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About CarlaMarie

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  1. Has the menu changed alot Reanna?
  2. Duty free can still be sold if you have actually been to the anchorage point I believe, even if you don't anchor.
  3. What it actually reads is that 'on approach to the Anchorage we had winds from the East up to a force 8 with strong flood tides'. The winds and sea state did vary considerably over time on that day, especially between the hours of 5 and 8am when the wind was at its greatest in the morning before it picked up again late afternoon.
  4. Thank you Dai. Something else people don't realise is that just because a port is cancelled doesn't mean the cruise company don't pay any charges. I live near the port here and my Uncle operates the port pilot and tug boats. If cancellations of tugs, mooring, pilots, etc... are made late ( within a couple of hours before you are due to arrive) the harbour authority do impose charges.
  5. Yes you are correct. I think alot of people are only finding out about this now when in fact he was sacked early last year. Tensions between Hindus and Muslims in India and Pakistan are well documented. Following an episode of Quantico which depicted Hindus in a bad light Atul Kochhar tweeted about the show (the show caused quite alot of controversy in India) and made anti-Islamic remarks in the process. He was then sacked by multiple establishments.
  6. I should have said the Captain and Pilot made the right decision, and the pilots know their seas and weather better then anyone else.
  7. In regards to the Ventura cruise and not being able to anchor in Guernsey, the weather in this area was not calm at all. We had high winds in the channel when she should have anchored which caused a slight swell. This caused issues for the pilot boat (my dad has photos of the pilot boat). Although the wind decreased about midday, it picked up again late afternoon which would again have affected the tender operations. This area is notorious, and although it may not seem to you to be visually rough the reality is very different. The channel is rocky and with the winds/swell the Captain made the right decision to keep everyone safe.
  8. I haven't heard who they would lease her to. I expect it is just another false rumour!
  9. The rumour is that China no longer want her and the back up plan is to lease her to another cruise company...
  10. That is surprising, I would have thought they would be sold out as she was the most popular ship in the fleet. There are some new rumours going around about where she will actually end up. Whether they are true or not is anyone's guess. She will be a big loss to the fleet though.
  11. My parents are doing this exact cruise right now on Ventura (Imjuiden for Amsterdam, Bruges and then Guernsey). From what they have said after speaking to them yesterday, they have never seen so many shuttle buses on the dockside waiting (double decker buses also). It seems that P&O have taken on board the issues regarding not having enough transport ready when Azura docked a few weeks ago. I don't know how much waiting passengers are having to do though, so I can't comment on that (my parents did a morning excursion yesterday and are making their own way to Haarlem today). In regards to Guernsey, we live on the southwest coast, not far from the channel islands really, so we know how quickly the weather can change here and how rough it can be. My mum and dad have been on three cruises with Guernsey on the itinerary - only once have they managed to anchor. But that is the risk you take, the same with any tender port. If you do get in, it is well worth the visit as it's a beautiful island and very peaceful.
  12. We took Norwegian Krone with us when we went. Although you do go for the scenery and experience, in all the ports you will find nice gift shops where you can find locally made items as well as your normal souveniers. If you are going to Bergen, Stavanger or Kristiansand you will also find typical high street shops, local bakeries, cafe's, as well as market stalls. Depending on which shore excursions you have booked, some do state that you get free time in certain locations where you may see something you would like to buy; or if you've booked a morning excursion and would like to explore a little more in the afternoon some currency may come in useful then as well. It is a good excuse to book another if you have any left over! I am sure you will have a wonderful and unforgettable cruise, Carla
  13. I am 32 and my first cruise was when I was 21 on the Oceana to the Fjords.
  14. I hope it gets resolved soon Docco. At the end of the day, no matter how much we all pay the basics should be available - hot water, TV service (whether you watch it or not) etc.... I increasingly find that it is difficult to get matters resolved on the ships, however simple they are. I had an issue on Arcadia about 3 years ago now. The first issue we have ever had (in over 12 years) to the point that the way it was handled on embarkation day made us want to get off. The simple issue was our room hadn't been cleaned - wet towels left across the sofa, clothing, rubbish, beds still in a double, no horizon paper or excursion tickets. I asked reception if they could get it cleaned, not a huge request really. We vacated the cabin so that the steward could clean without any of our luggage there. It took until 7pm for it to get sorted, two visits with the deck manager and a further visit with reception who told me 'tell your steward how you want your room to look' which was rude as they knew it hadn't been cleaned. Honestly if you could have seen it after the first attempt - they had separated the beds and put one against the wall with two bed side tables in the middle (you could barely move between the wardrobe and bed to access the rest of the cabin!) - and they'd forgotten to change the bed linen and clean the rest of the cabin. So I do sympathise Docco as I know how much chasing up you actually have to do sometimes when things go wrong, and it does frustrate you.
  15. Could you let us all know what they say please regarding the drop off point? I hear today that passengers have missed P&O excursions because they couldn't get off the ship to get to their coaches on time.
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