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    willow_12 got a reaction from WAVES in Britannia Dining   
    100% Sindhu. The menu and service are fantastic!! Well worth the small supplement. We also dined in The Epicurean. We did this on the first night of our cruise, and because of this, there was a reduction in the supplement. Again, the service and the food are amazing. Nothing is rushed. Great atmosphere. Enjoy
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    willow_12 got a reaction from Lynda Roberts in Britannia to the Fjords   
    We had a balcony cabin port side on the Britannia. You will get views on either side once cruising the fjords. But we found we were always facing the port when we had docked, which was nice. We dined in Sindhu and it was fantastic! The service and food was worth the extra supplement. We also tried Epicurean, and again this was faultless. Either restaurant would be great for a special occasion. We also did the Briksdal Glacier excursion which i would do again - beautiful. Even the drive to the glacier is gorgeous and the guide very informative. Other ports of call - Stavanger, Bergen and Alesund - we did not do excursions here and in all ports you can just walk off the ship and explore independently.
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    willow_12 got a reaction from WAVES in Britannia Dining   
    100% Sindhu. The menu and service are fantastic!! Well worth the small supplement. We also dined in The Epicurean. We did this on the first night of our cruise, and because of this, there was a reduction in the supplement. Again, the service and the food are amazing. Nothing is rushed. Great atmosphere. Enjoy
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    willow_12 got a reaction from Jenjen in P&O Policy reagrding taking alcohol on board   
    You are still allowed to take on board 1 litre per person. I think 1 litre of alcohol per person is more than adequate. That would take us a fair few weeks to drink!
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    willow_12 got a reaction from Jenjen in P&O Policy reagrding taking alcohol on board   
    You are still allowed to take on board 1 litre per person. I think 1 litre of alcohol per person is more than adequate. That would take us a fair few weeks to drink!
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    willow_12 reacted to Captain Kidd II in Hotel in nyc   
    😂😂😂 We were told off for calling it Grand Central Station! It is Terminal not station as jouneys end or start there and do not pass through which is the requirement to be a station! 
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    willow_12 reacted to MikeLowry in How much did you pay???!!   
    Is there anything more frustrating than being asked this question on holiday? Just leave it alone! I don’t get why people need to ask this question, in fact I think it’s rude to do so.

    What do people get from asking this? If you’ve paid less than I have I’m going to feel a bit hard done by, if it’s the other way around, you’re going to feel hard done by, so let’s just agree to be happy that we’re on board and just enjoy ourselves! We were happy with the price when we booked it otherwise we wouldn’t have booked it would we?

    The question should be outlawed and passengers should be fined if they're caught asking it, or better yet, thrown off at the next port. That would make me much happier.

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    willow_12 reacted to Captain Kidd II in Tipping   
    You should not feel awkward as you my well have paid more than was in many of the envelopes. I do know what you mean, however.
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    willow_12 got a reaction from RobBar in Tipping   
    We decided to leave the tips on our account on our recent Britannia cruise. The main factor for making this decision is that we didn't come prepared with cash sterling and only changed money onboard into Norwegian Krone. However, I did feel slightly awkward when saying goodbye to our cabin steward and not handing anything over to her. We did let her know we had left our tips on - I just hope she did receive her fair share. In the future I would always tip cash in hand and definitly at least the recommended amount.
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    willow_12 reacted to Mugoob in Stavanger - Pulpit Rock   
    We got back from the Fjords yesterday on the Azura and did the tour to the Pulpit Rock we were told there wasn't enough time  in port to walk it not that we wanted to!
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    willow_12 reacted to NHC in Stavanger - Pulpit Rock   
    Hi, We have walked up Pulpit Rock ( Preikestolen ) twice. It is a fantastic walk as long as there is no low cloud. On our first walk up cloud arrived just as we arrived at the top. It is a fairly tough two hour walk each way and you need walking boots or sturdy shoes. To get there you need to walk about half a mile to  catch the ferry to Tau. Locals will direct you to the ferry terminal. Then when you leave the ferry there used to be a bus service to the srart at the car park of the Preikestolhyta (youth hostel) or you can get a taxi although taxis are expensive in Norway.
    On our second trip we asked the tours desk to put a notice up asking if anyone wanted to do the walk and share a taxi and we ended up as a group of six.
    The first ferry was not long after 8am so you need to be off the ship as soon as it docks.
    Hope you make it.
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    willow_12 got a reaction from Furby in Stavanger - Pulpit Rock   
    hhmmm. It's looking llike this isn't going to be possible. Judging by the time frame you've just mentioned though, it does make sense that no one offers it. Such a shame, the views look amazing!
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    willow_12 got a reaction from Maza in Sea sickness   
    My friend suffers badly from sea sickness. She used the sea bands that you wear on your wrists and they really helped her
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    willow_12 got a reaction from B&M in Is Fred Olsen's Drink Package Worth It?   
    I would also go for the drinks package. From what i have read recently i believe the cost has increased to £15 per person per night, but that is still very good value for money. I'd say with 4 or 5 drinks a day you would have got your money's worth. Even if its just on soft drinks.
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    willow_12 reacted to DavidH in Oceana or Azura?   
    Hi willow_12
    I believe there's a brand new coin out which, remarkably, still has a "heads" side and a "tails" side.  Maybe, as a last resort...........???
    DavidH
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    willow_12 reacted to Jaczs in Oceana or Azura?   
    Sounds to me you do not need any help deciding  Oceana is the preferred choice.
    Oceana might be older and yes her balconies are small and she might have the odd leak now and then but she does have a beautiful atrium and for me she holds the record for the friendliest staff.
    Which ever you decide on I am sure it will be the right one for you so happy sailings  
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    willow_12 got a reaction from Nick in Secret Santa in the office at Christmas   
    I was going to suggest a few lottery tickets. Imagine if the receiver won the jackpot though......
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    willow_12 reacted to cruise chef in Pokémon GO (I wish it would!)   
    Well it looks like your wish has been granted Willow, as I heard a report on the radio yesterday that their has been a 79% drop in people playing, maybe everyone is sick of walking into lamposts or the end of isle merchandise in the supermarket whilst consumed by their phone screen
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    willow_12 reacted to Oldworldtraveller in What has been your favourite cruise holiday experience?   
    That's a difficult question to answer as there have been so many cruises that have been enjoyed for a variety of reasons but if I had to pick one it would be Hurtigruten and the Arctic Circle.
    It was January 2015 when our group landed in thick ice and snow at Tromso airport well into the Arctic Circle. After a night in a waterfront hotel opposite the Arctic Cathedral it was up early the next morning to go whale watching, a mind blowing experience in itself seeing these monsters coming out the water in the dim twilight. That afternoon we boarded Hurtigrutens ship the Richard With which was our home for the next few days as we made our way to Kirkenes a small town 8 miles from the Russian border with a population of a little over 3,000. Looking out across the Barring Sea from the North Cape with the wind howling, snow falling and minus 22c gave me an idea of what our sailors had endured when escorting the Russian Convoys in WW2. Visiting a frozen Fjord, cutting through the ice and fishing for King Crab. Did you know they can weigh as much as 35 kilo's!! Riding a sledge pulled by a team of Huskies, driving a snowmobile across the Arctic wastes, visiting and having a meal in the Ice Hotel and of course seeing the Northern Lights. Yes, that was a cruise to remember. 
     

     

     

     

     

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    willow_12 reacted to MikeLowry in New York on your own   
    Having been to New York many times, I think the best way to see the city is on two feet. You miss so many of the best sights if you're running between the tourist attractions trying to get there in time for pre-booked slots. The things you see as you walk around the city are what makes it such a unique place. It'll still be warm in September, so hire a boat on the lake in Central Park - look out for the turtles and make sure you look up to appreciate the view around the city. There's a great restaurant called Isabella's just outside the park and the Museum of Natural History (the one with the dinosaurs!) is up this way too. 
     
    The view from the Top of the Rock is a million times better than the more visited Empire State building. Walk through Greenwich Village and along the High Line, visit Chelsea Market for some AMAZING food. Brooklyn isn't the scary gang-ridden place people think it is and you're really missing out if you don't head across the bridge to explore. Also, I second the hop-on/hop-off recommendations and Brianl's Staten Island ferry comment - it amazes me that people enjoy that view on their daily commute! Lucky so and so's! 
     
     
    Enjoy 
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    willow_12 got a reaction from Bumble Bee in New York on your own   
    I would definitley recommend the hop on, hop off bus. Great way to get from A to B but also take in the sights. The Empire State Building is very iconic, but i think the views are better from The Top Of The Rock. Hope you have a fantastic time!
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    willow_12 reacted to dancefloordemon in Fabulous Fjords and the Azura   
    Sorry to write this review so late!! You know what it's like, life and work takes over!!
    How I wish I could go away again....
    On Sunday 3rd of July I made my way to Southampton with the family- I had booked my car parking through CPS which was £83 for 8 days and was so stress free.
    Pulled up, got out, straight into the terminal.
    We did arrive about an hour before our allocated time on the tickets- purely through lack of traffic (thank god!) I expected a long wait but within half an hour we were having our cards registered and photos taken.
    Usual lark when you embark- mass queues for life midship, walked further towards the aft and got a lift straight away.
    I booked a HD grade balcony on the saver fare and I was allocated cabin A724- perfect! right at the back so easily accessible and a great view when sailing.
    More than happy with the cabin and everything provided- especially the room service pizza, delicious!!
     
    We set sail from Southampton in 23 degree heat towards the Norwegian Fjords- and what a surprise we got two days later when we arrived into Bergen- blissful sunshine and not a cloud in sight. I guess we really were lucky! Bergen was a delight with some lovely little shops and cafes - Norway is renown for being 'expensive' however, if you shop about you can find good prices. Clothes and souvenirs are the usual prices and I also visited Pandora and got the sought after Viking charm for my younger sister- much to her delight!
     
    Then onto Olden, a quite little village- has a local supermarket and a few shops but is pleasant to walk around. We did the open top bus and managed to the Briskdal Glacier from the distance- very scenic.
     
    Gieranger again, delightful weather- was very busy that day but most enjoyable- had a little boat trip around the Gierangerfjord and saw the seven sisters along with the veil waterfall.
     
    Last stop- Stavanger- largest of the ports- doesn't have the same intricate feel but still very enjoyable. we didn't do any excursions in Stavanger, just enjoyed our time walking around and doing some shipping- much to the men's disapproval!
     
    overall a fantastic holiday- love the Azura and cant wait to do a Caribbean on her.
    If anyone hasn't been to the Fjords, you should strongly consider it- the views are spectacular on top deck with a large vino!!
    - as it didn't get dark until about 11.45pm- we used our duvets to pad out the balcony and sat on there with a hot chocolate!! yummy     
     
     
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    willow_12 reacted to Mimosa in Flying Jet 2 with children   
    thank you both, thats really helpful info.  I don't want to seem tight but £80 would be 2 meals out for us while we're away.  Saving the money means we can do nice things with our kids while we're on holiday
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    willow_12 got a reaction from Mimosa in Flying Jet 2 with children   
    We've just recently flown with Jet 2. Admittedly not with children. But just for your info,check in online becomes available about 28 days before. I checked in as soon as it opened up and the seats are automatically assigned. Ours were together. I only had to pay if i wanted to pick which seats i wanted. Hope that helps
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    willow_12 got a reaction from Bumble Bee in Behind The Bars of Alcatraz   
    This is somewhere we have always wanted to visit. We thought about doing this on a USA West Coast tour - definitley something for the future
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