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  1. Interesting read, thank you, having done numerous Caribbean cruises it is always nice to get a new perspective on the cruise ,shame about the behavior problems caused by a few passengers , however upon reading other reports it would appear this is becoming a common theme
  2. We spent 65 nights on Aurora in January and so long as she is still in the fleet will be doing so again in January 2025 ,the cabins are a little dated ( mostly the bathrooms ) and we are about to spend 99 nights on Arcadia in January, same applies regarding cabins , overall if these two ships can still turn a profit after maintenance and depreciation and unless an offer to good to turn down appears then I suspect these two ships will be around for a good while yet ( personal opinion of course).I do agree with Selbourne that when the time comes for either or both to go they will probably not be replaced
  3. Yes they do ,best advice is to pay with a card that does not carry a conversion charge
  4. In response to Terrier John and Selbourne, Re tv, I was implying that any future bandwidth should be first made available to passengers paying for internet connection. In no way was I suggesting that people should not watch tv . On a personal level tv is near the bottom of my things to do on a cruise , but as I have discovered in the past, personal opinions are not the brightest things to express on these boards and I must therefore remind myself not to pass comment, unless of course it is to help answer specific queries or advice to help others
  5. Hope not ,T V is the last thing I'm interested in on a cruise, However if it provides better wi fi for those people that need it for work purposes etc then it has to be a good thing
  6. Interesting point regarding longer cruises, on every one we have done we have always ended up been some of the last people up ,and were talking as the last show finishes (11.15 ish) the only other people who we could talk to were the staff , the upside of that is we have made some long standing friends with quite a lot of them, it does however make for a pretty dull atmosphere. This does not apply to the biggest three ships of course as ,up until now they have never done longer cruises.
  7. Couldn't agree more, with regards to visas they just bat you away to some third party visa site, and obviously after this Januarys fiasco they have realized their error in communication ,and as such we have received written notification that our 2025 Aurora 65 night cruise WILL require the YF vaccination/exemption letter .,suspect this is due to visiting the Caribbean following on from Brazil One interesting snippet we picked up while pulling our hair out in January was that just because you are over sixty does not make you automatically exempt, the whole thing is a minefield☹️
  8. We paid £25 pp for the official gp letter , in January we were lucky? That our gp e mailed us with a covering letter stating our exemption with fifteen minutes left before our luggage was to be removed from the ship , we are taking no chances this time and that’s why we have paid for the official letter , even though P and O have said we don’t need one , I just don’t believe anything they tell us tbh
  9. As somebody who had this issue in January I now know that nothing but an official gp or yellow fever clinic exemption certificate ( or the vaccination) will suffice . We have paid for said exemption certificates as we do not want to be treated like naughty schoolchildren again ,even though P and O have said we do not need them for our upcoming world cruise , just as they never told us we DID need them for the aurora cruise in January! Believe me this time we will be taking no chances and have our shoe size, waist size and inside leg measurements amongst other things . The attitude at Southampton in January was nothing short of diabolical, also I believe the number who had to make alternative arrangements to be more than 40 , some losing the whole trip🤢
  10. Usually when you book your next cruise
  11. Blimey miles away from 83 yet , but have our guide dogs wall calendar which is sent every year, prefer it to the I phone one tbh, only ever received one calendar from P and O and that was many moons ago.
  12. The balancing act of modern ,up to date cabins and facilities against dated but easier to navigate ships
  13. We have seen this on three different occasions the idea of missing the ship is never intentional, however one incident last year highlighted how things can go awry, we joined a few other couple's on the quayside to visit a beach via minibus and arranged a return pick up time , driver duly arrived and as we set off the minibus broke down ,never to start again, eventually (Caribbean time) a replacement arrived and we got back with half an hour to spare, having original allowed 3 hours to get back and have a drink portside before boarding
  14. As you are new to P and O you will miss out on the pre booking discount so the price if booking onboard will be the same , if you wait to book whilst on board you may run the risk of your choices not been available as the popular trips are usually full before the ship sails, if you have an idea of what trips you wish to go on and are happy with the price the best option would be to pre book , over the last few years the prices between independent and ships excursions has narrowed considerably. Whatever you decide have have a great cruise 😎
  15. On a personal level whenever we have had a”proper” overnight we have always made a point of enjoying what that particular port had to offer in the evening and had some of the best times in doing so, the latest we have got back on board is around 2am
  16. In total agreement about the crew, on our overnight in Uruguay this year we were wandering back to the ship around 01.30 and saw lots of crew members in various bars enjoying themselves , and why not ,if we could have kept up with them we would have !!! ( we didn't sail until the next evening so it was a true overnight)
  17. You may need to start it as early as possible 🤣
  18. A lot of North Americans can sail out of there own country to reach the Caribbean, admittedly usually on seven day cruises but longer ones are available for them
  19. The one thing about prosecco on P and O is the measure in the glass if your on a drinks package or not , my good lady drinks the aforementioned and has said its a half full glass ,on all our other cruises with different companies the glass is always full ,package or not
  20. After dealing with the "virtual agent " this week I did indeed try Operator and ended up going through numerous banal questions ,eventually (approx five minutes) was put on hold for twenty five minutes, I would not say the process was seamless!!!😒
  21. I have to own up and say I didn't realise the full meaning of the phrase I used, thankfully people have taken it in good humor 😃
  22. Hope the first officer wasn’t called caudwell 😂😂
  23. Suspect the buffet may revert to staff served if this continues happening
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