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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. RayO

    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
  3. RayO

    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
  4. RayO

    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
  6. RayO

    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
  8. RayO

    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
  9. RayO

    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
  10. This discussion could be had about any of the world's most popular tourist destinations. As usual with anything like this the blame is usually put on the hapless tourist or cruise passenger, but all they've done is booked a trip to a hotel or a cruise that stops at Venice. The solution is all in the hands of the various Italian authorities who can limit numbers if they want to, so it would appear that they don't want to. The residents can protest all they like but it isn't as if they don't know what to expect: Venice has not just suddenly become popular. I suspect that while lots of money is being made not much will be done until Venice starts to sink with the weight of all the tourists. RayO
  11. RayO

    Blood types

    Only anecdotal I know, but I'm A+ and have never had norovirus even though I have been on many cruises where there have been quite severe outbreaks. On a slightly more technical note bacteria and viruses are two different things, although the end result can be the same. I think E.coli is the food poisoning bug caught from certain undercooked foods whereas Norwalk virus is spread by human contact. So, perhaps the research doesn't apply in this case. Also, I don't get food poisoning much either. RayO
  12. RayO

    Santorini

    Where the tender drops you off there are several options of local trips, so you don't even have to book a ship's tour. We went for a boat ride to Oia (pronounced Eeya btw) and a bus back to Fira. We had enough time in both to wander, have a drink and something to eat. Both places were very busy, May 2017, but it's what we expected. Very scenic, very beautiful. We then got the cable car down to pick up the tender, easy to find in Fira as there are signs everywhere. Enjoy. RayO
  13. RayO

    Duty Free

    I thought it was fairly obvious what countrygirl meant by lower octane. We quite often refer to fizzy drinks as full fat and low fat, and guess what, there isn't any fat in them. It is also incorrect to talk about proof these days as abv (alcohol by volume) is the standard used, even beer uses abv rather than specific gravity. 100 proof being roughly 57% abv. I have not noticed alcohol sold on board as being lower octane, rather the opposite in fact. Standard gins at home are usually 37.5% or 40%, whereas on board they are usually 43% or even 47%. Can only really speak about gin. This does not include the plethora of craft gins that are now available. As for the other duty free items mentioned they do seem to be about the same price as at home and I don't know why either. You would have thought they would be at least VAT free. I have checked perfumes and Swarovski and both have been bettered at home. I think they rely on peoples expectations over the information they actually have, ripe to be taken advantage of methinks. RayO
  14. I always qualify comments with "if it's still the same as when I last visited" as a couple of ports have changed. Anyway, if you decide to get a taxi back from Bridgetown and are feeling fairly tired ask the taxi driver if he/she is allowed into the port itself. My wife was very tired with the heat and all, we were dropped at the dock gate which turned out to be a bit of a trek for her with her exhaustion. Just a little tip. RayO
  15. RayO

    Krona or euro

    As with most places these days they will take Euros although the exchange rate may not be very good. My question is that if most of your cruise is within Norway why bother with Euros? If you have some left over from previous holidays then fair enough. I would certainly not buy Euros to specifically spend in Norway, the difference between buying and selling rates plus their %age would not make it a good financial transaction. Denmark would be a different matter as, although they retain their own krone, it is linked to the Euro (well, it was when last I heard). RayO
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