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  1. Just checked in for our Iona 28th August cruise. Fairy easy on laptop, photo was easy, through laptop webcam. All printed off, boarding passes, e tickets and luggage labels. Only 3 weeks to wait !
  2. Enjoy your cruise Jane, we enjoy MSC cruises and Virtuosa looks great. We are getting the cruise excitement, we have been allocated our cabin for our 28th August, Iona, cruise to the sunshine ! Balcony, deck 14, near the back. Cabins above and below so happy with the position. The ship looks stunning so looking forward to our cruise, and another on the 11th September !
  3. Thanks for your comments re virtual queues and problems. Some of the comments on social media were almost hysterical, one even saying he would never cruise P&O again. As you say, they knew what they signed up for at a cheap price and it is good to know it is being rectified.
  4. Having done both I prefer east to west. You get the cold first 2-3 days out of the way and it is fine after that. Another point is that you gain hours over night as opposed to losing them the other way, nice if you have a late night and then put the clocks back. If you have a balcony you want port side to face the sun.
  5. Not only when at school. My first married quarter when I joined the police had no central heating or double glazing. I would get up for earlies, 5am, and have to wash and shave with ice inside the windows. My first two children were born and lived until the eldest was 4 in those conditions !
  6. Snobbish behaviour and snobs generally are not my favourite people. I met a few during my police career, guess who came out on top !!!!?
  7. Watched video of 5,6 and seven deck, upper deck and Sky Dome, it all looks very good, hope they get the App problems sorted by the time we cruise on 28th August, tick tock, counting down. 🙂
  8. I don't think it is.I have seen other photos on social media of G grade standard balcony cabins and they look very similar. The balcony is certainly a better size than Britannia and the chairs recline.
  9. Thanks again Moley for the wonderful photos. So looking forward to our three cruises between end of August and Feb 22.
  10. Many thanks, social media being flooded with photos, looks stunning.
  11. Thanks, enjoy your working cruise ! We are onboard on the 28th August and again on the 11th September. Looking for to photos and videos from people onboard.
  12. Interesting reading about peoples houses and length of residence. During my time in the RN and police, 34 years, I had 11 residences ! Since retiring, 25 years, I have had 3. Never had time to get sentimental about property and couldn't imagine living in the same town all my life. Good job we're all different !
  13. Anyone on the Iona shakedown cruise ? A short review and photos/video would be very welcome. Thanks.
  14. Morning Avril. Very quiet for us, isolating ! Went to a family party on Saturday, first time in that sort of environment since last February. Guess what, a teenager has since gone down with Covid. Luckily it was outside and we didn't have close contact, so doing daily testing, so far so good. Typical, I know of people who have been very complacent without a hitch, first time we venture out and bingo ! Stay safe, it's still out there.
  15. Good morning. A funny couple of days on here, let's hope we're allowed to settle down and return to some normality. Very quiet at the moment, trust all are ok.
  16. I am getting fed up with comments about tattoos, not just by the OP. I have three tattoos from my days in the RN and completed 24 years police service, retiring as a senior officer. Some judge others solely on narrow perceptions, without knowing the person. Enough from me, otherwise I'll be banned.
  17. Standards have changed over the years simply because cruising is affordable these day. Many will not payout for dinner suits and posh frocks because they will not use them elsewhere. It's no excuse for some outfits you see but just ignore and enjoy. Service has also changed, especially in the dinning rooms, cost cutting, but I have rarely had poor service and the staff work hard and want to please. I am so looking forward to our upcoming cruises on Iona and will be very surprised, after all this time without a holiday, if I am disappointed.
  18. Over the years I've used all the routes advised and there are pro's con's for them all. I am hoping if I can get on the M25 by 11am, I'll be ok. Time will tell and I'll report back on my adventures !
  19. Thanks all those giving advice on the route. Having discussed with She who must obeyed, travelling Thursday is out, hair and beauty day !! Will leave about 6 am Friday and straight down M1. Even with s breakfast stop should be on M25 well before noon, then M3, arriving in Southampton mid afternoon, after another stop for light lunch. That's the plan !!!!!!
  20. Good morning, isn't it hot !! I can sleep but my other half is struggling, sleeping in another bedroom with a fan blowing all night, which would drive me mad ! The Hamilton driving debate, well I've seen a lot worse go unpunished but we are in an age of safety comes first, rightly, so the penalty was fair and he overcame it, great race. Now a little favour from those of you that drive to Southampton. We are on the Iona Sunshine Cruise, departing on the 28th August, the dreaded Bank Holiday weekend. Driving down from Penistone, near Barnsley the day before, Friday. We are setting of early, 6am, to avoid traffic, but the route, bearing in mind it is Friday and Bank Holiday is my concern. One direct route would take me past Silverstone, but it is the British Motor Cycle weekend, so will want to avoid. Another would use the Fosse Way, M40 and down, another would be M1, M25, M3, longer but according to the AA site about the same driving time. I am even thinking about going the day before and stopping on the way. Any suggestions will be welcomed. Thanks. Stay safe.
  21. I take gin and F T tonic for the cabin. As soon as I see the cabin steward I ask him/her to keep me topped up with ice and a plate of lime slices. A £10 note ensures good service !!
  22. I use an independent TA, she gives excellent service, generous discount and asks for the balance a week before the cruise line.
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