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  1. I'd want fried bread and hash browns. :) So I don't see them as alternatives. Regarding ONT-CA's point "Further, comparative reference is made to hash brown or fried potatoes", I think there "fried potatoes" is referring to saute potatoes. In other words, potatoes cut into thin slices and then fried.
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    Atmosphere on board

    95%? I don't think I've ever paid a supplement of more than about 60%. But even that is more than enough, and of course is still a lot more than 15%.
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    I fear you may be right. Once all of Oriana, Arcadia, Aurora and Oceana have gone (which hopefully won't be for quite a few years yet), I shall have to look elsewhere, as I wouldn't want to cruise on anything substantially bigger.
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    I think I might pack up cruising!!!

    I think you must have been very unlucky. In half a dozen cruises with P&O I've never had a problem with my toilet (touch wood).
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    Atmosphere on board

    As another solo traveller who likes Aurora I have always found outside cabins to be relatively reasonably priced, but I have steered clear of balcony cabins because those do seem to be very expensive.
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    Ventura MDR breakfast menu

    Many people don't, but some of us do. I don't regard 8am as early; at home I generally have breakfast at around 7. Though retired, I've never really managed to shift myself to a later-rising lifestyle. So I hope that P&O don't make the MDR breakfast start later. Even on sea days, there's always a queue outside the MDR at 8am in my experience, though admittedly quite a short one. On the cruise I've just been on on Arcadia, the get-together with coffee for solo travellers was scheduled at 9:30 each day. Now that did seem ridiculously early.
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    P & O Alcohol Policy

    I got back from a Mediterranean cruise on Arcadia on Saturday. When we arrived at the final port of call - Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in north Africa which is apparently like Gibraltar in being duty-free - it was announced that any alcohol that passengers brought back on board would be treated as souvenirs and wouldn't be impounded till the end of the cruise. So it seems that P&O are prepared to show a little flexibility.
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    Canary Islands shore excursions

    It would help if you said which islands you will be visiting.
  9. It's a great shame if they are doing away with the Costa coffee card. As someone whose paid-for soft drinks are limited to one or two small coffees per sea day, there's no way that the new soft drinks package at £19.95 pp/per day would make sense.
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    Rating the ships

    They may go from the P&O fleet, but I can't see them disappearing entirely, as there are still plenty of people like us who prefer midsize and smaller ships. So I'm sure that there will always be a number of companies operating them. And if the worst comes to the worst, there is always river cruising, where only small ships are possible.
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    Rumours again....

    In my case that wouldn't add that much. I don't drink soft drinks and, though I would typically drink one or two small coffees a day on a sea day, using a Costa coffee card the total amount spent wouldn't add an awful lot to the cost of the alcohol.
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    Rumours again....

    I used to think that I was a moderate drinker but, having seen how much many posters drink, I've realised that I'm actually a light drinker. When cruising, I'll have a glass or two of wine with my dinner, and maybe if it's a sea day a cocktail during the afternoon, but that's about it. So purchasing a drinks package does not appeal.
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    St Petersburg options?

    I'm surprised. I did a Baltic cruise a few years ago, and Tallinn was my favourite stop.
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    The end of PSQ's

    If this board was run by P&O, you would need to say that it's Excellent news for your comment to count. :)
  15. I'm also a solo traveller, and feel the same way.