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  2. Davybe

    Britannia refit

    You may well get some good offer as they try to clear stock. Years ago you could buy some decent stuff at reasonable prices, but "Milking there cash cow" spot it IMO>.... davybe
  3. Yesterday
  4. mitch

    Britannia refit

    typical i am on the cruise before the refit, that means they will start clearing stuff half way through and if arcadia is anything to go by,they will try to get into southampton early so everything will close early on the last day/night. the last few days of the arcadia cruise before her refit shops etc started closing down in the last few days, by the last day half the space was empty. as they got into uk waters the casino had to close at 8pm. bummer!
  5. Davybe

    Britannia refit

    "Buyer beware "is always something to keep in mind, when shopping anywhere, mind you with the internet and a smart phone you can price check most things . I was looking at buying a Tablet (Apple) on a Celebrity ship they were happy to price check against any UK store, and they were cheaper.Sadly the other stuff was not cheaper than I could pay at home....Davybe
  6. Last week
  7. *Dancing Queen*

    Britannia refit

    If P&O are replacing the shops franchise with the same one as Cunard then it is nothing to get excited about !!! When we were on QE earlier this year the Jo Malone shop had very limited stock and certainly not the more popular fragrances, other perfumes/aftershaves etc were also very limited and had a substantial price 'hike' over previous cruises, gone were the well known brands like Joseph Ribkoff and what little 'designer wear' was on offer was actually 'outdated' stock which you would have been buying from John Lewis 12 months ago !! As a smoker I couldn't believe I was unable to purchase B&H Gold ( probably one of the most popular cigarette brands !! ) the same problem with some of the more popular alcoholic drink brands too - as an example a bottle of Baileys which I can buy in Tesco for around Β£16 was over $30 - not that I tend to buy what is supposedly duty free alcohol as I don't consider it worth the effort of it carrying home when Tesco/Sainsburys can more than price match.
  8. mitch

    Britannia refit

    i picked up some gift sets on arcadia last nov for xmas pressies, they were very reasonable for the brands they were.
  9. The Harpers

    Late offer cruise

    My hubby and I are due to travel on Arcadia to the end for 19nights on 10th October. Unfortunately we can no longer travel. The holiday is sold out and prices for our cabin were Β£2200 per person before they sold out. We have got car parking included and presume we can just change car details, also my TA says we can do a double name change. Our cabin is C34. If anyone is interested in going instead we would like Β£1500 per person for it. Please private message me if you are interested.
  10. towny44

    Britannia refit

    I once bought a leather belt from a cruise shop, in the sale, and my wife has bought the odd clothing item, also when in the sale and of course at a price we thought could not be bettered ashore. But in the main we rarely buy, although, like most women, my wife likes to browse. However if we have lots of OBC then we do sometimes buy perfume to ensure we spend it all, otherwise we look but keep our cruise cards in our pockets.
  11. https://www.bolsovercruiseclub.com/news/po-cruises-britannia-refit/ Interesting that they are going for some "upmarket shops" with "upmarket prices " no doubt. Personally I have never found many Bargains on cruise ships ,and prices seem higher than ever ,mind you the last thing we booked a cruise for was to go shopping? Are you a cruise ship shopper....Davybe
  12. TrentAnn

    Britannia Serenity Pool

    Hi BanburyBlue, I was on Britannia in April this year and the Serenity pool / sun beds etc., were available to use by adult passengers. Much quieter area to relax in away from the main pool area. Enjoy - I certainly did 😎
  13. BanburyBlue

    Britannia Serenity Pool

    Hi all, Quick question. On Britannia, is the Serenity pool part of the Retreat, or can anyone use it? Thanks.
  14. Jenjen

    Congratulations

    Well done from me too
  15. Have a lovely time Mitch, I am so glad you are able to get back to going on cruises and the warm sun will help your health
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  17. Davybe

    Congratulations

    https://www.bolsovercruiseclub.com/news/british-cruise-awards-2019-winners/ Welldone ,you will need a bigger trophy cabinet? ....Davybe
  18. 2torts

    Congratulations

    Congratulations Bolsover on your 2 new awards.πŸŽ‰
  19. Oldworldtraveller

    Spirit of Discovery

    Was overnight at the naming ceremony and thought it a very nice ship. Good size well equipped cabins, all balcony, excellent food and good entertainment. Staff excellent, very attentive. Cruising on the ship in November.
  20. smtcan

    Let the Train take the Strain?

    I have never taken the Rocky Mountaineer, but I suspect I would feel the same as you. I have driven from Vancouver to Calgary once and the reverse direction twice and loved every trip, even the one when I drove all 2,600 Km myself. My mother and aunt were my passengers. We enjoyed being able to stop whenever we wanted and go off the main road to explore. We took two weeks for the trip, which included four days in Vancouver and two in Calgary. Friends took the train in July and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
  21. Have a lovely, relaxing time mitch & try not to overdo itπŸ˜€βš“οΈ
  22. i have found them excellant, on return you collect your bags as normal and take them out of the terminal and they have a van literally outside, actual position varies depending where they can get in but its v close. you hand your bag over and he tells you the day he will deliver. i think 4 days after is the latest so far for me i am near chesterfield i suppose it depends where you are in the country and which way round hes going. i have used them 4 times now as i cant manage the driving that far and the train is easy from here but a big bag on the train would be a nightmare and i dont fancy the coach as the nearest pickup is one of the motorway service stations and the faff of getting there and back with taxis etc. i use a large barrel bag and nothing broken either touch wood. i think theyre great.
  23. Hope you have a very enjoyable and relaxing cruise Mitch, hope you don't mind me hijacking your thread. We are considering using the baggage handling company for our next cruise so would welcome any comments or advice, especially regarding how they operate luggage on the return journey, and how quickly it is returned.
  24. i am off again lol it starts today as the baggage handling company has rung to say they will pick up my bag on the 18th, so better start packing. for those that didnt read my other ramblings this cruise may be a little sedate as 18 months ago the day after returning from the last cruise i had a heart attack shortly after getting up that morning,anyway a quick trip to sheffield northern fixed it with a stent and 3 months of physio followed. during which they stopped the cause of the blockage the anti inflamatories i had been taking for years and then discovered i had arthiritis in my spine that the anti inflamatories had been hiding and that i had a slipped disc which was pressing on the sciatic nerve. anyway a spinal injection in feb seems to have eased that to the stage that i thinkk its time for some r&r. were off to madeira,la palma,tenerife,gran canaria,lanzerote,cadiz and lisbon, so should be able to stock up on port. realised recently that the cruise is a food heroes cruise, teach me to pay attention when booking. so ive booked 2 of the cookery club classes the eric lanlard inspired masterclass and the thai street food. as i dont think i will be doing much walking as the back does play up a bit although the medics have given me extra stuff to take if i need it. with luck the weather will be kind and there will be plenty of lying by the pool drinking rum. i am cheating by getting a local ironing service to do my shirts for me so all i have to do is fold and pack. i will update as we go lol. bring on the rum.
  25. jinky

    Let the Train take the Strain?

    We did the Rocky Mountaineer a few years back - Vancouver to jasper with an overnight in Kamloops. My wife loved it whereas I tolerated it. As a photographer I was frustrated with the lack of opportunity to shoot stuff at times when I went onto the end of the carriage outside in the heat. Like any railway bushes /trees came at the worst times when I wanted a shot. I much preferred driving back through the Rockies to Calgary in a hire car stopping whenever I wanted.
  26. Davybe

    Cruising from Liverpool?

    The Americans would IMO be the factor that decided if the Improved Liverpool would become a home port for one of their cruise lines, as others have said its the "Heritage Factor" that drives their international cruise market. I asked on Eclipse "why so many Russian cruises each year" ."Because there is a demand by the US market for that cruise?. The Americans look at travel somewhat differently than we do ,distance makes not much difference to them,So Manchester and touring the UK would not bother them, even going down to London for a few days ,Even flying into London ,touring then cruising out of Liverpool would not Bother them....Davybe
  27. Countrygirl

    Spirit of Discovery

    Think you may have to wait a few days. Her first cruise only started on Sunday 1st September
  28. sinbad10

    Cruising from Liverpool?

    It is easy for Princess to use Dublin and Le Havre and possibly Liverpool in the future for their British Isles cruise because they do it repeatedly throughout the summer. There has always been a small minority of Americans who have flown into London then cruised from Southampton and have requested to disembark at Le Havre so they could visit Paris for a few days. It made common sense rather than stay just an extra night to Southampton then have made it harder to visit Paris. This time people started the cruise and did full 12 nt cruise in Southampton, Dublin or Le Havre but as well as Americans there were an increasing number of Irish and French onboard because of the ease of booking a full 12 nt cruise. The problem with Liverpool is that facilities at Dublin and Le Havre was acceptable for the small amount who embarked there as most still embarked in Southampton. I cannot see in the future Dublin, Le Havre or Liverpool ever being used for a complete ship disembarkation/embarkation because of facilities and infrastructure.
  29. afcandrew

    Cruising from Liverpool?

    But as Sinbad has said, it was one of three ports that pax could board at - which is what I meant by Line Voyages. Paris would be a big draw for Americans, hence Le Havre and of course many Americans have an Irish heritage and wish to visit that country. I would guess there are a number of direct flights between USA cities and Dublin.
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