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    nikos got a reaction from Bumble Bee in Oceana Dubai   
    I went on Oceana for the first time end of September last year. We really enjoyed it - this was before the refurbishment aswell. We found the ship to be a nice size - we didn't find it to be small at all - there was plenty of space and venues. The cabin felt a little dated but it was generally clean and tidy so didn't affect our holiday enjoyment at all.
    I would definitely go on her again!!
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    nikos got a reaction from afcandrew in Oceana fly med cruise - Croatia & Venice   
    Having previously experienced two of the larger P&O ships, I was looking forward to experience one of the mid-size ships to compare. I had heard very mixed reviews about Oceana including comments that she was looking tired and was in need of some TLC, and then more positive comments that she still had an attractive appeal and beautiful atrium. I know you can't please everyone all of the time and I believe you have to go on holiday with an open mind and experience things for yourself.

    After a very early start, we had a 2 hour delay and 3 hour flight from Manchester. We arrived in Malta early afternoon. We went with Thomas Cook so the bonded luggage wasn't included on the outbound flight so we reclaimed our luggage which didn't take long at all. There were plenty of P&O representatives at the airport directing guests to the coaches to take us to the cruise port. The transfer was only 15 minutes. On arrival, you were welcomed and directed into the terminal building. There was a small queue but there were lots of staff checking guests in. I was really impressed with the whole arrival process and how efficient it was.

    You then had to walk through the duty-free area. We couldn't believe how cheap it was in there so I bought a few things. On leaving, there we could see the ship right in front of us. She looked stunning and larger than I thought she would. We headed onboard and straight to our balcony cabin.

    The cabin wasn't as large as the one on Ventura. It was compact but felt adequate and everything was there that we would expect and need. The décor I would agree was a little bit dated especially in the bathroom but this kind of thing doesn’t bother me. The cabin was clean and nicely presented.

    We booked on an early saver fare and requested freedom dining. We were actually allocated 2nd sitting table of 8. This wasn't a big issue but we did ask about changing it with the restaurant manager. There were quite a few passengers querying their dining arrangements. We were told that freedom dining was really popular and there were about 100 passengers they couldn’t accommodate. He did offer us 1st sitting but this is too early for us so decided to stick with what we were allocated.

    We took ourselves on a tour around the ship to help get our bearings. The ship felt easy to navigate and we were impressed with everything we could see which verified we should have a great holiday and experience.
    We decided to try out Café Jardin on our first night and I can highly recommend it. This is Marco Pierre White's Italian themed speciality dining venue. The meal was delicious and service great. It was nice to have a relaxing quiet meal after a very long first day.

    We chose this cruise because the itinerary appealed to us and it really didn't disappoint. The first port of call was Dubrovnik. We used the shuttle bus that P&O put on to get to the centre and this cost £5 each way as we booked an early saver. Dubrovnik was absolutely stunning, with its medieval walled city and lovely harbour front. After some sightseeing we found a small beach just round the coast. The water was so calm and we relaxed for a few hours in the sun as the weather was great.

    Hvar was our second port and I really didn’t know much about it before I went. It’s a Croatian island popular with holiday makers and island hoppers which is very pretty and picturesque. This was a tender port and due to one of the boats being out of operation we had to wait 90mins to get off the ship so we only spent a few hours exploring.

    The highlight of our cruise was definitely Venice. The Captain announced that we would be sailing into Venice at 7.30am so we got up early especially like most other people. We were so glad we did! It was stunning to see all the architecture and famous Venetian sights rather than in a brochure or on the internet. We booked an excursion which we were glad we did. They took us to a Merano glass factory where we got to see them blowing the famous glass. We made a few purchases - not the expensive items obviously. More from the whoops table 3 items for 50 euros! We also stopped at San Francesco church and then onto Venice Island for our gondola ride. It was 6 to a gondola and lasted for 30mins. It was definitely worth doing we felt like we were in a film and it’s something to tick off the bucket list.
    Oceana is definitely suitable for all age groups and different parties. Single travellers had afternoon teas and get togethers. There was ballroom dancing and bridge for the seniors. There were a few families onboard so they could make use of the reef kids clubs, children’s teas in the buffet & night nursery. The majority of guests onboard were couples. You can do as much or as little as you want - relaxing in the spa and having a quiet read in the library to gambling in the casino, karaoke in the yacht & compass and partying in Le Club into the small hours.
    We had a fantastic time on Oceana and wouldn't hesitate to go on her again. The food was of good quality and I can highly recommend the speciality restaurants. She is due in for a ship refit quite soon so that should stop any complaints about her looking tired but I didn't think this at all!


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    nikos got a reaction from afcandrew in Oceana fly med cruise - Croatia & Venice   
    Having previously experienced two of the larger P&O ships, I was looking forward to experience one of the mid-size ships to compare. I had heard very mixed reviews about Oceana including comments that she was looking tired and was in need of some TLC, and then more positive comments that she still had an attractive appeal and beautiful atrium. I know you can't please everyone all of the time and I believe you have to go on holiday with an open mind and experience things for yourself.

    After a very early start, we had a 2 hour delay and 3 hour flight from Manchester. We arrived in Malta early afternoon. We went with Thomas Cook so the bonded luggage wasn't included on the outbound flight so we reclaimed our luggage which didn't take long at all. There were plenty of P&O representatives at the airport directing guests to the coaches to take us to the cruise port. The transfer was only 15 minutes. On arrival, you were welcomed and directed into the terminal building. There was a small queue but there were lots of staff checking guests in. I was really impressed with the whole arrival process and how efficient it was.

    You then had to walk through the duty-free area. We couldn't believe how cheap it was in there so I bought a few things. On leaving, there we could see the ship right in front of us. She looked stunning and larger than I thought she would. We headed onboard and straight to our balcony cabin.

    The cabin wasn't as large as the one on Ventura. It was compact but felt adequate and everything was there that we would expect and need. The décor I would agree was a little bit dated especially in the bathroom but this kind of thing doesn’t bother me. The cabin was clean and nicely presented.

    We booked on an early saver fare and requested freedom dining. We were actually allocated 2nd sitting table of 8. This wasn't a big issue but we did ask about changing it with the restaurant manager. There were quite a few passengers querying their dining arrangements. We were told that freedom dining was really popular and there were about 100 passengers they couldn’t accommodate. He did offer us 1st sitting but this is too early for us so decided to stick with what we were allocated.

    We took ourselves on a tour around the ship to help get our bearings. The ship felt easy to navigate and we were impressed with everything we could see which verified we should have a great holiday and experience.
    We decided to try out Café Jardin on our first night and I can highly recommend it. This is Marco Pierre White's Italian themed speciality dining venue. The meal was delicious and service great. It was nice to have a relaxing quiet meal after a very long first day.

    We chose this cruise because the itinerary appealed to us and it really didn't disappoint. The first port of call was Dubrovnik. We used the shuttle bus that P&O put on to get to the centre and this cost £5 each way as we booked an early saver. Dubrovnik was absolutely stunning, with its medieval walled city and lovely harbour front. After some sightseeing we found a small beach just round the coast. The water was so calm and we relaxed for a few hours in the sun as the weather was great.

    Hvar was our second port and I really didn’t know much about it before I went. It’s a Croatian island popular with holiday makers and island hoppers which is very pretty and picturesque. This was a tender port and due to one of the boats being out of operation we had to wait 90mins to get off the ship so we only spent a few hours exploring.

    The highlight of our cruise was definitely Venice. The Captain announced that we would be sailing into Venice at 7.30am so we got up early especially like most other people. We were so glad we did! It was stunning to see all the architecture and famous Venetian sights rather than in a brochure or on the internet. We booked an excursion which we were glad we did. They took us to a Merano glass factory where we got to see them blowing the famous glass. We made a few purchases - not the expensive items obviously. More from the whoops table 3 items for 50 euros! We also stopped at San Francesco church and then onto Venice Island for our gondola ride. It was 6 to a gondola and lasted for 30mins. It was definitely worth doing we felt like we were in a film and it’s something to tick off the bucket list.
    Oceana is definitely suitable for all age groups and different parties. Single travellers had afternoon teas and get togethers. There was ballroom dancing and bridge for the seniors. There were a few families onboard so they could make use of the reef kids clubs, children’s teas in the buffet & night nursery. The majority of guests onboard were couples. You can do as much or as little as you want - relaxing in the spa and having a quiet read in the library to gambling in the casino, karaoke in the yacht & compass and partying in Le Club into the small hours.
    We had a fantastic time on Oceana and wouldn't hesitate to go on her again. The food was of good quality and I can highly recommend the speciality restaurants. She is due in for a ship refit quite soon so that should stop any complaints about her looking tired but I didn't think this at all!


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    nikos got a reaction from afcandrew in Oceana fly med cruise - Croatia & Venice   
    Having previously experienced two of the larger P&O ships, I was looking forward to experience one of the mid-size ships to compare. I had heard very mixed reviews about Oceana including comments that she was looking tired and was in need of some TLC, and then more positive comments that she still had an attractive appeal and beautiful atrium. I know you can't please everyone all of the time and I believe you have to go on holiday with an open mind and experience things for yourself.

    After a very early start, we had a 2 hour delay and 3 hour flight from Manchester. We arrived in Malta early afternoon. We went with Thomas Cook so the bonded luggage wasn't included on the outbound flight so we reclaimed our luggage which didn't take long at all. There were plenty of P&O representatives at the airport directing guests to the coaches to take us to the cruise port. The transfer was only 15 minutes. On arrival, you were welcomed and directed into the terminal building. There was a small queue but there were lots of staff checking guests in. I was really impressed with the whole arrival process and how efficient it was.

    You then had to walk through the duty-free area. We couldn't believe how cheap it was in there so I bought a few things. On leaving, there we could see the ship right in front of us. She looked stunning and larger than I thought she would. We headed onboard and straight to our balcony cabin.

    The cabin wasn't as large as the one on Ventura. It was compact but felt adequate and everything was there that we would expect and need. The décor I would agree was a little bit dated especially in the bathroom but this kind of thing doesn’t bother me. The cabin was clean and nicely presented.

    We booked on an early saver fare and requested freedom dining. We were actually allocated 2nd sitting table of 8. This wasn't a big issue but we did ask about changing it with the restaurant manager. There were quite a few passengers querying their dining arrangements. We were told that freedom dining was really popular and there were about 100 passengers they couldn’t accommodate. He did offer us 1st sitting but this is too early for us so decided to stick with what we were allocated.

    We took ourselves on a tour around the ship to help get our bearings. The ship felt easy to navigate and we were impressed with everything we could see which verified we should have a great holiday and experience.
    We decided to try out Café Jardin on our first night and I can highly recommend it. This is Marco Pierre White's Italian themed speciality dining venue. The meal was delicious and service great. It was nice to have a relaxing quiet meal after a very long first day.

    We chose this cruise because the itinerary appealed to us and it really didn't disappoint. The first port of call was Dubrovnik. We used the shuttle bus that P&O put on to get to the centre and this cost £5 each way as we booked an early saver. Dubrovnik was absolutely stunning, with its medieval walled city and lovely harbour front. After some sightseeing we found a small beach just round the coast. The water was so calm and we relaxed for a few hours in the sun as the weather was great.

    Hvar was our second port and I really didn’t know much about it before I went. It’s a Croatian island popular with holiday makers and island hoppers which is very pretty and picturesque. This was a tender port and due to one of the boats being out of operation we had to wait 90mins to get off the ship so we only spent a few hours exploring.

    The highlight of our cruise was definitely Venice. The Captain announced that we would be sailing into Venice at 7.30am so we got up early especially like most other people. We were so glad we did! It was stunning to see all the architecture and famous Venetian sights rather than in a brochure or on the internet. We booked an excursion which we were glad we did. They took us to a Merano glass factory where we got to see them blowing the famous glass. We made a few purchases - not the expensive items obviously. More from the whoops table 3 items for 50 euros! We also stopped at San Francesco church and then onto Venice Island for our gondola ride. It was 6 to a gondola and lasted for 30mins. It was definitely worth doing we felt like we were in a film and it’s something to tick off the bucket list.
    Oceana is definitely suitable for all age groups and different parties. Single travellers had afternoon teas and get togethers. There was ballroom dancing and bridge for the seniors. There were a few families onboard so they could make use of the reef kids clubs, children’s teas in the buffet & night nursery. The majority of guests onboard were couples. You can do as much or as little as you want - relaxing in the spa and having a quiet read in the library to gambling in the casino, karaoke in the yacht & compass and partying in Le Club into the small hours.
    We had a fantastic time on Oceana and wouldn't hesitate to go on her again. The food was of good quality and I can highly recommend the speciality restaurants. She is due in for a ship refit quite soon so that should stop any complaints about her looking tired but I didn't think this at all!


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    nikos got a reaction from roscol in I know I can remove gratuities if I don’t want to leave them on my account, but will I be made to feel cheap if I do?   
    That topic again and the grey area of cruising - GRATUITIES - i've generally left gratuities on the onboard account. If I was to remove or reduce them on my future cruises would I be made to feel cheap and would the service I receive change. Any views/experiences?
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    nikos got a reaction from roscol in I know I can remove gratuities if I don’t want to leave them on my account, but will I be made to feel cheap if I do?   
    That topic again and the grey area of cruising - GRATUITIES - i've generally left gratuities on the onboard account. If I was to remove or reduce them on my future cruises would I be made to feel cheap and would the service I receive change. Any views/experiences?
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    nikos got a reaction from Furby in Do you have to have the new watch keys for your cabin or can you still opt for the usual cruise card?   
    Ive heard about these watch keys - there's always someone trying to come up with the newest gadget and lead the way. I suppose it would eleviate having to find your key card all the time!
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    nikos got a reaction from Spadger44 in Do cruise lines offer ship visits or experience days?   
    Hi - yes in my experience some cruise lines offer day visits where they will often include a gala lunch and tour of the ship - P&O do for sure!
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    nikos got a reaction from doratheexplorer in MSC from Southampton, good idea or leave well alone?   
    I would recommend MSC - I went on the Fantasia in Barcelona. It was several years ago now though but the ship was lovely. There was a mixture of nationalities onboard. The food,service and atmosphere was all good.
    I know they do offer very good prices and 3/4th passengers are normally very cheap. The drinks packages are good value for money also.
    I would give it a go.
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    nikos got a reaction from doratheexplorer in MSC from Southampton, good idea or leave well alone?   
    I would recommend MSC - I went on the Fantasia in Barcelona. It was several years ago now though but the ship was lovely. There was a mixture of nationalities onboard. The food,service and atmosphere was all good.
    I know they do offer very good prices and 3/4th passengers are normally very cheap. The drinks packages are good value for money also.
    I would give it a go.
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    nikos got a reaction from DavidH in Norwegian Cruise Line Goes All Inclusive   
    Yes i've heard that gratuities/service charges are now included with NCL under their latest promo - so the song money for nothing and your 'tips' for free come to mind!
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    nikos got a reaction from DavidH in Norwegian Cruise Line Goes All Inclusive   
    Yes i've heard that gratuities/service charges are now included with NCL under their latest promo - so the song money for nothing and your 'tips' for free come to mind!
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    nikos got a reaction from Yiddish Boy in Shalom/Hello   
    welcome to the forum!
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    nikos got a reaction from dancefloordemon in United Airlines bad press   
    I couldn't believe how the man was dragged from his seat and down the aisle! It's tarnished the airlines reputation and their share price has taken a dive. Over bookings are quite a common practise i think - not just with airlines but hotel rooms too. They shouldn't be allowed to do it. It's poor customer service - putting profits first.
    The Airplane movie clip you mention did make me laugh though!
    The only way is up i suppose for United Airlines - or should I say OFF!!
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    nikos got a reaction from WAVES in Will you ever go back to land-based holiday again?   
    i like both - chilling on a nice beach on an all inclusive package & also sailing the seven seas exploring lots of new destinations in one holiday!
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    nikos got a reaction from WAVES in My most memorable cruising moment is...   
    The fantastic west end style shows in the theatre put on by the headliners with P&O.
    The delicious food and service on QM2.
    Partying in the nightclub all night long on QM2's G32 nightclub.
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    nikos got a reaction from Michael66T in Fred Olsen new ship   
    I think its about time they introduced a new ship to be honest. It would be a good time to expand the fleet also now Swan Hellenic & Voyages of Discovery have ceased trading. There will be a demand i think for those that enjoy the smaller ships.
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    nikos got a reaction from Captain Kidd II in Your First and Favorite Car   
    Mine was a Citroen AX - it cost £1000 that I borrowed from my nan (paid her back in installments)
    The door could be opened without using the key lol!
    I had a small bump coming off  the A64 near York in the first week I had the car!
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    nikos got a reaction from Ahoy in Independence of the Seas   
    I went on Independence several years ago now and loved it. Its a large ship but not as huge as the newest ships. It definitely had that WOW eye opening factor. It felt very modern and forward thinking.
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    nikos got a reaction from cruise chef in John Lewis advert   
    Entertaining and memorable as always - the adverts always help get you in the festive mood!
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    nikos got a reaction from Davybe in P and o drinks   
    Yes you can take a reasonable amount of alcohol onboard P&O ships they do allow it. We take a few bottles of spirit to enjoy on the balcony.
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    nikos got a reaction from HthrEdmndsn in Do you really have to print out your e ticket?   
    As far as im aware even if you forgot to take it with you or couldnt find it then you should still be fine as all data is stored on their database - which is why they are all going down the e-ticket route.
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    nikos got a reaction from samfox01 in OMG! Everyone you must read this piece about Bolsover Cruise Club in the Daily Mail!   
    That's something a bit different isn't it - very interesting piece Bolsover!
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    nikos reacted to Mimosa in Which would be the best luxury cruise company to go with?   
    I love the look of the newer Seabourn ships. They seem to look like luxury boutique hotel.  Really classy & sophisticated.  Although I do like the fact that Regent include pretty much everything in their price. 
     
    Have you considered river cruising Nikos?  Viking & APT river cruises look good
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    nikos got a reaction from momoperth in Who Does The Packing In Your House?   
    Me - because no-one else will do it!
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