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    Mayway got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in Buffet or MDR   
    On Fred, which is our current line of choice, I have not seen a lot of the things that are said to be done in the comments.  Fred's buffets are very civilised, and very comprehensive.   We eat in whichever restaurant the fancy takes us - some days we just don't want the formality of the MDR at breakfast and lunch.   We just about always eat in the MDR for second sitting dinner though
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    Mayway reacted to Davybe in Ripped off in Venice.   
    I find prices in general higher in tourist areas, get into the side streets where the locals shop and prices drop.
    I thought in. the Caribbean they had a tourist price (the one on display) and the locals got it cheaper.....Davybe
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    Mayway reacted to Jenjen in Cruise Travel insurance   
    As I have said before We use Staysure, other have said they did not like them, but for us with my husbands medical 
    condition and giving the offer code from the national newspaper printed most Saturdays or Sundays.
    they have cruise insurance with three different levels.
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    Mayway reacted to sinbad10 in Best price booking.   
    Just contacted my TA about upgrading my cabin on QM2 for Nov 2019 which was booked when brochure was released in Sept/Oct 2017. Know that you pay the price of the cabin when you booked not current prices but was shocked with price. They say either book early or book late not in between as prices increase, well that is not always correct. Was given a price of Princess Grill suite at price of Sept/Oct 2107 to upgrade today and the price Cunard quoted me was over £3500pp, the same cruise which is still 15 months away is currently been advertised at £2699pp. So it kills the myth that to get best price book early or wait for a late deal.
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    Mayway reacted to Davybe in Was BoJo Right   
    I have always been a floating voter ,so will decide at each election which candidate ? party I votes for.
    I cannot understand this blind loyalty people have to a party, no matter how rotten it is.We have friends who in protest at their parties policy's will not vote at all ,rather than vote for another party.
    Perhaps we need a "Populist Party" to give us a real choice.....Davybe
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    Mayway got a reaction from Davybe in Was BoJo Right   
    I agree; they will never get my vote in a million years - but then, living in a constituency where hell would freeze over before the Tory was voted out (Alan Duncan) then I use my vote as a protest.   20 years ago, I could probably name you 20 politicians on either side of the divide with ease.   Now there are very few that stand out.   Possibly because they don't really have to do their jobs any more - Europe does it for them.   They are just 'voters' in the exact same way as we all are - a sad state of affairs for our great country.
     
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    Mayway got a reaction from Davybe in Was BoJo Right   
    I rather like Boris and will defend to the end his right to his opinion - why are we all so 'scared' of people stepping outside the box and not kowtowing to PC views.   I think it is really offensive to call him a buffoon.   He obviously relishes the persona he has created, but he is nobody's fool.  I'd also love to know what is wrong with 'populist views'.   I do not belong to the 'elite' so therefore consider myself to be part of the populace.   Nor do I see myself as being misguided.   Just my opinion for what it's worth.   
     
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    Mayway got a reaction from Davybe in Was BoJo Right   
    I rather like Boris and will defend to the end his right to his opinion - why are we all so 'scared' of people stepping outside the box and not kowtowing to PC views.   I think it is really offensive to call him a buffoon.   He obviously relishes the persona he has created, but he is nobody's fool.  I'd also love to know what is wrong with 'populist views'.   I do not belong to the 'elite' so therefore consider myself to be part of the populace.   Nor do I see myself as being misguided.   Just my opinion for what it's worth.   
     
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    Mayway got a reaction from Davybe in Was BoJo Right   
    I rather like Boris and will defend to the end his right to his opinion - why are we all so 'scared' of people stepping outside the box and not kowtowing to PC views.   I think it is really offensive to call him a buffoon.   He obviously relishes the persona he has created, but he is nobody's fool.  I'd also love to know what is wrong with 'populist views'.   I do not belong to the 'elite' so therefore consider myself to be part of the populace.   Nor do I see myself as being misguided.   Just my opinion for what it's worth.   
     
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    Mayway got a reaction from Furby in Hygiene   
    Well I can honestly say that some of the comments on this thread have made me laugh out loud - absolutely hilarious.   Thanks a lot folks, you've really cheered me up.
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    Mayway got a reaction from Furby in Hygiene   
    Well I can honestly say that some of the comments on this thread have made me laugh out loud - absolutely hilarious.   Thanks a lot folks, you've really cheered me up.
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    Mayway got a reaction from Furby in Hygiene   
    Well I can honestly say that some of the comments on this thread have made me laugh out loud - absolutely hilarious.   Thanks a lot folks, you've really cheered me up.
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    Mayway reacted to towny44 in Hygiene   
    I have never read such a load of old rubbish since the last thread on this topic.  I am not aware that any normal viruses can be passed on through perspiration, and if I was the type of person that worried about lurking germs in any hotel/cruise ship drawers, then I think I would probably stay at home and avoid all social contact.
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    Mayway got a reaction from Oldworldtraveller in The One Ship You'd Choose For The Rest Of Your Days   
    Just got off the Marco Polo on Sunday after an amazing Round Britain cruise - Fabulous weather and got into every port and 4 of them were tenders.   Amazing little ship - we loved her - and definitely understand your choice.
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    Mayway reacted to Oldworldtraveller in The One Ship You'd Choose For The Rest Of Your Days   
    Good question sammy sun.
    For me it would be none of the large modern ships that roll in the slightest puff of wind but rather an older smaller ship, one with an ice strengthened hull so that I could sail to all parts of the globe at most times of the year, one with a deep draught that would ride the oceans swells with ease, one with larger old style cabins so that I could have a bath now and again instead of just a shower. A ship that provided good food that sustained rather than just looked good. One that didn't charge exorbitant gratuities or add gratuities of 15%, 18% or now even 20% to the cost of already overpriced drinks. I think the newly refurbished Marco Polo would suit. As always just my personal opinion.
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    Mayway got a reaction from Davybe in Christmas cruises   
    Sorry, I specifically answered the question with regard to P&O as that is what you requested - not any other cruise line.  I am sure there are many cruise lines out there who offer a wonderful Christmas experience, I just don't think P&O are one of them.   What was awful - well all I can say is that food wise and 'special guest' wise and ambience wise, it was very, very ordinary.  As Dancing Queen says, Christmas is basically one day now - it's a shame that P&O couldn't even pull the stops out and make that one day on board special.   You pay a premium for a Christmas Cruise and frankly I expect more than a gingerbread village.  As I said earlier, I only answer this from a P&O perspective as that is what you asked.
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    Mayway got a reaction from Davybe in Christmas cruises   
    Sorry, I specifically answered the question with regard to P&O as that is what you requested - not any other cruise line.  I am sure there are many cruise lines out there who offer a wonderful Christmas experience, I just don't think P&O are one of them.   What was awful - well all I can say is that food wise and 'special guest' wise and ambience wise, it was very, very ordinary.  As Dancing Queen says, Christmas is basically one day now - it's a shame that P&O couldn't even pull the stops out and make that one day on board special.   You pay a premium for a Christmas Cruise and frankly I expect more than a gingerbread village.  As I said earlier, I only answer this from a P&O perspective as that is what you asked.
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    Mayway reacted to Oldworldtraveller in Changes to Itinerary .   
    Really sorry for you Davybe as it is not a good start to something you have obviously been looking forward to it. Lets hope it is only a minor hiccup at the start and all the rest goes well.
    Have to admit I gave up with P&O several years ago and the more I read the more I feel I made the correct decision.
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    Mayway got a reaction from Furby in Brilliant Boudicca   
    Off on Fred again tomorrow on Balmoral - our first time on her, and she is due in for a refit when we return (Braemar is currently undergoing a refit).  We love Fred they offer a really enjoyable cruising experience and River Song really paints a true picture.
     
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    Mayway reacted to Oldworldtraveller in Brilliant Boudicca   
    Good review RiverSong.
    Fred in my opinion is a much under rated cruise line. After 9 cruises with them, still never had to send a meal back and always impressed with the way they remember your name, your favourite tipple and the genuine friendliness of the staff.
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    Mayway reacted to mitch in P&O Policy reagrding taking alcohol on board   
    i just dont get the need to take your own booze on board. if i wanted to splash out on a cabin with a balcony i can understand the attraction of a sundowner but if i am paying that much extra to get a balcony i reckon i could afford room service or something from the inroom fridge/bar. the saving in terms of money bringing your own booze on board cant be huge.
    ive never understood the people who pay extra to get a balcony and then spend the entire cruise pennypinching. there were loads on the 24 nighter i went on in oct they paid for a balcony then spent the entire cruise on deck 9 by the pool getting all their drinks from the buffet on deck 9.  i assume the rest of their time on the balcony with their own booze.they were all comparing how low their on board account was they only paid for drinks in the last week when they realised they had obc left.
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    Mayway reacted to Land Ahoy in Brilliant Boudicca   
    Hi  Thanks for the review and I'm pleased you enjoyed the Fred Olsen experience.  This line gets a lot of criticism by many cruisers because they employ older vessels but the standards on board is IMO is far better than those offered by their competitors.
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    Mayway reacted to RiverSong in Brilliant Boudicca   
    I would like to share with you my experience on board Fred Olsen Boudicca, D1722 Scenic Spain 22nd September – 30th September 2017 round trip Liverpool.

    This was the first time we had used the port of Liverpool and was impressed with how convenient it is for us Northerners.  When the car was parked with CPS at the ECHO arena, the stewards took our luggage and we didn’t see again till the cabin.  This left us free to explore the city Liverpool before embarkation, being one of our favourite cities I would recommend anyone to do this and it’s easy to just walk to the terminal after.  I think Paul (my long suffering other half) was surprise at how small the Boudicca looked compared to some of the other vessels he’s been on and to his horror he realised losing me on board may be more difficult than previously anticipated, but the benefits of a small ship soon became clear, we were checked in and onboard within thirty minutes.  Our cabin was conveniently located on Atlantic Deck with two port holes and bath which if I’m honest is a first for myself in a cabin.  The exploring of our new home for the next eight nights began, all public arears were modern and inviting and you immediately felt a friendly atmosphere.  The bookmark café offers speciality coffees at a small supplement like a Gingerbread Latte or Ice Caramel Macchiato at only £2.40 supplement, they also have a wide selection of assorted fine chocolates that are hard to resist.  They don’t have a casino on board but do offer Gaming tables outside the Lido Lounge with Roulette and Blackjack. Even though the Boudicca is a little ununiformed some of the balcony cabins are on the open promenade but you don’t feel like you’re looking onto them so passengers will still have their privacy, it was a little bit blowy on deck typical British weather so the Pool Grill and Marquee Bar remained closed till we hit warmer climates.  The look of relief on Pauls face was evident when he saw the shops on board which are adequate but limited in their offerings and he foolishly thought I may not be able to take advantage of their offerings.  One thing we was surprised at was that none of the self-service restaurants were open for anyone to obtain a snack they had closed the Secret Garden Café as this is used for the muster so the only option if you were unable to wait till dinner was room service.  We made the choice to upgrade to All Inclusive Drinks but I would recommend for passengers to do this before travelling, on a cruise of this duration it would be at the discounted rate of just £15.00 instead of the £25.00 per person per night we paid on board, this was still excellent value and well worth doing (not that were alcoholics honest).  That evening we’d been allocated a table in The Heligan Room which is a small intimate restaurant just off the Tintagel, Fred Olsen only offer the two sitting in an evening first 06:15 and second 20:30, if you prefer the self-service this is in Secret Garden Café 06:30 till 21:00 you will also find the supper club there normally 23:00 - Midnight.  All in all, the first impressions where impressive.

    As the cruise progressed so did our initial impressions.  We soon found ourselves in the centre of activities on board, Paul can talk the hind legs of anyone he loves meeting other people and found the Boudicca was perfect to get to know everyone, which thankfully gave me some respite to relax.  The service only got better as the crew got to know you, and food standards remained high with varied choices in the main restaurants and themed night in the Secret Garden like Hawaiian, English Pub and Tapas.  We even tried our hands at the daily quizzes which were more like university challenge and when you’re up against members of Mensa we really didn’t stand a chance.  The entertainment was ideal for demographic on board you have live music every evening in the Lido Lounge from Jon Asher and Chris Ricketts, The Boudicca Show Company offer cabaret style shows like Cinematastic in the Neptune Lounge also a comedian and a magician, the highlight is still The Boudicca Crew Show which you now see many competitors mimic on their sailings.  We went to the guest speakers and even a classical concert in the day time but you can find time to just sit back and chill.  Everything is detailed in The Daily Times you get nightly with your cabin turndown.  There is as much or a little to do on board depending on what you want to get involved in.  Our only criticism if you can call it that was we felt the cruise was a port short, we felt one more stop would have made the experience and with so much on offer in these regions of Spain it would have enhanced the sailing.

    Fred Olsen offer what some of the other cruise lines are now lacking, small boutique style ships.  You can tell it is still a family run company with the emphasis on personal service, this is their main strength and they are so friendly on board and this is contagious.  The food in the restaurants is in line with the best I’ve had at sea with an unlimited choice each day, and the Pool Side Grill was so good we had to go back a second time just to make sure.  Fred Olsen keep the experience on board traditional with shows and dance hosts and daytime activities like deck quoits and bridge.  The age group is young at heart but don’t be fooled into think this means a quite cruise the Neptune Lounge was literally rocking till 3am each morning, even me and my man child struggled to keep up.  Without hesitation, we would travel again with Fred Olsen.


     
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    Mayway got a reaction from alpagroves in Upgrades   
    I think I've said this before.  Only ever agreed to an upgrade once and that was when we booked an obstructed balcony on Adonia - there only appear to be two of them so we thought it was worth the risk.   It was.  We were duly upgraded free of charge to an unobstructed balcony - and very nice it was too.
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    Mayway reacted to Oldworldtraveller in Azamara Pursuit NEW FOR 2018   
    My personal view for what its worth is that Azamara will not be looking for former Adonia passengers. Azamara have a large loyal following who like the all inclusiveness and luxurious feel of the product plus this sector of the market is fast growing by people who want that which the large middle of the road cruise lines can't offer. 
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