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  1. Yes, it does. The vast majority of our cruising has been done on 700 - 1800 passenger capacity ships and, for us, it has been and continues to be ideal. Like many other contributors, we enjoy the ambience of the mid size ships and the fact that we have come to know so many of the staff over the years, not to mention a number of our fellow passengers, makes us feel very comfortable. The larger ships offer a wider range of facilities and choices, which I can see might appeal to families, younger adults and new cruisers and that's fine and how it should be. However, I share the opinion of
  2. We were on Oriana in March/April & there was a Black & White night. Hope that's helpful.
  3. No, we don't have to accept it. Surely a totally casual look (ref restaurant dining) could be advertised as being acceptable on some named ships & let those who wish to wear shorts, wear them in the appropriate environment & let those of us who abide by the published dress code carry on doing just that. We 'established cruisers ' tend to cruise more regularly &, I guess, for the most part enjoy following the dress codes & don't take too kindly to 'newbies ' trying to re-write those codes.
  4. Yes, it's nice to read a positive review and I'm delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your holiday. However, despite your complimentary comments, I could not be persuaded to give it a try as I prefer the smaller ships but, of course, it's 'horses for courses' & that's how it should be. We're all different and obviously enjoy/prefer different things. It's good to have such a wide choice. One thing I should like to see is a full and accurate description of each ship, complete with dress codes, styles of entertainment etc. so that passengers can be sure that they have made the right
  5. As someone who has cruised (happily) with P&O for many years, it saddens me to read the increasing number of forum comments regarding the fall in standards as, unfortunately, I agree with many of them. Obviously, we all have varying and differing opinions on what constitutes a high standard, be it of service, personnel, food, décor, entertainment etc. and, yes it's difficult to please all of the people all of the time. Many a complaint, I'm sure, has been fired off to the 'powers that be' over recent years and, according to many loyal passengers who have taken the trouble to make the
  6. Of course, everyone is different but my experience has been that I have never been bored and my husband and I have done 3 world cruises. We don't always do or enjoy the same activities so we sometimes do our own thing, during the day, and meet up for meals and classes or talks that appeal to both of us. The Port Lecturers on the World Cruises tend to make their presentations particularly interesting, with a genuine depth of knowledge and advice. Taking part in different activities also allows the making of new & friends so the social circle tends to increase and become more interest
  7. Enjoyed this report - beautifully illustrated, with sound advice. The 'municipale' gondolas tend to leave from St. Mark's Square and seat 6 people. The ride is interesting, particularly when there is a bit of traffic jam when the gondoliers have the opportunity to show just how good they are, but sharing with 5 other people takes the edge off the experience. When booking a tour from the ship, St. Mark's tends to be the departure point and the journey is a shared experience. The fun of bargaining with a 'resting gondolier' & being prepared to pay more for a more relaxed romantic rid
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