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john watson

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  1. As Majortom said yes. It is however arranged on a different format on the final morning. They have two separate sittings an hour apart. They open the doors for fifteen minutes, let everyone in then shut them and not let latecomers in. A big queue forms up at the two start times but as soon as doors open you are in within minutes. See Horizon Newspaper the night before for exact times. Regards John
  2. After that, dependant on what the cruise line thinks they could presumably be blacklisted from all Carnival Corporation brands should this be thought desirable. Regards John
  3. All cruise ships have what is tantamount to a prison cell in which they can keep people. All ships have a security force who can sort out people who have committed criminal offences. P&O would have the same, the sizes of each is obviously confidential. There are sanctions which the cruise line can bring into force should behaviour be encountered whereby the cruise line wishes to intervene. They can disembark anyone at the next port and in general the whole cabin of people would be disembarked. Unwanted activities would include shoplifting, cheating in the casino, fighting etc. If lesser transgressions are experienced, such as children being disruptive, messing about they have people who can refer the issue back to the parents. Patrols can be directed to the scene of any activity, messing about with the lifts or other passengers and their belongings or abusing them, using the ships cctv. This would sort out most kids but if the parents were confrontational it could be escalated. It is difficult where a large group are involved. This is the problem any cruise line has as can be noted if you look at YouTube where a cruise has been affected by hurricanes in the Caribbean etc. causing the missing of a long succession of ports of call and a passenger rebellion has come about. Social media of passengers on board is not helping in this respect. Regards John
  4. I see where you are coming from on this "spaces are small" thread however I am now thinking booking a whole cabin just for myself would be a bit greedy of me. Regards John
  5. Whilst this is true to some extent a bit of thinking needs to be done before you get to this stage. An important visit to the reception desk for something and also the route to your dining area needs to be identified. Therefore the moment the suitcases get delivered to your cabin, you need to send your partner off to accomplish these crucial missions to make them feel important. Meanwhile you can unpack your stuff spreading all your clothes lavishly in sixty to seventy percent of the drawers choosing the best ones. Then get all your clothes which require hanging up using the best hangers at the most convenient part of the rails and the better placed closets. Pour out a couple of drinks because you are considerate for when your partner returns and sympathise with them when they say the cabin storage is a bit inadequate. They will appreciate this. Regards John
  6. Your official time to turn up at the Southampton cruise terminal is 12.30 to 15.00 as advised. If you wish to comply and I am not suggesting you do not wish to comply, you can choose any time within this period, entirely up to you when precisely. You will be ushered towards the priority check in queue straight away. There will not be many people in it. Disabled people with assisted boarding will also be in this queue and occasionally, if there is nobody in the queue they invite one or two random passengers towards it in order to keep the priority check in staff at least checking someone in! Check in takes about five minutes in total then you move on to security check which takes ten minutes on average. Security waiting time is less very early and very late on. Regards John
  7. Captains cannot win when it comes to decisions relating to tenders. A recent thread about Guernsey said P&O should be thinking about dropping the port. Some people said when they were there the ship should have anchored and started tendering. Sea conditions are as predictable as whether there's going to be shower and passengers vary from marines to very frail persons. This is life. Regards John
  8. I think you are better off choosing Azura/Ventura or smaller. I think the biggest ships tend to have the highest points of disembarkation. Smaller ships seem to me to offer lower exit points and the result is shallower gangways off the ship. Regards John
  9. This is not common in my experience. Quite often there are two gangways off the ship and they can be of totally different designs and emerging from different decks with radically different slope angles. Some have a flat slope, others sort of semi-steps or have transverse strips to aid adhesion for walking. Another problem I have noticed is that at one end sometimes top/bottom there are a few steps or a ridiculous hump you cant get past but the rest is fine. My tactic would always be get your companion to go to promenade deck where you can physically observe how many gangways are in operation and what exactly they are like. You can then perhaps choose the better option. If standard manual chairs are successfully disembarking, you could transfer to a manual one if you can temporarily acquire one and have your companion wheel off your electric chair independently. I should always ask the crew managing offloading and see if options can be worked. Regards John
  10. Transatlantic, you have to get a Balcony Cabin. Everyone will be on the open decks as there are no people on excursions for a number of consecutive days. Regards John
  11. On the final, disembarkation day they open even earlier for the waiter service breakfast in MDR, really early something like 6.30 and 7.30?. They run a two sitting breakfast on this day only and a biggish queue builds up they let you all in at once then lock everyone else out after 15 mins. Then it's closed shop until the next queue gets let in an hour later. This is quite efficient for the last day. Regards John
  12. Post #2 gives good information on obstructed views. Regards John
  13. Check out Renmar's site. Click on "Click here to access Royal Regal Majestic site" Royal and Regal have same cabins as Britannia (Majestic is a variant in this area) Princess "E" deck is same as Britannia "G" deck. Compare any cabin number E for G and you will have a good idea on each cabin. https://sites.google.com/site/cabinbyviewrenmar/regal-royal-princess https://wwwcruisedeckplans.com/DP/deckplans/ov.php?ship=Regal-Princess&cabinsE101-E230 Regards John
  14. The staff are a bit better trained these days on helping people who have an obvious problem. You might well get a bit of assistance with seating. If you want an early breakfast why not look at the MDR waiter service breakfast option. Times and location of the MDR doing breakfasts are always in the relevant section of "Horizon" newsletter. Never busy early on and waiters will direct you to a suitable table, take your order and look after you well. You can choose to have your own table or share and chop and chance every day if you wish. Port days they start earlier than sea days, so you need to check the times for tomorrow daily. Regards John
  15. Just bumped "Azura Sofa Bed in Superior Deluxe" thread which has some pictures and discussion. Should be almost identical. P&O Cruises (UK) thread section on here. Post #17 is very relevant! Regards John
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