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  1. We’ve just got details of formal and special nights on our upcoming Balmoral Christmas cruise and that includes British Night which we enjoy. It does state that for this other Nationalities are welcome to represent their own homelands.
  2. Nice to see you posting again! We remember you from Island Escape boards. We’ll be boarding for two weeks from 8 May and our first time on Marella Explorer and looking forward to it. See you on board!
  3. On Explorer now and Mark Rous is C D. He was our AM on Independence last June.
  4. Interested to see your comments as we were on Independence in June. This was our second cruise on her and thought it not as good as prior to the the added cabins. Thank you for taking the time to post the review and looking forward to the next instalment.
  5. Good luck getting a sun bed on the Veranda!! We’ve done approx 4 cruises on Discovery 2 and only once managed to get two in the late afternoon...in the shade!!
  6. We were on the 14 night from Southampton on 2 June - after refit - having previously sailed on her last year. It was noticeably busier in the bars in the evenings and sometimes could not get a seat in a number of bars we wanted to ie Schooner, Casino Bar, Champagne Bar. Luckily the new Playmakers could usually find room for us!! The shows were busy but we are happy to get there early and are early risers to get a lounger on sea days. We did stay in the loungers once we got them and it was good to see in the Solarium at least staff removing items from seats that had obviously been ‘reserved’ early but not used after 30 + minutes. These were quickly taken by others and there were some very surprised people arriving to claim ‘their’ lounger! I did congratulate the staff member for undertaking this task. I don’t think the extra numbers have put me off Independence as we’re looking at cruises for next year to book when we go on Navigator in September!!
  7. Sorry but I do not agree that Fred Olsen cruises are superior to Marella and we are familiar with both lines. Also, if you sail from Scotland you obviously have a number of sea days to get you in a similar location to a fly cruise like Marella. We love sailing from Liverpool with Fred Olsen because we are usually unpacking in our cabin within an hour of leaving home but there are disadvantages.
  8. We’re just off Independence this morning too! Thought the food was very good in the Windjammer and loved it’s new look ...and the handwashing stations as you go in. However, with the additional cabins and their passengers it has made the ship very busy and I’m not sure we will book her again. This is a great shame as we loved the ship when we sailed on her last September but then we managed to get a seat to enjoy a drink after the show in the theatre. This time it was mostly impossible. The staff and service were as good as ever.
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