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  1. Hi all, We're off on a cruise next week that docks in Lisbon. I'm struggling to find out where the ship will dock, and where this dock is in relation to the city centre. Does anyone know? If it helps we're on the P&O Britannia (cruise B927), arriving in Lisbon on Friday 4th October. Many thanks,
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    Britannia Serenity Pool

    Thanks
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    Britannia Serenity Pool

    Hi all, Quick question. On Britannia, is the Serenity pool part of the Retreat, or can anyone use it? Thanks.
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    Oriana sold by P&O Cruises

    So just wondering, how much does a secondhand cruise ship go for? Any idea who the purchaser is?
  5. Hi all, We're going to Le Havre (for the first time) on a RCI cruise in October. I'm getting some mixed messages about how close the centre of Le Havre is from the cruise terminal. Never being to Le Havre before, we are quite happy to potter around the place. So, does anyone know how far the centre of Le Havre is to the cruise terminal, or if there are any shuttle buses provided? Thanks.
  6. Hi all, We're off on our first RCI cruise in October - round trip from Southampton (City Cruise Terminal). We've always gone with P&O or Cunard before, and have always used the parking provided by C&PS, where you drive right up to the terminal, unload your car, give someone your car keys and off you go. Looking at RCI, they don't seem to do this? The official RCI car park provider (Cruise Parking) seems to be similar in concept, but looks like the car park is a fair distance away and are 'shuttle bused' to the terminal. There is another company called ABP, who appear to be right next door to the terminal (walking distance), but it is self-park, and you have to take your suitcases to the terminal drop off point? Is this a good précis? Does anyone have any experience of using the different options above? Many thanks,
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    P&O have done it again!!!

    I'm with you all the way. We had the same on our recent cruise on Aurora - 'by the way' email, I think it was 2 weeks before sailing informing us that the shops would be closed from the mid-point of our cruise. I made a formal complaint but all to no avail. They'd told us, and that was that! We did get a bottle of champagne, but that was because they'd promised to get someone to call us back and they didn't. As you say, a decision of this nature would have been made ages before they notified the customers. It really annoyed me. And it's not like we buy a lot from the shops - it was the timing, and the fact that they tried to put a positive spin on the email... "We hope you are looking forward to your cruise. Ahead of your arrival, we wanted to share some exciting news with you regarding the shops on board". No it's not exciting news - it may be exciting news for those people going on a future cruise, it's not for me as a service you advertised as part of the cruise has been removed!!
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    New to RCI: Thoughts of Independence of the Seas

    Thanks all. In terms of what is onboard, what is included and what isn't? I'm assuming there is the same concept of a MDR and a buffet restaurant somewhere which would be included? Are all other restaurants chargeable, or are some included and some not? and I guess, is it obvious which ones are and are not? I've had a look at the RCI website, and it seems vague on what is inclusive and what is not? So thinking about P&O, apart from the food and entertainment, everything is chargeable? Is the same with RCI? For example, there seems to be a lot of exercise type classes on RCI - are these included? Likewise all the 'fun' stuff - the waterslides and wave machines etc - are these all included? Many thanks,
  9. Hi, we've done a few cruises now, initially with Cunard and more lately with P&O. We wanted to try out a difference cruise line, and after some research found a 5 day cruise on Independence of the Seas in October. Can anyone give me an idea of what to expect compared to P&O. For example.. what's included and not included in the price? are the drinks packages worth it? The cruise is significantly cheaper than a comparable P&O cruise, so wondering if I'm missing anything? Thanks.
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    New Policy on Alcohol & Dress codes

    Anyone know how the new alcohol policies are being enforced? What happens at embarkation at Southampton and destination ports where the security scanning is done by port staff and not P&O peeps? Are suitcases searched?
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    Onboard shopping - NOT!!

    Official response from P&O - tough luck!!
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    Onboard shopping - NOT!!

    My wife got a £300 Radley handbag from unused on board credit. And a while ago she bought a Gucci watch - we checked when we got home and it was cheaper on the shop, I'm assuming because no VAT (certainly was roughly 20% cheaper than in the UK shops).
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    Onboard shopping - NOT!!

    I have - waiting for a response. If we've been advised at time of booking, we knew what we stood when we booked. If we'd had been advised a long time ago we could have decided to cancel and re-book (not saying we would, but we could have discussed). 2 weeks to go - fait accompli.
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    Onboard shopping - NOT!!

    "they have been moving towards this change for sometime now" - so that's why they inform us with 2 weeks to go? At this point in time, I'm more concerned in my next cruise - not some cruise at a indeterminate point in the future.
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    Onboard shopping - NOT!!

    Hi, My issue is (that for whatever reason) some people like the shops. We quite often have a browse of an evening after dinner. Don't often buy anything, but it's something we like to do. To find out 2 weeks before the cruise starts seems very unfair.
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