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  1. 3 points
    hi all, firstly apologies for not posting on the cruise but yet again the internet on the cruise failed for 3 days and we had to wait initially until we got to madiera to take on parts and a tech then a day for him to sort it after which i lost the will lol. esp as we got the same guff from the girl in the library as we had on arcadia when we lost it for 7 days. so not a good start lol. the bay of biscay was a little lumpy en route to madeira the first 2 days/night but i didnt think too bad but to hear some you would have thought we were in a hurricane or something. the first afternoon at sea i had signed up for one of the cookery club courses and that gave me a new respect for the chefs on board as trying to pipe macarons and mix cup cakes when the ship is rocking aint easy lol. the class was excellant even though half of those originally signed up for it didnt make it. it was a bit rocky lol. and we got to eat what we made. the following day i did the cookery class thai street food and we did a thai beef salad chicken satai skewers and thai fish cakes, less rocky but again excellant and great fun. the 2 classes were £45 each and well worth it i thought and an excellant way of passing 2-3 hours and the chefs taking the class were brilliant and coped with all levels of culinary expertise, i have none lol. due to my problems with knees,back and a slipped disc i wasnt able to do any day trips but enjoyed the weather on deck and in the smoking areas, fortunately after the bay the weather the rest of the cruise was good with lots of sunshine and almost zero rain,even got a little sunburned on my back which is unusual for me as i am so careful as i burn easily. i did toy with the idea of doing the cookery class with marco pierre white but at £100 i decided it a step too far likewise the dinner with him cooking for 20 of you and sitting with you at £150. he did a q&a and book signing which somehow i missed completely in the programme, senility setting in i think. but the benefit of sitting in the smoking areas and getting up at silly oclock, twice mr pierre white joined us in the leppers corner and was an absolute delight chatting and introducing himself to all of us degenerates. as usual my main gripe other than the internet is the other passengers, my god they can moan for england, one woman wouldnt shut up about how she thought it was too windy, other than the first 24hrs during the day it rarely got above a slight breeze. although even then they need to sort out some of the doors out onto the outside decks as opening some of them were downright dangerous at times and makes me wonder if they do any tests on the designs before they build them. dont know if it was because marco pierre white was on the cruise for the last 4 days but the food throughout the cruise was excellant. even though i was severley limited by medical issues the cruise was excellant, internet apart. however the next one is going to be cancelled as i need to get these physical issues sorted or the next one will be in a wheelchair or scooter and i would like to avoid that if i can. the bag is being delivered back on sunday by the baggage handling company as that was the earliest one of their vans was up this way, and they did offer to courier it up earlier if i wanted but as its only dirty washing now i wasnt fussed. as ever the bag was waiting in the cabin when i got there so they were as good as ever.
  2. 2 points
    sinbad10

    Where is everyone

    Having worked for 34yrs in a uniformed emergency I know what rank and uniform does to some people at first hand and can make some into bullies because they hide behind the rank and discipline code.
  3. 2 points
    afcandrew

    Where is everyone

    Hi everyone, I've been absent for a couple of weeks or so too. Fortunately for me, I was avoiding all the rain by being down in Southern Spain. I think it is quite normal for forums to go quiet at times - especially out of the main Summer cruising season. Andrew
  4. 2 points
    HLM

    Where is everyone

    Hi OWT. Apologies OWT but it never even crossed my mind that you'd knowingly started a controversial discussion, it's just that the mere mention of that name stirs people up, me included. He's tried to ruin many a forum and to some extent succeeded as a lot of those he abused left and never returned or had to change user names etc just to try and escape the abuse, yet to this day he continues to do it across several platforms. Wouldn't mind betting where extracts of this discussion subsequently end up!!! HLM.
  5. 2 points
    inamay

    Bolsover Pre-Registration Rap

    This made me laugh when I saw it. Great effort from Bolsover to explain the pre-registration process.
  6. 2 points
    Oldworldtraveller

    Where is everyone

    Have been away on trips and like others of my age, spending time receiving hospital treatment, but most of the time when I have looked in many of the posts were all about P&O, in fact when I look at 'Unread Content 11 are about P&O which personally does not interest me. Many of the old regulars have gone elsewhere, this seems to happen with all forums. Some seem to go when Solent Richard and a couple of others departed whilst others went when the forum changed its layout. As always, just my opinion.
  7. 2 points
    KeithnRita

    Where is everyone

    Just happened to pop in here for a peek and saw this thread. Still trying to retire to maybe travel more but it's just not working out. We would love to cruise to the UK and then over to Normandy. Just not in the cards for now. We did cruise last month--an 8 day Eastern Carib out of Charleston and we have worked out a B2B for New Year 2020 out of New Orleans on the Carnival Glory. Wishing all forum members well and especially for Davybe!
  8. 1 point
    sinbad10

    Where is everyone

    I was one that left this forum due to his abuse and personal attacks and lost all my posts count. He now frequents, but not as often, another cruise forum I use but I use a different user name where he doesnt.
  9. 1 point
    Pks1702

    Wheelchair help on P&O?

    My father in law needed wheelchair help on and off at Southampton earlier this year. We just had to register get to the cruise terminal and let the check in staff know. We were aked to take a seat and shortly two gents with a wheelchair appeared and were absolutly brilliant helping us right onto the ship and to the restaurant. On docking we were given a time to be at the Limelight (Britannnia) where again tw0 chaps wheeled him right off the ship helped find the luggae and get him to the cruise terminal. The help and assistance was top class and made what could have been a tricky on and off ship a breeze - brilliant service.
  10. 1 point
    sinbad10

    Where is everyone

    There is no problem having strong views and beliefs but there is a different in that and being rude and offensive which Solent Richard often was and when you are banned from varying forums even though he puts a differing spin on his own blog then that tells you something. Not sorely missed.
  11. 1 point
    HLM

    Where is everyone

    Hi OWT, But Solent Richard was banned for his continued stalking and harassment of members not only here but other forums, something he continues to do to this day not only on his own blog but across the few other forums he's still allowed to post. This forum is certainly better without the likes of him, even if there are quieter periods. HLM.
  12. 1 point
    *Dancing Queen*

    Where is everyone

    Sorry to hear this Davybe, all the best and I hope your treatment goes well xx
  13. 1 point
    DavidH

    Jordan Visa Requirements

    Hi Andrew, Yes, the Holy Land is definitely worth a visit, if you can get the timing right. We were booked to visit with P&O in 2016 but they pulled out because of the unrest at the time, so we did it exactly 2 years ago with Azamara. 2 nights in Ashdod, from where we visited The Dead Sea and Masada on day 1, Jerusalem and Bethlehem on day2. Then 1 night in Haifa, which allowed us to also visit Nazareth. A fantastic trip with a few Greek Islands thrown in for good measure. So many places to see and so little time...……………………………………….!! DavidH
  14. 1 point
    *Dancing Queen*

    Wheelchair help on P&O?

    I'm not sure but I believe you have to register with P&O if you require assistance, I think there is also a separate check in desk which fast tracks you through check in - Towny would be the one to ask.
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