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    TomYoungs got a reaction from Popsicle in Recent Changes   
    Just logged on to the new look forum.  I think it looks great - much easier to navigate and also a lot clearer.  Well done Bolsover.
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    TomYoungs reacted to GiGi in Kettle to be placed in all Staterooms ? Bye Bye Chart Room on Queen Victoria ?   
    Having come down with a very nasty flu bug on our P &O cruise being able to have Lemsips at all hours of the night was a godsend. I've yet to see them on any room service menu!
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    TomYoungs reacted to hturtle in Arise Sir Gary Neville   
    Yes I am a Man Utd fan but amazing gesture in these troubled times
     
     
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/manchester-united/11939926/Gary-Neville-and-Ryan-Giggs-say-hotel-squatters-are-welcome-to-stay-for-the-winter.html
     
    Good to see footballers helping those in need
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from KeithnRita in Okay Who's Cruising The Caribbean In The Winter Of 2015/2016?   
    Me too!
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    TomYoungs reacted to sammy sun in How To Book A Cruise Holiday In The Uk   
    Hi Jenny, first of all welcome to the forum. It's proven to be a good source of information for many people including myself so if you'll excuse the pun, welcome aboard!
     
    As for your questions, I think P&O would be a very good fit for you and your family. They are a lovely cruise line with facilities and accommodation to suit you perfectly. The children's entertainment on board is excellent so I'm sure you little ones would have a lot of fun. I would advise you to look at P&O's Azura, Ventura or Britannia if you are wanting a larger ship with plenty of dining options and things to see and do for all ages. Oceana is also a family friendly ship and one of my favourites over the years but she is a little dated now in comparison to the others, especially for modern day families. 
     
    As for your question on who it's better to book with. This will probably divide opinion on the forum. My advice to you would be to book with an agent. I have been booking my cruises through Bolsover Cruise Club for some time now and have always experienced superb service. I have booked with other agents before and direct with cruise lines but I have always come back to Bolsover in the end because of the service I receive. With P&O you will probably not find price an issue as most agents these days are the same price as booking direct with P&O but what I like about Bolsover is having a specific contact who deals with everything for me. I get a name and I keep that person throughout without having to explain any problems or concerns to different people each time, like I have experienced when booking direct. With you being a first time cruiser, I personally think you need someone to guide you in what's best for you and your family so I would go for the more personalised approach of an agent than the quick fire process you get when going direct.
     
    If you're looking for school holidays and for a family of 4, you will most likely need to book fairly early due to this time of year being popular and limitations on how many kids the cruise line will accept per cruise. 4 berth cabins are also few and far between so worth noting.
     
    I hope you find what you're looking for. P&O are a great cruise line that I have sailed with many times over the years.
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from retired of sheffield in New Year   
    Is this Cane Garden Bay?
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from tigerlilly in Saver Fares V Select Fares   
    I never, ever check the price of a cruise once I have booked.  There is nothing you can do if the price comes down, apart from wind yourself up!
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from tigerlilly in Saver Fares V Select Fares   
    I never, ever check the price of a cruise once I have booked.  There is nothing you can do if the price comes down, apart from wind yourself up!
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from tigerlilly in Saver Fares V Select Fares   
    I never, ever check the price of a cruise once I have booked.  There is nothing you can do if the price comes down, apart from wind yourself up!
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from viv_desmond31 in Friends of Dorothy   
    Found this on Cruise Critic - hope it helps.
     
    Who is Dorothy, and why does this mysterious lady seem to be popular enough to have friends onboard so many cruises today? Amid the jumble of special interest groups listed in your ship's daily programs -- from singles and bridge clubs to Alcoholics Anonymous' "Friends of Bill W" -- the appearance on any onboard schedule of a Friends of Dorothy (abbreviated as FOD) meeting is a positive sign that the cruise line and/or the cruise director is open-minded and progressive. That's because FOD meetings are informal, low-key gatherings for gay and lesbian passengers to meet and mingle onboard. Here we answer your top questions about these meetups and their mysterious namesake.

    What's a Friend of Dorothy Meeting?

    At their cores, FOD meetings are get-togethers for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community onboard cruise ships -- along the lines of singles, veterans, knitters and other special-interest meetups. They allow travelers who identify this way to meet like-minded folks -- great for making new friends who can then join you for dinner, drinks or shore tours throughout the trip.

    FOD meetings began popping up on some cruise ships' daily programs in the late 1980's as gay passengers, always a large contingent among cruisers, began to seek out more social meetings with their own affinity group. They wanted an easy way to identify and socialize with other gay passengers on large ships. And what better venue than a ship-sanctioned meeting to find some new gay friends, enjoy some camaraderie or even find a romantic partner? These FOD meetings occurred sporadically at first, dependent on the vagaries of the cruise lines' changing policies and the whims of individual cruise directors. As gays and lesbians gained more acceptance and visibility, these FOD meetings began appearing with more regularity. In fact, some lines have even instituted official policies to host and publicize these meetings on as many of their ships as possible.

    So, what exactly happens at these touted FOD/GLBT meetings? Disco music and inebriated men and women swinging from the chandeliers? (Whoops ... that was the last wedding I went to.) It's typically a very casual and sedate cocktail party at one of the ship's bars or public rooms, sometimes with complimentary drinks and a member of the ship's social staff (or better yet, the cruise director in person) on hand to provide social lubrication. The time is usually prior to or during cocktail hour. Ideally, the cruise director will offer the FOD meeting early in the cruise and on more than one day, to give everyone who wants to attend more options.

    So Who's Dorothy?

    The evolution of the term "Friends of Dorothy" reaches back more than half a century. Gay historians say that the term came into popular use in the 1950's as gays and lesbians developed a special connection with the musical icon Judy Garland, whose ballads of hope and despair and whose relentless spirit and tragic history mirrored their struggles in everyday life. Garland's most famous role -- as the ever-optimistic and wistful Dorothy in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz" -- gave gays and lesbians a "secret" code word which they could use to refer to themselves. At cocktail parties or company gatherings where one could not be comfortably "out and proud," gays would inquire discreetly of each other, "Are you a 'Friend of Dorothy?'" The wink-wink admission of "I am, too!" would likely lead to fabulous and fast bonding in an age when gay bars were clandestine and, in some cases, dangerous.

    Today, the term "Friends of Dorothy" is used mostly by an older generation of gays and lesbians; young gay men and women may never have heard the term. Because of this -- and because of increasing acceptance of gays and lesbians in mainstream society -- many cruise lines are now using the nonambiguous abbreviation of GLBT (gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender) in their daily programs.

    Do All Cruises Have FOD Meetups?

    After surveying the major cruise lines, we've discovered cruise lines are divided into three groups with regard to FOD/GLBT meeting policies:

    The most open and accessible group includes Norwegian, Holland America, Carnival and Princess Cruises; the luxury lines Crystal and Cunard; and the "luxury lite" line Azamara Club Cruises. These cruise lines include at least one FOD meeting on every ship and on every cruise, and they have moved in recent years toward a consistent policy for their valued gay/lesbian passengers. (We should note that, while the cruise lines have this official policy in place, it is possible that a particular cruise may omit the meetings for various reasons, such as scheduling, with no slight intended.) Most of these lines now also include the nonambiguous term GLBT in the listing to avoid any confusion.

    While most of these lines have consistently hosted FOD meetings for at least a decade, Holland America is a recent entrant. It used to hold the meetings only upon request, but now it offers one FOD meeting at the start of every cruise and subsequent meetings upon request. Not surprisingly, the cruise lines that host regular FOD meetings are known for being very gay-friendly. For example, NCL and Holland America (as well as Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, see below) have all hosted entire-ship charters for the gay and lesbian markets, which means that their officers and crew are probably comfortable with large gay groups and their specific needs.

    The second group of cruise lines consists of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises. These two large cruises lines have decided not to list FOD meetings in their daily programs and, instead, list FOD/GLBT meetings on the community "bulletin board" near Guest Relations. This meeting is one among several other interest group get-togethers such as "Friends of Bill W." or singles meet-ups. "[Celebrity] does not list any private functions in the daily program," cruise line spokeswoman Lisa Harrison of Emanate Public Relations told us. "Most of our ships have a set time and place marked on their board for the Friends of Dorothy Meeting." When I was onboard Celebrity Silhouette, I noticed that the official FOD meeting was listed on the bulletin board every night at a certain time at the popular Martini Bar, which had quickly become an informal hub for the cocktail-loving gay and lesbian passenger set. Listing the meetings on the visible bulletin boards represents an evolution in the FOD policy and is a way to handle increasing requests by diverse interest groups who all want to meet each other onboard large ships. And since these specific cruise lines have a consistent policy for all affinity groups who want to hold meetups, it does not seem to indicate that the line is marginalizing or discounting its valued gay and lesbian passengers.
    The final group in our survey consists of the luxury and luxury-lite lines of Regent, Seabourn, Silversea, SeaDream Yacht Club, Windstar and Oceania. Because of their smaller, more intimate sizes, these cruise lines rarely feel it's necessary to offer FOD meetings (or most other special-interest meetings) because cruisers are very likely to run into like-minded passengers every day in the restaurants and public spaces. This translates into an atmosphere of class and elegance, with sophisticated passengers who prize discretion. In general, the well-traveled (and well-heeled) passengers onboard these cruises lines tend not to bat an eye when it comes to gay couples, who are among the most avid and loyal cruisers today in this upper segment.
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from andreant in P&o Booze Prices!!!   
    Stella is £3.60 for a pint in our local - I know where I'd rather be for 10p more!
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from Sailaway in The Cruise Ship   
    Surely someone's head must be on the block at Princess for allowing this terrible programme to be aired.
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from Sailaway in The Cruise Ship   
    Surely someone's head must be on the block at Princess for allowing this terrible programme to be aired.
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from Furby in No Such Thing As Bad Press.   
    I have to disagree.  I don't think this was good publicity at all.  I have spoken to so many non-cruisers who say they would never consider cruising now they have seen the programme.
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from Cruiseada in Toiletries Brand On P&o   
    The White Company toiletries on P&O Cruises are lovely.
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from J-Dog in Cruise Weddings   
    Found this on Bolsovers website - one of their sales reps actually got married on board.  She might be able to help.
     
    Congratulations! You're now taking the next step to creating your dream day, and what better way to reflect your ideas of romance than on a luxury superliner. Imagine waking up to sparkling ocean views, a string of exotic islands and being pampered in relaxing surroundings. Whether you choose to share your day with close family and friends, or prefer a smaller, more intimate occasion, you will be made to feel extremely special every step of the way. The ceremony can either be performed on board by the captain making it a truly magical affair, or alternatively, you can opt for an on-shore wedding from a selection of idyllic venues, such as the Caribbean and Mexico, New England, Hawaii, and Alaska.
    If this sounds like your idea of a dream wedding, then read on...
    Many of our cruise partners are now capturing the romance on board and can arrange a wedding package to suit your needs. They understand that every bride and groom will have different views of how they'd like their big day to unfold, so they offer you the chance to tailor your own wishes with a whole host of extra touches to complement your wedding, such as wedding flowers, wedding cake, photography services, commemorative stationery, champagne packages and much more.
    You will be allocated a dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator who'll look after every detail to ensure things run smoothly. Once on board, you can really spoil yourself during the run up to the big day. How about a pampering session in the spa, get your hair, nails and make-up perfected, or simply unwind and sunbathe in the relaxing atmosphere.
    From the moment you are married, the honeymoon begins. It's the perfect way to begin married life. Capture new sights and explore destinations together. Enjoy fine dining and an array of entertainment on board your chosen superliner. If you're travelling with a party of friends, be sure to ask us about group savings and enhanced benefits.
    Real Life Wedding Review
    Bolsover Cruise Club Sales Consultant Nicola returned from the Caribbean where she and fiance Andrew tied the knot in a romantic on board ceremony. They flew out to New Orleans on 1 December 2006 with close family and friends to embark Arcadia, and spent the run-up to the wedding in warm, tropical surroundings, visiting fascinating ports of call whilst their wedding plans were being organised for them.
    Here's what Nicola had to say about their experience:
    "My partner Andrew and I booked our wedding to be held on board Arcadia at the beginning of December, and have recently returned with wonderful memories of a truly magical day. We cannot thank P&O Cruises and their onboard staff enough, as everyone worked hard to create our perfect day. Our closest family and friends joined us for the celebration and we couldn't have asked for a better setting. The location, food, weather and most importantly the staff, particularly Sam, our Wedding Co-ordinator, exceeded our expectations.
    We were delighted with how smoothly things went, with Sam ensuring we were happy and informed at all times, even looking after the finer details, giving us more time to enjoy our holiday. We really were treated like royalty, and the girls booked hair and beauty treatments in the luxurious spa. The flowers, cake and photographs were exactly what we had hoped for, so the extra luggage allowance for newlyweds was very much appreciated!
    I can't stress how easy it has been for us to organise the event from start to finish. We'll be having a party back at home, so that we can celebrate and share our experiences with all of our friends. This will give them the opportunity to see us in our wedding outfits, and we can relive our fairytale day playing our ceremony on DVD and showing off our fantastic photograph album.
    All in all, both myself and Andrew, and all our family and friends had a most wonderful time and once again would like to thank P&O Cruises for making our big day so special."
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from andreant in P&o Booze Prices!!!   
    Stella is £3.60 for a pint in our local - I know where I'd rather be for 10p more!
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from andreant in P&o Booze Prices!!!   
    Stella is £3.60 for a pint in our local - I know where I'd rather be for 10p more!
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from RiverSong in Fa Cup Final   
    Wrong shaped ball - Tigers v Saints semi final tonight.  Tigers, Tigers, Tigers ...
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from pinky in Customer Service   
    Crikey someone did get out the bed the wrong side!!  Only joking.  I have never had a bad experience with Bolsover.  aaa have you tried calling them to give them the opportunity to sort things for you before resorting to this forum as I would imagine this isn't monitored by staff??  I'm sure they will do everything they can to sort this for you.
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from pinky in Customer Service   
    Crikey someone did get out the bed the wrong side!!  Only joking.  I have never had a bad experience with Bolsover.  aaa have you tried calling them to give them the opportunity to sort things for you before resorting to this forum as I would imagine this isn't monitored by staff??  I'm sure they will do everything they can to sort this for you.
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from pinky in Customer Service   
    Crikey someone did get out the bed the wrong side!!  Only joking.  I have never had a bad experience with Bolsover.  aaa have you tried calling them to give them the opportunity to sort things for you before resorting to this forum as I would imagine this isn't monitored by staff??  I'm sure they will do everything they can to sort this for you.
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from andreant in P&o Booze Prices!!!   
    Stella is £3.60 for a pint in our local - I know where I'd rather be for 10p more!
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from keith in Children In Need   
    We are non-uniform at work too and lots of cakes and bun for sale.  Empty the purse but put the pounds on in a different way!
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    TomYoungs got a reaction from keith in Children In Need   
    We are non-uniform at work too and lots of cakes and bun for sale.  Empty the purse but put the pounds on in a different way!
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