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  1. Oo that is great to know. We never managed to eat in there as were usually happily diverted in Sindhu or the Epicurean but this will now be a must when we are on board Iona this Xmas and Britannia next year
  2. How odd. The menu was definitely different each day on our recent cruise. Ok, it was still the functional pub-like food as usual albeit a nice table setting, but it was different menu. Unless they have since dropped to one menu which would be dreadful: well, possibly unless there was a wider choice and it was better quality!
  3. Aha just in time for “the app” to work with a reliable level of competence
  4. Sadly we did last time but still they kept coming. Gotta love a trier 🤣🤣
  5. I understand the copious left-overs of these are given to the P & O IT folk to keep things going smoothly on the IT front 😀
  6. We tip our butler a little bit at the end. I would have paid him more if he didn’t bring those dreadful canapés. Ok, one night’s were ok but the rest….it’s like P and O’s gone to Iceland and even they’d run out of inspiration! The butler was most useful for getting us into the speciality dining venues that were apparently fully booked etc and finding out information, but that is really about it with the butler service from our side of things. I hope you enjoy the cruise. Honestly, the suite experience is great - not just the space and priority embarkation etc but the breakfast alone!
  7. Fab review, Tom, and amazing photos. So pleased you both got to enjoy the Epicurean (and the snowcrab starter!) and the Glasshouse (ah yes, those scallops!): without proper foodie venues it is just like an indifferent pub chain for food. And I love your comment about avoiding over-the-top patriotism and flag waving: on our previous cruise a few years ago we had the “yikes it really is Pontins at sea” thought. But mercifully it was a tiny part of the cruise and so many other wonderful elements of the experience
  8. 🤣 Well yes and more fool them if they do/say nothing to the powers that be when they feel something is off (slightly off or a major off - but of course slightly to some can be major to another and vice-versa). But arguably there’s a way to do things that do not need to be so dramatically attention-seeking either onboard or offshore in a restaurant, hotel etc,,, for that matter. And I am only referring to those pompous folk who can’t stop themselves from making a scene. And thankfully most people are capable of mentioning and following-up something in a way without feeling the need to resort to asserting their self-importance or even verbal sparring. Which is thankfully a small number of people on board.
  9. Yes - some people are never happy unless they have something to moan about. Or are seeing what they can get out of it……Ie) the more vocal, attention-seeking ones who, by their presence, suggest they normally get their way in life. But thankfully these are the minority - and you can normally spot them a mile off harrumphing and showing themselves up, while spouse lurks embarrassed. Although to be fair this is sometimes good entertainment in itself 🤣
  10. Serve her right for being sent home and good that she was. She knew the rules etc. Sadly there are always some with a huge sense of entitlement: but oh had I been in the test queue and had a bag of popcorn………😇
  11. Ah……there’s nothing quite like a lukewarm Costa and an indifferent pastry sat by the colour-changing fountain thing, watching people fumble with “the app” and hearing pleas from the above shops of “but Barbara, do you not think you can get this cheaper off Amazon when we get home?” We’re on Iona this Christmas and looking forward to being away, but I also have a mix of feelings about her: mostly positive but a few less so. But it will be great to see for ourselves of course. But then maybe I should stop hunting down passenger videos of the ship! And surely I can’t be the only one addicted to watching passenger videos. Especially after just booking a cruise or in the run-up to a cruise: “Oh look Simon, THERE’S our balcony!” Okay, less keen on those videos ruined by loud music that wouldn’t be out of place in a Benny Hill sketch (I know, “mute” is an option, but I’ve normally switched to another video) but the ones who take and publish a decent video and let the visuals speak for themselves, with the occasional bit of informative dialogue: rather than an item by item account of what she and Colin ate for breakfast in the MDR each morning! I look forward to seeing more videos in the coming months.
  12. A good review to read.. Pity the app is still poor in terms of its effectiveness and reliability etc. Such potential but………. Yes, we also found some of the menu descriptions in the MDR to be “intriguing”……..and then reality hit us like limp lollo rosso slapped around our cheeks. Such a shame the MDR food is so very basic: shades of holiday camp food circa the early 90s with delusions of grandeur. “Hello, P and O, some of us actually enjoy food!” Hoping things will pick up in the coming months
  13. Yes 100%. I would definitely slap a hefty fee on them if they cancel so close to the booking and more if they fail to turn up. It’s just rude, arrogant and self-centred of that sort of person.
  14. Hoping this will be addressed as more cruises get underway: well, assuming passengers do feed back to P and O if they have issues (and positives) and P and O choose not to wear blindfolds! Am looking forward to Iona this Christmas and, if this new booking set-up is running properly and fairly (it was not great on our Britannia staycation the other week), with a sprinkling of speciality restaurant meals. These meals add SO much more to the experience. And meals should be looked forward to, rather than just be almost a non-event with what I often find to be the case with the functional, beige food in the dining rooms.
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