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  1. This must be a real concern for P&O with the Caribbean season starting shortly. They seem to share the flights mainly between TC A330 Airbuses and TUI 787 Dreamliners, and the Dreamliners are having some delays with the ongoing Rolls Royce Trent engine problems.
  2. I totally agree. I think the dress code on P&O is just right. We feel comfortable knowing that, in the restaurants and most bars, the level of dress will contribute to the ambience. We've had a couple of cruises on Marella ships recently, and while the product is quite good, the vague dress code is a shambles and beachwear intermingled with jackets and ties at dinner is bizarre. As far as Benidorm goes we occasionally stay at the Hotel Don Pancho there where the smart casual dress code is strictly enforced, and shorts are a no no even in the show lounge in the evenings. I hope P&O continue to keep the standards up.
  3. After a mixup a few years ago with pre - cruise bookings I always print a hard copy to stop any confusion.
  4. CP is faulty this morning. Our forthcoming cruise is shown as 14 sea days, and the cabin info is wrong. I'm sure they'll sort it soon.
  5. We found that talking to P&O direct was the best. They have a flights dept. which were very helpful, and will plan your flights for pre or post cruise stays to suit your requirements. I agree that their hotel rates are very good, we couldn't get a quote to compete with them.
  6. We've been on National Express a couple of times when heavy traffic has been a problem. The driver was in radio contact with their base and they guided him to alternative routes. On each occasion the delay was no more than 30 mins.
  7. They should be on your Cruise Personaliser now.
  8. She had perfect grounds for an allegation of physical assault, which P&O would have taken very seriously, and that would have been a nasty turn for the bully boy 's holiday.
  9. English lady I take your point but, as I said originally, we have the door 'slightly open' at night for the reasons stated. I would hope the steward would not be entering at that time, and even then ' slightly open' would not create a wind tunnel. Regarding the risk of trapping fingers I am sure we are adult enough to handle everyday hazards. Many ships have sliding balcony doors which can be secured in any position and some switch off the air con when open. As a previous poster has said one of the prime reasons the cruise lines want the doors closed is economy, rather than the negative effect on the air con which is robust enough to handle an open door.
  10. Unless the weather is adverse we always have our balcony door slightly open at night because we think it nullifies 'cabin throat', and we also find the sound of the sea to be soothing. We have yet to be thrown off the cruise or even reprimanded. The whistling sound is caused when it is windy because the venturi effect of the wind causes pressure imbalance. Normally that doesn't happen. Tin hat on!
  11. When I raised the question on board a few weeks ago I was told the upgrading of the lift operating system to provide better synchronisation and service efficiency was a priority.
  12. I was told similar a couple of weeks or so ago, and that there was likely to be an upgrade to the lift operating system to make it more efficient. I must admit that we didn't find the lack of the staircase a problem even though we were midships on a high deck. We walked to forward or aft or when we wanted a central lift we didn't seem to wait long.
  13. We were on Britannia recently and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience, and we thought the menu range was superb, so we returned for a second meal. Service, food and ambience excellent. Go and enjoy, one man's meat etc.
  14. Certainly the fact that we lost so many ports last year and a poor experience on the Dream has caused us to lose confidence in Marella but I do think they are going on the right direction. If nothing else they have brought good competition into the UK cruising market which other lines are reacting to, including P&O who, from next month include tips in the fare. I am not a great fan of all inclusive. I think Marella have increased their cruise prices to cover it, which does not favour those who drink little, and we noticed an apparent increase in seemingly 'alcohol induced behaviour' last year compared to the 2 previous years when AI wasn't enjoyed by all. I think P&O's drink prices are set at a good value level, certainly our final bill on Britannia was very reasonable, but we are 'sundowners ' - pre dinner drinks, wine with dinner, and a couple later. P&O are introducing a set of drinks packages but they will not make economic sense to most people, and I think they will need to be reviewed. I shall watch Marella with interest particularly with the Explorer ships ( as you recommend Dave ). The rancour from our recent experiences will diminish and perhaps then we shall return.
  15. I agree with many of the previous comparisons, and where Marella gain the most is the availability of direct flights from local airports. We too are long time P&O patrons but have also frequented other cruise lines. In 2016 we tried the newly acquired Tui Discovery and really liked it. Since then we have sailed on the Discovery three times and Discovery 2 twice, and unfortunately, the Marella Dream. Initially we thought the set up was excellent, but early last year we had 3 major ports, Havana Cuba, Bahamas, and Lisbon Portugal, cancelled only weeks before sailing, which was very disappointing, particularly as there seemed to be no justifiable reason for it. Then in late Autumn last year we flew to Aqaba to join Discovery for a middle East cruise. After 6 days the ship broke down and limped to Dubai where she stayed for the remainder of the cruise missing 4 major ports. The concerning thing was that daily updates were vague and gave no indication of progress so we had no real idea of what was happening. What amazed us was that, where on other lines when unforeseen malfunctions occur there is a big flurry of activity with parts etc being flown in, Marella seemed to have minimal back up support and the whole scenario was a farce. We were compensated very quickly with 50% of what we had paid, but we would rather have had the holiday we expected. We spent that money on a week on the Dream round the Canaries in January this year, but the Dream is obviously a Marmite ship, you either love it or hate it. We found it dreadful, a tired, rusty old ship. Our cabin, while spacious, creaked and groaned, the toilet bowl was cracked, the air con was uncontrollable, and the windows very corroded. So that was our last venture with Marella. We cancelled a 2 week cruise on Discovery 2 on our return from the Dream. So our next cruise, 2 weeks ago, was on a ship we said we wouldn't go on because of the size, P&O Britannia. We are now hooked on that ship and delighted to be back with P&O. Every aspect was excellent. It is a bit more formal, but we don't mind that. We did find Marella a bit too relaxed with beachwear being permitted in restaurants in the evening. We found the food on P&O slightly better quality, and the service not as rushed as Marella. Everyone sees things differently, we think P&O are better perhaps because they are a dedicated cruise line, whereas Marella are part of the Tui holiday empire, and maybe don't have the level of support and investment. I accept we have probably been unlucky with events. I think Marella have a lot to offer but will be reluctant to return.
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