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*Dancing Queen*

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  1. I see your point too Anchors-Aweigh and £900 is a substantial amount of money to find when you haven't originally budgeted for it but don't let a further £200 leave a 'sour taste' because I can guarantee having a balcony will enhance the whole experience for you. I'm not suggesting you don't contact the CEO of P&O .. if you don't ask you don't get and tbh £200 is a mere drop in the ocean to P&O ( pun intended 😉 ) unfortunately and I know this from experience if your original booking was made with an agent P&O would not have dealt directly with you , however the CEO can ove
  2. Why do you think refunds are taking so long ?? there are only ever a minimum amount of employees within a company who have the authority to issue a refund and in these unprecedented times they are dealing with thousands rather than the odd few, add to that many staff will be working from home which even with a computer it isn't quite the same as being in the office and if there is a problem you have several colleagues close by who can be called on for help and of course customers are wanting to rebook cancelled cruises, move cruises not yet cancelled to 2021 or 2022 which must take up an enorm
  3. Something to consider Anchors-Aweigh, what was the cost of a balcony cabin when you originally booked because normally you would be charged whatever the cost was at the date of booking should you wish to upgrade at a later date, I'm guessing ( I may be wrong and my apologies if I am ) that the saver fare you are now wishing to book is considerably less, the point I am making is if P&O are willing to let you adjust the booking at todays saver price albeit slightly higher than you had first anticipated ( fluid pricing unfortunately and we've all been victim to that ) then that seems rather
  4. I don't think anyone actually knows what will happen - most of it is 'hearsay' and people will believe what they want to believe. To add my thoughts .. I would be very surprised if any ship sails this year and the fact Princess have already said they have cancelled their worldwide sailings for the entire 2020 summer season it would make sense other Carnival brands will follow suit - time will tell.
  5. dancing queen - your original post which was 'will the over 70's be able to cruise in the future' I can't see why not although obviously insurance premiums will be a consideration as I can't see anyone whatever age they are booking a cruise if the coronavirus was excluded, I would expect most insurance companies will in time offer cover but it will come at a cost so this may very well be the deciding factor for people aged over 70 on whether they choose to cruise again.
  6. Not a silly question at all Countrygirl, I wouldn't pay for something I'm unlikely to use either and I think it will be many months before anyone is going anywhere and very possibly not this year.
  7. Never had a problem with Euros in either place, the only place we found in Dubrovnik who wouldn't accept Euros was to purchase tickets to walk the walls but they do accept CC so not a problem.
  8. Ooops I forgot to add the 15% service charge which would take the cost to £18.74 and £24.11 respectively ( hope I got the maths right I did it in my head !! )
  9. Hi JJ I'm not questioning what you say just trying to offer an explanation because it would certainly appear if you had single measures they have charged you for doubles ( I'm resisting the urge to say 'ripped off' because I would like to think Cunard wouldn't do this ) tbh if every time you went into a bar it was costing you £26 per round then I think this is something you need to take up with customer service because something isn't adding up. Unfortunately the drinks menu won't copy/paste so to give an example of what two G&T's would
  10. I've just had a quick look at bar prices ( I don't sign the receipts so I genuinely don't know the prices ) a 2oz measure ( double ) averages between $10 - $12 depending on what you drink so it does look as if that is what you were served, personally I think it is rather naughty of Cunard because if people want doubles they will ask for them whereas you don't expect to have to ask for a single.
  11. Are you sure you weren't served 'doubles' as this seems to be the 'norm' now unless you specifically ask for a single, most of the waiters do ask but not all of them. I would agree with you about the shops, since the new franchise took over they are not only over-priced but very limited in choice too.
  12. Sorry to hear this Davybe, all the best and I hope your treatment goes well xx
  13. If P&O are replacing the shops franchise with the same one as Cunard then it is nothing to get excited about !!! When we were on QE earlier this year the Jo Malone shop had very limited stock and certainly not the more popular fragrances, other perfumes/aftershaves etc were also very limited and had a substantial price 'hike' over previous cruises, gone were the well known brands like Joseph Ribkoff and what little 'designer wear' was on offer was actually 'outdated' stock which you would have been buying from John Lewis 12 months ago !! As a smoker I couldn't believe I was un
  14. We had a large group of 'travellers' one year on a Caribbean Christmas cruise who caused havoc throughout the whole cruise, P&O eventually put them off the ship at the last port of call but imo should have done it much sooner, the men were fighting, the kids were fighting even the women were fighting it was very unpleasant if you happened to be in an area they were in, they threatened to put one of the croupiers overboard, the kids were throwing sun loungers and anything else which wasn't fastened down overboard and yet it still took P&O nearly 3 weeks to disembark them.
  15. Or start charging US prices and not allowing any drinks to be taken on board, that would soon stop the assholes !!
  16. I don't know if there is any credibility in this but someone told me to wipe the air conditioning unit with 'Tea Tree Oil' - I do this every time we board and I don't get chest infections/colds etc. I've probably just been lucky but it seems to work for me
  17. One of the reasons P&O stopped 'cabin shares' was because many single passengers would book them to save money ( understandable ) but then complain they couldn't share for various reasons from snoring to hygiene issues and would demand to be moved. Many years ago we shared a dining table with a delightful 'threesome' ( husband/wife and sister ) all were well into their seventies at the time, unfortunately the travel agent hadn't done their research very well as they were sharing a cabin and no-one thought to tell them it consisted of 'bunk beds' we were horrified when they told us
  18. An excellent choice Nimrod and I'm sure you will love QV . We have celebrated Christmas on a ship for the last 30 years and I don't think it is as 'Christmassy' as it once was but don't be put off by that as it is only my opinion and probably due to the fact we don't join in a lot of the events as we once did, we tend to host a cabin party these days and share the day with friends we have met over the years - it works for us our own little family away from home !! The atmosphere will be there from the minute you step onto the ship, it will be beautifully decorated and of course Chri
  19. I used to love the 'midnight buffet' and especially on QE2, we would very often give the MDR a miss and go to the buffet instead but that was in the days when we were never in bed before 3.00am
  20. If I could just pick up on your comment about the lifts .. there are many ships where the lifts don't go to all decks it isn't just P&O.
  21. I believe around 500 were air-lifted off and those who were able to went back once the ship was docked and packed their own belongings.
  22. I can understand your wish to make new friends and not to travel alone, all I will say is travelling at the same time of year ( Xmas ) and especially with the same cruise line you seem to bump into the same people year after year so you soon get to know people, we have several single friends - all met on cruises and we look forward each year to meeting up with them.
  23. It was a sad day when the Rhodes restaurants disappeared from P&O - Marco PW just wasn't the same imo !! agree the Tuscan Grill on Celebrity is excellent, we also liked the Verandah ( French ) on Cunard although this has recently changed and it is now a steakhouse, we tried it for the first time over Christmas and I have to say it was excellent with plenty of menu choice.
  24. I think I read your original post incorrectly as I thought you were looking for someone to share so I apologise for that otherwise I would have replied earlier. We have been cruising over Christmas/New Year for the last 30 years it has become a way of life for us and is definitely our favourite time of year to cruise. I am assuming as a single lady you probably prefer the convenience of sailing out of Southampton, as well as P&O Cunard also have two ships sailing from there this year .. QV going to the Canaries or QM2 going to New York/Caribbean, if you enjoy dancing then I woul
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