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    Staffordshire, GBR
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    P&0, Celebrity
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    New Orleans

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  1. Also just back from the 19 nighter on Aurora, her second cruise following a multimillion refit. A substantial part of that was for behind the scenes upgrades including a new 'exhaust system'. We were held on shore for some five and a half hours in weather as described by Jean. Returning quickly from a shore visit after my wife was blown onto a parked car! l have complained often about the sound levels of the production shows being too high, the response from the 'techs' is that the audio is pre-recorded and the level is set by the HQ production management. To get it reduced to a comfortable level PLEASE CONTACT HQ PO SOTON. Given that this is a common complaint by many of us of a certain age, with associated hearing loss, I worry about the harmful effect it is having on the hearing of the youngsters on the family friendly ships. The Excecutive Vice-President, Paul Ludlow, spent a couple of days on board, but failed to put in a public appearance in spite of the fact that the ship was crammed with frequent PO Shareholding cruisers. What do you think of this?
  2. I have not read all the posts on this thread, so the answer may have already been given. do the Drinks' Packages include Bar Operatives and Wine Waiters tips? If so, I wonder how the money is allocated? If not, then some of the calculations may need amending. Can the bottles bought be drunk say, partly with a meal and finished in a more peaceful place?
  3. We went on an island tour by PO, that included a visit to a pineapple farm. The cultivation was in greenhouses, showing the different stages that are linked by flat paths. The visit included the farm's showroom/ bar to taste pineapple tipples.
  4. 'Who is likely to spend most over, say a fourteen night cruise, persons who have almost instant access to their spending, or those who have to trudge down to Reception and queue up to find out? If your thinking is like mine, then perhaps it it is the same as P&O!
  5. Has P&O taken notice of the current GBR iniative on CHILDRENS' HEALTH by only including in The Children's Package sugar reduced drinks? It is to be hoped that P&O does not follow their practice of virtually ignoring such health iniatives as it does by actively promoting the sale of tobacco products.
  6. Reference my post above, related to on-board deposit of £50 pp. and in reply to daiB: PO Booking Conditions: See page 149 clause 38 of the current brochure. From the date of booking until 91 days before departure, cancellation charge: Deposit From our own experiences of booking cruises on-board, at no time was an explicit statment made to negate the above clause that I suggest would be necessary to enforce a variation from £50pp. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  7. Since the introduction of future cruise sales on board PO's ships, following RCI's lead, and the incentive of a deposit of only £50pp, I understand that some cruisers book as a maybe cruise and make the final decision when the full balance is due. (Long sentence!). Thus, there becomes available cabins some 90 days before departure. In any case with the trend towards mega resort ships with their huge capacity, there will always be last minute cancellations, hence the concepts of upgrade and guarantee grade offers. A REAL BARGAIN: a Florida criuse friend had heard of hopefuls turning up on the quayside on days of departure and getting a deal. I believe that PO requires 4 days to do the post 9-11 induced checks.
  8. On each ship in the fleet we have sailed on, we have found the BAND not backing the artists but fronting them. So bad is the balance set, that often one cannot hear the solo or group singers clearly. Indeed, a recent successful court case where a member of an orchestra sitting near the percussion section suffered hearing loss, has resulted in precautions being taken on the ships. Look for the transparent screen now placed in front of the drummer and trombone player. Most solo singers offer dvd's for sale, none have the same accompanying loud, over brassed sound. I have spoken to the sound technicians and they say, they cannot alter it, as it is set by "fleet" in Soton. The artists say, as part of their contract they have to bring with them music for the seven part BAND, and can have one or two items without all seven band members. The notion that the present set-up is what guests want, I suggest is what hearing damaged young folk in the 'fleet office' want to hear. However, on our cruises, mostly out of season with other greypounders, many of whom have some hearing loss, we have mostly heard the criticism that the BAND IS TOO LOUD. If you agree, then make you opinion known. Note: This is not a criticism of the excellent, sight reading members of the band. Ex-Decca
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