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  1. mitch

    Britannia refit

    typical i am on the cruise before the refit, that means they will start clearing stuff half way through and if arcadia is anything to go by,they will try to get into southampton early so everything will close early on the last day/night. the last few days of the arcadia cruise before her refit shops etc started closing down in the last few days, by the last day half the space was empty. as they got into uk waters the casino had to close at 8pm. bummer!
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    Britannia refit

    i picked up some gift sets on arcadia last nov for xmas pressies, they were very reasonable for the brands they were.
  3. i am off again lol it starts today as the baggage handling company has rung to say they will pick up my bag on the 18th, so better start packing. for those that didnt read my other ramblings this cruise may be a little sedate as 18 months ago the day after returning from the last cruise i had a heart attack shortly after getting up that morning,anyway a quick trip to sheffield northern fixed it with a stent and 3 months of physio followed. during which they stopped the cause of the blockage the anti inflamatories i had been taking for years and then discovered i had arthiritis in my spine that the anti inflamatories had been hiding and that i had a slipped disc which was pressing on the sciatic nerve. anyway a spinal injection in feb seems to have eased that to the stage that i thinkk its time for some r&r. were off to madeira,la palma,tenerife,gran canaria,lanzerote,cadiz and lisbon, so should be able to stock up on port. realised recently that the cruise is a food heroes cruise, teach me to pay attention when booking. so ive booked 2 of the cookery club classes the eric lanlard inspired masterclass and the thai street food. as i dont think i will be doing much walking as the back does play up a bit although the medics have given me extra stuff to take if i need it. with luck the weather will be kind and there will be plenty of lying by the pool drinking rum. i am cheating by getting a local ironing service to do my shirts for me so all i have to do is fold and pack. i will update as we go lol. bring on the rum.
  4. i have found them excellant, on return you collect your bags as normal and take them out of the terminal and they have a van literally outside, actual position varies depending where they can get in but its v close. you hand your bag over and he tells you the day he will deliver. i think 4 days after is the latest so far for me i am near chesterfield i suppose it depends where you are in the country and which way round hes going. i have used them 4 times now as i cant manage the driving that far and the train is easy from here but a big bag on the train would be a nightmare and i dont fancy the coach as the nearest pickup is one of the motorway service stations and the faff of getting there and back with taxis etc. i use a large barrel bag and nothing broken either touch wood. i think theyre great.
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    Cruising from Liverpool?

    it would cut my journey in half so yes i would give it a go.
  6. 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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    britannia tips and info

    right, as i wont be walking far this cruise i have booked 2 of the cookery club classes on the first couple of days. the eric lanlard inspired afternoon tea masterclass and thai street food. £40 a pop so i will let you know how it goes. i love thai fish cakes so be interesting to see if i can diy them or wether i end up poisoning myself.
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    Let the Train take the Strain?

    relatives went on the train through the rockies in canada/usa, i think it was 3 or 4 days and took them to niagra etc. they loved it.
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    britannia tips and info

    i had a tens machine for my arthiritic knees helped quite a lot i was able to step up the physio by using it. i still get it out now and then on bad days.
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    Drinks package

    the drinks package was just in use when i went on my last cruise on arcadia but i didnt see any issues caused by over indulgence.
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    britannia tips and info

    i guessed that was the issue davybe lol. prior to the injection the gp put me on gabapentin, that helped although i did need pretty high doses and it did cause drowsiness, but i work from home so it wasnt too bad.
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    britannia tips and info

    the initial option was an op to push the disc back in and then screw a plate to the vertebrae above and below the disc to stop it coming out again but because i had the heart attack 18 months ago they didnt want to do the op until i stop taking the heart meds and blood thinners. so the specialist suggested the spinal injection and for 6 months its worked a treat and it was a simple out patients job in and out in a couple of hours. it may take some persuading as apparently nhs dont do it as routine but the specialist put up a case due to the problems i was having particularly with the pain down the legs and they okayed it. although it looks as though it may be wearing off i dont have pain down the legs etc just in the back and if push comes to shove with better pain releif i will probably last a good while yet if nec. maybe i should start surfing?
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    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.
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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.
  15. so as a single traveller i am paying the same as a couple. i dont think so not for me.
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    3rd Eng

    its a sore point all round as if you book any cruise that gives you extra obc or a saver fare the military benefit cant be used. only if you book the most expensive fare with no extras can you get it. but anyone can book those, you get nothing over and above what joe public gets. so its just a pr scam.
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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