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  1. We bought them from a street market close to Las Ramblas.
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    RCI tried splitting their MDR into 4 different concepts. It never really worked and they gave it up on the newer ships.
  3. I did all my own visas for the world cruise in 2013. They were India and China. India I had to go to London for and China I sent off. My friend is going to China in a couple of weeks and she had to fill in a multi-page form and then go to London, so thngs have changed since my last visit. US, Australia and NZ are all online. Oz is free (at least it was in May), the other two you have to pay few dollars for. Apparently there's an app for NZ and if you use that you can save $5!! The ship arranged the rest of the visas while we were on board (Vietnam etc.). Last time I cruised to Vietnam they were free, so it's worth checking. Don't let it stress you out, just enjoy the cruise, it'll be fab 👍
  4. The OBC offered to me is wayyy less than the cost of parking with any other operator, so I've opted to take the 'free' parking. If it's as bad as they say then I'll have to get there at 8:30 to be on board in time for my lunch! 😂🛳️🍷 Seriously though, I'm not on Iona until September, so hopefully they'll have it running smoother by then.
  5. Nothing to do with the size of the ships and everything to do with the passengers. I've been on the Symphony of the Seas, most people (including me) were on the alcohol package and I saw no bad behaviour. I'd say half the passengers were Brits.
  6. Lois, retirement was the best career move I made!
  7. An awful lot of Caribbean tier and above go on world cruises, I guess that's why there's no embarkation lunch, too many folks who are entitled. We had a couple of fancy lunches on two or three sectors on the two worldies that I've been on. We were also given a gift too. A set of cufflinks on the first and a weird combination of chess set and wine friend (foil cutter, corkscrew, pourer etc) on the second. There's also a Captain's drinks thing on most sectors. We seemed to have a couple of the free drinks receptions on most sectors. Things may have changed a bit, though. My last worldie (well Grand Voyage), was in 2015.
  8. This happened to me on my Galapgos cruise next year. Then I get a phone call to say that my cruise was cancelled as a travel agency had chartered the whole ship. So instead of celebrating my birthday in the Galapagos, I'll be 'celebrating'(?!) on board a plane instead.
  9. I did this a couple of years ago. I was a complete virgin and loved it. Very easy. It was the best thing I did on Labadee, I found the rest of the place quite boring. Only wish I'd discovered jet-boating years ago.
  10. I've met Americans (a few) on P&O. It's much more British than the lines you mentioned. The decor isn't as glitzy, more restrained. I love Andersons on Aurora, like a gentlemans club. The food is defintely British. The drinks are wayyy cheaper and no 18% surcharge either. Don't expect to get the range of cocktails that you get on American ships either. Entertainment is geared to the UK market. My favourite line is RCCL with Celebrity and P&O in joint second. Having said that, my favourite ship is Aurora. I'll be on Iona next year too, but to the Med.
  11. Here in the UK we still have the National Health Service, despite the Tories efforts to privatise it. So I don't pay for health (other than dentists) even my prescriptions are free (not that I'm on any meds.....yet!). I've done way more travelling since I retired. I used to get 30+ holiday days a year, so always had at least one long haul holiday a year. Apart from a week wayyyy back in the '70's I didn't start cruising until I went in 2011. I have over 400 nights on a ship now. One of my travel ambitions was to visit 100 countries. I achieved that in February 2018 and half of those were since retirement. Best career move I ever made 😊
  12. I went at 59½ (still too late for me!), and I've never looked back. If you can afford it, line up those ducks and go for it!
  13. We ate in Sindhu on Oriana last June and it was really sub-par. If it had been my first experience, I probably wouldn't have bothered again. Let's hope it was just a one off.
  14. When I spoke to my consultant about upgrading, she never said it was a problem The price she quoted seemd a tad high and I've found it for a lower price. I'll be calling her up again soon and if she's still quoting a high price, I'll book it independently and get my economy airfare back from SS.
  15. Thanks for this. I'll be on her in February next year and I'm sooo looking forward to it. Stupid question, but as I'm getting older and creakier, how easy is it to get in and out of the Zodiacs?
  16. I'm sailing on 22 June Jewel sailing. I had an offer last week. Sailing solo, minimum bid was $400 pp, so $800 for me for a balcony. I think not! Offer came via my US based TA.
  17. They no longer add on the few months remaining. Your passport is runs for only for 9½ years now if you renew 6 months before expiry. They changed the policy last year, but didn't make it public until people started noticing.
  18. I normally use the .co.uk site. My forthcoming cruise was booked through a U.S. TA and I have no problems using either the U.S. or U.K. sites to access my booking.
  19. I've been doing online check-in with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity for a few years now. Works really well. When I sailed on the Ovation out of Southampton, they had people with iPads checking us in. I checked out of the Holiday Inn at 10:45, walked with my case to the ship, checked in and was having my first drink by the pool bar at 11:10!
  20. I use 'em to stick tickets, itinerary, reminders and stuff like that on the wall.
  21. I booked my upcoming Rhapsody cruise theough an American TA. I log into the American site to access my cruise. No problems at all. Booked a Celebrity cruise through an American agent and used the UK site to access my cruise, again no problems.
  22. I disagree. I've done 106, 105 and 65 nights and none of them were long enough!
  23. There's a Limelight Club. Wouldn't they have dancing in there? We went in there on Britannia (after the show) and there were people dancing. My friend danced with the male dance teacher. Amazing bloke, didn't appear to have any bones in his body!!
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