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  1. Yeah, I'll buy into that one too (although as a vegetarian my stovies are made with (shock horror) quorn sausages!) I most certainly do wear undergarments on formal nights ... I'll have you know I'm a laydee ....!
  2. Without taking this horrendously off topic .. stovies are a Scottish dish of cooked down potatoes, onions and sausages or corned beef (there's a bit of a strong viewpoint there), black bun is a traditional very dark fruit cake wrapped in pastry eaten on Twelfth night, and I'm sure everyone knows what a dram is.
  3. Not sure about access availability, but there are spaces on CMV's Magellen on the 15th for three nights to Rouen / Honfleur from Tilbury. A travel agent or CMV themselves would be best to check with.
  4. Sensitively and well written update from the passenger on Ovation of the Seas. Thoughts and prayers to all that have been affected by today's volcanic eruption.
  5. He did. His daughter was working as a photographer on the fleet, including on Arcadia when he first took command. He was very polite, but in four consecutive captain's gala evenings, each time he stood in the corner talking to his fellow officers.
  6. Another who has never found Captain Wells rude or unfriendly, quite the opposite. Would choose Arcadia over Queen Victoria as others have said, contemporary and a better layout that Queen Victoria, that they have tried to instil the traditional Cunard look on. Strangely, the only cruise captain I have ever met - let alone sailed with - who I didn't warm to was one of Arcadia's first captains, Steve Burgoine, who never looked or acted like he was very keen to mingle with passengers.
  7. Thank you for sharing this. Great video of my favourite P&O ship.
  8. Booked early, you might be surprised by the single KC rooms on QM2, which are big, have two round windows and a "proper" shower with glass front, and located on their own corridor, which gets very little foot fall - unless you specifically want Queens Grill, a balcony etc. But they do go very quickly.
  9. I agree with this. These are the only two P&O ships I would consider, and I never thought I would see the day that I "jumped" ship from my lovely Arcadia, but her cruises are mainly longer nowadays. Then I booked an outside double picture window single on a certain Cunard flagship, and have been smitten ever since.
  10. Xiamen. Gulangyu Island in Xiamen is also known to the locals as Piano Land.
  11. I replied on the other thread, but yes, it was definitely Piano Land (Oriana) you saw in Piraeus. She arrived there on the 23rd (since left and on the way to Colombo via Port Said).
  12. Yes, it would have been Piano Land (Oriana). She arrived in Piraeus on the 23rd August before heading to Port Said, where she was on the 29th. Now on her way again, and due to arrive in Colombo on the 9th September.
  13. Piano Land (Oriana) left Southampton this morning. Fitting that she was first passed by Aurora inbound to Mayflower then herself passed Ventura at Ocean. Showing a destination of Piraeus.
  14. Yes, can't recall why it happened. In the days before Ocean Terminal was a thing. Arcadia was at Mayflower and Aurora needed tugs at City. This was the first time I had been at the QE2 terminal. Everything about it shocked me .. not so much refit as rebuild needed.
  15. I did too. Was only embarkation though (Aurora), as we came back to Mayflower. City Terminal was fine. For what my opinion is worth, so are Mayflower and Ocean. Having had the misfortune to leave from the QE2 terminal a few weeks ago on Queen Mary 2, and that is one terminal that is not fit for anything. Awful experience.
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