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MikeLowry

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  1. I couldn't help but notice in Cunard's announcement regarding the new ship in 2022, the comment from Cunard's vice president that 'the new ship firmly underpins our plans to continue our growth across international markets.' Given that Royal Caribbean and others have begun creating ships specifically for the Chinese cruise market and bearing in mind that it will be the biggest ship in the fleet, it does make you wonder whether Cunard are planning to send their new ship to China?
  2. Has anyone else had their holiday affected by Irma? Sunday should have seen us heading to Miami for 5 nights but I'm afraid Irma has put paid to our plans. It wasn't a cruise on this occasion, just a land holiday to Miami and NYC, but after seeing things progressing over the weekend and realising Irma looked set to be a biggie we didn't have much choice but to change our plans. It has been an expensive and extensive exercise of changing flights, cancelling US domestic flights and rearranging hotels but we are now headed for Las Vegas instead. The weather will undoubtedly be better and whilst we're really disappointed to be missing Miami, I'm grateful we were able to make the changes in time, which is more than can be said for many by the look of things. It looks like St Maarten and Barbuda have been all but obliterated, along with much of the British Virgin Islands, with Puerto Rico suffering at the moment and Florida next in line. It is very sad to see these places in ruin. We had initially planned to cruise from Miami departing on Saturday but decided otherwise and went for a land holiday instead. I do wonder what is happening with cruises due to depart from Florida. Will they be cancelled or rerouted? Will cruises to St Maarten, the BVI and other affected islands have their itineraries changed until they are pieced back together? Sad times for all involved.
  3. Is there anything more frustrating than being asked this question on holiday? Just leave it alone! I don’t get why people need to ask this question, in fact I think it’s rude to do so. What do people get from asking this? If you’ve paid less than I have I’m going to feel a bit hard done by, if it’s the other way around, you’re going to feel hard done by, so let’s just agree to be happy that we’re on board and just enjoy ourselves! We were happy with the price when we booked it otherwise we wouldn’t have booked it would we? The question should be outlawed and passengers should be fined if they're caught asking it, or better yet, thrown off at the next port. That would make me much happier.
  4. I think it depends what you want really. I'd love to give Regent's smaller ships a go as I think the luxury side of things is probably done better aboard small ships, I expect there's more intimacy and attention to detail, On the other hand, I'm quite intrigued to see what will be on P&O's new ship in 2020, which is obviously going to be a biggie. I sailed on Britannia last year and didn't find the ship felt overly crowded at all. Despite there being more choice when it came to dining, we still found ourselves eating in the same couple of spots for the most part. I think little or large, we're creatures of habit and you tend to stick with what you enjoy, even if the choices are vast! How many of us have that one restaurant we always return to at home, despite the fact there are tens of others to choose from?
  5. I'd happily pay a small fee to reserve a sunbed for the duration, though I'm sure some would be quite annoyed at having to pay for this on top of their fare. As you say eyes12, it must be very frustrating for anyone who needs to be close to kids in the pool.
  6. Rant, incoming. Why, oh why, do people think that it is okay to reserve sunbeds with towels, books or whatever else they can find? They hog the bed from early morning until late afternoon, often without actually even occupying it for any length of time. They go for lunch and can be gone for up to 2 hours, all the while their holiday read marking their territory in their absence. What I also find annoying is that none of the staff seem to do anything about it and clearly the signs aren't doing anything. Maybe it's time the cruise lines introduced stricter policies - anybody reserving a sunbed for over 30 minutes gets their favourite book or sunglasses thrown overboard! (Repeat offenders could follow their belongings in my opinion...) The saddest thing about it is that you almost feel like taking a 'can't beat them, join them' approach is the only way to guarantee yourself a bed! We found ourselves without a sunbed several times on our recent cruise, unless we were by the pool with our towels at 6.30am and who wants to do that on holiday? It infuriates me!
  7. It's great, especially in summer. Meatpacking District and Chelsea Market just below it, also a pretty cool Bier Garten beneath it at the Standard Hotel. Wouldn't book an excursion, it's very easy to find (just head for Chelsea Market) and impossible to lose once you're on it
  8. I agree Seven Seas, great effort from Celebrity Cruises to draw attention to a very deserving cause. I read yesterday that Celebrity had previously made breast cancer survivors godmothers for the Solstice Class ships, with a view to raising awareness for cancer charities. It would be nice to see other cruise lines opting for something more charitable, rather than focusing on the glamour aspect
  9. I'm afraid I have to disagree and say that I think shorts can actually be very smart. Certainly not board shorts or cargo shorts, but a really well tailored, good-quality pair, yes. Worn with a shirt or even blazer, I think they can be just as smart as a pair of trousers or dark jeans. I think it also goes back to people's idea of luxury. There is a reason so many of the ultra-luxury cruise lines have such a relaxed dress code
  10. Patti Smith 'Just Kids'...great read
  11. We had a black and white night on board Britannia in November last year
  12. We have seen a great cruise deal sailing from Miami in September and were toying with the idea of adding a few days on pre or post-cruise. Could anyone who has cruised from Miami recently advise whether we would find plenty to do there to justify a stay of 4 or 5 days? I'd be interested to know what else Miami offers aside from beaches and bars... Also, would anyone recommend hiring a car to venture a little further afield? Any advise would be very much appreciated :)
  13. We really enjoyed Britannia too. Admittedly, it did take a day or two to find our way around, but other than that we enjoyed it. We found the menu in the main dining room a little boring, so we dined several nights in The Glass House and would definitely recommend it! It felt like a bit of a hidden gem and the food was fantastic. Steaks to die for and the largest prawns I've seen in my life. The Beach House was also great and food at Sindhu looked fantastic on passing; my other half won't entertain Asian food so I unfortunately didn't have an opportunity to sample its wares. The decor on Britannia was very boutiquey. The only thing we found is that people tended to go to bed quite early on our sailing, so the bars were quiet after about 10.30pm. Great ship though!
  14. I was amazed at the amount of people who queued for photographs on formal nights during my Britannia cruise in November, I hadn't realised they were so popular. I must admit I find it very forced. I think staged, posed photographs can feel quite dated in general these days, but each to their own
  15. From what I have seen on a video Bolsover shared on Facebook, the bi-fold doors open and you press a button which lowers the upper half of the full-wall window, leaving the traditional chest-height balcony glass. It's a great concept and like you say sammy sun, it's nice to see a cruise line thinking of ways to make what they have better, rather than just thinking 'bigger is better'. Would we hasten a guess that Edge will be headed for the Mediterranean for the summer season?