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  1. Originally sponsored by a publication called 'The World' ?
  2. You will get your cabin number when you get the labels to put on your cases, usually when you arrive at the destination airport. You attach the labels to the cases, take them to the transfer coach and they will be delivered direct to your cabin
  3. If you allow pre booking of tables on freedom dining what about the people who book a time for every evening and just don't turn up on some evenings. Freedom dining should be freedom dining for everyone. Maybe you should pay £50 deposit per person which is refunded if you actually turn up
  4. I have a feeling that P&O UK was somewhat a cash cow for Carnival. Difficult to prove as Carnival don't publish individual profits for their cruise lines. The drop in the value of the pound means a drop in Carnivals dollar profits and their accountants won't like that. The response will be to cost save as much as possible whilst repositioning P&O UK to be a mid to low mass market operation and introducing economy of scale through new huge ships. If that does not work they will have to shed capacity, either by moving a large ship elsewhere or disposing of Aurora/Arcadia/Oceana. My money is on Oceana leaving as, although I like the ship, she does not have the facilities of many rival ships of the same size. As far as an increase in marketing is concerned I am being bombarded by email offers and paper ones as well.
  5. Ah! they have finally admitted that the Glass House is evening casual on formal nights. It always has been although the P&O site listed it as formal. Same for Azura I presume.
  6. Apparently there was research by Princess? that showed the more cruises passengers took the less their onboard spend. As onboard spend is a very significant part of the profit there seems no logic in rewarding people for reducing the cruise lines profit plus new cruisers have to help pay for those perks. To answer the original question. I have a high status with P&O and no status with Marella who do not have a loyalty scheme and it makes no difference to who I cruise with.
  7. Marella do as well, I took a repositioning cruise last spring from the Caribbean to Southampton including a free coach back to Gatwick.
  8. As far as I understand it the plane seating is either 2 or 3 rows of 3. The don't allow a couple to book the isle and middle seat in an outside group of 3 unless the window seat is already booked. This means they have lots of single isle seats left so a couple might sit on opposite sides of the isle. Single passengers have it better if they don't mind which row they sit in.
  9. Gin with angostura bitters is the traditional pink gin. The latest pink gins are basically just gin with fruit juice added, I presume to mask the favour of the gin, IMO a fashion thing. How about taking some of those squirty concentrated fruit juice things with you and giving your drink a squirt!
  10. Prosecco and Cava in the AI Strongbow Free safes Cases under bed yes Best deal for laundry - a bag of washing laundered and folded for £14.95
  11. I got a chilled bottle of sparkling wine and a plate of delicious choccies last cruise. On my last P&O cruise I got 10% off onboard spend plus two x 2 day episodes confined to my cabin sick. thanks P&O I will stick with Marella for now
  12. I usually book at least a year in advance, being a solo cruiser that is necessary to ensure I get a cabin at all!
  13. As the cruise calls at both islands it can depend on what you want to do on each. If you want to take an excursion to mount Teide on Tenerife fly into Gran Canaria. If you want a relaxing day on a beach fly into Tenerife and take a stroll to the 1.75 mile long city beach on Grand Canary, The port at Grand Canary is easier to get out of, bit of a pain at Tenerife but there is a shuttle. Distance to airport Tenerife 35 miles, Gran Canary 15 miles
  14. Explorer this year and Explorer 2 next year which is an adults only ship. They use Newcastle as a home base for most of the summer season and then move to Southampton for a few cruises prior to the autumn repositioning. Newcastle is about 150 nautical miles nearer to the Skaggerak entrance than Newcastle, half a days cruising. There are only 2 berths at Newcastle and one is dedicated to the daily Holland ferry service. Logistics does not seem a problem, on my recent cruise it appears the refrigerated container lorries delivering supplies were a French logistics company.
  15. Thanks, that is logical, the M1 is the motorway from London north to Scotland, It is certainly wide enough. Passengers were using a short stretch of it to gain access to the tenders and at a lot of ports as well. That was on Marella Explorer, originally MV Galaxy
  16. I wonder what the I-95 is called on british cruise ships, I tried googling it but no luck
  17. No news summary sheets available on Explorer a few weeks ago plus there was no automatic delivery of cruise news, only if you asked for it. Copies where available at reception. Sky News was available on the TV for UK news. The BBC channel was not much use
  18. Italian Minister of Infrastructure and Transport, Danilo Toninelli, reportedly stated that more than a third of cruise ships calling on Venice would dock instead at alternative ports on the Italian mainland by 2020. Toninelli invited stakeholders to present their solutions during the week of August 26, stating that a ban could take effect from September onward. But cruise ships have not been banned from Venice. Rather, the Italian government has stated its intention to prohibit vessels over 1,000 tons from entering the Giudecca Canal, which passes close to St. Mark's Square in the heart of historic Venice. The proposed ban -- which has not yet been passed into law -- was reported to take effect this September and continue through the end of the year, with more permanent berthing and navigation solutions developed for 2020 and beyond.
  19. Ask your steward for a printed copy, works for me
  20. nothing will change for some time. A few very large cruise ships now go to the mainland but the rest still use the guidecca canal. I think the alternative approach from the west needs a disused channel to be dredged. to top it all Venice is not in control of its channels and canals. apparently that is down to central government which is in its perpetual crisis!
  21. It is back up to £729 today the pricing can change often depending on demand on that day. maybe yesterday is a low demand day because everyone is going away for the weekend, therefore the computer algorithm drops the price.
  22. Don't know, I will find out in October on Explorer 2
  23. I presume the docking will be at the normal cruise port as to my knowledge no new cruise port had been constructed yet
  24. This is how Marella do it- They send you a E-ticket but you only need your passport to check in. They have cruise news, excursion and restaurant bookings, account details etc available on interactive screens plus they have a free App for your smart device which does the same stuff. It utilises the ships onboard WiFi network web site but does not give you internet access unless you pay for it. I still get a paper copy of the daily cruise news delivered to my cabin in the evening. They are saving a fortune on printing paper copies, not surprising as apparently a large percentage of passengers never read it anyway! no more paper port maps from destination services either, should be renamed to excursion services
  25. Nope and I have no intention of getting one, a simple PAYG with big pensioner buttons is all I need. Wetherspoons?. Really going down market then!! ps - they have to provide alternative arrangements- example, how the el to you use a smart phone if you can't see
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