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    Popsicle reacted to Jaczs in I dont get it - Early morning Rant   
    It is truly awful when someone dies and all the more awful when a life is taken by another through hatred but I agree with you hturtle the outpouring seems sometimes to be a little too much.
     
    Rather than buying flowers to rot on a pavement give them to someone you love, we tend to forget about those most precious to us.
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Life0nMars in Shareholder Benefit Application   
    Hello!
     
    It is myself that is looking after this for you!
    I rang yesterday to update you but the line was engaged so I do apologise that I missed you!
    I'll give you another call shortly to let you know what is happening up to now!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Furby in Shareholder Benefit Application   
    Hello!
     
    It is myself that is looking after this for you!
    I rang yesterday to update you but the line was engaged so I do apologise that I missed you!
    I'll give you another call shortly to let you know what is happening up to now!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Sanders in Could not get back into thr Forum so created another account   
    Hi Captain Kidd II - I will pop an email up to our forum admin team for you - see if we can get this resolved!
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    Popsicle reacted to sammy sun in When do you start packing   
    I'm terrible for this. Always one to leave things to the last minute. My wife likes to think she's different and plans ahead but she's still right there with me the night before panicking that we've not got everything we need.
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in Cruising in the Caribbean   
    Certainly not knocking the American Lines in the slightest!
     
    I am a BIG fan of Celebrity and Royal Caribbean and will recommend those particular lines over P&O pretty much most of the time if people will listen haha!
    I just feel that cruising the Caribbean out of America wastes a good 3 or 4 days sailing and another 2 days travelling when with P&O you get there straight away!
     
    Yes the airlines are inferior and perhaps offer a less luxurious experience than the 'big guys' but in terms of overall ease and value I think P&O have it hands down.
     
    All this being said - this is just my personal opinion and a little information for people thinking of doing it! I would also never disuade someone from using the American Lines to sail Caribbean
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    Popsicle reacted to sammy sun in Cruising in the Caribbean   
    I think the overall 'cruise' experience would be better with an American line as I think Celebrity are superb at the moment and ticking all the right boxes, but the overall holiday experience seems exceptionally well planned by P&O and as such does form an attractive option. As for the flights, personally I would prefer to fly with a leading carrier such as BA or Virgin but we cannot deny the increasing quality of charter airlines such as Thomson. They have invested in the dreamliner for many long haul routes, including the routes offered for P&O Cruises. They also have a larger standard seat pitch than nearly all scheduled carriers, plus there's the option to upgrade to premium for a fraction of the figure that it would be to upgrade to say World Traveller Plus with BA or Premium Economy with Virgin. I don't doubt that these services with BA and Virgin are probably far superior as I've sampled both of them myself but yet to try Thomson premium. I would accept that Thomson are bridging the gap however and the regional airport point is a big pull for many.
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    Popsicle reacted in Cruising in the Caribbean   
    I have to say the Regional Airports are definitely the pull for me and even more so after a late booking for Xmas last year when Gatwick was my only option. Had to add overnight hotel and then at 6am, Gatwick was a nightmare. Folks sleeping on the floors, no seats to be had, I had booked the airport lounge so thought I would escape but no that was vastly overbooked and the Manager thought it was OK to have taken folks money (for many they had paid months ago) and then no space. By dint of looking a bit washed out as a very nice couple perceived, they nipped up and and offered for me to squeeze onto their table with them. 
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    Popsicle reacted to Jaczs in Cruising in the Caribbean   
    I love the Caribbean and love them or hate them P&O do make getting there and back a very easy simple process.
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    Popsicle reacted to sammy sun in Cruising in the Caribbean   
    I disagree on that OWT and not because I am a fan of P&O but because of the points that Popsicle made. The concept of seamless luggage transfers is something us Brits seem to dream about as we're always complaining about the dreaded carousel wait. The point made about not having to touch down in the States, requiring an ESTA is also valid, as is the amount of time spent in the Caribbean itself, rather than time spent sailing from the US. 
     
    I don't believe Popsicle was dismissing American cruise line as poor services or products but rather a little more complex than that of booking a P&O Caribbean cruise. The travel arrangements appear to flow far smoother with P&O and whilst I take your point on the quality hotels American lines put you up in on your arrival, with P&O Cruises, you are taken directly to the ship, also for a decent nights rest and the actual start of your cruise, not a temporary stay before getting around to boarding.
     
    I am a big fan of American lines. I love Celebrity Cruises, Royal Caribbean, NCL and Princess but I do agree that the P&O Caribbean method is excellent for those looking for a more tranquil start to the holiday. There's also the matter of airport choices too. P&O offer multiple departure points, and as this is a frustration often raised when talking about Southampton, it's important to point out. Most American lines require you to fly from London. If you live in the north then Manchester is a far easier option, which is provided by P&O, the same applies to the Midlands with Birmingham.
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    Popsicle reacted in Cruising in the Caribbean   
    18 Caribbean breaks with P&O and I'm with you all the way Popsicle. It is just seamless. I also think if you can the upgrade to premium economy is expensive but worth it for me. You get a very port intensive cruise which allows you to see 9 ports in 14 days. I think they have 15 potential ports altogether. I rarely get off now but when I did they all offered different experiences. The ability to stay on the ship for as long as possible on the last day is also great. I usually do spa appointments, lunch in the GlassHouse then its time to go to the airport. If you wish then book the lounge at Barbados. I always do, its nothing special compared to the UK Airport lounges but you get a comfy seat, drinks soft and alcohol and a view over the airport. 
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in Harmony Of The Sea's May 2016   
    I totally agree - in particular about the compensation for those who have no future plans to cruise with RCI.
     
    Hopefully those people will take their complaints further and get some resolution... for me I just didn't see the same issues and so find it hard to compare these experiences with my own!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Jaczs in Harmony Of The Sea's May 2016   
    I totally agree - in particular about the compensation for those who have no future plans to cruise with RCI.
     
    Hopefully those people will take their complaints further and get some resolution... for me I just didn't see the same issues and so find it hard to compare these experiences with my own!
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    Popsicle reacted to sammy sun in Cruising in the Caribbean   
    Really good post Popsicle and I could not agree with you more. I am yet to enjoy a Caribbean cruise but when (not if - staying positive  ) I do, it will be with P&O because the arrangements appear far simpler and more enjoyable than that of alternative cruise lines. Of course I've heard arguments that you don't get the experience of a premium scheduled airline such as BA or Virgin Atlantic but for me, the pros far outweigh the cons and having spoken to my in-laws who recently flew with Thomson aboard one of their new dreamliners from Birmingham to Mexico recently, the comfort, service and seat pitches all sounded excellent.
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Ray Cahoon in Cruising in the Caribbean   
    The Caribbean is considered one of the best winter sun destination for us Brits! With flights directly from many regional airports and no visa’s required P&O certainly have the edge on the market where hassle free Caribbean Cruises are concerned.
    Having done this cruise myself several times, I thought I would write a small guide as to why I personally believe that if you want to visit the Caribbean a cruise is the best way to do it, and while I have no affiliation to any one cruise line whatsoever I firmly believe the P&O way is the best value both for time and money!
     
     

     
    Should you choose to take your cruise on one of the American Cruise lines such as Celebrity, Princess or Royal Caribbean you will be spoilt for choice with your ships. They all have such incredible facilities and the amenities onboard cannot be knocked at all. However, if you do choose an American line for the Caribbean you will find that you have to fly from the UK out to an American airport the day before the cruise embarks. Generally speaking this tends to be Miami. Of course entering the USA means you will also need to purchase and apply for a Visa Waiver, commonly known as an ESTA. This is a fairly straightforward process providing you don’t have any criminal records and will cost you approximately $14 (£9) per person.
     
    Once you have landed in the USA, so long as you have taken a flight package with your operator you will then be met at the airport and transferred over to a local airport hotel for a 1 night stay. The following morning your cruise line will transfer you to the cruise port, sometimes this can be Miami but more often than not you would be taken over to Fort Lauderdale, a transfer which takes approximately 40 minutes to embark your ship. You will then have a couple of sailing days taking you across to the Caribbean Islands.  On a typical 10 night sailing on an American Cruise line you will visit four or five destinations as seen on this itinerary:
     

     
     
     
     
    So here are the reasons why I personally believe that if you want to visit the Caribbean, a P&O Cruise really is the easiest way to do it!
     
    No need to fly to the USA! – You will be able to choose from a range of regional airports flying you directly to Barbados. The flights are all chartered by P&O meaning that you don’t pay extortionate airline charges or extra for bags – they will even feed and water you along the way! All of your fellow travellers on the flight are also headed for the ship! And the best bit of all – no lugging your bags about! Once you have checked your bags in at your home airport they will be collected for you at the other end and taken straight to your cabin for you! Bliss!
    No need to waste a day in a hotel! – Upon arrival in Barbados, you walk straight off the plane onto waiting transfer coaches on the concourse…. You don’t even step foot into Barbados airport! A brisk 25 minute transfer and your ship will be waiting to welcome you aboard!
    See as many Islands as possible! – On a typical 14 night sailing you can expect to visit at least 9 Islands! Because you don’t lose days travelling from America and back this leaves plenty of time for hopping around the stunning islands that the Caribbean has to offer.
     

     
     
     
    Keep it simple! -  As P&O are a British Company they use GBP Sterling onboard, so no worries about dollar to pound conversions, and you also avoid the hefty 15% service charges that are added to the cost of onboard purchases on the American Cruise Lines.
     
    No hanging around! – On your last day you will remain onboard the ship for as long as possible. You can expect to be called for your transfer back to Barbados Airport around 3-4 hours before your flight. The Barbados customs team will have been onboard the ship in the day or so before you fly home and so you will have already completed your security checks! Your hold luggage is also taken off the ship for you and will see you back at your home airport! Therefore once you arrive back at the airport it’s a quick whizz through security and a minimal wait for your flight in departures! Easy!
     
    All in all, I think it is fairly easy to see why P&O really do come out on top when looking at value for your money and time on a Caribbean Cruise.
     
     
     
     
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    Popsicle reacted to Oldworldtraveller in Harmony Of The Sea's May 2016   
    Could I just say Popsicle it's only worthwhile compensation if you intend to book with RCI again. If you don't it means nothing and therefore a win, win situation for RCI. I had friends on the 22nd May sailing and they were less than impressed with the ships condition, the standard of service or the 'compensation' offer. 
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    Popsicle got a reaction from KeithnRita in Cruising in the Caribbean   
    The Caribbean is considered one of the best winter sun destination for us Brits! With flights directly from many regional airports and no visa’s required P&O certainly have the edge on the market where hassle free Caribbean Cruises are concerned.
    Having done this cruise myself several times, I thought I would write a small guide as to why I personally believe that if you want to visit the Caribbean a cruise is the best way to do it, and while I have no affiliation to any one cruise line whatsoever I firmly believe the P&O way is the best value both for time and money!
     
     

     
    Should you choose to take your cruise on one of the American Cruise lines such as Celebrity, Princess or Royal Caribbean you will be spoilt for choice with your ships. They all have such incredible facilities and the amenities onboard cannot be knocked at all. However, if you do choose an American line for the Caribbean you will find that you have to fly from the UK out to an American airport the day before the cruise embarks. Generally speaking this tends to be Miami. Of course entering the USA means you will also need to purchase and apply for a Visa Waiver, commonly known as an ESTA. This is a fairly straightforward process providing you don’t have any criminal records and will cost you approximately $14 (£9) per person.
     
    Once you have landed in the USA, so long as you have taken a flight package with your operator you will then be met at the airport and transferred over to a local airport hotel for a 1 night stay. The following morning your cruise line will transfer you to the cruise port, sometimes this can be Miami but more often than not you would be taken over to Fort Lauderdale, a transfer which takes approximately 40 minutes to embark your ship. You will then have a couple of sailing days taking you across to the Caribbean Islands.  On a typical 10 night sailing on an American Cruise line you will visit four or five destinations as seen on this itinerary:
     

     
     
     
     
    So here are the reasons why I personally believe that if you want to visit the Caribbean, a P&O Cruise really is the easiest way to do it!
     
    No need to fly to the USA! – You will be able to choose from a range of regional airports flying you directly to Barbados. The flights are all chartered by P&O meaning that you don’t pay extortionate airline charges or extra for bags – they will even feed and water you along the way! All of your fellow travellers on the flight are also headed for the ship! And the best bit of all – no lugging your bags about! Once you have checked your bags in at your home airport they will be collected for you at the other end and taken straight to your cabin for you! Bliss!
    No need to waste a day in a hotel! – Upon arrival in Barbados, you walk straight off the plane onto waiting transfer coaches on the concourse…. You don’t even step foot into Barbados airport! A brisk 25 minute transfer and your ship will be waiting to welcome you aboard!
    See as many Islands as possible! – On a typical 14 night sailing you can expect to visit at least 9 Islands! Because you don’t lose days travelling from America and back this leaves plenty of time for hopping around the stunning islands that the Caribbean has to offer.
     

     
     
     
    Keep it simple! -  As P&O are a British Company they use GBP Sterling onboard, so no worries about dollar to pound conversions, and you also avoid the hefty 15% service charges that are added to the cost of onboard purchases on the American Cruise Lines.
     
    No hanging around! – On your last day you will remain onboard the ship for as long as possible. You can expect to be called for your transfer back to Barbados Airport around 3-4 hours before your flight. The Barbados customs team will have been onboard the ship in the day or so before you fly home and so you will have already completed your security checks! Your hold luggage is also taken off the ship for you and will see you back at your home airport! Therefore once you arrive back at the airport it’s a quick whizz through security and a minimal wait for your flight in departures! Easy!
     
    All in all, I think it is fairly easy to see why P&O really do come out on top when looking at value for your money and time on a Caribbean Cruise.
     
     
     
     
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Ahoy in Does age give you the right to be rude?   
    Totally agree Mimosa with your comments about how you are treated reflecting on how you treat those people in return!
     
    I don't believe that age has anything to do with 'rudeness'. Belligerence and bitterness perhaps, but rudeness can be found in any age group.
     
    I'm a firm believer in treating people as you would like to be treated yourself. I'm also the first to open my mouth if someone is rude/ignorant which does tend to land me in hot water occasionally!
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    Popsicle got a reaction from Suetoo in Does age give you the right to be rude?   
    Totally agree Mimosa with your comments about how you are treated reflecting on how you treat those people in return!
     
    I don't believe that age has anything to do with 'rudeness'. Belligerence and bitterness perhaps, but rudeness can be found in any age group.
     
    I'm a firm believer in treating people as you would like to be treated yourself. I'm also the first to open my mouth if someone is rude/ignorant which does tend to land me in hot water occasionally!
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    Popsicle reacted to Mimosa in Does age give you the right to be rude?   
    My 5 & 2 year old always say please, thank you, hold doors open etc.... On a recent holiday my 5 year old held a door open for a man of a "certain age" who didn't thank her.  she then said (loud enough for the man to hear as children do) "that man was rude Mummy, everyone knows to say thank you"
     
    Working in a customer services job I know full well I try hard for those people who are polite to me.  Get my back up by barking orders at me & I'm not going to do anything for you.
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    Popsicle reacted to Terminator in Does age give you the right to be rude?   
    "Does age give you the right to be rude?"
    Mind your own business..lol
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    Popsicle reacted to Oldworldtraveller in New ships needed?   
    I travelled with Fred Olsen last month on Braemar and found everything to be in excellent condition. Certainly not tired. I often wonder what people mean when they say 'tired'. it is a well used expression that seems to mean different things to different people. Yes the ships are not the youngest at sea but they are extremely well maintained. If you look at the smaller ships being operated around the world it can be seen that there are many that are around 30 years of age. As for Norovirus it seems that whenever Fred Olsen ships get it the newspapers report it yet I haven't seen any newspaper reporting the Norovirus we had on Ovation of the Seas last week and this ship is only a few weeks old. As for new ships for Fred there was a rumour last year of a newer ship but it never happened. Bearing in mind they have maintained a repeat ratio of 65% for a number of years now it shows that they are finding new passengers to replace those that have gone so they must be doing something right. Last year this ratio on longer voyages rose to 72%. 
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    Popsicle reacted to Bumble Bee in Harmony Of The Sea's May 2016   
    Brill review! I've just got back off Harmony myself and loved every single min on it. it was only a short cruise so we didn't stop for the whole time onboard. We had a Boardwalk facing balcony which i really liked! not sure if i would like it for a longer cruise though. Food and service was very good. Grease was amazing! I think my favourite thing on Harmony is Central Park! Ultimate Abyss was awesome- a lot faster than i was expecting but so much fun. You all prob heard my screams on the way down to be honest. A whole lot of fun on an out of this world ship.
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    Popsicle reacted to eyes12 in Harmony Of The Sea's May 2016   
    WOW amazing ship very impressive nice pics. Have a great time Popsicle when you board again.
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    Popsicle reacted to Doddyg in Thanks for adding me   
    Hi all were going on our 2cnd cruise in august on ventura 2 weeks around the med excited is an understatement lol
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