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  2. towny44

    Just back off the Aurora

    Air-conditioning anywhere is always a contentious issue whether on land or sea. Our early cruising was mainly on Princess and we always found that their entertainment venues were far too cold and we needed a jacket or stoll to be comfortable, now we no longer fly so P&O out of Southampton is our line of choice and most of their ships' aircon temps seem to suit us just fine.
  3. towny44

    The Licence fee?

    My understanding was that the last major license fee increase was contingent upon the BBC taking responsibility for the over 75s free licenses, so any gerrymandering was solely by the BBC, and I imagine they always intended to stop this provision despite their review showing only 15% thought it should stop, the remaining 85% thought it should stay (48%) or be amended in some way (37%). Whichever political party proposes privatising the BBC and abolishing the license fee might just secure my vote at the next election.
  4. Davybe

    The Licence fee?

    IMO the government pulled a fast one by promising "Free TV Licences " for the over 75s they giving the responsibility to the BBC to cover the cost of it. Should we have ever got the free licence ,which was a bit of Gerrymandering by the politicians to get votes, what happens between the age of 74 and 75 that means you cannot afford the fee? Most of us who cruise should be able to afford it? should it still be free to the over 75s ....Davybe
  5. Davybe

    Just back off the Aurora

    We sailed on Arcadia twice and twice I came off with a chest infection ,others in the party were fine . The Aircon on Arcadia seemed to work but the difference from hot to cold was noticeable ,in the public areas,you were starting to sweat before it came on and it went very cold at times. The air con on most ships dries my sinuses out ,but I do feel it does spread infections around the ship quite quickly...Davybe
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  7. Jenjen

    Just back off the Aurora

    Maybe from the last cruise Aurora did, because the crew were going off sick as well as many passengers, also 3 deaths, that we know off so could be more. think it’s just one of things, I don’t know the cause, we are just making educated guess.
  8. towny44

    Just back off the Aurora

    We were on Aurora's 2nd cruise after the refit and I don't remember any significant illnesses on board that cruise. The new carpets did leave fluff piles around the cabin, but the stewards vacuumed every day, and we were not affected in any way. Generally high incidences of illnesses on board are due to them being brought on board by the passengers and then generously passed around. Also we have never suffered from the A/C coughs that get reported on forums, maybe we are just lucky.
  9. Last week
  10. sinbad10

    Just back off the Aurora

    Thanks after a visit to the doctors she is now on antibiotics. I dont think it is down to new carpets there have for many years people complaining of coughs,colds and chest infections after a recent cruise and a lot mention Arcadia cough but dont think there is one ship any worse than others. Air conditioning is the problem because when you have 2000+ people in a confined space any viral problems can soon spread.
  11. Jenjen

    Just back off the Aurora

    Hi Sinbad, how strange your wife having a chest infection, I put the problem on Aurora down to the refit of carpets, getting fibre in the air con, did you have many others on your ship with this respiratory problems? hope your wife is soon better
  12. sinbad10

    Just back off the Aurora

    My wife is struggling with chest infection and has been since coming off Britannia on 18th May.
  13. We have just disembarked from 19 nights on the Aurora, lovely cruise good food, and service, good cabin and cabin steward, other passenger, all friendly and chatty, the one downside was the amount of illness, both crew and passengers went down like flys with chest infection, some people even hospitalalised the air con does not help, however we did have a nice time
  14. Ikea Logistics

    Havana US ban

    i know it's nothing to do with cruising but the silly thing is that if any US resident wanted to go to Cuba to visit they just go to Mexico then fly in to Cuba from there
  15. Davybe

    First time

    Nice start to the world of cruising. As a party of 6 you can book trips with local taxi companies ,and save a fortune against P&O tours. Agree the price first and pay at the end. If you can go up Shirley Heights and look at the view of Nelsons dock yard. Nice Ship IMO and if you fancy a different meal other than the MDR they will have offers on ?Take a good suncream and decent SunGlasses ....Davybe
  16. Corinne Hudson

    First time

    Thank you for your reply this is really helpful.
  17. The Harpers

    First time

    I did that in January with my daughter. The stingray trip to Gibbs Cay with P& O is fab and does get sold out. We also did the swimming with turtles trip in Barbados, only saw 2 turtles but was amazing and lunch on the boat was lovely. Most places when you get off taxis are waiting to take you on island tours or to the beach. You want about 20/25 dollars each port plus a sun lounger and brolly each on the beach is around 10/15 dollars. In Grenada we picked up a tour for $15 to a waterfall, spice shop and rum shack which we really enjoyed, though the spiced rum was knockout stuff!! You will be fine with just US dollars. Hope this helps
  18. Corinne Hudson

    First time

    We are going to the Caribbean sailing from Barbados.
  19. The Harpers

    First time

    Hi, welcome to the forum and world of cruising. We tried it 4 years ago and don't want to do anything else. My tip would be do plenty of research on the ports you are visiting, use whatsinport or shore bee and others. TripAdvisor also great for reviews on independantvtrips. I do think P&O excursions are quite well priced though. We booked local companies for Rome and Madeira and that worked well for us. Where are you going?
  20. Corinne Hudson

    First time

    Booking next week, first time cruising. Travelling in a party of 6 adults. Booking onto the Azura for 14 nights departing Friday 19th February 2021 and super excited 😀 Any advice or tips greatly appreciated.
  21. DavidH

    Havana US ban

    Hi towny44, Having just checked on the Azamara Club Cruises website, it is very clear that Cuba no longer features in their Destinations list. DavidH
  22. towny44

    Havana US ban

    Presumably they will if the cruises start from or visit a US port, I wonder if any US cruise line is considering still offering Cuba fly cruises but not using any US ports?
  23. DavidH

    Havana US ban

    Such a shame for the Cuban people and for the thousands of US citizens who were looking forward to visiting this fascinating place. We can now maybe count ourselves fortunate to have visited when we did in early 2018, courtesy of Marella. I guess Azamara's Cuba Intensive itineraries will now be swiftly dropped. DavidH
  24. Davybe

    Disappointing 1st sail with Princess

    Thanks for post your review. Never tried Princess but have American friends who sail with no one else. It does come as a shock though the difference in drink prices and the tip rate ,compared to P&O,but most USA based cruise lines charge around the same....Davybe
  25. sinbad10

    Disappointing 1st sail with Princess

    Like I said food is a personal taste and for us we prefer Princess by a long way compared to P&O food wise and for cruise experience even though drinks are expensive but likewise like you we are Elite and exchange our mini bar package for 2 coffee cards and always purchase soda package which includes mocktails, juice and soda drinks and even after recent price increase is excellent value for money so high cost of alcoholic drinks being not big drinkers doesnt effect us.
  26. The Harpers

    Olden

    Hi, we are off on Ventura in July to Norwegian Fjords. I just wondered if anyone has caught the public bus from Olden to Briksdal glacier? Presume I can only pay in kroner and not euros?
  27. The Harpers

    Disappointing 1st sail with Princess

    Hi, I found this really useful, thank you. I have only been on Royal Caribbean and P&O. I prefer P&O in a lot of ways but I suppose if we hadn't tried it we would never know. It is scary to spend money on a new cruise line though, we want to do a world cruise and like the 2021 Fred Olsen itinerary, particularly as it does Havana, although we are not able to go until 2023/2024 so whether it will be the same we'll have to wait and see. I am nervous about going for so long on a new cruise line so may do a shorter one first, but if I don't like it would it stop me doing the world one? I don't know
  28. Captain Kidd II

    Disappointing 1st sail with Princess

    Thank you for your comments, sinbad10, and as you so rightly say food is of a personal choice. My wife has been in the catering and industry for 30 years and it is only our personal view that, in comparison to P&O, the breakfast had fewer choices and was not as good. At lunchtime in the Buffet there were fewer salad choices and certainly not to the standards portrayed on the TV. Selection of an evening meal in the MDR was often difficult with little choice if you are not a fish eater, which I am not, and there was not even a steak as a fall back. In short we ventured on this cruise with high expectations believing Princess to be a better experience than P&O which, again in our opinion, it was not. I find P&O provide good value for money cruises and am certainly looking forward to sailing with them again in the near future.
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