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  1. 1 hour ago, david63 said:

    Unfortunately some appear to be hard of hearing so just congregate at the gangway just in case they can get off sooner!

    Once disembarkation starts, there is, IMHO, no problem in letting people off the ship, and I certainly did not see anyone queueing at the gangway, nor indeed anyone turned away because their coloured tag had not been called. In fact the downside to arriving too early in the baggage hall on ships that do provide fresh baggage tags, is that your row is still full and takes you far longer to find your luggage than disembarking a little later, when it's much easier to spot your suitcases.

  2. 9 hours ago, john watson said:


    Princess have a much larger number of smaller colour groups waiting at specific places. They also have a coloured baggage tag counterfoil to show at the gangway. Announcements are made at the various meeting points and those of that colour group disembark together. The idea is that it prevents everyone waiting at the disembarkation doorway, blocking it but then waiting for your group announcement as it is not audible there.  I think the difference between P&O and Princess is that P&O do not  have a Gatwick early, late Heathrow early, late and people going to Stonehenge, Salisbury on the way to the airport. 


    Regards John

    That's not how we disembarked Sky Princess last June, I agree they do have colour coded disembarkation luggage tags, but there was no meeting points. The instruction was to listen to the announcements and as yours was called, make your way to the gangway. It was a very slick and fast process.

  3. 2 hours ago, FangedRose said:

    There is no excuse for not knowing the procedure. Letters arrive in your cabin beforehand, there are notices in Horizon. If that wasn't enough not being able to walk down the corridor for luggage would ge a huge clue.

    I think it is the way that P&O want you to attend a meeting point and wait there until they say you can disembark. Princess, Celebrity and Royal Caribbean make regular announcements advising when a disembarkation group can leave the ship. This enables passengers to know how disembarkation is progressing and and allows passengers to speed up or slow down their breakfasts, and seems to avoid the mass scrums for the lifts, which are always full, and certainly makes the whole process much less stressful.

  4. 1 hour ago, david63 said:

    I thought that if it was a requirement to have a shuttle within the port then it was a free shuttle and usually provided by the port

    In Lanzarotte the shuttle takes you to the Marina entrance, the port exit is as you exit the car/bus park.

  5. On 4/17/2024 at 12:54 PM, NavyVeteran said:

    With the new policy, you don't need to make reservations. If you don't choose traditional fixed dining and you don't make reservations, there will be one MDR available for walk-in only. This should provide better service to those without reservations than the current system.

    I hope that a large enough number of passengers continue to make MDR reservations or choose fixed dining, and that the walk up MDR does not become the MDR of choice leading to long queues or lots of pagers.

  6. 54 minutes ago, 9265359 said:


    The cost to Carnival to validate shareholder statements is likely to be trivial - it will all be outsourced work to somewhere that pays pence.


    As for passengers - even needing to provide a certificate through the app resulted in a far quicker application of OBC for me (and others here), so even if they ask for updated statements, then that is fine with me. 

    That's OK if your stockholder provides you with a flexible facility to print out a statement that needs little or no redacting  mine doesn't.


  7. 2 hours ago, MyriamS said:

    Now I'm confused because I was told by most people in this thread that I cannot just join a queue to leave the ship. Either I need to self-disembark early, or wait for my normal disembarkation slot (that is assigned to me a couple of days before arrival and that I might not be able to change). 


    Anyway my earlier post were just suggestions of things that could ease the queues for everyone. It makes sense that self-disembarkation starts before normal disembarkation, but I don't see why it has to end before it. You could have both happening at the same time with no congestion if you would split the queues.


    Since very few numbers normally self disembark, then splitting the queue would result in doubling the time taken for standard disembarking passengers  which I think you will agree would be grossly unfair.

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  8. 5 hours ago, Selbourne said:

    But presumably you applied for both within a fairly short period, which wouldn’t necessitate having to prove the shareholding twice? The interesting thing will be applying for OBC for another cruise say 6 or 12 months after providing the proof of shareholding. I’m not sure if this service has been going long enough to know, but I’d expect to be asked to confirm shareholding again. 

    I hope you're wrong @Selbourne, if you still need to provide regular statements to validate your shareholding, then I cannot see any benefit to passengers, and it will likely be quite a bit more expensive for Carnival.

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  9. 1 hour ago, MyriamS said:

    Many people in this thread blame the selfish and unruly passengers who do not respect their disembarkation time. However, it does look like P&O could do more to make the disembarkation process more pleasant, which would increase compliance.


    First, I would have the self-disembarkation and disembarkation happen simultaneously, just in two different lines. For regular disembarkation, take the leftmost line which leads you to the luggage hall to find your suitcases. For self-disembarkation, take the rightmost line which goes through the luggage hall but is roped off. This means that self-disembarking passengers are not blocking regular passengers from finding their items, nor are being blocked by them from exiting the hall asap.


    Then, ask passengers to opt for regular disembarkation or self-disembarkation, and choose a disembarkation slot in the "app". Regular disembarkation time slots could be 30min long because it takes time for passengers to locate all their luggage. Self-disembarkation slots could pack the same amount of passengers in only 15min, because the only bottlenecks to self-disembarkation is the crew scanning your card.


    Wishes could be granted in order of loyalty. People who have cruised with P&O for years would have their wishes granted almost always, and be rewarded for their loyalty. People who are new to P&O would still stand a chance to get their preferred disembarkation time, especially if they are willing to self-disembark.

    Self disembarking is done before normal disembarkation to enable those passengers wanting an early departure and willing to handle their own luggage to achieve it. If you dont need an early departure, but still prefer to carry your own luggage, then I am sure P&O will be happy for you to do just that. But dont expect them to provide a queue free line for you, you would have to patiently wait in the queues, which can slow you down, quite significantly.

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  10. 1 hour ago, grapau27 said:

    Good morning @lincslady.

    Wow 7 months waiting list for an ECG.

    I found it is a good idea to keep ringing to see if there are any cancellations for hospital appointments or ask to be on a cancellation list for them to ring you if any appointments come available.

    I hope you have a lovely day.


    Probably the quickest way to get an ECG is to ring 999 and say you think you're having a heart attack.😯

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  11. 2 hours ago, AndyMichelle said:

    The 'gelato filled doughnuts' now available in the market cafe sounds like a bit of me... 

    Having to do a full muster, not so much... 😂


    But you have to pay for these!!!! And you would need to treble your statin pills to counter the high cholesterol content of the cakes.

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  12. 1 hour ago, bbtablet said:

    Another plus for this cruise, given the red-hot temps in the Med in recent summers (too hot for us in July and August), by the time this cruise goes it might well be nice and hot but not unbearable.

    End September early October is traditionally the rainy season in the Med. Although global warming might have changed that.

  13. 22 minutes ago, david63 said:

    Not sure how they will in my case as they have been bought through a shares ISA so there is nothing in my name.

    If you have set up the stockperks app and redeemed your perk that way, then I guess they will know, and probably they have a way of tracking if you are still holding the shares. If not how are they able to validate each new redemption without getting you to provide fresh documentation each time.

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  14. 19 minutes ago, MyriamS said:

    Hi everyone, I read that Olive Grove must now be booked onboard Iona. What are our chances to secure a spot for lunch or dinner on the second day of our cruise (it is a sea day and celebration night)? We don't have loyalty with P&O so are expecting to be some of the last people to board the ship.

    Boarding seems to be based on which deck you are on, so you might be lucky.

  15. 3 hours ago, MyriamS said:

    @EM35 Yes, I'm indeed on Iona! I should have specified that in the first post.


    We definitely won't be taking a taxi to the station. The distance is what I walk to get to work, so a very easy distance for me. As said in the original post, our amount of luggage truly is minimal. I have a small backpack and my boyfriend has a slightly larger one, but it still fits under the seat of an airplane. We won't be clogging the corridors with that! 


    I have to admit, I found it quite funny when one post said "Disembarkation is a complex choreography, you have to do what P&O tells you" then the next one "People did what P&O told them (self-disembark at 7.30am) and that created huge chaos". Not blaming any of you for your advice, just reflecting that P&O does not seem to be managing this optimally!


    Anyway, it seems a 9.30am train is absolutely doable (baring exceptional circumstances, like the ship being 2 hours late). I would wait and see what regular disembarkation slot we are allocated (I suppose we won't get any say in it?) and, if it is too late for our train, just go for the latest possible self-disembarkation slot.



    If you will only be carrying what appears to be hand luggage, then I doubt you will have any problem disembarking along with those passengers collecting their luggage in the luggage hall, just head for the gangway when you are ready.

  16. 1 hour ago, MyriamS said:

    We will be arriving back in Southampton from our Norway cruise on Saturday 29th June. P&O is not telling us the arrival time, but travel agent websites says 7am. Is there any way to check this?

    Assuming 7am is correct, I've read that it is possible to self-disembark from 7.30am onwards. Also that one needs to vacate their cabin as early as 8am. If true, we could leave our cabin at 8am, go for a quick buffet breakfast, self-disembark, and walk to Southampton station in plenty of time for the 9:30 service to London. We travel very very light so carrying our own bags off the ship and to the train station is no problem at all for us. 

    Does this plan seem realistic? I understand that due to weather or other impossible to foresee circumstances, the ship might be several hours late. However, I see no off-peak train fares for Southampton to London and anytime fares are outrageously expensive. So we have to gamble with an Advance ticket. We could go later (our flight's not until 6pm, so we won't miss it either way) but I'd much rather do my waiting in central London rather than Southampton. 


    If you self disembark then I think you have to leave the ship before normal disembarkation starts which can be as early as 8:00am.

  17. 7 minutes ago, Bazrat said:

    Totally agree with your comments, we book in advance because we want to be on a specific deck cabin and location, if you wait till after balance due it is a lottery what you get but each there own.

    @Selbourne and I need accessible cabins, and we know their location and are generally happy with any accessible balcony cabin. So if one becomes available late on, then we are more than happy to book it, and at the saver fare as well.

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  18. 3 hours ago, david63 said:

    That is not true and that is what P&O rely on.


    If the cruise was £1100 with £100 OBC then you pay £1100. If no OBC then cruise is £1000 and your £100 spend becomes £90 - total £1090

    You're assuming that any OBC also equates to an equal amount of extra pricing, which even it were true it would be difficult to know, unless they kept a meticulous spreadsheet of all the cruises in which they were interested, which few passengers do.

    So in most cases people look at the quoted price, and if it comes with OBC then they are happy that they have got something extra, although I do agree that a lower price would be my preferred option.

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  19. 12 hours ago, LACruiser88 said:

    The Majestic currently has 6 Sommeliers onboard.  I would ask to speak with your restaurant manager.


    Hope your situation improves!

    I will check on Sky in 2 weeks, but last year drinks orders were taken and served by the table waiters.

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  20. 58 minutes ago, Selbourne said:

    Pre-Covid we always used to book at launch because we have to have an accessible balcony cabin. It was a double win, because we secured one of these cabins and the launch prices were never bettered. 

    Last year we booked cruises on both Britannia and Aurora after balance due date, paid less than the launch prices and still secure accessible balcony cabins. That experience has made us completely re-think our approach, especially as I’ve never been entirely comfortable having to book over 2 years in advance.

    Now that we know we can book a saver fare and still get the cabin of our choice, then booking at launch may still be the best option. However like you we are no longer certain that my wife will be fit enough to cruise in 2 years time, so we are not looking to book anything at  this launch, especially with having to pay 10% deposit.

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