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*Dancing Queen*

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  1. I agree OWT, with so much advertising that Thomson is now to be known as TUI unless people ( cruisers ) belong to forums like this Marella will mean nothing to them .. if I were a newbie I would certainly be looking for a name I recognised and it wouldn't be Marella.
  2. This is something my husband has always fancied doing but unfortunately we have never been there at the right time, one Boxing day we went to the local church service, we are not religious by any stretch of the imagination but I would recommend this on any of the islands it's quite an occasion and the local people are very welcoming
  3. Good point Ray and yes a lot of the taxi's do drop off at the dock gate which I've never found to be a problem but I can understand it could be if like your wife someone was struggling with the heat.
  4. We've walked from the port into Bridgetown many times, I've read it isn't recommended but we have never felt threatened or worried, I would say it's a nice leisurely half an hour stroll, there are always plenty of taxi's outside the terminal building and also a local bus which only costs a couple of dollars but the walk along the coast is lovely.
  5. Dinner at The Cliff, expensive but a wonderful experience, I would also agree with Land Ahoy the catamaran/swim with turtles trip is one not to be missed and the lunch and rum punch is pretty good too
  6. In my opinion it's a start although like most things it is a few who spoil it for the majority, we have only done one short cruise (not P&O) and I said never again !! unfortunately we were doing a back to back and the three day one just happened to be stuck in the middle of the two so our only other choice would have been to disembark and stay in Southampton for 3 days which seemed silly, all I will say is there were some who were 'bouncing' off the walls from the minute they boarded which put us off so as a result we didn't bother using the bars and from what I heard it was probably a good choice, I happened to be at reception the morning we arrived in Bruges and witnessed the police board and escort two passengers off .. no idea why although rumour had it it was something to do with a fight !! I don't have a problem with anyone enjoying themselves but it would appear the notification is to deter a certain 'type', I can't say we particularly saw anything inappropriate but I have read of others who have, I also know a lot of people like to add a short cruise to either the beginning or end of a longer one and are probably reluctant to do so if they feel/felt as I did. I also think restricting the amount of alcohol passengers can bring on board is a good idea, like most I enjoy a tipple on the balcony or when getting ready but more and more you see people 'popping back' to their cabins for a 'top up' they don't even try to hide what they doing, again it is the minority who have/are spoiling it for the majority I'm just surprised it's taken P&O so long to realise this, the bar takings must have been down for years Just to add please don't be put off by my comments I'm sure they are all different, if you are looking for something this year I can thoroughly recommend Bruges at Christmastime it's lovely.
  7. Many of us would agree with you Cruiser1 and many won't, this is a topic which 'crops up' every few weeks so I would get your 'tin hat' at the ready For what it's worth I sit on your side of the fence and would like to see them included in the price then everyone pays the same as for the increase in price if we're talking P&O it would only equate to £84 pp on a 14 day cruise so hardly a fortune.
  8. Ahhh that's probably where we go wrong but with a 4 hour journey ahead of us we just like to be on our way asap, ha ha I have bright orange ribbon as well as bright yellow/pink/green it certainly helps you spot your luggage easily
  9. It wasn't actually a question loveholidays what I said was it depends on who you believe, according to P&O they say 100% of the gratuities go to the crew they are intended for, the crew say if they don't score excellent on the feed back forms they don't get the full % share of them, I don't dispute what you were told but read this or any other forum and people are told different things tbh I have never discussed gratuities with any crew member nor have I ever had any crew member ask me to mark them excellent on the form as many claim they have been asked to. It is most unlikely even if I was asked to I would as we are not doing the crew or ourselves any favours by doing so, there are many good and very good stewards but very few are excellent, perhaps it's just me but I expect my cabin to be cleaned to an acceptable level and my food order taken and served to me .. I pay for this service in my fare and to be excellent they would have to go way beyond this ( which I might add I do not expect ) I do not have any problems paying the recommended tips and just accept as I always have this is part and parcel of cruising, if I have any complaint it is against the 'fat cats' who have cut back and cut back put more and more work on the stewards which in turn results in a drop in standards which isn't the fault of the stewards they can only do so much in a day but then we are expected to say everything is excellent when in truth it is far from it.
  10. Good point about assisted embarking/disembarking JJ .. I'd forgotten about that. I don't know how you miss the scrum though, we're usually in the first group off with Cunard but I still find myself having to push my way through all those who insist on blocking the stairways and entrances to the gangway but granted it's better than it used to be.
  11. The ships dock early morning usually around 6.00am, you can usually disembark around 7 ish if you self disembark ie: you have to carry your own luggage off otherwise have a leisurely breakfast and wait for disembarkation to start which is usually between 8.30 - 9.00 and yes it is a scrum even though it's done at intervals ( only part of a cruise I hate ) you then go to the luggage hangar to retrieve your luggage which looks like chaos but is actually quite well organised, then through customs and that's it you're on your way home, I would say most of the time from leaving the ship to getting through customs it rarely takes us more than 10 minutes.
  12. Rule 1 for me is do your homework, it is possible to agree to an upgrade when booking if you look at every grade above what you are booking and if you would be happy with where they are for me it's a no brainer, it does depend on the individual though many like to be mid ships/low down because it is more stable in rough seas, fortunately I'm a pretty good sailor so I'm never really concerned I might be forward/aft or high but can understand those who wouldn't like it, I rather enjoy rough seas makes you feel like you are on a ship
  13. We did a pre Xmas cruise on 30th November a couple of years and it was all decorated when we boarded.
  14. I would give Bolsover a call in the morning and ask them to talk you through it.
  15. They walk among us !!!