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  1. 3 points
    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.
  2. 3 points
    afcandrew

    Venice to ban Cruise Ships?

    According to this article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49276730 it looks as though the change will be gradual. There is probably limited space at the alternative berths being used. I have looked at a map and the 'new' terminal appear to be just across the water from Venice Island and I would imagine that there will be easy ways to get pax into the city centre by both water and road. Whilst Venice is stupidly overpriced and crowded, I would never tire of going there. For me, it is definitely the most most beautiful city on Earth.
  3. 2 points
    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.
  4. 2 points
    HLM

    Marella Dream.

    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.
  5. 2 points
    *Dancing Queen*

    Britannia Fight Night?

    Or start charging US prices and not allowing any drinks to be taken on board, that would soon stop the assholes !!
  6. 1 point
    Haven't experienced this with Azamara, Silversea, Cruise and Maritime, Saga or even Fred Olsen who definitely cater for the older generation. Having a severely disabled teenage granddaughter who is in a wheelchair I appreciate that for some, cruising is their only perceived way of holidaying overseas but I do wonder how these people would get on in a real emergency such as Concordia.
  7. 1 point
  8. 1 point
    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?
  9. 1 point
    cruise addict

    Worth Watching (Maybe)

    I. Might watch it, but have no intention of going on it.
  10. 1 point
    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.
  11. 1 point
    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.
  12. 1 point
    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.
  13. 1 point
    Oldworldtraveller

    Venice to ban Cruise Ships?

    https://www.seatrade-cruise.com/news/news-headlines/contrary-to-reports-cruise-ships-are-not-banned-from-venice/?fbclid=IwAR2GGwDwTlPiiKkuQmL1PFustx3lutqPs2hUOFEozKRQCV2mW8KsszXEGfY
  14. 1 point
    towny44

    Venice to ban Cruise Ships?

    I might be a cynic but I would want to see cast iron evidence that water displacement in a verylarge lagoon like Venice along a wide waterway like the Guidecca canal, is more damaging than the major high speed wakes impacting the Grand canal walls from the vaporettas and leisure craft.
  15. 1 point
    afcandrew

    Venice to ban Cruise Ships?

    But the amount of water displaced by the cruise ships is an awful lot more than that displaced by small local traffic, and likely to cause more (unseen, underwater) damage.
  16. 1 point
    afcandrew

    Abu Dhabi & Dubai

    Hopefully it will happen for you David and you'll have a great time. I have seen conjecture on another forum that P&O have cancelled because because they are a well-known British Company with huge representations of the British flag on their bows. Marella are basically a German company whose ships are flagged in Malta.
  17. 1 point
    cruise addict

    Venice to ban Cruise Ships?

    They will want to ensure that the passengers get into the old town because that is where we spend our money!
  18. 1 point
    afcandrew

    Solo Cruising

    Welcome aboard! Since my partner died in 2012 I have done a number of cruises both solo and with two different friends. That really works for me but I don't think I would want to cruise with an unknown person as there are probably more pitfalls than advantages. You might be early-to-bed, early to-rise and they might be the opposite. They (or you 😀) might snore horrendously or talk in their sleep. One or other might hog the terribly small bathroom for hours. One or other might leave clothes strewn all over the cabin and the other might be tidy. There might be a hygiene problem... P&O used to do cabin shares many years ago but stopped it. I think that is because so many people complained about their cabin mates in an attempt to get moved to a cabin on their own! I get on really well with the two friends I cruise with and we don't have any of those problems but I have to say that I also enjoy the cruises I do solo, with the freedom to have my own space and do exactly what I want when I want. Sadly, single supplements can often be close to 100% with many lines, particularly for cruises on popular or limited itineraries. It is worth looking at luxury lines like Crystal or Silversea as they sometimes offer low single rates.
  19. 1 point
    sinbad10

    Britannia Fight Night?

    So what you are saying is that in the past when prices have been higher that people "dont like a good drink". There are people who get drunk in all walks of life and however much money they have so your statement is insulting that if people are at the lower end of price bracket on P&O that they "like a good drink" and therefore insinuating that they are the ones that cause trouble. Alcohol affects people of all walks of life in different ways some get aggresive some dont but it is nothing to do with how much money they have and for you to insinuate that is offensive. Some people might have to work very hard to be in a position to be able to afford a cruise that does not mean they are excessive drinkers or troublemakers.
  20. 1 point
    cruise chef

    Britannia Fight Night?

    Sounds like a journalist was on the cruise, LOOKING FOR A STORY me thinks!!
  21. 1 point
    Davybe

    Britannia Fight Night?

    The story is gathering more details according to the papers? One man writing on Youtube said he and his family were asleep on deck 12 heard nothing and had, had a great cruise? A Lady quoted in one paper claimed it was dreadful from the start "Full off Me Me Me people who were drinking and very rude? Met a few rude passengers over the years but mainly some very nice people...Davybe
  22. 1 point
    HLM

    Britannia Fight Night?

    Yet again they've made it a mountain out of a molehill, Just so happens that Richard Gaisford of GMB was onboard. Need we say more, I believe he described it as a "Bloodbath on Britannia" appears to be nothing more than a scuffle rather than a bloodbath. Not nice of course, but neither is over enthusiastic journalism. Can't say I've ever witnessed a bloodbath on any ship, the odd petty argument yes. HLM.
  23. 1 point
    DavidH

    Britannia Fight Night?

    "Clowning around with P&O". Not a good advert!! DavidH
  24. 1 point
    Jenjen

    P&O prices on the Rise??

    Because P&O have gone up so much for next year we have been looking at Azamara, they come out good value because it includes every thing, glad we booked Dubai last year for next March, perhaps the fly cruises are better value but we like sailing from Southampton and back however not at the cost of another cruise. Just my opinion as usual
  25. 1 point
    Unfortunately it reminds me in too many ways of the large RCI ships, the shopping mall, pool area, speciality dining areas and the cabin could be from any of 20 ships. Many of the large new ships unfortunately are very similar and seem to have lost their individuality apart from the occasional feature. Just my opinion of course.
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