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  1. I was also wondering about this. I e mailed Captains Club about another matter, and they gave me this freephone number, which may be useful to you. ( as a UK resident) 0800 441 4053
  2. What an interesting thread! Martinkath, your fascinating posts have whetted my appetite for a visit to Vancouver. We had to cancel a trip two years ago and we were so disappointed. You have inspired me to look again at putting together another stay / cruise combo.
  3. I would e mail the Captains Club address given on the website. I have had pretty quick responses from them, and they also gave me a free phone number to contact them. sorry I don’t have that info to hand.
  4. You will definitely need some comfortable walking shoes, waterproof Goretex type would be sensible, as it can get wet. Boots not necessary, but I take knee length socks to wear under my trousers, good for the cold and can be folded down if it gets warm. Lightweight foldable jacket, with a bag to put it in, fleece or warm jumper, and layer underneath with your usual tops and t shirts. Warm hat, scarf and gloves don’t take up much room and you may well need them. Also handy for early morning fjord viewing as you sail to Geiranger. Inside, the ship should be warm and comfortable, so your normal cruise outfits would be fine. Although you probably won’t need shorts, maybe pack a pair in case of a heatwave! We have had a real mix of weather and temperatures on four Norway cruises in May, but it is a real experience whatever. Early in the year, the waterfalls will be fuller and there should be snow on the peaks. We’ve just booked another Norway cruise for May. I’m sure you’ll have a great time, good contrast from Florida!
  5. Worth looking carefully at the timings of port calls on a Norway fjord cruise. Sadly, most lines are more interested in spending a day in a port where they can sell expensive excursions. This often means that the most breathtaking scenery is passed before many passengers are awake to enjoy it, or are seated in dining rooms with no view after the ship leaves its dock. We have taken to setting our alarms to coincide with entering a fjord, and enjoying the fantastic views while wrapped up on our balcony. Might need an afternoon nap! Followed by afternoon tea to stave off any hunger pangs, so we can enjoy the dramatic views of the towering sides of the fjord. Supper in the buffet once it starts to get dark. Works for us, as we primarily cruise to Norway to see the fjords. Downside of Norway is the almost complete lack of wildlife. Alaska was amazing, we saw so many whales and dolphins, seals, bald eagles, I’d love to go back.
  6. Nearly always eat in the buffet. We don’t usually eat more than a main course and dessert, and prefer a relaxed meal. I do like to see what’s on offer, rather than have to rely on a description, and maybe try a small portion of two or three items rather than commit to a single choice. We also eat a lot more accompanying vegetables than are usually served in the MDR, and it’s easier to serve myself than having to ask for extra portions. I enjoy being able to decide when I’d like to eat, choose my own portion size and pick my preferred table and eating companions.
  7. Yes, I am using the All Activity list, gives a wide variety of content. If I don’t log in, the All Activity gives the latest posts from all the forum headings, but not any roll call entries. If I log in, All Activity gives everything posted, including roll calls. Because these are so specific, I’m only interested if I’m booked on a particular cruise. Looks like I’ll have to view when logged out. thanks
  8. I do enjoy reading the latest activity on the forums, but if I have logged in, I have to wade through long lists of roll calls. Is there a way of only seeing posts not relating to roll calls, apart from logging out? Thanks
  9. Made this mistake once, and never again! Yes, the smoke rises, and smokers do tend to lean on the railing to flick their ash over the side! We have favoured Celebrity because of its strict smoking policy, but they do rather spoil it by rendering half the already short promenade deck unusable, and in my opinion, a good number of the balcony cabins on the smoking side. I would certainly complain about your allocation and give your reasons, if we don’t tell them, they won’t know. I have in the past not booked more than one Celebrity cruise because the only cabins in the category I wanted were on the designated smoking side.
  10. Haven’t tried Hal yet, but considering them since they banned smoking on balconies. However some Hal ships allow smoking in the casino, and this would be a deciding factor against that ship. One of the reasons we have been regular Celebrity cruisers is the smoke free interior of their ships. Something to be aware of if this is important to you.
  11. We regularly visit Florida in Jan/Feb, and I wear there, what I wear here in the UK in the summer! You may find it colder and wetter than you’d like, so make sure you have a lightweight waterproof jacket, which you can layer over a fleece or knitwear if you need it, plus a lightweight foldable bag to pop them in if it dries and warms up! Capris are very popular, especially with older ladies, but bring some long trousers or jeans for cooler days. You’ll see more women in skirts than you’re probably used to, and fewer in shorts unless you get some very hot days. Your tropical colour tops will look great. You won’t see much plaid at that time of year, and, south of Scotland, only in the autumn/winter if the fashion pundits have decreed it as this year’s look! You’ll need comfortable footwear for all the sightseeing. White trainers ( sneakers?) aren’t as common as in the USA, and will look and feel pretty awful if it’s wet or muddy. I have several pairs of waterproof lace up trainer type shoes ( look up Hotter brand for examples) that I wear year round with trousers, so I can walk for miles in any conditions. Dont worry about the ‘ugly American ‘ label, that’s nothing to do with how you look or what you wear! More to do with the behaviour of some of your compatriots, like being so loud they can be heard across a room, or acting as if we are living in shacks because there is no air conditioning ( rarely need it, it’s noisy and environmentally unfriendly, we just open the windows!) You’ll have a great time whatever you wear. And save some room in your case, you are bound to see some clothes to take home.
  12. Disembarkation does sound like one of my worst nightmares! The thought of leaving the cabin and having to kill time for maybe 3 to 4 hours, before several hours journey in a shared taxi, is really putting me off. Sounds as if the Saga transfer system would have too many negatives for us after all. My preferred option is to leave the ship at City Terminal, Southampton, walk across the road with my keys and climb into the car. However, for some reason ABT at Southampton use a valet parking system for Saga, and I’m not comfortable having someone else driving my car around. i do hope you don’t have to wait too long. Looks like your Wi-fi is still available, is there anywhere to have coffee or a snack? As can happen, departing passengers are often treated as personae non grata, and an inconvenience while staff are having to prep for the next set of punters. Does it feel like that? It seems that Saga are fairly confident about the accuracy of their final on board accounts, if they are only operating the desk for half an hour?
  13. Thanks for that. The pictures are useful to get a feel for the layout. Certainly seems quite restricted compared to the multiple serving areas on the bigger ships. Did big queues build up for the self service area? I have bad memories of the buffets on a couple of P and O ships, where a single line got very congested, with vegetables getting cold on plates before you got to the meat section! Plus some passengers ducking back to get something they’d forgotten. Probably one of the reasons many guests prefer the MDR, but I do enjoy the relative informality of a buffet. Plus the relative ease of putting together a single main course, as I’m not one for starters, soups or appetisers. Thanks for all the helpful information and feedback. Hope tomorrow’s journey home goes very smoothly.
  14. Not aware that anyone tips them, or that they would be expecting a tip. They are paid employees of the airport or cruise terminal, carrying out their job. They are not unpaid freelancers. It would seem as odd as tipping the clerk at check in, or the cabin crew on the plane. There are strict employment laws in the UK to prevent people being exploited at work, and having to rely on unofficial handouts.
  15. Has anyone taken any pictures of the Grill on Spirit of Discovery? I’m still trying to get my head round how it differs from the buffets I am used to on Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, P and O and Princess. I’m getting an impression of limited choice in the evenings, if I don’t fancy what is on the MDR menu, I won’t fare much better in The Grill? Is this an accurate picture, or have I got it wrong?
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