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    Holidays, Gardening, Chess,Home cooking.
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    P&O and Marella.
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  1. AndyMichelle, the £50pppn cruise I quoted would not suit us. We like sunshine hols only. You would understand if you loved in our neck of the woods (North east). The best we ever managed was £57pppn on our 2916 April cruise on Oriana. Luckily, we were allocated freedom dining and our cabin was mid ship low down. Suited us fine. I know you got a good deal on Iona in October if I remember correctly, but select prices like that are not very common I would think. I did see 35 day cruise next Jan for £2299 but left it for various reasons. Hope to see that price again as it is my 70th next Jan.
  2. I agree with most comments about price not being bettered when booked at launch. However, people rarely make it clear that they are mean select price. When I check, usually mid month on cruises departing the next month; I often find bargains on late savers. For example, Oceana departing on 8th March(14n) when I looked earlier in the week was £700 each for inside (£50pppn). If you can't book 2 years ahead, then the savings can be considerable.
  3. Formal attire is hardly observed, you may feel like a fish out of a barrell.
  4. Only did afternoon tea twice......Love the clotted cream. Normally drink John Smiths, Guinness, Murphys, or London Pride. Was designated driver at Xmas, had a couple of non alco Peroni, never again. So, I tried a proper one on Explorer, sorry never again.
  5. 2BA, sorry it took so long to get back to you; have been busy and online playing chess. Best thing about chess......it's not Golf. If we do Marella again, will not bother to take formal gear; just smart casual. Looking at 35 day P&O next Jan for my 70th. Hope formal is better observed. How did you manage to gain so much??? We were eating more than at home and had 90 bar entries in the "log" you get at the end. A fair few were Orange/soda drinks, but majority alco. Not counting the self serve Rose wine at the buffet at lunch times and waiter wine service in the MDR. Could not get away with the white or red wine, was crap we thought. Rose was a bit better than OK. I gained 7 and the wife 5 pounds. On a lighter note, was offered 5 camels for the wife in Agadir. Thought that was too generous, managed to barter them down to 1 camel. Then I remembered I don't smoke, had to hold on to her !!! How's that for 2 original bad jokes in 1 post ???
  6. 2BA, I am assuming both cruises you are quoting prices for are both ex s/ham ?. Also, they are just snapshot prices; both could go up or down. We are just back from 14N Marella Explorer 1 Canaries fly-cruise. We paid £1345 each , this includes selecting inside cabin number and extra space seats ex Newcastle. Last year, did same to Caribbean at a cost of £1650 each.(Standard seats) Considering the flight element both are good prices. Agree with other pists, we had our best clobber on for the formal nights; waste of time. We are early risers , buffet was quiet for breakfast and we were early in at lunch time also quiet. Good standard was good for breakfast and lunch. Evening we typically went to MDR between 7 and 8, easy to get seated; service was always quick and good quality was generally OK. People did dodge using the gel, also the wash basins !!!(toilets).
  7. Waste of time being tactful to a person who must have seen us arrive at the menu lecture just moments before and yet seemed to think she could simply expect us to give way.
  8. Why assume??? I am by no means perfect but I was brought up to do thing's right ! So for example I would not agree with people who think it is Ok to turn up way ahead of their embarkation time although a caviat to that is the fact that P&O perhaps can't organise a brewery trip ! It is not hard to be curtious and do thing's properly.
  9. On our last cruise on Oriana, we were looking at the menu on the lecturn just outside MDR when one old "dear" tried to barge her way in, saying let me have a look now! I said you are welcome when we are finished. She said " Well I never did, Well you did now says I. Off she went muttering to herself. On our recent Marella fly cruise, we had extra space seat's. Rather large young man sat next to me, overflowing into my "space". Oh no thinks me, wondering have I got grounds to complain. No need as the stewardess comes and says will have to move you. You have to be able to use the E exit. To his credit he said OK was expecting it !!! After he left, a woman near us muttered "served him right the lump of lard". To me that was more than just rude! On the ship there were plenty of queue jumpers, sunbed reservers, people not washing hands after using toilets, pax loudly going back to their cabins late at night and door slammers. Rude, annoying, obnoxious, unhygenic?
  10. You are on the boat for the same amount of time, flying is an extra component. Fly cruises are generally more expensive.
  11. I watch the odd "Rip off" , did not see that one. Assuming soft drinks for the whole cruise for 30 dollars is more than just poor/no research, it's "Double DOH" (Simpsons) It strikes me that it was a bit pedantic to cancel instead of PAYG, or perhaps he is a really big drinker. A lot of the concerns people have remind me of Tipping Point. Contestants suffer from poor tactics, poor general knowledge and poor timing. Can't do much about the first 2 but a little research and they would understand the importance of timing. Incidentally, it never ceases to amaze me that most contestant's do not learn by their mistakes.I Research goes a long way.
  12. Hi all, flying from Newcastle this Friday 24th. B2B. Leaving at 0705, arriving 1150. Can anyone let me know :- How long is the transfer to the ship? Already checked in, we only drop our bags off and go through security; how late can we leave it to arrive at N/castle? Do we collect our own cases and take them to the coach? Do we take them with us when we depart the ship? What time will we leave the ship?, flight back Is at 1250. Is Metaxa still availabe?, love it as a nightcap.
  13. It seem's to be a British pastime to "Queue" whenever possible. Queues for petrol at xmas, for a big burger for Sunday lunch, to get on the plane. I could go on forever. Sad !!!
  14. £25 a "pop" if you pardon the pun is not bad to see GB, especially when you consider it is I guess £50 at least at an arena venue. Mind you, in the good old days (60s and early 70s) I saw many a top band and middle of the road stuff as well for a mere pittance.
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