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Forum: Ask a Cruise Question Yesterday, 10:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 340
Posted By John Bull
An unfortunate heading to your thread, but you...

An unfortunate heading to your thread, but you clearly don't intend to "miss" the sailing, you intend to skip the sailing with the ship's knowledge and consent. :)

Europe has Cabotage rules, same...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe May 31st, 2015, 06:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,177
Posted By John Bull
Yes, the Southampton Boat Show makes a big...

Yes, the Southampton Boat Show makes a big difference. Early August.
Any Saturday too.
Other than that it's a question of how quick the cruise line staff are at the terminals.

JB :)
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe May 28th, 2015, 05:24 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,297
Posted By John Bull
Smiths are based at the Southampton end, so...

Smiths are based at the Southampton end, so they're never going to be competitive for Heathrow to central London.
Their excellent reputation is well worth the nett £11 higher than EAT for the two...
Forum: First Time Cruisers May 27th, 2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 292
Posted By John Bull
Hmmm. Sorry to say that at full price, around...

Hmmm.
Sorry to say that at full price, around £240 pppw, the AI is poor value. Many drinks are excluded and subject to a supplement of £1 to £2 per drink. For instance the only beers included are...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe May 27th, 2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 688
Posted By John Bull
Yep, sadly Harwich is difficult and...

Yep, sadly Harwich is difficult and time-consuming from London's airports, especially compared to the direct services to Southampton.

But thats not the reason for favouring Southampton.
The...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question May 26th, 2015, 05:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 190
Posted By John Bull
Works well on most Caribbean islands. :) ...

Works well on most Caribbean islands. :)
Drivers at the port are friendly and trustworthy, they know their island, they know the ship's tours and can replicate or vary. Much more personal and...
Forum: Asia May 24th, 2015, 09:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 863
Posted By John Bull
There's virtually nothing near the tender pier. ...

There's virtually nothing near the tender pier.
And the town is pretty dire and featureless.
You need a cruise or a tour to the countryside or Hanoi

JB :)
Forum: Asia May 24th, 2015, 09:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,400
Posted By John Bull
The pedestrianised main street, with the Japanese...

The pedestrianised main street, with the Japanese Bridge at the far end, is very easy to walk - drivers usually park in the car park of a "mall", just around the corner. All very easy.

JB :)
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics May 21st, 2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,213
Posted By John Bull
Freudian typo ? :D JB :)

Freudian typo ? :D

JB :)
Forum: Other Mediterranean Ports May 21st, 2015, 04:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 518
Posted By John Bull
The machines accept notes and give change. You...

The machines accept notes and give change. You can also buy several jetons in a single transaction.

JB :)
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe May 21st, 2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 991
Posted By John Bull
No problem at main London stations, but no...

No problem at main London stations, but no facilities in most OTHER towns and cities except at airports. In those places there is often a local hotel pub that offers the service - but none that I or...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe May 18th, 2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 165
Posted By John Bull
There are now two Hiltons in Southampton, one...

There are now two Hiltons in Southampton, one opened last week at the (Ageas) Rose Bowl, overlooking the cricket ground. Doubtless well-equipped but rather a bland & "cold" hotel, the one at...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics May 18th, 2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By John Bull
I'd go along with Londontowner's £10 per couple...

I'd go along with Londontowner's £10 per couple in London.

But we tend to take into account the numbers in the tour & then do the maths.
Of course, more people equals more tips but also reduces...
Forum: UK Cruisers May 18th, 2015, 09:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,754
Posted By John Bull
Hi, J & J, Same question as my first post on...

Hi, J & J,
Same question as my first post on this thread - from central London, or from Heathrow airport, or from Gatwick airport?
Advice for those three will be totally different.

And big cost...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question May 18th, 2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 749
Posted By John Bull
Let me have your e-mail address and I'll transfer...

Let me have your e-mail address and I'll transfer all of mine to you - two birds with one stone :D

In the main I delete without reading, so TAs take note - the first three or four words are...
Forum: Northern Europe & Baltics May 17th, 2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 271
Posted By John Bull
I'm intrigued.;) And puzzled. :confused: ...

I'm intrigued.;)
And puzzled. :confused:

This is the second time that I've seen SPB quoted in a CC thread as the turnaround port for a cruise.
I can understand the appeal to those who want to...
Forum: Italy Ports May 17th, 2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 686
Posted By John Bull
Hi Hank, Yep, sounds good. Apart from the...

Hi Hank,
Yep, sounds good.
Apart from the Guinness bit ;)
E-mail on its way

JB :)
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question May 17th, 2015, 12:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 289
Posted By John Bull
I think that the likeliest options will be...

I think that the likeliest options will be one-off itineraries - as Essiesmom's post they'll be seasonal re-positioning cruises, or world cruise sectors (yes, world cruises are sold in sectors &...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe May 16th, 2015, 10:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,335
Posted By John Bull
Just to clear up any confusion, Celebrity...

Just to clear up any confusion, Celebrity normally sail out of City Cruise Terminal, and that's the one which H.I. overlooks.
Yes, definitely the closest, right by Dock Gate 8. Front rooms look...
Forum: British Isles/Western Europe May 16th, 2015, 09:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 340
Posted By John Bull
The terminal had a multi-million pound refit over...

The terminal had a multi-million pound refit over the winter, sorry don't know if that includes baby-changing.

Check-in times are variable depending whether you arrive at a busy or quiet time....
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question May 16th, 2015, 09:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 249
Posted By John Bull
I got one out of two, Kim. ;) Better than my...

I got one out of two, Kim. ;)
Better than my average :D

JB :)
Forum: Italy Ports May 16th, 2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By John Bull
There's already a thread on the subject,...

There's already a thread on the subject, including one cruiser who's passed through since the fire.
http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=2206075
Ask on there, those folk are probably...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question May 16th, 2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 311
Posted By John Bull
I think some free wifi time is part of a...

I think some free wifi time is part of a frequent-cruiser loyalty package.
And free wifi may be used as a promotional tool, but if that were the case you'd know about it.
Otherwise, as the...
Forum: Ask a Cruise Question May 16th, 2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 165
Posted By John Bull
Welcome to Cruise Critic, Do double-check...

Welcome to Cruise Critic,

Do double-check before starting a RollCall - like all CC threads RollCalls aren't listed in chronological order, they're listed according to the latest post and if...
Forum: Italy Ports May 16th, 2015, 11:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 686
Posted By John Bull
Yes, that certainly makes sense. Off-topic,...

Yes, that certainly makes sense.

Off-topic, Hank, but I'm heading your way in the next week or so on a month-long road trip.
But don't stand by the roadside ready to wave to us - the furthest...
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