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    I think my only disappointment with Cunard was the shops. I used to love mooching around the shops on P&O. I rarely went to the shops on Cunard. I found the selection of clothing poor and everything over-priced. We bought the wine packages to drink in the evening at dinner but of course they can't be used in the bars. At least we saved up to 25% buying the wine packages.
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    Where is everyone

    I'm still around. I've recently been on a back to back of 28 days on the Queen Victoria. As we've jumped ship from P&O and are unlikely to book a cruise with them again I've found I'm not interested in any threads about them. Perhaps I should start a thread about why Cunard should include the gratuities in the price of the cruise as P&O have done.😉
  3. I think it was probably about 7 years ago that there was a series of programmes about Venice which we watched. One of the concerns was the damage being caused by the local traffic along the Grand canal. I think Venice has more to worry about than cruise ships.
  4. I'm sorry for anyone who probably now won't experience the sail in but it doesn't bother me as we've been there a few times. We are in fact there again next year. I'd already decided I probably wouldn't be getting off the ship and now I definitely won't be.
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    P & O going down hill

    Yes quite right we always cruised in a suite with P&O. We were in the Penthouse suite for both of our world cruises. Although the suite was really lovely and I have no regrets about either of our world cruises and I think the Aurora is a lovely ship. I did find things a lot different on our second world cruise. Mainly the attitude of some of the staff, not all but enough to make a difference to our cruise. I think our experience on the Oceana was the final touch.
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    P & O going down hill

    I've just read your post and I'm shocked at what you experienced. We've never experienced anything quite like you but there is no doubt in my mind that P&O have gone downhill. When I compare our world cruise in 2013 to 2015 there really is no comparison. Our last cruise was on the Oceana and it literally was our last cruise. Since then we have tried Cunard in the Queens grill and you'd really have to pay me to go back on P&O now
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    Following the Dress Code.

    It hasn't put me off cruising or dressing up for formal nights either. It's just starting to seem a little ridiculous to me now. I have just been reading a P&O Facebook group and someone asked if their partner could just wear a waistcoat instead of a jacket on formal nights. The answers are of course varied. However quite a few people have said their husbands get too hot so take the jacket off as soon as they sit down. So what is the point. 🙄 Either it's formal and everyone abides by it or not. Some 6* lines don't have a 'formal night' probably because they know their passengers will all be suitably dressed. I think it's time P&O stopped pretending to be something they are not. I now prefer Cunard and really hope they don't go the way of P&O. So far no mothballs or BO has been smelt in the lift.
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    Following the Dress Code.

    Now that is an entirely different thing. I too would have a huge problem with that. I have been in the lift with people dressed up to the nines whose clothes have smelt of mothballs and BO. That has been very unpleasant too.
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    Following the Dress Code.

    I used to think it was very important that people stuck to the dress code. While I think people should at least look smart I agree with Davybe I'm more bothered about people being nice these days. Some of the best dressed aren't always the nicest.
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    Chocoholics buffet

    I tried to go to one just to see what it was like but there was such a huge queue waiting to get into the MDR I simply couldn't be bothered. I like chocolate but not that much.
  11. Thanks Towny. I just hope Cunard follow suit. It's something I've always thought the best solution.
  12. I think this is why there will always be arguments about tipping. You and others believe the gratuities are to increase the profits of cruise companies and others such as myself believe we are rewarding the staff for their services. Until it's proved without a doubt that you are right I don't think my conscience would allow me to not pay the gratuities. I'm wondering if P&O will go back to the way it used to be and advise people of a recommended amount to give staff and in fact how many will be paying it. Or have they said the gratuities are now included in the price of the cruise?
  13. I seem to remember Auto gratuities were brought in because people weren't paying tips. If you remember it was the walk out by staff on the Arcadia some years ago. Gratuities have always been part and parcel of cruising. Obviously the 'new' and so much valued cruiser does not agree with this. Perhaps this is why P&O have decided to do away with gratuities. Yes I'd be amongst those who would give a tip to the staff because that's what I do everywhere. In hotels and on other land based holidays I tip for a service given. That's how I was brought up and I'm beginning to realise my generation are probably the last people to think that way. You can salve your conscience by saying it's the fault of the employers by not paying a proper wage but I couldn't do that.
  14. I see what you did there HLM😉. Of course people have a choice whether or not to pay a tip. Having said that I still believe that those of us who pay tips are subsidising those who pay no tips at all. It will be interesting to see what happens on P&O after May.
  15. We've always left the auto gratuities on and given extra tips in envelopes. The reason for this is we have no idea whatsoever who gets what. I've always wished that gratuities would be included in the price of the cruise. I've always thought that would be the fairest way as whatever you are prepared to pay for your cruise is then up to you. It's a little ironic that now we've tried Cunard and are unlikely to go back to P&O they are finally stopping the auto gratuities. Now we are faced with the same dilemma on Cunard. On our cruise last year we did the same as we've always done, left them on and still gave the butler, his assistant, the Maitre D, the Head waiter and the waiters extra. Quite honestly I did feel a little compelled to do this but would feel like a cheapskate if we didn't. I suppose some of you will think we are suckers but like Dancing Queen until I know for certain who gets what, which is unlikely we'll carry on being suckers.
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    Which Ship?Has that Wow factor?

    The Aurora was my favourite ship and we have had 2 world cruises in the Library Penthouse suite. So like David H I have very fond memories of that cabin. It does have the 'wow factor'. We were actually due to cruise in the Library Penthouse again in January to the Amazon. However after being in the Queen's grill last year on the QE we have now decided that we much prefer Cunard. Hopefully we'll like the QV as much as the QE which will be spending most of next year in Australia. Although I think we will always think of our favourite cabin as the Penthouse on the Aurora.
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    Drinks Package

    Just waded through the new awful Cunard website to look at the wine packages and I see they are offering a drinks package for $69 per day now on the QV and the QE as from December 2018.
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    Drinks Package

    Yes I know individual drinks are dearer. We bought wine packages, which were for either 12,9 or six I believe last year. I thought they only offered packages such as the one now offered on P&O to the USA market.
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    Drinks Package

    After trying Cunard in the Queen's grill for the first time last year, I doubt we'll be tempted back to P&O either. As to the drinks package I think it's a reasonable price. I wouldn't say we are heavy drinkers but we spent a lot more than that per day on Cunard in spite of buying their wine packages.
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    Photos of Panama Canal Sept 2018

    Great pictures. We have been up and down the Panama canal. It's very interesting, and no doubt a great feat of engineering, but I was a little disappointed there wasn't as much wild life as I was led to expect.
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    weather- is it worth trying to anticipate

    Argh!!!! Of course you went back.😉
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    You're welcome Alwood. I hope you have everything sorted now and you're mind is at rest. Enjoy your cruises.😊
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    We've done the USA several times. The last time was a USA and Caribbean cruise. You'll need an ESTA for the USA which you can apply for online.
  24. Arrived home recently from a back to back in the Queen's Grill on Cunard. I've never had such wonderful food on a cruise ship before, having previously only cruised with P&O. However they still couldn't supply decent toast in the mornings so that really was the only thing I missed foodwise.
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    "She fell of a Cruise Ship?"

    What a suspicious bunch 😉 but I agree something not quite right about this.