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  1. Saw this on in the Antigua Ports of Call section today - don't know if P&O will be affected. https://www.foxnews.com/travel/carnival-cruise-line-will-no-longer-sail-to-antigua
  2. We have been on Caribbean TA twice cruising out to Caribbean in October and flying home from Barbados. As the luggage coming home has been bonded from the ship to the UK we have never bothered to much about sticking to the airline weight limits. In October this year we are doing a Caribbean TA again but 3 weeks this time and flying back from St Lucia instead of Barbados. Does anyone know if the luggage is bonded back from St Lucia as it is from Barbados as we will have more luggage than normal and it would be nice not to have to worry about the weight limits.
  3. We got back a couple of weeks ago and although it was an overnight flight it all went very smoothly, no real hanging around after landing, taken straight to the ship after collecting luggage. Managed to sleep a good bit on the plane and didn't feel too bad next day. Arrived to the ship and dropped hand luggage straight in the cabin although we could not get in until lunchtime, by the time we had some food and had a walk/look around the cabins were ready. Had a great cruise with some good ports - I wouldn't let the overnight flight put you off.
  4. I think that the PDF I have attached is now quite old and may be wrong for some ports. We have just returned from Dubai and Abu Dhabi and the shuttle dropped at a different location than the ones mentioned in the document. If anyone is visiting Dubai or Abu Dhabi - Abu Dhabi shuttle dropped at Abu Dhabi Mall and not at Marina Mall Dubai shuttle dropped at the Dubai Mall and not at Burjuman Mall Both were free to all passengers PO_Shuttle_Information.pdf
  5. Chances of sitting together if you don't pay for seats depends a lot on the plane seat config. On a 3-3-3 or 3-4-3 you have more chance of being split than a 2-4-2 as you will be used to fill the ends of the 3 seats. They go on sale on the Personaliser at midnight exactly 14 weeks before your flight, and yes some do book at midnight.
  6. Cruise Program on TV tonight on C5 9PM about MSC Seaside https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/hpzspd/secrets-of-the-mega-cruise-ship/
  7. Cruise Program on TV tonight on C5 9PM about MSC Seaside https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/hpzspd/secrets-of-the-mega-cruise-ship/
  8. It is not a level playing field anymore mainly due to exchange rates which are have made 2019 and 2020 cruises on Celebrity more expensive and the drinks prices on board are exorbitant IMO. We have drifted back to P&O for this reason but would choose Celebrity every time for a comparatively priced cruise. Every time we have been on Celebrity it has been because the price has been good compared to P&O. Last year we went to Baltic on Celebrity on the same day as Azura and our cruise was cheaper than P&O and we had a drinks package included but that does not happen often. Looking at 2019 and 2020 prices they have increased on Celebrity to more than we are prepared to pay for a standard 14 night with Balcony cruise and we could not justify the on board spend either without a drinks package. Celebrity are just a click above P&O in all aspects IMO particularly Service. Food is superior IMO and we loved the Buffet selection. The Speciality restaurants are very good but expensive ($50 pp last year). On a like for like cruise, Celebrity wins every time for us.
  9. I must admit that we prefer the TA from Southampton for this reason, have done it twice, once they changed the time at lunch and once they changed at night . Although you have to accept the night flight back !! We are doing it again this year but the 3 week version this time.
  10. Oops, didn't know that - is it only for Drinks Package that do get your discount or all spends. Have always had to use up OBC first in the past
  11. Sorry, but you don't start getting your Peninsular discount until you have used up your OBC, but I agree it is good value in your situation.
  12. Yes, the area it docks in Oman is called Muttrah I think, Muscat is a taxi ride away.
  13. I think you will find that either Alla or SPB tours are superior to P&O for probably less money. They use small mini buses rather than coaches, our 3 day tour we did with Alla only had 14 people on it and the smaller vehicles makes getting outside of the sites easier. We found the Alla tour superb, but SPB get equally good reviews. Just google them, they have very comprehensive websites and if you book St Petersburg you can get discounts on the other ports if you want to use them for other tours. They will also sort out the St Petersburg Visa so the cost is included in price of the Tour. You cannot go ashore in St P without a Visa unless you use an authorised tour operator. Alternatively uou can use P&O if you wish without needing a Visa.
  14. I not sure but there is not much to see in the dock area anyway apart from the soccer stadium - the dock is a little way out of the city.
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