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  1. mitch

    britannia tips and info

    i thought the new website was worse than before pesky,i seem to remember finding the info previously for other ships. and i m afraid i am one of the leppers although i have given up the tobbacco for the ecigs. thats not bad if 16 has one i am on 14. although i may have slipped up its next door to the laundry lol. at least i wont have to go far to iron a shirt. thanks davybe, i had a spinal injection in feb and its no where near as bad as it was, had terrible pains down the legs and could hardly walk at least now i can move and am reasonably pain free. dont think i will be doing much in the way of excursions. may have a go at the cooking classes a couple of those look tasty.
  2. not been on for a while due to back issues,slipped disc pressing on sciatic nerve required a spinal injection so not too mobile for long periods. anyway to the point, going on britannia on 23rd sept and wondered if there were any ship specific tips any one has? also anyone know where the smoking areas are? i searched the p&o website but couldnt find it. hope everyone is well. mitch
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    What a win

    ive been on quite a few forums following the cricket and the awful comments following taufels stirring are horrendous, however when you look at those complaining and making a fuss, they are all either indian,australian or scottish. not a kiwi among them. i think the kiwi skipper and his team have handled themselves impeccably given the way lady luck conspired against them. given taufel is on the icc rules committee he should have kept his mouth shut and dealt with it internally through the umpires system but its no suprise really given his history against england and the ashes coming up later hes obviously getting his digs in early. he wasnt keen when people highlighted errors he made during his carreer.
  4. so as a single traveller i am paying the same as a couple. i dont think so not for me.
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    P&O prices on the Rise??

    ive given up worrying about it,basically if i am happy about the cruise i book and the price other than ref single supplements etc that i know aint going away any time soon. then i dont even look up the changes and as for other passengers claims about bargains had well i know car salesmen that tell less lies.
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    Is The Bubble About To Burst

    it is definateley increasingly unaffordable for a product that is becoming less and less special. many cruiselines rcl esp are becoming far too gimmacky for my taste. so much is now extra that was once included. speciality restaurants,bars and entertainment with a surcharge. i personally prefer a cruise thats relaxing ideally no surcharges etc i prefer to budget myself pay for the drinks i have and trips i take. ideally tips included in the price of the cruise. not a fan of drinks packages etc. p&o and fred olsen were about right but p&o seem to be cutting back everywhere on the basics and adding more and more chargable stuff. i appreciate you can take it or leave it and dont have to have the extras but many of the now extras were the norm. i will still cruise health allowing but i will be choosing far more carefully and going less often.
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    Happy New Year.

    happy new year davybe and to all on the forum and beyond may it bring all that you wish for and more.
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    Tourist Tax in Venice.

    no it wouldnt put me off but ive been there done that. the problems in venice though are more fundamental, the locals are being forced out due to property prices and corporates and airbnb landlords buying up property. i cant see the proceeds going where its actually needed to protect venice from disappearing into the water or to help locals. italian politics and finances are notoriously corrupt so i dont see it doing much good.
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    Pensioners smuggled Drugs?

    i suppose even drug smugglers get old lol.
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    Pensioners smuggled Drugs?

    its on the bbc news website as well. it is a british couple they say. mind there was a huge customs/police presence at soton when we got back on arcadia in nov. never seen so many at least 6 dogs as well.
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    No service charge on P&O Cruises

    i think it is something they need to look at as in my case if things get any worse i will need to consider a wheelchair or scooter. but i would not need a fully accessable cabin as i can still use a normal bathroom etc i just cant walk far. so i do think they need to restrict accessable cabins to those that need them. the problem with some of the scooters was that they were huge. access in lifts was rediculous at times. i think because it was a 29 night cruise the average age was mid 70's so mostly retired etc i imagine on shorter cruises the demographic may be different but as people have said how did so many get on board surely someone noticed that someone booking in for a sky/sun deck cabin was in a wheelchair/scooter?
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    No service charge on P&O Cruises

    thats what they were trying to sort out they were appearing everywhere.it was like wacky races at times. several times they broadcast asking people not to leave them in corridors otside cabins.not just scooters but ordinary wheelchairs. i was on sky deck which is quite a tight area none of which are adapted as far as i know and there were 3 wheelchairs and a scooter up there and at night the scooter was put in the corridor to charge. the cabin opposite mine they had a wheelchair and the mess they made of the door trying to get in in the wheelchair was horrendous i reckon the door would need taking off sanding down and repolishing etc. because we were at the end of the corridor next to the door out onto deck 10 there wasnt much manouvering room to get an angle into the cabin without hitting the door.
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    merry xmas and may the new year be all that you hope for and more all the best mitch
  14. mitch

    No service charge on P&O Cruises

    that would be a false assumption HLM esp in my drinking days i guarentee i would spend more than a couple lol. unfortunateley they wouldnt include casino spend as even now if you did i spend far more than your average couple. in fact the last 2 cruises the casino have issued me with a letter giving me free chips on my next cruise taken within 6 months.unfortunately i wont be able to take them up on it this time unless they can sort my back out before april.
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    No service charge on P&O Cruises

    i also sympathise with those needing an adapted cabin not being able to get one because able bodied people have booked them. the cruiselines should insist on having medical evidence of need. on the 28 night cruise on arcadia there were many able bodied in accessible cabins because they were bigger and they got in first. but likewise there were also over 20 undeclared mobility scooters on board mostly from the too fat to walk brigade. there were allsorts of problems with daytrips etc because they had far more "disabled" passengers than they knew about in advance so they were scrambling to get enough or any suitable transport for the numbers wanting it and caused delays at the gangplank etc. scooters etc are supposed to be declared on booking but a majority on that cruise were not. it led to a lot of problems.