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RayO

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About RayO

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  • Birthday 09/15/1952

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    Farnborough, Hampshire
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    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. Fred Olsen's singles deals are very much what suits them, presumably cruises not selling that well, and usually limited to low grade outside cabins with portholes. The rest of the time they are pretty much like the rest. Having said that they do at least come up with singles deals, which to my mind illustrates how bad the situation is for solo travellers with all the other cruiselines. RayO
  2. I have accepted (sort of) that I will have to pay double for the accommodation, but the side that sticks in my craw is the expectation that I should actually pay twice for meals and additional incentives that I then do not receive doubled. OBC is a simple one that should be doubled up, but it would be impossible to have an included drinks package doubled or free car parking doubled. Recently travelling with my daughter and her husband outside cabins and above all had extra inclusions with no option to just book the cabin. Therefore, I ended up in an inside cabin and paid extra for the tips and drinks package. RayO
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    Lisbon: where does the ship dock

    Thanks for the heads up, but I'm pretty clued on this stuff (though not complacent by any means) having had incidents in Florence, Barcelona, Istanbul and a couple of other places. Nobody's got anything yet. My usual approach is keep it close and keep it covered. I wear a bumbag, for convenience and as a diversion, but my money and card (only ever one) is in a lanyard around my neck under my shirt. Fingers crossed this will continue to work for me. RayO
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    Lisbon: where does the ship dock

    Walking is my preferred way and I am not super fit by any means. I will be there on September 30th, but this time I'll be giving the Metro a go as I want to get to the Sao Sebastiao (El Corte Ingles is also up there) area for the view down over the city. This guide https://lisbonlisboaportugal.com/lisbon-transport/Lisbon-metro-guide.html makes it look straightforward to use and there is a station on the right line opposite the cruise terminal, Terreiro do Paco or Santa Apolonia further along the waterfront. I suppose this is the sort of thing you look to do after visiting Lisbon a number of times. RayO
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    Worth Watching (Maybe)

    Recorded it and watched Sunday. Pretty much the same old, same old... Didn't care for the pushy American woman. Chef rushing around town to source some fresh fish, seen it before. We still have an engineering problem, late passengers and tricky docking procedures to look forward to. Although there were a few rich people, most appeared to be just normal folks that had decided to splash out the cash as a one-off. Also worth checking out other ship related programmes such as Monster Ships on Yesterday. ONE Columba was last week and was really interesting. RayO
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    Worth Watching (Maybe)

    There may have been a programme about its building, e.g. lots of marble and gold taps, but this series looks new. They all tend to meld into one eventually. no doubt there'll be the stock scenes about loading food, the odd engine problem, late passengers and, my favourite, the tricky nature of getting into a new port along with unusual requests from some onboard this being a six star cruise. I'll still watch it though. RayO
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    Hello

    Am I missing something here? OP post was from 2018 and she was last seen July 17th, 2018 not 2019. Doesn't seem to have hung around too long. RayO
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    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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