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  1. It has always been my contention that, for the new cruisers I see P&O aiming Iona at - adventurous youngish couples with no children - Norway is the wrong itinerary. Also, for anyone living more than 2-4 hours away, a week is too short a cruise. They should at the very least have two alternating itineraries so pax can do back to backs if they wish. The children's facilities don't appear to be very different from their existing fleet, so they are not going to compete head to head with RCI or NCL on that score. For many years yet, it is going to be their older existing pax base who have the time and money to cruise maybe twice a year or more and they want warm weather and/or more interesting itineraries. I don't see how Iona is going to fill up every cruise.
  2. I have to agree there. Disposing of the smaller ships and repetitive itineraries has driven me to Saga and Oceania aside from a cheapie bargain in January on Oceana and the Iona maiden.
  3. It is hard to advise since she is still being built. I booked the maiden voyage just to see the ship but seriously doubt I'll book her again as I prefer smaller ships.
  4. Paul Ludlow is P&O CEO.
  5. While I have only managed to get ashore in Guernsey twice out of 4 calls, when I did manage it the seas were pretty OK. On one of the calls I missed they were tendering in the morning only as the forecast for the afternoon was deteriorating so I didn't bother, so only 1 call technically missed and that was on QE2. I note Arcadia is also using a small "bridge" with her tenders and it does make life a lot easier.
  6. Please post on roll-call. Thanks
  7. I don't think anyone knows for sure yet, but generally they are expected later this month.
  8. Please note that slating crew members/officers by name, with no right of reply by them, is not acceptable and such posts have and will be deleted.
  9. If it helps, it is a level walk over asphalt and some cobbles. I would say 20 mins is a slight over-estimate. Probably closer to 10 mins at a normal pace, 20 mins with a walker slowly. The only alternative would be a taxi. If she did the Bruges on your Own, once in the city any walking would be discretionary and at her own pace. There is seating in the squares and plenty of cafes and bars. Has your wife registered with P&O Mobilty? If so she should get specialised port guides with locations of disabled toilets and transport options.
  10. Yes, that has often happened in my experience.
  11. Lots of bargains already on offer for Iona though at the lower grades. Also I see Princess are bringing Island Princess back to the UK - a smaller ship for those missing Oriana perhaps?
  12. I believe Oceana will be the next ship to go but surely not until Iona Mk2 is launched.
  13. Please post in Roll Call sections per new cruise, not here. Thanks
  14. It isn't CPS fault but P&O who have brought this in to "minimise delays" with the introduction of Iona. I assume taxis can still drop off at the terminal?
  15. I did the 2017 Aurora worldie, with a friend in an outside cabin for around £104 pp per day. I could happily have stayed on and gone round again. I didn't find the food monotonous - it would have been worse at home - and the ports were amazing. I was fortunate to be able to take a sabbatical from work for the 3 months. I would like to do it again now I am retired but wish they would fit in a few new ports - there is so much to see, I don't want the identical itinerary.
  16. Really happy as I managed to book one over my birthday and not only were they silly prices, we got £150 each OBC.
  17. A sad loss to the UK cruise industry. The perfect cruise ship IMO - lots of rooms for different activities to run concurrently, lovely open teak decks, good in bad weather, ideal size - not too big and not too small.
  18. Boring then. Let us just hope Aurora gets something better.
  19. I feel the problem with Liverpool is that, unless you are heading north to Iceland, it is in the wrong place. It would add a day's sailing to the Med or Canaries and possibly more for the Baltic.
  20. I shared with a friend. I took one large suitcase, one medium suitcase and two large holdalls plus hand luggage (medications nearly one on their own!). My friend took similar. The cabin steward took any bags we didn't want away but I kept one hardsided case that opened in half under the bed as a "drawer" and in which I packed purchases made along the way. P&O will give you the info you need on personaliser to obtain visas. You can use their approved company but I did my own without difficulty.
  21. It is Dowe Egberts coffee - both caffinated and decaffinated but I prefer to take my own sachets of Kenco Flat White. However, the milk is UHT in sachets but you could buy milk in port and keep in the cabin fridge but it isn't very cold.
  22. Please do NOT ask for travel agent recommendations as all posts will be removed as contravening CC guidelines. Thanks.
  23. Clearly Britannia is now Ok and all are enjoying their cruise and OBC 🙂 I am turning off further comments to this post.
  24. Dubrovnik will have a shuttle bus to outside the Pile Gate. Easy to wander at will then. At Split you tender ashore to the old part of town - again easy to DIY from there. Sorry - not been to Hvar. I love that part of the world. Have a great time.
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