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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from HLM in Is cruising suitable for all?   
    This reminds me of a tour I did several cruises ago. There was an elderly couple sat on the fron seats. At every stop the gentleman stood up, blocking the exit, whilst his wife slowly shuffled off the seat, and was assisted down the steps. The whole coach load of passengers was held up. There was another door near the rear but the driver wouldn't open it as it was "only for emergencies".  I think we must of lost at least five mins at every stop. Quite a chunk of a 15 min photo stop. 
    I don't know how the wife felt but I would have been embarrassed to hold everyone up. 
    I have never understood why wheelchair users should have priority either. Due consideration and understanding to their difficulties, yes. But priority I never understood. 
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from HLM in Is cruising suitable for all?   
    This reminds me of a tour I did several cruises ago. There was an elderly couple sat on the fron seats. At every stop the gentleman stood up, blocking the exit, whilst his wife slowly shuffled off the seat, and was assisted down the steps. The whole coach load of passengers was held up. There was another door near the rear but the driver wouldn't open it as it was "only for emergencies".  I think we must of lost at least five mins at every stop. Quite a chunk of a 15 min photo stop. 
    I don't know how the wife felt but I would have been embarrassed to hold everyone up. 
    I have never understood why wheelchair users should have priority either. Due consideration and understanding to their difficulties, yes. But priority I never understood. 
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from HLM in Is cruising suitable for all?   
    This reminds me of a tour I did several cruises ago. There was an elderly couple sat on the fron seats. At every stop the gentleman stood up, blocking the exit, whilst his wife slowly shuffled off the seat, and was assisted down the steps. The whole coach load of passengers was held up. There was another door near the rear but the driver wouldn't open it as it was "only for emergencies".  I think we must of lost at least five mins at every stop. Quite a chunk of a 15 min photo stop. 
    I don't know how the wife felt but I would have been embarrassed to hold everyone up. 
    I have never understood why wheelchair users should have priority either. Due consideration and understanding to their difficulties, yes. But priority I never understood. 
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    HthrEdmndsn reacted to Countrygirl in Is cruising suitable for all?   
    I am sure that you will prove me wrong, but why should a wheelchair user have priority, I can’t understand why they can’t wait there turn like everybody else. On a tour bus in Boston USA the whole bus of passengers had to wait for 3 wheelchairs users to get of the bus first. If I was in a chair I would have expected to get of last and not hold up the majority. 
    Once on a cruise both Man and Wife each had an electric scooter they showed no concern for other passengers and would drive around at great speed, expecting everybody to move out of their way. One passenger commented that he would like to put a £10 note on the deck and see who would get off the scooter first in order to pick up the money.
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from mitch in No service charge on P&O Cruises   
    How do you find out if others paid less than you unless you ask? If you don't think you'll like the answer, don't ask! 
    Ah yes. The good old days. When only people who knew what they were doing two years in advance could go on cruises. 
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from Davybe in Renewing a Passport.   
    After the initial problem with my missing head (see above) I too was surprised with turnaround time. Email notifications of progress was reassuring. Day after application was submitted I got notice that it was approved. Then again when it had been despatched. Less than a week from beginning to end.
    You are not allowed to "get it wrong" by submitting online. If any questions are missed etc the problem area is highlighted, and the submit button is greyed out. The form is checked automatically as you enter the info and any discrepancies highlighted. Once the form is submitted (unless you have not disclosed anything, or deliberately lied about anything) your passport will be renewed. 
     
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from Davybe in Renewing a Passport.   
    I renewed online last year.
    Biggest problem was my photo kept failing to register because the software couldn't "find the outline of my head". Trouble was my grey hair wasn't standing out enough from the beige wall I was standing against. Took loads of photos from slightly different angles, different lighting conditions and using different devices, and submitting all of them, one by one, until one passed the initial software test. After that it was easy peasy. 
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from towny44 in No service charge on P&O Cruises   
    Auto grats don't get loyalty discount. 
    Money spent using OBC doesn't get loyalty discount. 
    So use OBC to pay auto grats. 
    Then everything you spend is cost minus loyalty discount. 
    Discount is applied per item, not off the final total. 
    I can afford to cruise twice a year, paying single supplement, on an income of less than £15,000 pa. I do not need your help. Thanks for the offer. 
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from Davybe in No service charge on P&O Cruises   
    No. You don't get discount on items bought using OBC. So wait until auto grats have come off your account, which will use it up. Then everything you purchase will attract your loyalty discount.
    Of course this only applies if you leave auto grats on, and not at all when they stop being charged.
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from iknowlescourier in All Freedom Dining on Iona   
    No, no, and no.
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from ritaw in Promenade deck on P&O's Britannia   
    You can if you don't mind using stairs. The deck that is above the pools (17?) goes most of the way. When you reach the gym, or children's club go up to sports deck above and carry on round, down the stairs on other side. At the other end you can walk round the Serenity pool. 
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from ritaw in Promenade deck on P&O's Britannia   
    I was referring to Britannia, as that what the op was asking about. 
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in Packing why is it so stressful   
    Wouldn't want to put everybody off their dinner.
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in Packing why is it so stressful   
    Wouldn't want to put everybody off their dinner.
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in Packing why is it so stressful   
    Wouldn't want to put everybody off their dinner.
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from 2torts in P&O Summer 2020 and IONA!   
    Yes. And short cruises have so many port days too. I like the sea days.
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from iknowlescourier in P&O Summer 2020 and IONA!   
    In my experience the larger ships handle disembarkation much better than the smaller ones
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from 2torts in P&O Summer 2020 and IONA!   
    Yes. And short cruises have so many port days too. I like the sea days.
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    HthrEdmndsn reacted to sinbad10 in P&O Summer 2020 and IONA!   
    If that was the case why arent P&O doing 7 day cruises to France/Spain /Portugal where there is plenty of ports to do in 7 days instead do same cruise for whole season. No I am sorry but there is more to it than just P&O want to do 7 day cruises on the biggest ship they have and try and sell 5000 places every week. I am sure if they could they would have done alternate 14nt West Med cruises with Britannia instead of same cruise for whole season.They will be alienating a lot of loyal cruisers from North of England and Scotland who wont travel to Southampton for a 7nt cruise. I live in North Midlands and that is the main reason why we have decided against doing Maiden because even 9nts I dont think its worth it never mind 7nts. Plus you are going to have loads on Iona who will not have time to try out all speciality restaurants/facilities so will not get full benefit of such a large ship in such a short time.
     
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from iknowlescourier in Using your Mobile.   
    I rarely make phone calls at home or away. 
    It is only those who do not use smart phones who assume that others are texting home, or checking social media. We who do use them know that they are replacing all the stuff that those who don't are carrying about. 
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from Davybe in Using your Mobile.   
    Not of many of us about is there. 😅
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from Davybe in Using your Mobile.   
    Not of many of us about is there. 😅
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    HthrEdmndsn reacted to smtcan in Using your Mobile.   
    I never make or receive phone calls on a cruise, but I am another who keeps the phone at hand all the time.  If I am not taking photos, I may be editing pics already taken, reading a book, or even doing Sudoku or word puzzles.  On shore I find free wifi to message the family and read emails while I have a cup of coffee.  I download self guided walking tours and maps of ports before leaving home and find them very useful.
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from TrentAnn in Using your Mobile.   
    Same as me. 
    I remember sitting next to a lady, who was the same age as me. She looked at me "playing" with my phone. Then pulled out of her huge beach bag a book, a puzzle book, calculator, diary, journal, travel guide, map, newspaper, etc, etc. She smirked and said "I'm glad I don't need to fetch one of those with me". I showed her that I had all the thing she had (up to date, not several years old) on my phone. 
    Refusing to move with the times, and to use what is available to us, is the fastest route to old age I know.
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    HthrEdmndsn got a reaction from TrentAnn in Using your Mobile.   
    Same as me. 
    I remember sitting next to a lady, who was the same age as me. She looked at me "playing" with my phone. Then pulled out of her huge beach bag a book, a puzzle book, calculator, diary, journal, travel guide, map, newspaper, etc, etc. She smirked and said "I'm glad I don't need to fetch one of those with me". I showed her that I had all the thing she had (up to date, not several years old) on my phone. 
    Refusing to move with the times, and to use what is available to us, is the fastest route to old age I know.
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