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RayO

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RayO last won the day on February 28

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About RayO

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  • Birthday 09/15/1952

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    Farnborough, Hampshire
  • Interests
    Football. Cricket. Sport in general.
    Music - not limited by my age (Old Songs, New Songs), but still discerning, no easy listening.
    Cooking, eating and drinking.
    Gardening - as long as something to eat is the result.

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  1. RayO

    Trying it on??

    Which bit of "fixed double" is not understood. Of course you would have the cabin steward change the bed configuration if it were possible, but that isn't always the case. I have come across "fixed singles" when the cabin is slightly narrower than normal and there isn't enough room for two sets of bedside units and a "fixed double" where a different configuration of a narrower cabin had bedside units fitted to the walls, also Royal Caribbean have those rounded end doubles which are not movable to singles. It isn't always possible to get "the room steward to care of it". RayO
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    Jane back on Friday.

    A definite no from me. RayO
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    Freedom dining for singles

    The advantage of club dining for a single is that you will meet the same familiar faces each evening (mostly singles usually on a larger table) and develop a rapport throughout the cruise rather than have to start again each evening. It may be that that will be the most meaningful or in depth conversation that you've had with anyone all day. By removing club dining it takes that choice away unless there is some way that the maitre d' can fix a table for singles to meet up each evening, i.e. replicate club dining. It isn't really about the advantages or disadvantages of freedom dining in general. Joining a table of couples or larger groups invariably means that they will drift off after dinner to do their thing, leaving the single person alone. On a table of singles there is more likelihood of them grouping up to watch the show or do a quiz. The removal of that choice means that I will be far less likely to go on a cruise where freedom dining is the only option. RayO
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    Allowance Should Be Changed!

    I'm surprised the articles are still available after 4.5 years. The wonders of the internet. Sigh! RayO
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    Time to Wave Goodby

    Whether it's arrogance, stupidity or both I have not an ounce sympathy for these people. The explanation will probably show that they had a good reason for being late and that I'm an awful person for my statement. But hey ho, I'll have to live with that! RayO
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    What's with the silly pop up???

    I have popups blocked in Chrome and this site named specifically, but these still get through. So, I think it's a browser issue not OS, they may not appear as popups to the browser. I don't get the popup when using Internet Explorer. Don't know what the solution is. RayO
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    Drinks Package

    The P&O limit would not allow me to have any of the G&T Perfect Serves, which was my regular tipple when last on a P&O cruise. This would be the only time that a package would not allow me to drink what I want. RayO
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    New friends

    Shame no one's replied. It's pot luck who's onboard of course. He can ask for a notice to be put in the daily newspaper suggesting an unhosted meeting for 18+ teens at a certain time and place, just to get them started. I noticed this was done on RCI recently, presume P&O will do the same. RayO
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    Drinks Package

    I usually take the drinks package when available. RCI was $68(?) pppd last Autumn. What I can't understand is that if you choose a drink over the price limit, e.g. from the P&O G&T menu, you only get a miserly 20% off (50% with FO). I would expect to only pay the difference between the price and the packages upper limit. Although restrictions usually apply, typical of P&O that they introduce more restrictions than most. RayO
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    Cruising with Cancer

    Antibiotics are no use against viral infections only bacterial infections. It's a commonly misunderstood point, that's why the NHS had an educational ad. campaign running at the moment. I may be wrong but common viral infections are usually left to run their course, the only treatment being for the symptoms and not the infection itself. RayO
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    Space in Arcadia balcony cabin

    If there isn't any room in the cabin then the cabin steward will store your suitcases for you and deliver them back to you towards the end of the cruise. RayO
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    MSC Grading

    A google search revealed this. Can't verify the accuracy. https://www.cruisenation.com/blog/cruise-lines/msc-cruise-line-cruise-lines/difference-msc-fantastica-msc-bella/ RayO
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    Changing Insurers

    I find now that I have to use several comparison sites as they all seem to have different specials. It's worth it in the end to save money but sort of defeats the original idea of comparison sites. RayO
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    P&O's new drink packages?

    I would not go for their package for a slightly different reason. I see that doubles are not allowed and that there is a £6.95 limit. This for me would rule nearly everything on the G&T menu and a single measure just doesn't give me any taste. RayO
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    Hygiene

    I have looked on while this thread has developed and think that it is mostly about opinions which can vary wildly as to what is clean or not. I think the OP expected more support for their opinion but, because most people are not of the obsessive type, did not get it. My original thoughts were slightly askew from the way the thread developed. I don't see any designated use for certain areas of a cabin being stated when you get in there, okay certain parts are unstated such as "don't pee in the kettle" (don't understand why you would want to btw) but the rest is down to whatever your opinion might be. Opinions cannot be right or wrong except when they are stating facts which can be right or wrong. A drawer at the side of my bed can be used for whatever I want to use it for. Any bacteria or virus in it will usually die within a few hours. So, for as long as I continue cruising it will continue to be my dirty underpants drawer. RayO
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