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    Anything Cruise! Spending time with my gorgeous family, friends and a glass or 2 of vino doesn't go amiss! Amateur racing - track days!

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  1. You could compare cruise ships to cars! They come in all different sizes, styles, some are colourful others quite plain. They all have their own unique features! Some are fairly basic, others very high-tec and innovative.. The most important word to consider when you are looking into cruises is RESEARCH! The internet is a knowledge fountain, you can find almost everything you need to know out about the ships..!
  2. I remain to be convinced! I am a massive fan of evolution and modernizing but I think it looks tacky!! Maybe the reality will be better than the CGI but currentl it isn't appealing... I think Celebrity are trying to take a leaf out of Anthem Of The Sea's/Harmony Of The Sea's type innovation but for me this just doesn't look great!
  3. Definitely!! Add's to the fun onboard, join in and be a part of it!! They will have activities and themed events for the kids and no doubt things for the grown up kids too!
  4. There is a helpful group on Facebook called 'P&O Cabins' where passengers have posted and continue to post photo's of cabins they have travelled in
  5. I think it's great that they have ventured to somewhere different, just hoping the new Caribbean itineraries have some different ports of call!!
  6. I can't comment on the particular cruise line that you are looking at as this isn't one we have done, however I am sailing with Fred Olsen in August on their small ship Braemar with my 12 & 4 year olds. I know they will enjoy the holiday despite there being few amenities onboard they will have swimming, days out & sunshine!
  7. I think this is such a positive step. As a parent of 2 children who frequently travels on my own with them it is not always possible to watch both of them at once! The knowledge that someone is 'on hand' should the worst happen would give me a greater sense of security and allow me to relax a little more whilst on holiday!
  8. This change came into effect towards the end of last year when they changed their T&C's Previously they took a more 'fluid' approach, and if you were outside of deposit loss point you could change your cruise to anything with no penalty, or cancel and receive deposit refund. As said this is no longer the case and changes are charged & new promotions will not be honoured.
  9. This isn't actually the case. Princess changed their T&C's recently, they stopped the deposit refunds and change of promo's. Even if contacted, generally speaking unless there are exceptional circumstances or a really horrendous change in pricing they will advise to cancel at loss of deposit and rebook the new fares. They will allow a change to the new fares but an admin fee of circa £100pp is payable to do this. They definitely will not just 'honor' the new pricing for anyone anytime I'm afraid! Poppy Bolsover
  10. Welcome to the Forum Liz! I would definitely recommend using an excursion booked through the ship, as you will be sure that they are aware of any mobility needs you may have & also that the trip is suitable for you! As Sammy Sun said, do log onto your Cruise Personaliser, or give P&O a call they will be able to advise you on the best trip available to you!
  11. Hi CJW First, welcome to the forum - I hope you find it informative! Secondly, with regards to your question of 'guarantee' - this depends entirely on a) which cruise line you are looking at and b ) what type of offer. Generally speaking, you are guaranteeing yourself a 'minimum' cabin type, rather than a particular grade of cabin. When you go on a guarantee offer generally speaking you are open to receive any cabin type above & beyond the minimum 'type' you have booked. With the dining again this depends entirely on the cruise line and the deal type. On Royal Caribbean/Celebrity/Princess you can have a guaranteed cabin type but still confirm dining, on P&O/Cunard/Fred Olsen some of their offers come with guaranteed cabins & dining allocated onboard, other offers allow you to request but not confirm dining etc... Feel free to inbox me if you need anything more Specific! Poppy Bolsover
  12. Yeah!!!!! Amazing acheivement!
  13. That's me never going on an MSC then - they'd think a Yeti had escaped!
  14. At the beginning I really thought Scarlett would walk this.... but I think Adam has been a shining light & he is the one to watch now!! His laugh is infectious!
  15. Actually no, I couldn't disagree with you more! No one asked me to 'sing any praises' at all. That is my personal opinion and one I stand by. I certainly have no qualms in pointing out where issues are to anyone, and if I didn't think that the changes were positive I would simply not have commented on here, and made my criticisms to the team involved in running the sites. With regards to the new website, as with any new platform issues will always arise - but feedback is what is needed!! I am sure that your comments regarding the ease of use will be noted by the team. I personally think that this forum is far simpler than the old. As with anything that changes though you have to spend some time negotiating your way around to get used to where things are. The old website was troublesome and unreliable, and the changes that have been made will make things a lot simpler than they were.... it is a work in progress I understand and so some teething problems are bound to come to light.