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Forum: British Isles/Western Europe Yesterday, 08:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By John Bull
Yep, all makes sense. Boat Show setting-up may...

Yep, all makes sense.
Boat Show setting-up may have some small impact on returning the car, cos that's right by the site.

Although the road name for the rental agencies is West Quay Road, it's...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe Yesterday, 06:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By John Bull
Speeds on that route are bound to be sane, it's...

Speeds on that route are bound to be sane, it's mainly quite a slow road.
And includes the Salisbury ring road, also slow at the wrong time.
You don't mention the time, but going-to-work traffic...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe Yesterday, 06:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 206
Posted By John Bull
There are two elements to the limit, and yes...

There are two elements to the limit, and yes they're more theory than practice.
I suspect they're about Nat Express demonstrating their "duty of care" to the driver - a defence against being sued...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 31st, 2014, 11:53 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,111
Posted By John Bull
Among the examples quoted by the OP. But...

Among the examples quoted by the OP.
But threads do have a habit of meandering ;)

JB :)
Forum: Italy Ports July 31st, 2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 122
Posted By John Bull
Pretty certain tickets can be bought on-line & no...

Pretty certain tickets can be bought on-line & no need to specify a time. Mebbe not even a date. But doubtless someone who's done that can advise.

If you don't buy in advance, ask the RIL driver...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 31st, 2014, 07:03 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,111
Posted By John Bull
Ahh, but some of you are missing the point. I...

Ahh, but some of you are missing the point.
I do wish folk would read a thread before commenting.

The complaints quoted in the OP weren't about a tender port, where it's a given that ship's...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 31st, 2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,375
Posted By John Bull
A small local operator I didn't know about. ...

A small local operator I didn't know about.
But for background, like Smiths & West Quay, they're based near Southampton.
And the smaller family-run provincial operators do tend to offer a more...
Forum: Asia July 31st, 2014, 06:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 231
Posted By John Bull
With luggage, hailing a cab (or asking the hotel...

With luggage, hailing a cab (or asking the hotel to call one, costs about a dollar more) is simplest & not expensive. But they're quite small sedans, most can only handle 2 passengers plus luggage.
...
Forum: First Time Cruisers July 31st, 2014, 06:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,019
Posted By John Bull
Yep, that's the point I was making about fixing...

Yep, that's the point I was making about fixing trip/cancellation insurance (or in Mauzak's case, up-grading to worldwide) when committing money.
In this case it's the increased premium from that...
Forum: First Time Cruisers July 30th, 2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,019
Posted By John Bull
There are pros & cons with a cruise-air package. ...

There are pros & cons with a cruise-air package.

Your T/A is right, they're usually over-priced.
And they use their "preferred airline partners". So if you live in Manchester and the cruise...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 30th, 2014, 11:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 300
Posted By John Bull
Hi, & welcome to Cruise Critic, Yes, you can do...

Hi, & welcome to Cruise Critic,
Yes, you can do your own thing in the South American ports - in some places you need to take a little extra care with where you go, and with what you carry & how you...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 30th, 2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,375
Posted By John Bull
So what makes him different from the rest of us?...

So what makes him different from the rest of us? :D

JB :)
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 30th, 2014, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 357
Posted By John Bull
OK, your ship is the Costa Mediterranea and...

OK, your ship is the Costa Mediterranea and you're sailing the Norwegian fjords & North Cape from Hamburg.:)

Cruise Critic members are mainly North Americans & a few from UK, but most of your...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 30th, 2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,375
Posted By John Bull
Yes, Novotel is very walkable from the coach...

Yes, Novotel is very walkable from the coach station, effectively just across a retail park parking lot, no more than 5 mins & on level ground.

Yes, you appear to be reading the Nat Express...
Forum: UK Cruisers July 30th, 2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 779
Posted By John Bull
Hi Jo, Yes, it's frequently done. Not as...

Hi Jo,
Yes, it's frequently done. Not as frequent as it used to be because sterling is now much stronger against the dollar, and because some cruise lines have introduced this "North American...
Forum: UK Cruisers July 30th, 2014, 08:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,861
Posted By John Bull
As Ray's answer, Cunard is the only line which...

As Ray's answer, Cunard is the only line which offers fairly regular trans-Atlantic crossings - New York to Southampton. It's one of the more formal & traditional lines.
Other ships do offer...
Forum: First Time Cruisers July 30th, 2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,019
Posted By John Bull
Asia is a great place to cruise, our experience...

Asia is a great place to cruise, our experience of the weather is much the same as Scrapnana''s - if you want warm that time of year don't stray north of Hong Kong. This is not typhoon season. ...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 30th, 2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 357
Posted By John Bull
Hi, & welcome to Cruise Critic. It will be...

Hi, & welcome to Cruise Critic.
It will be easier for us to help if you can name your ship and ports.

Is Nordkapp what English-speakers call the North Cape (Norway)?
Or the name of your ship...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 29th, 2014, 03:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By John Bull
The lad is back.:) And Calgon has kindly saved...

The lad is back.:)
And Calgon has kindly saved his typing finger from a lot of words.
Just a few comments on Calgon's post.

Ship's transfer coaches. Cruise line or port agent staff meet...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 29th, 2014, 02:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By John Bull
That's part of why I don't communicate on my...

That's part of why I don't communicate on my I-Pad. :D
Even though (they say :rolleyes:) it's easier to use than an I-Phone.

Sent on my 7ft 12-ton cast-iron steam-powered monochrome desk-top....
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 29th, 2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 778
Posted By John Bull
jb :)

jb :)
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports July 29th, 2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 697
Posted By John Bull
A 60 - 90 minute tourist cruise won't take you...

A 60 - 90 minute tourist cruise won't take you right up the Bosphorus, nor (certainly with a 60 minute one) will it even stop anywhere. You'll probably pass under the big suspension bridges, then...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 29th, 2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 961
Posted By John Bull
Back at my desk, normal service now resumed. :) ...

Back at my desk, normal service now resumed. :)

Just cos I was away, doesn't mean I wasn't watching from the wings. :p
Comments of whipper-snappers have been written down in the big red book, and...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 29th, 2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,375
Posted By John Bull
Hi, Matt, Standard Nat Express rates to...

Hi, Matt,
Standard Nat Express rates to Southampton are around £18 pp one-way from Heathrow, a little less from central London even though it's further.
No fun-fares from Heathrow (or Gatwick),...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 29th, 2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 487
Posted By John Bull
Problem with a high daily rate does focus the...

Problem with a high daily rate does focus the mind when considering more than a 7-day cruise. :(
Try http://www.holidayextras.co.uk/southampton-port-parking.html
Reputable company, secure compound,...
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