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  1. Just now, mrsgoggins said:


    My brief time as a Saturday girl was in the seventies, so a long time ago, but I was amazed at how formal it was.  We were addressed as Miss xxxxx and the supervisors definitely had status.  I liked the discount too.  What I didn't care for was standing on my feet all day and then running for the train home at the end of the day; I was shattered!  Oh, and the people who wandered into the store 2 minutes before closing 😄

    Yes we used to have loads of people running in at the last minute and we were open every day 10am till 8pm really long days our cashiers used to be in a kiosk 🤣 such a same they closed down in the uk 

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  2. 3 minutes ago, mrsgoggins said:


    I can recommend Cologne for C&A - not one, but two in the main shopping street (one that specialises in plus sizes).  Dusseldorf is home to their flagship department store and it's lovely!  I've been in one in Barcelona on a cruise tour but it was quite a small one.  As well as trendy stuff, it's very good for the 'mature' woman of ahem, generous proportions, who has little interest in fashion, ie, me 😊


    As an aside, when I was a student my friend and I worked in C&A in Manchester city centre on a Saturday, and that taught me a lesson I will not forget.  Generally, when women ask for your opinion on what they are trying on, they so rarely want the truth, no matter how nicely you wrap it up! 

    Hi bringing back loads of good memories 20 odd years ago I worked at C&A at the Gateshead Metro Centre  before they closed  it’s amazing that they are still missed now.☹️

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  3. 1 minute ago, wowzz said:

    I would just add one caveat! I have never purchased a wine package!  My answers have all been based on my readings, and seeing what those that have purchased the package have done, when we have dined with them.

    If I have given out any false information,  hopefully someone will correct me. 

    Ha ha appreciated anyway 👍

  4. Just now, wowzz said:

    From memory you can do either. In these days of cancellations, I would buy onboard. No point in paying out in advance - there is no benefit.

    Thank you so much for your help and advice much appreciated 

  5. 1 minute ago, wowzz said:

    When you purchase the package you are given a little book of tokens, one token per bottle. From memory the tokens vary in colour depending on your package.  The wines available for each package have the appropriate symbol against them on the wine list.

    Thank you wowzz one more thing how do I purchase the wine package through my voyage personaliser or onboard ?

  6. 3 minutes ago, ann141 said:

    It was our Ruby Wedding anniversary last year in lockdown and we will be having our 41st Anniversary in lockdown next week.Still,  grateful to be here to celebrate it.Thinking of all the families of those who have lost their lives during lockdown, covid related or other reasons.

    There’s going to be a lot of catch-up celebrations when we eventually come out of this, and we will definitely not take our families for granted.

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  7. I will miss the bathrobes and slippers never mind, to be back onboard will be fabulous and so looking forward to it we’re booked for 21st August so hopefully someone will post some photos for us. Just debating if we should drive down or fly down to Southampton it’s a lovely problem to have.

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  8. Hi we have a conservatory mini suite booked in August I was wondering if we got any perks can’t find any info anywhere do you get bathrobes and slippers bottle of fizz  can you have breakfast in the epicurean restaurant?

  9. Yes of course we usually take wine for me and a couple of bottles of whiskey for hubby no questions asked and when we visit ports we top up if needed no problem 

  10. 1 hour ago, Camberley said:

    Just booked for end of July. Personally, I like the idea of this - a lot; even with it being even more of just a floating hotel and our dubious “British summer”.

    I’m so looking forward to being on a floating 5 star hotel with all meals included 🤗and really do love our British summers and sea days so I’m liking this a lot too

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  11. 47 minutes ago, P&O SUE said:

    A couple of years ago I went on a 4 night Oceana cruise in February to Bruges and Amsterdam. I told myself I would treat it as a nice hotel break if the weather was bad. I hate January but I was fine that year as I had the cruise to look forward to. My only worry was if it snowed and we couldn’t get to Southampton. We booked a hotel in Southampton the night before but weather was fine. 
    We had the most fabulous time and although it was really cold in Amsterdam and it snowed once we got back to the ship I loved it. (At Zeebrugge we went to Ypres and had stunning blue skies)

    Winter holidays and cruises are the best time for us and when you’ve  had a day sightseeing to get back on the ship and looking forward to your evening meal and entertainment is wonderful, if your fortunate  to have good weather that’s a bonus.

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  12. 1 minute ago, zap99 said:

    I think we need greater isolation. No self catering till 17th May. To be ultra safe, we have not booked until 22nd. Same in June. We will leave it a couple of days so that the Hotel can be well up to speed. We have left our Minorca holiday till September. Nothing to do with Covid, but it gets a bit warm in August. 

    As soon as things unlock, we will be off.

    Sounds fantastic hope you enjoy all your holidays and breaks.

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  13. 39 minutes ago, cruisenewbie1976 said:

    I don't think anyone is giving a cast iron guarantee that covid won't find it's way on board. The same as there's no guarantee that it won't be at the table next to you in a pub or shopping next to you in Tesco. But all of the procedures in place reduce the risk as much as is possible. Then it's up to individuals to decide if that risk is acceptable to them. 

    Absolutely agree nothing in life is guaranteed, no guarantee we will not be killed crossing the road   Or hit by bus we take informed risks every single day and when all the procedures are in place we can only hope the risks will be small, what’s the alternative Groundhog Day forever.

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  14. 59 minutes ago, Solent Richard said:

    That's fine but I would never let it get to me that badly. Always happy to dress for the occasion whether it be Princess Cruises...








    ...and even Cunard...






    Lovely photos

  15. 7 minutes ago, mercury7289 said:

    Lindy with respect and not having a pop! It is not a case of hiding away, more a case of doing our civic duty and enduring,as we have done for the last 12 months. We have not been in anyone's company in all that time.and as the full time, and only carer I do mean enduring.But hey ho tomorrow will be a better day!

    Hi  Mercury 7289 I agree we have done our civic duty and behaved exactly as we’ve been asked but now after a year I want my life back before it’s too late, in August I had my fourth cancer diagnosis within the last ten years and to be honest I just want to enjoy the rest of my life doing what I enjoy which for me is cruising we need a way out of this and I don’t want to continue for the next five years being in lockdowns 

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  16. 1 hour ago, teabear said:

    Me too - to all you say here - I think I may be the only person ever to get a suntan in Zeebrugge harbour in November staying on board Aurora on a 3nighter (me and the captain who laughed himself silly at my beetroot face) - just happy to watch the waves and have lots and lots of deck walks out in the fresh(soggy) air.  Setting the alarm for 07:30am

    Sounds fabulous to me 👍

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  17. 1 hour ago, sallybunny said:

    I'll be there with bells on! It sounds like they're taking all the precautions they can and are easing back into it all with caution. It's not going to be like a 'normal' cruise but then it might never be normal again.

    I've worn masks, kept to social distancing and jumped at the chance of a vaccine. I suspect I'll have far less chance of coming into contact with someone unknowingly infected with Covid on board than going to the shops or into work or staying in hotels where they don't have the ability to screen people.


    I have no problem with wearing a mask on board and social distancing. The reduced number of people will make for a nicer cruise. Plus a guaranteed balcony cabin - bliss! Yes, it's looking expensive, but all the short cruises are expensive pppn, especially as I do short cruises solo. I also rarely get off the ship on short cruises so it'll be nice to be at sea rather than in an industrial port. This is exactly what I need right now. So if you want me on Monday morning at 8:30 I'll be booking my cruise!




    Me too👍

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