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  1. where will Virgin cruises fit into the market?

    It's to be hoped they operate their ships more efficiently than their trains!!! DavidH
  2. The end of the traditional cruise?

    Hi towny44, I have to confess, the answer to your question is "No" and, whilst I appreciate the insight you have given on Royal Caribbean, I am unlikely to cruise with them. From what I have read and seen of their ships, they are just not to my taste. As for P&O, our last cruise with them was in 2016 and, until I pick up on signs of their significant improvement, it is likely to have been our last. DavidH
  3. Summer fly cruise

    Hi Scranman, May I suggest you look at "whatsinport.com" as a starting point for your research. DavidH
  4. We went to see Jools and his band at Nottingham Arena a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the show. He's been playing slightly smaller venues more recently (e.g. his latest visit to Nottingham was at The Royal Concert Hall) and I guess, in his dotage, he fancies the idea of the occasional paid holiday. I've always thought that his greatest asset is that he always attracts other quality artists to work with him and I wonder whether or not the budget on Saga will run to his guests. I'd be very surprised if he failed to bring the excellent Ruby Turner on stage with him. She's been a fixture at his concerts for years. I think it's a good move both by Saga and by Jools himself. DavidH
  5. The end of the traditional cruise?

    Hi loz6, I think traditional cruising has been dead to Royal Caribbean customers for a long time. But that's the beauty of cruising, there are still plenty of lines who offer a product which appeals to those of a more traditional bent. DavidH
  6. Who has sailed with Silversea?

    Hi GiGi, It's quite a while ago, either 2001 or 2002, I can't quite remember the year but I do remember a wonderful cruise on Silver Shadow. The standard of service was superb, our Butler being almost intuitive in anticipating our every need, whilst the food was very much up there with the very best. From what I have read since, standards have been maintained and, were the itinerary right, we would not hesitate to cruise again with Silversea. Hopefully, someone with more recent experience will also respond to your enquiry. DavidH
  7. New format for cruising with Jane McDonald

    Hi Sheila, I can understand your thinking. We also, as a general approach, do a fair bit of advance research and like to do our own planning. In early 2008 we spent 6 weeks touring New Zealand in a motorhome (we are caravanners in the UK). It wasn't long enough to do such a magnificent country justice but we have been back since to pick up on the areas we didn't get to. However, when it came to considering Australia, the huge distances involved put us off the motorhome option and we felt Scenic's tour package offered us the best opportunity of maximising our time there. For us, it proved to be a great choice. DavidH
  8. New format for cruising with Jane McDonald

    Hi Dancing Queen, Glad you enjoyed your Australia cruise but I defy anyone to visit the Red Centre from a cruise ship. We did a 4 week land tour with Scenic in 2014. Fantastic organisation and a great experience. Flew into Perth from the UK. Our internal flights took us to Alice Springs, Cairns, Melbourne and finally, Sydney. Cannot recommend Scenic highly enough if anyone really wants a taste of Australia. DavidH
  9. St Petersburg

    Hi GiGi, To my mind, St. Petersburg is fascinating enough to justify 3 full days. Maximising your time there will be helped if, like our ship when we visited, your vessel is small enough to dock in the heart of the City. I believe the port for larger ships is some 2 hours out of town and therefore transit eats into your valuable time ashore. DavidH
  10. Viking Ocean Cruises

    Hi GiGi, Glad you had such a great experience and thanks for sharing. DavidH
  11. Bid for an Upgrade?

    Hi Davybe, The concept is interesting. NCL is not a line we consider but, if others were to follow suit, I would consider bidding, if the pricing/reserve bidding was right. DavidH
  12. Hi sammy sun, Interesting topic. For me, it would be Azamara Journey. On returning to the ship, you are always greeted by the phrase "Welcome Home". DavidH
  13. cruising good for your health lol !!!!!!!

    Best wishes, Mitch. Glad to read the recovery is going well. DavidH
  14. Silversea now provide free UNLIMITED Wi-Fi

    Sorry, Nicole but can't agree with you on this one. We are fortunate enough to be able to spend a lot of time away from home and find the ability to communicate with our family (particularly our grandchildren) and friends via Wi-fi an absolute essential. Good for Silversea!! DavidH
  15. Oceana Greek Islands

    Hi AnBa, My advice would be to do your own research via sites such as "Trip Advisor" or "whatsinport.com" so that you are aware of the options and the most popular attractions at each port of call. Without knowing a lot more about your personal interests it is impossible for any individual to make specific recommendations. For example, one of our cruise calls in October last year was Rhodes. We had pre-booked a hire car and drove down to Lindos. Spent the morning walking the old town, had lunch at a local restaurant, spent a couple of hours on the beach, then drove back in time to stroll around Rhodes old town itself. All well and good for us as, 1) we like to do our own thing and 2) I enjoy driving. Definitely wouldn't suit everybody. Whatever you decide to do, I hope you have a great time. DavidH