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  1. Many thanks for all of your replies. I have just one more question, apart from the water stations in the restaurants, are there any bottles of water provided in the cabins at the start of the cruise? I know that if you upgrade to the premium drinks package you get a 1.5 litre bottle of water each day, but what if you don't upgrade?
  2. Thanks for that. We have always registered a credit card, so will no doubt do so again.
  3. In that case, I will try to persuade my husband to take his formals 😀. We are also on the Dream and looking forward to it now. Will feel a bit odd as it will be the first Christmas away from home, but our big family do is the week before, so it's the best of both worlds.
  4. Thanks very much for replying. We are on the 7 night cruise departing on Christmas Day and returning 2 January, taking in Cyprus, Turkey, Greece and Israel.
  5. Hi folks We have sailed a number of times with various cruise lines, but never with Marella. We have booked through an agent, so understand we are unable to log on to our booking via the Marella home page, but our agent has sent us the links to upload our API and choose our excursions. I have a few more questions though: Do we have to register a credit card on boarding, similar to other cruise lines? Do we need to inform Marella of our insurance details (I am unable to find anywhere on the links to enable us to do this)? Are our luggage labels and boarding passes emailed to us, or is there another way? Are the formal nights well attended and do most men wear black tie? Any and all help or hints appreciated. Thanks.
  6. Hi folks We have booked a cruise through our agent and the only links I have been sent are the one to enter our API and flight seats and the one to book shore excursions. Can someone please tell me how we get our boarding passes etc and how we can request a double bed configuration? Thanks in advance.
  7. On a different but similar topic, we all know how important hygiene is on board, hence why we always use the hand sanitizers when boarding after a day ashore. How do you think we felt when we witnessed at least 5 members of the ship's crew boarding without going anywhere near the sanitizers. Surely these people should be setting an example?
  8. This is taken straight from P & O website: https://ask.pocruises.com/help/PO/fleet/pay_onboard You can settle your on board account in cash BUT you must have registered a debit or credit card first.
  9. That's my understanding of the situation too.
  10. I have just read a couple of articles which state that Carnival has cancelled Antigua as a port of call on its Caribbean cruises. P & O is still including this island in its itineraries for 2020. What do people think of the chances that P & O will drop this island also? Don't want to book a shore excursion to find that we aren't calling there any more!
  11. Guess it's horses for courses. If my husband and I had bought the drinks package on our last 7 night cruise, it would have added approx. £560 to our bill. Our drinks bill at the end of the cruise was £112. Definitely not worth it to us.
  12. We also did a one night party cruise on her a few years ago. We had a good time, but the ships itself is very old, walls paper thin and she her stabilisers (if she has any) don't do a great job, so you do feel the swell a lot more than on the bigger ships. Just take your sea sickness pills and you'll be fine! Just bear in mind that CMV is a budget line in every sense of the word.
  13. We have just returned from the cruise calling at Ijmuiden. There are 25 coaches running a shuttle service into Amsterdam. We disembarked around 10.30 a.m. on the first morning and walked straight onto one of the coaches which left immediately. However, it seems that between 4 and 4.30 p.m. is the most popular time for returning to the ship, and the queue was huge when we arrived back at the pick up point. It did look a little daunting, but to be fair 6 coaches arrived and we didn't have too long a wait at all. Be aware, though, that there is nowhere to sit (other than the floor) while waiting for the return coaches. The journey into Amsterdam is not very scenic and does take around 40-45 minutes. The shuttle service runs throughout the night, although much less frequently than during the day.
  14. We have just come off the Ventura. There are no free drinks anywhere and no wine or beer dispensers in the buffet, either free or chargeable.
  15. The Columbus was, in fact, Ocean Village 1 and we sailed on her to the Caribbean and eastern Med. I have to say that the CMV offering is far below the standard we experienced on Ocean Village, both in terms of food and entertainment. I agree that the prices are more reasonable than a lot of other cruise lines and you have to decide whether that is your overriding factor when booking. For a long cruise, with many days at sea, I would be looking for a much higher level of entertainment.
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