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  1. Where are the online letters from the Captain? I’d like to read them.
  2. We got off Britannia on Friday - looks like we were one of the last ones off! On our flight back the air hostess said that the crew had flown out the day before on an EMPTY Dreamliner - thought it was odd at the time but makes sense now. I feel so sorry for the staff on board - I assume like other cruise lines they will be offered the choice to stay on board or fly home.. Celebrity are keeping all their staff onboard and going out to sea for a month. Captain Kate is going to do daily updates of her ship and crew on Instagram - captainkatemccue - should be interesting. Sending best wishes and prayers to all those onboard Britannia heading to Southampton- and to anybody else who is affected by this awful situation.
  3. hello! can anyone tell me how the meal times work in Cafe Jardin. is it correct that breakfast and lunch are included and that you have to pay extra for dinner? I have just watched a video on it and it looks lovely - just makes a change to the buffet and main dining room if you fancy a change. Also does anyone know if you can book before you sail or do you have to book a table on board? thanks in advance for your help😀
  4. I have to say that I totally agree with you on this one. having sailed on many different cruise lines over the years unfortunately i too find P&O way behind the others in terms of food choice, drink choice, friendliness of staff. the main buffet is so far behind Celebrity, RC and Princess in choice, but i truly believe this is because you get what you pay for. We too only choose to go on P&O if its a good deal, unfortunately the other cruise lines just don't do the 'whole package' as cheaply. Unfortunately this shows in the quality of food etc. Yes there is plenty to eat but the choice is limited compared to other cruise lines. On our last cruise on Britannia we spoke to several guests about their experience, and they all had one thing in common - they had only sailed with P&O so weren't in a position to comment. I think people like to stick to the same cruise line once they have experienced one, which is fine, but they really don't know what they are missing! On a positive note i find the entertainment on P&O in the theater one of the best and hope to see an improvement in the main atrium next month on Britannia now that they have updated it. A band and dancing always makes for a good atmosphere in the middle of the ship. Having said all this, it will not stop us cruising with P&O as we just love to cruise, but regarding the original thread I do think there are lots of things P&O can do to improve, unfortunately most of these things need money and it seems that all cruise lines are trying to save money at the moment which results in the loss of certain facilities. I really don't want to see anymore 'Pay For' restaurants on any cruise lines, there are far too many in my opinion, the food in the main dining rooms is more than adequate -unless you want the odd meal for a special occassion. I think the demand possibly comes from the Americans who are very much 'into' their food and because they only seem to go on 7 days cruises, they like to try different types of dining. This is why i don't think cutting out the great British Sailaway to attract more overseas cruisers will make any difference - I just don't think they will accept the limited food and dining choice on P&O compared to their usual cruise lines.
  5. Thank you so much everyone for your replies - this really helps a lot! i didn't think about putting our clothes from the last evening in the case before bed, we have always put our cases out before we go for dinner - so that idea helps a lot - thank you! The idea of leaving your hand luggage in a designated room is great, so I assume people must have hand luggage for the flight then 😊 Hope to meet you on board Jennizor - we are also getting very excited now 🚢 Any more comments and ideas greatly appreciated 😎
  6. Hello cruisers! we are going on a Caribbean cruise on Britannia at end of Feb and although we have done the Caribbean many times before we have never been to the Caribbean with p&O so need some questions answering please. 1. On the last day do you leave your suitcases outside your cabin before bed? 2. I understand that you are only allowed '1' piece of carry on luggage on a Tui flight - so where are you supposed to put your toiletries/clothes etc from your last night after your suitcase has gone? I will have a handbag with me and cant fit it in there - unless they allow another small holdall etc to put my things in? 3. Are we allowed to stay on the ship until the coach takes us to the airport? or are we left at the airport all day? if so the problem of only allowed my handbag with me becomes an even bigger problem as i will have suncream and maybe swimsuit with me too! The whole thing about Tui only allowing one piece of carry on i find really odd. What happens if your buy duty free items? i have heard rumours that your are not even allowed to take these on board unless they are in your bag? sounds like i will need an enormous handbag - that doesn't weigh more than 5Kg of course! WE are really really looking forward to our holiday but just want to clear these few questions up first so i don't get stressed! Thanks in advance for your help!
  7. We are unlucky ones too. It is a refund for the cruise plus 20% of the cost of the cruise - NOT 20% off a future cruise like I originally thought. I agree, not good enough. Other cruise lines offer far more for cancellations. We are so upset as it was a family Christmas cruise for us.
  8. Interesting comments. I just find it amazing that Jet2 - a budget airline - allows 10kg and yet Tui allows 5kg for a transatlantic!
  9. Hi 😊. I have read that Tui only allow 1 piece of hand luggage and it isn’t allowed to be over 5kg? Does this include your handbag or is it in addition to? I usually take a small carry on case but it weighs 2.5kg before you even put anything in it!! I have watched You Tube videos of the Cruises and it shows people getting off the plane in Barbados with small cases? Can anyone who has done this cruise before please give me some info - greatly appreciated 😊
  10. Yes I think I should ring her back! She was adamant and said she was on it in December and what a lovely view she had through the glass 😂 on another note, I see you have sailed Celebrity in the past, this is our favourite cruise line, we recently went on Equinox and Reflection and followed that with Britannia and I’m afraid it just didn’t match up to Celebrity! That’s my worry with going on Oceana, but no one else does such a good itinerary with Croatia included.
  11. Thank you - just as I suspected! I feel like ringing P&O back and complaining! Wonder if anyone else agrees with you?
  12. Hi 😊 we are toying with booking Oceana and can’t decide balcony or inside (inside being nearly £2000 less!). We always have a balcony cabin but I am to sure about the ones on Oceana. They look ‘cave like’ with part metal/full metal railings. We have always had glass ones that are very open. I spoke to P&O this morning and she assured me that it’s only the baconies at the front of the ship that are metal and that the others are all glass - I’m not sure if this is true? Has anyone been on and had a glass balcony? And if so can you remember the cabin number? Looking forward to replies! as you can see from the pictures - very different. I know the glass one is Azura but I can’t find a picture of an Oceana one to show you what I mean by ‘open glass balcony’ - another reason to think they are all metal!
  13. Ah thanks, that’s reassuring 😊Did you have twin or Double room layout?
  14. Ah thanks. So the 4 berth are bigger? I assume they have drop down beds above? Not sure what to do. To be honest we have heard good and bad reviews on Oceana - it’s the itinerary that’s attracting us. We are actually Celebrity people but recently went on Britannia to give P&O a try. Our overall opinion was Celebrity was by far the better cruise line in so many ways. Having said that they unfortunately don’t do such a good itinerary as the Oceana in the Med.
  15. Hi! We are looking at booking Oceana and have realised Balcony cabins are £2000 more than Inside. So may save the money for another holiday and book an inside! What we can’t figure out is if there are any bigger inside ones you can book apart from accessible? And are all o side cabins the same size? The deck plan shows some oblong and some square’ish?
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