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  1. Thanks all for the replies. Really helpful!
  2. I have booked a cruise for March 2023 (so ages away). However I was wondering about experiences of those who have travelled from their home in Ireland to Southampton to board the ship. What travel methods did you use, and what were the pro's and cons? I understand in general what options there are, so I am not after info about what the options are in theory - I am interested in actual experiences, and what people felt worked for them, or were more challenging. I am not necessarily looking for the cheapest option (although a private plane is definitely out of my budget lol), but the one
  3. Dining is allocated by cabin number, but if your bookings are all linked, allocation together will occur automatically. Allocation is only relevant for the main evening meal. At other meal times you can do to whichever dining room (or the buffet) that you want. All have the same menu. Afternoon tea - this is usually in the buffet as self service, but sometimes can also be in the MDR. This would be advised in the daily newspaper. Waiter service is obviously quite nice, and sometimes in the restaurants they have 'special' afternoon teas eg a few times I've see a chocolate aftern
  4. I'm considering at some point doing a Christmas cruise. This is specifically to avoid Christmas with extended family. For those who have done it, what's it like? Does it feel Christmassy? What are the demographics onboard? Is it families, or older couples? Presumably that will also depend on ship and length of cruise? I'm a confident solo traveller, preferring to travel alone. Not easily bored or lonely, but I do appreciate companions at dinner. Are there any other solo travellers who've done it at Christmas? Anything particularly different to travelling solo at
  5. First I think you've misunderstood P&O Sue's post - she was just saying that she agreed that it was nice that she didn't have to walk with luggage Second a minor inconvenience is a matter of opinion, and so that's great that the changes suggested are not a big issue for you. However everyone has their preferences, and I don't think it's helpful (especially in a patronising tone) to suggest someone's preference is not valid. Third, it may not stop anyone cruising, but that doesn't mean people shouldn't feel the need to state they don't like it. Whilst I understan
  6. Throwing in my opinion Lots of talk of those who need help . . . . . I'm 36 and have no physical issues. However one of the things I like about cruising is that I don't have to think about my luggage. So even though I don't NEED porters, losing them is a big deal. To me it reduces some of the specialness that cruising has over flying. I hate to think of myself as one of those people who starts saying things like "it's not how it used to be", but if porters are taken away ..... "It's not how it used to be" :-(
  7. Left my car, and house keys on the ship. Had a taxi home, so didn't realise until I was about 150 miles into the journey. Luckily I was able to contact my cleaner who lived nearby, and she let me into my house (and once in the house I had spare house and car keys). Cruise liner did find them (they were in the exact draw I put them in on my 1st day), and were safely returned to me - there was an admin charge of £20 though (normal post - not next day or anything) I had never been so glad to be luckily enough to have a cleaner who lived nearby and was able to let me in.
  8. This is a really infuriating story - surely there are better ways Carnival could have dealt with this? Given its 2019, they should have done better. Surely someone presenting in a different way to their legal name is no longer that unusual?
  9. That's really frustrating about Betty's - given the rise in Veganism I'm surprised dairy free is still lagging so far behind gluten free
  10. I emailed customer services and asked if they did dietary requirements. I also specifically asked if the menu was similar. This is the response I got: We do indeed cater for gluten free in Eric Lanlard's Afternoon tea in the Epicurean. The gluten free options will be similar to what is offered on the standard option. Unfortunately, I do not have any examples as menu's change. Hopefully my personal experience can give a little insight. I recently have taken my family onboard for Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea and my mum is allergic to shellfish, so instead of the crab tart that was
  11. Has anyone who is gluten free (or has another food allergy) paid for Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea at the Epicurean on Ventura? What happens - do you get the same sort of menu but just without gluten containing ingredients? The non-fee afternoon tea does have gluten free options, but often the choice is limited (although delicious). So I was wondering what happens when you pay If anyone hasn't eaten in this specific restaurant, but has paid for afternoon tea and has a food allergy I'd be grateful to hear about your experiences as well
  12. This is very true about age range based on dining time. I'm in my 30s and ALWAYS go for 830 sitting. I go with set times, as I'd rather develop a good relationship that do small talk every night with freedom dining. I also think it's less daunting if you're new to cruising or travelling solo - but of course, this is all down to personal preference
  13. Some already mentioned, but my positives are: UK plugs Value for money - not 5 star but it is a good experience given what you pay Decent solo supplement in most cases Cinema (or films shown) Food is good UK departure I think it has a good range of entertainment - something for all ages Cocktail of the day Decent drinks prices Food availablity I think is some of the best - sometimes I want to have lunch at 3pm for example. Afternoon tea
  14. I travel solo all the time, cruising and land based. I'm single and do have the occasional holiday with my (married) sister, but otherwise I prefer to travel alone. I like cruising as meal times you can eat with others, but (unless you want companions), you can visit ports alone. Everyone on this post seems to be really positive about the solo experience, so I just wanted to add my positive experiences also. To the op - I'm not overly convinced it matters who you travel with solo. If you are confident, it's easy to find others to spend time with. If you f
  15. I'm so glad I found this post - I thought I was the only one who hated these nights, and the sailway parties etc. I just assumed it was my age (30s) and that all older people enjoyed it for nostalgia or something (sorry).
  16. Agree with everything on here - I've done 5 cruises, and 4 were solo. Always found people to chat to, and spend time with if needed. I would say your daughter might need to have an open mind about the age range, but sometimes there are younger people around. I'm currently 36, and am always one of the younger ones. Also I would add that meeting people at meal times is really good. So if she feels a bit awkward, having a meal to talk about can take away the pressure of thinking of small talk topics
  17. I have actually thought about the baggage handling company - I will look into this, as I will weigh up driving and paying for parking, or using the train. It's been a few years since I've travelled with P&O - what drinks packages do they have? Is it just the alcohol one? I don't drink a lot - usually a cocktail of the day is my limit so alcohol drinks packages not worth it for me. I just can't remember if they do a soft drink package or not.
  18. Thanks all for your tips - all really helpful! My plan is to get a house sitter - I have a cat so he would appreciate being fed while I am away! Insurance is also on my list for this weekend. In terms of the Caribbean being boring - I've heard similar before, although I think underwhelming was the phrase used. It is my first trip there, and to me the Caribbean should be on all travel bucket lists. It might be I don't love it, but worst case scenario is that I get some winter sun, AND get to spend a couple of days in New Orleans. Also TBH Miami is not a place I woul
  19. Hi all, I've just booked a 35 day cruise for January/February 2021 - a long time away, but I am a planner! I am going with P&O Ventura and will visit the Caribbean and New Orleans. I've wanted to got to the Caribbean for ages, and when I saw New Orleans was now on the itinerary I jumped on it. Given it is such a long time on holiday, are there any tips people can share? This will be my 6th cruise, so I have a good understanding generally of what to expect. However it's by far the longest I've ever done on a cruise - previously everything was a week or 2. Is the
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