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Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports Yesterday, 05:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 252
Posted By John Bull
Yes, it really is simples :) And the tram is...

Yes, it really is simples :)
And the tram is absolutely the way to do it.

One minor point - it's a long cruise quay, capable of handling at least four large ships.
Which way you turn out of...
Forum: Greece Ports Yesterday, 12:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 146
Posted By John Bull
As Ewoodspark's post. A one-street town with a...

As Ewoodspark's post.
A one-street town with a few touristy shops & bars & snacks.
OK for a lazy hour or two.

There's a beach of sorts. Pretty bare & pretty poor, but the jellyfish seem to like...
Forum: Asia Yesterday, 12:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 513
Posted By John Bull
I'll belatedly second that. Right near the Star...

I'll belatedly second that.
Right near the Star Ferry terminal at Tsim Sha Tsui, harbour-view rooms available, great value.
Ticks all the boxes mentioned by Tinywingz

JB :)
Forum: Asia Yesterday, 12:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 716
Posted By John Bull
Yokohama to HK on Millennium, 26th October, show...

Yokohama to HK on Millennium, 26th October, show just one mid-cruise port of call in China, a full day at Baoshan (for Shanghai).
I guess that means single-entry, folks?

JB :)
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 12:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,585
Posted By John Bull
Thanks for that, but I suspect you're talking...

Thanks for that, but I suspect you're talking about extended-depth balconies elsewhere on the ship.
The link to the vid on the other thread didn't work for me either, but here's one I've ferretted...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 07:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,585
Posted By John Bull
Super photos & drawing, Boogs. :cool: Far...

Super photos & drawing, Boogs. :cool:
Far clearer than any words.

Other than for sunbathing in the altogether, I don't see privacy as a big issue. I've had a stern balcony cabin facing onto an...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question September 29th, 2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 448
Posted By John Bull
Gotta be careful what I say, I'm older than you....

Gotta be careful what I say, I'm older than you. ;)

The agent was less diplomatic than me about the age-range of Fred's clientele. :)
Never sailed with Fred, for that reason, but the day will...
Forum: Italy Ports September 29th, 2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 182
Posted By John Bull
Same experience as Aggie and slidergirl. :( ...

Same experience as Aggie and slidergirl. :(

We're great fans of ho-hos (plug here for Boston, Mass, best we've travelled), but Rome is all wrong, especially for a short port-of-call day.
Used it...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question September 29th, 2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 925
Posted By John Bull
I don't want to tar all cruise-line arranged...

I don't want to tar all cruise-line arranged hotels with the same brush, but it does seem that some arrangers aren't great at geography. :rolleyes:
Or is it because they have their "preferred hotel...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question September 29th, 2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 448
Posted By John Bull
Your last comment is probably the way to do it,...

Your last comment is probably the way to do it, Barbara. :D

Or of course he could do the same to you - there are wheelchair services at the airport. :p

Just checked the Thomson website -...
Forum: Italy Ports September 29th, 2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 356
Posted By John Bull
Does "3 days in Rome" include your arrival day...

Does "3 days in Rome" include your arrival day into Civi?
If so, allowing for travel from port & stowing luggage at your hotel makes that 2.5 days.
Or 1.5, if Rome is foreshortened to include...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question September 29th, 2014, 09:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 448
Posted By John Bull
Hi Barbara, We visited Havana for a couple...

Hi Barbara,

We visited Havana for a couple of days from a land holiday in Jamaica some years ago, using Air Jamaica. It's a route used by many Americans who are forbidden to travel direct to Cuba ...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe September 28th, 2014, 07:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 168
Posted By John Bull
Try www.discoverthesouth.co.uk Its the touring...

Try www.discoverthesouth.co.uk
Its the touring arm of West Quay Cars, well-respected on Cruise Critic for transfers. They put their most knowledgeable & customer-friendly drivers onto these jobs -...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe September 28th, 2014, 05:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 777
Posted By John Bull
First tube trains of the day arrive St...

First tube trains of the day arrive St Pancras/Kings Cross sometime after 5am. Five lines converge on that station, so a good chance of a direct service from near your hotel, but that depends on its...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe September 28th, 2014, 12:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 777
Posted By John Bull
Yes, restricted to dates. But also, in order to...

Yes, restricted to dates.
But also, in order to get the best out of the time, restricted to times as well - the OP won't want to be faced with departing London at 11am because earlier trains are...
Forum: Asia September 28th, 2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 716
Posted By John Bull
Agreed. And because cruise ships roam the planet...

Agreed. And because cruise ships roam the planet carrying the League of Nations, they can't be expected to know the ins & outs for every person in every port.
But I do often find their lack of...
Forum: First Time Cruisers September 28th, 2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,086
Posted By John Bull
As previous posts, most shows are twice-nightly...

As previous posts, most shows are twice-nightly to suit the two sittings. But as Essiesmom's post this isn't always the case.

There's something to be said for keeping to your usual time,...
Forum: First Time Cruisers September 28th, 2014, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By John Bull
As other posters comments, yes, book traditional...

As other posters comments, yes, book traditional (aka "fixed") dining in the main dining room. And ask to be seated on a large table.
Cruise lines usually put singletons on the same table. And...
Forum: First Time Cruisers September 28th, 2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,231
Posted By John Bull
As always, there are pros & cons. And...

As always, there are pros & cons.
And differences for those of us on the civilised side of the Atlantic ;)

For North Americans, a fly-cruise package nearly always uses scheduled flights. And...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question September 28th, 2014, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 925
Posted By John Bull
Appreciated that you've tried to compare apples...

Appreciated that you've tried to compare apples with apples, but they're two very different cruise lines and the standard of cabin is just one factor.

As other posters' comments, is the itinerary...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question September 27th, 2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,428
Posted By John Bull
Problem is that since the OP is from Bradford...

Problem is that since the OP is from Bradford they probably booked in the UK, where a deposit is forfeit from the moment it's handed over. So cancelling & re-booking isn't financially viable.
But...
Forum: UK Cruisers September 27th, 2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,832
Posted By John Bull
They'll have a fleet of coaches at Heathrow,...

They'll have a fleet of coaches at Heathrow, usually two trawling the terminals at any given time. When one fills & heads to the port, another is called forward. Pot-luck whether you're first on a...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe September 27th, 2014, 09:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 534
Posted By John Bull
AS others' replies the choices are -...

AS others' replies the choices are

- pre-arranged private transfer at vaguely £130 - £140 the car, www.smithsforairports.com or www.westquaycars.com are frequently recommended on CC. Journey time...
Forum: Asia September 27th, 2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 326
Posted By John Bull
For simple port-of-call visits, as opposed to...

For simple port-of-call visits, as opposed to flying in or out, RCI & the others have been arranging visas on-board and charging the cost to passengers' on-board accounts. I don't believe this has...
Forum: UK Cruisers September 27th, 2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,692
Posted By John Bull
The local council's list of hotels with cruise...

The local council's list of hotels with cruise parking is at
http://www.destinationsouthampton.com/cruise/hotel-list/
If you need any specific info, e-mail to admin@destinationsouthampton.com
But...
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