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  1. Much is written about onboard sickness on cruises but not so much about after cruise illness.

    My wife and I have just got back from P&O Ventura's cruise to Greece and Greek Islands and both started the trip with no health problems. Now we have the mother of all chest infections and judging by the coughing, sneezing and spluttering that went on all over the ship we are not the only ones. I know that it is inevitable that illness will spread in the confines of a ship but it does make me wonder if the pain is worth the gain.

    Would be interested to hear from fellow suffers aboard Ventura or others.

  2. Don't know the Crown Princess but we sailed recently on Oceana and having sailed on Azura and Aurora we will not choose Oceana again.

    Downside. The ship seemed overcrowded compared with Aurora which is about same size but has noticeably fewer passengers. Deck space is pushed to and beyond the limit in good weather. The balconies are tiny, a bit like sitting in a telephone kiosk.

    Upside. We enjoyed Freedom Dining, the food, the service, the entertainment particularly the Headliners production company. Also no jacket is required except for formal nights.

    Having said that we did meet people who always sailed Oceana.

  3. You are odds on to see polar bears in Spitzbergen - not on mainland Norway and I dont think Cunard go there.

    I have said this before so apologies but if you are thinking of doing quite a long Norway cruise then think VERY SERIOUSLY about using Fred Olsen or Hurtigruten Yes the ships are not quite so splendid but if you want to really see the Norway coast then go with them. They go from Bergen to the North Cape all the way using the inside passage where you are never more than a stones throw from the coast - like Alaska but better.

    Cunard and P&O stay outside so they miss the great views and can miss even more. When we were in Tromso on a Fred ship the Arcadia was due in but it was too rough and they didnt make it. It was like a duck pond inside all the way. This is the only destination in the world where I would recommend a specific cruise line but if you really want the sights then have a really think about it.

    Good points, if scenery is your bag go Hurtigruten as there's little else to do on the ship. A downside for me was the limited amount of time at each stop leaving little time to explore. That is why we chose P&O Aurora to Spitzbergen which had a good mix of stops long enough to explore and seadays.

  4. I should also point out that there are no shore excursions able to be booked for St Maartens.


    I've been re-credited for the cancelled excursion in Barbados. I wonder what happens to those who have privately booked non Cunard tours for the cancelled port?


    Hopefully they don't change things again.

    They'll be no shortage of tour guides on St. Maarten. On a recent cruise we enjoyed Wilbur Noel's tour and would recommend. See the Ports of Call section.

  5. We also had a large seating area when we used the Mayflower terminal. This was last year with Cunard.


    We booked in first and then we waited in the seating area upstairs. This is the opposite way round to what we have done in the Ocean terminal.


    Thanks to you and others for your replies, now I think I get it. For us check-in was so slow, in view of the number of passengers waiting, that it regulated embarkation so that a seating area after check-in wasn't necessary. We didn't see a seating area. Another hold up in our security channel was that only one of two scanners was manned.

    As another poster has suggested we arrived at a busy time. Maybe true, but neither I nor others had been given preferred arrival times which works well at Ocean.

  6. We had a large seating area in Mayflower for our Princess cruise.

    You don't say when this was but it may be in the meantime Mayflower has undergone a transformation. There was, what could have been a large seating area, but it had no seats. The space was occupied by the snake like procession of queuing passengers. Maybe Princess are more customer friendly than Cunard which in my experience is not difficult.

  7. has anyone booked the catamaran trip with cool runnings? They get fab reviews but i am not that keen on emailing them our credit card details as security of the booking. Had credit card fraud in jamaica so a bit worried, not that i dont trust the company. Dont no wat to do, help...?


    Posted on another thread that we had a great lunch cruise with CR on 1 November and would strongly recommend. I sent my CC details in two emails, if in doubt phone 'em.

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