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Malch_uk

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About Malch_uk

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    Sheffield, UK
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    Thomson
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    Greece
  1. I think check-in starts from 12:00 or 12:30 but arriving at 11:00 will give you time for the car parking and to get some refreshments in the terminal. If you are travelling from the South, I recommend using the A19 and the Tyne Tunnel. The Cruise/Ferry terminal is signposted once you exit the tunnel. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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    Celebration & noise.

    It's the same as these were identical ships before Celebration had the upgrade. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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    Parking at Newcastle

    At Port of Tyne you drive into the car park as directed by staff on the gate and park where shown. The porters then take your luggage and you lock your car and keep the keys before making your way to the terminal to check in. Book through Fred as it's cheaper than booking direct. The port is easy to find and well signposted from the A19, just before it goes under the Tyne Tunnel to the South.
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    Parking port of tyne

    Yes, dual carriageway after A1. A nice leisurely drive. Beware. Some sat-navs don't recognize the Tyne Tunnel is there and try to take you through Newcastle! Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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    Parking port of tyne

    Fenreed and Sarah888, Driving to Port of Tyne is not too bad from the M1. We do it regularly from Sheffield as we cruise with Fred. Olsen and Cruise & Maritime as well as Marella. Much prefer sailing from there or Liverpool. Take your preferred route to the A1 then at J.49 turn off onto the A168 which becomes the A19 and takes you all the way. It is much quieter than the A1. When you exit the Tyne Tunnel and go through the pay barrier (was £1.70 each way last year, cash only, no change given (check website)) follow the brown tourist signs (I think it's the first exit) for cruise/ferry terminal and shopping centre. There is always someone on the gate to direct you to the correct area whether you are parking or just dropping off luggage. Fenreed, I know what you mean about Intercruise. We used them once and they drove off from Port of Tyne with the luggage doors of the coach open then drove straight past Woodall Services where they were supposed to be dropping off. Never again!
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    Parking port of tyne

    That's correct. This thread is "Parking at Port of Tyne".
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    Parking port of tyne

    Ignore the previous post! You drive into the car park first where they check your name off the booking list and provide you with an envelope containing your welcome letter, cruise card and luggage labels (unlimited luggage allowance). Once you have attached the labels to your cases these are taken directly to the ship. You then park your car where directed and board the free bus to the check in area (details in an earlier post). On your return to Port of Tyne at the end of the cruise, catch the bus from the ship to the car park where your luggage will be waiting. It's very well organized as they do it all the time, not just for Marella. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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    Theme nights?

    Your final itinerary will advise how many formal nights and, if there is a theme night, what the theme will be. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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    Sailing from Southampton

    Your luggage labels will be in the envelope with your cruise card and welcome letter which you will be handed on arrival at the terminal, before they take your cases. Cabins aren't allocated until near departure date (except pre booked) so they can't send labels through the post. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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    Cruise and Maritime

    Hi. Tours in Norway are all generally very good, particularly the scenic ones.Our favourite was in Stavanger where we took a trip by boat to a private garden island (Flor something?). It was a ship's tour. In Flam, the Norway in a Nutshell is an excellent full day with lunch (although quite expensive, as is everything in Norway). We enjoyed the Magellan cruise very much. Quite similar to Fred Olsen in terms of cruise experience. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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    Booking Fred through Saga

    Have you paid the full balance yet? You don't usually get access to these things until you have. I think your first port of call should be the travel agent to ask what the situation is. If you book a FO cruise through Saga they don't pass your details to FO until the full balance has been paid. You then receive correspondence from FO including shore tour booking information etc. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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    Booking Fred through Saga

    The FO reduced prices will probably be "Anchor" prices ie: no choice of cabin or dining time.The Saga price will still include cabin and dining time choice, car to and from the port, travel insurance (or reduction if not needed) and drinks package etc. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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    What Happens on a Back tonBack Cruise?

    You will need to attend second muster if you have changed cabin as possibility is it will be different lifeboat. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
  14. Why not? Because no one has started one. (Hint!) Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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    Flam in July

    The train doesn't go to the top of a mountain. It goes up the valley to join the main line to/from Bergen. No altitude problems. Sent from my Hudl 2 using Tapatalk
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