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    P&O -does 'goodwill' exist?

    I see your point too Anchors-Aweigh and £900 is a substantial amount of money to find when you haven't originally budgeted for it but don't let a further £200 leave a 'sour taste' because I can guarantee having a balcony will enhance the whole experience for you. I'm not suggesting you don't contact the CEO of P&O .. if you don't ask you don't get and tbh £200 is a mere drop in the ocean to P&O ( pun intended 😉 ) unfortunately and I know this from experience if your original booking was made with an agent P&O would not have dealt directly with you , however the CEO can overrule any protocol so go for it but please continue to support TA's like Bolsover because they don't make the rules but have to take the 'flack' when it all goes wrong.
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    Cruise Refund

    Why do you think refunds are taking so long ?? there are only ever a minimum amount of employees within a company who have the authority to issue a refund and in these unprecedented times they are dealing with thousands rather than the odd few, add to that many staff will be working from home which even with a computer it isn't quite the same as being in the office and if there is a problem you have several colleagues close by who can be called on for help and of course customers are wanting to rebook cancelled cruises, move cruises not yet cancelled to 2021 or 2022 which must take up an enormous amount of man hours. Cruise lines have probably never been busier but it isn't just about Joe Public providing an interest free loan they have to prioritise and do what is best for everyone, I can appreciate those awaiting refunds want their money back but will a few more weeks make that much difference they can't go anywhere to spend it at the moment can they !!
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    P&O -does 'goodwill' exist?

    Something to consider Anchors-Aweigh, what was the cost of a balcony cabin when you originally booked because normally you would be charged whatever the cost was at the date of booking should you wish to upgrade at a later date, I'm guessing ( I may be wrong and my apologies if I am ) that the saver fare you are now wishing to book is considerably less, the point I am making is if P&O are willing to let you adjust the booking at todays saver price albeit slightly higher than you had first anticipated ( fluid pricing unfortunately and we've all been victim to that ) then that seems rather fair to me, these are very difficult times and I've read lots of moans and groans over the last few weeks and whilst P&O are not my favourite cruise line I do think they have been very generous in trying to accommodate the customer as much as they possibly can when they have had little or no control over what is happening around the world. I wish you luck with your upgrade and happy sailing.
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    Will holidays be the same again

    I don't think anyone actually knows what will happen - most of it is 'hearsay' and people will believe what they want to believe. To add my thoughts .. I would be very surprised if any ship sails this year and the fact Princess have already said they have cancelled their worldwide sailings for the entire 2020 summer season it would make sense other Carnival brands will follow suit - time will tell.
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    Over 70s

    dancing queen - your original post which was 'will the over 70's be able to cruise in the future' I can't see why not although obviously insurance premiums will be a consideration as I can't see anyone whatever age they are booking a cruise if the coronavirus was excluded, I would expect most insurance companies will in time offer cover but it will come at a cost so this may very well be the deciding factor for people aged over 70 on whether they choose to cruise again.
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    Over 70s

    Not a silly question at all Countrygirl, I wouldn't pay for something I'm unlikely to use either and I think it will be many months before anyone is going anywhere and very possibly not this year.
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    what currency to use in Croatia

    Never had a problem with Euros in either place, the only place we found in Dubrovnik who wouldn't accept Euros was to purchase tickets to walk the walls but they do accept CC so not a problem.
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    Ooops I forgot to add the 15% service charge which would take the cost to £18.74 and £24.11 respectively ( hope I got the maths right I did it in my head !! )
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    Hi JJ I'm not questioning what you say just trying to offer an explanation because it would certainly appear if you had single measures they have charged you for doubles ( I'm resisting the urge to say 'ripped off' because I would like to think Cunard wouldn't do this ) tbh if every time you went into a bar it was costing you £26 per round then I think this is something you need to take up with customer service because something isn't adding up. Unfortunately the drinks menu won't copy/paste so to give an example of what two G&T's would cost using Bombay Sapphire with canned/bottled mixers. 1 oz $6.95 + mixer $3.50 = $10.45 x 2 = $20.90 converted to GBP = £16.29 2 oz $9.95 + mixer $3.50 = $13.45 x 2 = $26.90 converted to GBP = £20.97 The fountain mixer is $1.75 which would reduce the price further, I do have to agree with you until a couple of years ago the fountain mixer was foc .. I don't like it anyway so never benefited. If you want to check other prices here is the link to the PDF file ( scroll down to page 8 ) . https://www.cunard.com/content/dam/cunard/marketing-assets/pdf/life-on-board/qe-golden-lion.pdf I know like me you are a Cunard fan but it's things like this which leave a sour taste so I would definitely take it up with them and ask them for an explanation.
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    I've just had a quick look at bar prices ( I don't sign the receipts so I genuinely don't know the prices ) a 2oz measure ( double ) averages between $10 - $12 depending on what you drink so it does look as if that is what you were served, personally I think it is rather naughty of Cunard because if people want doubles they will ask for them whereas you don't expect to have to ask for a single.
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    Are you sure you weren't served 'doubles' as this seems to be the 'norm' now unless you specifically ask for a single, most of the waiters do ask but not all of them. I would agree with you about the shops, since the new franchise took over they are not only over-priced but very limited in choice too.
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    Where is everyone

    Sorry to hear this Davybe, all the best and I hope your treatment goes well xx
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    Britannia refit

    If P&O are replacing the shops franchise with the same one as Cunard then it is nothing to get excited about !!! When we were on QE earlier this year the Jo Malone shop had very limited stock and certainly not the more popular fragrances, other perfumes/aftershaves etc were also very limited and had a substantial price 'hike' over previous cruises, gone were the well known brands like Joseph Ribkoff and what little 'designer wear' was on offer was actually 'outdated' stock which you would have been buying from John Lewis 12 months ago !! As a smoker I couldn't believe I was unable to purchase B&H Gold ( probably one of the most popular cigarette brands !! ) the same problem with some of the more popular alcoholic drink brands too - as an example a bottle of Baileys which I can buy in Tesco for around £16 was over $30 - not that I tend to buy what is supposedly duty free alcohol as I don't consider it worth the effort of it carrying home when Tesco/Sainsburys can more than price match.
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    Britannia Fight Night?

    We had a large group of 'travellers' one year on a Caribbean Christmas cruise who caused havoc throughout the whole cruise, P&O eventually put them off the ship at the last port of call but imo should have done it much sooner, the men were fighting, the kids were fighting even the women were fighting it was very unpleasant if you happened to be in an area they were in, they threatened to put one of the croupiers overboard, the kids were throwing sun loungers and anything else which wasn't fastened down overboard and yet it still took P&O nearly 3 weeks to disembark them.
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    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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    Just back off the Aurora

    I don't know if there is any credibility in this but someone told me to wipe the air conditioning unit with 'Tea Tree Oil' - I do this every time we board and I don't get chest infections/colds etc. I've probably just been lucky but it seems to work for me
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    Trying it on??

    One of the reasons P&O stopped 'cabin shares' was because many single passengers would book them to save money ( understandable ) but then complain they couldn't share for various reasons from snoring to hygiene issues and would demand to be moved. Many years ago we shared a dining table with a delightful 'threesome' ( husband/wife and sister ) all were well into their seventies at the time, unfortunately the travel agent hadn't done their research very well as they were sharing a cabin and no-one thought to tell them it consisted of 'bunk beds' we were horrified when they told us they were taking the mattress off the top bunk and placing it between the two lower berths at night, I assume they replaced it each morning otherwise the cabin steward would probably have spoken to someone about it, after checking with them that they would be comfortable if one of them moved to another cabin I spoke to the purser on their behalf and within the hour they had a second cabin FOC, needless to say they were very grateful for the intervention as they would never have dreamt of demanding an upgrade nor expected one, genuine people who had they not mentioned it in passing would have just made the best of a bad job. Had quite a few upgrades over the years but then 9 times out of 10 we do go on the upgrade list but only when we have a good idea what we might be upgraded to, we wouldn't do it for all cabin grades.
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    Cunard Christmas Canaries Cruise

    An excellent choice Nimrod and I'm sure you will love QV . We have celebrated Christmas on a ship for the last 30 years and I don't think it is as 'Christmassy' as it once was but don't be put off by that as it is only my opinion and probably due to the fact we don't join in a lot of the events as we once did, we tend to host a cabin party these days and share the day with friends we have met over the years - it works for us our own little family away from home !! The atmosphere will be there from the minute you step onto the ship, it will be beautifully decorated and of course Christmas music will be playing which all adds to the excitement of what is around the corner, as Davybe says Christmas day will be a sea day there will be various activities happening around the ship so really it's down to you and what might be of interest to you, one thing I particularly enjoy is going to the Queens Room to see Santa arrive on Xmas morning, even though we don't have children I do like to see the excitement on the children's faces in anticipation of the present they are about to receive oh and you won't be forgotten either Santa will pay you a visit too, another event which always used to happen but hasn't for the last couple of years ( although that might be down to whichever cruise director is doing the organising ) is an afternoon pantomime, now I'm not particularly a pantomime person but Xmas isn't Xmas without one is it !! the ships choir will also entertain you in the evening assuming you are in the Britannia restaurant ( they don't do it in the other restaurants ) Christmas dinner is served in the evening - do keep an eye on the times in the daily newspaper as they tend to alter slightly for Christmas day to allow for a more relaxed experience for both passengers and crew, you will find the crew love to take part in the celebrations and many of them will be wearing their Xmas hats so do think about taking a couple of your own as they seem to really appreciate passengers making the effort too plus the paper hats you get in the crackers are a bit 'naff' anyway, another nice tradition albeit an American one is the crew go around the ship on Xmas morning giving out small glasses of Eggnog - a bit like Marmite you either love it or loathe it. I always take Christmas decorations to decorate the cabin but that is personal choice some do, some don't, you might like to take a few Xmas cards too from home to give your cabin a more homely feel plus a few blank ones because table mates tend to give them also. There won't be much else happening after Xmas day but then it will be pretty port intensive so that is to be expected, New Years Eve is always a grand affair and of course the bonus is being in Madeira for the fireworks which are spectacular I think you will be suitably impressed. Please ask away if there is anything specific you want to know and I will do my best to answer you, we too hope to be on this cruise but at the moment my husband is awaiting some test results so we are unable to commit ourselves until we know the outcome. Wishing you a very Happy 70th Birthday in advance and the icing on the cake is that you will be enjoying it on the very beautiful Queen Victoria.
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    P & O going down hill

    I used to love the 'midnight buffet' and especially on QE2, we would very often give the MDR a miss and go to the buffet instead but that was in the days when we were never in bed before 3.00am
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    P & O going down hill

    If I could just pick up on your comment about the lifts .. there are many ships where the lifts don't go to all decks it isn't just P&O.
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    Viking Sky in SOS Emergency

    I believe around 500 were air-lifted off and those who were able to went back once the ship was docked and packed their own belongings.
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    Xmas and New Year cruise

    I can understand your wish to make new friends and not to travel alone, all I will say is travelling at the same time of year ( Xmas ) and especially with the same cruise line you seem to bump into the same people year after year so you soon get to know people, we have several single friends - all met on cruises and we look forward each year to meeting up with them.
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    Speciality Restaurants

    It was a sad day when the Rhodes restaurants disappeared from P&O - Marco PW just wasn't the same imo !! agree the Tuscan Grill on Celebrity is excellent, we also liked the Verandah ( French ) on Cunard although this has recently changed and it is now a steakhouse, we tried it for the first time over Christmas and I have to say it was excellent with plenty of menu choice.
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    Well Done Bolsover

    Well Done.
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    Xmas and New Year cruise

    I think I read your original post incorrectly as I thought you were looking for someone to share so I apologise for that otherwise I would have replied earlier. We have been cruising over Christmas/New Year for the last 30 years it has become a way of life for us and is definitely our favourite time of year to cruise. I am assuming as a single lady you probably prefer the convenience of sailing out of Southampton, as well as P&O Cunard also have two ships sailing from there this year .. QV going to the Canaries or QM2 going to New York/Caribbean, if you enjoy dancing then I would recommend Cunard as they have 'gentleman hosts' so you don't need a partner 😉 and even if you don't it's a good opportunity to learn, unlike my screen name might suggest I am not a dancer but I do love to sit and watch, I could give you a hundred reasons why Cunard might be for you but don't take my word for it give them a try I don't think you would be disappointed !! I'm a bit of a Cunard fanatic so they would always be my first choice but I believe there are other cruise lines who sail from the UK so it might be worth looking at Fred Olsen or CMV, we haven't sailed with either but both seem to get very good reviews, the only downside seems to be their ships are quite old but then sometimes 'old' can equate to 'charm' I would say go for it if there is nothing to keep you at home and you will get a bit of sunshine into the bargain.