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  1. For sure but I hate it. How many more hate it? How long can a cost centre validate being there? I for one have expressed my dislike to Crystal in polite but uncertain terms. I am by no means a major Crystal customer with only 10 cruses 112 days on board to my name. So very unsure how many more feel the same. As yet I am very open with where I spend my dollar.I weigh up a lot of things overt photography is a minor issue. I doubt Crystal will concern itself with me.
  2. I hate it. On mainstream lines I tried to avoid it here I never thought it would be part of a "luxury" experience you live and learn. Done 10 Crystal cruises in 3 years and love the product but this is one aspect I hate.
  3. I have now moved to Norfolk and have just about solved transfers to fly out to the Caribbean, taxi door to airport, which seem fine. My problem is that return I usually do both trans atlantics. I previously have used Eavesway but I suspect Cruise Connect may be the same. As yet I have never had a coach transfer that was not delayed up to and beyond an hour by passengers not meeting the bus departure times. It is not the end of the world and I and most passengers want to get home asap. Is there anyway round this that others have found? There are no direct rail links to Norfolk so my leave on departure option seems to be a car service. Is this what others have found? I don't want to do rail as there are so many changes involved. Or should i suck it up and book a hotel in Southampton and then travel on. I will be glad to hear suggestions but even writing this it seems to me I need to give up trans atlantics but I really love them. First world problems can you suggest ways I can solve them?
  4. Great blog hope there will be more to come in the future.
  5. It is impossible to predict just based on my experience. For the last 10 years I have done a single booking of a balcony cabin 3 times per season primarily on Azura but latterly 3 times on Britannia. I have done 3 sail backs and 2 sail outs but mostly I have done the last 2 week cruise where you return in time for Xmas then 4 weeks ending in the sail back to Southampton. I did one Xmas cruise where I flew back on Boxing day that did not work for me. My best price was when P&O sold per cabin not per person which was in late Nov/Dec. 2 weeks was £999 and I booked a month on board Azura returning 21st December but it has not been on offer when I have been booking since and I can go as soon as next day. Best value for late booking has always been the last cruise before Xmas for me.
  6. Another vote for BHX. Gatwick itself is a nightmare so very busy. I booked the lounge at extra cost and both times no seats available at 6.30am and almost nowhere to sit in the waiting area. Birmingham is much more civilised and if you use it the extra pay lounge is lovely and always room. Flight is usually 9.30am so you will need to check in from 6.30 to 7 so unless you like to drive you may need a hotel. There are a few available very close. I have used the one on the airport itself and did a stay and park booking.
  7. On my last 2 cruises it rotated every 4 days too.
  8. I love P&O. I am a retired NHS professional, I have purchased the drinks package from its introduction and have posted how fed up I am that people think it is just a reason to over imbibe and become abusive. I have never seen a fight on P&O maybe has been one but never seen. 2am in the buffet is not my gig and I suspect few others. I agree with a way back poster in the 21st century if others were there why were there not pictures to support. Every man and his dog seem to snap away at everything and post on line. Just a thought. Will it put me off P&O? No way. Would it have done if I had been there at the incident? No not really I worked in the NHS for 35 years, seen much worse as people every day abuse those trying to help them and no not all by any means were fuelled by alcohol. There is a certain strain of person that just defies belief and believe me they are not all from one strata of society. It was a shame it occurred and no of course people on their holidays do not want to see this. BUT as usual most of this is conjecture, the journalist report was inaccurate, the exact circumstances have not been proven. It is not just an event happening only on P&O as has been supported by reports by previous posters. P&O isn't perfect, there are some challenging folks on board as there are on other ships. If you feel its not for you then do not sail on them. It suits me and I think many others. I have stated previously I have to spend a lot more than basic fare to tailor it to my needs but I am happy to do so. What if I came across a fight like this? As per my working days my instinct would be to move myself and others away from the brawl to allow the crew to do their job. Get up from my cabin to see what was happening as the journalist allegedly did? Well of course no but it fits with his job description I suppose. If only he had done a better more well researched and validated job it may not have become the red herring it has.
  9. Ventura in late September not sure how many days.
  10. 30% discount on my last 2 cruises for the first 3 nights. Also a free bottle of wine for 2 if booking before 7pm for the first nights which seemed to become a lot of nights as Epicurean was never overbooked or even 1/4 full on that cruise. Just as an aside I always eat in Epicurean and pay before I go via cruise personaliser. The Maitre D cancelled my pre cruise booking and refunded my card and then charged me on my cruise card at 30% off to ensure I benefited from the offer. He also made sure I had some free wine on other nights when that offer was on - I had bought the drinks package but he "gifted" me some Peller Ice which is not included in the package - but you do get 20% off if buying it. That isn't the free wine but he knew I love it and he seems to have control of a number of "treats". That was lovely of him and I very much appreciated it.
  11. Really and how did the response do that?
  12. OK and yes you have but did that make your initial comments right? Taking all that as you state - just how would anyone know your post "was in jest?" Did you say so? Did you use any form of emoji? No you did not and instead I have challenged those remarks or in your description "2 words". Further I went on to say I valued your input to the forum but no that was not recognised - instead incoming folks defending you based on you giving great advice etc etc - did I say you didn't? Instead now you sum up my response as "extreme and unwarranted" . Yes fine. All I will say in conclusion is let all those who see fit to tag "alcoholism" or "borderline alcoholism" to anything let them have to live or work with people that have and then see fit to toss "tongue in cheek" comments around about it. I buy the drinks package yes guilty but not as charged I have said a zillion times what I buy but yes incoming everyone is fastened on the 15 alcoholic drinks a day. But of course you say there are some who wait to be offended, my reaction must be classed as extreme and unwarranted? No further comment required you are damned if you do etc etc..
  13. Selbourne - I am not not sure how one would determine this as a tongue in cheek comment. It was equally very telling that after my response others posted in your defence that you post helpful comments that were much respected and useful. I never questioned that, I have a great deal of respect for your input to the forum. I also had a response that pointed out the WHO guidance on caffeine intake and questioned my comment re buying 4-6 coffees on the package given my statement that I am a retired healthcare professional. It really is no good at all trying to engage on this board. As I responded to the poster of that remark I drink decaff only but equally could have said get over it the NHS is made up of a wide church of health care professionals, many of whom would know nothing of WHO guidelines. However this has been the hair that broke the camels back. I will continue to spend my money with P&O as their product can be tailored to fit my needs. What I will not do is try to engage in this forum because honestly why would you.
  14. Fully aware and they are decaff coffee
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