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    Starboard got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in Talk to me about river cruising: All recommendations welcome!   
    Hi Jeffniffer and Old World Traveller, thanks very much for your comments. I had previously looked at AMA on occasion and they do look lovely. Like others have said, I hadn't read much about Emerald Waterways nor Scenic but having done so now, they both look attractive so I shall definitely consider them. Thanks again.
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    Starboard got a reaction from 2torts in Being honest at embarkation?   
    I actually think it's the cruise lines that are naive as well as some of the example passengers that have been mentioned. The forms are, if we're being honest, flimsy and pathetic. They are handed out in the full knowledge that the majority of people will tick that they are fine even if they are not, for the fear of missing out on a holiday they have been looking forward to. 
     
    Instead of passing out the leaflet like it's a 10% discount for double glazing windows that's expected to be ignored, the paper should be much clearer, easier to understand and come from a different angle. The existing wording, particularly with P&O Cruises is almost accusatory towards passengers which immediately concerns us that if we say anything at all it will result in negative consequences. If cruise lines stated the process of what would happen if we where to say "yes" then perhaps passengers would be more inclined to be honest if they knew they weren't likely to be treated like they have done something wrong just from being ill in the last 24-48 hours. 
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    Starboard got a reaction from seawitch in Being honest at embarkation?   
    I actually think it's the cruise lines that are naive as well as some of the example passengers that have been mentioned. The forms are, if we're being honest, flimsy and pathetic. They are handed out in the full knowledge that the majority of people will tick that they are fine even if they are not, for the fear of missing out on a holiday they have been looking forward to. 
     
    Instead of passing out the leaflet like it's a 10% discount for double glazing windows that's expected to be ignored, the paper should be much clearer, easier to understand and come from a different angle. The existing wording, particularly with P&O Cruises is almost accusatory towards passengers which immediately concerns us that if we say anything at all it will result in negative consequences. If cruise lines stated the process of what would happen if we where to say "yes" then perhaps passengers would be more inclined to be honest if they knew they weren't likely to be treated like they have done something wrong just from being ill in the last 24-48 hours. 
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    Starboard got a reaction from Bumble Bee in Is Sea-Sickness All In Our Heads?   
    I've just been chatting to some friends about cruising over lunch and the topic of sea-sickness came up. My friends wife suffers terribly with it, so much so that she was adamant she never wanted to go on another again after having a terrible first experience. We started talking about how to cope with it, whether it is something you cannot overcome or whether in fact it is all in our heads, and the more we think about it, the more it occurs.
     
    What do you think? Is it all in our heads? What remedies to forum members recommend for helping cope with it? I've always been told the best medicine is alcohol...  
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    Starboard got a reaction from seawitch in Which destinations are on your wish list?   
    Hi sammy,
     
    If we are talking dream destinations then Alaska and the Galapagos Islands would be right at the top of my list right now.
     
    As for semi-realistic, I do have Australia on my radar for some time in the not too distant future (hopefully)
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    Starboard got a reaction from HLM in Electronic Smoking   
    Agree with you again HLM. Although it is a frustrating issue for me, a non-smoker, I'm sure the same applies for smokers. There is no way cruise lines are going to take the decision to ban smoking ship wide. They would lose far to much income in doing so. It is here to stay for the foreseeable future. All that needs to be done is continue to maintain a healthy compromise from both sides. Dedicated areas for smoking are fine by me. Inside smoking in popular areas on board is not. Surely that is an understandable and logical compromise. I think many cruise lines have it right at the moment but there are many that don't. I would like to see it become a universally applied ruling but again, I doubt very much that will happen anytime soon.
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    Starboard got a reaction from HLM in What Should The Dress Code Be?   
    Certainly is an interesting take on it. I do wonder whether it is a little cynical. I can understand the point but despite the reasons for the existence of formal nights, surely they should still be respected. 
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    Starboard reacted to Terminator in What is it that matters to you most about a cruise ship?   
    What is it that matters to you most about a cruise ship?
    That it floats...
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    Starboard got a reaction from Jaczs in What is it that matters to you most about a cruise ship?   
    Having caught up on a few threads this morning, it's interesting to see how we all differ in our opinions of existing ships as well as what we would like to see on board future ships. Promenade decks are clearly very popular, and we all have varied opinions on factors such as atrium styles, restaurant choices, open deck spaces, children's facilities, entertainment types and much much more.
     
    My question is, if you had to narrow it down to one thing, or perhaps two things if I'm being reasonable as it's hard to decide, what would you say matters the most to you about a cruise ship? When you're looking to book, what one thing really must be in place to get you to say yes to a particular ship?
     
    For me, itinerary aside, when it comes to looking at the ship in question, there has to be a good selection of restaurants. I'm not a fan of dining at the same venue night after night. I like variety and with a good range of restaurants on board, I'm happy. As I said, it's hard to narrow it down as there's so many things that have even now popped into my head. It will be interesting to see what others think.
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    Starboard got a reaction from HLM in Electronic Smoking   
    I'm the same. I like to enjoy the casinos on board too but not to the point where the place is invaded by smoke. 
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    Starboard got a reaction from HLM in Electronic Smoking   
    It bewilders me as well HLM, I can never understand it. I completely understand smoking being permitted outdoors in designated areas but not inside. If it's outdoors only then surely it mirrors the requirements we have over here and most British passengers at least would understand and respect this but to have smoking indoors seems strange to me. As much as not permitting smoking on board at all would alienate smoking cruise enthusiasts, surely by allowing smoking in areas such as casinos does exactly the same thing to non-smokers.
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    Starboard got a reaction from J-Dog in Britannia Ant & Dec   
    Entertaining show. I thought it shone a positive light on P&O.
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    Starboard got a reaction from WAVES in Do The Kids Club Operate On A 2 Night Cruise?   
    Depends on the cruise line I'd imagine and also the date that you travel. I'm sure if you spoke to the cruise line or agent you booked with, they would be able to give you a definite answer.
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    Starboard got a reaction from J-Dog in Caribbean For Christmas!   
    Looks a nice itinerary visiting some lovely Caribbean ports of call, very jealous! Have a great holiday.
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