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  1. We call her the Elephant Princess!!!
  2. Brilliant P for Portsmouth - love it!
  3. I could well have been cruising with the entire cast of Hollyoaks, anyone who has been on Love Island, TOWIE, Geordie Shore or any other 'reality' show and wouldn't have had a clue!
  4. We've just had ours for our cancelled Sept cruise to the Fjords 😞 You can apply for the refund on line, if you go to TUI's cruise home page - right at the top there's a Coronavirus section marked with a black explanation mark - there's a refund claim form in there.
  5. Portsmouth gets a few ships in but not regularly. Saga, CMV, Phoenix Reisen, Paul Gauguin and last year a few calls from Viking. There's a lot in Portsmouth and a great base but the port is just a bit far out from public transport and things to see, nothing would be walkable from the ship.
  6. Emma Cruises has posted a video about them returning to RCI and Celebrity, not sure myself why RCI want 2 small 20+ year old ships - especially a the moment! It all looks a bit bleak..
  7. Hi We're looking to go from LAX to San Pedro (not yet obviously!), can anyway give me a rough idea how much an Uber might be to help us way up options? Thanks
  8. We were due to sail today 😞 my main issue is there lack of communication. It was only cancelled last Weds, we messaged them on fb and asked and right up until the last day they were still saying it was going ahead, when we all knew it wasn't. Other cruise lines have posted regular updates and kept their websites up to date with apologies, updates etc.. I appreciate they are up against it and their staff are undoubtedly working very hard but communication and openness costs nothing.
  9. I've noticed she on the move, she is due to sail from Tenerife on the 17th and they STILL haven't cancelled this. I wonder where she's off to?
  10. Our cruise is due to go on April 17th (in just over two 2 weeks..) and we have heard nothing, on their facebook page they are still saying cruises after the 16th are going ahead - really?? Where is exactly will they be going?? We're not supposed to leave the house let alone go on a cruise!! Their lack of communication is very poor. We need to know what is happening!
  11. Since posting back in June we have become big fans, really loved your recent Regal Vlog's - thank you for sharing your travels. Mike & Andy
  12. There does seem to be a lack of 'something', she is incredibly large with a LOT of passengers and I'm sure there will be nice eating choices and day light, the dome looks lovely, but ships of this size on other lines, RCI, NCL, MSC etc all have features such as waterparks, boardwalks, lit up atriums etc etc. not saying this is the way P&O should go and I'm sure she will be lovely but there are a lot of people to entertain - and I'm not sure a quiz will cut it!!
  13. I always enjoy your superb reviews, very much looking forward to hearing your opinions on Edge. Lovely itinerary, have a great time!
  14. There is nothing on your booking that tells you about formal nights, only the standard RCI information about dress codes generally, and this clearly stated there would be 2 on an 8 night cruise. I even asked the question on our roll call and was told it was 2.
  15. We like to dress up and enjoy formal nights, we have recently returned from an 8 night cruise on the Brilliance. We flew to Barcelona with Tux, waistcoats, shirts etc for the formal nights but we were very disappointed there was only one in 8 nights. To be honest if we'd known there was only going to one we wouldn't have bothered lugging it all the way to Spain!! It does seem like they are phasing them out - which is a shame.
  16. We're on Magellan in December, first time with CMV, can anyone advise what their set up is for Bruges? We've done P&O before and they offer transfers to Blankenburge station. Do CMV offer the same and if so do you know how much? I see there is a Bruges transfer available in the excursions but I'm just weighing up my options. Thanks
  17. Well done! I like it when a gamble pays off, so glad you made it, thanks for updating us.
  18. We're all dying to know - did you make it??? We were on your cruise and kept wondering!
  19. We love these covered mini suites, have had them on the Crown and Sapphire and we've never heard any noise, the venue is normally empty by 11 ish anyway. As Colo Cruiser has said - make sure you note for NO upgrade or they'll just move to an uncovered one nearer the middle which they would deem a higher grade - they are absolutely not!!
  20. Absolutely the right decision, it is basically an inside cabin - just more expensive!!
  21. Just come back from a short cruise on Aurora and thought I would just give some info on the new cabins - someone sometime may find it useful!! The cabins are quite spacious with 2 windows but they have been quite unimaginatively done. There was one comfy chair by a coffee table but there was plenty of space for a sofa or 2 nice chairs, its just dead space. The bathroom is standard but obviously new. D189 could not be used for a wheelchair user as there are two steps down in the corridor to the door. The deck plan doesn't show it but there is a door that blocks the Glass house and it is marked as 'No Entry Staff Only' from the Glass house side so no one walks past the cabins which is good. There is absolutely no view from the windows at all, they let in very little daylight as there is a very large overhand and you can't see anything around the lifeboat as it almost completely blocks the view - a tiny view of a slither of the prom deck and a teeny bit of sea! We have had obstructed cabins before and liked them but this was the darkest and most obstructed we have had. It was absolutely fine for a short break, it was nice to have a feeling of space and nice to have a brand new bathroom. Both cabins also suffered with some noise from a staff service area above and we could hear quite a lot of noise from Carmen's on one night but this stopped at midnight. This isn't a moan about the cabins just sharing my experience.
  22. We sort of follow Cruise with Ben and David as they can be entertaining but I have to agree with Clay Clayton, you don't get any form of balanced view as they literally will not say anything negative at all in case they miss out on some freebies!! We do also like Chadcruisers, I think they're from Toronto and their videos are quite good.
  23. Thanks very much, I did wonder if it was to do with location, I've had a little study of the deck plans and see what you mean about the portholes.
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