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  1. seawitch

    Ripped off in Venice.

    We usually eat lunch in ports. Always read menu carefully lookout for'table charge' 'cover charge' 'service charge' 'bread charge' 'entertainment charge'. We have walked away from some restaurants when these are mentioned in the small print. Most expensive meal we had was 45 euros for a seafood banquet with bottle of wine, bottle of water, dessert and coffee . In Venice there are some reasonably priced restaurants just a little way from St Marks.Last time we asked a local market trader for recommendations and had a lovely Spaghetti Vongole and glass of white wine -under £10 for 2 of us , we were the only non-Italians there. Cappuccino in a little Venician square was just over 1 euro. In Portofino everything is super expensive, but order 2 Spritz in the right bar they may be 10 euro's each but they come with so many free snacks /salads you don't need lunch.
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    Extension leads

    https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/smart-home-appliances/mobile-tablet-chargers/koppla-3-port-usb-charger-art-20291890/ This is what I asked about and was told no, I wonder if I get someone else from P&O they will say yes?
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    Extension leads

    I don't know if people have noticed but on P&O website you are no-longer allowed to take extension leads on-board, unless for essential medical equipment and they must be checked before use.. I contacted P&O to ask if the multi usb adaptors could be used and was told no as they are an extension. I am wondering how to charge my kindle, i-pod etc . What are people to do on ships where there is no usb socket? Seems very silly to me any Ideas on what to use please?
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    No service charge on P&O Cruises

    Really good idea, service charge was creeping up, probably to make up for all the people who remove it. Now some people will not be paying to cover others who refuse. Nothing to stop us giving a small tip for excellent service which is how it should be. I have been feeding this back to P&O for several years now , glad they have made this decision.
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    Oriana sold by P&O Cruises

    We cruised on Oriana last year- was an good cruise best food we have had on P&O in last 10 years and good entertainment. Booked again for October and really looking forward to it! If they remove The other smaller ships from the fleet we too will probably not cruise with P&O. We have tried the larger ships but the cruise experience has been poor. Bad food, poor entertainment and arrogant rude passengers.
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    Platinum status

    As the original poster could have reached platinum level on Princess without going on a Princess cruise. I would see this as a valid question. If this is the case just show your ticket as you arrive at the terminal and they will direct you to the correct place.
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    Upgrades

    Been cruising since 1976. Never had an upgrade,although know many people who have and most it seems to be on their first cruise.
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    Clothes hangers in cabin

    I have found over many years of trial and error, the best thing to do is get quite a few of the very thin lightweight metal hangers. I hang a t-shirt on the hanger, then one of my husbands shirts buttoned up. When it is time to pack I carefully lay the hangers with shirts into the cases. They come out at the other end crease free and hang straight into the wardrobe, unpack in record time. I take my evening gowns and husbands suits on coat hangers and in fabric bags, they also come out of the cases crease free, are easy to unpack and the covers keep my dresses free of dust from the bottom of the cabins wardrobes. This also means there are plenty of hangers in the cabin for other items.
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    What is P&O Adonia like?

    I will be able to let you know soon as we sail in less than 4 weeks. I have spoken to quite a few people who have been on Adonia this summer and not heard anything negative, unless you count the tiny bathroom and poor hairdryer.Which I don't think are that important. Where it counts, food, service, atmosphere, entertainment , I have heard are all excellent. So looking forward to our cruise.
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    Adonias absence from 2019 cruise brochure

    With a lot of speculation I have seen over the past couple of days I am glad we are booked on Adonia for this year as it looks like anything beyond next spring is a bit in the air at the moment. The new brochure only has cruises listed until next spring 2018. Someone we were on cruise with last October has asked why the Adonia cruise they have booked for next summer is not in the brochure and they have been told they will receive a letter from P&O in the next few weeks. Sounds ominous.
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    Madeira independent excursions

    Is this the yellow bus? I looked at this because we have been everywhere in Funchal , gardens and toboggan several times. I have been to Cabo Girao but my husband hasn't.
  12. Has anyone done any excursions in Madeira other than ships excursions? We have been to Funchal quite a few times and exhausted what it has to offer. We are in port for 2 full days and would like to see some of the mountains. After a really bad ships excursion last month really don't want to risk paying out for more. There are some shown on trip-advisor just a little concerned as to how good they will be.
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    Roll Call/ Meeting Up

    I arranged a taxi for 8 on a princess cruise roll call 2 years ago (Baltic cruise) There were a few taxi's booked on our roll call and plenty of takers for the cost of twenty five euros per couple for a return trip. Still friends with 2 of the couples we shared the taxi with, great way to make friends.
  14. Is P&O as good as 10 years ago? definitely , in 2007 we had our worst ever cruise experience with them. Poor service, food that was inedible, ports changed and time in all ports cut short. Just returned from 18 nights on Oriana, food excellent, service excellent, entertainment good. In fact the overall experience was almost the best ever with P&O. Value for money- taking into account inflation it was only 20% of what we paid in 1977 and half of what we paid in 1997 and it was compared to many current cruises quite expensive. Not sure if P&O are treating ships differently, but our last 2 cruises on Oriana and Arcadia were far superior to our previous years trips on Azura and Ventura.
  15. We only cruise with P&O because of the itinerary usually prefer Princess. But after several years of poor P&O food, must admit we were very pleasantly surprised this month. New menu's with more choices, only a couple of dishes in the whole cruise did not meet our very picky standards. Dishes that were supposed to be spicy actually were instead of bland . My husbands Paella had far more seafood than the very expensive one we had bought in a Barcelona restaurant. Lots of variety of fresh fish, lobster made it onto the menu more than once. Lunch time menu's in the restaurant were also good- we gave up on the buffet a few cruises ago. Lots of different vegetables, samphire. asparagus, spinach, leeks, kale as well as all the usual veg, almost a green bean shortage. In fact the menu's were so good I didn't resort to ordering steak once.
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