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Forum: France Ports Today, 10:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 173
Posted By John Bull
Just because I agree with you about Le Havre,...

Just because I agree with you about Le Havre, Hank, it doesn't mean I agree with you about that primeval black Irish ooze. :eek:
I have standards to maintain :p

JB :)
Forum: Greece Ports Today, 08:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 114
Posted By John Bull
The port is Katacolon, about 20 to 30 minutes...

The port is Katacolon, about 20 to 30 minutes from Olympia - a variety of ways to get there, including renting a car, the Katacolon Express coach, the (unreliable) railway, & ship's tour.
Katacolon...
Forum: Greece Ports Today, 08:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 198
Posted By John Bull
Corfu is "very pleasant" but not particularly...

Corfu is "very pleasant" but not particularly interesting.
And the town is very easy to access using a cheap (one or two euros) local bus which shuttles back & forth between port gate & centre.
The...
Forum: France Ports Today, 08:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 173
Posted By John Bull
Hank has said pretty-well word-for-word what I'd...

Hank has said pretty-well word-for-word what I'd have said.
Thank you for saving my typing finger, Hank ;)

JB :)
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 08:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 262
Posted By John Bull
Yes, apparently for voyages of over 24 hrs the...

Yes, apparently for voyages of over 24 hrs the SOLAS safety regs (which broadly apply to all countries) were planned to be changed January last.
See the note at Reg 19, at the foot of page 1....
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics Today, 08:00 AM
Replies: 228
Views: 43,690
Posted By John Bull
Yes, the idea of a packed lunch is to avoid...

Yes, the idea of a packed lunch is to avoid wasted time. We took Alla's "comfort" tour, with restaurant meals so I don't know whether the packed lunch is for a half-hour somewhere like a park, or you...
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Today, 07:32 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 105
Posted By John Bull
We were in Istanbul on a land trip during...

We were in Istanbul on a land trip during Ramadan.
I don't recall it affecting tourist sites or tourist restaurants/cafes, other than that there was a free open-air evening concert & food festival...
Forum: Africa & Middle East Today, 07:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 92
Posted By John Bull
Hi Talia, Yes, I've presumed the port to be...

Hi Talia,

Yes, I've presumed the port to be Ashdod too.

Just to fill you in with the background of our visit...........
As I mentioned, it was 2 years ago.
Taxi rates are very definitely...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 05:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 356
Posted By John Bull
Yes, the swell is the crunch with tendering - the...

Yes, the swell is the crunch with tendering - the ship sits motionless & the tender bobs up & down. Sometimes a few inches, sometimes several feet. Even in wet weather it's no problem with a calm or...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics Yesterday, 07:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 402
Posted By John Bull
Yes, that was part of the OP. And before I...

Yes, that was part of the OP.
And before I responded that their reputation is still excellent I checked the web' including TripAdvisor.

Out of almost 300 reviews, just six - evenly spread over...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe Yesterday, 02:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 274
Posted By John Bull
Pre-purchase of the train ticket may save you a...

Pre-purchase of the train ticket may save you a little, but isn't necessary.
And if the saving comes with the limitation of being valid only for the chosen train time, pre-purchase is unsuitable in...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 12:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 726
Posted By John Bull
There are no regulations about the minimum number...

There are no regulations about the minimum number of lifeboat places on a ship. In fact, with modern unsinkable ships, lifeboats simply spoil their graceful lines so there's a tendency to just...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 12:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 926
Posted By John Bull
Nope, us blokes on this thread won't understand...

Nope, us blokes on this thread won't understand what you mean :rolleyes: :D

JB :)

ps Essiesmom. "Actually, the difference is that she avoids the flight on the new offer, in favor of R/T QM2"....
Forum: Greece Ports Yesterday, 12:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 198
Posted By John Bull
No, not comparable other than that they're in the...

No, not comparable other than that they're in the same country.

As Cruisemom's post, the only reason ships go to Kusadasi is for the ancient ruins of Ephesus, about a 20 to 30 minute drive away -...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 12:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 926
Posted By John Bull
A forfeit deposit (& possibly more) is one of the...

A forfeit deposit (& possibly more) is one of the negatives of a booking in the UK, Babs.

Though the only difference with the fresh offer is a return flight rather than on the ship, is that...
Forum: Africa & Middle East Yesterday, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 92
Posted By John Bull
Simplest & best value for a group of up to 5 is...

Simplest & best value for a group of up to 5 is to negotiate a taxi at the port - you'll probably have to take a free shuttle from ship to port gate, where you'll find the taxis. Didn't see anyone...
Forum: Africa & Middle East Yesterday, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 226
Posted By John Bull
Yes the hassle factor is much the same, but it's...

Yes the hassle factor is much the same, but it's likely to entirely disappear as you head away from the port & souk.
On your left after exiting the port there's a bit of a beach & waterfront...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 10:00 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 597
Posted By John Bull
Hi, & welcome to Cruise Critic, You'll get...

Hi, & welcome to Cruise Critic,

You'll get very little feedback yet about Britannia cos she's a brand new ship.

There are no set times for the buffet, but there comes a time (about 11.30) when...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe Yesterday, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 274
Posted By John Bull
Yep, good thinkin' Phil. I mentioned a train...

Yep, good thinkin' Phil.
I mentioned a train from Victoria station to Dover but there are a number of other London stations that serve Dover. And if you choose to take the tube from Heathrow to...
Forum: Africa & Middle East Yesterday, 08:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 226
Posted By John Bull
In which case, just get off the ship & go take a...

In which case, just get off the ship & go take a walk round the souk (market). It's a labyrinth of alleyways just to your right as you exit the port gate. Very interesting - the only snag, and it's a...
Forum: Greece Ports Yesterday, 06:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 198
Posted By John Bull
Nope. At least, not in my estimation. If both...

Nope.
At least, not in my estimation.
If both itineraries include Santorini, then you're pitching that sunset plus the rather ordinary island of Corfu against one of the most interesting cities in...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe Yesterday, 06:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,237
Posted By John Bull
Either that (about £40 per person, no need to...

Either that (about £40 per person, no need to pre-book, 2 or more direct trains per hour) or ..........

book on a National Express bus at about £8 per person.
Buses leave from London Victoria...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics April 22nd, 2015, 08:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 244
Posted By John Bull
There are no mandatory shots unless you've been...

There are no mandatory shots unless you've been in a high-risk yellow fever area in the previous ten days.
Best to check with your doctor whether you're up-to-date with your regular shots (hep A/B...
Forum: First Time Cruisers April 22nd, 2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 763
Posted By John Bull
As KK's answer, it does vary a lot from cruise...

As KK's answer, it does vary a lot from cruise line to cruise line, from ship to ship, from port to port. Usually only at a couple of ports per cruise, usually including the embarkation port. The aft...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question April 22nd, 2015, 07:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By John Bull
Hi, & welcome to CC. Can I suggest one of three...

Hi, & welcome to CC.
Can I suggest one of three good options:

1. Join the RollCall linked by KK, & see if there are folk seeking to share. In fact, join the RollCall anyway, even if just to say...
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