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  1. Thank you all for your excellent comments, suggestions and advice. It is greatly appreciated and I look forward to being able to share my own views and experiences following my return.
  2. Well after spending the majority of the weekend going over and over different cruise lines and itineraries in our heads, my wife and I eventually realised we had reached an impasse. Upon realisation of this, we acknowledged there was only one thing for it, we needed to book two We spent a long time mulling over different cruise lines but eventually narrowed it down to two and in particular, two itineraries that we were both keen on. We have now booked the Crystal Mozart 'Treasures of the Danube' for April next year and we will also be travelling aboard AmaVida in September for the 'Enticing Douro' itinerary. We've booked the cruise and stay option for this and will spend a few days in Lisbon before taking the train to Porto to board the ship. Immensely looking forward to both cruises and our first foray into river cruising. Let's hope we enjoy it!
  3. Thank you very much for your thorough input BobTroll, it is greatly appreciated. Your reviews of the cruise lines are great and I'll take that into consideration when we look into it in more detail. I've had my eye on Crystal River Cruises for a while now and it was your point on cabins that intrigued me initially. I liked the look of Crystal seeing as they are all suite staterooms and all fully above water level. The more I read about Viking the less inclined I am to consider booking with them. On the surface they seem an excellent cruise line and they are certainly in your face at the moment with the amount of advertising they are doing but I've heard mixed reviews and they don't strike me as offering the value for money others seem to provide. Of course that's just my perception. I have not travelled with them to the reality might be different. I have narrowed my choices down to three now following the extensive recommendations of Emerald Waterways on here, Scenic and my original attraction, Crystal. I plan to do more research and attempt to figure out which one suits me best but from what I have read, I dare say that whichever one I opt for, I will enjoy. Let's ope so anyway. Thank you all again for your great input.
  4. Hi Jeffniffer and Old World Traveller, thanks very much for your comments. I had previously looked at AMA on occasion and they do look lovely. Like others have said, I hadn't read much about Emerald Waterways nor Scenic but having done so now, they both look attractive so I shall definitely consider them. Thanks again.
  5. Thank you to both of you for your input. It is much appreciated.
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    Are you a Bingo Player? Would you say this a Sport?

    Maybe a fun pastime but certainly not a sport in my opinion.
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    Would you travel to Turkey right now?

    You raise an interesting point there Land Ahoy. I've just posted a topic on river cruising and stumbled across this conversation afterwards. I think the majority of people would still travel to Brussels and Paris but Turkey is seen as more a risk despite dreadful attacks taking place in both those cities. I agree with you. I would not wish to travel to Istanbul right now as I think the risk is far too high. I would visit resorts in the south however as I too, like Sammy Sun, know people that have recently travelled there and enjoyed themselves. It's not on my wishlist of destinations now as I have other places I would much prefer to see but if it were, I would not be deterred from travelling to certain resorts.
  8. Good afternoon fellow forum members, I am looking for some advice/recommendations on river cruising. It's a completely new realm to me so open to all suggestions. I am currently researching a vast amount of river cruise lines looking at the services they offer, itinerary choices and of course reputation for key features like accommodation and dining. In terms of itinerary, the Danube is high on my to do list and I have been particularly taken in by Crystal Mozart's roundtrip sailing from Vienna that looks quite appealing. On the other hand, I am also intrigued by the Douro. Very different style of holiday to the Danube but nevertheless attractive as I'm a fan of certain Portuguese wines and would like to explore the vineyards along the river. Any help/suggestions/advice is welcome..
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    Sporting Events To Air On Ships

    Not a believer in it being shown all over the ships as I think that can be unfair on other passengers who are not so keen to have it shoved in their face but I do think it's good that these cruise lines offer venues for passengers to watch such events. The Euros and Olympics will be heavily followed and I would also be interested to keep up to date with Wimbledon and the Ryder Cup if I was on board.
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    Being honest at embarkation?

    I actually think it's the cruise lines that are naive as well as some of the example passengers that have been mentioned. The forms are, if we're being honest, flimsy and pathetic. They are handed out in the full knowledge that the majority of people will tick that they are fine even if they are not, for the fear of missing out on a holiday they have been looking forward to. Instead of passing out the leaflet like it's a 10% discount for double glazing windows that's expected to be ignored, the paper should be much clearer, easier to understand and come from a different angle. The existing wording, particularly with P&O Cruises is almost accusatory towards passengers which immediately concerns us that if we say anything at all it will result in negative consequences. If cruise lines stated the process of what would happen if we where to say "yes" then perhaps passengers would be more inclined to be honest if they knew they weren't likely to be treated like they have done something wrong just from being ill in the last 24-48 hours.
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    Harmony of the Seas Construction Site

    Ridiculous. There is no wonder they're receiving complaints when work is still going on to this extent.
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    Is Sea-Sickness All In Our Heads?

    Some interesting opinions so far. As for remedies, I've heard of Avomine before on numerous occasions, but I've never really encountered other medications to help, are there many more to use? I've also heard that in the US many passengers are recommended to use patches on their arms or a small patch behind the ear that is a slow releasing anti-emetic. Not sure how I'd feel about that as apparently it can make you very dry-mouthed and drowsy, has anyone tried these before?
  13. I've just been chatting to some friends about cruising over lunch and the topic of sea-sickness came up. My friends wife suffers terribly with it, so much so that she was adamant she never wanted to go on another again after having a terrible first experience. We started talking about how to cope with it, whether it is something you cannot overcome or whether in fact it is all in our heads, and the more we think about it, the more it occurs. What do you think? Is it all in our heads? What remedies to forum members recommend for helping cope with it? I've always been told the best medicine is alcohol...
  14. Hi sammy, If we are talking dream destinations then Alaska and the Galapagos Islands would be right at the top of my list right now. As for semi-realistic, I do have Australia on my radar for some time in the not too distant future (hopefully)
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    New to the forum

    Having said that, I just literally read a post on cruise critic as I'd finished writing that and it looks like the new Crystal ship doesn't arrive till 2018.
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