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  1. Well I’m retired NHS who got the email from my regulator yesterday and am happy to try to help. I’ve no intention of working in the front line and putting myself at risk as I have some health issues which mean I get a flu vaccine. I’m also out of date but am pretty sure I can help remotely by giving phone advice, even if only limited. To be honest, I’ve nothing else to do as no holidays, no coffee shops or restaurants to meet friends in, no grandchildren to look after. I might as well do something!!
  2. Fantastic online checkin and onboard by12.30. We do not have any priority but usually go early prepared to wait, but usually get on fairly quickly. Arrived at 12, We were given a pink G card and my heart sank, but were sent straight to a checkin desk. Only had to show passports, cruise cards were handed over. As we headed for the chairs they announced boarding for Caribbean tiers and above and pink F&G. Longest wait was on the air bridge, otherwise we might have been on by 12.20! I think the pink cards were online checkin as it seemed that most passengers were showing the usual e-ticket. its very quiet, presumably because most of those onboard are at the lunch. One slight niggle. 20% vat is to be added to all purchases as we are cruising entirely in the EU. So those in February and later will be getting an even bigger bargain!
  3. Don’t know about priority, but our boarding time is the same as on our e-ticket. The boarding pass doesn’t give details of the terminal so you still need the e-ticket for that
  4. A word of warning for Hvar. It is a lovely place to wander but we found hardly anywhere took euros last summer. It was our only stop in Croatia so we thought we would manage with euros and plastic rather than getting kuna. We walked up to the castle but couldn’t get in as it was cash - in local currency - only. Their card machine was broken!! So we walked back down again! Lovely views though. There is a lovely boardwalk round the harbour which is flat but otherwise a lot of steps, and rough ground up to the castle so probably not suitable if limited mobility.
  5. We’ve just completed online check in for our cruise next week. No problems at all, as noted above, all the information is already on the system, all we had to do was re-enter the passport numbers as confirmation. Both our passports were renewed early so are valid for over 10 years, but are not due to expire until 2027 and 2028. We also had the option to add card details in advance, which we did. Seems very straightforward. Will be interested to see what photo is used. I would be surprised if it was our passport photos. I wouldn’t have thought P&O would have access to that info, but maybe they are using previous photos as our last cruise was May 2019. Time will tell.
  6. We did the Natchez trip a few years ago and enjoyed it. We booked it ourselves in advance for the day we disembarked a cruise (with NCL) Once the queue starts moving, it was quite quick to get onboard. It’s not too far from the cruise terminal to walk and from memory the park on the way had some interesting sculptures/memorials. You also get a good view of the cathedral.
  7. I think they had a similar offer on our Oceana cruise in May. Don’t know the details as we weren’t interested in it.
  8. To be honest, I was a bit miffed that he never called back. I’m just glad we didn’t wait any longer to try again. I would have been happy to have been told to call back after 9am but at least we’ve got booked.
  9. Phoned the “special” number in P&O’s email at 8.50 this morning. Straight through but helpful chap said he couldn’t book till 9, but would call me back at 9.30 as he already had a call back at 9. Waited till 10.50 the hubby called on his mobile. Straight through again and are now booked up with our first choice mid ship balcony. It was £30 each more than the prices I saw on TA websites yesterday but we’re happy. Taking the £170 OBC each into account it works out at £63pppn. Would cost more in a hotel for a fortnight. Now just have to decide the best way to get to Southampton!!!
  10. Just had an email from P&O to say that our cruise from Dubai to Malta in March is cancelled. Oceana cruises in the Gulf are all cancelled from October
  11. We docked in Monaco on Britannia a couple of years ago, and also on Queen Victoria a couple of years before that. Haven’t ever tendered in Monaco!!
  12. They use Jet2 from Glasgow to Malta
  13. Now both 62. First cruise was age 13 on a school cruise on Nevasa to the Baltic and Leningrad (as it was then ) in 1970. Coincidentally, Hubby’s first cruise was also a school cruise to the Baltic on Uganda. He was 16 at the time. (We didn’t know each other then). Didn’t cruise again till 1996 when we took our teenage children on Carousel (Airtours) round the Med. We’ve been on about 30 since, just the two of us, on various lines, mainly P&O now.
  14. Hi, it leaves from Buchanan Street Bus Station, the far side, at North Hanover Street, at 3.30am. First stop is Carlisle to pick up then stop at Tebay for breakfast about 6am. It is a long journey, but depending on the time of year, probably worth doing to avoid any weather problems preventing flights or trains heading south in the few days before. There was no power or Wi-fi on the coach which surprised me, particularly for that length of journey.
  15. We are just back from the Caribbean too. The organisation of flights to and from the UK was superb. We were onboard just an hour after landing. The buses came out to the plane but instead of taking you to the terminal, they went straight to the ship. The cruise terminal was pretty empty (although got busy fairly quickly) when we arrived so checkin was quick and not much queue at security. The bags arrived at our cabin a few hours later. Our transport to the airport on the way home was due to leave about 3pm. Hand luggage was able to be left in the theatre. Again a very efficient system for drop off/collection. We were told we could use the spa for showers etc. My husband had no bother but when I went, was told I couldn’t and would need to go to the gym on deck 17. I had no idea how to find the gym and was rather annoyed. Very inconsistent!! The transfer to the airport was equally efficient, guided straight from the buses to passport control then security, and again minimal queueing. But the airport is very basic and was mobbed due to some delayed flights. We couldn’t get seats for some time. I would book the lounge next time, and consider booking an inside day cabin- from memory, it was available till 3 or 4pm- particularly with a young child. I don’t think any of the return flights left early in the day. Again from memory the earliest pick up was about lunchtime. One of the flights was delayed several hours but updated information was available onboard and updated pick up times.
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