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  1. Again thank you, the more I ready about it the more I want to go.
  2. Thank you, I really want to go but the other half needs some further persuasion ⚓
  3. I was wondering if anyone can help me out with some further advice. I know more and more Cruise lines are now taking in this destination, and its somewhere me and my partner want to go to but don’t fancy a hotel stay. Has anyone been on a cruise yet that can enlighten me further.
  4. I can remember the press reports when this story came out. Apparently, Ed was just mingling with the other passengers whilst on board, makes you wonder how many knew who he was. Ill defiantly watch this documentary just as much for the music as the ship. If he gets another Gold Disk, and let be honest this is almost a guarantee with anything he realises, he might even donate it to QM2.
  5. We took advantage of the drinks package on board our Fred Olsen Sailing which was mainly Brits on board and there were no issues relating to alcohol, but Fred dose attract an older clientele. The fact P&O now restrict the amount of alcohol you can take on board highlights that they may be concerned about the leaves certain passengers are drinking, no one wants to be stuck on a cruise with drunk troublesome guests. If it is something they’ll look at it I don’t believe it would be offered on the “Short Break Sailings” aka Party Cruises. Maybe they could trial it on the Adult Only ships f
  6. It’s that time again, I love booking holidays but hate shopping around for travel insurance. Having done a few cruises now and knowing what I need to look out for, I’m aware that some travel insurers do not offer cruise holiday cover as standard, and some don’t offer it at all. I wasn’t aware though that the actual figures for this are that only 56% of the current single trip policies available to choose from include cover for cruise travel as standard. It only goes up to 59% when looking to take out annual policies. A few years ago, I was fortunate for someone to mention this
  7. P&O Cruises haven’t even completed their new ship yet and already Meghan Markel is being highly tipped to be the new Godmother. This of course is all speculative now and time will tell if the new Princess will christen the new ship?
  8. I think they must have stopped them, nothing in the new brochure and it seems like they are just concentrating on the “strictly Come Dancing” and “Food Heroes”
  9. Last year's BBC series Blue Planet II heralded a change in attitude amongst many on the impact of plastic on marine life, with footage showing animals injured or killed by plastic in the ocean. The UK Government said it is considering a ban on plastic straws and other items, such as plastic drink stirrers and cotton buds. I hope the cruise lines are going to make significant changes on board for example an estimated 8.5 billion plastic straws are thrown away each year and they play a part in this. Thoughts on how else they can contribute to make a change? Presenter David Attenboroug
  10. This sounds like a brilliant idea, I’m surprise none other the other lines have introduced as system like this yet. The only worry is I hope you don’t get any random call outs like Amazons Alexa, when it started laughing out loud for no reason. Wouldn’t fancy that at night in a cabin.
  11. Cancellation charges will always be a sore point especially with the America Lines as we have different booking conditions to other regions. I don’t think anyone would book a holiday just to cancel it, so if they are in that position must be for a reason and that when the charges hit the most. For me this just re-enforces the need to have adequate travel insurance in place from the time of booking. Yes, I do think other lines will follow suit.
  12. Killing two birds with one stone springs to mind, but I’m not sure how this would work. I’ve been on a River Cruise and part of the charm was the Long ship that cruised and berthed directly in the cities, I can’t imagine how their Ocean Vessels would cope with this. This is purely personal but I like to keep my Ocean cruises on the Ocean and River Cruises on the River.
  13. I don’t mind admitting I’m a Cruise Junky and no amount of therapy will change me. Much to my inboxes annoyance I must receive emails daily from all the cruise companies, normally I just take a quick look and file in the bin if not relevant to me, I’d hate to miss out on anything. The last few weeks I have been receiving prompts to reconfirm my details I order to keep receiving communications, this apparently is due to a change in the UK Privacy Law? I’ll be honest if I don’t want to receive something I just unsubscribe, but was wondering if this was being sent out to everyone &
  14. It wouldn’t be good for anyones health if I had to model
  15. The Beatles Museum, the Cavern Club, the shops just a few things, but Liverpool is about music and football you can't escape either.
  16. You never know Cruise Chef, they could even have a “Victoria Secretes” catwalk show on board
  17. I’ve also read the Bolsover article as always very informative, on a personal note I can highly recommend Liverpool Cruise Terminal. On our last sailing back in September with Fred Olsen’s Boudicca we departed from there. Based in the Midlands this was so convenient and we also felt it changed the dynamic on board as it was mostly us Northerners taking advantage of this port instead of travelling all the way to Southampton. As investment is made I really hope more companies take advantage of using this port, because geographically it makes sense to have a Northern base. If you look
  18. Are the changes in the “Shopping Experience” on board to do with the move to an Adult Only Ship or as stated “transition our retail shops on a select number of ships” because if this is truly the case I’m sure we’ll see a few more posts like this, and I wonder what notification they will receive? On a lighter note my other half would be jumper for joy if he thought he could take me on a cruise without any shops.
  19. For me the ship & destination should marry together, for instance I would love to try a Hurtigruten because I want to experience the Northern Lights. The new Edge also has my interest. In all honesty it’s the spec of the New Virgin Cruises that I’m watching this space for.
  20. I would like to share with you my experience on board Fred Olsen Boudicca, D1722 Scenic Spain 22nd September – 30th September 2017 round trip Liverpool. This was the first time we had used the port of Liverpool and was impressed with how convenient it is for us Northerners. When the car was parked with CPS at the ECHO arena, the stewards took our luggage and we didn’t see again till the cabin. This left us free to explore the city Liverpool before embarkation, being one of our favourite cities I would recommend anyone to do this and it’s easy to just walk to the terminal after. I thi
  21. Thomson was once a name in travel we all recognised, but it now ceases to exist. In the ever-changing travel industry, we have seen the progression of this brand to TUI and now they’ve re branded their cruise ships as “ Marella Cruises” “New Name, Same Friendly Welcome” I’ve personally never been on a Thomson/TUI Cruise so know very little about them, will Marella be offering anything different? What are the benefits of travelling with them compared to other lines.
  22. After watching the cringe worthy Apprentice last night on board P&O Britannia, me and the other half decided to look at a short break sailing to Bruges. This notification came up when checking the sailings “We hope you are looking forward to your cruise. Ahead of your arrival, we wanted to advise about a new dress code policy. As of 1 January 2018, fancy dress, novelty or clothing personalised with images/slogans will not be permitted. We are also reducing the amount of alcohol guests can bring on board (a change from the policy wording in the January 2018 - Oc
  23. RiverSong


    Cuba is still a Communist Country, time will only tell if the extra revenue generated by the Cruise Industry will work its way back into the community?
  24. Its not Cruise & Maritime we're looking at, but when we heard about the problems just made us all think twice about Amsterdam.
  25. I’m after some advice as looking at a short break cruise that goes to Amsterdam. One of the girls I’m travelling with has told me that her mother went on a Sixties Weekender with Cruise & Maritime, Magellan. They experienced some major problems with immigration in Amsterdam which delayed most of the passengers on ashore. Has anyone had this experience in Amsterdam and how long did it take you to get ashore?
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