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  1. No, I didn’t know that. It seems odd since, as far as I know, virtually all cruiselines have a range of nationalities sailing on them. I like the international experience, so maybe P&O isn’t for me.
  2. I am British, English to be specific, but half Irish. I also consider myself European. I have not sailed on PO so far, and I’m less inclined to if ‘patriotic sail aways’ are a thing! What a hideous idea. Isn’t cruising an international thing, with part of the pleasure being meeting people from other parts of the world? So far my cruises have been on Azamara and Celebrity. I wouldn’t have felt that I was being welcomed if the sail aways involved hundreds of people waving American flags and singing the American anthem.
  3. Pentlands did not say that Customer Service offered to move her/him. She was simply clarifying the type of balcony cabin booked. I have heard this frustrating experience several times before. The answer usually is it was there in the terms and conditions. On the one hand, that is a fair point, on the other hand, since other cruise companies, hotels etc have no smoking policies which include private balconies, overlooking this can easily be done! I feel for you Pentlands.
  4. I wonder if they lose more potential passengers than they gain with this policy. I suspect they do, since smokers are in the minority these days.
  5. Priya2

    2021 dates

    That’s great information. Thanks 👍
  6. Hi, Hubby and I have never yet sailed with Princess. We have enjoyed both Celebrity and Azamara. Could Princess people tell me when dates for 2021 are likely to be out? They are already shown for some other cruise lines. Also, anyone here sailed with Celebrity and/or Azamara too? Could you tell me how Princess compares? We would be sailing on one of the smaller ships since it would be an Antartica itinerary. We are looking at Princess because it starts and finishes in Santiago, Chile. We have done it previously with Azamara. That started and finished in Buenos Aires and there are other differences in some ports.
  7. I can recommend Azamara. It’s a shame to have to fly, but worth it.
  8. Redjag, that is disgraceful! I wouldn’t give-up if I were you. There must be a regulator if the industry. Take it to them. Write to FO and threaten to take it to Watchdog and any other consumer TV programme and website. They won’t want too much bad publicity. The more I read about this issue, the more I know FO isn’t for us. Aside from this, they are very expensive for aging ships compared to other cruiselines. Good luck. Please let us know how you get on.
  9. The Butler is there to attend to your needs. If you want tables in the speciality restaurants (cost included with a suite) booked or cancelled, your butler will do that for you. If you want anything in particular in your room, they will arrange it. I like Fanta Orange, my husband Coke. Coke is left in the fridge, but our Butler arranged for more cans of it to be left, and Fanta for me. He realised early on that I particularly liked the grapes in he fruit bowel, so ensured we regularly had fresh grapes, and he brought our breakfast in the morning on port days. He was great. We were happy to tip him (the most), the room attendant and the assistant, who was lovely and got all of the worst jobs! Enjoy!
  10. Thanks Tring. I worded my point badly. By ‘around the ship’, I was thinking of there being no areas with balconies where cigarette smoke can be avoided. Shame 😔
  11. Thank you. It sounds like it wouldn’t work for us. I’m really surprised that FO allow smoking around the ship like this. It seems very out of step with everyone else.
  12. Are there any areas of the ships where smoking isn’t permitted on the balconies? We have never cruised with FO before, but since they sail from Newcastle, which is about 10 miles up the road from us, it’s an attractive option for some destinations. We have so far sailed with Celebrity and Azamara. Both of which only permit smoking in one small area on the pool deck. Someone was once smoking on a balcony on the floor above us and to the side. Despite the distance, it really stank. We’d love a balcony, but don’t fancy being surrounded by cigarette smoke. I’d value any feedback on the general issue.
  13. Priya2

    Loyalty Level

    Wow! That’s not good. I was nervous about sending Laundry on Celebrity as I heard tales of things being ruined as a consequence of likely being washed at the wrong temperature. I didn’t chance it, but I did on our last cruise, our first on Azamara and they did indeed come back perfect and beautifully ironed :)
  14. Priya2

    Loyalty Level

    I didn’t know that they gave two lots of anything Phil. You live and learn!
  15. Priya2

    Loyalty Level

    Yes, it’s one bag for each 7 days. Our upcoming cruise is 17 days! So 2 for us this time. I completely agree that these small benefits should be per person since each of us have our own loyalty number and have taken the requisite number of cruises at great cost!
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