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  2. Davybe

    Is cruising suitable for all?

    We catch the coach to get to our cruises and often the coach is used to pick up for two cruises(P& O) but on couple who were going on a World cruise could hardly get on the coach, god only knows how the managed on the ship, never did find out if they made it back? But Cruising is open to all ages and abilities ,the newer ships are far better equipped to handle those with disabilities, and from my own experience the cruise lines offer help getting on and off the ship if needed....Davybe
  3. Davybe

    Worth Watching (Maybe)

    At the prices they charge its a No No from us, unless that lotto fairy visits...Davybe
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  6. Captain Kidd II

    Is cruising suitable for all?

    I would never deny disabled or less fortunate than me the pleasure of cruising. My whole point is that it would appear that Aurora is now geared up for a certain area of the travel market to such an extent that loyal travellers of a younger age (we are both retired) consider it is no longer suitable for there needs. I know it is our choice but from our most recent experience we are seriously looking at cancelling 2 cruises currently booked on the ship as are several if our friends. We may be retired but do not wish to feel that we have effectively signed up for weeks on end in a care home.
  7. tonyf

    Viking gratuities

    We are going on the Douro cruise and when I queried this with Viking I was told it was a change of policy from 2020.
  8. towny44

    Is cruising suitable for all?

    I hope your post was mainly tongue in cheek as without cruising from a UK port my wife, who is almost a full time wheelchair user and unable to fly, and I would be unable to have any overseas holidays. I appreciate that for the fully able bodied this demographic might result in a less than satisfactory cruise experience, but surely you would not deny anyone the right to have a cruise just because they are old or infirm.
  9. Jenjen

    Is cruising suitable for all?

    Oh dear, I can see your point, yes our cruise in June on Aurora I was uncomfortable with the amounts of deaths, and hospitalion that went on. some passengers from embarkation hall looked unwell, I wonder then if some should be going away. only my opinion as usual, and have sympathy with people who suffer chronic illness
  10. towny44

    Worth Watching (Maybe)

    I am fairly certain this has been on before.
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  12. Captain Kidd II

    Is cruising suitable for all?

    I know this is going to cause comment but .....” having just disembarked from P&O Aurora the thing that particularly struck home to me was not only the average age of the passengers but their inability to move round the ship, manage to do things themselves and complete disrespect for fellow passengers. The Crow’s Nest in the morning was akin to the nursing/care home my mother was in prior to her death with many catching up on sleep, mouths open, whilst others painted etc. A friend of mine suggested the ship should be renamed Age Concern! Entertainment was most suitable for the more elderly and, as many were though of as in need of early beds, the turn down in the cabins had been stopped as so many were tucked up before the cabin steward could do their rounds. It appears that the focus is now firmly on the family friendly, larger, ships for entertainment rather then Adult only as the “young passengers” prefer these. With the way P&O are managing these smaller ships it will be a self fulfilling prophecy that they will either replace Saga as first choice for the infirmed or just be sold off. Rant over but I really am asking myself if I want to go on 2 further cruises on that ship which was so close to our hearts.
  13. lolandjen

    Luggage storage in cabins?

    Just to advise that the cases when closed would not quite fit under the beds but fitted fine when opened. On another tack the cruise was really good, and the weather was exceptional. First time we had been to Norway and Svalbard, most impressed. Cannot find any links on Oriana's last cruise. Is there any?
  14. cruise addict

    Worth Watching (Maybe)

    I. Might watch it, but have no intention of going on it.
  15. Davybe

    Worth Watching (Maybe)

    Channel 5 on Friday . 9pm The World most expensive Ship? a 4 part series featuring Seven Sees Explorer ? Maybe of interest to some ...Davybe
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  17. paul1924

    Abu Dhabi & Dubai

    Well they cancelled my 22 day repositiong cruise to dubai this Oct. so we are now doing two weeks in the Caribbean but have also booked on Oceana for the repositioning cruise next October.another 22 day one. suez is something ive always wanted to do so second time lucky hopefully. thank you Amber fot all the help sorting things out
  18. Babyblue

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  20. HLM

    Marella Dream.

    I couldn't agree more Andrew, Discovery 1 was very disappointing when it came to service and food quality, that's was what I found really difficult to understand. They appear to run the newer ships in the fleet completely different to the older ones for some reason . HLM.
  21. HLM

    Marella Dream.

    Good morning Davybe. All I can say is Marella are obviously not the top end of the market therefore expections need to be realistic. Having tried both Discovery and Dream you'll realise by now my preference, however if you were to give them a go do a bit of research before making a decision on which ship to cruise on, they are totally different experiences. HLM.
  22. afcandrew

    Marella Dream.

    That's particularly interesting for me HLM. My only cruise with Marella was on Discovery 2 around 18 months ago. Whilst there was a lot that wasn't really 'me', I thought the food was the worst I had had on any cruise line and service in both the mdr and bars was disappointingly poor.
  23. Davybe

    Marella Dream.

    Thanks for the Review HLM. tempts me to try them. We have friends who cruise with no one else ,they tried other lines but prefer Marella....Davybe
  24. HLM

    Marella Dream.

    Yes I agree Marmite and Marella seems to go hand in hand. Up until the last couple of weeks I'd of been in the not for me again camp following my Discovery experience, however this experience has changed that view. What I find difficult to understand is how Marella can run the ships in the fleet so differently, Discovery while this is a much smarter ship the service, food choice and quality were way below my expectations, yet the Dream exceeded them by far. Something I forgot to mention is BEWARE of the wifi especially with young kids in your party, as previously mentioned there was an autistic child in our party and he managed very easily to connect to the ships wifi simply by putting his grandad's cabin number and birthday in his iPad, cost was £60 for the two hours he bought through his grandad's account, reception as a good will gesture removed the cost after the circumstances were fully explained, however we spoke to another couple who's teenage son done the same and they had to pay considerably more. HLM.
  25. Countrygirl

    alwood

    We went a couple of years ago on Arcadia, super holiday. We did two tours in New York. The first evening we did the skyline from Brooklyn, then on to the Empire State Building the views at night from the top were magical. Then we finish the tour in Times Square at about 10.30pm after a walk around to Soak up the atmosphere we were taken back to the ship. The next morning we did the Statue of Liberty then on to Ellis island. Both brilliant. We booked the evening tour the first evening as we had been told the immigration can take forever. As we did not have anything booked during the first day we ended up being in the last group to go through. They started about 10.30 and we were cleared at 15.00. The whole ship, passengers and crew have to go through and nobody is allowed back on until the process is complete.
  26. afcandrew

    Marella Dream.

    Thanks for the interesting review HLM. Marella are very 'marmite' - I don't like marmite either 😂.
  27. HLM

    Marella Dream.

    Indeed OWT, I felt for what was paid It was hard to be overly critical. To me service, entertainment and overall experience is crucial other material things such as age and condition of the ship are not overly important. I'm now thinking of looking at other ships in the fleet, more especially the Celebration or again the Dream simply because they seem to offer a somewhat more traditional experience. HLM.
  28. Oldworldtraveller

    Marella Dream.

    Nice review HLM. Sounds like good value for money. Sunwing is 49% owned by TUI ,in the same way as TUI Cruises, which owns Marella, is 50% owned by Royal Caribbean.
  29. Having just returned yesterday from the Dream I thought I'd give a brief overview of our experience. Friends had booked a year prior to boarding and wanted us to join them, so with a couple of months to go we took a look at the price and felt it was very reasonable for what we are getting working out to around just over £100pppn all inclusive. Flight - Tui operating a Canadian airline (Sunwing), the flight was on time an very comfortable for the short 2hr 20min flight. Within an hour of landing we were on the ship having drink and an early lunch, luggage was in our cabin within an hour of embarking, very efficient. The ship (exterior) - First impressions left me slightly apprehensive as there were clear ageing signs such as rust spots on the hull etc also on the open decks again signs of age an corrosion albeit these were under maintenance constantly which was good to see and did not impact on our overall experience, in addition we subsequently found out that the ship is in for a refurb in February. The ship (Internally) - We found to be very well maintained spotlessly clean and very acceptable, another plus was that all entertainment venues (Broadway show lounge, Tides, Medusa and Watersedge etc) were all on deck 8 this took away the constant up and down stairs lifts etc encountered on other ships, I would also imagine this is a plus for those with disabilities. Entertainment - Broadway show lounge was where most of the production shows took place twice nightly 20:30 and 22:30, I'm not one for this particular type of show however with friends decided to attend several shows over the two weeks, shows ranging from Dancing Queen to Broadway Musicals, I must say we're very well performed and professional, but as I say not all my taste but that's just a personal opinion, the guest act on the first week was comedian Tank Shearman who I enjoyed the main reason was he was funny without the need to swear or be smutty etc this was also the same in his late show, another comedian was on the second week who's name unfortunately slips my mind however not very impressed and he did get a bit to close the the edge with children onboard. Medusa lounge - I must admit not much time spent here either but this is where most of the family shows take place most of which are game shows based on those from the TV, these were very popular with those with young families and appeared to be full to capacity every night, in between the resident band Musik unlimited could be found singing a variety of different sets and were very good. Tides bar - This is where our party tended to locate before and after the shows, one of our party is an autistic 12 year old boy who formed a lovely bond with Tom & Maris the resident singers, most nights he was invited up to sing and dance with them and was always greeted with genuine affection, this can also be said about the waiting, bar staff and fellow passengers. Tom & Maris without doubt are probably the best onboard act I've seen on any ship, not just because of the warm welcomes but their genuine and wide ranging singing talents. Watersedge - This is where the casino and late night entertainment occurs, this again is very well attended and music goes on until the early hours either in the form of the resident band or the disco, spent several late nights there's and thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere, I think it also needs to be said that although Marella is now fully AI I personally never came across any unruly behaviours, yes there were a few worse for wear but all in good humour and spirits. Food and drink - The buffet restaurants were found on both poolside decks 9 & 11 serving both a wide ranging choice of hot and cold foods, from basics such salads to burgers, pizzas chips etc to fresh carved meats every day, in addition there was also omelette stations and more especially for the kids fresh ice cream which was help yourself. Drinks menu was very good with a large variety of choice, however there was an upgrade option of £50pp a week if required and that would have included the whole selection of premium brands such a grey goose gin for example, but I didn't see the need as the AI list was more than adequate and also covered speciality coffees etc. The MDR (Orion) restaurant was on deck 4 this opened for all meal times for breakfast, lunch and dinner all of which is open dining. Our party only used this in the evening this was excellent, having sailed on Discovery 3 years ago I was apprehensive as the choice on there was very limited, however I needn't of worried the food choice was fantastic a choice of around 6 meals per course, if for any reason nothing suited there was the always available menu offering seared chicken, pasta and fish dishes etc nothing was to much trouble and I dear say if you wanted something other than offered it would've been got for you. Crew - Again I will make the comparison with Discovery chalk and cheese, Discovery we waited and waited for service, the complete opposite on the Dream in fact we rarely needed to order they saw the glasses were getting low and simply brought the drinks over, similarly in the buffet, empty plate were taken away promptly. I won't go in to detail regarding itinerary as most of the ports were standard across the Med which most would of been too these including Palma, Trapani, Monaco, Sorrento, Palamos, Toulon, Cititaveccia etc, etc. The highlight being Monaco where we were treated to late night fireworks display, we moved from our originally anchored position and re-anchored closer to the action for a full twenty minute display which was absolutely incredible. So in summary, I am aware that Marella,Tui or Thomson as they are known do receive a lot of mixed reviews and I dear say justifiably so in some cases, but I can only speak from my experience and I'd go back in a shot on the Dream. Any questions feel free to ask. HLM.
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