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  2. Tigglesville

    Silversea cruises

    Fantastic. Thank you for all your responses. The reason I’m looking at a luxury cruise is I missed out on a lux holiday for my 60th birthday due to a ‘friend’s’ dithering, hence the solo choice. I will certainly have a look at your suggestions.
  3. Oldworldtraveller

    Silversea cruises

    Sailed on the Silver Muse and yes, it was excellent. However before deciding have a look at Saga's new ship, Spirit of Discovery, all balcony, truly is all inclusive including all speciality restaurants and transport from your home to port or airport and return up to 250 miles. Also as afcandrew says, have a look at Crystal to which I would add Regent and Azamara.
  4. DavidH

    Silversea cruises

    Hi Tigglesville, I note, from a previous post, that you are already booked to cruise with Marella. I cannot comment on the experience as a single traveller but can tell you that my wife and I regard them as offering very good value for money. However, I can also tell you that the Silversea experience is very, very different and will make you feel very special. As afcandrew says, if you have the budget, they are most definitely worth it. But it would probably be fair to say that you could book two cruises with Marella for the price of one with Silversea. As the saying goes - "You pays your money and takes your choice". DavidH
  5. afcandrew

    Silversea cruises

    If you are in the market - and have the budget - for a luxury cruise, they are certainly worth the money. I've never cruised with Silversea but was lucky enough to have dinner and an evening aboard when a friend was sailing them out of London. They often do deals with quite low single supplement. I would also recommend checking out Crystal too, in a similar level.
  6. Tigglesville

    Silversea cruises

    As a solo traveller is Silversea cruises worth the money or is there a cruise line to sail with who give better value? I’m new to cruises but I think this is the way I want to go with regards to holidays with the odd beach holiday in between.
  7. Tigglesville

    Newbie Cruser

    Thank you Andrew. That’s very helpful.
  8. afcandrew

    Spirit of Discovery

    It is indeed Owt 😄
  9. Oldworldtraveller

    Spirit of Discovery

    Is this on the 12th afcandrew?
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  11. afcandrew

    Spirit of Discovery

    I'm looking forward to seeing Spirit of Discovery next month on a ship visit in Southampton. If anyone wants me to look at or photograph anything specific, please let me know and I'll do my best.
  12. afcandrew

    Newbie Cruser

    Welcome aboard the good ship Bolsover Forum! We are a friendly lot. Well done for booking your first cruise - but be aware that many of us have found it to be a rather addictive pastime 😁. From the one cruise I have done on Marella, they do solo travelling rather well. On the first night there was an early evening meet for coffee or drinks with one of the social hostesses so that solo pax could meet each other. From that, it was agreed that anyone who wished to could meet in one of the bars at the same time each evening and then those that wanted to could go into dinner with each other. There was one large table that was reserved every evening for solo pax. This was helpful as there is only open dining on Marella (i.e. turn up when you want as opposed to two sittings with set seating) I have done the majority of my solo cruising on P&O ships. P&O often allocate solo pax booked on 'Club Dining' (i.e. same table at the same time each night with the same people) to dining tables together and then pax often go off at the end of the meal to the theatre show or for a drink. P&O also have a morning coffee meet in one of the bars for solo pax every sea-day, hosted by some of the Entertainment Officers. Btw, without wanting to teach you to suck eggs, 'pax' is short for passengers. I had cruised for many years with my partner before he died in 2012 and have found it a wonderful way to holiday alone since then. Ships are usually very friendly places and there are plenty of opportunities to chat with others and 'pal up' with other solo pax for independent trips ashore etc. I'm sure you will have a great time. Please feel free to ask any other questions you have about cruising generally or as a solo. You'll get plenty of good advice on here. Andrew
  13. Tigglesville

    Newbie Cruser

    I am new to cruising and have booked a cruise with TUI Marella for September. I am a solo traveller and I wondered if there are any tips you can pass on to me on the best solo cruises or cruise lines to go on and what to expect. I am a young at heart woman in her 60s. Many thanks in advance.
  14. Oldworldtraveller

    Spirit of Discovery

    I am sure DavidH once their new ship arrives they will be in a position to extend their itineraries to more exotic locations. Enjoy your coming trips and keep safe. OWT
  15. DavidH

    Spirit of Discovery

    So true, OWT. I've spent hours on the internet organising how best to get to and from Heathrow to spend a month abroad in November/December 2020 without leaving my car at the airport for that length of time. Finished up renting cars for the trips down and back, with an overnight hotel before we fly. Very disappointed to find out how much more expensive car hire becomes once over 70!!!! But still a cheaper option than taxis and, with luggage for 4 weeks away, a better option than train travel, in my view. Incidentally, the trip is 4 nights in Lisbon before Azamara cruises to Rio de Janeiro via Madeira, Canaries, Cape Verde Islands and then on to Buenos Aires. Just wish Saga had an itinerary of interest. DavidH
  16. BanburyBlue

    Ijmuiden - location and excursions

    Thanks all
  17. Oldworldtraveller

    Spirit of Discovery

    On the point of the free VIP Service that Saga offer, Solent Richard was correct when he referred to a personal chauffeur service up to 75 miles. However it is also free up to 250 miles for ocean cruises and unlimited for river cruises and long haul holidays but you may have to share the vehicle. Which ever you have it still makes a very attractive feature in making sure your holiday begins the moment you close the front door.
  18. cruise addict

    Ijmuiden - location and excursions

    There is nothing to see in ljmuiden. We spent two days there at Christmas on a p and o cruise. Take the frequent free shuttles into Amsterdam, they even ran during the night.
  19. DavidH

    Ijmuiden - location and excursions

    Hi BanburyBlue, Unfortunately, I have no personal experience of porting in Ijmuiden to offer you but you may find it helpful to check out the information on "www.whatsinport.com". Clearly, the only reason to spend 2 days in Ijmuiden is to afford passengers the time to visit the wonderful city that is Amsterdam. Having visited many times, though never from a cruise ship, I would suggest you spend as much time in the city as possible. Strolling the canals and visiting the Flower Market, with a canal side lunch and a beer (try the Calf And Bloom just across the canal from the Flower Market) are essentials in my book. Hope that helps, if only a little. DavidH
  20. BanburyBlue

    Ijmuiden - location and excursions

    Hi, We're considering a P&O cruise that spends 2 days in Ijmuiden. I think I've read that the shuttle bus to Amsterdam is running much more smoothly now? However, I'm wondering... Is there anything to do in Ijmuiden itself? What sort of shore excursions are available from Ijmuiden - I've looked on the P&O website and can't find any information. Thanks,
  21. towny44

    Charging IPads & IPhones on Princess Cruise Ships

    Most smart phones and tablets will charge up at either 110 or 220v, all you need is an adaptor plug, although newer ships now have USB sockets as well.
  22. Captain Kidd II

    Charging IPads & IPhones on Princess Cruise Ships

    There is a 220v socket behind the bed for vacuum purposes. Your steward could plug an extension in for you so you can use uk powered devices.
  23. Oldworldtraveller

    Charging IPads & IPhones on Princess Cruise Ships

    An iPhone charger with an adapter for US style sockets. It certainly worked when I was on a Princess ship last October.
  24. Princess Cruise ships use 110v 60c with American plugs. What device is recommended to charge my iPhone & IPad. regards
  25. LazyRizzo

    P&O's new drink packages?

    Yes, we are aware of that. And it wouldn't matter if it was a single measure of gin in the tonic....I have found the part in the T&C now where it states that a double shot or a large glass of wine counts as two drinks, and we have noted the 15 minute limit until you can order another drink (ha ha not that we drink that much or that fast!) In fact we have done a rough calculation by looking at the sample drinks prices, and including the draught soft drinks, primo Costa coffees and mocktails, it isn't too bad I guess.
  26. sinbad10

    P&O's new drink packages?

    Dont think you are allowed double measures of spirits per drink only single measures and then you have to wait a period for the next and can only lol have 15 alcoholic drinks in any 24 hr period.
  27. HthrEdmndsn

    P&O's new drink packages?

    You would have to buy a package for every adult in the cabin. You can't buy one package and share it.
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