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    RayO got a reaction from afcandrew in 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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    RayO got a reaction from afcandrew in 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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    RayO got a reaction from Davybe in 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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    RayO got a reaction from Davybe in 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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    RayO got a reaction from Davybe in 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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    RayO reacted to *Dancing Queen* in P&o gratuities   
    Why should it involve us ( the paying passenger ) I agree with others what the crew earn is none of our business, we will now have a level playing field which I'm delighted about and as a result of that the crew 'should' be paid an acceptable wage by P&O rather than relying on gratuities, it isn't a case of people not caring now they've got what they want, the money to pay the increase in wages will come from somewhere be it an increase in fares or purchases on board but the main thing is hopefully the crew will now receive a decent wage, the amount has nothing to do with any of us it's between the employee and employer, in other walks of life 'personnel costs' come from profits so why should this be any different, we wouldn't walk into M&S and demand to know how much a cashier earns and yet in effect any purchase we make has contributed to their salary.
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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in 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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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in 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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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in 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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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in 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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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in 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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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in 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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    RayO got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in What will the outcome be in Venice?   
    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
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    RayO got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in What will the outcome be in Venice?   
    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
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    RayO got a reaction from 2torts in 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
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    RayO got a reaction from *Dancing Queen* in Any " must see or do's " in Barbados ?   
    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
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    RayO got a reaction from afcandrew in Mighty Cruise Ships on TV   
    I do like this series and the original Mighty Ships which was fascinating in showing how ships are built for a specific purpose.
    So, here's the but.
    I do get a bit fed-up with everything they do being presented as an over dramatic crisis, e.g. this is the first time in this port - will they make it in?, they are delayed out of Harwich - will they catch up the time?, the pilot has never dealt with a ship this size - will he manage? And don't get me started about the stock (pun intended) scene of the ship's provisions being loaded sometimes with the chef squeezing and sniffing stuff.
    Apart from that it is an interesting programme showing the different types of ship that are out there.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from afcandrew in Mighty Cruise Ships on TV   
    I do like this series and the original Mighty Ships which was fascinating in showing how ships are built for a specific purpose.
    So, here's the but.
    I do get a bit fed-up with everything they do being presented as an over dramatic crisis, e.g. this is the first time in this port - will they make it in?, they are delayed out of Harwich - will they catch up the time?, the pilot has never dealt with a ship this size - will he manage? And don't get me started about the stock (pun intended) scene of the ship's provisions being loaded sometimes with the chef squeezing and sniffing stuff.
    Apart from that it is an interesting programme showing the different types of ship that are out there.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    I shall be travelling solo with my daughter and her husband on Ventura next week. In order to give them time on their own I shall be looking out for some solos events. I do not attend the morning get togethers mainly because I'm not a morning person. A pre-dinner drink would suit me better, I'll look out for that.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    As a first time solo traveller last August I was put on a table for eight with an adult family of four and three others solos. It worked out very well. This was on Princess btw.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    Just returned from my Ventura cruise and there were no arranged evening drinks for solos, just the morning coffee and afternoon tea as noted before.
    Also, much to my tables annoyance, they were trying out 1930 and 2100 shows rather than 2100 and 2230 shows. Everything seemed to be geared to first sitting and early diners, even the syndicate quiz was moved from 2245 to 2230, which may not seem a lot but was never put back when dinner was at 2045 rather than 2030. The cruise after ours reverted to the latter format.
    Very little show wise after dinner for us to do. We couldn't get in to see a couple of acts as they were put on in Havana at 2100 and 2230 rather than the theatre and were packed when we finished dinner.
    RayO
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    RayO reacted to graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    That's great RayO...let me know if it's on the programme....have a wonderful cruise!
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    RayO got a reaction from graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    As a first time solo traveller last August I was put on a table for eight with an adult family of four and three others solos. It worked out very well. This was on Princess btw.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from graphostar in Solo Travelling on P&O's Ventura   
    I shall be travelling solo with my daughter and her husband on Ventura next week. In order to give them time on their own I shall be looking out for some solos events. I do not attend the morning get togethers mainly because I'm not a morning person. A pre-dinner drink would suit me better, I'll look out for that.
    RayO
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    RayO got a reaction from Captain Kidd II in Missing in action   
    My own theory is that eventually people just get fed-up with the same old same old.
    I have not contributed much recently after my wife died, but also because there is only so many times you can answer the same questions.
    I admire those who can answer the numerous repeated questions again and again, but I do not have the patience to do that. For example there was a post that I gave a detailed personal response to about the problems of being a solo/single traveller. A couple of days later rather than expand on the original debate someone posted a brand new  topic with virtually the same questions as on the previous topic. By doing that I believe that it diminished mine and other peoples contributions to the original post. I could not be bothered repeating myself so did not contribute. I believe that this happens all over the forum.
    I look in as a guest every couple of days and if it's the same old same old then I do not bother contributing.
    I accept that newbies will want there own personal response, but I am not the one to repeatedly give it.
    I do find the one post moaners amusing though. They bother to register, post there moan about something, get some sympathetic responses but never post again even to expand on their original post.
    Each to there own I suppose. I too miss Terminator's pithy one liners.
    RayO
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