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    Popsicle got a reaction from Captain Kidd II in What will the outcome be in Venice?   
    I absolutely think that the port authority there need to take some steps to reduce the numbers of passengers in port each day.
     
    They have to compromise on having the tourism without destroying the locals way of life, and the place itself!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in MSC introducing Vinotherapy. I always knew wine was a form of therapy!   
    Hold on....
    So you don't actually get to drink the wine.
     
    I'm out....
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    Popsicle got a reaction from HALaP&O in Is It A Bribe or a Tip?   
    Is it just me that thinks $10 for a full week or more preferential treatment makes the barman a cheap date?!
    I don't generally think it's a good idea overall, the service should be the same for all passengers and by doing this the staff will better their chances of a more generous tip at the end perhaps.
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    Popsicle reacted to Jenjen in WHY WOULD YOU GO WITH P&O (OMG STOP MOANING)   
    I just had to post this, I was telling my friend about poor Mitch and the moaners, she told me this story.
    They were on a cruise, and her husband got so fed up with complaints, he told a group he could not complain, because he had just got of prison he. Had served a sentence for GBH he had hit a man who had moaned about service,food ship, and the cruise line, that he had lost his temper, because he and his wife had saved for years to go on this cruise and that it was spoiled for him, he then walked off.
    My friends husband is in the legal profession of cause not true, But nobody ,moaned in his hearing again. It think that's priceless, made me laugh anyway
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    Popsicle reacted to Oldworldtraveller in ARE THEIR PASSENGERS P&O'S WORST THING   
    As I said on another thread, I board Azura next month for the TA home. Having sailed on many 3/4 star lines since my last Azura trip it will be interesting to see if things have improved or deteriorated. 
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    Popsicle reacted to HLM in Marella Dream   
    Couldn't agree more OWT, as has been said many times they are the "Marmite" of cruiselines.
    As with the Dream I also sailed on Discovery in it's maiden season with Tui last year, I found it excellent value for money and a positive step up in quality, but there are obviously better lines out there, albeit  at an additional cost.
    I don't think for one minute that Tui/Marella are trying to be at the top end of cruising, unfortunately some people expect 5* cruising at 3* prices.
    HLM.
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    Popsicle reacted to Oldworldtraveller in Marella Dream   
    Having now cruised on 59 different ships of 18  cruise lines smtcan I couldn't agree more.
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    Popsicle reacted to mitch in Marella Dream   
    i wouldnt worry about all the snobs around just enjoy the holiday.
    i came back from a 24 nighter on arcadia at the end of oct. perfectly good cruise a couple of issues round and about with plumbing but to hear some people whinging you would have thought it was the cruise from hell.
    one guy was moaning on board and put it in an online reveiw on and on that there was a chip in his sink. well if thats your only wory on a holiday and it ruins it then i think it says more about him than owt else.
    in the past i cruised on airtours,thomson,ncl,rccl,cunard and p&o ive enjoyed them all.
    a cabin is a cabin its a box with a bed and a shower etc.
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    Popsicle reacted to iknowlescourier in Marella Dream   
    I'm ignoring some negative comments about Thomson (now Marella) Cruises and have booked Canary Islands in February on Dream. I will judge for myself. To be honest, my main criteria isn't the ship which I am aware is getting on a bit. What is important is getting away from Winter for a week, visiting the Canaries which we haven't been to for a while, and generally relaxing. If I go with low expectations about the accommodation, entertainment etc then I will either not be disappointed or pleasantly surprised. We have paid for the drinks package so if it is disappointing we can always make the memory a blur lol.
    Any positive remarks about Marella (Thomson) are welcome.
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    Popsicle reacted to Oldworldtraveller in WHY WOULD YOU GO WITH P&O (OMG STOP MOANING)   
    Or it could be that these cruise lines constantly deliver what they promise. 
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    Popsicle reacted to mitch in WHY WOULD YOU GO WITH P&O (OMG STOP MOANING)   
    OMG BACK SEAT NAVIGATORS NOW
    lol today the capt came on at noon with his usual update. apparently he has been contacted by concerned passengers asking what hes doing regarding tropical storm ophelia which is 300 miles south of us.
    poor bloke then had to explain ITS 300 MILES AWAY.
    hes sailing away from it not towards it and at the worst it may get a bit lumpy around midnight but thats as much as it will affect us.
    my god i feel for the crew.
    what do these people do all day. your on holiday for gods sake.
    thank goodness the drink of the day is a double pina colada.
    i think i am going to stock up lol.
     
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    Popsicle reacted to mitch in WHY WOULD YOU GO WITH P&O (OMG STOP MOANING)   
    i assure you i am not making this up.
    we docked in the azores this morning.
    last night the sea was a mill pond and i was sat outside the east bar puffing on my e-cig, bacardi etc in hand enjoying the most glorious sunset.
    the ship was practically stationary all was well with the world.
    this couple came out, she sniffed oh its a smoking area all huffy and hubby says "its hardly moving, if he put his foot down we could have docked tonight"
    about turned and went back to the bar.
    i nearly had an accident. lol.
    back seat drivers as well. tee hee
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    Popsicle reacted to sammy sun in WHY WOULD YOU GO WITH P&O (OMG STOP MOANING)   
    It's a great opening post and mitch has actually managed to achieve something quite unique. A topic has been started on P&O where we're all in agreement  unheard of!
    Jokes aside, it is a very frustrating aspect of cruising with P&O and has only gotten worse over the past few years. OWT is spot on that the people who always complain are the people who sing the praises of P&O upon their return and won't cruise with anyone else. If you're unhappy with something, you don't keep doing it so why continue with P&O if you no longer enjoy the experience. Look elsewhere and leave the people that do like P&O to actually enjoy their holiday without an ear full every five minutes over every perceived negativity on board.
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    Popsicle reacted to Oldworldtraveller in WHY WOULD YOU GO WITH P&O (OMG STOP MOANING)   
    The amazing thing is, these are the people who when back home tell everyone that P&O is the best cruise line and that they wouldn't sail with anyone else. You couldn't make it up.
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    Popsicle reacted to mitch in WHY WOULD YOU GO WITH P&O (OMG STOP MOANING)   
    fortunately the ship is big enough to find escapes usually the smoking areas or casino lol.
    i knew the bad habits would come in handy. lol.
    i am here to enjoy myself and i will i just posted this as within minutes of getting on board they started and i had this flashback to these forums about the p&o moaners and thought my god its true lol. although i must admit i havent been asked to compare prices yet but i suppose theres 20 odd days to go lol.
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    Popsicle reacted to Oldworldtraveller in WHY WOULD YOU GO WITH P&O (OMG STOP MOANING)   
    Just tell them it was free through 'Friends and Family'.
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    Popsicle reacted to Jenjen in WHY WOULD YOU GO WITH P&O (OMG STOP MOANING)   
    Poor you, BUT you can play them at there own game, it can be fun.
    half the time it's them trying to look worldly, and experienced cruisers, tell them you got 5grand OBC, you have done so many world cruises, etc etc. Half of them don't know what they are talking about anyway, the smoking issue is always draws the moaners and the best way to deal with them is to ignore, also I think sea days brings the moaner out in force it's there sport.
    have a nice time, and don't let other people dampen your fire work
     
     
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Furby in Do you have to have the new watch keys for your cabin or can you still opt for the usual cruise card?   
    I've used one of these onboard Royal Caribbean, and actually it was fine.

    It was actually refreshing not to have to visit 'reception' every day to have my card reset as I am a nightmare for leaving it near my phone rendering it useless!!
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    Popsicle reacted to sammy sun in Pay the school fine or Pay the inflated prices   
    I think this is perfectly reasonable. It's about time a compromise was achieved. The astronomical fares for parents in school holiday periods are crazy at times and therefore to be able to take your children out for just a few days may make a huge difference to the overall cost of a holiday. 
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    Popsicle reacted to RobBar in A Newbies Perspective   
    Glad you enjoyed yourself,,, and were not sick...
    I had to laugh about your gasp of how large the ship was ,,, on our first cruise years ago we were boarding Celebrity Infinity for Alaska in Vancouver and as we walked along the quay to the gangplank , this American family ahead of us were  looking up the side of the ship , and repeating as in saying ' holy lemon ,,, look how big she is'
    I did not want to ask after noting the number of drinks you had prior to muster,, did you find a seat to relax in
     
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    Popsicle got a reaction from sammy sun in A Newbies Perspective   
    So after years of nagging I finally managed to persuade one of my friends to come along and try a cruise this weekend, and she has done a little review of it!
     
    Enjoy!
     
    Virgin cruiser here.... I'm sure there are a lot of people on here that have never cruised before and I've just survived my first experience so wanted to share this for those who are not sure.
    A little bit about me first, me and Poppy have been friends for around 9 years and for about 8 of those she's been trying to get me on board, I've constantly declined as I suffer terrible travel sickness, cars, buses, trains and aeroplanes. After 8 years of torment I caved and booked a two night with her on the Ventura.
    My thinking was if I'm ill the whole time I won't have lost out on that much money.... now to the actual cruise...

    We arrived in Southampton around 12 noon and I when I saw the ship I was in awe, it wasn't the ferry I thought it was going to be, it's huge but having never even seen a ship before I had no idea what to expect. We parked the car and headed to the terminal where we checked in and they let us board straight away, they do take your picture when you check in so try not to look how I did (hair tied up and no makeup) 😂 we made our way onto the ship and straight to our room to drop the bags.
    The room was lovely, two single beds, Because I was with Poppy who is an experienced cruiser I didn't read the welcome letter, I recommend you do as a first timer, it's gives lots of information and what's happening.
    We did what most holidayers do and headed straight for the bar, cocktails at the ready. I thought the cocktails were cheap, £5.95 and at home we pay more like £7, you sign your name and they scan your card and it gets billed to your room. It was so easy to keep a track on your bill too, it's on the tv in your room.
    Cocktails in hand we went for an explore of the ship, my view was it's incredible, I couldn't get over how many bars and different restaurants there were. This is where I took about 100 pictures, proper tourist at this point. There is a theatre, shops. We then headed to the deck for more cocktails, it was quite busy there but lots of staff walking around asking if you wanted drinks, obviously we didn't decline.
    At this point I will go back to the welcome letter, on it there will be something called muster to look out for, this is what everybody on board has to attend at a certain time at a certain location with your lifejackets. We headed back for those and straight to our muster point. I think people should know to be on time for this, we waited around for nearly 30minutes as people were still in the bar, the captain announced he was closing the bar to kick people out. Muster is a safety check to make sure you know how to put your life jackets on and in the case of an emergency.
    After this we got ready for formal night, it was amazing seeing everyone in their pretty dresses and all the gents in their suits and dickie bows, I loved it.
    We were in the normal restaurant which I believe was called Saffron and what can I say, I love food and the food I experienced on both nights was absolutely incredible, starter,soup, sorbet, main, pudding and cheese board. We went for drinks on both nights and went to see one of the shows.
    On day 2 we got off the ship and went to the local town of Blankenberg which was lovely and where I could pick up some Belgium chocolates. Don't be late back or the ship will leave without you.
    At the beginning of this I mentioned the travel sickness, I've taken travel sickness tablets every 8 hours the whole time of the trip, from parking at 12 to the morning of departure and I have been absolutely fine, to say I'm the sickest person ever when travelling this has really surprised me that I haven't felt ill once. I'm sad to have left the ship I really had a fantastic time and we are already planning a 3 night one for next year and a family cruise. I really can't go into everything as we did so much and ate so much. One thing I do want to say is how every single person I met was lovely and I loved hearing their crushing experience.
    A huge thanks to poppy for spending 8 years trying to convince me. A fabulous weekend and can't wait for the next one
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    Popsicle got a reaction from RobBar in A Newbies Perspective   
    So after years of nagging I finally managed to persuade one of my friends to come along and try a cruise this weekend, and she has done a little review of it!
     
    Enjoy!
     
    Virgin cruiser here.... I'm sure there are a lot of people on here that have never cruised before and I've just survived my first experience so wanted to share this for those who are not sure.
    A little bit about me first, me and Poppy have been friends for around 9 years and for about 8 of those she's been trying to get me on board, I've constantly declined as I suffer terrible travel sickness, cars, buses, trains and aeroplanes. After 8 years of torment I caved and booked a two night with her on the Ventura.
    My thinking was if I'm ill the whole time I won't have lost out on that much money.... now to the actual cruise...

    We arrived in Southampton around 12 noon and I when I saw the ship I was in awe, it wasn't the ferry I thought it was going to be, it's huge but having never even seen a ship before I had no idea what to expect. We parked the car and headed to the terminal where we checked in and they let us board straight away, they do take your picture when you check in so try not to look how I did (hair tied up and no makeup) 😂 we made our way onto the ship and straight to our room to drop the bags.
    The room was lovely, two single beds, Because I was with Poppy who is an experienced cruiser I didn't read the welcome letter, I recommend you do as a first timer, it's gives lots of information and what's happening.
    We did what most holidayers do and headed straight for the bar, cocktails at the ready. I thought the cocktails were cheap, £5.95 and at home we pay more like £7, you sign your name and they scan your card and it gets billed to your room. It was so easy to keep a track on your bill too, it's on the tv in your room.
    Cocktails in hand we went for an explore of the ship, my view was it's incredible, I couldn't get over how many bars and different restaurants there were. This is where I took about 100 pictures, proper tourist at this point. There is a theatre, shops. We then headed to the deck for more cocktails, it was quite busy there but lots of staff walking around asking if you wanted drinks, obviously we didn't decline.
    At this point I will go back to the welcome letter, on it there will be something called muster to look out for, this is what everybody on board has to attend at a certain time at a certain location with your lifejackets. We headed back for those and straight to our muster point. I think people should know to be on time for this, we waited around for nearly 30minutes as people were still in the bar, the captain announced he was closing the bar to kick people out. Muster is a safety check to make sure you know how to put your life jackets on and in the case of an emergency.
    After this we got ready for formal night, it was amazing seeing everyone in their pretty dresses and all the gents in their suits and dickie bows, I loved it.
    We were in the normal restaurant which I believe was called Saffron and what can I say, I love food and the food I experienced on both nights was absolutely incredible, starter,soup, sorbet, main, pudding and cheese board. We went for drinks on both nights and went to see one of the shows.
    On day 2 we got off the ship and went to the local town of Blankenberg which was lovely and where I could pick up some Belgium chocolates. Don't be late back or the ship will leave without you.
    At the beginning of this I mentioned the travel sickness, I've taken travel sickness tablets every 8 hours the whole time of the trip, from parking at 12 to the morning of departure and I have been absolutely fine, to say I'm the sickest person ever when travelling this has really surprised me that I haven't felt ill once. I'm sad to have left the ship I really had a fantastic time and we are already planning a 3 night one for next year and a family cruise. I really can't go into everything as we did so much and ate so much. One thing I do want to say is how every single person I met was lovely and I loved hearing their crushing experience.
    A huge thanks to poppy for spending 8 years trying to convince me. A fabulous weekend and can't wait for the next one
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    Popsicle got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in A Newbies Perspective   
    3 nighter booked for next September haha! Think she is converted!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Jenjen in A Newbies Perspective   
    3 nighter booked for next September haha! Think she is converted!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from afcandrew in A Newbies Perspective   
    So after years of nagging I finally managed to persuade one of my friends to come along and try a cruise this weekend, and she has done a little review of it!
     
    Enjoy!
     
    Virgin cruiser here.... I'm sure there are a lot of people on here that have never cruised before and I've just survived my first experience so wanted to share this for those who are not sure.
    A little bit about me first, me and Poppy have been friends for around 9 years and for about 8 of those she's been trying to get me on board, I've constantly declined as I suffer terrible travel sickness, cars, buses, trains and aeroplanes. After 8 years of torment I caved and booked a two night with her on the Ventura.
    My thinking was if I'm ill the whole time I won't have lost out on that much money.... now to the actual cruise...

    We arrived in Southampton around 12 noon and I when I saw the ship I was in awe, it wasn't the ferry I thought it was going to be, it's huge but having never even seen a ship before I had no idea what to expect. We parked the car and headed to the terminal where we checked in and they let us board straight away, they do take your picture when you check in so try not to look how I did (hair tied up and no makeup) 😂 we made our way onto the ship and straight to our room to drop the bags.
    The room was lovely, two single beds, Because I was with Poppy who is an experienced cruiser I didn't read the welcome letter, I recommend you do as a first timer, it's gives lots of information and what's happening.
    We did what most holidayers do and headed straight for the bar, cocktails at the ready. I thought the cocktails were cheap, £5.95 and at home we pay more like £7, you sign your name and they scan your card and it gets billed to your room. It was so easy to keep a track on your bill too, it's on the tv in your room.
    Cocktails in hand we went for an explore of the ship, my view was it's incredible, I couldn't get over how many bars and different restaurants there were. This is where I took about 100 pictures, proper tourist at this point. There is a theatre, shops. We then headed to the deck for more cocktails, it was quite busy there but lots of staff walking around asking if you wanted drinks, obviously we didn't decline.
    At this point I will go back to the welcome letter, on it there will be something called muster to look out for, this is what everybody on board has to attend at a certain time at a certain location with your lifejackets. We headed back for those and straight to our muster point. I think people should know to be on time for this, we waited around for nearly 30minutes as people were still in the bar, the captain announced he was closing the bar to kick people out. Muster is a safety check to make sure you know how to put your life jackets on and in the case of an emergency.
    After this we got ready for formal night, it was amazing seeing everyone in their pretty dresses and all the gents in their suits and dickie bows, I loved it.
    We were in the normal restaurant which I believe was called Saffron and what can I say, I love food and the food I experienced on both nights was absolutely incredible, starter,soup, sorbet, main, pudding and cheese board. We went for drinks on both nights and went to see one of the shows.
    On day 2 we got off the ship and went to the local town of Blankenberg which was lovely and where I could pick up some Belgium chocolates. Don't be late back or the ship will leave without you.
    At the beginning of this I mentioned the travel sickness, I've taken travel sickness tablets every 8 hours the whole time of the trip, from parking at 12 to the morning of departure and I have been absolutely fine, to say I'm the sickest person ever when travelling this has really surprised me that I haven't felt ill once. I'm sad to have left the ship I really had a fantastic time and we are already planning a 3 night one for next year and a family cruise. I really can't go into everything as we did so much and ate so much. One thing I do want to say is how every single person I met was lovely and I loved hearing their crushing experience.
    A huge thanks to poppy for spending 8 years trying to convince me. A fabulous weekend and can't wait for the next one
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