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  1. We opted for a top up Euro card and a Dollar card plenty out there but we used Fair FX and by putting £50 on each card we got them for free and they last for 3 years . Should you not spend, they do not charge a dormacy fee and would return your cash to your account . Once off the ship we found it safer than carrying loads of euros around and no risk to your bank card as they are not linked to it . It works for us and as others have said,should you want cash withdrawals then a Halifax clarity or the like is a good idea but not a Halifax debit as that is rated amongst others as a bad choice for overseas cash machines . So as others have said carry some cash and then a card that works for you , much safer than lugging wads of cash around .
  2. https://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:4232279/mmsi:259186000/vessel:VIKING%20SKY Position Received: 3 minutes ago (2019-03-24 09:38 (UTC)) Vessel's Local Time: 2019-03-24 09:38 (UTC) Area: NORDIC - North Sea Latitude / Longitude: 62.98367° / 6.037° Status: Underway Using Engine Speed/Course: 7.7kn / 88° AIS Source: 261 iKnowIT Read more at http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/details/ships/shipid:4232279/mmsi:259186000/imo:9650420/vessel:VIKING_SKY#vmiPVZDk8k1td51m.99
  3. Most uk travel insurance companies state :- To help us give you a quote as quickly as possible, we've made some assumptions. Please tell us if these assumptions are correct. Every traveller to be covered by this policy: is a permanent UK resident has resided in the UK for the past six months is registered with a UK doctor Please note all trips must start and finish within the UK and that this policy cannot be arranged for a trip you have already started. Are all the assumptions correct? A USA traveller would not meet these requirements and would probably be best taking out insurance before leaving home .Should the worst ever happen you need a insurance that takes you back to your homeland .
  4. We have flown out on the A330-200 from Manchester and was happy with the flight. A good choice of aircraft for couples,two seats each side four down the centre . Around the mid 20 -30 seats your in easy range of the loo's should you need them which are downstairs. You also get a James Martin meal which was good when compared to some aircraft meals we have had . They also gave us a set of headphones to keep compliments of Tommy cook . Our last flight was the Dreamliner and being a daytime flight and no need for the onboard lighting I felt no worse or better or any advantage other than I could dim the window . So I would be quite happy to fly the A330 or the Dreamliner as both aircraft have served us well .
  5. Maybe this could help you,plenty of options,gifts etc ... https://www.pocruises.com/gifts-and-luxuries/
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    Sorry to read your cruise on the Azura did not meet your expectations. It's not good when that happens and you have paid good money out . Looking on the CC review page at recent reviews there seems to be a few that agree with you. yet a few that enjoyed the Azura. Not sure what is going on regarding the Azura in our case we enjoyed our cruises onboard this ship . I agree with other posters that "it is what it is- Your your personal experience." Still not good when a cruise goes wrong ,we had the same years ago on what was the Thomson Dream . We hated it and would never step foot on that vessel again . Yet at the time this was Thomsons flag ship. To this day people love her and why not if they enjoy her but we did not , so fair play to those who sail on her, go and enjoy . Captains on any ship can help make your cruise a little better dependant on their actions regarding interactions with the passengers. Robert Camby as others have said is a good example, he put on an audience with Robert Camby one afternoon in the theatre, telling us amusing snippets of being a captain . Then a few days later, same time , same venue the staff put on a talent show and who was there doing the Full Monty along with other officers ..Robert Camby. He did not have to do this but thIs is the sort of guy he is . Standards may have changed over the years but so have the prices as many on here have noted , some penny pinching ,some moving with the times ,some down to customer demands and as the reviews for this ship reflect ,some will enjoy others will not. Just like a friend of mine really , he did one cruise and hated it never to do it again . When he is not jetting off to one of the Costas ,he is booking Bultlins ! He's a long time loyalty member and why not .. some love the place , others do not. Hope your next cruise or holiday is a Happy one .
  7. They sell both https://www.pocruises.com/Global/ships/All Ships PDFS/Bar_Menu_2018.pdf
  8. Think we were back both times 2.30 ish to 3 pm that included a 45 minute services break , so average journey was around the 4 hour mark .
  9. Both times we flew from T2 Manchester to Barbados for our Azura TA cruises and on return to Southampton we were dropped off back at the terminal so we could catch our shuttle buses back to collect our cars from the car parks. Anyone who has booked T2 long stay car park should expect an E-mail or contact from Manchester Airport. That car park is now closed or closing and the New T2 multi car park is now open and they are relocating bookings to this one . I got the Email last week changing a booking we had in the old T2 car park . Hope this helps .
  10. You should have no problem taking a few bottles onboard or when you get back on board when visiting the ports you berth at. Even on our latest cruise when in Hamburg, we bought a few bottles of Pepsi -Max for our cabin use. The UK version of Pepsi Max is safe for diabetics to drink because it contains artificial sweeteners, rather than sugar. But be aware that some drinks bought outside the UK can contain sugar as they are sold reduced sugar rather than sugar free. So just a little heads up when buying sugar/caffine free drinks in abroad ports, check the label on the drink. As for the ship security ,not a problem taking these drinks onboard , I even presented the till receipt to show it was genuine . Hope that helps
  11. "It's back ! Tips on Tips, Tips about Tips. All aboard the Magic Roundabout, you can even bring your PG Tips." Said Zebedee.
  12. If you were to decide to book the N Y Cruise then the pool should be open . As I said in my other post on one of our cruises we had a cruise to nowhere due to choppy seas and the pool was as choppy as the sea so they netted and drained it . I'm not saying it will happen but it could dependant on the sea state. Hope this does not deter your Mrs . We tend to book early as possible as we book a mid ship cabin and these have less movement and can sell out or the price can go up a fair bit later in the year. Just our preference but we book inside cabins due to outside tempratures and save our money for the Balcony cabins on our warmer weather cruises . Mrs Kalos has been known to turn a little green in stormy waters and if she feels the slightest bit queasy , she takes a tablet called Kwells and gets her head down for half an hour , then shes good to go for the rest of the day even the next morning she was ordering the full english without the aid of any more tablets . Hope that reassures Mrs Sidekick. Your wife should like the Azura and will find it easy to get around as it's the sister ship of the Ventura .You will find yourself maybe sat in the Blue Bar , thinking this is just like the Red Bar on the Ventura and this happens with lots of onboard venues . The main difference you should notice notice on the Azura is no roof over the pool as the large TV screen replaces the retractable roof . So I hope you both enjoy your cruise and possibly more cruises to look forward to as well.  
  13. VENTURA (N938) 29 Dec 2019 - 03 Jan 2020 Cruise itinerary : 2 ports Southampton Hamburg Bruges Southampton   ARCADIA (J921) 29 Dec 2019 - 03 Jan 2020 Cruise itinerary : 2 ports Southampton Amsterdam Bruges Southampton ( Red is your New Year Port)   We have done New Year cruises for a few years now and look forward to them each year,we have even booked this years New Year before we'd even stepped foot on the Oceana for our cruise just gone as we enjoy them so much. Over the years we have been to Brugges many times and do our own thing ,shops and Bar hopping was one of our past times. My advice would be keep out of the Bars in the Market square with landmark medieval bell tower, they were much cheaper a few streets away. We used to head for the T-Zand square , nice places to eat and drink along that square. Getting to the stage where if the weather is not to our liking we are just as content to stay onboard as quite a few passengers do. Although both ships go to Brugges one will go to Amsterdam whilst the other ship heads for Hamburg and again this is a nice port to visit which we hope to explore even more this year. It's worth noting that both ships dock on NewYears eve and so any exploring is best done early as the shops and public transport tend to close down early due to the locals wanting enjoy the New year as well as the Fireworks that they have . The fire works look well viewed from the ship again dependant on the weather and a word of warning would be that,be very happy if you do see them . A few years ago we had a cruise to nowhere on the Ventura . We just roamed the North Sea as the winds were too strong to dock at any of our intended ports . Some people were gutted but we knew this could happen but we enjoy the ships. A cruise we booked and cruise was what we got.. just no stops. New year eve is Black Tie Night and New Year Gala meal and the ship is in party mode balloon's, hats and streamers etc everywhere not even the buffet escapes and on the night it just happened to be Indian night ... Just happened to be our favourite food . You just knew it was going to be good when the show team turned up for a quick curry before they went to perform around the ship and it was a very good meal , finished off with Indian ice cream . In short they must be doing something right or we would not keep booking them. Not saying they are the best you can do, we would love to do Madeira New Year again (another location /time and cruise) but for a short cruise we opt for P&O. Remember to chill out or party ..It's your cruise ..Enjoy! I made a short film that shows the ships decoration and I note that someone filmed us sailing away during the fireworks . https://youtu.be/YBun7VeWx5k and https://youtu.be/W8iz_Ai9PYI?t=38
  14. Most cruise car park companies in Southampton will have your car ready for your early disembarkation. We did a our own carry off and our pick up bus took us to our car and we were on our way home in just under 30 minutes of leaving the ship. Which company is best for you ? Depends on what you prefer, car nearer the ship/shuttle bus/price etc? A post last year gave a few posters choices, maybe this could help you choose ..... https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2488533-cruise-parking-at-southampton/?tab=comments#comment-53619921
  15. Chris Bourne was Captain for the New Year and we saw him most morningsas he walked through the ship . He always had a cheery hello if he passed you and the same for any of his crew members he passed by. Any messages he put through the ships PA was always down to earth and informative. He would broadcast things like .. "When heading for Zeebrugges , the ship nearly failed to make port due to a force 9 wind hitting the ship and thanks to his bridge crew who were on duty and thanks to their skills we made it into port .. A job well done " He would also give updates on the conditions to reassure anyone who was feeling the effects of the ships movements . On pushing off and heading home for Southampton again he broadcast that he was "letting the saftey officer take the ship out to sea ,under his watch ,keeping an eye on him to improve safety officers portfolio." To us he was a Captain Camby style minus the "thought for the day" Down to earth ,willing to help and let others know if others were doing a good job . I think you will be OK with him Malcolm .
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