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  1. I received an email from the NHS exactly on the six month anniversary. It gave a link to book an appointment so I booked for the following day. Brian
  2. With HSBC, you can pay a cheque in on line. In simple terms you just take a photo of the cheque and send it off. No need for a bank branch or ATM. However the limit is £500 https://www.hsbc.co.uk/ways-to-bank/mobile/cheque-deposit/ Other banks have a similar system. Brian
  3. Did you not go on Oriana? Brian
  4. To answer some of your questions. Coach's will leave early morning, say around 8am. There will be more than one coach - maybe10 or 12. Although the coach is free, you need to book it so they know how many people to cater for. You should get details on exact timing from whoever you booked with. The return fight is overnight and will land around 5am. This time can vary depending strength of wind. No need to take alcohol with you. There are plenty places to buy out there, usually cheaper, especially the local rum. You do not need cash to book excursions on board. The cost is just put on your account. At most ports you will find lots of local taxis or minibuses that will take you wherever you want to go. US dollars are widely accepted in the Caribbean which you will need for any shore purchases. You can purchase US dollars from the ships reception although the exchange rate is not particularly good. The purchase cost just goes on your account. Brian
  5. When you apply for an ESTA, you have give your passport number. Thus when your passport is swiped at immigration it links to your ESTA. If you get a new passport, you have to get a new ESTA. Just in case the system does not work it would be sensible to carry a paper copy. Brian
  6. Be aware that you will arrive back around 5-6am in the early hours. After an overnight flight you will be very tired and it is very easy to doze off when driving. Take regular breaks. Brian
  7. Yes but the OP is doing it the opposite way round in the autumn. Sailing out and flying back. Yours is the springtime repositioning flying out and sailing back Brian
  8. The normal arrangement in the past is that you would park at Birmingham (or arrive by other means) and then take the free coach to Southampton. However we are not in normal times so you need to get definite information from P&O. Brian
  9. As we all know, P&O websites are not noted for accuracy. However this is the only information I have been able to find. Prices may, or may not, be accurate. It is quite likely that prices will change when ships come back into service. Brian
  10. https://ask.completecruisesolution.com/help/ext/PO/life-on-board/cover_charges Brian
  11. You have just outlined the pitfalls in using a debit card. Cruise lines, and most hotels, take a hold, or reservation on the card registered. This is usually done on a daily basis. This means that the money is ring fenced and cannot be used for anything else. Using a debit card could stop other payments going through if you have a low balance. This problem does not arise using a credit card as many have a high credit limit. My advice therefore is to always register a credit card. You also have the benefit that you don’t have to pay the credit off for around four weeks or so after you return. Brian
  12. With P&O, tipping is included in your fare. https://ask.completecruisesolution.com/help/ext/PO/making-reservations/gratuity Brian
  13. I always get an invoice. P&O call it a “booking confirmation”. It list passenger details including on board credit issued where applicable. Brian
  14. Some information here on Cruise Critic https://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/articles.cfm?ID=5292 I assume it’s ok to post this as it is on the website Brian
  15. Why not set up a separate account - call it cruise saver- and make regular payments into it. At least the money will remain in your control Brian
  16. There is no charge for the cinema on any other P&O ship so I would assume that Iona is the same. They tend to show the same film at various times during the day so you can choose the best time for you. A different film the next day. Brian
  17. See this link which gives you the benefits for each tier https://www.pocruises.com/peninsular-club Brian
  18. Extract from P&O website Please be aware that to apply your shareholder benefits to a booking these must only be sent to us after the balance due date of 90 days prior to departure, and no later than 21 days prior to departure. Any late bookings made within the 21 days will not be eligible for shareholder benefits. https://ask.completecruisesolution.com/help/ext/PO/why-book-with-us/more-info-share-holder Brian
  19. Once approved, P&O issue a new invoice which shows the onboard credit. Brian
  20. If you sail east to west, then your return flight is overnight. If you sail west to east then you have a daytime flight which is much more pleasant. Flights leave UK 0900-1200 and arrive in Barbados mid afternoon. It’s just a long day with a four hour time change. Brian
  21. There is a difference. P&O cruises (and others) quote fares based on number of nights. For the shareholder benefit, this is based on the number of days which is always one more. Normally you don’t see any difference except at the margins. For example a 13 night cruise is 14 days for shareholder benefits so you jump up to the £150 band. Brian
  22. I have been on a 13 night cruise and got the 14 day benefit of £150 Brian
  23. It’s not much difference to what I do. I just email direct to P&O with a current statement attached. Just looked up their dealing charges - 1.5% with minimum of £45. HL charge £11.95. Brian
  24. This is what it says… This benefit is available to shareholders holding a minimum of 100 shares of Carnival Corporation or Carnival plc. Employees, travel agents cruising at travel agent rates, tour conductors or anyone cruising on a reduced-rate or complimentary basis are excluded from this offer. This benefit is not transferable, cannot be exchanged for cash and, cannot be used for casino credits/charges and gratuities charged to your onboard account. It seems to depend on the interpretation of “reduced rate” Brian
  25. There still is shareholderbenefits@carnivalukgroup.com Brian
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