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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.
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    Are the Critics Right??

    And us .. we recently saw a comedian ( Jon Martin ) on QE and what a funny guy he was, no swearing ( very unusual today ) just good old fashioned humour, I haven't laughed so much in ages, they can keep the 'new wave comedy' and I'll stick to being 'old fashioned'
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    What's with the silly pop up???

    None with me either.
  15. I don't know if it still applies but at one time if companies like Princess/RCI/Celebrity reduced their prices they would adjust the passenger price to the lower amount, it wasn't an automatic thing I believe you had to price watch yourself but I have certainly heard of this happening.
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    Back to Back

    I can only think P&O have moved the goalposts Sinbad because we have done this several times and the 10% has been applied to the total cost, we haven't sailed with P&O since 2011 so obviously our experience is 8 years out of date but as far as I'm aware they still do it.
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    Back to Back

    I've booked cruises and then decided at a later date to add the one before/after - this doesn't affect the discount your TA/P&O give you at the time of booking but then P&O will calculate the cost of both cruises and apply the additional 10% to the overall cost.
  18. I don't actually feel I am made to feel guilty by the cruise companies, we have been cruising a long time and in the late 80's whilst tipping was discretionary it was still the expected practice, I think we accepted it was part and parcel of cruising and we had never prior to this experienced the level of service we experienced cruising tbh I think the stewards earned every penny and I still think that. OK things have changed over the years and perhaps the cruise companies are more interested in profit than their employees or passenger but cruises have never been so cheap - pro rata we are paying far less ( like for like ) than we were in the 80's so for us it still offers great value for money including 'the gratuities' !! I do think the cruise companies have been greedy in recent years by increasing the gratuities to the extent they have and the only ones who have suffered are the crew as more and more passengers remove them for this reason I fully support gratuities being included in the cruise fare.
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    Back to Back

    Thanks for this Furby I knew the discount didn't apply to WC's or cruises of less than a certain duration but I wasn't aware of other restrictions.
  20. I have always been quite (ok very !! ) vociferous in my opinion on auto gratuities and I fully supported them however on our recent back to back on Cunard I was informed by a very reliable source ( senior management ) that any gratuities given to dining/cabin stewards they are allowed to keep ... as we were part way through the first cruise I left the gratuities in place but decided to remove them for the second one. I can't say I felt comfortable doing this especially if the stewards are aware who leaves them on and who removes them as I really didn't want them to think they would get nothing because this wasn't the reason I did it, we certainly didn't notice any difference in the service so I suspect they don't know, what I will say is the auto grats seem good value to me as we spent much more tipping individually than we do when Cunard decide on who gets what but on a positive those we wanted to reward I believe did get to keep it especially if our cabin stewards reaction was anything to go by ... it isn't something I would ever discuss with the stewards so I suppose I am still in the dark to what does actually happen.
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    Mote pictures of Virgins ship internals

    But isn't that how it works now with the single supplement ?? I appreciate there are occasions when some cruises are available with less than 100% single supplement but in the main a single traveller will pay the same as for for double occupancy, it could actually work out better because if the price is 'per cabin' if there are any deals to be had then they are open to all which doesn't happen at the moment.
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    Drinks Package

    They can tell us whatever they like and some will believe it but Cunard belong to Carnival and are American through and through
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    Back to Back

    Is this a P&O cruise JenJen ?? if so then you should be eligible for the extra 10% discount on the 'whole price' if you book a back to back I assume that would exceed more than £300 - if P&O it's possible whoever gave you the price quoted you only giving a 'no flight' price and did not take into account the extra 10% a back to back would afford you.
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    cruising in the med and the tourist tax

    They do indeed, I can't remember what the % is but I think about 8% ( I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong ) it is quite easy to avoid - don't buy from the shops whilst in Spanish waters, drinks are slightly harder to avoid but tbh the % is such a small amount you hardly notice it on the odd purchase, we have always found especially on Cunard the wine waiters usually invoice us the following night for the wine we have with dinner so we avoid the tax altogether. Yes one of the reasons a non EU port is usually included in most cruises from the UK is I believe because it allows them to sell 'duty free' goods on board.
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    Wheelchair help on P&O?

    I'm not sure but I believe you have to register with P&O if you require assistance, I think there is also a separate check in desk which fast tracks you through check in - Towny would be the one to ask.