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  1. Moved both my September and November Iona cruises to their equivalents in 2021. Fingers crossed you can go in November.
  2. Sorry to hear of your news. I've had two friends die this year, both suddenly and neither from COVID. One of them was one of my oldest friends, I'd known her for over 50 years. Stay strong.
  3. I hope not. I'm due to do her Amazon cruise in 2022. Assuming the Brazilians haven't cleared the jungle by then and Bolsonaro hasn't killed off most of his population!
  4. I was on the cruise from Southampton to Dubai in January 2018. We flew back to Heathrow on an Emirates A380 and it wasn't very full at all. In our cabin, it was about 30% full.
  5. I was due to go in September this year and your cruise in November. Both now changed to the equivalent 2021 cruises.
  6. Well we now know the name of one of the ships. Costa Victoria has been sold for scrap. One down five to go.
  7. A member of the entertainment team told me in 2013 that P&O only wanted 7 ships in the fleet and that when Britannia joined one of the others would be for the chop. That ship was of course Adonia. So did Oriana make way for Iona? When Gala2 arrives then presumably another ship is heading for the exit. Of course non of this takes into account our good old friend COVID-19.
  8. Apparently they've signed or are about to sign agreements. So who knows? After all an unknown Chinese line bought Oriana.
  9. I see that Carnival are getting rid of six ships, supposedly over the next 90 days. No names given, although Costa Vitoria was mentioned. Think a P&O ship could be on the block?
  10. I've not been to St Vincent, but I'm not too fond of Martinique. Been twice. First time, people were being pickpocketed in the small market they'd set up, including one woman who had her purse taken from a bag on the back of her weelchair. Second time we got a minibus on the dock for an island tour. He took us for an hour less than agreed then kicked up a fuss about not getting 100% of the fare. Having said that, the ferry ride to the other side of the bay and the little area there was nice, way better than Fort de France.
  11. I went to Odessa on my first cruise way back in 1970's! All I can remember are the famous steps. I've missed a few ports but last year the weather was too bad to tender into Mykonos so we were sent to Katakolon. I'd never heard of it. It was great, pretty little town, nice waterfront. It's about 10 miles from the ancient site of the Olympic Games. I took a ramshackle local bus and got into the site for €6 as I was an EU pensioner (I guess that deal's gone now). I had a wonderful Greek salad in the local town and had a great, if unexpected day.
  12. I've been on Symphony of the Seas and nothing about it felt impersonal! Mind you my favourite ship is still Aurora, having said that I'm still looking forward to my two cruises on Iona, even if they are now delayed by 12 months.
  13. I could, but it wouldn't help as I booked through a TA and I'd lose the deposit
  14. I'm waiting for my TA to get back to me about changing a 2020 cruise to the equvalent in 2021. At the moment the same cabin is cheaper and more OBC. They did tell me it could take up to three weeks to get back to me, so who knows, it may well go up in price by then.
  15. You think she won't be sailing by November next year?
  16. I've moved my Iona September cruise to September 2021 and I've just got off the phone to my TA asking to change my Iona November cruise to November 2021. I'm still not 100% sure my Aurora March 2021 will go ahead.
  17. I've cruised many times on both lines. P&O are not glitzy, there's a distinctly British vibe on board. There's no 20% gratuity on everything you buy, most of the select restaurants are cheaper and portions (mostly) smaller that the enormous American ones. The casino will be way smaller than any on an American ship. Many of the one-off entertainers will be be on both RCI and P&O out of the UK. Of course Americans are welcome, I've met a few on P&O. Give it a bash and I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised. If you go on Aurora, try Andersons, it's like an old English gentlemans club. Have fun!
  18. I think it'll be noisy, simply becuse of the location. A deck lower may be preferable. I've booked the equivalent cabin on deck 10 and I'm a little concerned about the noise from the bar a couple of decks down. Hey, if it disturbs me, I'll go down and join the party!
  19. I always use Freedom dining. Apart from my first two cruises where it wasn't an option. I first tried it on RCI and when they introduced it to P&O my friends and I all changed to Freedom and we've never looked back!
  20. Same as me. I've worn my DJ once on land, all the other times have been onboard. I taught myself to tie a bow (thank you YouTube!). They look rubbish most of the time, but I don't care! I have various ties that I use, including a rainbow one, when I want to nail my colours to the mast! If I'm travelling with one of my lady friends, I try to match my tie to their dress colour. Doesn't always work, but then I can always wear the black one.
  21. I cancelled my September 2020 cruise and changed to the equivalent 2021 sailing. I couldn't access the old CP and could access the new one the following day. Way better than my TA, which still shows my original cruise with payment due next week! AND, they still haven't sent me my new documentation. Sigh.
  22. Well I've upgraded to a balcony from an outside so I'd expect to pay more. Having said that it's about £977 more, not sure what the price would have been for my old cabin.
  23. I've just swapped my September 2020 cruise on Iona to the 2021 equivalent. Now I'm pondering on what to do about my November cruise. Don't need to make a decision until end of June though.
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