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    2torts reacted to afcandrew in Venice to ban Cruise Ships?   
    According to this article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-49276730 it looks as though the change will be gradual.  There is probably limited space at the alternative berths being used.  I have looked at a map and the 'new' terminal appear to be just across the water from Venice Island and I would imagine that there will be easy ways to get pax into the city centre by both water and road.
    Whilst Venice is stupidly overpriced and crowded, I would never tire of going there.  For me, it is definitely the most most beautiful city on Earth. 
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    2torts reacted to *Dancing Queen* in Britannia Fight Night?   
    Or start charging US prices and not allowing any drinks to be taken on board, that would soon stop the assholes !!
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    2torts got a reaction from Davybe in Booking excursions   
    If we want to book excursions we try to do 1 per month to spread the cost a bit. Popular ones can get booked up quite quickly.
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    2torts reacted to The Harpers in Booking excursions   
    Hi, we do the same as you lieutenant, anything to help with the cost but not risk them selling out
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    2torts reacted to Captain Kidd II in Luggage storage in cabins?   
    I am not sure I would buy cases for an Oriana cruise - think the big picture else you might only use them once 🤔
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    2torts reacted to Nimrod in Cunard Christmas Canaries Cruise   
    Thank you so much Dancing Queen for the very detailed information, that was just what I needed and has put my mind at rest considerably.  I love Christmas and usually I am the one organising Christmas with my family & grandchildren but since September last year my health has taken quite a battering and last Christmas was rather a "non event" despite everyone's best efforts so in view of this my husband booked this cruise for me.  We did 70 days of the World Cruise and a Baltic Cruise on QV so know and love the ship ( in fact we have booked the same cabin as we had for the world cruise)  and as we are doing a short cruise in August with all our family & the grandchildren to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary we won't feel too guilty being away from them at Christmas.  Having had tests & consultations myself nearly every week since September 2018  I do hope your husband gets positive results and you will be able to join the cruise this year- maybe we can say Thankyou, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in person?  I must confess it is the thought of the next cruise and the photo's and memories of those I have already done that have got me through some very difficult times over the last year so I will now go out and purchase a new "tasteless" Christmas jumper & hat for my husband and an equally "tasteless" Christmas Tiara & earrings for myself  and look forward to my Christmas cruise!!! Much appreciated.
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    2torts reacted to Jenjen in P & O going down hill   
    I think most ships have lifts which don’t go every deck, some decks you are not able to walk along because of kitchens, restaurants, sun decks swimming pools, you get to know these as the cruise goes along, as I understand they have lots of complaints about the lifts on Britana. So was surprised to hear your complaint about Venturas lifts, as for late night buffet, have breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner, not many people would want yet more food surely?
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    2torts reacted to sinbad10 in Speciality Restaurants   
    Still get confused when people complain about when cruises used to be all inclusive food wise. When we first started cruising in 1997 there were no speciality restaurants or extra pay coffee shops but there was very little choice MDR/buffet or room service and that was your lot and the price of the cruises were a lot higher than what they are now without taking in inflation or higher costs i.e. oil, food, wages etc. If you expect to go on a cruise and have everything included in the price then I am afraid the price will increase considerably and I prefer lower cruise fares and choice because at the end of the day nobody forces you to eat in speciality restaurants or extra pay coffee shops you can still eat and drink in MDR/buffet and pay nothing extra to your cruise fare. I dare bet those that have never been in Epicurean/Sindhu  and other like restaurants on other cruise ships because of cost if they suddenly became inclusive of cruise fare they would be at front of the queue for booking. Sorry but you cannot have it both ways everything included and cheap cruise fares.
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    2torts got a reaction from HLM in Afternoons on Board   
    Hi LesleyB. Not everyone goes on excursions - some folk explore on their own & some stay on the ship. The tour buses drop you off where they pick up at ship although some ports give the option of getting off in the town centre & making your own way back to the ship either on foot or on the shuttle bus if one is provided. On return to the ship we usually go for lunch (if it's a half day excursion) & afterwards there will be some activities which are listed in the ship's paper which you get the night before delivered to your cabin. Horizon (P & O's paper) lists activities throughout the day from early morning till late at night including the gym classes, dancing classes, lectures, quizzes, film times, deck game competitions, card & craft get together a etc. There will be plenty for you to do & most things you just turn up but again the paper will say if you need to book. Have a wonderful cruise.
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    2torts got a reaction from HLM in Afternoons on Board   
    Hi LesleyB. Not everyone goes on excursions - some folk explore on their own & some stay on the ship. The tour buses drop you off where they pick up at ship although some ports give the option of getting off in the town centre & making your own way back to the ship either on foot or on the shuttle bus if one is provided. On return to the ship we usually go for lunch (if it's a half day excursion) & afterwards there will be some activities which are listed in the ship's paper which you get the night before delivered to your cabin. Horizon (P & O's paper) lists activities throughout the day from early morning till late at night including the gym classes, dancing classes, lectures, quizzes, film times, deck game competitions, card & craft get together a etc. There will be plenty for you to do & most things you just turn up but again the paper will say if you need to book. Have a wonderful cruise.
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    2torts got a reaction from Captain Kidd II in Drinks Package   
    About the same as us Davybe. 
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    2torts got a reaction from Captain Kidd II in Drinks Package   
    About the same as us Davybe. 
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    2torts reacted to sinbad10 in Drinks Package   
    you are going have to be a serious drinker even taking into account soft drinks and coffee to justify £1120 for 2 people on a 2 week cruise especially taking into account port days when you are off the ship for part of the day. Taking that into account more likely need to drink £50 per day when on sea days.
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    2torts got a reaction from cruise addict in Drinks Package   
    The Costa coffee card has gone from £22.50 for 10 drinks to nearly  £11 per person per day. We used to share a card but there's no way we would get through enough coffee to justify paying this so well just pay as we go.
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    2torts got a reaction from cruise addict in Drinks Package   
    The Costa coffee card has gone from £22.50 for 10 drinks to nearly  £11 per person per day. We used to share a card but there's no way we would get through enough coffee to justify paying this so well just pay as we go.
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    2torts got a reaction from Davybe in Got any Snow   
    Had a hard frost here in Northamptonshire last night but it's been a lovely sunny day today.
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    2torts reacted to Oldworldtraveller in How Does Music Affect You   
    We had this at a funeral a few months ago 2torts, somehow it seemed a very appropriate song. 
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    2torts got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in How Does Music Affect You   
    The first time that I heard Time to Say Goodbye sung by Sarah Brightman I thought that it was beautiful & would be perfect for a funeral & since then I can't get the thought out of my head & feel tearful whenever I hear it.On alighter note Queen & Abba always make me feel happy. I will listen to more or less anything as long as it isn't so loud that you can't hear what anyone is saying like you sometimes get round the pool.
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    2torts got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in How Does Music Affect You   
    The first time that I heard Time to Say Goodbye sung by Sarah Brightman I thought that it was beautiful & would be perfect for a funeral & since then I can't get the thought out of my head & feel tearful whenever I hear it.On alighter note Queen & Abba always make me feel happy. I will listen to more or less anything as long as it isn't so loud that you can't hear what anyone is saying like you sometimes get round the pool.
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    2torts reacted to Davybe in Cruising on TV   
    I must admit some of the resort /Mega ships have no appeal to me ,we  both prefer something a bit less "in your face" ?
    Usually over breakfast we decide what Not to do that day? so much choice of activities on most ships, just having a quite rest and reading has a lot of appeal at times....Davybe
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    2torts got a reaction from Davybe in Happy New Year.   
    Happy New Year everyone.
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    2torts reacted to KeithnRita in Christmas   
    Merry Christmas to all!
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    2torts got a reaction from Davybe in "The Cruise" is Back?   
    Jane McDonald's new series "cruising down under" also starts that week on Friday 4th.
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    2torts got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in Christmas   
    The cards are written, the presents are wrapped & the tree is decorated so all I have to do now is look forward to the big day.
    i would like to wish everyone on the forum & at Bolsover a merry Christmas & a happy, peaceful New Year.
     
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    2torts reacted to Jenjen in Christmas   
    I think sprout tea is good for wind, no not a cure makes space in a full room if you understand my meaning 
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