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  1. Yes that's what we had. It was great in places like the Straits of Gibraltar where you got amazing views
  2. We've had a few of these aft corner cabins but none of ours had a balcony that looped round. However we love the location and the balconies are a lovely size though a bit shaded. To be fair all the C deck balconies are all great too
  3. If you didn't like your cabin on Ventura, it's unlikely you'll like the one you've got on Azura because they're sister ships so cabins have pretty much the same layout. The interior colours etc are different but not much else. Funnily enough we love the layout of these cabins and prefer it to the Solstice class
  4. Your guess is s good as mine but people were saying it was half a deck per colour e.g Deck 12 port was, say, the green group and Deck 12 starboard the pink group. I’ll attach some photos of the info we got from P&O and I also did a blog about the whole cruise called Rhona’s Travels but I not allowed to mention the name of the social media site on these boards.
  5. We booked ourselves on the first excursion this year and were called at exactly the time we were meant to with the coach leaving on time. We've done this cruise several times and each time the immigration process at New Orleans has changed so it's hard to say what will happen next year. Our friends hadn't booked a tour and are both quite elderly. They were called an hour later than they were supposed to be, but the problem for them was the long and very uncomfortable wait as a lengthy queue wound its way into the immigration hall after they left the comfort of the ship. They were exhausted and just returned to the ship. I know P&O did their best but it seems crazy to me that people who had only planned something for the evening were given a 7:00 a.m. immigration time and returned to the ship at 7:30 whereas others who were very excited about getting off the ship and had plans for the day had to wait till 2:00 p.m. before they got into town.
  6. Unfortunately they say that on their website but since ownership of the company has changed, the reality is that tickets on the Edinburgh-London line only seem to be available 12 weeks max in advance. I track tickets on this line constantly as I do the journey regularly and am currently hoping to book tickets for a journey in 18 weeks. They're only available till the end of June as I type this. I'm speechless! Would I rather travel during the day in a comfortable first class seat with lots of leg room being served by friendly staff; enjoy the stunning scenery fromYork onwards; spend the evening eating or dining in one of the most beautiful cities in the world followed by a long sleep in a comfortable bed; OR be cooped up in a tiny sleeping compartment. No brainer!!!! Getting from St Pancras to KX only takes 5 minutes and I would 100% recommend you book this in 2 legs. It is in nearly all cases cheaper. I always allow a one hour 'cushion' in case the train is late. First class is definitely worth extra (within reason) because the carriages are less crowded and quieter and you are served at your seat with a meal, and coffees etc throughout the journey. You're not just paying extra for the food. And if you want any help planning your visit to Edinburgh durangokid, I'd be happy to help
  7. The security of my car worth many thousands of pounds is worth more to me than saving a few pounds so I only use CPS. There's so many stories about car park cowboys I would never risk it
  8. I've only ever booked one cruise which included Guernsey and we got in successfully on Ventura. It was a beautiful day on a beautiful island and I'd love to go back
  9. Well it's funny you should say that Host Bonjour as my previous threads are a bit out of date now and I was thinking of doing something along the lines you suggest..... There have been several changes in the last couple of years on how to get to Edinburgh from the ports especially with the introduction of direct shuttle buses. Most people don't even know there are 4 terminals! Anyway I volunteer at Rosyth and Queensferry and have earmarked a couple of days when cruise ships will be docking at Newhaven and Leith. I was going to go along, take photos and create a thread which could be pinned if you want. I should also say that our cruising website is also very useful -www.cuiseforth.com- and we're currently working on an app.
  10. I think that's the one I posted the link for - Post #2
  11. We've had a variety of aft cabins and yes there is additional noise from the wake but it's certainly not deafening and we'd have one again.
  12. If you do a cruise with a line like Princess you could arrange to play some rounds. Try a cruise that has Liverpool, Invergordon and Edinburgh on the itinerary for starters. Ot have a look at what this company offers https://www.perrygolf.com/golfcruising/the-open-at-royal-portrush-2019-golf-cruise-package.php#fndtn-panel1
  13. I agree with much of what you said DamianG. Here's my version. P&O is consistently in a price range that we can afford. A range of cruises sailing from the UK (but not Scotland!) particularly in the Winter Fair drink prices. No gratuities on drinks Good service Good entertainment Good range of dining venues More sociable than other lines we've used And I used good for the same reason you did
  14. Sorry Sanjam but never seen them in a chip shop here. In chip shops here though there always used to be 3 dispensers on the counter - Salt, Vinegar and brown sauce - delicious! Chips tend to be quite chunky unlike the kind you often get in the USA Chowder isn't a Scottish delicacy is it? I thought it was more North American??? As well as a Black Pudding Supper (black pudding dipped in batter and deep fried, with chips) you can also get red pudding, white pudding and haggis suppers cooked in the same way
  15. I was at a briefing alstw eek so I know that the £6 will no longer exist and it's to be replaced by the all day ticket I described which will almost certainly be £9 to include transfer to and from Edinburgh and unlimited use of the local buses as I said
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