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  1. Arcadia is a stylish, elegant ship with beautiful glass artwork throughout and the nicest (balcony) cabin we have had. We didn't like the flow of the public rooms as much as on Aurora and the theatre looks really stylish but has terrible sight lines. Aurora will always be our favourite too but there is much to like about Arcadia and I'm sure you will have a great time on her.
  2. I thought there was a similar discussion recently and found a thread from 6th June from an American but with similar questions. I tried to paste a link but it didn't work so apologies. I know on the P&O website if you started the booking process then put in an overseas address it would give a phone number to call so that you could make your booking direct. the new website is so tortuous but I assume it does the same. We have met plenty of Americans, Canadians, New Zealanders and Australians (a big party of Australians on our last cruise) and everyone seems to get along fine. Yes, the ship is predominantly British but that's not to say there aren't others onboard. In October there is likely to be an older age range but again, it's not like you want to talk to everyone and there will be enough of your own age or similar. Just keep away from politics.
  3. We were on Oriana 4 years ago and they showed all the matches in the Lord's Tavern and brought round trays of snacks, no sea screen of course. The final was shown on a big screen in the show lounge and had a great atmosphere.
  4. We were on Oriana 4 years ago and they showed all the matches in the Lord's Tavern and brought round trays of snacks, no sea screen of course. The final was shown on a big screen in the show lounge and had a great atmosphere.
  5. If they have a porthole it should be marked. I don't think, looking at the plans, that any of the current ships have portholes. Oriana had a few at the front but not the ships you are looking at.
  6. I don't know what you consider moderately priced but 71 Nyhavn is a very nice hotel in a good location. I have stayed there 3 or 4 times and it was always good with a very nice breakfast too.
  7. We hired earlier this summer with Europecar and it was really straightforward. But their office next to the port shop wasn't staffed even though they knew we were arriving. This created a mild panic but a quick phone call later and someone arrived quickly to do the paperwork. As already said, parking is easy next to the port and we were really pleased with how well it all went. We noticed when we got to Akuyreri that they had an office there as well and wished we'd done the same thing there.
  8. We had soup and salmon, loads of really nice bread and help yourself to tea and coffee at a hotel overlooking lake Myvatn on the Jewels of the North tour. Some who had the Golden Triangle tour and enjoyed a very extensive buffet complained that there wasn't enough food but it was plenty and as the guide said, we were about to go swimming and it's not good to eat too much before a swim. We arrived into Akuyreri 4 hours late due to a medical emergency and all the tours had been re-arranged for us. I'm sure private companies who are used to dealing with cruise ships would do the same but it did take the pressure off.
  9. Yes, you can book on board at the shore excursions desk and some people like to see the port presentations on board before they make a decision. And if you want to use on board credit to pay for your excursions then you must wait until you board. But do be aware that some trips sell out before you set sail. We learnt this the hard way and then felt very smug on our next cruise that we had secured tickets beforehand. Equally though, we've booked on tours that haven't made minimum numbers and have been cancelled. Of course you get a full refund but it's frustrating. If you're not too fussed and there are plenty of alternatives then wait, if it's somewhere remote with nothing else you like then book early. There is always an option to cancel although it has to be 24 or 48 hrs in advance ( please check this as don't want to give wrong information).
  10. We visited your Iceland ports on Oriana last month. Reykjavik, I took advice from the Cruise Critic forum and we hired a car from Europecar as they have a pick up point at the port. It worked really well for us as we were able to do the Golden Circle at our own pace and as husband is a geologist he wanted to take his time. I think the ship tour was around £100 each and those who did it said the lunch was very good. Isafjordur we went kayaking in the morning then to the abandoned village of Hesteryeri in the afternoon. It was a beautiful sail across the fjord and a beautiful place to visit if you like natural beauty with not much there. In Isafjordur there is a company called Borea tours, you can look at their website and they have some interesting trips but being a tender port we were worried about timings. Borea tours provided the kayaking but we booked through P&O. Akuyreri we did the Jewels of the North with the swim in the Nature Baths which was £130 each. You can do the same tour without the swim. We loved the nature Baths, fantastic views and our skin felt lovely (albeit smelly) but we did feel we wasted alot of time getting on and off buses and waiting for people. It would be difficult to do this independently although there are private tours that offer the same. In Reykjavik there were tour operators touting for business at the port so you can probably pick something on the day but we prefer to know in advance. We noticed at Akuyreri there was also a Europecar office so if we went again we'd probably do our own thing. The best whale watching trip was on the ribs out of Isafjordur but it may just have been luck on day. I still have the excursion brochure so if you want me to check any information I can do so.
  11. Mr and Mrs. Coz, what a lovely, refreshing attitude you have. Do hope it all works out but I'm sure you will have a great time regardless.
  12. Not only did I get my booking confirmation through this afternoon but also a separate notification listing the restrictions on Saver fare. I don't know how long they have issued those but presumably it would have been received by TA who should have passed on the information.
  13. I have just got off the phone to P&O as I wanted to add an extension to a cruise that we have booked for next year. The original part is on a select fare but I was happy to take a chance with the new bit. The sales Assistant went through the differences in the fares really thoroughly to make sure I understood what I was getting and before taking a deposit payment she again read through the terms, particularly the bits about shuttle buses and the part about choosing a dining option, and asked for my agreement. I'm sure if a TA was calling P&O then the same terms and conditions would be carefully read through. Of course whether the TA made it clear to the poster's M in Law or whether she just failed to take on board what they were saying is impossible to know. P&O will certainly do their best to accommodate dining choices and won't be difficult for the sake of it but they do have to work within the constraints they have and they can't make a space where there isn't one.
  14. I assume you know the cliche about British people talking about weather all the time. Well that's because we never know what it's going to do. September is often a lovely month but nothing is guaranteed, weather could be doing pretty much anything. The usual advice, layers, waterproof and sea sickness med and hope you won't need any of them.
  15. How long is a piece of string? Weather could be pretty much anything so usual advice of layers and a raincoat. You may be wearing everything at the same time or you may be basking in glorious sunshine or pretty much anything in between.
  16. Have only done one mini cruise and that was to Guernsey but I assume it's the same for the Zebrugge cruises. The formal was on the second night and very nice it was too. There were alot of party groups on board, stags and hens but also significant Birthdays and Anniversaries and every one had made an effort and looked great.
  17. Give P&O a call, they have always been really helpful when I've spoken to them and will tell you exactly what you've booked and if it's not what you wanted then what the difference would be to change.
  18. I would suggest a disembarkation time of 9am should get you through on time. As AndyMichelle says, go to reception and request what time you want otherwise they just allocate times. We have used West Quay cars before and the first time we used them and explained we were coming off a ship, they said to call them once we were in the luggage hall so that they can time their arrival as they are not allowed to wait too long in the pick up zone. This worked well, the second time we used them it didn't and there was a lot of confusion as to where the car was. But I would check with them whether it's best to call first. I haven't sailed on Britannia, only smaller ships, others may give more accurate disembarkation times but I would have thought 1/2 an hour was enough.
  19. Am I the only person who like the French galette style biscuit?? I think they are a big improvement on the ones that went before. Haven't been cruising long enough to know what the ones before that were like but I genuinely do like the current ones.
  20. It is possible doing it by public transport as Pennbank suggests but for ease of journey and time constraints and probably not much difference in costs depending on how many of you there are I would go by taxi. I would suggest looking at the Bournemouth Airport website https://www.bournemouthairport.com/to-and-from-the-airport/ and using the taxi listed here. I believe PRC stands for Poole Radio Cabs. They have a contract with the airport and don't have to pay the dropping off charges that everyone else including other taxi cabs need to.
  21. Just a thought, are you arriving on a week day or the weekend? If a week day then traffic shouldn't be too bad after the usual rush hour has cleared but if its the weekend then its the opposite problem with Londoners coming down to enjoy the beach and traffic can really back up towards midday. Either way, if you contact a Southampton taxi firm and pre-book they will have a good idea of journey times. And Bournemouth airport is so easy to negotiate due to size(or lack).
  22. I would just get a taxi direct from the port to Bournemouth Airport. If you take the train you will still need a taxi from Bournemouth station to the airport. We've booked taxis from the port to close to the airport and they have been approx £50 (Ican't remember exactly) but pre-arrange a price. It shouldn't take more than 40minutes, particularly at that time of day. Beware awful traffic on the Bournemouth spur road due to roadworks but should be ok in the middle of the day. I wouldn't worry about express disembarkation, just ask for a slot no later than 9.30. And Bournemouth airport is so small that it doesn't take long to get through.
  23. We're going on her! Will be our 3rd time and as we are still relative newbies that will be the most on any ship (2 each for Arcadia, Aurora and Oceana). Should be a lovely cruise on a lovely ship but hope it doesn't get too emotional - there are going to be some farewell parties apparantly.
  24. The Syndicate quiz is our perfect way to round off an evening. We also enjoy the dance lessons, most of the speakers, most of the food in the MDR, the themed buffets and just the general ambience.
  25. Arcadia is a beautiful, stylish ship with lovely glass artwork throughout. We had our nicest cabin to date on Arcadia. Nice pool areas and a covered roof works well and the Prom deck is very nice. The Globe acts as a second show lounge, it can get very crowded if it is a popular act. To my mind the public rooms don't work as well as they do on Oriana, the Globe being a case in point, she also has a café that's a bit tucked away, a very comfy cinema but so tiny that you have to pre book seats. The theatre is very stylish but the sight lines aren't great, and no beautiful tiered stern of course. But despite all that critcism Arcadia has a lovely vibe, Sindhu has great views as well as great food, the gin tastings were fun, the Crows Nest is a perfect venue and I'm sure you'll have a fantastic time.
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