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  1. Relatives of ours walked from town quay to the ship...can't remember where it was docked now. It looked an easy walk..but they said it wasn't. They had no luggage, we had all of that in the taxi. I lose track of what what at the moment, but dock gate 10 is closed for the forseeable future.
  2. If you look at Balmoral, one of the Fred Olsen ships. That has balcony cabins on the prom deck..I think if you are sat down on them, people walking past cannot see you. If you are stood up, they would. Might give people a sort of idea how this concept works.
  3. we like tables for 2 in club dining now. usually we let them know if we are eating elsewhere the following night, usually so our wine bottle can follow us there.
  4. This was in Southampton, we live across the water. They have done a few Celebrity...and 1 Pando. They prefered Celebrity. I had visions of them arriving at 7am at our door, I think it was actually just before 8am.
  5. How come my relatives were told their disembarkation time was 6.30 am then, (their car was parked at ours I said i didn't want to see them until a sensible time of the morning) and they stated you couldnt get a cooked breakfast just a continental
  6. We are with 3. when we did Caribbean transatlantic decided to go for package on board. mainly for the 5/6 days there and back with no ports. Wen on the islands , where ever there was free wifi, found it very very busy, to the extent would not have liked to tried having a private call, or getting any sort of speed on the wifi.
  7. Basically the cooked breakfast and similar to the mdr breakfast. I know you can get birchers muesli ..which I fell in love with. Sorry do not have a picture of the menu. To me its the peace and quiet i like about it. plus the fact I'm happy to dine on my own in there. The waiters get to know you very quickly..to the extent that i normally didnt have to tell them what I wanted..they knew.
  8. they are useful, https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR12.TRC2.A0.H0.Xhandbag+hooks.TRS0&_nkw=handbag+hooks&_sacat=0 if you have one that has a magnet with it, you would need to put your cruise card in an rfid sleeve, so the magnet doesnt wipe your card.
  9. I dont take hardsided handbags.. mine are totally flat so I take loads in different colours to match with what I'm wearing. I also take a handbag hook, so if i can't get a table near a window (windowsill for handbag) I hang said bag off table.If I try and put behind me in chair it always falls out. I purchase said handbag hook off amazon.
  10. Pando try and get the final guests off the previous cruise by 10am. clean around with a duster, then the new ones boarding. I think the other lines try and get you off earlier..from a relatives personal experience. When they travelled with Pando they liked the fact they could have a nice cooked breakfast at leisure before getting off for their long journey. They may start earlier than that now..but its usually underway by 12. I guess you cant have it both ways. get off sensible time and board early time. Having sat on the balcony on B2B you would not believe how early once the car park is empty, it starts filling up again. I guess the hole in the wall and car park guys have to have a break somewhere between those 2.
  11. If you are in a suite you have priority boarding so should be at 12/12.30. If you are in a suite and high tier loyalty you should be 1st on the ship.
  12. To try and get a constant flow of passengers ,rather than 1000 turning up at 12. It will be worse when Iona comes on line and you have 2000 turning up at 12.
  13. We were told sometimes at sailaway they may have a gathering on the bridge roof, that you pay to attend (we would get it free as they would be in front of us. This never happened so I don't think they do it any more. Besides that i dont remember being overlooked at all.
  14. we have stayed in this suite. sort of seperate bedroom. Wardrobes I think ,rather than open area. seperate sitting area. I think most suites are basically bog standard cabinx2 or 3 increase in size. Our problem was the balcony . You look out over the top of the bridge, so you cannot look down at the front. At the side you can look down over the metal fronted balcony.Main thin is if you are moving it is very very windy,so the balcony cannot really be used unless you are in port.Just remembered at the front the top of the bridge is about level with the top of the balcony, so you are sat in a sort of well . If i can find any pictures i will post.
  15. well she is in and I will watch her sail out at 11 ish..
  16. Classic would not have to be premium prices. If you cruise on the smaller ships you would already be paying more for your balcony than the likes of Brittania, wouldn't you...i have not check. At the moment pando is trying to appeal to 2 totally different groups of people and I don't think it's entirely working. Classic prices could be at the same level they are now but you would only purchase a drinks package if you wanted to and you know the dress code would be adhered to. People booking would have a clearer idea what to expect between the 2 as well.
  17. Being just a little tiny bit cynical...and the fact its the mail. It doesnt state what fare you will be paying..and only selected cruises..that and the fact there is blurb about early saver fares, suggests you will be paying and getting an early saver fare..so with all the smoke and mirrors how will you know if you are getting that amount off. I was watching a consumer thing on the tele about packaging and prices and how things that look cheaper may not be. All smoke and mirrors me thinks. I never discuss what I have paid for any cruise,but I can just imagine some poor soul seeing that and thinking we'll go for that and thinking they have a good deal... Not saying you shouldn't have posted by the way....it's aimed at the fail.
  18. We very nearly booked a cruise on the new saga ship..it was going to cost £8k for a 14 night cruise..can't remember where the cruise was to, but in the end we decided it was just too much. For that price maybe expecting most things to be better. However having said that its still just a ship at sea, and the sea will still make things go rusty. you will still get grumpy old people (rather a sweeping brush i know). Neither OH nor I drink enough that we would be swayed by AI. if i drink during the day at all, and not a lot either..i just fall asleep now..Oh a car to the port ,,well as we could see the ship a hop and a skip from our house, that wasn't a deal breaker either. If you think that Pando's target group now is families that at the moment would book a cheap AI deal to the costas or similar, how would these questions be answered by them. They will not want to dress up at all. They would purchase the drinks packages so they knew all their spending was taken of, without working out that it would be cheaper to payg. years ago someone posted they should split pando pando resort (big ships) and pando clasic (small ships) . The resort would lose the formal nights..classic would keep. Resort you could eventually slowly make AI, classic would stick as is. It would not be the way a lot of us would wish pando to head in ,but I can see this slowly but surely happening.
  19. Intresting post on FB this morning. Someone who is on Azura, did get stranded, but was so horrified by what they read in the mirror/sun/mail that they felt they had to put the story straight about the situation..they tell the truth,unlike the above bits of wood pulp. I also had a look at a map. lots of hotels in Monte Carlo and not to far away the airport. However that was it..seemed to be very very few once you went in land. As we have already been told all local hotels were full, and the nearest airport is relatively close for those to be full of boat show people i can see how the put them in a hotel may have fallen flat on it face. Totally agree with how many armchair captains and lawyers go on cruises. They have every reason under the sun why this should have happened or not happened. One ray of sunshine from this story a crew member ,because Azura and Ventura tied up at the next port, met up with his dad, (who worked on Ventura) who he hadn't seen for 2 years. That was a very heartwarming story and tears all round from the father and son. I guess now we wait for all the glum pictures when the ship is back in Southampton..deep joy. Hopefully for those who went to the press ,they have decided cruising is not for them, so we will not hear from them again.
  20. I never mentioned airports. I said about the cruise terminal. They would still have had more than a couple of hours notice that the ship would not be arriving until the following morning. Which cruise company were you with by the way , you havent stated that.
  21. I was thinking and comparing the 2 scenarios presented. Ship broken down in Rotterdam and the Azura one. The former..they would have had hours and hours notice, possibly up to 24 hours notice....that the ship was not going to be sailing. All the people on that cruise would have been together in the cruise terminal to start of with. So whilst they were sat there the plans were already underway to have the numerous coaches and hotels arranged. Load coaches from one place and take to the 2 max 4 hotels. Azura would have had a couple of hours to realise things were not working out. I would just like it explained to me simply what everyone thought they should have done. We know all the close by hotels were booked up. How far do you travel before the logistics get out of control. People were not in one place they were throughout the town. I have never been there but Monaco looks very hilly so maybe not fast roads to go too far out. You can moan about what they did do..but come up with how they could have dealt with it.
  22. The sun and the mirror. Both very well known for totally telling the truth and not embroidering the truth in any way what so ever.
  23. How do you organise anything at short notice with this many people. In 1 place they could all be updated at the same time. everyone knew where everyone was. Could you let us know which companies have dealt with a situation like this much better. By the time you have bussed people 30/40 miles away in numerous hotels (assuming you could arrange the number of coaches reqd at short notice), would you then not have to have gone round an do it all in reverse as from what I read, they started the tendering back early morning.. so instead of sat in a sports hall they would have been sat in coaches travelling hither and thither.
  24. Would it be worth speaking to the restaurant manager after the first night ,explain about your husbands tastes and see what he suggests.If the option is steak, chocolate cake, steak chocolate cake for 14 nights ,they may be happy to do that for him. whether his heart will be happy with the choices is highly debatable. Does he have a similar diet at home. is there nothing on the menu that is similar in some way to what he eats at home.
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