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  1. 3 points
    Nimrod

    Cunard Christmas Canaries Cruise

    Thank you so much Dancing Queen for the very detailed information, that was just what I needed and has put my mind at rest considerably. I love Christmas and usually I am the one organising Christmas with my family & grandchildren but since September last year my health has taken quite a battering and last Christmas was rather a "non event" despite everyone's best efforts so in view of this my husband booked this cruise for me. We did 70 days of the World Cruise and a Baltic Cruise on QV so know and love the ship ( in fact we have booked the same cabin as we had for the world cruise) and as we are doing a short cruise in August with all our family & the grandchildren to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary we won't feel too guilty being away from them at Christmas. Having had tests & consultations myself nearly every week since September 2018 I do hope your husband gets positive results and you will be able to join the cruise this year- maybe we can say Thankyou, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in person? I must confess it is the thought of the next cruise and the photo's and memories of those I have already done that have got me through some very difficult times over the last year so I will now go out and purchase a new "tasteless" Christmas jumper & hat for my husband and an equally "tasteless" Christmas Tiara & earrings for myself and look forward to my Christmas cruise!!! Much appreciated.
  2. 3 points
    LesleyB

    Azura Better than expected.

    Thank you Pies - I had seen your post above which had already given me hope!! Like you, this is our first break in a year and much needed. Realistically, it is a floating hotel and with a multitude of guests with access all over, not just their bit of corridor and dining area - it is bound to get worn more than a normal hotel, so that is not the end of the world. We are also naturally friendly and smiley people (!) and will be more excited and grateful for a rest rather than looking for faults. As long as it is clean and convivial and the food is good - I think we will have a great time 🙂 I will report back afterwards!!!
  3. 2 points
    An excellent choice Nimrod and I'm sure you will love QV . We have celebrated Christmas on a ship for the last 30 years and I don't think it is as 'Christmassy' as it once was but don't be put off by that as it is only my opinion and probably due to the fact we don't join in a lot of the events as we once did, we tend to host a cabin party these days and share the day with friends we have met over the years - it works for us our own little family away from home !! The atmosphere will be there from the minute you step onto the ship, it will be beautifully decorated and of course Christmas music will be playing which all adds to the excitement of what is around the corner, as Davybe says Christmas day will be a sea day there will be various activities happening around the ship so really it's down to you and what might be of interest to you, one thing I particularly enjoy is going to the Queens Room to see Santa arrive on Xmas morning, even though we don't have children I do like to see the excitement on the children's faces in anticipation of the present they are about to receive oh and you won't be forgotten either Santa will pay you a visit too, another event which always used to happen but hasn't for the last couple of years ( although that might be down to whichever cruise director is doing the organising ) is an afternoon pantomime, now I'm not particularly a pantomime person but Xmas isn't Xmas without one is it !! the ships choir will also entertain you in the evening assuming you are in the Britannia restaurant ( they don't do it in the other restaurants ) Christmas dinner is served in the evening - do keep an eye on the times in the daily newspaper as they tend to alter slightly for Christmas day to allow for a more relaxed experience for both passengers and crew, you will find the crew love to take part in the celebrations and many of them will be wearing their Xmas hats so do think about taking a couple of your own as they seem to really appreciate passengers making the effort too plus the paper hats you get in the crackers are a bit 'naff' anyway, another nice tradition albeit an American one is the crew go around the ship on Xmas morning giving out small glasses of Eggnog - a bit like Marmite you either love it or loathe it. I always take Christmas decorations to decorate the cabin but that is personal choice some do, some don't, you might like to take a few Xmas cards too from home to give your cabin a more homely feel plus a few blank ones because table mates tend to give them also. There won't be much else happening after Xmas day but then it will be pretty port intensive so that is to be expected, New Years Eve is always a grand affair and of course the bonus is being in Madeira for the fireworks which are spectacular I think you will be suitably impressed. Please ask away if there is anything specific you want to know and I will do my best to answer you, we too hope to be on this cruise but at the moment my husband is awaiting some test results so we are unable to commit ourselves until we know the outcome. Wishing you a very Happy 70th Birthday in advance and the icing on the cake is that you will be enjoying it on the very beautiful Queen Victoria.
  4. 2 points
    TrentAnn

    Room comparisons on P+O

    Having returned from my first cruise on Britannia at the weekend, I agree with sinbad10 a beautiful ship. Balconies are small compared with other ships, my cabin was Port side on F deck midship and found the balcony adequate for one person - Personally I feel two adults and two Children would be very cramped. Azura and Ventura have spacious extended balconies on C deck (my favourite deck) which are part shaded and part open, they will accommodate four people comfortably. Hope you find your ideal cabin, and cruise.
  5. 1 point
    *Dancing Queen*

    Trying it on??

    One of the reasons P&O stopped 'cabin shares' was because many single passengers would book them to save money ( understandable ) but then complain they couldn't share for various reasons from snoring to hygiene issues and would demand to be moved. Many years ago we shared a dining table with a delightful 'threesome' ( husband/wife and sister ) all were well into their seventies at the time, unfortunately the travel agent hadn't done their research very well as they were sharing a cabin and no-one thought to tell them it consisted of 'bunk beds' we were horrified when they told us they were taking the mattress off the top bunk and placing it between the two lower berths at night, I assume they replaced it each morning otherwise the cabin steward would probably have spoken to someone about it, after checking with them that they would be comfortable if one of them moved to another cabin I spoke to the purser on their behalf and within the hour they had a second cabin FOC, needless to say they were very grateful for the intervention as they would never have dreamt of demanding an upgrade nor expected one, genuine people who had they not mentioned it in passing would have just made the best of a bad job. Had quite a few upgrades over the years but then 9 times out of 10 we do go on the upgrade list but only when we have a good idea what we might be upgraded to, we wouldn't do it for all cabin grades.
  6. 1 point
    towny44

    P & O going down hill

    I do find P&O's method of disembarkation far too controlled, with no general announcements except in the waiting venues. On Celebrity the announcements are ship wide and we always tried to time our breakfast so that we finished about the time our colour/number was called, more often than not our group was called while we were still eating so we just headed straight to the gangway after breakfast. No worries, no hassle just a far more relaxing experience.
  7. 1 point
    sinbad10

    P & O going down hill

    No they havent altered baggage hall and it was chaotic on Saturday not helped by the fact that Britannia didnt arrive in Southampton until 0830 and as first independent passengers didnt get off the ship until 1115 and then there was 2 queues the full length of the baggage hall with people trying to get through customs with everyone checked by one Border Force sniffer dog causing further delays.
  8. 1 point
    sinbad10

    P & O going down hill

    Returned today from our cruise on Britannia. Having done many cruises in the past with P&O but have not done many in the last five years only 3 on Britannia compared to doing 3 a year since 2000. I have been critical of P&O that is why we have virtually stopped cruising with them and to be honest was not looking forward to our cruise on Britannia. But I have to be truthful and say the food throughout the ship was as good as it was on the maiden voyage with plenty of choice on menus at dinner and served good portions and food was always hot. We did freedom dining and always asked to share a table and varied our meal times from 6-30pm until as late as 8-30pm and was only once told we needed a pager and there would be a wait of 20 minutes which wasnt a problem this however turned out to be no longer than less than 5 minutes. Staff throughout the ship always happy and polite and as this was the first cruise since dropping of auto gratuities service was excellent with no dropping of standards. The only downside was late arrival of Britannia into Southampton and not leaving the ship until 1115 and the chaotic disembarkation procedures which would put me off ever going on Iona especially trying to find your suitcases in the baggage hall which today caused massive queues and it was a further hour before we left the CPS car park at 1215.
  9. 1 point
    LesleyB

    Azura Better than expected.

    Thanks! I will definitely report back here - on the Azura and my experience of cruising!!
  10. 1 point
    Oldworldtraveller

    Jane back on Friday.

    Have a fabulous time. I certainly did. Just remember that if moored at night near a public area to close the cabin curtains, many forget that the public can see in!!
  11. 1 point
    Pies2017

    Azura Better than expected.

    Hello, We went on the Azura in March for two weeks, absolutely loved it. We were in desperate need of a holiday and for us, it was brilliant. There were some tired looking areas but nothing bad and to be honest, if you go looking for the bad stuff, I'm sure there would be more 🙂 we had a lovely time and were there for a much needed break. I think that due to needing a break so badly we were just happy to be there and this helped our enjoyment of everything if that makes sense? 🙂 one of the main things we noticed was how friendly the staff were, this could have been because we always smiled and were friendly to them so we were treated the same way in return. We had a lovely time, I'm sure you will too 🙂 there probably were lots of little things we could have found if we went looking but we didn't want to and didn't need to, the food was lovely, the staff were amazing and the ship was great. Again, this is all very subjective though, we needed a getaway and had been looking forward to it for 12 months!! .. it met all of our expectations and then some 🙂 hope you have a lovely time
  12. 1 point
    Davybe

    Room comparisons on P+O

    The balconies on Britannia are not very wide ,and with the full chairs it has only enough space for two people, there are some nice places to sit around the ship ,they have a nice little pool at the back of the ship .
  13. 1 point
    TrentAnn

    Room comparisons on P+O

    Thoroughly enjoyed my cruise. I hope you have the same experience should you decide to sail on Britannia.
  14. 1 point
    Countrygirl

    Azura Better than expected.

    Have not done either Ventura or Azura yet. Most of our cruises on Arcadia and we like here. We are booked on Ventura next February for 35 nights so will have something to compare after that. Have to add it is the destination we book not because of the ship. BUT will I say that after the cruise who knows.
  15. 1 point
    Davybe

    Azura Better than expected.

    Welcome to the forum Pies? 😁 Our Coach driver pointed out that Azura was general liked, but Ventura was like Marmite ,some loved it ,others hated it.And having sailed on both I much prefer Azura....Davybe
  16. 1 point
    Oldworldtraveller

    Jane back on Friday.

    Have sailed with Emerald Waterways and the whole experience was excellent.
  17. 1 point
    TrentAnn

    Azura Better than expected.

    Thanks Davyb for your thoughts on Azura, I'm due to sail on her for the first time next year to the Med. Disembarkation from Britannia a the weekend was very efficient, we thought there may have been a problem on Azura as we had to wait 50 minutes on our coach for some of her passengers to join us. Hope the same Azura turns up for us both next year.
  18. 1 point
    towny44

    Jane back on Friday.

    We watched and enjoyed it although as wheelchair users river cruises do not interest us. JM is an acquired taste, but since she is a Yorkshire lass we do have to support her.
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