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  1. Whilst not quite £1 each I have booked an aft corner suite on Britannia during the school holidays for 4 of us - myself, 21 year old daughter and my parents. It came to not a lot more than 2 insides (£7500 for all four of us with the extra people being £719 each). Yes it will be cosy and we will only have one bathroom but the separate toilet will help and our cabin F730 has a huge wrap around balcony which will give room to spread out. I have also seen some reviews that suggest that this cabin has a corridor between the lounge and sitting room which, if true will give more privacy at night. I am considering taking a blow up mattress if the sofa bed proves too small or uncomfortable. It will be fine, hopefully
  2. Sorry I should have said that it will be Britannia, blame the germs which have turned into a chest infection. I think that although it will be a bit cosy for the price and suite benefits I will be pre registering. I have decided that select may be better then I can try for an aft cabin. Just rung and pre registered for a B4 suite £7646 for all four of us!
  3. One thing designed to make you feel better whilst struggling with a stinking cold - looking at the new cruises for 2021! I have found one that appeals and am considering it for myself, my daughter who would be 21 and my parents. Pricing it up it would be significantly cheaper for all 4 of us to share a suite. Also for the first time ever I would consider an early saver as, even including OBS, it would be a saving of over £1000. Being all in the same cabin I am not concerned about being allocated different dining times and early/late/freedom - none of those would be a deal breaker. We do get on well and there appears to be a room divider which would give some privacy. There also appears to be an extra cloakroom so two loos! My only concern is the sleeping arrangements - it would be a double sofa bed for myself and my daughter. Has anyone any experience of the comfort of these? I have shared a bed with her in the past and she is a wriggler and, with hair down to her waist, I frequently end up with a face and mouth full of hair! (Imagine Cousin It from The Addams Family and you will be pretty close) An option would be to take an inflatable single air bed for her if there was sufficient floor space and to try and sweet talk the room steward into some extra bedding. The prospect of a suite at such a good price is very tempting but the risk of not choosing our cabin is a bit daunting. Are there any suites that are to be avoided or would any be fine? Any thoughts or advice would be great.
  4. Yes. I have an incredibly fussy 19 year old daughter (don't ask me how that happened. her sister eats anything). We explained this to our waiter and she usually looks at the menus the day before and picks what she fancies. They are always happy to substitute chips (chunky ones or fries, whichever she wants). They will change any vegetables which she turns her nose up at. She also has the option of choosing items that she likes the sound of from the lunch menu and have them served in the evening. I am sure that they would "scale up" items from the children's menu for you. We have always found the restaurant staff incredibly accommodating. Thankfully she does not expect similar service at home because it simply won't happen!
  5. I have looked at this and it looks tempting for our cruise next year. I assume that the steward will be able to provide a vase for the flowers - I don't really want to have to pack one. Do you get your peninsular discount if you order from cruise personaliserr? I would probably buy 2 packages, one for us and one for my parents who will be in the cabin next door.
  6. Many thanks for your replies. A gift credit may be a good idea. However, my parents will only be on their second cruise so get no loyalty discount. I will get 7 1/2% so it would be a better idea if I bought any drinks. Maybe a home made certificate to promise to buy their drinks at dinner each night may be the way to go. We didn't get a huge amount of on board credit when we booked at launch so my discount will quickly kick in once that is gone, especially as we took advantage of the great 3rd passenger discount and my 21 year old daughter is joining us in the cabin (yes it will be cosy!) We don't go until August next year but planning makes the long wait more bearable.
  7. We are sailing with my parents on Britannia next year. Last time we sailed with them (and I did say "never again" but hey ho) I bought them a wine package as a Christmas present which they used on board. It was ok but not all the wines were available, the selection was not vast, it and on a couple of occasions we had a slight disagreement as to what to choose. I was not particularly convinced that it was much of a saving either. This time I am considering putting a gift credit on their account. This way they can pick what they want, maybe just a glass or a beer. I have looked on the cruise personaliser and gift credits seem to be available for specific things - spa, select dining etc. My question is do they actually restrict what you can spend the money on? I would hope not, after all as long as it is spent on board I can't really see the problem but I would hate for the computer system to throw a hissy fit and leave them with unspent gift credit and a bar bill. Any thoughts?
  8. Thanks. I will be heading to the pharmacy for saline spay and will look into some essential oils too. Sadly I have to wait almost a year for my next cruise so I won't be able to feed back the results for some time
  9. I returned on Friday from a fantastic cruise on Ventura. For the first week I was fine but then I became increasingly congested at night. My nose/sinuses became blocked meaning that I woke every hour with a dry, parched mouth needing a drink. This meant that the next time that I woke I not only had a dry mouth but needed a wee! The congestion vanished as I showered and was up and about. I assumed that the air conditioning was the cause and tried to drape a damp towel over the bedside table but this didn't seem to make any difference. I returned home on Friday and had a great nights sleep, no congestion issues. Has anybody got any suggestions to help for next years cruise? I am planning to ask the (lovely) village pharmacy for their advice as I am happy to use nose sprays or tablets as it will only be for a couple of weeks or possibly just for the last week but any advice from seasoned cruisers would be great. Thanks
  10. I have negotiated discounts on our last two cruises. The maitre de in the main dining room was able to offer us five for the price of four in Sindhu on one occasion and on the other I wandered around the food and beverage fayre on the first sea day. I booked for 3 of us I the Epicurean for two meals and got my daughter at half price for both, this was after being told when I enquired on embarkation that no discounts were available except on the first night which I politely declined and walked away. Neither of these bookings were for the first night, I chose my dates on both occasions. This was on Azura and Britannia. I will be looking to book when we go on Ventura in a few days but will be prepared to walk away if no discount is available.
  11. Thanks. Oh well it was a thought. I will have to come up with something else.
  12. I know that it is not possible to book the glasshouse before we cruise but is it possible to book a table once on board? It's my daughters 19th birthday just before we sail and she is meeting her friend who she met on a cruise a few years ago on board. I would like to give her a gift credit to go for a meal with her friend. She is a very fussy pescatarian and the example menus for the Beach House do not look very promising. The Glasshouse, however, looks like it has lots of things that she would enjoy. Because it will just be the two of them I would want to have reserved a table as I feel that they might be overlooked if they just turned up on their own (both are a bit shy and quiet). Many thanks
  13. We found our tour with SPB met our needs much better than the ships tours. My children were 15 and 17 and, with only 12 on the tour, our guide was able to point out items of interest to my 2 and another 2 children who were about 9 and 11. People who took the ships tour were in groups of 40 or so and felt herded around. I booked a highlights tour which took us to the Peterhoff (including a hydrofoil ride), Catherine Palace, Peter Paul fortress, the Church of the spilled blood, an early entrance to the Hermitage, a subway ride and about an hour on Levsky (?) Prospect for lunch and a wander on our own. Our minibus driver was amazing and we were encouraged to leave passports and any valuables with him on the mimibus to avoid pickpockets. We also made a couple of extra photo stops when we requested. It actually worked out cheaper than the ships tour
  14. We tendered in, the hop on hop off bus stop was just by the drop off point. To be honest my daughters said that they felt that the hop on hop off bus was one of the poorest that we have ever done. There was a bit of a queue and we had to wait for the next bus (about 20 minutes). The bus was one of the priciest that we have ever done and was absolutely packed, mind you this was in August with three ships in port. When we stopped at the palace we took one look at the crowds waiting to get back on and decided to stay on the bus! The driver, trying to be helpful announced at each stop the name of the stop and said "shopping" which was great but meant that we missed the recorded commentary as it cut over it. With hindsight we wished that we had done a ships tour which is something that we rarely do.
  15. Me too. It somehow switched my date of birth with my daughters who was in her own cabin (four times in the space of a few months). Now don't get me wrong I would like to loose a few years but going back to 19 again - no thanks. P&O swapped them back each time before the last person that I spoke to realised that somehow our peninsula numbers had been swapped. This was a couple of years ago and so far all has remained as it should be. Now that's tempting fate!
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