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  1. If your cruise visits Tortola ( British Virgin Islands) I would suggest visiting Brewers Bay. Easy to take a taxi from the port, and a lovely quiet beach with a bar/restaurant for refreshments!
  2. Thanks for the advice Nancyneptune regarding the pricing being reduced after code 150 finishes. Any idea how long these “flash sales” usually last? Agree with you, JayW that the pricing for the Caribbean cruises seem to change almost daily
  3. Hi Soobs, we too have been looking at the Marella Caribbean cruises since P and O cancelled our Arabian Gulf cruise for January 2020. However, we were shocked at how much more expensive it will be on Marella for an almost identical cruise. Know that with Marella all drinks are included, but for us we find the drinks prices very reasonable on P and O. Hope your cruise meets all your expectations!
  4. That’s exactly the one I am looking at Vitalsign! See from your history you have cruised a lot with Marella, would suggest you also check prices with P and O. We are on our first Marella cruise to Adriatic in October, and see you did that cruise in June. Do you have any tips for us? However, still hoping someone can give some advice re the pricing for Barbados!
  5. Hi Vitalsign, yes, you are correct, it was due to the current situation in the gulf. Apparently, it is Due to the fact that P and O fly the red ensign ( and have a great big union flag painted on the bow) that puts their ships at risk. Other cruise lines continue to operate, and in fact we were offered to switch to Costa cruises who are also owned by Carnival. To get back to my original post, have just checked and prices have changed again due to TUI new discount code. However, 12th Jan 14nights balc on Exp 2 £2249, against 18th Jan 15 nights balc on Britannia £1764. You are correct that P and O have 4 sea days, against 2 on TUI, but don’t feel that this justifies such a large price difference. Hope you enjoy your cruise to the Arabian Gulf. We have visited the area on both Celebrity and Costa, and very much enjoyed both. If you have a port call at Abu Dhabi, don’t miss the Mosque visit, it’s fantastic!
  6. Hope that regular Marella cruisers can offer some advice here. After having a P and O cruise to the Arabian Gulf In January cancelled, we decided to look for alternatives . Found a Discovery 2 cruise which looks quite interesting, but whilst we have been discussing with friends the price seems to fluctuate on a daily basis. Is this normal for Marella cruises? Have checked an almost identical cruise from Barbados with P and O, which is £700 per person cheaper. The only difference seems to be the drinks inclusive on Marella. Would appreciate any suggestions as to if this cruise price is likely to stabilise!
  7. We are booked on Discovery sailing from Corfu in October. Our flight leaves UK pre dawn, so will presumably be on the ship around lunchtime. As we do not sail until 23.00, will we have time to visit Corfu town, and at what time is the emergency muster likely to take place. Many thanks.
  8. Many thanks everyone for your advice. Will stick with Tux and “posh frock” for dress to impress evening, we like to dress up occasionally. In the past have seen several kilts on display, and also a few Military Dress uniforms which look fabulous (especially on Princess who give generous discounts to serving Military)
  9. Would like to know what is acceptable evening wear for our first Marella cruise in October. Do we need dinner jacket/tuxedo for men and formal evening dresses for ladies. Any advice much appreciated.
  10. Many thanks for your helpful advice, will checkout the website as you suggest. Have checked ships in port, and we are only ship in that day. Hopefully, we maybe closer to the port exit than in your experience.
  11. We are visiting Venice on Marella Discovery in October. I have read suggestions of taking the people mover (which apparently may be a fair walk from the ships berth) to connect with a vaporetto down the Grand Canal to St Marks. As my husband has recently had a knee replacement would like to keep walking distances to an absolute minimum. Can we take a taxi to connect with the vaporetto instead? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Many thanks
  12. Thanks for your advice, have now booked the Discovery after reading your comments. We are used to the bigger ships, so think this will suit us well.
  13. Hi everyone, Thinking of booking first Marella cruise in October, and would like some advice over choice of ship. We are regular P and O and Princess cruisers, and have seen a lot of familiar names from the Pand O / Princess boards, so hope some of you will be able to offer some suggestions. We are looking at Discovery or Explorer 2 , in the Med/Adriatic. Many thanks.
  14. Sadly not, Presto2. We returned from Canary Islands early in April, so obviously the smell is still around. Hope you enjoyed the Fiords, where have you put your review? Kittyonions
  15. Have to confirm that the “smell” was definitely on promenade deck just 10 days ago! And as already stated, approx midships, and worse on one side than the other (sorry, can’t remember which)
  16. If I remember correctly Presto2 you are off to the Norwegian Fiords on your next cruise. We did that cruise in May 2017, and like you I expected to be wearing ski wear. But we were extremely lucky for most of the cruise, and in Olden it was 22c and I was in the swimming pool! Be prepared to be on the open decks really early for the spectacular scenery ( but then you will need the thermals)
  17. Thank you Presto2, we certainly did have a great cruise, despite some inclement weather. In fact, on some days, it was difficult to find anyone using the sun loungers on the open decks. This was a shame because it was too windy to watch any films on the sea screen, and we thought it would have been possible to transfer the films to the theatre instead(especially as we had 3 sea days together on outward journey) Incidentally, didn’t notice any hard sell on the new drinks packages, although the original wine packages were still available ( to our delight) Hope you enjoy your upcoming cruise. Kittyonions.
  18. Well, we are just off Azura this morning, and as promised I tried hard to establish who will be Captain for the Easter cruise. As mentioned earlier Captain Howarth is currently on board, but I couldn’t find anyone who would confirm how much longer he will be on board. As a last resort I asked our friendly waiter in MDR and he did a quick calculation on his fingers, and reckons on another 3 or 4 weeks. So much for my detective skills!! However, on one of the early sea days my husband was heading to Malabar to watch a film, and managed to get lost. He saw the Captain heading towards him, so asked for guidance. Apparently, Captain Howarth was very pleasant, gave him directions and even knew which film would be showing. Hope you enjoy your next cruise.
  19. Thanks for your help. As suggested by Majortom 10, I will put the bottles in hand luggage, to guarantee it gets into the fridge in the cabin ASAP.
  20. Could someone please let me know if the permitted bottle of alcohol we are able to take aboard , needs to be in hand luggage, or is it possible for it to be packed in main suitcase. I’m sure someone out there knows the answer to this.
  21. Many thanks for your replies. Sorry that MDR is not available for everyone, on embarkation (unlike on Princess, which makes the beginning of a cruise feel special). As the buffet with the hordes doesn’t appeal, looks as though our first glass of wine and lunch will be In the Glass House!
  22. Can anyone advise what our options will be for lunch when we board Azura next week. Many thanks.
  23. We used the Hilton with a Stay, Park and transfer package. We found it very good, with our car parked where we had left it in the car park for the duration of the cruise.Nice to arrive early on the day before cruise departs, and make use of the hotels swimming pool etc. Very relaxing start to a cruise.
  24. Thanks for replying ts2004, I knew that someone on here would be able to answer this for us!
  25. Many thanks, TerrierJohn. Thar will suit us just fine.
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