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  1. This question is asked at times on European cruises. I would love to be able to embark or debark on a cruise that passed through Gibraltar. It is never offered, an exception was made for people needing to get to london during the iceland volcano crisis, but not since. If it were regularly possible, our travel agents would be on it because Gibraltarians love to cruise it would make money for them. Ask your cruise line - if you don't you would surely be seen walking off with your suitcases, immigration would want to know what is going on. Leaving the ship is not something that would happen by accident - unless you clearly missed the ship - but then your luggage would still be on board. Cuise ships are not the same as ferries to take you from one place to another. The same as booking flights when pricing makes a difference as to whether you book a single or a return. YOu need to find out whaat is allowed in the small print.
  2. I have a work colleague that comes from Malaga and when she talks about home I feel guilty that I do think of the city as a transportation hub. I think that you and your DW would enjoy a weekend there in the off season. That is what me and DH keep planning to do. We have been as far as Córdoba, Granada and Sevilla and keep forgetting Malaga.
  3. I cannot advise you on the logistics, I have visited both by land. If you have already visited Bangkok and its environs I think Angkor Wat is a great place to visit. If it is your first time in Bangkok, there may well be plenty of other options for your overnight. If you really want to visit Angkor Wat, a week or so in Cambodia would be the most relaxed way(oh I am not sure if I should say that when on CC!)
  4. I have lived about 2 hours from Malaga since 1982 and still not really done a proper ‘tourist’ tour of it. Looks nice but hard to think beyond an airport and Maria Zambrano. I wish there were more cruises just going from malaga. It looks nice from your pictures.
  5. https://www.dw.com/en/cruise-ship-crisis-in-montenegro/av-49343531 Well Kotor does look beautiful. I had not realised the amount of damage being done. Damage to marine life is probably not all due to the cruise ships but..... Is there an environmentally friendly way to cruise. I am quite happy to use paper straws. That argument is well past its sell-by date. But fish... hmm In Gibraltar we would like more cruise ships. I am pretty sure that Malaga is happy too. Lots of ships going up and down the costa del sol perhaps?
  6. Really Kotor too? Maybe we should all be going on cruises to nowhere and leaving these lovely places to land trips?????
  7. I almost feel sorry for those who feel aggrieved. They set off on their cruise assuming that each port was guaranteed. They thought that the money they paid guaranteed that. They forgot that actually all they were guaranteed were a safe journey, a comfortable cabin, food and drink, entertainment and a lovely crew. The ports are a bonus.
  8. Oh my what chaos!! I went on the week of 15th September and apart from missing Kotor which was expected it went perfectly. We even got into several ports early. I don’t want to sound like I am gloating, more that it is such ‘the luck of the draw’ when it comes to bad weather and ugly passenger behaviour (why would you???). Don’t let it put you off cruising. The one thing you cannot guarantee is that the ports on your itinerary will be visited. However one thing you should be able to guarantee is that you will have a good time.
  9. To be honest, if I lived in Venice I would want the ships to leave. The place was like Oxford street the week before Christmas. It was not jolly though. Even the gondolas were stuck in traffic jams But the act of moving the port is probably more complex than it sounds. What about all the people who at present work at the very busy cruise port. What about the investors in the very busy people mover? What about all the taxi drivers? What about the many small hotels and restaurants that rely on people staying overnight before their cruise? Venice is lovely and will always have visitors, but it seems to me that moving the cruise ships away from the city to prevent any more environmental damage is going to take a lot of planning.
  10. I sympathise, I have missed ports - last year we missed Naples because of storms. We chose to sail in the autumn. Perhaps the mistake is not making it clear enough to passengers that if you sail in the autumn you might get stormy weather. The small print needs to be bigger. I am sure that this captain is dying a little every time he has to change the schedule - so passengers protesting with words like "shame on you" is ridiculous. It would make more sense to put up posters saying "weather gods, shame on you".
  11. They know that far in advance. The Venice port authorities have slowed down the rate of departure from the port to reduce the environmental damage being caused by the ships. Star is leaving last on alternate weeks and this does not give time to reach Kotor. It is a shame, you basically get a day at sea. It is not a deal breaker, the cruise is still lovely.
  12. I have seen numerous reports of one time offers of 25% of the price drop in non-refundable OBC. Worth asking.
  13. There were similarities in our experiences. We had rooms very close together. My first time 'in steerage' since my first cruise. We were right beside the Stardust - I really never heard a thing. I would confidently book an OV another time. A balcony is not a 'necessity' for me - on a cruise like this where the cost of a balcony was so much higher than OV. I know exactly how your mum felt in the prison. I fear heights but have never been claustrophobic. At around the same time the previous week I started to panic that I was stuck in that prison. I still feel anxious about it. We all escaped!! Your sailaway was a little earlier than ours so you can make out more of the buildings. It was still lovely for us. Looking forward to the remainder of the cruise.
  14. Thank you so much for that information. We do just bring the money to have fun. I always ‘felt’ that the payout was less, but sort of assumed that it was just me. It is interesting to know that the regulation might make the payout less. I am even more suspicious of that ‘good’ payout on the first night. Is the rate of payout better on the first night to get everyone keen??? Find that the poker machines that we would not touch at home are the best machines in ship casinos have been better to play because you spend at a much slower rate.
  15. You seem to be saying that the cruise ship casinos do not pay out as well as on land. That is my experience, but doing one cruise a year I think it might be bad luck. My last cruise was NCL - on the first night I doubled my money (to $40), after that I left empty handed every night. Genuinely do casinos on cruises pay out less? I thought there was an algorithm that legally controlled payouts. Am I naive?? ....but I will still take $300 to play on my next cruise. I have fun making and losing money while on vacation. I don’t go to the spa , I don’t go on excursions, the evenings in the casino are fun.
  16. Thank you for this helpful review. You seem to have a similar experience to us in terms of crowds. It really does seem that over-tourism is having a negative impact on the experiences. In Santorini, in mid September we just walked along the coast road from Fira towards Oia and stopped a little less than half way. We had pleasant views all the way. The crowds in Fira looked bad and I heard Oia was worse. I recall Florence a few years ago being really crowded, now I would go to Lucca and Pisa instead - but probably they are getting a bit too popular. I am sure that overall your cruise experience was great, but I think we have to start thinking that if we want to see the Greek Islands, Tuscany, Venice, Rome, Croatia - take a plane and stay there. Does that make sense?
  17. That is what I mean. Everyone is flower power or fluorescent for any of the 0s nights, like the world from 1960 -1990 dressed like the Hair Bear Bunch. My very favourite 60s dress was a red plastic one that stood up on its own, then purple hotpants and tank tops. In the early 70s maxi skirts and floppy hats, yellow platforms and up to the waist white trousers Simon Cowell style. It was awful. Who wants to dress up for a theme night??? Give me the music but don't tell us to relive the wardrobes of our youth (Actually I would wear the red plastic dress) - and if you are going to do it, be a bit accurate. I am going to have to go back to some old photos and maybe find out that I have a bad memory.
  18. I do have this vague leg warmer recollection. Thought it was 70's - I think i was probably too drunk to remember anything else. But what would you wear in an 80s night??? No one is going to recall the hairdos. Put shoulder pads and leg warmers on? I will be a party pooper on the 80s night.
  19. I thought about this a few years ago. Started to keep receipts for everything I bought. Filed it all and labelled receipts. Lasted about a month. Life is too short. After making one claim for a suitcase that was broken and still having to shell out $150 for the new suitcase, then making a claim for a medical visit in Myanmar and realising that the rabies vaccine was less than the $50 excess.... I realised that there is no point in taking good things on vacation and insurance is for major health issues and don't expect anything more. I am presently worrying about formal nights on another cruise line. I should just stick with NCL and not care that we dress down and leave our posh stuff at home;
  20. The Star is lovely. OK so no whistles and bells, but lots of windows and views.
  21. Was in my 20s during the 80s. My (now) husband and I had a great time going to discos every night. I am now 60 but cannot think what is an 80s theme garb. Leg warmers?? they were more late 70s. We just got dressed, went to the bar and danced. I am struggling because as a P and O newbie, I have a cruise booked for next June and I think that I will be unpopular. Should I cancel and stick to NCL? but it is an aft balcony and my first ever.
  22. Did they not give you a little buzzer that you could take to a bar and enjoy a drink??? I have been on the Epic and the Star, (not Haven) on both ships we knew there might be a 20 - 30 minute wait for the MDR. We requested a table and got a buzzer and when it sounds you go to the front of the queue and get your table. More fun than the casino actually. At least you know you are guaranteed to win.
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