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    You Chose Where The Cruise Goes With Fred Olsen?

    The cynic in me thinks that on this type of cruise, the itinerary will be fixed and ports booked well in advance but the public vote will be "manipulated" to give the desired outcome.
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    I've had the blue strip across the center of the box for some time now. I, too, had to sign in today but assumed that was just as a result of the recent maintenance.
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    Currency help

    When I was speaking to my agent at Bolsover recently, I suggested that in the booking confirmation documents, it would be a good idea if they included a section outlining the currency that you will need for the countries to be visited. I was told she would pass the suggestion on the powers that be. I think it would be really helpful to have this information from the horses mouth, so to speak :-)
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    Bridge Tours?

    I did the "Behind the "Behind the Scenes" tour with P & O a couple of years ago. The cost was £75 (I had OBC to use up!) and was very interesting. It started in the theater - going into the sound box and backstage. We then went on to the loading deck and saw the anchors etc. Following that we went to the print room, the waste disposal area, the engine control; room (not the engine room itself), the fire safety department, the food storage and preparation areas and then up to the galley. We had refreshments in the dining room and then up to the bridge where we were welcomed by the Captain who showed us how everything worked and answered any questions. The tour ended in the Captains Lounge with canapes and fizz. We were accompanied throughout by a member of the Entertainment team - who acted as host. We also had a member of the security staff always with us - to ensure we didn't go anywhere we shouldn't - and a photographer. We received a lapel pin badge and an apron emblazoned with the "Behind the scenes" logo - delivered to our rooms later in the day The whole tour lasted (if I remember correctly) around 3.5 hours It was a good experience but I'm not sure I'd pay £75 to do it again.
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    Balcony or no balcony?

    I cruised on Britannia to the fjords last year and had a balcony cabin right on the rear of the ship and so had a view of both sides oif the fjords as we sailed through them - well worth the money!! Also, the cabins are between two suites and so the balcony is much larger than normal :-)
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    Mr Christopher Clifford

    Welcome! The buffet is always "informal"
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    Table Size? Do You Have A Preference?

    "Any advice on table size/dining for a single person on P&O please" I regularly cruise as a single of P & O and, I think, the "default" setting is to put singles together on a table of around eight.
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    Singles cabins

    I found that to be the case on a few recent occasions - it has been cheaper to have single occupancy of a double cabin that have a single cabin. That is based on a balcony (GF) grade with P&O. It pays to inquire!
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    Most memorable cruising moment

    My memorable moment was sailing into Venice - along the lagoon and past St Mark's square - it was wonderful. It was followed closely that evening by the view from my balcony over the whole of Venice with the lights reflecting in the various canals. Our sail out of Venice was due for around 4.30 (daylight) and I was looking forward to it but because of a medical emergency, we were delayed by a couple of hours and left about 6.30 by which time it was dark. My initial disappointment was quickly followed by delight as we sailed back past St Marks Square and through the lagoon with all the (colourful) city lights twinkling and reflecting in the water as we passed them. A cruise into (and out of) Venice was on my bucket list and I'm so glad that I got to do it - magical!!
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    Your Favorite Christmas Tune

    My favorite is "Oh Holy Night"
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    Single Occupancy Balcony Cabins.

    I priced up (with Bolsover) single accommodation for my recent cruise and it turned out to be cheaper to have single occupancy of a double balcony cabin that to have a single balcony cabin - both on the same deck.
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    Recent Changes

    I've now discovered (after playing around a bit more) that if i find a thread I've not read and then click on the little circle to the left of the title, it will take me to the first unread post in that thread - hope that helps :-)
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    Recent Changes

    At the moment, i'm reserving judgement on the new look forum. I've managed to work out how to find subjects I've not read but when I click on the thread title, I takes me to the first post and I then have to scroll through it to the first unread post. What am I not doing - it can't, surely, be meant to be like that? Also, every time I visit the site, I have to put in my user name and password - despite the "remember me" box being ticked by default - again, is this how it is meant to be?
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    Yes she's back ...... back again!

    Many thanks - I love these spoof reviews :-)
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    Yes she's back ...... back again!

    Is it possible to have a link to those reviews - or have they been deleted?
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    P&O Embarkation time and deck

    I am on Arcdia in a couple of weeks and am on the top ("Sun") deck. I have been given a boarding time of 1pm
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    Single traveller .

    I travel alone and recently got Bolsover to price up a cabin for me - I requested a balcony cabin on an upper deck. It turned out that it was cheaper for me to have single occupancy of a double cabin than a single cabin, so don;t always assume that a single cabin is going to be cheaper :-)
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    Venice - launch from Oceana

    http://www.tomsportguides.com/uploads/5/8/5/4/58547429/venice-05-06-2011.pdf This is a helpful guide - and may be the one referred to above :-)
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    when to book transfer coach

    All good advice. However, from my experience with them, you book two seats but not the location of the seats. You take pot luck on boarding - there may be two together but equally, there may not.
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    Cruise Luggage Tags.

    I got mine form here www.thanetdirect.com
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    Come back Carol Marlow all is forgiven.

    I'm sorry but could someone explain to me what the new "ridiculous" check in policy is?
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    Cost Of Single Cruising!

    I recently priced up a cruise for next year (P & O) and the cost of having a double (balcony) cabin for single occupancy was £100 cheaper than having a single (balcony) cabin.
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    Single Balcony Staterooms

    I am sailing alone on Arcadia next year and asked Bolsover to price up either (a) a single cabin or ( single occupoancy of a double cabin - and the latter came out cheaper by around £100
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    Cunard To Add Single Staterooms

    I priced up a cruise (19 days) on Arcadia in Autumn next year and asked for prices for both a single cabin and also for single occupancy of a double cabin. Guess which was cheaper? Yes, the double cabin for single occupancy by almost £100!
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    To Tip Or Not?

    Yes, P & O certainly allow the removel of tips on Frfeedom dining - I have done so for the last few cruises. I identify a table in Freedom dining room which suits me and then ask for the same table every night - it works for me. I, am, therefore, able to tip my waiters personally - or not, if I felt so inclined.