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Solent Richard

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About Solent Richard

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    Cool Cruiser

About Me

  • Location
    Hampshire, England
  • Interests
    Scuba diving, Cruising and Ballroom Dancing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard and P&O
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Far East

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  1. And similarly in the oft visited Vigo Stewart. It never ceased to amaze me watching passengers racing back on board for lunch when there. on their doorstep, was crustacean heaven. 😂
  2. As a retired owner of a 'Seafood' restaurant - as opposed to a 'Fish n Chip' shop' - I share with my friend Rick Stein a well known trade expression..." For the real taste of the sea look no further than Oysters and Crab"
  3. It is amazing especially with the separate walk in shower.
  4. Firstly thank you for the kind comment. Secondly, on the Midship Suite, both of us thought it excellent and, if affordable, the way to go. The Premium drinks and all the little extras are well worth it.
  5. Exactly a year ago yesterday my wife and I joined Saga's Spirit of Discovery for a 16 night cruise into the Mediterranean which gave us the opportunity to experience Saga's latest venture, their own dedicated ships. We had an excellent cruise and had no complaints whatsoever and were very pleased with everything we found. Little did we know at the time though that with 4 other cruises booked we would only have the opportunity of completing TWO before the pandemic interfered with our plans. For anyone who may have missed it at the time here's a link to my comprehensive review of the cru
  6. They certainly seem to work for Viking, both Ocean and River cruises, so I wouldn't write them off until we have more feedback of exactly what is on offer.
  7. We've just been treated to Queen Victoria passing so I thought i'd share. Couldn't find an appropriate thread though there is one on Queen Elizabeth's position. Anyway, here she is as Ive just spotted her, literally 5 minutes ago passing Cowes on the Isle of Wight.... Not the best of sunsets behind her, she obviously chose the wrong time/date as this was the later part of last week with another cruise ship passing (HAL's Nieuw Statendam)
  8. Judging by the last three I attended on Queen Victoria they won't be a great loss. Standards had really fallen.
  9. Cunard’s on board Covid 19 protocols have just been released... Well done Cunard, lets get you sailing again.
  10. Exactly a year ago today we arrived on board P&O's Arcadia at the the Canadian port of Sydney, Nova Scotia. It was our first visit to this remarkable North Atlantic port that played it's part in many historical moments. To celebrate this anniversary I have written a full review on my cruise Blog. Here is the link... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2020/10/04/one-way-to-do-sydney-nova-scotia/ *****
  11. Exactly a year ago today we arrived on board P&O's Arcadia at the the Canadian port of Sydney, Nova Scotia. It was our first visit to this remarkable North Atlantic port that played it's part in many historical moments. To celebrate this anniversary I have written a full review on my cruise Blog. Here is the link... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2020/10/04/one-way-to-do-sydney-nova-scotia/ *****
  12. Sure is. And of course there are those who would say that the ship is 'their' destination whom you would think would be happily supporting these types of cruises. Me, well I'm from the old school who still believes cruising is a method of getting to destinations in the best possible style. That's not to say I wouldn't give a 'Cruise to Nowhere' a go: all very dependant on the line of course.
  13. Posted on one of my Facebook Groups this morning... "Today, the UK Government has recognised the huge efforts the cruise industry is making in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as a framework for the cruise industry is published. This, in turn, is enabling us to develop new and enhanced protocols to protect the health of everyone on board our ships. This framework is the culmination of months of hard work and collaboration between the global cruise industry, health experts and UK Government bodies at the very highest level. The framework has led to the ongoing development
  14. May I just make a comment here. I had two cruises booked with Emerald Waterways which is part of the Scenic group. Both were cancelled and I was offered similar options on both, I chose a refund on one and a rebook on another. The Refund was paid in full and in good time.
  15. Yes, we have done it on Queen Mary 2 in 2009. Southampton to Sydney something like 56 nights if my memory serves me correctly. Queens Grill and the first cruise I met Bell Boy personally and we've been friends since. Those were the days when the Grills really gave you 'an experience'. In Hawaii Cunard arranged an exclusive 'Reception' at the Governor's House which wasn't then open to the public. ***** ...and the outstanding Sailaway party... Those were the days.😁😁
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