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scarlet o'hara

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  1. Thank you all for your comments, very helpful. We'll probably try a short cruise next summer as a taster- there's one for 5 days going to Orkney and Shetland which looks good as we've never been there and it doesn't seem sensible to go down to Southampton and then spend a day heading north again to dock in one of the ports for Edinburgh! WeeCountyMan- I didn't realise that you could park overnight at Ferrytoll. Thought it would be the same as Ingliston Park and Ride so that's useful to know. We would likely be coming over the Kincardine bridge and for 5 days, it won't break the bank to park at the dock. It would make it easier on the way home. Thank you all.
  2. We have cruised many times, mostly P&O but also Cunard, Celebrity, NCL and originally with Airtours. We were wondering about trying Fred Olsen mainly to avoid the trail to Southampton as Rosyth would be handy and Newcastle another alternative. We have had conflicting reports from friends who cruise ranging from "its dreadful and full of elderly" to "its wonderful". As we have both recently retired, the chance to do some shorter, possibly short notice cruises is attractive. I've searched through these boards and have found a lot of useful information but have some questions if anyone can help. We have had balcony cabins on most of our cruises apart from the first few years. However if we are going to cruise more often, we thought about trying outsides or even insides. Another complication is that I need to be midship and lower down to try and minimise seasickness. Does anyone have any thoughts on the inside cabins on Deck4 on Balmoral. Ideally we would like a double bed and this seems to cut down the cabin options. We also prefer a table for 2 and have done freedom dining so aren't used to fixed dining. We tend to eat early though, so first sitting would suit us fine. What is the likelihood of getting a table for 2 and which restaurant(on Balmoral) would be best for this. We like ballroom/sequence dancing having gone to the lessons on a cruise a few years ago and got the bug. We go to a class at home but are still beginners!! Is there much dancing on Balmoral on sea days/evenings. Finally, what long stay parking is available at Rosyth. I know its not particularly easy to get to by public transport. Thank you in advance
  3. Hi, we stayed in E717 a few years ago, so a few doors away on the same side as you. I'm pretty sure we had robes. The cabin was spacious with a sofa/seating area between the bed and balcony doors. The balcony is completely shaded (which suited me as I burn easily) unlike the deck above which has no shade and the balconies are overlooked. There was no problem at all with noise from the lounge- it may affect the other side. Before we booked, I read advice on these forums which reported potential noise in the even cabins. we really enjoyed the cabin and would book it again if we went back on Azura. Enjoy your cruise
  4. Hi Bigdunc I've managed to get some info from P&O about the 2018 tickets as an indication of 2019 prices, -exchange rates may alter these- which I've copied below. We've also looked at independently buying tickets and transfers and it doesn't seem worth the risk in case the ship can't tender, or the traffic is mad and we can't get back to the ship on time. Hope the info is helpful.( The VIP option is more than the cruise costs!!) Monaco Grand Prix Transfer: adult £57 / child £55 This coach transfer is for guests who have purchased tickets independently for the F1 Grand Prix de Monaco 2018 Monaco Grand Prix - Standing Tickets adult £169 (includes standing ticket, coach transfer, picnic box and ear plugs) Monaco Grand Prix - Grandstand tickets: adult £599 (includes Grandstand ticket, coach transfer, picnic box and ear plugs) Monaco Grand Prix - VIP Gold Package: adult £1875 / Child: £1875 (yes - same price for adult or child) (includes Gold Package ticket with a table reservation for lunch and coach transfer)
  5. Thanks ScotchBoy. My preferred option is a guaranteed seat in a good location. Thanks for the tip about a hat and sunscreen as hopefully the weather will be good. Cheers
  6. Hi, we stayed in F507 on Britannia lady year so on the other side from you. It was a great cabin, the lifeboat didn't cause any problem. Plenty storage space. It was a bit of a hike to the staircases as we were just along from the midship lifts but not an issue for us. We would happily book the same cabin again.
  7. Thanks Bruce62, that's really helpful. When did the tours become available. I've now had some further info from P&O who say on one hand that this years (2018) tours to the GP had to be confirmed by end Jan, with no refunds if cancelled, and on the other hand the standard mantra that they are available 12 weeks before. There is another option for a VIP excursion with a sit down lunch which costs more each than the cruise itself. We probably will do option 3, the same one as you and presume the 2019 tours will be available long before 12 weeks. Thanks again for your helpful comments.
  8. Has anyone done this excursion. We are thinking of booking one of these cruises and would want to do the trip to the Monaco grand prix. We've emailed P&O who haven't been particularly helpful. Would be keen to hear about the costs, arrangements etc. We wouldn't want to do an independent tour in case the ship couldn't tender or other problems. Thanks
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