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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from Davybe in Princess cruises from UK   
    I wasn't suggesting cruise lines 'magic' ports and I appreciate there are limitations re docking facilities for ships with 5000+ passengers, a few years ago we did a Xmas Med cruise ( 19 days I think ) which enabled us to go a bit further afield than your normal 14 night Med cruise, this was a Cunard cruise and has never been repeated which is a shame as we visited some lovely ports, instead they now seem to concentrate on the Canaries which is good in so much as the weather is more or less guaranteed but so repetitive it is becoming boring !! we like to do back to back but Cunard seem to have discontinued doing something different pre Xmas and we really don't want to do what is basically two cruises which are the same so our choices are definitely reduced. 
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from Jenjen in Princess cruises from UK   
    I agree Davybe, there doesn't seem to be a problem filling the ships we go on from Southampton with people who prefer not to fly, I don't particularly mind flying I just don't like all the hassle of airports these days so much prefer to cross the bay, I do wish the cruise lines would be a little more imaginative with the itineraries though, for the first time in thirty odd years we are seriously considering a land based holiday for Christmas in 2019.
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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to Furby in HAL Alaskan Cruise   
    its on my very long bucket list
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from Furby in HAL Alaskan Cruise   
    Indeed Furby, the photos have brought back many special memories of our time in Alaska and Canada, it has to be in the 'top three' of the most beautiful place we have ever visited.
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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to jinky in HAL Alaskan Cruise   
    Got back from this cruise and a stay in Vancouver recently. Fantastic time. Holland America Line have to be my favourite line ion terms of service and food. Was only bettered by a luxurious river cruise with Uniworld in our experience of sailing with P&O, Royal Caribbean and HAL once before. As for the venues themselves it was stunning and the memory of floating quietly in Glacier Bay watching the ice calve will stay with me for many years.
     






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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to DavidH in weather- is it worth trying to anticipate   
    But of course, Davybe.
    Over the years I have come to realise that " What's hers is hers and what's mine is hers as well".
    DavidH
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from alwood in alwood   
    Perhaps the Chinese girls were not British passport holders, this is my understanding of the new rules however I wouldn't suggest anyone take it as 'gospel' as with all travel the individual should always check what visa requirements are needed for any country they are travelling to.
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from Davybe in All Freedom Dining on Iona   
    We've only ever tried  'freedom' once when we cruised with friends, I much prefer club dining but it's good there is a choice.
    Will all freedom work on Iona .. well I guess it will have to if that is all there is on offer but imo the more 'traditional cruiser' who prefers club is more likely to opt for another ship and given what the itineraries are again imo they will struggle to fill the ship week after week with a limited itinerary which probably won't appeal to families who are more likely to prefer the flexibility of freedom dining. 
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from afcandrew in No service charge on P&O Cruises   
    My OBC doesn't last long enough for me to worry about at what stage the loyalty bonus kicks in 😉
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from Davybe in alwood   
    It is a requirement brought in earlier this year Towny although I believe called an ETA, as smtcan says only required if you are flying in, if arriving by sea or crossing from the US by land you don't need one.
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from Davybe in No service charge on P&O Cruises   
    My OBC doesn't last long enough for me to worry about at what stage the loyalty bonus kicks in 😉
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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to Captain Kidd II in No service charge on P&O Cruises   
    It just goes to show some threads never die! 😂😂😂
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from sinbad10 in No service charge on P&O Cruises   
    I'm sure some do ask for an account pre dis-embarkation day .. I'm just not one of them and I don't think I am alone.
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from towny44 in alwood   
    It is a requirement brought in earlier this year Towny although I believe called an ETA, as smtcan says only required if you are flying in, if arriving by sea or crossing from the US by land you don't need one.
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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to Captain Kidd II in Oriana   
    We were on her in August and must say he cruise was just as good, if not better, than when we first went on her 8 years ago. She has a personality of her own which is like Marmite but we have always enjoyed her. The quality of food, like all ships, is dependent on who the Executive chef is. I could name one P&O chef from whom we have never had a good meal including a 30 cruise!
    Bearing  in mind how many people sail on her each year there are bound to be a few who have bad experiences but that is life.  There are many more who love her.
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from Davybe in what will you miss whilst on your cruise-foodwise   
    I'm sure you are not 'thick' Mitch but I do agree with you 'thick gravy' is so much nicer than some of the watery stuff some restaurants serve up.
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in Oriana   
    I'm sure you are right OWT .. P&O have changed a lot since we first sailed with them hence the reason we took the decision they were no longer for us but we have still had some wonderful cruises with them, it never ceases to amaze me how people moan about them and yet still go back for more .. if you don't like what is on offer then speak with your feet. 
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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to Jenjen in Oriana   
    We were docked next to Oriana in Gibraltar on Tuesday, I am sorry she is going, we were looking back on the times we sailed on her, yes lots  of buckets in the corridors catching drips of water rattles in the dinning rooms  however she had such a lovely atmosphere and she had such a loyal following 
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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to Countrygirl in what will you miss whilst on your cruise-foodwise   
    Like most of you we like the simple foods once home, beans on toast seems to be the favourite. My husband like his cup of tea me I like me coffee. And fresh milk top of the list. 
    It’s not the we don’t enjoy the food onboard ship, but I think my stomach needs a rest once home.
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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to Tally in what will you miss whilst on your cruise-foodwise   
    Arrived home recently from a back to back in the Queen's Grill on Cunard. I've never had such wonderful food on a cruise ship before, having previously only cruised with P&O. However they still couldn't supply decent toast in the mornings so that really was the only thing I missed foodwise.
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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to sinbad10 in what will you miss whilst on your cruise-foodwise   
    cheese on toast.
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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to Jenjen in what will you miss whilst on your cruise-foodwise   
    Yes beans on toast with grated cheese on the top, had that yesterday, and I do like more gravy with the roast dinners on a cruise I know I can ask for more, but you tend to have to just leave it, well I do
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from Jenjen in what will you miss whilst on your cruise-foodwise   
    At the end of every cruise I look forward to beans on toast when we get home which is what we usually have as I never food shop until the following day except for bread and milk from our local shop. 
    On the Cunard ships they have a sandwich station where they make them to order, they also have crisps but you do have to ask for them so I don't miss my favourite cob as that is usually my lunchtime choice if I want anything.
    I'm a very plain eater and believe it or not I struggle to find things I like on a cruise there is only so much steak and chicken one can eat !! I'm not complaining as I never go hungry but something plain and simple sometimes without a sauce is ideal. 
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    *Dancing Queen* reacted to 2torts in Oriana   
    I love Oriana. I'm thankful to be got 2 more cruises booked  on her before she goes to her new owners.
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    *Dancing Queen* got a reaction from 2torts in Oriana   
    I don't think there was ever any doubt that Oriana would replace Canberra it was only a matter of 'when' .. after all it was the first ship built in a long time specifically for the UK market, the old Arcadia I believe came from Princess although I'm happy to be corrected if I'm wrong. 
    I have always loved Oriana and had some wonderful cruises on her but I guess we all have our favourites, I really dislike the current Arcadia and wouldn't go on it if it was free .. lots would disagree with me but we are all different and like different ships for different reasons. 
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