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  1. That makes as much sense as anything the. Government put out!!
  2. We're on the same cruise, but we had a chat with our TA a few weeks ago (when balance was due) and they said P&O are not chasing payments, as if they cancel (which in TA's opinion they probably will) it saves all the hassle of refunding and giving 125% FCC to everyone. We haven't cancelled yet, purely because we still would like to go, but won't if it means you have to walk round the ship with a mask on all the time....not very relaxing! If it goes ahead (which it probably won't) we definately need some guidelines on how P&O are going to handle everything. Simon
  3. Thanks Anne. Hopefully it will be finished by the next time we get to Dubai...whenever that is! Simon
  4. Easiest way is to use the port shuttle bus. It drops you at the Columbus statue at the bottom of Las Ramblas. From there you can get anywhere in the city and there are LOTS of shops!!! https://www.barcelona-tourist-guide.com/en/faq/cruise-ship-terminals/shuttle-bus-barcelona-cruise-terminal.html Simon
  5. I can help with the very last bit of your post. Towers Rotana is just across the road from a Metro station (air con footbridge to the station is 100 yds from the hotel) and its one stop to the BK and mall (bear in mind its a good 5-10 minute walk in a air con footway to the mall), or stay on the metro for 5 stops to get to the Mall of the Emirates. If you are there for more than a few days, get a silver NOL card at the airport for use on all public transport...its cheap! We even used the metro to get to our hotel from the airport and you could too to the Towers Rotana. Getting to the port is easy...grab a cab! Cheap and plentiful! Have fun (if you manage to get there!), its a great place. Simon
  6. Due to get on when you get off on 28th Nov. Probably will go, but will see if anything changes before final payment in August. Simon
  7. Have you checked your bank/building society? My wife has a Nationwide account and gets free European travel insurance. To upgrade to world and add me on to the policy costs £36!!! Simon
  8. Don't forget to check your home insurance. Many policies have a limit of 30 or 60 days that you can be away from the home, or your insurance is invalid...unless you pay them a bit extra of course!😁 A world cruise is normally around 90 days. Simon
  9. Bravo bravo bravo (which means someone has been good at lighting fires!) Simon
  10. We spent 6 days in Dubai (and 2 in Abu Dhabi) before our January cruise a couple of years ago and still didn't see it all! Try and have a few days there rather than cramming it into 'the day before you fly home'. If you are at all in to flowers/gardens, DO NOT miss the Miracle Gardens! Simon
  11. Best to wait for JB to chime in , as he lives down that way, but I think you will struggle. Its about 80 miles each way. Obvious choice is the train, but its 2 1/2 hrs each way, which will use up a lot of your time. Taxi would be mega bucks...don't know how you feel about hiring a car for the day? Even if there is a local bus, that is going to take at least as long as the train. Even if you were first off and last on, you would only have 6 hours at Portsmouth and spend 5 hours travelling. I think you could find better things to do with your time. Simon
  12. We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Winchester last year (not cruise related) and I noticed they did a 'stay, park and ride' to the cruise port, but I don't know how much it is...just giving you options! Simon
  13. Sorry old man, having trouble following your banter! Simon
  14. If you are planning on visiting several towns and villages for your research, I would think a hire car would be a better bet. Although you can get around major towns by rail, most small towns and villages no longer have stations, often have infrequent bus services and taxi fares can be quite high. Hiring a car would give you a lot more flexibility. JB will be able to give you more info on car hire from Southampton as he lives down that way! Just my thoughts. Simon
  15. There is no direct train from LHR to Southampton. Best (and cheapest) way is to use the National Express coach https://www.nationalexpress.com/en They pick up from outside T5 and T4, but if you use the other terminals you will have a 10 min easy walk to the Central Bus Station (well signposted). The coaches run direct to Southampton Coach station (usually with a stop in Winchester) and take about 2hrs 15mins. Cost is around £15pp, but can be as low £5! The coaches are comfortable and usually have a loo on board and free wifi...luggage is effectively unrestricted, especially if you are travelling with an airline baggage allowance! We normally say book the coach about 2 hrs after your arrival time (to allow for customs etc), but if you were delayed, you can go to the National Express office in the terminal and re book for £5. According to which hotel you are thinking of, you might even be able to walk from the coach station to the hotel...check out google maps. On NE's site your departure is 'London Heathrow T?' and arrival 'Southampton Coach station'. Simon
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