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  1. Hello SeaJane, that is most kind of you to reply. We would be so interested to hear your thoughts on Arcadia in due course. It would also be great if there was any way you could get us a set of the Horizons to send us (obviously we would send you the postage costs first). We are always so interested to read in advance what's on offer on the ship (I know a lot of people prefer everything to be a surprise but we are the opposite!) My email "peter.s.smith26@outlook.com" We have done the same several times for other CC members, including on the 28 nighter we did on Oriana this year - obviously not a problem if this is not possible. We see you are from Surrey, we lived in Stoneleigh, near Epsom, Surrey, for 34 years until moving to Rustington on the south coast last year. Many thanks and sorry to bore everyone with this. Have a wonderful cruise. Kind regards. Peter and Beverley
  2. In reply to the last post, yes I see that online about the Surf package. Didn't really register with me before as the ability to use the internet and send texts (by WApp) was what I was after hence booking the package. As per my previous post I was able to send dozens of photos though, all by WApp, so didn't really think any more about it. I don't use Instagram or Facebook so can't assist with that. I don't know if the blurb about Surf means sending photos any other way (I'm not that good technically so not sure of the alternatives to WApp) but it certainly did what I wanted. Interesting though and would be pleased to hear from others about their WApp experiences, for future reference. Kind regards. Peter
  3. For Maylea (Michaela) On Silhouette two weeks ago on a Norway cruise we had the Surf package. It worked superbly and using my iPhone I sent dozens of texts, WApp with numerous photos to family and friends and was able to access the internet and emails. It worked perfectly in the cabin, on the balcony and around the ship. The only exception was leaving Flam and Stavanger with very high mountains on both sides - the daily programme advised in advance (obviously from previous experience) that the satellite reception would be lost - that included the UK television channels. That brief couple of hours apart the surf package worked brilliantly. We don't do face time/stream videos etc etc which need the more expensive package. Hope this helps. Kind regards. Peter
  4. Hi, on Silhouette last week I had the Surf package, £95ish UK for the week, purchased pre-cruise. Very impressed with it. I use W/App a lot to send pix to family and internet for news/football scores etc. Pretty much perfect service. To answer the last post from Hollis25 it was really easy to connect. Can't remember the exact process but all done by following prompts on WiFi settings, with the ability to click a link as I had purchased before sailing. Not sure what you do if you buy the package onboard but I'm sure it is similarly easy. Summary (of my experience), extremely simple to set up, just a few seconds.....the wi-fi was then really excellent throughout the cruise. Hope this helps. Kind regards. Peter
  5. Thank you Emam for taking the time to post the sample excursions - most interesting and very kind of you. Thank you also for the other replies. Kind regards. Peter
  6. Arcadia in the Med next April. I guess the answer is 5 or 6 but would be pleased to hear any thoughts. Just to whet our appetites with 7 months to wait! Kind regards. Peter
  7. Agree entirely with the last post. I did not phrase my earlier comment very well and I did indeed mean that most people who booked in advance were those wanting a table for two. If you are happy to share there is clearly little point in booking in advance as there are (nearly) always tables ready at any time.
  8. I take the point about people not turning up if they had a table booked (perhaps the £50 deposit suggestion was tongue in cheek!). However, we were on the Celebrity Silhouette last week for a 7 night cruise, and the Freedom Dining worked perfectly with virtually no waiting time, even for tables for two in the busy period. The Maitre D told me that most people had booked in advance (a service Celebrity offer) but if they do not show within 10 minutes of the scheduled time the booking is cancelled automatically and the table becomes available for people waiting without a booking. I can only say that it worked exceptionally well last week.
  9. Hi, can you request specific times for dinner each day of the cruise on Freedom Dining before sailing, or do you just go to the restaurant and get a table when you turn up. (I appreciate if that is the case it may mean taking a pager and waiting.) I know you can book in advance on some lines, not sure if so on P&O. The ship is Arcadia if that makes a difference. Many thanks for your help. Peter
  10. I know this is off topic from the original question.............but replying to Helen's post above..............there were about 10 free films on the cabin TV on Silhouette last week. Peter
  11. Just off the Silhouette yesterday. Excellent TV picture still with (I know this was not your question) free films. Not sure how many were free (some were chargeable) but my wife watched a free Abba film twice while I decided the balcony and 🍺 was a better option. Digressing even further, the TV was really good for information as well eg: your onboard account etc. Kind regards Peter
  12. Hi, we are on a Mediterranean cruise on Arcadia next April with 10 ports. I know the shore excursions are not available to book until a few months beforehand but is there anywhere I can find details from a similar P&O cruise this year, please? The ports are largely the well known ones eg: Civitavecchia, Palma, Lisbon etc so I am sure plenty of other cruises will be calling there. I have looked extensively on the website without success and waited so long for Customer Services to answer that I gave up. It is purely out of interest to see what may be available so any help would be much appreciated. Many thanks. Peter
  13. We returned yesterday from a one week cruise on Celebrity Silhouette to Norway. I will be posting a full review in the near future but just a few comments in advance of that. We had a really excellent cruise - our second Celebrity cruise and was thoroughly enjoyable. The trip got off to a very good start with the smoothest embarkation we have had in all our many cruises. We actually left home 55 miles away (on the south coast near Worthing) at 0845 on sailing day and were parked, checked in and onboard by 1030! Amazing. The embarkation day lunch in the restaurant was most enjoyable and set the scene for a week of outstanding food. We were on Select Dining but had been unable to get the times we preferred in advance, around 1930 – 1945, obviously the peak time. A quick visit to the charming Maître D’ managed to link our booking with that of our daughter and son-in-law who were with us and we were given the time we wanted. Indeed every night we were placed on the same table for four with the same wonderful waiters so it was almost fixed time dining, but at 1945 as opposed to the 1800 (too early for us) or 2030 sittings (too late). As mentioned above, the food was outstanding. Our cabin was a Concierge Class Balcony on deck 9, nicely located near the central lifts and we were very well looked after by the steward. The cabin was fine with absolutely no noise from anywhere. The entertainment on Celebrity is not really our scene but not an issue as we don’t cruise for the shows - I must add they were very well received on the times we glanced into the theatre. What we did love was the music in the bars – we found the delightful Ensemble Lounge on our first walk round the ship and went there very evening before dinner. There were about 5 different musical performers ranging from a five piece band through classical to a brilliant country singer/guitarist and they were all really good. The drinks service in the Ensemble Lounge (and everywhere on the ship) was excellent and although we did wonder whether it might be a little slow as everyone appeared to have a drinks package, the staff were forever coming round topping the drinks up. As for the ship itself, we really liked it – very easy to get around and everything in good order despite a refit approaching soon. Anything we did not like? As regular Celebrity cruisers will know, many of the bars are “walk through” areas - in the case of the Ensemble Lounge through to three restaurants at the far end so there were often many people walking through the lounge. We do prefer “enclosed” rooms but we knew the set up in advance so it was not a problem. The only other thing we did not like was having lunch one day in the restaurant at a table for two – it was next to two other tables for two. The waiter took the orders from the three tables – we just wanted a main course but the people on the other tables also had two starters each and we had to wait until they had finished them before getting our only course. The waiter was quite put out when I asked for our mains 25 minutes after he had served the first starter at the adjacent table. A very small point but either it is a table for 2 and served accordingly or, due to the closeness of tables, it is a table for 6 with everyone served together. Ignoring that trivial event we loved the cruise and had a great week. The weather was a bit mixed (heavy rain in Stavanger) but was largely dry in wonderful Flam and Alesund – such gorgeous ports. We have never been that keen on Bergen which is a lot more built up – the Bryggen area with the old timber houses is lovely, though, and the view from the top of the funicular is good. Not our favourite port though by a long way, others of course may have a different view. So that is a few ramblings on an excellent week and it all finished with the smoothest disembarkation ever – still in the cabin asleep at 0630 and home by 0945, including a relaxed breakfast onboard! Celebrity really do have the first and last day processes down to a fine art – and everything in between was pretty darn good as well! Hope this might have been of some interest. Kind regards. Peter
  14. Having had various medical issues ourselves, and family, I would like our daughter to be able to contact us direct on the Silhouette on our forthcoming cruise (hopefully not necessary) if my mobile does not work. Celebrity UK have been utterly hopeless in giving me any information. On a "Live Chat" online I was given two numbers, neither of which worked on test calls, despite the rep saying they did. They didn't! Customer Services UK simply gave me the UK contact centre number (probably not manned 24/7) and said "they don't have a telephone number for the ship". Clearly there is a telephone number for the ship, can anyone help me with this please or where I can find it? Any assistance will be greatly appreciated which will be more than we got from Celebrity! Kind regards. Peter
  15. Thank you very much for the replies. Looking forward to ☕️☕️In the cabin 😀😀. You know what us Brits are like!! Thanks again and kind regards
  16. I probably don't need to add anything to the subject title but an answer from recent Silhouette passengers from the UK would be appreciated. Many thanks
  17. We've only been on one previous Celebrity cruise and didn't sign up for anything, so it is a complete mystery! Obviously not an issue, just curious. Having spent ages on the phone sorting out a couple of matters for our cruise next week I shan't bother to ring and ask about the "booking" for 2039. The odds on us being around then aren't high so I guess they'll have to sail without us 😂😂😂
  18. I was just checking in for our cruise in a couple of weeks time and saw that apparently I had another reservation - that one is for "Celebrity Passages Itinerary" in January 2039!! It says 7075 days to go. Shall I start a Roll Call? 😂😂😂
  19. Thank you for the three very helpful replies. Kind regards. Peter
  20. Hi, my daughter and son-in-law (no previous Celebrity cruises) are sailing with us on the same cruise soon and have received various emails inviting upgrade bids and reminding them how many days left to the cruise. We are Captain's Club members and have had nothing at all. I am just interested if anyone knows what the criteria is to receive such emails. It seems odd that the emails are selective. Many thanks and kind regards. Peter
  21. Thanks for the quick, interesting and helpful replies. I am mystified why any topic riles people? I may be naive but I thought the Forum was to help people who, like me, ask questions they don't know the answer to (actually on behalf of 4 people as our daughter and son-in-law are travelling with us.). Interesting point though Dom and I'll wait to see if there are any angry responses! Thanks again for your help which is much appreciated
  22. Hi, sorry to ask as I am sure it is a much discussed topic but I am just after some upto date information, please. We are on Silhouette in September, a one week Norway cruise. I am aware of Evening Chic dress codes and what you can wear. My question is this: is it likely that many men (indeed, any?) will wear evening suit/bow tie on Evening Chic nights on such a relatively short cruise. I am easy either way and I know I CAN do, but will I be in a tiny minority? (our previous Celebrity cruise coincided with the introduction of EC nights so I wondered how it had "settled down" since then.) Thank you in advance and sorry to as such a boring question. Kind regards. Peter
  23. Hi Andy, again, not sure if I can name a company but I will and if I have breached rules doubtless this will be deleted. My wife had Non Hodgkins Lymphoma (leukaemia in English), no treatment for 3 years. Plus other issues such as Shingles, High BP.... ....for our recent 28 night cruise (with a return Transatlantic) we got cover for £1,060. Bear in mind that was for a month, we are low 70's in age, and the cruise included the Caribbean, all of which added to the cost before medical issues were assesssed (a one week Norway cruise soon is £250.) The company is World First Travel Insurance. Fortunately we did not have to claim. Hope this might help. Kind regards. Peter
  24. After our recent 28 nighter on Oriana our next P&O cruise is a 19 night Med trip in April next year. Would anyone who has sailed on both ships kindly comment on the main differences we will find, please. Some of my thoughts for starters: Arcadia is a little, but not significantly, bigger. There is only one show lounge on Arcadia - how does that work for a second evening show where Oriana has the Theatre and the Pacific Lounge? Arcadia only has one main restaurant but is on two levels. Do they "feel" like one restaurant or is the one on the higher deck essentially blocked from view making it "separate". Which level is Freedom Dining on? They are just my non-scientific thoughts looking at Arcadia's deck plans. Any comments from those who know much appreciated. Kind regards. Peter
  25. For what it's worth (which probably isn't much with auto gratuities ending soon!) I was told by a middle ranking Officer on our recent 28 nighter on Oriana that over 75% of passengers on our cruise had removed the gratuities. Certainly when I removed ours the pile of forms was VERY high! I can only agree about the service provided by the crew - our waiters and stewardess plus several bar staff were so incredibly helpful that we spent far more on giving them tips than if we had left the auto ones on. And we didn't begrudge a penny of it as the service was so outstanding. Kind regards Peter
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