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    Cruise Travel insurance

    I have Nationwide Flexuplus current account which gives cover for car breakdown, loss of mobile phone and also whole-world,travel insurance. I am 82, he is 81 and we both have declared medical conditions the extra cost is £50 a year on top of monthly account charge. Happily weve never had to claim so don’t know how,good they are but I do know that Without existing conditions several companies mentioned wanted almost £1000 for annual cover.
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    Trying it on??

    I did not complain because we were on a lower deck. I complained that the DOUBLE bed we had specified was ignored and I was told that despite booking on “select” basis, once passengers agree to accept upgrade they are treated as”Guaranteed” basis. Would a woman accompanying her elderly father or a middle-aged brother and sister travelling together be expected to accept “fixed double” when they had stipulated singles. I don’t think so. Before you join the “National Association of Belittlers” take the trouble to read what had been written.
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    Trying it on??

    We did the repositioning cruise on Azura in March. As outside cabins were full we selected partly obscured with double bed and were ok with this. It was an early celebration of our 60th Wedding Anniversary. We were offered upgrade the day before sailing but found it was outside with narrow fixed twin beds. Reception not interested - said if we accepted upgrade we had to take what we were given. She said all cabins were same size but this one was so small we had to move coffee table to get to area with tea-tray and getting into bed we were constantly banging our heads and elbows on wall. (We are not obese - my husband has 32” waist). Deck manager said he could put beds together by moving the bedside drawers but there would be no bedside lamps and clock, specs, glass of water etc would have to go on floor, and I don’t know where he intended to put the only drawer unit. Our plea that this was for anniversary was met with bemused smiles. P&Os reply to our complaint was that by taking “upgrade!!!” we reverted to “guaranteed” basis, even though we paid Select price, and changing the bed-specification was not a “material change” to our original booking. So if you agree to upgrade, note that P&O don’t abide by the Oxford English Dictionary that upgrade is an improvement on the original specification. It means take what you’re given and shut up.
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    MSC Grading

    Thank you RayO. That was very helpful
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    MSC Grading

    Just been looking at MSC cruises and wonder if somebody can explain difference between, e.g. , Outside Bella, and Outside Fantastica. How do Bella and Fantastica differ.
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    Loving The Celebrity Cruises Makeover Plans

    I have to agree with FirstMate re taps. On our cruise on Eclipse I was scared I might break my nose as I bent over the basin. Minus specs the tap, which stretched across 2/3 of the basin, seemed further away than it was. Also the very modern square "overhead shower" did exactly that. The top of my head got a good soaking but my "up-and-unders" (I'm 5'2 and big-busted) were barely damp. The other Celebrity ships had slightly bettterntaps but the shower problems remained.
  7. First went to Venice 40 years ago when on holiday in Lido de Jesolo. Wonderful. Now, going as a cruise-ship passenger it’s too crowded to move. If you are over-nighting and have been before, what about taking your own trip to Verona. 2 years ago return rail fare was €13 from Santa Lucia station. Trains about every 30mins. Get to Station, buy ticket, get on train. So easy. Caution. Do not take train that says “treni alte frequenzi” as this is a stopping train and will take hours.
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    New Ship/Central Atrium

    P&Os new ship is to have a Central Atrium we learn. So what's new? On ships with central Atrium, whenever things are going on down there, it's impossible to hear anything in other lounges. Last year on Azura the pianist gave up on the "Guess the Tune" quiz because a salesman's pitch in the Atrium completely deafened speakers in the various venues. Also it was almost impossible to hear or be heard at reception because of the loud music from dancing classes, pop groups etc. Recently on a Celebrity ship a group played every evening until almost midnight. As the Library and other lounges were open to the Atrium, there was no escaping it. A Central Atrium looks lovely on pictures but in practice it just doesn't work.
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    Advance Boarding for cruise ships

    Just reached Elite status on Princess. Arrived at Southampton and immediately waved to small queue. About Two years ago arrived about 12.30 at Southampton for Fred Olsen cruise - superior outside guaranteed basis. We were kept waiting almost two hours as they were boarding passengers according to how much they had paid. Sitting in crowded terminal annoying as brilliant sunshine outside. most difficult boarding was Caribbean Princess from Southampton, but we weren't Elite at that point
  10. Approaching 81st Birthday I just wonder how you go on for Insurance when booking so far in advance. I still manage annual insurance at reasonable rate but in 18 months time I might not be eligible. Six months ahead is my maximum -most likely it will be 6 weeks.
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    First time cruisers

    You chose exactly the right time, weatherwise, for that itinerary. Are you sure a drinks package isn’t included? It often is with higher grade cabins. Internet usually very expensive and not too reliable. Most cafes at various ports have free WiFi, as do many cruise terminals. Rule of thumb - follow the crew! You will see lots of lads with tablets and iPhones. They know where WiFi is free. You don’t mention ports to be visited. We usually do our own thing, but are seasoned cruisers and have holidayed in Italy. In Livorno it is easy and cheap to visit Pisa, but for Florence I would advise ships tour. Civitavecchia has good train service to Rome with station a short walk from St Peters Square. There you can use Hop- on-hop-off bus to sightsee. DO ENSURE you get back in time. Ship will not wait. In Venice all ships dock near “people-mover” that takes you to main square near Grand Canal. You can get a boat (equivalent of a bus, really) that will take you full length of Grand Canal, but if you get off at certain stops you have to pay again to get back on. You can get boats (traghetti) to all the islands in the lagoon for a reasonable sum and stroll at leisure. Unless you have won the lottery, don’t sit at a cafe in St Marks Square itself. Go up one of the many alleyways for your cappuccino! Most ships stay overnight here so you might do your own thing one day and ships trip another. Enjoy your first cruise. Be Warned. Cruising is addictive.
  12. Some years ago a woman said to her friend “I managed to dodge him with the hand gel when I went into the restaurant. Ha ha”. Another passenger rounded on her. “I’m in charge of Infection Control at a large hospital. People like you re The BANE OF MY LIFE!!!l. “. Exit red-faced woman. But when, on another cruise, I complained to the Head Waiter that some people were refusing to use hand sanitizer he shrugged and said “well, if they want to take the risk....”. The point is - it’s not them who are taking the risk. It is others who the hygiene-dodgers are putting at risk.
  13. Now if I could reserve a lounger on the Promenade deck (my favourite place on anybship) then my moneys yours
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    Is Oriana for the elderly?

    You seem to have missed out on Fred Olsen. Although not classed as adult only, I have only once seen a family with two small girls (although the entertainment staff treated them as special). We have enjoyed excellent food, entertainment and company on these small shops. My big wish for P&O is that they give us more ships with retractable roofs. Several windy rainy days at sea on Azura make me long for Aurora or the Holland America Niew Amsterdam
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    Post-cruise Vancouver

    Iin May we disembark in Vancouver about 9.0am but flight leaves at 9.30pm. Any suggestions About trips etc. bearing in mind we will have luggage. Thanks
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