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  2. ya hay, ironing complete. first practice pack weighed in at 30kg oops. simple fix toiletries, sunscreen,shower gel etc removed along with a book, transferred to rucksack/hand luggage. second pack 23.2kgs job done. amazing how heavy liquids are, in future i think i will just buy what i need on board reckon theyll have most stuff. it can sit in the corner now until the 3rd. organised or what lol.
  3. Why do occasionally have to sign -in with username and password never used to have to do it until recently.
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  5. As far as i'm aware the cruises are still going to operate - they may change some of the ports of call where the hurricane has severely damaged the destination. Im sure they will make a decision soon!
  6. We have just returned from 2 weeks on Independence. It a great ship and the Ice shows are fantastic.
  7. i enjoy the programme but turn off when she starts singing!! x
  8. Sign of the times Badminton Girl, they are all making cut backs to keep costs down and I suppose this maybe would mean 1 less member of staff required
  9. Thats very interesting, I just wonder though if someone has a big puff of vapour on their balcony which someone else mistakes for smoke how many false alarms the ships staff will have to call out for. Hopefully thats just me thinking the worst!
  10. I havent been lucky enough to travel on Viking but after seeing the programme they look amazing!!!
  11. The singing at the end is very cringe but i like the rest of the programme!
  12. Im not really a Jane Macdonald fan (ie her singing) however I am loving the series. She is actually quite funny and showing how much fun cruising can be. Favourite ones so far is Viking Star and MSC
  13. im glad you have got sorted and hope you have a good time
  14. Hope you have a good trip and meet lots of lovely people.
  15. I have been watching. I thought the Viking Sky looked fantastic. If only i could afford the Owners suite !
  16. There have been 2 new brochures since that brochure was printed.
  17. Well so far we have been very happy with Viking's service. The advice we got from them at the booking stage was excellent. We go next May but yesterday we had a call from a lady who sorts out the flights and she has got us exactly what we wanted re times, preferred airport and a good deal on business class seats. Within minutes of the call we had the documentation and were able to choose our seats. Let's hope this continues throughout the entire process.
  18. There is already a cruise ship named Europa so the name is probably patented.
  19. Personally I would like to see more of the ship and destinations and less of Jane MacDonald. It is after all a program about cruising.
  20. I like her bubbly personality and the way she presents the show I also like her voice, however I don't see the need for her to sing at the end of every show, it's all a bit to "cheesy"for me, if she really has to sing perhaps the compromise is to let her have a guest spot now and again in the theatre whilst onboard, HLM.
  21. Yesterday
  22. going through the tick sheets and list making brought back a lot of memories lol. the wife and i did quite a few cruises between 1995 and when she died in 2003. sat ironing this afternoon i had the thought at least i havent had to go clothes shopping. that was a nightmare endured prior to every cruise trips to nottingham or meadowhall or where ever to get "the new outfit". it usually involved an entire day in whatever shopping centre "trying on", followed by several fashion shows at home. followed by another trip to same shopping centre to return half of what was bought on trip one followed by more buying. repeat 3 times for each shopping centre. at least. dont even ask about shoe shopping lol esp as she was tall almost 6ft and had size 8 feet.
  23. I'm sure you will enjoy it. I must say I would need more than one suitcase for a 24 nighters and that's with doing a bit of laundry.
  24. That's about the best way to describe it.... lol
  25. Someone made me laugh to today when they said she should have been on Titanic as her singing would have shattered the iceberg!!!!!!!
  26. Oh bless you Mitch, just remember, they have washing machines on board, you can do your smells as you go, and shirts as go and while in the launderette you will get all the gossip. keep calm and have a wonderful time
  27. at last after several weeks of searching its booked. a little background to the issues that caused such a prolonged decision. i am a widower so the first issue the dreaded single supplement. i havent done a cruise for some time or even booked a brochure holiday for the last 10 years i have booked a flight and arranged my own hotel and saved at least a thousand pounds on a fortnights holiday to destinations that can provide some sun. however earier this year i damaged my already arthiritic knees so any flight over an hour or so is out of the question hence the search for a cruise from a uk port. additionally i am one of the lepers that smoke albeit now an electronic version so it brings its own restrictions,combined with the inability to stand for more than 10 minutes i needed to find out if there were seats available in smoking areas or if you were relegated to a pontoon towed behind the ship. so emails were necessary to cruiselines. and following said emails it seems additional info has appeared regarding smoking areas on some p&o ships. the weekend has been spent preparing and repairing baggage etc and the first practice pack has started, the aim to get enough in for a 24 night cruise and keep the bag below 23kgs. the main bag will commence the holiday before me on the 3rd oct with the baggage company as i dont fancy battling the rail system with a large bag, a walking stick and a rucksack. for £72 return it seems a no brainer,and the rail fare wasnt bad just over £100 return from chesterfield with an upgrade to first class down to southampton. so the boxes are getting ticked the list of washing and dry cleaning is complete, ironing all but the last load done. the self travelling bag is almost packed for the first time,initial weigh in will be on wed/thurs, then the task of slimming it down will begin to get to its target weight for the 3rd. do i really need that hawaian shirt or that second bottle of sunscreen.
  28. wow, ok thats new. also ive now booked on the arcadia on 7 oct. going through the info i notice theyve changed the smoking info it now specifies deck 11 sky outside east bar,deck 10 outside retreat bar,d9 lido table area outside aquarius bar. much more detail than before when it just said d9 port etc. i wonder if that was prompted by the emails i sent.
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