsover Cruise Club, said: “It all began with a tiny advert. After realising that nobody else was advertising cruise holidays, I decided to place a very small 1 column inch ad in the Mail on Sunday.
    “The advert was quite expensive back then, about £100, and I remember us debating whether it would be worthwhile.
    “Shops never opened on Sundays back then, so I put my home telephone number on the advert and waited. The response was incredible. We received constant calls from 7.00am when the newsagents opened, right through to 1.00am the following morning.
    “Word spread from there and Bolsover Cruise Club just grew and grew.
    “It was just really the one ship back then, the SS Canberra, and we have grown alongside P&O Cruises ever since. Others have come and gone along the way, but we have stood the test of time.
    Speaking about winning an award with P&O Cruises for a 30th consecutive year, Michael Wilson, Managing Director of Bolsover Cruise Club, said:
    “To be recognised as the UK’s top independent agent for P&O Cruises for 30 years in a row is a huge achievement for us and one which we are incredibly proud of.
    “Our relationship with P&O Cruises has been nurtured over a great period of time, beginning when the cruise industry itself was still in its inception and SS Canberra ruled the waves.
    “Retaining this award for so long is testament to our unrivalled expertise of the UK’s favourite cruise line.
    WATCH OUR 30 YEARS AT THE TOP VIDEO BELOW!
     
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from Jaczs in UK’s Top Agent For 30 Years   
    Last night we were thrilled to be voted the UK’s top agent for a 30th consecutive year by P&O Cruises, receiving the coveted ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at a star-studded ceremony held at London’s 100 Wardour Street hotel on Thursday 26 January 2017.
    The UK Cruise Awards is the most prestigious event on the cruise calendar, bringing the industry’s biggest names together to recognise the most successful agents of the previous year. A James Bond theme set the scene for a glamorous evening of awards, dinner and dancing, during which we were announced as winners of the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ for P&O Cruises. Bolsover Cruise Club Director Julie Straw and Helen Moore took to the stage to collect the shining new addition to our awards cabinet; our 30th P&O Cruises Top Agent award in as many years. Helen later returned to the stage to collect her own ‘Shining Star Award’, a fantastic accolade voted for by all Carnival Cruise Lines operators.
    Our history with P&O Cruises dates back over 30 years…
    Bolsover Cruise Club was founded by the Wilson family in 1960 and began selling cruises in 1983.
    Derek Wilson, Business Development Manager of Bolsover Cruise Club, said: “It all began with a tiny advert. After realising that nobody else was advertising cruise holidays, I decided to place a very small 1 column inch ad in the Mail on Sunday.
    “The advert was quite expensive back then, about £100, and I remember us debating whether it would be worthwhile.
    “Shops never opened on Sundays back then, so I put my home telephone number on the advert and waited. The response was incredible. We received constant calls from 7.00am when the newsagents opened, right through to 1.00am the following morning.
    “Word spread from there and Bolsover Cruise Club just grew and grew.
    “It was just really the one ship back then, the SS Canberra, and we have grown alongside P&O Cruises ever since. Others have come and gone along the way, but we have stood the test of time.
    Speaking about winning an award with P&O Cruises for a 30th consecutive year, Michael Wilson, Managing Director of Bolsover Cruise Club, said:
    “To be recognised as the UK’s top independent agent for P&O Cruises for 30 years in a row is a huge achievement for us and one which we are incredibly proud of.
    “Our relationship with P&O Cruises has been nurtured over a great period of time, beginning when the cruise industry itself was still in its inception and SS Canberra ruled the waves.
    “Retaining this award for so long is testament to our unrivalled expertise of the UK’s favourite cruise line.
    WATCH OUR 30 YEARS AT THE TOP VIDEO BELOW!
     
  13. Like
    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from Jaczs in UK’s Top Agent For 30 Years   
    Last night we were thrilled to be voted the UK’s top agent for a 30th consecutive year by P&O Cruises, receiving the coveted ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ at a star-studded ceremony held at London’s 100 Wardour Street hotel on Thursday 26 January 2017.
    The UK Cruise Awards is the most prestigious event on the cruise calendar, bringing the industry’s biggest names together to recognise the most successful agents of the previous year. A James Bond theme set the scene for a glamorous evening of awards, dinner and dancing, during which we were announced as winners of the ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ for P&O Cruises. Bolsover Cruise Club Director Julie Straw and Helen Moore took to the stage to collect the shining new addition to our awards cabinet; our 30th P&O Cruises Top Agent award in as many years. Helen later returned to the stage to collect her own ‘Shining Star Award’, a fantastic accolade voted for by all Carnival Cruise Lines operators.
    Our history with P&O Cruises dates back over 30 years…
    Bolsover Cruise Club was founded by the Wilson family in 1960 and began selling cruises in 1983.
    Derek Wilson, Business Development Manager of Bolsover Cruise Club, said: “It all began with a tiny advert. After realising that nobody else was advertising cruise holidays, I decided to place a very small 1 column inch ad in the Mail on Sunday.
    “The advert was quite expensive back then, about £100, and I remember us debating whether it would be worthwhile.
    “Shops never opened on Sundays back then, so I put my home telephone number on the advert and waited. The response was incredible. We received constant calls from 7.00am when the newsagents opened, right through to 1.00am the following morning.
    “Word spread from there and Bolsover Cruise Club just grew and grew.
    “It was just really the one ship back then, the SS Canberra, and we have grown alongside P&O Cruises ever since. Others have come and gone along the way, but we have stood the test of time.
    Speaking about winning an award with P&O Cruises for a 30th consecutive year, Michael Wilson, Managing Director of Bolsover Cruise Club, said:
    “To be recognised as the UK’s top independent agent for P&O Cruises for 30 years in a row is a huge achievement for us and one which we are incredibly proud of.
    “Our relationship with P&O Cruises has been nurtured over a great period of time, beginning when the cruise industry itself was still in its inception and SS Canberra ruled the waves.
    “Retaining this award for so long is testament to our unrivalled expertise of the UK’s favourite cruise line.
    WATCH OUR 30 YEARS AT THE TOP VIDEO BELOW!
     
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from Davybe in P&O Cruises Price Drop! Aurora 12-nts from £599   
    P&O Cruises have reduced the fares on Aurora's 12-night Spain & Portugal cruise departing Southampton on 29th October 2017.
    Save £200 per couple with Early Saver fares now from £599pp!
    Outside cabins are from £709pp and Balcony cabins from £829pp
    Here's the itinerary:
    Southampton, Lisbon, Seville, Valencia, Ibiza, Cartagena, Gibraltar, Southampton
    Click here to view on our website >>
    Call Bolsover Cruise Club on 01246 819819
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from Davybe in P&O Cruises Price Drop! Aurora 12-nts from £599   
    P&O Cruises have reduced the fares on Aurora's 12-night Spain & Portugal cruise departing Southampton on 29th October 2017.
    Save £200 per couple with Early Saver fares now from £599pp!
    Outside cabins are from £709pp and Balcony cabins from £829pp
    Here's the itinerary:
    Southampton, Lisbon, Seville, Valencia, Ibiza, Cartagena, Gibraltar, Southampton
    Click here to view on our website >>
    Call Bolsover Cruise Club on 01246 819819
  16. Like
    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from Davybe in P&O Cruises Price Drop! Aurora 12-nts from £599   
    P&O Cruises have reduced the fares on Aurora's 12-night Spain & Portugal cruise departing Southampton on 29th October 2017.
    Save £200 per couple with Early Saver fares now from £599pp!
    Outside cabins are from £709pp and Balcony cabins from £829pp
    Here's the itinerary:
    Southampton, Lisbon, Seville, Valencia, Ibiza, Cartagena, Gibraltar, Southampton
    Click here to view on our website >>
    Call Bolsover Cruise Club on 01246 819819
  17. Like
    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from Davybe in P&O Cruises Price Drop! Aurora 12-nts from £599   
    P&O Cruises have reduced the fares on Aurora's 12-night Spain & Portugal cruise departing Southampton on 29th October 2017.
    Save £200 per couple with Early Saver fares now from £599pp!
    Outside cabins are from £709pp and Balcony cabins from £829pp
    Here's the itinerary:
    Southampton, Lisbon, Seville, Valencia, Ibiza, Cartagena, Gibraltar, Southampton
    Click here to view on our website >>
    Call Bolsover Cruise Club on 01246 819819
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from Nick in Emerald Princess Review by Graham Hampsheir   
    Cruise Report - Emerald Princess 23rd - 26th April 2016
    Having cruised with Princess a few times we thought a 3 night mini cruise be a fun thing to do. Guernsey might not be the most glamorous destination but we’ve never been there (tried twice) and to be honest it was more about the ship than any islands that got in the way! We drove to Southampton and used the valet parking facilities, with 3000 people getting on the ship it was a coincidence that our travelling companions Eddie and Tracy Townson were two cars behind us in the queue to board.
    Once onboard we bought our drinks packages and the four of us went to the MDR for lunch. The menu was limited and the waiter called me fat, I would have been offended but he did have a point to be fair. I can’t remember what I ate so it must have been ok, I normally remember if it was bad (there was plenty of bad food - watch this space) The waiter took our wine and prosecco orders but not before taking the peas out of me again for ordering a Virgin Chocobanana (I like them).
     
    Our room was as expected, we went for an interior this time thinking a balcony was an unnecessary luxury on such a short cruise in April - in retrospect, we should have gone for the balcony. It was great to meet fellow P&O Cruise Fans members on the first night - Florry Blackmountain + Simon and Annie Snowball-Wix and Barry. I was surprised to discover that it’s not ‘Florry’s real name and that IS Annie’s real name. Between you and me, Florry is actually ‘Rita’....it had me thinking....if Rita had actually married Annie’s husband, she would sound like a Chinese breakfast cereal - Rita Wix...anyway, I digress ...they are lovely people and I think that should be allowed on cruise ships. Ian Hardacre was also onboard but refused to associate with us ‘Crooners Bar’ lowlife and chose to drink all the Korbel in Explorers rather than raid our supplies. We had managed to get our booking linked with that of our friends so that we could all dine together but somehow Princess managed to mess that up, there were several issues like this and on a short cruise like this, it’s very annoying to have to spend so much time queuing up at various desks trying to put right what Princess had got wrong.
     
    To call this a cruise was very mis-leading, it took us 39 hours to travel to Guernsey - approximately the same distance as it is to Plymouth, we did this at an average speed of around 8 knots...it was more of a ‘drift’ across the channel rather than cruise and it was very embarrassing to be overtaken by windsurfers and canoeists from the Lyme Regis YMCA. The upside of the leisurely sailing was that it allowed Sergio in the Crooners Bar time to actually bring us the drinks we’d ordered 24 hours previously... Now what was I moaning about? - Oh yes, the slow boat to Guernsey....anyway, we got there eventually and having gone ashore I was wondering what all the rush was for?
     
    We got the tender after having to hang around in the Da Vinci dining room for almost 30 seconds...the Elite member of our group ensuring we could get on the next available tender. Whilst obviously being convenient, I did feel a bit guilty about jumping the queue, not sure I am a fan of this kind of elitism - all men (and women) being born equal and all that. The tender ride ashore was very ordinary, not unlike any other tender ride I've ever had - nothing out of the ordinary. Anyone who has ever been to Guernsey will probably agree that is with a doubt absolutely unspectacular! - we wandered around the streets trying to find some sort of difference between the local environment and any run down town in the UK. The old quarter was full of empty shops, tattoo studios and tatt shops. I'm not sure when Guernsey was evacuated but I'm quote convinced that the passengers from the ship were the only people on there apart from a couple of survivors from the recent zombie apocalypse. I'm actually building Guernsey up a bit here, the reality is an island full of tax legislation manuals would have been more interesting.
     
    The day wasn't a total washout however as things got really exciting on the tender back to the ship. The journey seemed normal enough until we turned the corner to reach the landing areas on the side of the ship facing away from the coast. There seemed to be less shelter there and I'm not sure what the normal procedure is but I would have thought the ship would be turned so that we disembarked the tenders with the ship acting as a shelter from the wind and tide? This wasn't the case however and when we arrived at the ship, 6 or 7 tenders were fighting the sea conditions which had deteriorated over the past couple of hours. Tender number 19 went in for an attempt and actually managed to get tied on, only for the cables to snap and send the craft back out into the swollen seas. By now our tender was getting thrown around like a top and a mixture of panic, sea sickness and a deep seated fear of drowning was probably helped when I shot a selfie video of myself giving details of my last will and testament. Everyone on the tender was then sent into panic when a large explosion was heard on top of the vessel....it turned out to be the hatch being torn off by the wind and sent flying through the air like a frisbee into the sea! In all we spent about an hour trying to get back to the mother vessel, thoughts turned to what would happen if we couldn't get back! - Surely the ship wouldn't wait overnight and maybe we would be put up in a deserted hotel before being flown back in the morning or stuck on a ferry! Anyway, we did manage to dock after conditions eased but the drama wasn't over as when half our tender was unloaded, it had to leave the ship as a medical emergency on the tender behind necessitated immediate evacuation. I don't have any details of this, I hope the person was ok and maybe suffering from nothing more than a panic attack. Suffice to say a drink or two were needed after this episode so we went back to Crooners to see if our drinks that we had ordered two days before had arrived yet....they hadn't.
     
    Sometimes asking for a table of six is a bit of a lottery, in the past we’ve had to share our dining experience with puffed up, snotty retired bankers who treat the waiting staff like peasants, soup dribbling old ladies and people who’s idea of dressing up for formal night meant wearing socks. On this cruise however we were lucky enough to have fantastic, and very funny fellow diners. As is the usual, I had two baskets of bread rolls on the table but for some reason the others thought they could help themselves to them! - a quick rap on the knuckles with a shiny spoon soon sorted out that problem...the cheek of some people! Being a 5* dining experience, I went for the burger and chips. I normally like my beef medium to well done but the waiter didn’t offer me a choice and not being one to make a fuss, I went with the flow. Sure enough the gastronomic delight turned up a couple of hours later, plenty of time to cook it well so as you can imagine, I was quite shocked when the beef patty started ‘mooing’ at me. To call it a burger was in the least an ambitious claim, it reminded me of a squashed steak tartar ball which had seen the glancing heat of a candle as it passed by. In truth, when it comes to food, I am not the worlds most extravagant diner, I like simple food and my second favourite course on a ship is the soup and the aforementioned rolls - in the past I have been known to order the soup as a starter, soup course and main course...yes I love it! The soup and rolls on the Emerald didn’t disappoint - my compliments to the soup chef, I hope he gets a fair share of the gratuities. I said the soup was my second favourite course, my favourite without a doubt is the Princess Lovegasm Dream...sorry, that should read Loveboat Supreme...what genius came up with this idea?!? My compliments to the Princess Loveboat Supreme Chef, I hope he gets a fair share of the gratuities. Once again, despite the staff being excellent in the MDR, the service was very slow and drink orders were forgotten. I don’t blame the overworked staff there for this, they are doing their best but obviously they are the point of reference and have to take all the complaints which really should go straight to their bosses.
     
    Due to slow service, we missed the theatre shows on the first two nights but as a friend and golfing buddy of mine was the guest entertainer on the 3rd night we managed to get to his show in the theatre, being a busy ship I didn’t want to miss out on this so I placed a towel on a seat in there just to be sure of seeing his show. In the past I have always been impressed with the ‘production’ of shows on the ships so I was a bit disappointed to see Jeff Stevenson doing his comedy act in front of the curtain with no production at all. A sign of the times I suppose, Jeff was his normal brilliant self and we all enjoyed his show and his topical ad libs about this particular cruise (some of which I’ve nicked and used in these blogs!) A highlight of the cruise for us was the $500 slots tournament which my girlfriend managed to win - it paid our onboard account and gives a bit of spending money for when we go to see my Son’s show at The Metropolitan Rooms in New York on the 9th June (tickets available at the box office - oops, sorry, forgot myself there! So three nights on the Emerald Princess - they weren’t perfect but we were lucky to meet some great people, spend time with them and have a really good laugh.
     
    Disembarkation was very smooth, having queued in the past to get off the ship, it was a surprise to be able to wander off at our leisure at 7.30am...just as well as I was booked in to play golf 120 miles away at 10.30am! In summery, in my experience, mini cruises have their place, they shouldn’t be compared to longer ‘proper’ cruises and you shouldn’t expect them to be the same. Guernsey for all I have said is probably a lovely little island, don’t be swayed by my review of it, we went on a cold wet April day and headed into the centre of a run down shopping area - who knew? Give it a chance, read other reviews on cruise pages, Tripadvisor etc. I will say there were lots of ladies at the port giving out maps etc, they were obviously very proud of their island and were very professional in their roles.
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    Bolsover Cruise Club got a reaction from Nick in Emerald Princess Review by Graham Hampsheir   
    Cruise Report - Emerald Princess 23rd - 26th April 2016
    Having cruised with Princess a few times we thought a 3 night mini cruise be a fun thing to do. Guernsey might not be the most glamorous destination but we’ve never been there (tried twice) and to be honest it was more about the ship than any islands that got in the way! We drove to Southampton and used the valet parking facilities, with 3000 people getting on the ship it was a coincidence that our travelling companions Eddie and Tracy Townson were two cars behind us in the queue to board.
    Once onboard we bought our drinks packages and the four of us went to the MDR for lunch. The menu was limited and the waiter called me fat, I would have been offended but he did have a point to be fair. I can’t remember what I ate so it must have been ok, I normally remember if it was bad (there was plenty of bad food - watch this space) The waiter took our wine and prosecco orders but not before taking the peas out of me again for ordering a Virgin Chocobanana (I like them).
     
    Our room was as expected, we went for an interior this time thinking a balcony was an unnecessary luxury on such a short cruise in April - in retrospect, we should have gone for the balcony. It was great to meet fellow P&O Cruise Fans members on the first night - Florry Blackmountain + Simon and Annie Snowball-Wix and Barry. I was surprised to discover that it’s not ‘Florry’s real name and that IS Annie’s real name. Between you and me, Florry is actually ‘Rita’....it had me thinking....if Rita had actually married Annie’s husband, she would sound like a Chinese breakfast cereal - Rita Wix...anyway, I digress ...they are lovely people and I think that should be allowed on cruise ships. Ian Hardacre was also onboard but refused to associate with us ‘Crooners Bar’ lowlife and chose to drink all the Korbel in Explorers rather than raid our supplies. We had managed to get our booking linked with that of our friends so that we could all dine together but somehow Princess managed to mess that up, there were several issues like this and on a short cruise like this, it’s very annoying to have to spend so much time queuing up at various desks trying to put right what Princess had got wrong.
     
    To call this a cruise was very mis-leading, it took us 39 hours to travel to Guernsey - approximately the same distance as it is to Plymouth, we did this at an average speed of around 8 knots...it was more of a ‘drift’ across the channel rather than cruise and it was very embarrassing to be overtaken by windsurfers and canoeists from the Lyme Regis YMCA. The upside of the leisurely sailing was that it allowed Sergio in the Crooners Bar time to actually bring us the drinks we’d ordered 24 hours previously... Now what was I moaning about? - Oh yes, the slow boat to Guernsey....anyway, we got there eventually and having gone ashore I was wondering what all the rush was for?
     
    We got the tender after having to hang around in the Da Vinci dining room for almost 30 seconds...the Elite member of our group ensuring we could get on the next available tender. Whilst obviously being convenient, I did feel a bit guilty about jumping the queue, not sure I am a fan of this kind of elitism - all men (and women) being born equal and all that. The tender ride ashore was very ordinary, not unlike any other tender ride I've ever had - nothing out of the ordinary. Anyone who has ever been to Guernsey will probably agree that is with a doubt absolutely unspectacular! - we wandered around the streets trying to find some sort of difference between the local environment and any run down town in the UK. The old quarter was full of empty shops, tattoo studios and tatt shops. I'm not sure when Guernsey was evacuated but I'm quote convinced that the passengers from the ship were the only people on there apart from a couple of survivors from the recent zombie apocalypse. I'm actually building Guernsey up a bit here, the reality is an island full of tax legislation manuals would have been more interesting.
     
    The day wasn't a total washout however as things got really exciting on the tender back to the ship. The journey seemed normal enough until we turned the corner to reach the landing areas on the side of the ship facing away from the coast. There seemed to be less shelter there and I'm not sure what the normal procedure is but I would have thought the ship would be turned so that we disembarked the tenders with the ship acting as a shelter from the wind and tide? This wasn't the case however and when we arrived at the ship, 6 or 7 tenders were fighting the sea conditions which had deteriorated over the past couple of hours. Tender number 19 went in for an attempt and actually managed to get tied on, only for the cables to snap and send the craft back out into the swollen seas. By now our tender was getting thrown around like a top and a mixture of panic, sea sickness and a deep seated fear of drowning was probably helped when I shot a selfie video of myself giving details of my last will and testament. Everyone on the tender was then sent into panic when a large explosion was heard on top of the vessel....it turned out to be the hatch being torn off by the wind and sent flying through the air like a frisbee into the sea! In all we spent about an hour trying to get back to the mother vessel, thoughts turned to what would happen if we couldn't get back! - Surely the ship wouldn't wait overnight and maybe we would be put up in a deserted hotel before being flown back in the morning or stuck on a ferry! Anyway, we did manage to dock after conditions eased but the drama wasn't over as when half our tender was unloaded, it had to leave the ship as a medical emergency on the tender behind necessitated immediate evacuation. I don't have any details of this, I hope the person was ok and maybe suffering from nothing more than a panic attack. Suffice to say a drink or two were needed after this episode so we went back to Crooners to see if our drinks that we had ordered two days before had arrived yet....they hadn't.
     
    Sometimes asking for a table of six is a bit of a lottery, in the past we’ve had to share our dining experience with puffed up, snotty retired bankers who treat the waiting staff like peasants, soup dribbling old ladies and people who’s idea of dressing up for formal night meant wearing socks. On this cruise however we were lucky enough to have fantastic, and very funny fellow diners. As is the usual, I had two baskets of bread rolls on the table but for some reason the others thought they could help themselves to them! - a quick rap on the knuckles with a shiny spoon soon sorted out that problem...the cheek of some people! Being a 5* dining experience, I went for the burger and chips. I normally like my beef medium to well done but the waiter didn’t offer me a choice and not being one to make a fuss, I went with the flow. Sure enough the gastronomic delight turned up a couple of hours later, plenty of time to cook it well so as you can imagine, I was quite shocked when the beef patty started ‘mooing’ at me. To call it a burger was in the least an ambitious claim, it reminded me of a squashed steak tartar ball which had seen the glancing heat of a candle as it passed by. In truth, when it comes to food, I am not the worlds most extravagant diner, I like simple food and my second favourite course on a ship is the soup and the aforementioned rolls - in the past I have been known to order the soup as a starter, soup course and main course...yes I love it! The soup and rolls on the Emerald didn’t disappoint - my compliments to the soup chef, I hope he gets a fair share of the gratuities. I said the soup was my second favourite course, my favourite without a doubt is the Princess Lovegasm Dream...sorry, that should read Loveboat Supreme...what genius came up with this idea?!? My compliments to the Princess Loveboat Supreme Chef, I hope he gets a fair share of the gratuities. Once again, despite the staff being excellent in the MDR, the service was very slow and drink orders were forgotten. I don’t blame the overworked staff there for this, they are doing their best but obviously they are the point of reference and have to take all the complaints which really should go straight to their bosses.
     
    Due to slow service, we missed the theatre shows on the first two nights but as a friend and golfing buddy of mine was the guest entertainer on the 3rd night we managed to get to his show in the theatre, being a busy ship I didn’t want to miss out on this so I placed a towel on a seat in there just to be sure of seeing his show. In the past I have always been impressed with the ‘production’ of shows on the ships so I was a bit disappointed to see Jeff Stevenson doing his comedy act in front of the curtain with no production at all. A sign of the times I suppose, Jeff was his normal brilliant self and we all enjoyed his show and his topical ad libs about this particular cruise (some of which I’ve nicked and used in these blogs!) A highlight of the cruise for us was the $500 slots tournament which my girlfriend managed to win - it paid our onboard account and gives a bit of spending money for when we go to see my Son’s show at The Metropolitan Rooms in New York on the 9th June (tickets available at the box office - oops, sorry, forgot myself there! So three nights on the Emerald Princess - they weren’t perfect but we were lucky to meet some great people, spend time with them and have a really good laugh.
     
    Disembarkation was very smooth, having queued in the past to get off the ship, it was a surprise to be able to wander off at our leisure at 7.30am...just as well as I was booked in to play golf 120 miles away at 10.30am! In summery, in my experience, mini cruises have their place, they shouldn’t be compared to longer ‘proper’ cruises and you shouldn’t expect them to be the same. Guernsey for all I have said is probably a lovely little island, don’t be swayed by my review of it, we went on a cold wet April day and headed into the centre of a run down shopping area - who knew? Give it a chance, read other reviews on cruise pages, Tripadvisor etc. I will say there were lots of ladies at the port giving out maps etc, they were obviously very proud of their island and were very professional in their roles.
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