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  1. I've just caught up with this topic, not been on the site for a while. We've just done a late booking for a 7 night Arcadia cruise in May. If we were to take up the Drinks package that would cost us £559.30 for the week - no way would we spend that much on alcohol in a week, even allowing for my occasional double Espresso from Costa Coffee - I'm not sure a double Espresso would be included in the drinks package would it - and I always ask for it with a small jug of hot milk - don't think they charge me for that usually. In September we're doing the 30 night Canada/USA cruise so the cost of
  2. Some very interesting comments. However, I think some of the comments are portraying P&O as going downhill, for example - their brand name losing value everyday in people's eyes. I'm not sure where this evaluation comes from. Don't forget the number of people who post on forums like this one are very small compared to the number of people who actually cruise with P&O. P&O must be doing something right to fill the number of ships that they do and have another very large ship on the horizon. Yes things have changed and I assume they will continue to change. Will we all like all
  3. We have sailed on both Oceana and Azura. We were last on Oceana a year ago. If both ships were doing the same itinerary I would choose Oceana every time. Now that's just a personal choice and I can see why some people would prefer Azura - more choice of eating places, more bars, sea screen etc. However, we love the atrium on Oceana, far more Wow factor for us than Azura. Now I love to use the library, even though I have and use a Kindle and Azura's library could be compared to a cupboard whereas the library on Oceana is huge by comparison. We loathe the Manhattan show lounge - whoever th
  4. Don't be misled by ships being advertised "for sale". It's a well known practice for ship brokers to advertise a ship for sale to see what interest they get and then they contact the owners of said ship to see if they are interested in selling. The notion that Oriana is for sale has been around for years. I have a son-in-law involved in the ship broking industry and he confirms what I've said. Probably none of the ships mentioned are actually for sale.
  5. Well P&O (Carnival)must be doing something right. The share price as of today is 45.7. We bought at something like 26 a few years ago. My husband looks at the share price but really we keep the shares to get the on board credit. I would have classed P&O as middle of the range, some people may not agree but I would put them above Thomson and below Cunard. We are still very happy with their product and will continue to cruise with them as long as we are happy. I agree that Rob Brydon shows a more upmarket view - whether he is worth what they're paying him only P&O know. They k
  6. We are back on Braemar in September for the first time since 2003 so will see some changes. When I booked I was amazed to see an offer for those booking over the St. Patrick's Day weekend that the All Inclusive Drinks package was included free! Seeing as they are now charging £10pppday that seems incredibly good. We wait to see what it's like.
  7. Fantastic news, have really missed her. We also did the Baltic cruise going through the Kiel Canal. We're looking forward to going back on her as soon as we can.
  8. Arcadian Rhodes went a long time ago! Maybe we are easily pleased. Our last cruise was a Mediterranean fly cruise on Oceana in May. We thought the food was really good. We were on Club Dining on a table of 8 and everyone seemed to like what they had. If we wanted different vegetables to those advertised with the dish we only had to ask, and could ask for more vegetables or potatoes if we wanted them. I had the sirloin steak about 3 times during the fortnight as I love steak and I asked for it rare (I've learnt if I want a medium rare steak in the main dining room then I ask for it to be
  9. I have read several reviews where passengers have either asked their cabin steward to remove the minibar items from the fridge or have stored them in the wardrobe and replaced them when it was time to leave. Most passengers seem to want to put their own drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic in the fridge, plus ice and lemon. It does seem that some ships in the fleet have stopped selling whole bottles of spirits from Room Service - I'm not talking about Duty Free - although I have read that they have been available on some ships.
  10. We are off to the Canaries on Ventura in January, don't know if this is the same cruise the OP is thinking about. We will go prepared with Stugeron just in case. As others have said, it can be rough at any time of year, even in the middle of summer. Just because it will be January it doesn't automatically mean it will be rough. Go prepared and you'll be fine. The Captain will usually warn passengers if it is going to be a bumpy crossing so they can take whatever they need. We don't go expecting it to be rough, we go expecting a wonderful cruise!
  11. I phoned Bolsover yesterday morning to see if I could find out more about our cruise - D606 - being cancelled and what P&O's response was. I found out that Bolsover didn't know Adonia was going until Friday - they were very surprised as they never have any problem selling Adonia. I think Carnival jumped the gun which meant that people on one of the cancelled cruises like us, found out from a social forum before being contacted by P&O. Apparently it is now up to the cruise agents to send out the letter from P&O saying sorry your cruise is cancelled oh and here's £100 each of a fu
  12. It also means that some of us are losing our cruise which has been booked for months. We were due to go on Adonia next March - D606 - going round the Caribbean and then returning to Southampton via some of the southern United States. This cruise and one other has been cancelled! Not that P&O has told us yet. I found out firstly on the P&O Facebook page which gave a link to the main P&O site which stated that these two cruises are being cancelled. Apparently a letter is in the post. P&O insist that Adonia remains part of the P&O fleet even though she will be sailing fo
  13. We were on Oceana this March and certainly did not find her shabby. Yes maintenance work was being carried out as an on-going thing but we had a fantastic time. This is the fourth time we've been on her and we still enjoy being aboard. She had undergone a refit since we were last on her so it was interesting to see the differences. Certainly not shabby or rusty!
  14. We were on a three week trip on Azura a couple of years ago. At dinner on the first evening after we had flown to Bridgetown it was Open Seating as passengers were arriving at all different times. There was a couple on the other side of the table who looked quite miserable. Eventually the husband said, "We don't like Azura!" His wife responded, "No, we don't like it at all!" The rest of us looked on amazement. I wish I'd had the nerve to say, "Why on earth book a three week cruise on a ship you don't like?" Amazing!
  15. We always use the ones in the excursion booklet and have never bothered to print off the ones from the Cruise Personaliser and have never had a problem.
  16. I suppose it depends if we are talking ports in general or ports with a specific Cruise Line. We mainly cruise with P&O and I would certainly like them to offer some different ports. I'd like to see more ports around the Greek islands offered, and Turkey too. I'd also like to see more ports on the Eastern seaboard of the USA.
  17. Friends of ours went on the Marco Polo last year from Tilbury. They were not impressed with the parking arrangements to say nothing of the London traffic. We live very near Southampton so it wouldn't be any use to us but the thought of having to drive up to London would definitely put me off. Wouldn't like to go up by train either with all the luggage.
  18. When we were on Azura a year ago they were selling E cigarettes in the Emporium shop.
  19. Haven't got anything amazing to say - other than we're off on Oceana two weeks next Monday! We've only just found out which terminal we're going from. According to the Southampton VTS site Oceana was due to leave from Terminal 102 which no-one seemed to have heard of. On the long list of ships on the VTS site Oceana was the only one listed to go from 102. Then I got our Etickets - and the port of departure was left blank - we return to Ocean Terminal. I checked on my CP a couple of days ago and it now says the Departure Terminal is the QEII terminal so that sorts that out. I would guess it's
  20. There are some people who just don't like cruising even after trying it. We have friends who have been on a couple of short cruises, which they enjoyed, but not enough to make them want to go on a longer one. They prefer land based holidays where they can explore an area for longer than a day. However, they do own a small boat, which they only sail around the Solent area and they are quite happy to just pootle around in that. My brother and his wife went on a Caribbean cruise and enjoyed much of it but unfortunately they chose a re-positioning cruise - flew out to Barbados then cruised back
  21. We are due to leave Southampton on Oceana on 9th March and I believe the naming ceremony of Britannia is the next day so we'll see her hopefully. Not really keen on the huge ships - although we have been on Azura three times and enjoyed it. Maybe at some point we'll take a short cruise on her to see what she's like but it will be interesting to see her.
  22. I think it depends which cruiseline you're talking about. I can only answer for P&O. No smoking on balconies - only in certain outside deck areas of the ship. Definitely not Free drinks - unless you have a special offer from a Travel Agent. P&O have advertised extra OBC which they portrayed as "have a drink on us" - not quite the same as free drinks. Although of course P&O are one of the few lines who don't restrict you taking alcohol on board and don't charge you an extra 15% on anything you spend. I think I read that Celebrity have upped their charge from 15% to 18% recently - bu
  23. I think it depends on the contract they have with the broadcasters. I'm really surprised they didn't show the Rugby. They now show Formula 1 - highlights but better than nothing. When we were on Adonia it was shown in Crows Nest and it was on the cabin TVs too which my husband thought was wonderful. I know P&O took out a new contract with a sports company a couple of years ago which I thought encompassed various sports in addition to F1.
  24. Annieuk

    50 Shades

    No, not read the book, nor intend to see the film. When we were on, I think it was Oceana, just after the paperback came out, I was clearing out the cupboards when packing at the end of the cruise and there at the back of a cupboard was a copy of Fifty Shades - and no I didn't take it out - just pushed it further to the back of the cupboard incase the steward found it and thought I'd been reading it. I didn't really know what it was about at that time - nor do I now really!
  25. I think some of us - me included - get in to the habit of posting on maybe one or two forums - probably with a larger membership than this one - and don't log in regularly to this one. I don't feel that I am/have been intimidated by anyone and I'm not sure what Fudge means about a "suspicious undertone". I have always felt that this is a friendly forum - occasionally I have read a few people sniping at someone else but I have just ignored that. I will try to log in regularly - and will contribute if I have something to say that I think is relevant or may be useful.
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