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  1. Not ANOTHER one - lets talk new ships

    We too loved Anthem of the Seas and are looking forward to our holiday on Symphony next month. I am quite tempted with the maiden voyage of MSC Bellissima sailing from Southampton next year. We are having our first cruise with MSC later on this year and will decide after that. Celebrity Edge also looks impressive. So many choices :-))
  2. Would you sail on Her.

    Yes, booked for May. I am sorry that me and my family are the sort of people you would aim to avoid, CT Retired Again. Oops, I mean my family and I.
  3. First time cruisers

    If you're thinking of purchasing a drinks package don't forget to take into account the number of days that you are spending time ashore. You will not be drinking as much on board so it may be hard to justify the cost on those days.
  4. How many days until your next cruise?

    51 days til Symphony of the Seas with all the family
  5. Thomson, TUI, Marella Cruises New Name New Product?

    Just returned from a 7 night Canaries cruise on Marella dream. The ship is getting on a bit, but does it really matter. Smallest ship we have sailed on but everything we required to have an enjoyable holiday was there. Good food in the MDR, which was open every day for breakfast too which is rarity on some ships. Plenty of choices in the evening for either relaxing with a drink in small bars or being entertained in the show lounge. Disappointed with the theatre productions which for 6 nights was the Marella singing and dancing team which was a bit cringey for my tastes, and only 1 night with a guest entertainer. Had an inside cabin with plenty of storage space for three of us. If we were sun worshippers we would have struggled to get a lounger in the main pool areas, but we are not, so there was always space on the shaded promenade deck, which by the way, you can walk all the way round the ship on (hate it when I have to turn back at each end when on a fast walk lol). The drinks package costs £9 per person per day for a limited package, but most of what we like to drink was included in that. If you want the premium package to include fancier beers, wine, spirits etc the cost is £50 extra each per week. All in all, a well priced holiday to say it included flights and tips, would definitely consider Marella again.
  6. Wondering what to expect from our first ever cruise

    We love the Solstice Class ships, and so will you. Modern and contemporary design. Food and entertainment fantastic. As regards sea legs,, most of the time you will not even realise you are at sea.
  7. Fjords- May- Azura- Toddler- Nervous

    You will absolutely love the fjords. Norway is our favourite destination on a cruise. And in May the waterfalls will be in full flow as the ice melts. Azura is a very child friendly ship and I am sure your little girl will have fun. We have been in May before and the weather can be warm enough for being in the pool. Enjoy.
  8. Airlines Worst & Best

    It's not so much the airlines that I have experienced problems with, more like the passengers. Hate it when people in front of me want to recline their seats. My knees are usually touching the back of their seat already, so when they try to recline I resist so that their seat won't go back. I don't see why I should have to squash up so that they can stretch out. One time my wife had to have words with a woman behind us who had the tray down and was playing Snap on it with her child, slapping their hands down hard on the tray!!
  9. P&O Policy reagrding taking alcohol on board

    Stag and Hen parties have never been any trouble on the short cruises we have been on. Always well behaved and just having a nice time like the rest of us.
  10. P&O Policy reagrding taking alcohol on board

    Alcohol policy from February 1st. Clothing policy from January 1st.
  11. P&O Policy reagrding taking alcohol on board

    Just had the email. You can embark with a small quantity but no alcohol brought on board from ports of call to be consumed on board. Also banning fancy dress, novelty clothing and personalised slogan t shirts. That will disappoint people on short cruise stag/hen parties.
  12. Marella Dream

    I'm ignoring some negative comments about Thomson (now Marella) Cruises and have booked Canary Islands in February on Dream. I will judge for myself. To be honest, my main criteria isn't the ship which I am aware is getting on a bit. What is important is getting away from Winter for a week, visiting the Canaries which we haven't been to for a while, and generally relaxing. If I go with low expectations about the accommodation, entertainment etc then I will either not be disappointed or pleasantly surprised. We have paid for the drinks package so if it is disappointing we can always make the memory a blur lol. Any positive remarks about Marella (Thomson) are welcome.
  13. BRAND NEW Celebrity Edge in Europe for 2019

    Definitely fancying this. Would have liked the Southampton saiing but the problem is transport. My car would be in Southampton when we got off the flight in Manchester lol.
  14. Credit Cards

    Royal Caribbean don't have a credit charge anyway.
  15. Independence of the Seas Dress Code

    We are on Independence soon as well. I will be taking my tux to wear on formal night but as has been said, it is pretty much please yourself.
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