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About RiverSong

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  1. Thomson was once a name in travel we all recognised, but it now ceases to exist. In the ever-changing travel industry, we have seen the progression of this brand to TUI and now they’ve re branded their cruise ships as “ Marella Cruises” “New Name, Same Friendly Welcome” I’ve personally never been on a Thomson/TUI Cruise so know very little about them, will Marella be offering anything different? What are the benefits of travelling with them compared to other lines.
  2. After watching the cringe worthy Apprentice last night on board P&O Britannia, me and the other half decided to look at a short break sailing to Bruges. This notification came up when checking the sailings “We hope you are looking forward to your cruise. Ahead of your arrival, we wanted to advise about a new dress code policy. As of 1 January 2018, fancy dress, novelty or clothing personalised with images/slogans will not be permitted. We are also reducing the amount of alcohol guests can bring on board (a change from the policy wording in the January 2018 - October 2019 brochure). We believe this will make the on board experience special for everyone. Thank you for your understanding. We look forward to welcoming you on board. Find out more: pocruises.com/code-of-conduct” Do you think this is going too far or on the flip side not far enough?
  3. Cuba is still a Communist Country, time will only tell if the extra revenue generated by the Cruise Industry will work its way back into the community?
  4. Its not Cruise & Maritime we're looking at, but when we heard about the problems just made us all think twice about Amsterdam.
  5. I’m after some advice as looking at a short break cruise that goes to Amsterdam. One of the girls I’m travelling with has told me that her mother went on a Sixties Weekender with Cruise & Maritime, Magellan. They experienced some major problems with immigration in Amsterdam which delayed most of the passengers on ashore. Has anyone had this experience in Amsterdam and how long did it take you to get ashore?
  6. Due to the distance in travelling I would want to look at combining the two, after being lucky enough last year to experience a River Cruise I believe it would be a perfect way to take in some of the areas more off the tourist map, that would not be as easy to reach by land alone.
  7. A important point is how they plan to maintain the technology to keep their fleets upto date? For instance the Regal Princess entered dry dock and was updated with 7,000 new sensors, 650 public touchscreen devices and a staggering 1,780 new WI-FI access points all to accommodate “Ocean Medallion”.
  8. I think it depends on your skin type, I have oily skin and like Estee Lauder Double Wear, MAC Full Coverage go into Boots or Debenhams with some small pots explain what you want and they might give you some samples to try at home.
  9. It may just be every holidaymakers worst nightmare, you arrive on holiday but your case doesn’t. This happened to a local couple from Nottingham, it wasn’t a airline that left them in this predicament but “Alternative Cruise Parking” who were responsible for loading their cases onto the ship. They'd been advised to catch a bus to the ship and their suitcases would be loaded on for them. Unfortunately there was an incorrect transfer of luggage by the car parking provider which left them a case down. P&O did try an assist them with extra On Board Credit for essentials, but on a weeklong Ventura Cruise it didn’t help, as the lady was left unable to find any suitable outfits for the evening. I really don’t know what I would do if it happened to me, even worse if it was my partners not saying he’s a poser but he takes longer than most of my friends to get ready.
  10. BBC IPlayer has the Box sets on at the moment
  11. Is it better the Devil you know? A couple from the States have completed 200 sailings with Carnival Cruise Lines in just 15 years and more than 100 of them have been on board Carnival Sensation in the same cabin. They’ve got no intention of getting their head turned either with an impressive 30 more sailing in the bag. What is the most sailings you’ve been on with the same line?
  12. Line Of Duty has always been full of twists and turns, we never seen Ros kill Tim Ifield we only know she was there
  13. For me it depends on what I’m looking for, clothes, music I tend to buy on line. Holidays and Cruises I prefer to be able to speak to a person. Like with anything we all like the speed and convenience of the internet till you have a problem then you need to be able to speak to a person. The problem with some of these firms is how pushy they are once they have your details. When I say I don’t want a call back I mean it! Nothing worse than being in a car or on shift at work and getting hounded by a call centre.
  14. The Husbands lawyer
  15. I love it, even now they’ve moved it over from BBC Two, one of the best British Dramas on the telly.