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  1. Yes you do need a passport. On Caribbean Princess Round Britain all passports were surrendered on board prior to the call at Cobh. Apparently then the authorities look at random passports regardless of whether they are EU or not. The rules appear to change every year as the previous year on the same itinerary and ship, we did not have to surrender them, merely use them at check in.
  2. You have to keep a child off school for 3 days if they have been vomiting or had tummy upsets so whats the difference in keeping someone off school to go on holiday? Many parents see schools as cheap child minding facilities anyway. School days are much shorter these days than years ago with the result that there is more homework given even in primary schools. This does not stop schools closing at lunchtime for Open days, and end of term. There is also alot of time wasted in school time, preparing for Nativity plays, school productions etc. Add all this up and it can amount to more than 1
  3. I dislike the idea intensely. It is like 1974 with Big Brother watching every move. We have 3 cruises booked on Princess next year and hope we can opt out. Apart from that a wrist band leaves white marks when sunbathing:)
  4. I am booked on Caribbean Princess for Xmas and New Year Caribbean cruise and have just had a letter from Princess advising of a changed itinerary due to technical problems which affect the maximum speed of the vessel and offering $50 pp refundable obc as compensation formissing St Marten and being replaced bt St Thomas and reduced time in some ports. This was particularly annoying as it occurred just over a week after I made the final payment. I notice from other sites that similar letters have gone out for other cruises beginning with its Transatlantic crossing in September. We were on Caribb
  5. You are lucky to be able to print them. Neither the P and O nor Princess cruise personaliser ticketing options work on old operating systems so despite my having 2 laptops, I have to either rely on my travel agent printing and posting them to me or visiting a library. Unfortunately my two local libraries have now shut down due to cutbacks. I also have a problem with my forthcoming Xmas Princess Caribbean cruise in that I am spending 5 weeks in the US pre cruise with no access to a printer and travel agents generally can only access etickets a couple of weeks before departure. I am planning on
  6. We always find it a problem to use up on board credit as firstly we are non drinkers, secondly the offerings in on board shops are not to our taste. We are not spa enthusiasts, nor foidies sinspeciality restsurants are a waste of time and we dislike organized excursions as we have done over 100 cruise and seen everything we have wanted to. We just enjoy cruising in the sun and seeing different places everyday. On a recent 12 day cruise we had $400 each obc so once again, family members got new watches courtesy of the cruiseline. i would much prefer a reduction in price.
  7. Saga also do a card for over 50s but you can have a second cardholder who can be under 50. This is a Visa card. We have used this and the Post Office card (MasterCard) all over the world in the past 20 years or so. Just remember when making transactions to do it the currency if the country you are visiting and do not let metchant convert charge into sterling as the exchange rate is less favourable. We do not use them to withdraw cash though as this does incur a fee.
  8. No not a balcony for us. We much prefer a totally dark cabin, especially for sleeping. Not only that it depends where you are docked if you have an outside or balcony cabin, you could get the sun streaming in all day. We were once moved to an outside cabin due to plumbing issues with our inside cabin and found it got stifling, even with air con on its lowerst setting and leaving the curtains drawn. We asked to move back to an inside as it was a 35 night cruise. One must also bear in mind that in some ports, ships are docked parallel to each other which could result in privacy issues if you wan
  9. It depends how desperate you are to sit together. Just remember that they can change planes at a very late date. We boarded one once, having pre-booked seats, to find that our row did not exist!
  10. A table for 2 everytime. We dislike sharing tables and conversation and prefer a quick service. I hate ut when people wt adjoining tables for 2 try to start a conversation. If they want to chat they shoukd opt for a larger size table and not hog the already scarce tables for 2. Our last cruise was spoiled by two very loud couples, both occupying tables for 2, conversing with each other every night.
  11. Plenty of lifts and stairs (not like Britannia). Well organised buffet. A decent library. A limit on mobility scooters. The big American ships are full of them. I am sure the majority of users are too lazy to walk the distance round these vessels as once in port, there are alot fewer in use. Having said this, we dont like the monster ships and prefer small ship traditional cruising.
  12. We had one on Oceana cruise ladt year 4 weeks before embarkation and printed e tickets the same day.
  13. Cost us £7 in June. Too far to walk as once the dock gates are reached it is a long roundabout route to the ship even though you can see it almost in front of you.
  14. We went on Oceana last year on a Saver fare. We were allocated second sitting so we went to Maitre d' on boarding and said he could allocate the table to someone else as second sitting was late for us and we woukd use the buffet instead to eat earlier. He asked us what dining arrangements we woukd like - first sitting or Freedom and we chose first sitting. There were plenty of tables that were not used at all during our two week cruise on first sitting. Another cruiser we met had changed to Freedom dinibg with no problem either.
  15. Giants Causeway - bit of an anticlimax and certainly not worth a 2 hour drive from Belfast.
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