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  1. We cruised with Marella just prior to Christmas. It was our first cruise with that company though we have sailed with other companies many times before. The only complaint that we had was that the swimming pool on Marella Dream was unheated. While we have never had any complaints about any of the staff on P&O (other than reception staff which seem to operate entirely different to all other crew members) we found the staff on the Marella Dream exceptional. The standard of the food in the main dinning room where we took most of our meals was particularly good also. Rather strangely we did notice though that a significant number of passengers appeared to avoid the main dinning room and just used one of the two excellent self-service restaurants for all their meals. We considered both the food and the general ambiance of the self-service restaurants on Dream to be better than on any of the P&O ships that we have sailed, even Aurora which is our favourite P&O ship. We would definitely consider sailing on Dream again at some time in the future.
  2. Mine also. I wonder if Marella are interested in Oceana as I understand that they are looking to acquire additional ships. Have to agree that the jacuzzi shown in the photograph is simply disgusting. I wasn't overly impressed with Oceana when we sailed on her but things seem to have been allowed to go further down hill by the seems of it. Never mind two new bright shiny mega ships on the horizon, which is what the public want apparently.
  3. Highly possible and likely. They cancelled our family cruise on Aurora when they sold Oriana and converted Aurora to adult only. They even had the nerve to send us a letter informing us of the change starting with the line " you will be pleased to hear that Aurora is going adult only". Well I can tell you that we certainly weren't pleased. Customer relations and Carnival just don't go together.
  4. Tablelamp you haven't got your ships confused have you, and when you say dome you aren't referring to the sliding roofs over the swimming pools are you? Only Aurora, Arcadia and Ventura have sliding roofs over pools as far as I know. I don't know about Britannia because I've never been on her and have no intention of ever doing so.
  5. What dome? It's some years since we were on Oceana so things might have changed but I have no recollection of any dome other than the domed canopy over the small pool near the terrace bar. I do however recall sitting outside the Plaza buffet to eat several times though usually from the grill rather than the actual buffet. It's not normal practise for P&O to only bring out tables and chairs at certain times of the day so I would usually expect any tables and chairs to be available 24 hours a day.
  6. No idea about Britannia but we were fortunate enough to be Aurora some years ago when Caravan had a jazz session in the crows nest one evening. It was absolutely superb and there wasn't a spare space to be had in the room, we were packed in like sardines. One particular musician in the group really stood out (Jesse), boy do I wish that I had talent like that. I then read of another jazz evening on a different ship which by all reports wasn't so successful with large numbers of the audience walking out covering their ears. My thoughts were that the reports were probably exaggerated and the music simply wasn't to the taste of the writer. However two years ago we were again on Aurora and read in horizon that the resident band (not Caravan) would be playing jazz late one evening again in the crows nest lounge. This time it was modern jazz and it wasn't very long before we too were joining the long line of passengers leaving the lounge covering our ears and shaking our heads. Sometimes P&O get the entertainment right but when they get it wrong they get it very wrong.
  7. By "full price" I take it that you mean select fare? Admittedly it's been a few years since we were last on a P&O cruise that stopped in Gibraltar and things may have changed but on the last three occasions there were no shuttle buses provided by P&O other than for disabled passengers. Shuttle services were available but these had nothing to do with P&O. In fact the only occasion that we can remember P&O providing shuttle buses for all passengers when in Gibraltar was a very long time ago when we berthed in the admiralty dockyard.
  8. The trouble you have MrandMrsCoz is that you have effectively gone through two middle men, your mother in law and the travel agent. So you don't know for certain what was said or agreed or explained when the booking was made. If it was my mother in law making the booking for the entire party we would all probably land up booked onto different ships and going on different cruises. I wouldn't trust her to buy a ticket for the car park never mind arrange a family holiday. 😈
  9. AchileLauro

    Do you Barter

    You confused me when you said barter, I think you meant to say haggle. After all while P&O may be generous with their baggage allowance I can't see how you would be able to carry on board enough goods to exchange for anything worthwhile ashore.
  10. We've been fortunate enough to have enjoyed several overnight stays or very late departures over the years. Definitely something that should be done more often in some ports.
  11. Why a shame? Shuttle buses are only usually provided where necessary.
  12. Debarking as in removing the bark from a tree or felled timber?
  13. Half of the "guests" don't know anything about where they are going and care even less. Passengers on the other hand may be slightly more discerning. 😉
  14. Yes I've also heard cabins referred to as staterooms too, a vast overstatement in my opinion considering the size of many cabins. LOL. For myself when I look from a distance at many modern ships and the multi layers of window box balconies I can't help thinking of pigeon holes and aviaries. To then use the term stateroom seems a bit ridiculous.
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