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Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Today, 06:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 466
Posted By John Bull
Some folk will dine in a speciality restaurant...

Some folk will dine in a speciality restaurant for a special occasion, others might do the rounds of them & never use the included options. I suspect some also like the pampered service, though (just...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 08:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,404
Posted By John Bull
Hi, NBT. Yes and no on grandfathering. ...

Hi, NBT.

Yes and no on grandfathering.
Agreed, there's discretion to exempt basic bits of design & materials of some older ships from later regulations. But that discretion is balanced by...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics Yesterday, 11:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By John Bull
I object to that remark, Jess. ;) I too enjoyed...

I object to that remark, Jess. ;)
I too enjoyed pitting my wits against the trick fountains.
And I'm a 67-year old child. :D

No I didn't bring a change of clothes.
Yes I should've :rolleyes:
...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 11:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 363
Posted By John Bull
Copenhagen - if you berth along Langelinnie (near...

Copenhagen - if you berth along Langelinnie (near the little mermaid) you can walk to the centre. Quite a long walk but do walk it at least one way, past several sights. Tivoli probably not worth the...
Forum: Italy Ports November 19th, 2014, 12:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 483
Posted By John Bull
Agreed. Ho-hos are ideal in some cities. But...

Agreed.
Ho-hos are ideal in some cities.
But Rome's not one of them.

The regular trains are massively cheaper than the Princess special, about 12 euros pp day-return & the ticket's good for...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 18th, 2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,115
Posted By John Bull
Yes of course the differences between Caribbean...

Yes of course the differences between Caribbean islands are a whole lot more subtle than those between European countries, though Greek islands for instance are less varied than those in the...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 18th, 2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,115
Posted By John Bull
If you've been to Cozumel, Jamaica & Grand Caymen...

If you've been to Cozumel, Jamaica & Grand Caymen and can't see any differences then I doubt you'd see any differences elsewhere in the Caribbean.;)

Dry & barren islands thru to lush rain-forested...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 17th, 2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,404
Posted By John Bull
I won't be categorical, Bill, cos I'm no expert. ...

I won't be categorical, Bill, cos I'm no expert.
But I think that all ships, regardless of age, have to meet the same SOLAS standards. This pulled from the web seems to confirm, effective 2010....
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 17th, 2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 491
Posted By John Bull
Agreed. A regular beach, but with a nude section...

Agreed. A regular beach, but with a nude section well out of the way at one end.

JB :)
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 17th, 2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,404
Posted By John Bull
Hi Kamloops, ss Ithica went to meet her maker...

Hi Kamloops,
ss Ithica went to meet her maker in 2003.
And at this very moment one of the ships I'm thinking of, mv Discovery (twin-sister of the original Love Boat), is also on her way to a...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics November 17th, 2014, 05:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By John Bull
Subject to the advice of the tour operator and...

Subject to the advice of the tour operator and days-of-the-week when any of the sites are closed, can I suggest Peterhof, and mebbe Catherine Palace, and mebbe any other out-of town places on day 1,...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 17th, 2014, 03:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 491
Posted By John Bull
Grand Turk you port at a beach resort owned by...

Grand Turk you port at a beach resort owned by the cruise-line. Very limited scope for exploring this small island, the vast majority treat this as a beach day. Get advice about exactly where to...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 17th, 2014, 03:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,404
Posted By John Bull
I've never considered safety an issue - they have...

I've never considered safety an issue - they have to follow the same SOLAS safety regs as all cruise ships, as intimated by Kamloops.

And not quite as bleak a picture as Kamloops paints.
They...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics November 15th, 2014, 03:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 519
Posted By John Bull
All the local tour operators have great...

All the local tour operators have great reputations, but http://www.bestguides-spb.com/ has built a particular reputation for touring with kids.
Click on the Childrens Page on that website.
No...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe November 14th, 2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,123
Posted By John Bull
Hi Joan, Glasgow is well over 400 miles from...

Hi Joan,
Glasgow is well over 400 miles from Southampton, 6 to 7 hours by train, fare over £150 pp one-way.
Alternatively, http://www.flybe.com/ operate direct flights - flight time 90 minutes...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics November 14th, 2014, 07:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 548
Posted By John Bull
Hi Rob, Certainly the majority of local...

Hi Rob,
Certainly the majority of local operators, if not all of them, only offer a two-day tour if your ship is in port for two days. I'm guessing this is because if they accepted a one-day tour...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 12th, 2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,820
Posted By John Bull
I trust you said "Yes" ;) JB :)

I trust you said "Yes" ;)

JB :)
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe November 12th, 2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 539
Posted By John Bull
Don't ya just love automated directions.:D ...

Don't ya just love automated directions.:D
Though I've seen a whole lot worse than TfL.

Nearest underground station to the hotel is Green Park, a five-minute walk.
Just two stops on the...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question November 12th, 2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,820
Posted By John Bull
Err, no. Your UK friends have been learning some...

Err, no. Your UK friends have been learning some pretty bad habits from you ;)

Appetiser (sorry, can't sink to spelling it your way :p) in the US, starter in the UK, entrée in France

Followed...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe November 12th, 2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 562
Posted By John Bull
Kensington Park? :confused: Kensington Gardens...

Kensington Park? :confused:
Kensington Gardens (adjoins Hyde Park, you won't spot the join ;)) & South Ken. (museums) very convenient, Kensington & North Ken. only a little less convenient.

No...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe November 12th, 2014, 05:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By John Bull
By train is a lot quicker & more comfortable, by...

By train is a lot quicker & more comfortable, by coach is a lot cheaper.
The location of your hotel might sway you.

By train, from Paddington station
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Broadly,...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe November 11th, 2014, 01:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,265
Posted By John Bull
£5 to £7 (£5 is the minimum fare). 5 to 10...

£5 to £7 (£5 is the minimum fare).
5 to 10 mins, depending on traffic - it's less than a mile.
Tell the driver your end destination (London?) & he'll drop you on the easiest side of the station.
...
Forum: First Time Cruisers November 10th, 2014, 11:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By John Bull
Right by the coach stops, driver will point it...

Right by the coach stops, driver will point it out. Then just follow the herd. But check landmarks as you go or you'll get lost walking back. :p

JB :)
Forum: First Time Cruisers November 10th, 2014, 11:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By John Bull
Coaches aren't allowed into the narrow cobbled...

Coaches aren't allowed into the narrow cobbled centre (any you see there will have dispensation for hotel groups & their luggage), so yes, ships' transfer coaches ("Bruges on you own" or similar...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe November 10th, 2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 569
Posted By John Bull
Timetables/prices are normally from about 12...

Timetables/prices are normally from about 12 weeks out.
Use an earlier date, same-day-of-the-week, for research. On your date the timetable is likely to be the same, the main annual review of fares...
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