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  1. 2torts

    Cruise Log

    I wonder if it was the same one? We were 2 days out of Southampton. Like Jenjen I thought they hunted over land at night. I didn't realise they flew so far from land.
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    Cruise Log

    That's one possibility David.😂
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    Cruise Log

    I quite enjoy reading the cruise log at the end of the cruise. I know the last couple of days are made up as the log is written before then but the one for the Oriana cruise that we have just returned from made interesting reading. The first day stated that after pre departure checks the lines were let go & she thrusted off her berth. The pilot departed & off we went. What it didn't mention was that after the lines were let go the captain came over the tannoy to say that we couldn't leave as we were waiting for an ambulance to collect a passenger who had been taken ill. Nor did it say that after 2 hours she came back on the tannoy to say that another passenger had been taken ill so we were going back to Southampton to dock at QE2 terminal. During the cruise people were remarking on the lack of wildlife to be seen except for the occasional seagull & we actually saw 1 dolphin however according to the log on the second sea day "Throughout the day Oriana was abuzz with wildlife, birds of prey such as OWLS" & " whales frolicking in the ocean waves". I must say I've never seen owls circling a cruise ship & wondered if anyone could enlighten me as to what sort of owls they might have been.🐳🐬🐦😄
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    one sleep to go... lol

    I write yet another list a couple of weeks before we go starting with cancelling the paper delivery & ending with lock the front door. Everything gets crossed off as it gets done so hopefully we have no niggling doubts after we've set off. One new thing this time before we go next week is to put all the clocks & timers back an hour so we're on the right time when we get home. Enjoy your cruise Mitch 🛳😎
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    HAL Alaskan Cruise

    Definitely on my bucket list. Lovely pictures🛳
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    Photos of Panama Canal Sept 2018

    Fascinating photos.🛳
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    No service charge on P&O Cruises

    As I understand it if you board with say £100 OBC & 10% loyalty discount & on the first evening you buy an item for £100 that would be your OBC used up. The auto grats then kick in at say for simplicity £100 so you owe £100 as loyalty discount doesn't apply. However if you buy the item on the second day the auto grats have used up your OBC so it costs you £100 less £10 loyalty discount so you then owe £90. I think that's how it works.
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    Iona Breakfast in MDR?

    Oriana uses the freedom dining restaurant (Peninsular) for breakfast & lunch.
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    No fly Caribbean cruise ........

    We've only done the transatlantic cruises the other way flying out & sailing back to Southampton & both times the weather got a lot colder after leaving the Azores.
  10. Cup of tea made with boiling water rather then just hot water & cheese & onion crisps.☕️
  11. Amazing bit of footage Pks1702. Terrifying for the yachtsmen concerned & im so glad it ended well for them.
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    I love Oriana. I'm thankful to be got 2 more cruises booked on her before she goes to her new owners.
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    Just Curious !!

    I didn't realise that you can get extra discounts on top of what the cruise lines are offering. We've always paid the same price currently showing on P & Os website less any discount offer (currently 10% for past passengers for 2020 cruises). Incidentally am I the only one who doesn't like the 5% deposit offer? I prefer to pay the usual deposit so that the final balance isn't so blooming big. It's not as though the extra deposit money is earning a lot of interest in the bank these days.
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    Buffet or MDR

    We use the buffet for breakfast as we're up & about by 7.30 & it's fairly quiet then especially on sea days. Dinner we always use the MDR unless we're late back from an excursion. Lunch varies from buffet, MDR or just a costa coffe with free snack.
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    Just Curious !!

    A friend recommended Bolsover to us and we've used them ever since. We currently have 4 cruises booked with them over the next 2 years. However we've never quite worked out how this one to one consultant works as no matter what we phone them for whether it's to book, pay or just ask a question we are always dealt with by whoever answers the phone in a friendly, efficient manner.