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  1. We only demand price parity if the price goes down. We're not going to generously offer to match a higher price. I have visions of trying this (being re-fared down) with Ryanair and seeing what the reaction would be. I don't know why a cruise company which equally reacts to supply and demand would behave any differently.
  2. This is not the first time this question has been asked and I know it is done by the American cruise lines but I do find it a strange concept. Where else would you demand a refund if the price changes, you certainly won't get a refund from a rail or airfare which both have fluctuating prices. If you've agreed a price and were happy with it then leave well alone.
  3. Just to be clear, the buffet is up on the top of the ship so you usually get nice sea views. Also up on the top will be some sort of poolside grill. Then the other restaurant are down on the main public decks along with the quays eateries which are a new concept and are around the atrium. Will be interesting to see how these work and what general opinion of them is.
  4. Thanks, I saw the press release after I wrote this. I wonder if they will base another ship in Poole as it is really convenient.
  5. I've just received a brochure from CMV called Late Summer and Autumn cruises 2020 and the Astoria cruises from Hull in October are labelled Farewell Astoria season. Does anyone know when she is leaving and what her last cruises will be? We've enjoyed having her sailing out of Poole and were hoping to try her out.
  6. I have been avoiding trying to log on to the new cruise personaliser as our next cruise is not til next October and I thought I had plenty of time for them to iron out the problems. But I tried it this morning and wasn't impressed at all as nothing seemed to work and there were warnings all over about not being able to submit information at the moment. I hope it improves. I've also noticed as have so many others that when I log on to my account it doesn't have my future cruises showing. I'm sure they will fix it eventually but it's certainly frustrating at the moment.
  7. If you are on a cruise from Southampton and not worried about weight then I take clothes pegs and sometimes one of those sort of chandelier type peg thing. Also ask your room steward for a few coat hangers. All the bathrooms have a short clothes line and I drape as much as I can on it. With the fan going constantly in the bathroom then things dry pretty fast.
  8. If this is likely to be your only visit to the area then the Giants Causeway is certainly the more iconic sight and you will get to see lots of beautiful scenery along the way. Our daughter is currently studying at Queens university in Belfast so we have been trying to make the most of dropping off and picking up trips to explore the area a bit. This summer went to Fermanagh which is equally beautiful and next year hope to visit the Mourne mountains. But for a first visit with limited time the Giants Causeway and Antrim coast is probably your best bet.
  9. We walked the Gobbins in June 2017. It is not a difficult walk apart from the climb back up at the end, that's not difficult just steep. It is really scenic and something different but I don't know if it's a must see for a first visit. And we didn't see any puffins as their nests were a bit distant. We just turned up and found they were fully booked but we were able to book for a few days later. But you do need to pay in full when you book so be prepared to lose your money if any issues with ship.
  10. If the weather is nice we Brits can be as brightly dressed as any other nationality. Check (plaid) shirts and muted colours are more for autumn/ winter. The big if is of course if the weather is nice. My daughter's Birthday is beginning of June and thinking back over the years the weather has ranged from heatwave to torrential rains to unseasonably cold. So as always the advice is layers but you can make the layers any colour you like.
  11. Is your daughter and her friends happy with lots of nature and scenic views because that's pretty much what the tour will be. We are very proud of our beautiful countryside but don't know if there's much to appeal to early 20s. Monkey World is great for all ages and if they are at all interested in fossils then Lyme Regis is nice. Or if the sun is shining which it occasionally does then just enjoying the beach at Weymouth is nice. I'm sure you'll enjoy whatever you do.
  12. Last time we were on Aurora we met Cruiser Bruiser who like you was sailing as a solo American. Hopefully he will see this thread and add his thoughts. I'm sure you've done your research so you know that Aurora is the oldest and smallest ship currently in the fleet and probably the most traditional. She is our favourite with her beautiful tiered stern and we find she has a good flow. She is of course adult only now so no small children to worry about. Being older and smaller you may find there's not much going on if you don't get off on a port day but then if you like a good book you can relax in the crows Nest and just enjoy the view. What time of year are you sailing and is it a warm weather cruise or one going north as these things can affect the vibes on board.
  13. A recent thread on here by modernscarlett gives a link to dorsetdaytrips who provide cruise ship tours. I know nothing about them but they seem to provide a good overview of the area. I think John Bull has listed all the main attractions. Dorset is a rural county with the Purbecks being an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB), also part of the Jurassic coast due to the unique geology of the area. So please don't come looking for big cities and culture but enjoy our stunning landscapes and coastline. We're not talking mountains and grandeur but rolling hills and thatched cottages. The tank museum is world class and not just for tank enthusiasts, Monkey World is lovely and good on conservation and rescue and the Swannery at Abbotsbury is unique and at its best in the spring when it's full of cygnets but interesting at any time of year and right on Chesil Beach.
  14. I hope not before October next year as we've got 3 weeks on her. She's not our favourite but has much that we like, particularly Cafe Jardin which is a great spot.
  15. You are quite right John Bull, as far as I know the RAF didn't bomb the Navy, well not intentionally. Chesil Beach is such a beautiful area and geologically interesting as you can see the difference in size of the pebbles along the beach from really big pebbles at one end to almost sand at the other. The tour that modernscarlett has found will give her a really good overview of our beautiful county with all the main scenic points but sometimes its nice just to focus on one place and for me the swannery is really special. (But then so is Corfe Castle, not specatcular as a castle but beautiful views and such a scenic setting) Choices, choices
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