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    Harvey got a reaction from Falmouthgirl in Smoking On Balcony   
    Good evening gazatgaz
     
    It may not be enforceable by law but you try arguing that 'point of law' as they kick you off the ship for flouting the ships 'rules'.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from Falmouthgirl in Smoking On Balcony   
    I've not noticed anyone say
     
    Not sure where you go that from but I've not noticed anyone saying that alcohol does not damage health.
     
    I tend to agree with you that a drunk can be obnoxious but so can a smoker smelling like an ashtray. I've come across many an smoker in a ship's lift but very few obnoxious drunks. Also - when a drunk leaves a lift all is well. When an ashtray smelling smoker leaves a lift the obnoxious smell lingers.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from jasper in Why do people moan about using the hand gel onboard   
    I did once and they just carried on walking out of the door. They tend to be pretty quick on their feet and out of the door smartish. They know full well what they are doing! Just think too - their kids will no doubt do the same - so that's another generation of selfish dirty people.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from terrierian in Why do people moan about using the hand gel onboard   
    Some people say their hands break out in a painful rash. I would have thought that a good hand cream applied several a few times a day would counteract any irritation caused by the hand gel.
     
    With regard to the Norovirus - the best cleaning process is soap and water. The standard alcoholic hand gel as typically used on cruise ships does not kill this germ. it will however help to kill off some other germs so very worthwhile using. I totally agree that it's use should be enforced at all eateries.
     
    As showgirl said - it's amazing the number of people who do not wash their hands after visiting the toilet.  (This obviously applies in the Gents as well as in the Ladies!) I just cannot understand their thought process.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from terrierian in Why do people moan about using the hand gel onboard   
    Some people say their hands break out in a painful rash. I would have thought that a good hand cream applied several a few times a day would counteract any irritation caused by the hand gel.
     
    With regard to the Norovirus - the best cleaning process is soap and water. The standard alcoholic hand gel as typically used on cruise ships does not kill this germ. it will however help to kill off some other germs so very worthwhile using. I totally agree that it's use should be enforced at all eateries.
     
    As showgirl said - it's amazing the number of people who do not wash their hands after visiting the toilet.  (This obviously applies in the Gents as well as in the Ladies!) I just cannot understand their thought process.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from bac in Why do people moan about using the hand gel onboard   
    Just a point - purely for information.  There was medical research a few years back which said it doesn't matter if the water is hot or cold. It's the use of soap which is important.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from Falmouthgirl in P&o Tirade   
    I think you hear more from the P&O moaners because P&O have six ships sailing out of Southampton thus nearly all passengers are Brits. This means that P&O have many more Brits sailing with them than any other cruise line. Probably more Brits sail with P&O than all the other cruise lines put together. Even Cunard don't fill their ships with Brits but P&O do. The result is that there are more Brits who like to moan for the sake of it on P&O just because they carry more Brits than anyone else.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from Maddie3 in Shoplifting On Ships   
    It's amazing how rumours on a cruise ship get around. And, I think a lot of these tales are just that - tales.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from AJF in The Best And Ugliest Cruise Ships   
    There certainly are some pretty ugly ships around, especially some of new behemoths, but once on-board I forget the exterior.
     
    I still prefer a ship with a wide teak wrap around promenade deck and tiered rear end.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from J-Dog in Gym Users?   
    Going by your photo journeyman - all that exercise is not doing you any good.  
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    Harvey got a reaction from Falmouthgirl in P&o From Southampton   
    Good evening Land Ahoy
     
    I may have been just a teeny weeny bit biased in my view.   (I'm only an hour's drive away from Southampton.)
     
    In past years my airports were either Heathrow or Gatwick and neither of them is a pleasant experience. The staff are a weird bunch - if they were to smile their faces would crack. No pleasantries and no manners.   However, my last flight, albeit some 4/5 years back, was from Birmingham and, lo and behold, the staff were human. Such a pleasant surprise.
     
    Regarding the traipse to Southampton I would book into a nice hotel the day before. I did exactly that when I sailed from Liverpool. I then spent a very nice afternoon, evening and morning enjoying Liverpool. There are some extremely nice hotels around Southampton and some lovely places to visit around and about.
     
    Regarding your view of Atlantic ports - the very same could be said for all Mediterranean, Caribbean and Baltic ports if one has cruised a lot. However, there are always places to visit outside of the port of call if one ventures out.
     
    It's really horses for courses as the saying goes. Whichever suits you best and for me its Southampton by a country mile.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from Falmouthgirl in Entertainment   
    I do agree the Aurora theatre is a bit tight for leg room. Although the Aurora is not 'old' it is getting on a bit but any other P&O ship's theatre has ample leg room as far as I can recall. (It's still my favourite though .)
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from Paul Inkpen in Cunard Surcharge's ?   
    Good morning Ron
     
    I understand your hesitance. I too was similarly hesitant a few years back with regards to certain areas being restricted to all passengers. However, having tried Cunard these said few years back and sailed with them a few times since I would like to allay your fears. Sure, there are a couple of areas restricted to Grills' passengers but they really are not that obvious. I also never once felt that I was 'second class'. The current ships are all extremely nice and I can vouch for the food and service in the 'standard' Britannia restaurant.
     
    With regards to the 15% 'surcharge' - I think I'm correct in saying that, basically, anything a waiter brings you is subject to this 'service' charge. Viz. drinks, coffees etc. I honestly can't remember if any other items are subject to it too.
     
    The atmosphere on-board is, in my view, similar to other lines such as P&O and Celebrity. One point to note is that a jacket is required every evening and there are more 'black tie' nights than other lines.
     
    Give it a try - you won't be disappointed.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
     
    PS    A trans-Atlantic voyage on QM2 is one of those 'must do' things.
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    Harvey got a reaction from Pebbles93 in Queen Victoria   
    I felt like that too TPP - until I eventually tried Cunard's QEII. I've been on a few Cunard cruises since then and it's now one of my favoured cruise lines. (Viz. P&O, Cunard, Celebrity)
     
    Cunard does not have any more class distinction that some other cruise lines. Celebrity and NCL, to name just two, like Cunard your cabin grade defines your dining room. I think I'm correct in saying that all three of these lines also have a small outside area and a small lounge area for suite passengers. (I further believe that Costa and MSC also have similar facilities - so the trend is growing.) As a steerage passenger on both Cunard and Celebrity one barely notices these 'off-limit' areas. Otherwise the whole ship is open to all with no feeling what-so-ever of being a pleb. Give Cunard a try - I'm pretty sure you will like it. I tried it and liked it.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from annabella1 in P And O Upgrades   
    I've never had an upgrade and really - I don't particularly want one. I usually select my cabin when booking and am happy with my choice. I always make sure there are cabins above and below me thus avoiding any excessive noise. I think that is even more important than being midships.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from WAVES in What To Take On Holiday   
    As I always sail from Southampton I take everything I could possibly need - and more. There is nothing worse than needing something when on-board and it being left in the wardrobe at home. I'd rather not use it than not have it with me. I don't travel light! 
     
    I get a porter to take my suitcases FROM the car and on return I get a porter to take my suitcases TO the car. Well worth a fiver at each end.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from richardh in E-Cigarettes   
    Good morning annie
     
    The problem with killing yourselves in the comfort of a nice lounge bar usually means the discomfort of others. I'm afraid you got it right when you said "or should I say outcast!!"   It's outside in the wind and rain for you I'm afraid.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from Pebbles93 in Queen Victoria   
    I felt like that too TPP - until I eventually tried Cunard's QEII. I've been on a few Cunard cruises since then and it's now one of my favoured cruise lines. (Viz. P&O, Cunard, Celebrity)
     
    Cunard does not have any more class distinction that some other cruise lines. Celebrity and NCL, to name just two, like Cunard your cabin grade defines your dining room. I think I'm correct in saying that all three of these lines also have a small outside area and a small lounge area for suite passengers. (I further believe that Costa and MSC also have similar facilities - so the trend is growing.) As a steerage passenger on both Cunard and Celebrity one barely notices these 'off-limit' areas. Otherwise the whole ship is open to all with no feeling what-so-ever of being a pleb. Give Cunard a try - I'm pretty sure you will like it. I tried it and liked it.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from Sailaway in Brittania   
    Whilst I'm always polite and courteous with the crew I come into contact with I must admit that I have no desire to become their 'friend'. I find that my fellow passengers far more interesting to chat to.
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    Harvey got a reaction from WAVES in What To Take On Holiday   
    As I always sail from Southampton I take everything I could possibly need - and more. There is nothing worse than needing something when on-board and it being left in the wardrobe at home. I'd rather not use it than not have it with me. I don't travel light! 
     
    I get a porter to take my suitcases FROM the car and on return I get a porter to take my suitcases TO the car. Well worth a fiver at each end.
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from Pebbles93 in Berlitz Downgrade Azamara!   
    I should add that I actually travel Cunard steerage class and I find it most pleasant.
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    Harvey got a reaction from RiverSong in Costa Concordia.   
    I wonder if that means that Greenpeace would be happy for it to be towed to India and beached for breaking up - along with numerous other ships - and cause further pollution there. Surely they don't want to leave it where it is! It certainly won't just disappear. 
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    Harvey got a reaction from richardh in The Price Of Water In The Dining Rooms   
    I think I'm correct in saying that on the cruise lines I use most, P&O, Cunard and Celebrity, the waiter goes around the table with a jug of iced water. I never drink the stuff personally - I prefer a glass of wine  .
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from Land Ahoy in Saver Fare Shuttle Buses   
    Sad - just another inclusive 'part of cruising' done away with. It's not the monetary value which irks it's just another little bit of traditional cruising chipped away. I'd far rather that prices increased and maintained these little niceties. 
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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    Harvey got a reaction from richardh in The Price Of Water In The Dining Rooms   
    I think I'm correct in saying that on the cruise lines I use most, P&O, Cunard and Celebrity, the waiter goes around the table with a jug of iced water. I never drink the stuff personally - I prefer a glass of wine  .
     
    cheers
    Harvey
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