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Solent Richard

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About Solent Richard

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About Me

  • Location
    Hampshire, England
  • Interests
    Scuba diving, Cruising and Ballroom Dancing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard and P&O
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Far East

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  1. Good morning Devon61. Please forgive my late entry to your thread: I've been busy cruising in Asia the last two weeks. I notice a number of given answers recommend 'Alla' Tours. I too can recommend them very highly and can also give you the link to my blog where I reviewed my two day excursion with them... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2013/05/14/one-way-to-do-st-petersburg/
  2. Earlier this yearly wife and I called into Port Victoria while onboard Cunard's Queen Victoria. Sadly nothing on the ship's excursion itinerary covered all we wanted to see so we decided on a private tour that turned out to be absolutely awesome. So much so I've included it in my cruise Blog review as a single item. Here's the link should anyone be interested, there are over 60 photographs.... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2019/12/29/one-way-to-do-mahe-seychelles/ *****
  3. Couldn't agree more with your recommendation Bearette. Indeed, I covered Simons Town, The Cape and the Penguins in my review of our visit earlier this year... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2019/09/07/one-way-to-do-cape-town/ *****
  4. Good afternoon Csardas. Here you go. This one is on C Deck... ...and as it would appear you haven't yet sailed on Arcadia, you may like this recent review of mine as a preview... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2019/10/28/arcadias-canadian-round-trip/
  5. Yes, there is a small price for the 'Premium Selection' drinks...
  6. Good morning. I have just published my comprehensive review our our recent 16 Night cruise onboard Spirit of Discovery. The review is illustrated with over 100 photographs and covers both the ship and the itinerary ports. I'd be delighted to answer any questions members may have on the aspects I have covered. Here is the link... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2019/12/17/sagas-spirit-of-discovery-16-night-cruise/ I'd be delighted to answer any questions you may have. Suite A526...
  7. Osman is part of the furniture. You're just unlucky if you don't get him as your Maitre d'.
  8. Good morning Jack. Still time to change you know and as no one has offered a plus to the Princess Grill then I will. As your original question obviously implies, money isn't a problem so the benefit of being able to use the Grills terrace, plus the extra space afforded in a Princess Grill Site, has to be the deciding factor. Of course in Queens Grill you'll get more space and included booze. However, unless your going to entertain then with Cunard's policy of allowing alcohol to be brought onboard then there is little more benefit especially, if like my wife and I, you enjoy circulating around the ship for pre-dinner drinks. One other point. I note your itinerary and for that transit through the canal I would most definitely tick the Grills Terrace for my photographic base. ***** Oh, and by the way, I too have spent time in all grades of Cunard accommodation.
  9. Yes, I have sailed in the on Queen Victoria in both the Queens Grill and Princess Grill across the Indian Ocean and in the Caribbean (and Queen Mary 2 across the Pacific) and have never had any problem wearing a jacket in the widest range of temperatures or conditions: but I put it down to personal character, quality jackets worn for the occasion, and a willingness to maintain the ambiance for other like minded guests. I did smile at your experience of the Maitre'd 'having the long velveteen table underskirt removed for a few days to try and aid air flow for diners', presumably, I thought, to cool the parts beneath the table we shouldn't perhaps be discussing. 😅😅 Meanwhile of course the perceived Grills aircon problem should not exist in any of the Britannia Restaurants as there are considerably higher deck-head (ceiling) levels to dissipate hot air.
  10. '...Most cruises around Australia have relaxed dress codes - so I can imagine that Cunard wants their piece of the lucrative pie known as the Australian cruise market...' Nicely summed up Sir. 👍
  11. Good afternoon Exlondoner. I'm sure you are correct and couldn't dispute the point. My only observation would be that the mediterranean wasn't the 'normal' Oz environment. In 2009 we sailed from Southampton to Sydney (56 nights) and picked up 800 Australians in Los Angeles for the voyage across the Pacific. They were an amazing bunch and, like your experience, all abided by the dress code rules at the time.
  12. Good afternoon LewiLewi. I have sailed with both Cunard and P&O and believe that going in the right frame of mind on either will offer its just rewards. I would certainly support the previous comment regarding 'onboard speakers' which tend to generally be of a higher standard with Cunard as is the onboard Ballroom dancing: if that's you're forte. While of course I have no insight into your financial being I would certainly say that cost wise a similar number of nights would be considerably cheaper with P&O on the basic price and even more advantageous when drinking alcohol onboard. Dress wise P&O are a little more relaxed though expect more Formal evenings (always well supported) on P&O pro rata the length of the cruise. Unless you are planning to sail Cunard Grills I'd say from my recent 24 nights dining on Arcadia... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2019/10/28/arcadias-canadian-round-trip/ ...that there there would be little to choose in food quality. And finally from me, in answer to one particular question, you are highly unlikely to meet any Americans onboard Arcadia. Hope that helps.
  13. Good afternoon Pulley8. Couldn't agree with you more about the exceedingly high standard of afternoon tea served onboard Oceania cruise ships... ***** Of course there wasn't the Cunard ballroom but I can stomach that for the country club ambiance on offer which far exceeds even the Grills offering on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth.
  14. It's not the 'Young Carefree mob' they are dumbing down for; it's the Australian market where they can, and do, charge more. I have experienced the same lower dress standards on APT and Scenic river cruises which are both heavily used by Australians.
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