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Everything posted by Thejuggler

  1. Holiday in March is the Easter break which is 2 or 3 weeks depending on the area and the school. Some areas have the Easter weekend in the middle of the holiday so will finish on 22nd. Other areas have first two weeks of April regardless of when Easter falls,so will finish 28th. In West Yorkshire we have five local Authorities, only one, Leeds finish on the 28th. All the others finish on 22nd.
  2. Cancel and claim on the current policy. They will need a doctors certificate advising they are unfit to travel due to investigation into a new medical condition which has arisen since the holiday was booked.
  3. Council long stay multi storey. £40ish a week.
  4. Its still winter schedules so it should be quieter. It will of course be busier over Easter if your break clashes with schools finishing which could be from 22 March.
  5. The 0.05% is a similar figure to the "99.9% germs killed" on cleaning products. You can never promise 0% or 100% so a very small leeway is permitted. As a Guinness drinker I don't like the Guiness 0.0% because I have a taste for the real stuff. However I don't drink much lager so I will happily drink the 0.0% lagers as I have no real idea of what the normal lagers taste like. I have found some taste 'soapy' and others are like a shandy made with soda water rather than lemonade. As regards cost I pay £3.20 for a pint of 0% lager at a local sports club, a pint of beer, Guinness is £4 to £5. You can however keep 0% Gordons gin, its vile!
  6. No problem. The new 0% alcohol beers are no different to soft drinks, they can be sold in licensed premises to under 18s.
  7. No need in Alicante. The town and beach is a stroll from the port. The Round the World yacht race exhibition, which you will pass on the walk, is worth a look, there's also one of the yachts on display outside, but access is limited to a few hours a week. Castle is worth a visit for amazing views. Again you can walk to the lift which is off the main coast road parallel to the beach, be aware the lift doesn't go right to the top, you need to walk through the castle grounds and up plenty of steps to get the best views. You can walk back into town, takes about half an hour from the top.
  8. Question is a little confusing as it states being in Brussels, but also says it is three hours away. Assuming the OP is docking at a port, usually Zeebruge, there are options as of all Belgian cities to visit Brussels would be near the bottom. Bruges is the usual visit from Zeebruge, but Ghent is also and option (and nicer). There is also WWI history with Ypres being a centre for museums etc.
  9. £500 will be an estimate of what isn't spent on board when a solo person travels. An ex colleague does 4-5 cruises a year as a solo traveller. She spends nothing when on board.
  10. There's not much in Stornoway town to fill a day, so you need to get out, but there isn't much on Lewis (I stayed for a week a couple of years ago)! Callanish Standing Stones, Gearannan Blackhouse Village and maybe a Harris Tweed weaver. Scenery isn't as spectacular as other areas of Scotland, largely flat peat moorland, but some of the beaches are spectacular if the sun is shining.
  11. There are a number of tour companies operating tours from Greenock Port. A google search will reveal them. Contact them directly and see if they will quote for a tailor made day out to Falkirk Wheel. They may also suggest a visit to The Kelpies as that attraction isn't far. Journey from Greenock to the wheel is about an hour and the boat trip on the wheel is also an hour.
  12. I've enjoyed all our Norway cruises, but they have all included actual fjord cruising deep into the heart of the country. The ports on that trip are all more or less coastal. Andalsnes is at the end of a short fjord, which is little more than a coastal inlet. The town offers very little to do, but it is good to get to see Troll Road and Trollstigen, but both need good weather.
  13. The bank brand isn't really relevant, if cards issued are Visa or Mastercard there should be no issues using it.
  14. Similar response to another post. Premierinns are all very similar. Plus rooms have fridge, coffee machine and faster wifi. There are plenty in central London, none will be far from sights. To get from Heathrow to central London take the Elizabeth line service to a station near your hotel (Tottenham Court Road is central for Westminster/Waterloo) then jump in a black cab which will take you to the front door of the hotel. Easier than changing trains and lines on the Underground and then still being left with a walk, this can be an issue at larger tube stations which have multiple exits. A black London taxi to central London is £80+.
  15. Always have insurance. However helicopter airlifts from UK waters are generally undertaken by UK Coastguard service for which there is no charge.
  16. A black cab from the rank outside the terminal will be about £80-90 and take about an hour. Most popular way is now Elizabeth Line, but rather than navigate tube station interchanges which can involve long walks and escalators I'd get to Tottenham Court Road, exit the station, hail a black cab and they will take you to the hotel front door less than 2 miles away in 10 - 15 minutes. £15 or so.
  17. Many schools have complete autonomy on holiday dates so avoiding them completely isn't easy. Private schools have far more holiday. July and August are always out, Scotland finish late June. September and early October are probably quiet, mid November to early December and Jan-March if Easter is in April probably aren't months when families go cruising. Of course the alternative is to choose an adult only ship or cruises less popular with families.
  18. Grand class ships layout and accessibility are considered very poor and always have been, even with refits. Madeira (and Portugal in general) prices show how expensive the UK has become. In Faro last year I went in a bar for two 330ml bottles of Super Bock and took a €10 note. It cost me €2.60. Coffees were never more than €1.50.
  19. Manchester Airport latest offers email is giving 24% off lounge access and parking.
  20. Norway is all about fjords cruising and over the years the routes have changed significantly, both due to ships getting larger and Norway clamping down on visitor numbers. Flaam, Gerainger, Olden were the classic inland stops, but Olden seems to be the main port stop for P&O. Of the three its the last I'd choose. If its a one off trip look at doing a 14 day cruise so you can get to the North Cape.
  21. I watched the programme and it is incredible how they are built, but that's only three years of the story and you can't tell much of three years in a short documentary. A detailed look at all the design work leading to the first day of build would be interesting.
  22. If considering a tuk tuk confirm the price before getting in. Some advertise a price then reveal at the end if the trip it is per person.
  23. Whilst you can walk, you go from sea level to hundreds of feet above in a mile or so. Its a far easier downhill walk back!
  24. New cruisers go for shiny new things as they have more to offer. 15 or so years ago when Ventura was launched as the the largest P&O ship that would have been the fun ship (outdoor circus school and trampolines anyone?) with the older now long retired ships offering something completely different,
  25. Only you know what you booked. You need a flex rate then you can book at the new price and cancel the original more expensive booking. Flex most expensive can be cancelled and refunded Standard mid price date can be changed but not cancelled or refunded Non flex no refunds no changes.
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