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Everything posted by Jaczs

  1. What a shame that the weekends seem to be filled with mindless people filling the pages with spam.
  2. I have just come back from Azura and nearly all the men wore tux on formal and around 60% of females wore long dress. Have a great cruise
  3. Wow Carnival Princess don't hold back you should say what you mean. So how is a tight wad defined? Is it the person who pays select fare let say on a balcony cabin ups their flight to premium, pays for an excursion in each port and goes to the speciality dinning to try each menu in each venue, buys all their drinks in the bars uses the shops and coffee bars but does not tip. Or is it the person who gets a saver fare on the cheapest inside cabin pays nothing more other than a couple of drinks but tip the steward £50 at the end of the cruise? TBH it bothers me not one bit
  4. During the day it is the usual casual wear with Christmas T-Shirts and Jumpers a plenty but formal at Dinner time is the norm the same for News Years Eve but you can change to informal after dinner for the deck party but not many do. Have a great time
  5. Give a tip or don't give a tip is up to the individual person to decide, again take off the auto tip and don't give anything or take it off to tip yourself or leave it on really when it boils down is nobodies business except the individuals. I am on my holiday I really don't care who does what, I do what I am happy with and it is no-one business but mine.
  6. Hi jinky, Azura does have a promenade deck although not a complete walk around, The Great British sail-away is easily avoided if you want and it only happens once really at the end of the cruise. Enjoy your cruise.
  7. I had always gone direct with P&O but often found that service could sometimes be good and often bad but my last cruise ended up being extra costly due to P&O putting my booking last in the pecking order so I decided never again. I was recommended to using Poppy at Bolsover and I have not been disappointed she has been terrific and looked after me very well so far, I have no difficulty recommending her to anyone and I know that this is how people feel about the staff throughout the Bolsover team. I know where all my future bookings will be going.
  8. For me Azura would be the ship of choice, Britannia was nice and there is no doubt she has some lovely features and spaces but I still prefer Azura.
  9. I agree 2torts I find the whole P&O site useless these days, nothing on it seems to work properly.
  10. I can only get page one this is not good
  11. I tend to agree with you Popsicle to me it looks like a ship full of cheap gimmicks but saying that I think this is the new trend of ship now.
  12. I see that Bolsover's Poppy Outram has been shortlisted for the "Agent of the Year" award, Having booked my next cruise with Poppy and seeing first hand what a fantastic job she does and how she is always willing to go above and beyond to make sure she does the best she can for her customers, I very much hope she wins this one. Good luck from me Poppy you deserve to win and I hope you do
  13. Sad to say but it does look like P&O are becoming a huge cash cow, from the moment you book more and more supposed extra's (which used to come as standard) are now available with an extra price tag. Going to the Caribbean? Any airport which isn't Gatwick oh the will be an extra £100pp (regional dontcha know) Want to sit together? well you can for just a small extra charge, as there is no seat price available for next year I expect it is rising. Upgrade to premium last year £299.00 this year it will be £349.00 again just a small increase. Select dinning at Epicurean (enhance your dinni
  14. Not for me I am afraid I do my own and at a smidge of the cost
  15. Well about time you got back here Mr Terminator as everyone has already said you have been missed.
  16. The Gala night is usually the Black & White night so enjoy xx
  17. A warm welcome from me as well Yiddish Boy
  18. Sounds to me you do not need any help deciding Oceana is the preferred choice. Oceana might be older and yes her balconies are small and she might have the odd leak now and then but she does have a beautiful atrium and for me she holds the record for the friendliest staff. Which ever you decide on I am sure it will be the right one for you so happy sailings
  19. I love a mix of both, cruising is great but not the most relaxing holiday where as a stay for us is a real chill out with the beach and sea ready to hop into when ever we want.
  20. We had a whole family removed from Britannia on our Christmas cruise and the rumours were abound about what they had or had not done, we knew most were incorrect as my OH and myself witnessed the final straw of their bad behaviour and agreed that the Captain had no choice but to off load them. I hate to see anyone off loaded but sometimes it is the right thing to do.
  21. No MG16 they will only ask you to give a grade of cabin but not the option to pick any numbers, I had asked at the time of booking what the obstructed cabins were like and told them I did not wish to have an obstruction so paid to go 6 grades higher to an un-obstructed yet even so I ended up with a cabin under the bridge when I queried this they told me it was not an obstruction even though the brochure states it is shaded as I said I ended up having to spend an additional £300 for a cabin of my choice. The only good thing to come out of it was I changed to Bolsover and have a lovely lady (Po
  22. Yes you are right MG16 Bolsover certainly get their customers what they have asked for and put the hours in to achieve it however my annoyance with P&O was that they had taken my deposit (15%) not a small amount which they had sat on until the cruise went on sale and then I was put to the very back of the line after all the travel agents had been dealt with and customers who rang on the day. I ended up with Hobsons choice and P&O didn't even care, I didn't expect to be first on the list but I did expect a phone call in the morning to ask my preference of cabin after all they had alread
  23. A few years ago we pre-registered direct with P&O for Britannia's first Christmas/New Year and paid our deposit for an in-obstructed balcony this was the first day of pre-registering . On the day of sale I waited for a phone call giving me my cabin number and when I had heard nothing by mid-day I started to get concerned but could not get through on the phone as lines were busy as expected. Finally at gone 4pm I received my call telling me my room number which was on A deck right under the bridge so in the shade so as far as I am concerned that is obstructed cabin and not what I had aske
  24. I had the e-mail today informing me about the rise to £6 on March 27th but they are no longer calling it gratuity payment but "Service Reward Programme" whatever that means. Not wishing to appear bad, but I would have thought I have already paid for service in the price of my cruise but it would appear P&O expect me to now pay extra to award staff for service. clearly they no longer believe it should come as standard.
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