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    Star Clippers
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  1. Some people may not remember Victoria Wood in Acorn Antiques.
  2. Today I recieved a postal advertisment from P&O which made a selling point of not needing to tip at the end of the cruise. It would concern me if tipping envelopes were being distributed onboard as this seems to run contrary to P&Os avowed intentions, and could lead to passengers feeling morally obliged to tip despite this no longer being expected.
  3. An alternative would be to buy a white tuxedo A stylish alternative would be to buy a white tuxedo or (if you feel that you could carry it off) one of those fancy coloured ones they sell in Moss Bros nowadays and wear it with plain black trousers and a bow tie of your choice.
  4. My thoughts exactly. Whilst on other P&O ships well known artists still perform in the theatre - I saw Jimmy James earlier this year on Azura - I get the impression that on Britannia such artists are now restricted to the Limelight Club at extra charge. This was certainly the case on my more recent cruise on Britannia.
  5. Is Mrs Tablelamp perchance related to Mrs Overall? 🙂
  6. I don't know if you are familiar with the Glasshouse (formerly Ramblas) on Ventura, but in case you are not there is a separate area of the bar which is effectively reserved for diners. You can however, eat elsewhere in the bar, which many people choose to do. The separate dining area is not usually full except sometimes on formal nights, when some use it and the Beach House as a casual refuge from the MDR.
  7. As far as I am aware tables in the Glasshouse cannot be booked in advance, it is strictly first come first served. That may however, have changed since I last dined there so it may be worth asking P&O about this if you feel you need to know before sailing.
  8. I always book via my long standing travel agent. His computer displays a list of available cabins in the grade selected, ranked according to P&Os assesssment as to desirability. On the assumption that the OP would be offered the cabin which P&O regard as being the best option available, it is not surprising and indeed reassuring that the same cabin was offered both online and on the telephone.
  9. Never been a fan of Aurora, my least favourite P&O ship. I have always considered her a poor man's Oriana, with almost everything on the latter being superior where a direct comparison could be made; the Lords Tavern versus Champions, Harlequins versus Masquerade, Tiffanys versus Raffles, the furnishings in the libraries, ... Am I the only P&O regular who feels that way?
  10. I have visited Ponza twice on Royal Clipper. It is a tender port, we lay at anchor off shore and were taken in to the quay on the ships launch - the port is too small for a ship of Royal Clippers size to tie up. A pretty little place with a selection of shops, bars and restaurants.
  11. I often sail with a small cruise line with a multinational clientelle. British, German, American and French are the main national groups, followed by Australia and New Zealand and (other) European countries. From my experience all the various nationalities mix well with one notable exception, who keep themselves to themselves and decline to converse with lesser nationalities who do not share their language. I will not name the guilty party other than to say that it is not the British!
  12. I have docked in Monaco a few times with Star Clippers but only once with P&O, on Oceana several years ago. It appears to me that the pier can only handle one ship at a time and I think that it would struggle with anything bigger than the latter. Gibraltar handles larger ships without any problems.
  13. I suspect so. Cruise ship passengers are not particularly popular in Venice, where they are blamed for flash mobbing the sights and detering other visitors - and spending relatively little in the process. It would not surprise me if the limit was halved to 45,000 tonnes or less (in context the size of the Canberra!) P&O may well come to rue having sold the Adonia.
  14. Venice already bans ships over 96,000 tonnes because of the damage their wash was doing to the wooden piles on which the city is built. The MSC Opera is at 65,000 tonnes well within this limit.
  15. I believe that there is another angle to the demise of Ocean Village. When the Ocean Village concept was introduced P&O and most other mid market cruise lines operated three dress codes; formal, informal (jacket and tie) and casual. Informal was the standard code and applied to all evenings apart from first and last nights and late sailings/overnight stays (casual) and days at sea (formal). Having only casual was a radical departure and may have been attractive to those who did not wish to wear jackets and ties. But then the more mainstream lines, including eventually P&O, partly followed suit and discontinead the infornal dress code in favour of casual every evening apart from a small number of formal nights. This also coincided with the introduction of multiple dining options including the buffet being open in the evenings; previously the mdr was the only available option in the evening. This made it possible for those who wished to avoid formal dressing to sail on those lines, and the main selling point of Ocean Village was diminished. Add to this the fact that the OV ships were older hand me downs which lacked the facilities of the newer ships it is easy to see why its star faded. Not because the public did not like its product, but because the opposition emulated it.
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