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    Popsicle reacted to Flora marg in A Newbies Perspective   
    Extremely good review
    And welcome to the fold
     
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    Popsicle reacted to The Seven Seas in A Newbies Perspective   
    Great review from your friend Popsicle. It's great to hear that after years of trying to getting them to give cruising a try they really enjoyed it.
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    Popsicle reacted to KeithnRita in A Newbies Perspective   
    Very nice review!
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    Popsicle reacted to cruise addict in A Newbies Perspective   
    Glad you had a good time and hope you enjoy all your future cruises.
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    Popsicle reacted to Jenjen in A Newbies Perspective   
    How lovely, I'm so glad you had a nice time, I can hear you enthusiasm in your post, and how nice to have such a good friend
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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 reacted to HLM in Pay the school fine or Pay the inflated prices   
    I'm all for children getting a full education, but what gets my back up about this that day in day out I see kids in my area who never attend school because their parents don't send them, nothing ever seems to be done, yet others who attend regularly are punished if they miss a few days for a family holiday.
    Seems to be an unfair system in my eyes.
    HLM.
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    Popsicle reacted to sinbad10 in Pay the school fine or Pay the inflated prices   
    So if the curriculum is that full what is missed when schools close for general/local elections and come winter and half an inch of snow closes the school is closed for the safety of the children and for safety of teachers trying to get into work or when teachers threaten strike action are they thinking about children's education then.
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Dan in **Important** Shall we take our Halloween costumes ???   
    Definitely!!
    Add's to the fun onboard, join in and be a part of it!! They will have activities and themed events for the kids and no doubt things for the grown up kids too!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from mitch in Are all cruise ships alike?   
    You could compare cruise ships to cars!
     
    They come in all different sizes, styles, some are colourful others quite plain. They all have their own unique features! Some are fairly basic, others very high-tec and innovative..
    The most important word to consider when you are looking into cruises is RESEARCH! The internet is a knowledge fountain, you can find almost everything you need to know out about the ships..!

     
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    Popsicle got a reaction from B&M in Was I Wrong To Suggest That A Fellow Passenger Wash Their Hands Last Week?   
    The non washers will most likely be the most vocal if/when an outbreak of NV occurs!!!
     
    Disgusting, lazy & totally avoidable.
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    Popsicle reacted to Oldworldtraveller in charging for towels!   
    The charging for non-returned pool towels has been going on with Royal for some years hence the reason you present your key card when collecting and returning. It hasn't stopped the reservation of sun beds simply because if you return the towels on the last day of the cruise that cancels out any charge.
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Maza in Hair straighteners   
    That's me never going on an MSC then - they'd think a Yeti had escaped!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Falmouthgirl in P&O 2019 - Oceana Based In The UAE   
    I think it's great that they have ventured to somewhere different, just hoping the new Caribbean itineraries have some different ports of call!!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from B&M in P&O 2019 - Oceana Based In The UAE   
    I think it's great that they have ventured to somewhere different, just hoping the new Caribbean itineraries have some different ports of call!!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in P&O 2019 - Oceana Based In The UAE   
    I think it's great that they have ventured to somewhere different, just hoping the new Caribbean itineraries have some different ports of call!!
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    Popsicle reacted to Oldworldtraveller in P&O 2019 - Oceana Based In The UAE   
    P&O announced this evening that in 2019 Oceana will be based in the UAE operating cruises around the Gulf joining Royal Caribbean and MSC who have been doing this for several seasons.
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    Popsicle got a reaction from HLM in Royal Caribbean Is Adding Lifeguards To Every Ship   
    I think this is such a positive step.
     
    As a parent of 2 children who frequently travels on my own with them it is not always possible to watch both of them at once! The knowledge that someone is 'on hand' should the worst happen would give me a greater sense of security and allow me to relax a little more whilst on holiday!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from The Seven Seas in Royal Caribbean Is Adding Lifeguards To Every Ship   
    I think this is such a positive step.
     
    As a parent of 2 children who frequently travels on my own with them it is not always possible to watch both of them at once! The knowledge that someone is 'on hand' should the worst happen would give me a greater sense of security and allow me to relax a little more whilst on holiday!
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    Popsicle reacted to sammy sun in Royal Caribbean Is Adding Lifeguards To Every Ship   
    My thoughts exactly Popsicle. I will always be with my little girl but if ever anything happened, it's comforting to know that there is someone there at all time keeping an eye on the pool area. I'm surprised it's taken this long.
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    Popsicle got a reaction from sammy sun in Royal Caribbean Is Adding Lifeguards To Every Ship   
    I think this is such a positive step.
     
    As a parent of 2 children who frequently travels on my own with them it is not always possible to watch both of them at once! The knowledge that someone is 'on hand' should the worst happen would give me a greater sense of security and allow me to relax a little more whilst on holiday!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from sammy sun in Price rip of   
    This change came into effect towards the end of last year when they changed their T&C's
    Previously they took a more 'fluid' approach, and if you were outside of deposit loss point you could change your cruise to anything with no penalty, or cancel and receive deposit refund.
    As said this is no longer the case and changes are charged & new promotions will not be honoured.
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    Popsicle got a reaction from sammy sun in Price rip of   
    This isn't actually the case.
    Princess changed their T&C's recently, they stopped the deposit refunds and change of promo's.
    Even if contacted, generally speaking unless there are exceptional circumstances or a really horrendous change in pricing they will advise to cancel at loss of deposit and rebook the new fares.  They will allow a change to the new fares but an admin fee of circa £100pp is payable to do this.
    They definitely will not just 'honor' the new pricing for anyone anytime I'm afraid!
     
    Poppy
    Bolsover
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    Popsicle reacted to Chubbs in Award   
    Congratulations to Bolsover!
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    Popsicle reacted to loub in WELL DONE BOLSOVER!!   
    Nice to see awards going to companies that truly deserve them - can honesty say 'everyone' we have dealt with at Bolsover cruise club have always been very professional and helpful - something that is rare in companies of late - well done
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