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  1. annieuk

    Late flying time Med. Oceana

    I forgot to add that with a late return flight we chose to do the excursion where you are taken around the whole island, well most of it and finish with being taken to the airport in time for the flight. This was a good way to spend the afternoon and it all worked out very well.
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    Late flying time Med. Oceana

    We had a similar flight time when we flew out to Oceana at the end of September. Then at the airport we had a delay due to technical problems and I think eventually took off about 3.30pm so it was after 8 pm when we landed in Valetta. It was dark by then but the coaches were waiting. We were on a Thomas Cook flight and had to collect our luggage, which took some time, and then take it to the coaches. By the time we boarded Oceana we had missed the last Muster Drill. We were supposed to leave port that night but as we had been caught by the Medicane storm it was so windy we could hardly keep upright walking along the dock, so there was no chance of Oceana sailing that night. There was an announcement for us late passengers saying there would be a muster drill at 9pm or, if we wished we could wait until the next morning at 9am. We chose to get it over with rather than have to get up in time for the one in the morning.
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    P&O B931 and B931a

    When we've been on a fly cruise to the Caribbean - 9 times - we've always flown from Gatwick and for us it's either been Thomas Cook or Thomson (Tui). Depending on which company it's either been South or North Terminal. We've always stayed in the hotel within the airport that has a walkway straight to Departures. I think it's the Hilton in the South Terminal and the Sofitel in the North and I think it's Tui in the North Terminal and Thomas Cook in the South - much prefer Tui to Thomas Cook. Usually we've known our flight times very early on but things seem to have changed.
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    Beach house on aurora

    Just to clarify we have dined both inside and out at the Beach House on Aurora, can't remember exactly where we were at the time. Obviously if it was a cold area cruise - eg the Christmas Markets cruise, one wouldn't wish to dine outside!
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    Beach house on aurora

    We too would love to see an Epicurean on Aurora - would have thought it was an ideal ship for it. We, unlike many others don't like the Beach Club - we don't like the menu, apart from the lava steak which is good. We like the Glasshouse very much, a very good, wide choice of menu - you can just have a lunch snack there or a full meal. Sometimes on Aurora it seemed understaffed but we enjoyed the evenings we spent there. We were on the 65 night circumnavigation of South America so it was good to have somewhere else other than the MDR to eat. We did eat once in the buffet in the evening but don't like the atmosphere and do like to be served in the evening. We are not lovers of Indian food so only went to Sindhu once and while the food is beautifully served and presented it's just not to our taste. We sound very fussy but we're honestly not! Sindhu didn't seem to be very full on many evenings and the staff were often trying to sell special offers. We first went on Aurora just before the end of Cafe Bordeaux which we really enjoyed but it didn't make any money - enough said!
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    Aurora TV channels

    Remember Aurora also has a dedicated cinema and when we were on for the 65 night trip last January we found we went to the cinema more than we'd been in the past year. They happened to be showing films we'd missed and really wanted to see. The cinema is a proper one on Aurora, not just a room put aside for showing films.
  7. When we were on Oceana in September/October the bread they used for toast in the MDR at breakfast was much smaller, different bread altogether and instead of the four slices you usually get in the toast rack there were only three and one space!! Of course you could ask for more - they'd also stopped doing Square White Toast! Maybe the Health police are taking over.
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    November mini cruise to Bruge

    We were on the Christmas Markets cruise on Aurora which departed on 10th December 2016 and the crossing was like a mill pond. There's really no telling what the sea state will be like in advance.
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    Christmas Decorations on Ventura

    The decorations are always put up and taken down by an outside firm who have the contract to do that, according to one of the people putting them up when we were on the Christmas Markets cruise on Aurora last year. When we boarded Aurora on 3rd January this year all decorations had gone.
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    flying tui to barbados

    Certainly the last time we flew with Tui to Barbados I had to make sure my hand bag was inside my carry on bag and they checked the weight so you just have to be prepared. It does make me cross however, when I see someone with an obviously heavy wheeled case being taken on to the aircraft as their carry on bag - never was that 5kg! I don't know how people get away with it unless they have someone else with them with their bag and then take it from them once they're checked in. Only once have we had our hand luggage checked at the gate before we were allowed through to board the plane, but it has happened.
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    OBC

    We have always had an updated statement from P&O via our Cruise Agent when my husband's Shareholder's OBC has been added to our original OBC. We've never had a problem. I always take the latest Statement with me on board just in case but I've never had to produce it.
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    flying tui to barbados

    We have flown with Tui to Barbados to join a P&O cruise and I have paid to take an extra case - paid for extra weight and it's up to you how you divide it between cases and as has been said it's fine as long as no case exceeds 23kg.
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    Azura - C748 and C749

    We've been in both those suites and would certainly choose them again. There is no beam through the balconies and we never had an issue with soot. There is noise from the thrusters when leaving and arriving in port but this only goes on for a few minutes and we never found it a problem. For us nothing beats being at the back of the ship overlooking the wake and these cabins are much more spacious than the midship suites on Azura and Ventura. We've been on C749 on Ventura too and the same applies.
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    Ventura 60's/70's theme evenings

    You can certainly ask for a gin or tonic, or any other drink come to that. The wine waiters don't like having to go to a bar to get them as it all takes time, that's why they prefer to serve only wine but they will certainly do that if that's what someone wants. On our last cruise on Aurora I occasionally asked for a gin and tonic at dinner and it was served with a smile. One of my table companions asked for one regularly.
  15. annieuk

    Direct or agent?

    I agree with Jean. Particularly if booking when a cruise first goes on sale, which we usually do, booking through a good Cruise Agent means you can choose the specific cabin you want, or at least give the agent a list of cabins from which to choose. On Monday our TA phoned me at 9.20 and had managed to secure my first choice of cabin for a summer 2020 cruise. It's very rare that she's not been able to secure one of my first three choices, usually the first choice. If people pre-register with P&O all they get is an assurance that they will get a cabin in the grade they want. That's not good enough for me. We get all the usual P&O discounts plus our TA's discount and this time a Double Discount from our TA was on offer so that made things even better, plus it was a Peninsular cruise so that was the icing on the cake - yes I know anyone booking direct with P&O would have got the Peninsular discount too. I have always had good service from my TA so will continue to use them.
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