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  1. 3 points
    jinky

    HAL Alaskan Cruise

    Got back from this cruise and a stay in Vancouver recently. Fantastic time. Holland America Line have to be my favourite line ion terms of service and food. Was only bettered by a luxurious river cruise with Uniworld in our experience of sailing with P&O, Royal Caribbean and HAL once before. As for the venues themselves it was stunning and the memory of floating quietly in Glacier Bay watching the ice calve will stay with me for many years.
  2. 2 points
    sorry this is late starting but weve had little or no internet since leaving southampton,that is a saga all of its own but suffice to say no joy with staff/reception on board and it took southampton 5 days to send a bog standard reply to say they will try and get back to me in 28 days. any way embarkation smooth as silk and cabin s21 is huge considering its a single,its a 4ft bed with 6 inches of spare space between the bed and bedside tables on both sides so could easily be a double. the cruise down to bermuda slightly choppy and v overcast with plenty of rain showers so didnt really warm up before the day before bermuda. as usual lovely bunch of people in the smoking areas and the usual sunbathing non smokers moaning were smoking in their chosen sunbathing area. pics are of cabin s21, sunrise in bermuda,bermuda st georges local gossip being ducked on the ducking stool, beach on bermuda drive, lighthouse bermuda.
  3. 2 points
    it was a day and a half in bermuda with plenty of sun but a bit breezy lovely place the dockyard v interesting and very easy to get ferries to hamilton if you want to do your own thing also easy to book your own tours in the dockyard if you want. day at sea then arrived in bahamas quite a contrast bermuda immaculate very upmarket contrasted by areas of poverty and some v scruffy areas but still lovely people and great scenery dominated by mega resorts.
  4. 2 points
    DavidH

    Have You Been On A Cruise To Cuba?

    Hi RiverSong, My wife and I, together with a couple of friends, called into Havana on Marella Discovery 2 as part of their Cuban Fusion cruise. It was somewhere that was on our bucket list and the call did not disappoint. Docked from 07.00hrs on Friday 26 January 2018 to 14.00hrs on Saturday 27th, we enjoyed the ship organised "Havana Highlights" half day tour on the first morning, then spent time on our own in town before taking in a super show at Cabaret Parisien in The Hotel Nacionale on the Friday evening (again, ship organised). The following morning, our friends were driven around in a vintage car, whilst my wife and I strolled the streets and sampled the markets. At no stage did we feel out of our comfort zone. A great place to visit. DavidH
  5. 2 points
    mitch

    Tattoo's for Virgin

    interesting in rough seas lol
  6. 1 point
    Captain Kidd II

    Princess cruises from UK

    I booked a 7 day cruise, for next year, sailing from Southampton just as a taster. Looking forward to the change. 😊😎
  7. 1 point
    Great to hear from you and see that you are enjoying yourself. We love the cabins on the sun deck. It is a great place to be and no long corridors to walk down. Wait until you get back to southampton as there on only few cabins on S deck you don’t spend ages trying to find your luggage.
  8. 1 point
    Pesky Pirate

    Discount codes./ coupons

    When I lived in the states there were discount coupons for various stores in the papers most days and not just for the cheap and nasty stores. Managed to save a fortune and you didn’t have to wait for points to add up like most cards in the uk.
  9. 1 point
    Countrygirl

    Discount codes./ coupons

    Since the charge for using a credit card has been dropped it is worth using my John Lewis card for my cruise payments. On an average cruise of Β£4000 that equals Β£40 worth of vouchers, every little helps.
  10. 1 point
    DavidH

    Flooding in Venice.

    Hi Davybe, Residents' nightmare. And to think only a month ago my wife and I were strolling through these areas. DavidH
  11. 1 point
    RiverSong

    Have You Been On A Cruise To Cuba?

    Again thank you, the more I ready about it the more I want to go.
  12. 1 point
    afcandrew

    Have You Been On A Cruise To Cuba?

    I was on the same cruise as David H (Hi David!). Personally, I was not enamoured with Marella Cruises but I absolutely loved Havana. You do have to be prepared for the fact that areas of the city are very run down and look terribly poor. Fortunately, to me that does not degrade a place. On day one, I walked around a lot of the city (you are docked right on the edge of Habana Vieja - or old town. I was on my own and carrying camera equipment but felt perfectly safe. There are also options to tour on a HOHO or in American Classic Cars. On the second morning (day 2 was a half-day), I walked around the area to the left of the cruise terminal, which is a very residential area and not in the least touristy. It was a weekend and latin music was coming out of many apartment windows and locals were standing around chatting or going about their business. Several stopped to talk and were interested to know where I came from and if I was enjoying myself. They seemed genuinely grateful that you had visited their city. Havana has a wonderful, wonderful feel & atmosphere. Small signs of Western 'encroachment' are appearing and I would urge people to go soon before it starts looking like the rest of the World! I would suggest you do a cruise which stays overnight or one that starts in Havana and gives you the opportunity of a night or two in the city. There is a lot to see and it is a bigger city than I thought. I would go again in a heartbeat.
  13. 1 point
    pennbank

    Have You Been On A Cruise To Cuba?

    Went earlier this year with MSC, Flew out with Virgin from Gatwick and Landed Havana (Direct flight) Stayed overnight on MSC Opera also had the following day to tour. Havana (Cuba), Philipsburg (St Maarten), St John's (Antigua), Road Town (Tortola), Funchal (Madeira), Cadiz, Barcelona, Genoa then coach to Nice for afternoon flight back with easy Jet to Gatwick some 18 nights later. Bought Visa from Cubaism Ltd
  14. 1 point
    jinky

    Have You Been On A Cruise To Cuba?

    I went on one some years ago but not with the bigger lines. Ours was a Louis Crystal cruise company which had hired in a Greek Islands ship and used imported Canadian food on board as Cuban food at that time was not good nor sources dependable. At the time we`d been warned against self drive and we soon saw why. At times poor roads and a lack of signposting meant a mystery trip was on the agenda! Cruising around the ports taking in Trinidad, Cienfuego and others I forget was magical. Cuba is fantsastic and we were lucky to see it before things started to change quite so much and before the crowds got there. Our worst stop was Montego Bay to take on Americans getting around the USA blocks at the time. Stick to Cuba and you`ll have a great time. We were just frustrated not to get more than a day visit at some stops as some of these places really need an overnight to take i the magic. best tip if you are starting fro Havana reject all attempts to put you out at Varadero or in town in the more touristy hotels near the embassies. get a real downtown one and just take what comes. We stayed downtown and it was magical sitting on the terrace watching the cars and wandering the streets feeling totally safe. Lovely people ad place - do itΒ£
  15. 1 point
    *Dancing Queen*

    HAL Alaskan Cruise

    Indeed Furby, the photos have brought back many special memories of our time in Alaska and Canada, it has to be in the 'top three' of the most beautiful place we have ever visited.
  16. 1 point
    TrentAnn

    one sleep to go... lol

    Understand totally, I'm in the same position & does prove very stressful. Always check I've got passport, boarding pass & credit card - Once I've locked my case I know I can work around anything I may have overlooked. Doesn't stop me worrying though!
  17. 1 point
    TrentAnn

    one sleep to go... lol

    I'll give you a wave at the Port tomorrow Mitch, I'm on Independence of the Seas for five days. First time with with RC and certainly the largest ship I've sailed on - going with an open mind, just fancied the itinerary. Enjoy your cruise, look forward to reading your posts over the next month. I'll be checking & double checking in the morning. πŸš½πŸ”‘
  18. 1 point
    towny44

    one sleep to go... lol

    My problem is remembering everything I have done, all too often I get part way down the motorway and wonder, did I lock the door, power down the lap top, set the central heating correctly, maybe I should do a check list and take it with me.
  19. 1 point
    Davybe

    Photos of Panama Canal Sept 2018

    Nice pictures ,We are never going to go there ,so your pictures are the next best thing...Davybe
  20. 1 point
    KeithnRita

    Photos of Panama Canal Sept 2018

    Our 10 day Journey Cruise on the Carnival Fantasy Sept 17 to 27, 2018 included passage thru the canal into the lake for about 3 hours and then back thru.
  21. 1 point
    2torts

    Photos of Panama Canal Sept 2018

    Fascinating photos.πŸ›³
  22. 1 point
    My OBC doesn't last long enough for me to worry about at what stage the loyalty bonus kicks in πŸ˜‰
  23. 1 point
    2torts

    Flags

    It's the last night of the proms & I'm sitting here surrounded by the 17 flags that I've accumulated from the great British sail aways over the years. I knew they would come in useful for something.πŸŽΌπŸ›³πŸ˜€
  24. 1 point
    afcandrew

    2020 Itineraries

    Well, the itineraries have now been released and many are along the lines I thought they were going to be. Iona, Britannia, Azura & Ventura all repeating identical cruises by ship across the season - mainly only two or maximum three itineraries for each ship. Oceana similar but fly-cruise. Aurora & Arcadia, as the adult-only ships have much more varied itineraries, with quite a few longer cruises (16-19 nights & more). This is a departure for P&O and personally I think it is a bit of a gamble but would welcome thoughts from all you cruisers out there.
  25. 1 point
    Captain Kidd II

    2020 Itineraries

    Thank heavens there are still Aurora and Arcadia! Looking at a 19 nighter for 2020.
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