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  1. Captain Kidd II

    Is cruising suitable for all?

    I would never deny disabled or less fortunate than me the pleasure of cruising. My whole point is that it would appear that Aurora is now geared up for a certain area of the travel market to such an extent that loyal travellers of a younger age (we are both retired) consider it is no longer suitable for there needs. I know it is our choice but from our most recent experience we are seriously looking at cancelling 2 cruises currently booked on the ship as are several if our friends. We may be retired but do not wish to feel that we have effectively signed up for weeks on end in a care home.
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    Is cruising suitable for all?

    I know this is going to cause comment but .....” having just disembarked from P&O Aurora the thing that particularly struck home to me was not only the average age of the passengers but their inability to move round the ship, manage to do things themselves and complete disrespect for fellow passengers. The Crow’s Nest in the morning was akin to the nursing/care home my mother was in prior to her death with many catching up on sleep, mouths open, whilst others painted etc. A friend of mine suggested the ship should be renamed Age Concern! Entertainment was most suitable for the more elderly and, as many were though of as in need of early beds, the turn down in the cabins had been stopped as so many were tucked up before the cabin steward could do their rounds. It appears that the focus is now firmly on the family friendly, larger, ships for entertainment rather then Adult only as the “young passengers” prefer these. With the way P&O are managing these smaller ships it will be a self fulfilling prophecy that they will either replace Saga as first choice for the infirmed or just be sold off. Rant over but I really am asking myself if I want to go on 2 further cruises on that ship which was so close to our hearts.
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    P&O prices on the Rise??

    I agree with Towny - weak exchange rates, increased oil prices and inflation all add to the price of excursions. We usually book as soon as cruises are released as they often increase by as much as £1,000 pp.
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    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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    Would you book it?

    Perhaps it will be substantially discounted as, no doubt, it will appear on TV at some point. Who knows - you might even be paid to go on it 😂😂😂
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    Just back off the Aurora

    There will be a maintenance schedule for cleaning air conditioning which must be adhered to. The usual cause of most illnesses is the passengers boarding and not declaring they have a problem.
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    Just back off the Aurora

    The problem is not usually the air conditioning but people embarking with coughs, etc, who then pass on there complaint to many more by using the AC to pass round germs and spreading germs via handrails, lift buttons and many other ways. A good health hygiene routine helps reduce the risks.
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    Disappointing 1st sail with Princess

    Thank you for your comments, sinbad10, and as you so rightly say food is of a personal choice. My wife has been in the catering and industry for 30 years and it is only our personal view that, in comparison to P&O, the breakfast had fewer choices and was not as good. At lunchtime in the Buffet there were fewer salad choices and certainly not to the standards portrayed on the TV. Selection of an evening meal in the MDR was often difficult with little choice if you are not a fish eater, which I am not, and there was not even a steak as a fall back. In short we ventured on this cruise with high expectations believing Princess to be a better experience than P&O which, again in our opinion, it was not. I find P&O provide good value for money cruises and am certainly looking forward to sailing with them again in the near future.
  9. After a dozen sailings with P&O we decided to try an alternative cruise line for comparison. We thought we had heard good reports of Princess so booked a 7 day cruise to France and Spain to try the Sapphire Princess out. We arrived for embarkation well ahead of our allocated time. At 10:35 we handed our car to CPS and by 11:35 were sitting in the buffet on board the ship. To say this was an excellent experience was an understatement and something P&O should certainly get to grips with. We were fortunate to have qualified as “Elite” passengers, the highest level tier, due to our P&O loyalty points which only places us half way up the P&O ladder! Our Balcony cabin had a good, large outside area with 2 chairs, footstools and large table. Inside was rather disappointing as it was quite small and insufficient seating to allow both of us to sit on seats rather than the bed. The bathroom was also small but the shower was very good. Overall the cabin was very clean and kept that way by our steward throughout the cruise. The ship seemed to have a very happy crew who were very helpful and friendly. I did wonder if this was due to the significantly higher auto gratuity charges of $14.50 per day per person. I thought the ship seemed jaded and in need of a refit. It did not seem that disability friendly but it did make a change to see signs in Chinese and English. Entertainment we excellent and varied. One of the things I was particularly looking forward to was the food and have to say I was very disappointed. We have had much better menus on the various P&O ships we have sailed on and with more variety and if a better quality. We tried the speciality Steakhouse and have to say our local Miller & Carter is much better with a price about the same as the Speciality restaurant surcharge! The best part of the menu were the chocolate desserts. Drinks were expensive with a £7 supermarket bottle if wine costing $42 and drinks seemed to be around €10 a drink. The ports of call had me scratching my head as the ship was as much as 2 hours travel away from the advertised port. We went on a ship organised excursion to Santiago di Compostela as we wanted to see the Cathedral there only to find there was very little to see inside due to renovations being undertaken until 2020. A warning would have been good but the trip, for us, was still worth it. Disembarkation was again excellent being timely and very efficient. For the first time cruising we could spot our bags immediately. Would we book another Princess cruise - probably not unless they were stopping at particular ports that other cruise companies were not offering.
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    Viking Sky in SOS Emergency

    It reminded me of 18 months ago when the engines failed, due to fire, on Aurora mid Atlantic - out if range of helicopters. We were lucky that the seas were relatively calm. Most important thing was to get the engines working so the vens could be used fir lunch.
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    What's with the silly pop up???

    No pop ups this end either. Is it a Windows isdue rather than an Apple OS one?
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    Would you pack this??

    Thanks Davybe, what an interesting article. I think everyone should carry duct tape as it can be used across the mouth to prevent all thise boring comments being made, wrapped round the forms to have gratuities being claimed and placed. Across lift doors to prevent unauthorised access by those terrible physically fit passengers getting in 😂😂😂. I am sure there are other uses which others can add.
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    P&O prices on the Rise??

    With flexible pricing you cannot tell what will happen. More people book summer holidays after Christmas so the prices will go up. Sometimes there is a drop 12 weeks before sailing but it is all dependent on the popularity of the cruise. If there is a cruise you really want to go on, and the price is right for you, book and do not check for change. Just enjoy the cruise as there will aleays be someone who has paid less.
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    How Does Music Affect You

    I do not mind any music provided it is well played. I must say that on some cruises this had proved a difficulty.
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    Renewing a Passport.

    At least, with the Post Office, you know there are not any problems with your application and your photo is ok. Get things wrong and you can be playing ping-pong.
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