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  1. I think your post almost destroyed me in some way. I consider myself an astute business woman etc etc but my husbands death so early and unexpected floored me. I just wanted to ask a question that was determined by my needs. I am sorry you felt it repetitive and unnecessary. As it happens the replies really helped me. Thanks to those that posted. Don't worry Know the score you can be sure I won't start any further threads to bore you with. FFS I thought this was a cruise forum where you could ask questions via a thread and that moderators would combine or let you know if not suitable seems not so and I was wrong.
  2. Many thanks for the advice received it was very useful. I have tried Warners holidays before and on advice received have booked a 3 day break locally. I have received via the internet a number of emails about local hotels where myself and my husband ate/stayed and have booked meals out and in the case of the lake district where my friend is the head chef I have accepted his invite to stay with him and his family plus my dogs are coming too. Plus I have decided to employ someone to a position I don't know how to title. Basically its just to come help me out, must love dogs, needs to be flexible, can live in/out. But in there they can gain business experience as I still oversee my businesses and they will get to understand that. CC is a bonus many thanks to all. Just to add if I can cruise safely I will be doing so when it meets my needs. Oh and last point to answer from replies I have cruised on the "premium" lines but I must be an absolute plebe as it was fine but it no way could I justify in my mind the money spent. I love the formal side of cruising which didn't exist on these American lines. I have no use at all for a block party or a meet and mingle. I like to meet people slowly. I suppose the money angle is the same as my husband always drove a top of the range BMW/Lexus. Me I drive a small car can't cope with a big one regardless of money. I have just bought a hybrid Honda Jazz having driven a petrol one for 14 years. Not so sure why hybrid but my nephew persuaded me to consider it and my accountant said it was a better deal.
  3. I have kept myself up to date with all the threads and share concerns outlined. For me I am 66, my husband died a while ago, no kids and I am I suppose "well off" how i hate that description as I worked so hard to save money along with my OH and never got to spend it. I have been so careful to follow guidelines since Covid 19 started whilst my neighbours clearly did not. I am still doing so. My hobby and total pleasure has for so long been cruising, I feel safe, I tailor the P&O package to meet my needs i.e. I book a balcony and add in select dining every night, take the drinks package and buy spa stuff too. Recently I have added in booking a suite as I liked the space. My question is what now? Like most I have no idea what the cruise experience will be like. I have looked at booking Sandals in the Caribbean as land based but the flight seems to provide no real safety. I don't know whether I am an idiot to say this but I am starting to feel that staying here albeit in a very nice house less than 2 miles from the sea still makes me feel imprisoned. I literally just move between the house and the deserted beach to walk my dogs each day. I can't do my voluntary work as it still isn't open. Am I being daft in thinking just get on a cruise it will make you happy? I understand it won't be the same but my head is just about to burst.
  4. I live in North Norfolk now and like most "locals" we are getting ready for the period when we won't be able to park for love nor money. This year no-one cares or is moaning like they did last year (our first year here) In June 202 I think the majority are just glad that they will see holidaymakers back as it has hit so many people/businesses really hard. Didn't worry us last year we just ferried the one that had an appointment to it and collected them afterwards. We can park and see the sea easily the other 10 months of the year - well we thought so - didn't quite work out that way this year but it will. Got to stay positive.
  5. Well as a plus it kept me amused all day today. In this situation there has to be a plus in there somewhere and this was it for me.
  6. Never had a problem with Ventura and as a satisfied customer I suppose I must assume I am as described in a particular post. I think I have done all P&O ships and had a good holiday but didn't gel with Oceana unable to explain why. However this thread has set my amusement up for the day so very accurate (not) my word some folks need to get over themselves and no mistake.
  7. Aft suites are the best. On Azura and Ventura you need to google obstructed aft balconies to identify which ones are best. Britannia is very good on the aft but has had problems with soot not sure if thats been dealt with now. However excellent suites. Another vote not for side of ship suites as they do not have a deep balcony just a double length. Some on R deck are directly under the lido on Azura and Ventura and noisy as they set up for the day.
  8. Can you not book in advance? May be wrong but seem to recall doing that for 14 days on Britannia 3 years ago. Can't say I liked it much. There were better chairs and food was included but some days it was heaving by 9am - this being in the Caribbean in January.
  9. As a single passenger its taken me a while to book a suite on P&O just because it doesn't bring you a lot extra other than space and things that have been mentioned. Also for a single it is a 100% supplement every time. BUT I tried premium lines for 4 cruises and the costs were eye watering even with some lower single supplements. I also prefer a bit of formality (many don't I know) Regent especially was very shall we say "relaxed" I like to get changed for dinner and have a formal night or 4. So taking in the larger cabin, better balcony and a few other bits I also add on eating in the speciality dining every lunch and dinner and I still did not pay 1/2 of what I did on Regent. I think its has to be horses for courses, buy it if you think you can make it work for you and look elsewhere if you don't. A special occasion is just that, something to be celebrated. May be labelled an alcoholic but a bottle or 2 of Dom Perignon added in each day for my 65th birthday cruise in a suite on Ventura did it for me.
  10. No sorry me neither I have done either 2 or 4 weeks starting and ending in Bridgetown. Hopefully someone else will pop along to answer re St Lucia. Obviously no Caribbean transatlantic for me this year. I haven't booked for 2021 yet just seeing how it goes but I do usually do the sail back if I can every year on Azura or Britannia. You will, I suspect, like it its a great winter break
  11. it is very good. You can use the ship until fairly late in the day, dependent on the time of your flight. They have screens around the ship that keeps you informed about the flight. Some go into Barbados on that day others relax on the ship. I do salon appointments to get me tidy for going home and fill my time. Then a last lunch in the Glass House. The hand luggage can be left in a secure place if you don't want it with you until you leave the ship. There is also an alternative to take a scenic trip that then drops you off at the airport. From the ship the bus takes you to the airport your bags are dealt with by the P O chartered flight. I usually book one of the airport lounges at Bridgetown airport free drinks and snacks and comfy chairs. You then get called and board the plane.
  12. Have been reading but not posting. Today I received a refund for my aft suite booking on the Azura transatlantic. I have already been credited for my flight (booked separately I choose to fly BA because of credits) but not my select dining which as I eat in Epicurean every night is a large amount. Hopefully that will come soon. I make my own arrangements off ship and they have been refunded many weeks since.
  13. The most vulnerable people have already "self isolated" without any government advice, decisions on their part or any choice. They are the elderly (or not) who have issues health or otherwise that keep them isolated, have no family or friends or the means or desire to get out and about. They I admit will be most unlikely to be considering a cruise but who has been tasked with caring for them?
  14. Anyone booked one? What are the perks? Do you get breakfast in Epicurean like the main suites? All full suites are showing as sold out for the November 2020 cruise I'm looking out so wondered these include.
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