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Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 19th, 2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 410
Posted By John Bull
JB away from his Southampton desk for 10 days.

Just to let folk know that I'll not be contributing over the next 10 days cos I'll be away & off-line.

When I get back I'll be pleased to answer questions about Southampton.
And Switzerland ;) ...
Forum: Africa & Middle East July 19th, 2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By John Bull
Different folks, different ideas about...

Different folks, different ideas about doing-your-own-thing or fixing up an excursion, whether ship's, private, or shared.
But in the Mediterranean there are rarely tours for sale at the port,...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 19th, 2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,158
Posted By John Bull
A Tesco Express by Tower Bridge, a 10 min walk....

A Tesco Express by Tower Bridge, a 10 min walk. This is a mini-market of one of the major chains.
And the other side of St Katherine's Dock, where there are lots of apartments, a large Waitrose....
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 18th, 2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 253
Posted By John Bull
Hi Lyn, It's about a mile - a 20 minute walk on...

Hi Lyn,
It's about a mile - a 20 minute walk on level ground.
Don't know Southampton bus routes, but I suspect you'd still have to walk up to half of that. Hotel staff might know better.
A taxi...
Forum: First Time Cruisers July 18th, 2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,630
Posted By John Bull
Last-night absences reached embarrassing levels...

Last-night absences reached embarrassing levels on P&O ships in the days of the envelope. :rolleyes:
I'm no great fan of auto-tip, but after it was introduced attendances rose significantly on the...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 18th, 2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 885
Posted By John Bull
Cross-packing being a better option than...

Cross-packing being a better option than cross-dressing ;), it's worth both of you packing half of your clothes in each case, so that one case going AWOL isn't too disastrous. Never lost a bag in...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 18th, 2014, 10:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,451
Posted By John Bull
I agree Anne, but your geography is a bit out....

I agree Anne, but your geography is a bit out. Windsor is about 60 miles from Southampton. ;)
But close to Heathrow. :)
So an excellent option pre-cruise, since the OP is flying into Heathrow the...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 18th, 2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 935
Posted By John Bull
Oct 15th is a Wednesday. Oasis is due to berth...

Oct 15th is a Wednesday.
Oasis is due to berth at City Cruise Terminal (berth 101).
Ship's departure time isn't yet quoted on the port schedule ...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 18th, 2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,293
Posted By John Bull
Ahh. That's different then. Personal...

Ahh.
That's different then.
Personal service.:)
Though, back to the topic (ok, it was I who strayed ;)), the manufacturers' blister packs are sealed & labelled, and small enough even for a...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 18th, 2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,569
Posted By John Bull
Expensive? Yes Excessively-expensive? ...

Expensive?
Yes

Excessively-expensive?
Probably. Though I know satellite services are expensive.

But a rip-off?
No.

Before you booked, you knew & accepted the cost - and the advantages of...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 18th, 2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By John Bull
I can't imagine any problem with any hotel in...

I can't imagine any problem with any hotel in Southampton taking your cases a day early, though of course you'll want to check with them.

The Grand Harbour hotel is the one which offers a...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 18th, 2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By John Bull
Hi, Barbara, I'm from Southampton, but I'm...

Hi, Barbara,

I'm from Southampton, but I'm no expert on luggage storage.
I can provide details of a cruisers' shop & a hotel in the city that provide left-luggage facilities, though generally...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 18th, 2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By John Bull
Correct. No worries. :) Plenty of...

Correct.
No worries. :)

Plenty of background on those islands on the Ports of Call forums, though I'm guessing you've already been to most.
If you've not already found those forums, scroll to...
Forum: South America July 18th, 2014, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 271
Posted By John Bull
Natal. The sand dunes & buggies are only about...

Natal.
The sand dunes & buggies are only about a 15 minute drive from the ship.
We couldn't find an operator on the web, though you can book through agencies such as Viator or City Discovery. We...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 18th, 2014, 07:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,726
Posted By John Bull
My experience, over a number of cruise lines, is...

My experience, over a number of cruise lines, is the same as others - ship's excursion passengers have had priority at tender ports only. Their tenders, their rules.

But I've seen the occasional...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 17th, 2014, 07:22 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,293
Posted By John Bull
Yes, that's what Hank said in an earlier post. ...

Yes, that's what Hank said in an earlier post.
But in the UK (and I'd guess the rest of Europe & elsewhere in the world) it's the norm. That's how they're packed by the manufacturers and sold in...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 17th, 2014, 06:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By John Bull
Yes, I'm happy to assume that the OP is a Brit. ...

Yes, I'm happy to assume that the OP is a Brit.
When folk include a location in their CC header it makes it easier to answer all sorts of questions like this.
If the OP isn't a Brit they'd have had...
Forum: Africa & Middle East July 17th, 2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By John Bull
Your post suggests that your English is fine. ;) ...

Your post suggests that your English is fine. ;)
Seriously, everyone in the tourist trade - and that includes Grand Bazaar/Spice Bazaar traders, cafes, restaurants, even the Muslim-orientated cafes...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 17th, 2014, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By John Bull
You will only need an ESTA if one of your ports...

You will only need an ESTA if one of your ports is US soil. Such as the US Virgin Islands, as opposed to the British Virgin Islands. And San Juan rings a bell. Others will doubtless chip in with any...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 17th, 2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,451
Posted By John Bull
Just answered you on another thread, Karen. But...

Just answered you on another thread, Karen.
But have now noticed - be aware that Monday 4th May is a public holiday.
Might affect your rail travel to Bath, sometimes on public holidays the trains...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 17th, 2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,088
Posted By John Bull
IMHO a perfectly sound plan, Karen. :) Though...

IMHO a perfectly sound plan, Karen. :)
Though without some form of transport in Bath, I do wonder whether it's worthy of three nights. Do you plan to visit anywhere from your Bath base?
The city...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 17th, 2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,293
Posted By John Bull
Thanks for the responses. Making up blister...

Thanks for the responses.
Making up blister packs in small quantities is bound to be expensive but when pretty-well all tabs are packed that way, as in the UK, economies of scale cut in and they're...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe July 17th, 2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,375
Posted By John Bull
My post about Yorkshire accents was in jest. ;) ...

My post about Yorkshire accents was in jest. ;)
As in other parts of the UK you might struggle with a word or two while chatting to "locals" - it's part of the fun of travelling but no big deal, &...
Forum: Africa & Middle East July 17th, 2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By John Bull
Hi, & welcome to Cruise Critic, Sorry, I know...

Hi, & welcome to Cruise Critic,
Sorry, I know nothing about those operators.
Just posting to say that in a city like Istanbul, a "walking" tour shouldn't be construed as a "cheapskate" tour. ...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question July 17th, 2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 2,293
Posted By John Bull
Sorry, can't help. But I am truly surprised...

Sorry, can't help.

But I am truly surprised that the USA, so far ahead in other respects, still doesn't seem to have caught on to blister-packs. Each pack is labelled & each tab is separately...
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