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  1. I understand that P&O are changing their policy on alcohol and dress codes. It seems that passengers are to be allowed to bring one bottle of alcohol on embarkation only. Any alcohol purchased in away ports will be confiscated and returned the day before disembarkation as is the case with duty free purchased onboard. Tightening of dress codes to ban personal logos on tops and various other restrictions. Presumably this is aimed at Hen and Stag parties on weekend cruises? With regard to the alcohol policy it seems unfair that someone embarking on a World cruise is given the same allowance as someone on a 3/4 night cruise. If this rule is enforced surely it should apply to each sector of a 100+ day voyage. Not that we are in the habit of taking 'cases of wine' onboard but it seems illogical to apply this restriction across the board. Thoughts please.
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    Anyone know what the ballroom dancing is like on HAL ships? Is there a dedicated ballroom and is the live music?
  3. Met a couple on a P&O cruise who proceeded to complain about the service, the food , the entertainment, the cleanliness of the ship and generally decry P&O as compared to all the other lines they had used - which they claimed to be at leas t 5 others. When i asked if this was their first experience of P&O the response was "Oh, no. this is our 6th and every one has been the same" If it's that bad why keep coming???? I believe that some people would have no conversation if they didn't complain
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    Complimentary cake

    Buying a soft drink from the Costa outlet did not qualify for a free cake on Ventura.....only applied to coffee. Offered to pay for cake but were told this was not possible
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    Shuttle buses

    Do RC operate shuttle buses in Phuket, Penang and KL and if so how much do they cost?
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    Maltese VAT on Oceana cruises

    So how will this affect the tax situation?
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    Maltese VAT on Oceana cruises

    Caught out with this on a cruise out of Venice last summer. Italian tax was levied although we DID leave the EU and visited Montenegro. Numerous email to P&O pointing this out got us absolutely no-where. Going out of Malta this year and visiting Albania. Is this in the EU?
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    Who Does The Packing In Your House?

    It's my responsibility to make a list of what has to go, particularly ensuring that shirts match suits and ties match shirts. Otherwise there's no saying what husband might end up wearing. After I hang things up in case order and lay out matching accessories, it's his job to pack the cases, This has been the regime for in excess of xxxxx cruises and so far has worked a treat. In addition we always "cross pack" so that if one case goes astray at least we both have something to wear.
  9. Never had a problem with the ships' services but 3 out of four recent flights with BA through Heathrow resulted in our luggage not keeping up with us. Promises made by the airline that it would be on the next flight failed to come to fruition. On one particular occasion we were told that it could not be delivered to our Edinburgh home as this is not our primary address. Had we been staying in a hotel, that would have been OK. Even suggested that if there was a hotel nearby the Edinburgh address they would deliver it there and we could pick it up. Result is that we try to avoid BA and particularly Heathrow wherever possible. We do tend to "cross pack" so losing one case is not such a problem but losing all is a nightmare when going on a cruise as it is next to impossible for it to catch up where there are several sea days out of Southampton.
  10. Further to earlier posts about Entertainment Hosts on P&O attending evening dance sessions and acting as dance hosts, this no longer seems to be the case. On a recent 14 day cruise we saw no sign of Ents Hosts on any evening and when we asked why this was, we were told that this was no longer policy. However, the Dance Instructors did dance with passengers whenever possible
  11. Some time ago I found a site which gave the length of the call of all ships in various ports but i can't remember what the site was. Any help please.
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    P&O Cruises Loyalty Scheme

    Forgive me if i'm wrong, Falmouthgirl, but as I understood it ,Princess awarded half value points for cruises taken on P&O but P&O don't reciprocate. Has this changed? Also we "achieved" Elite status with Princess and this has been maintained although we have not cruised with them too frequently in the last few years. Peninsular Club rules seem to be far too complicated for the benefits accrued.
  13. The excitement was building – it was almost time for the school holidays. Not only were our grandchildren excited, so was our teacher daughter. Why there such great anticipation? We were going, as a family on a P&O cruise – daughter, husband, 4 grandchildren, and the two of us. We have cruised many times over the past 25 years but this was only their second experience. From the moment we suggested it, almost 6 months before the sailing date, the preparations began. The boys had to buy new evening suits, especially the 10 year old who just loves getting dressed up. Our daughter and granddaughter searched the shops for suitable evening gowns and son-in-law opened his wallet to this end! Oceana here we come…………. Eventually the big day arrived and we met at the airport for our flight to Venice. This went without a hitch. Check in was easy and the flight with Jet2 was excellent . We arrived in Venice on a HOT July day but were met by a team of very efficient , helpful P&O staff who directed us to comfortable , air-conditioned coaches for the journey to the ship. Boarding was simplicity itself and we were directed straight to our cabins which were already prepared for us – no hanging around in lounges. Accommodation The 4 balcony cabins were adjacent and although we had considered opening up the balcony partitions, on reflection, we decided against this. Our cabin steward was very attentive to any needs but we did our best not to give him too much to do. We made a point of keeping our cabins tidy- not always easily achieved by teenagers. Dining We had requested, and been allocated, 1st sitting dinner with a table for 8. Our waiters were wonderful and went out of their way to ensure that every meal was a great experience. Especially for our 10 year old charmer who received special attention!! Entertainment All members of our party availed themselves of all appropriate facilities and reveled in the activities provided – particularly the Kids’ Club. With 4 of our group involved in Theatre Productions at home, one in production, two in singing and acting and one a drummer, the shows were a highlight for them and the standard was extremely high. Special mention must go to “Five o’Clock Somewhere’ who were probably the most talented musicians we have seen on any ship. We enjoyed the dance sessions in the evenings although the venue was not the best for this with the absence of live music and the recorded music not always suited to the genre of dance. A very minor point. Ports Of course, the sail out of Venice on the first evening was spectacular and the cameras were clicking. Our first call was Kotor in Montenegro and we all enjoyed exploring the historic city in wonderful weather. Next was Corfu, where, once again, we enjoyed amazing weather and exploring the old town. After a relaxing day at sea , the next stop was Rome. Here we took in some of the ‘must see’ sites including the Colloseum , the Trevi Fountain ( now fully opened up again) and the Pantheon. Our day in Rome was probably the hottest on the entire cruise. Then onto Ajaccio. Here a ride on the “noddy train” was the highlight for some and a visit to Napoleon’s house for others. Genoa was our next call and here some of our party used the HoHo bus to view the city as this was our first visit. The 'theatrical' members enjoyed a visit to the Film Museum and, of course, you can’t go to Italy and not have ICE CREAM. Florence was our next port and everyone reveled in the history and grandeur of the buildings. Another sea day to enjoy the ship and all she has to offer then it was on to Naples . As it was their first visit to the city our family took an excursion to Pompei and were very impressed. Having been there on previous occasions we took the Hydrofoil to Capri where we spent a wonderful afternoon just strolling round the very busy streets. It might be nice to go there when there were not so many people like us round, i.e. tourists,…….. but that might be hard to find. Dubrovnik was next on the list and here some went on the Game of Thrones excursion, voted a great hit, some walked the walls and some just enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere while watching the world go by and drinking coffee. On return to the ship our eldest grandson, who, for his age, is well travelled, declared that he had found his ‘ favourite place in all the World’ Sadly we were coming to an end of this voyage but we still had the opportunity for our daughter to tick off an item on her ’bucket list’ - a gondola trip- in Venice, then after dinner a trip back into the city at night as we had an overnight here before heading home. Our thanks must go to Emily at Bolsover Cruise Club for the supremely efficient and helpful service she provided in the lead up to this family holiday and we will most certainly continue to use Bolsover for future bookings. The whole experience was enjoyed by everyone and the children are already asking, ‘ When can we do it again, Grandad?”
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    Behaviour Spelling

    Get a life springs to mind
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    People Arriving Late In The Theatre

    I totally agree with WMPepper Those people who leave the theatre when the Entertainment Manager is still speaking or the artiste is taking applause annoy us greatly It is the height of rudeness. Where are they going in such a hurry - to get a front seat at another show I suspect. It annoyed one EM so much that she stopped what she was saying and said " Will you please sit-down and listen to what I have to say and not distract your fellow passengers" Afterwards she said to us that she couldn't believe that she had done that but it had just got too much for her. It needed to be said! However the next evening it was no better. Some people will never learn.