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    Princess
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    Southampton

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  1. john watson

    Serious incident on Royal

    That is THE definition. It does not mean that anything rumoured is false. It does not mean that anything rumoured is true. If something is a rumour it is uncertain whether it is true or false. It can eventually prove out, one way or the other if a final answer comes out, as fact. When this happens it is no longer a rumour. Regards John
  2. john watson

    Serious incident on Royal

    This type of report is 100% correct and typical of what news agencies put out. There might have been a man involved, is a sentence that revolves around the word "might" and as such implies that alternatively a man was not involved. Most people will overlook that. Typical of journalism where each source wants to project that they have the most information. Regards John
  3. john watson

    Serious incident on Royal

    Isn't that the same as 2 double doors or 2 twins? Exactly my point, the brochure said two twin beds. Call the steward and say "I'm two down on the bed count" Lol John
  4. john watson

    Serious incident on Royal

    The definition of rumours is - currently circulating stories or reports of uncertain or doubtful truth. Untrue rumours would be an example of tautology. Regards John
  5. Has one considered the proportion of "longer journey outside the perimeter of the port" which has been very competently completed by the wife? Lol John
  6. The CPS "queue" has lengthened over the years, in my opinion, because they were so convenient. You just drove directly to the terminal and the luggage guys took your cases and the CPS people more or less just got in your car and drove off giving you a receipt while you simply got out. As more people booked the system could not work as smoothly. Too many passengers turned up early creating a "peak demand" period. In addition with people complaining about damage, irrespective of whether it was justified or not they seem to have introduced a photographic element and other arrangements which take more time for each car. The "car jockeys" (do not know what they are technically known as) all return in mini buses from where they park the cars to collect the next wave. This creates a situation where you might be a bit unlucky and have to wait for the next group to return. If you turn up a bit later I suspect you will be processed more quickly. Personally, I am happy with a hotel parking pre-cruise stay and taxi transfer at the Holiday Inn Herbert Walker Avenue. You park in their car park in a space of your choosing at the rear of the hotel and keep your keys. As in all longer term parking scenarios you would not want to be turning up with an extremely expensive car. Regards John
  7. john watson

    will the price drop

    I had a look at the P&O site and a fortnight including flights is £1399 inside £1699 balcony. Seems really cheap to me. The Transatlantics can drop to £999 but that's only half time in the Caribbean. If your friend is happy with this sort of level it is probably best to book. Regards John
  8. Liza Minnelli had a formal Tailcoat style of dress which you have just reminded me about. Regards John
  9. I am a big believer in the policy of horses for courses and always use my incognito car when leaving a car for an extended period of time or in a particularly contentious situation. Regards John
  10. I have noticed that CPS on my last two cruises involved a considerable wait sitting in my car before being marshalled to the booking in area and subsequent boarding. I conclude that it is much quicker to board the ship when you turn up in a taxi or transfer mini bus. This waiting has become my bugbear I have used a similar service to parking4cruises called Penguin Parking which is a parking service other side of the water. You drive there and they have a portacabin with toilets and mineral water, transfer you in a mini bus to the relevant ship. On return you locate the personnel wearing the pink high viz jackets and they summon a series of mini buses to transfer you back to the remote car park. If you can afford £179 you can generally get cruise parking with overnight at Holiday Inn Herbert Walker Avenue including transfers both ways. Park your own car at back of hotel car park, keep your keys. They use West Quay Cars and the transfers are included in the tariff but you need to pay for meals. There is a free swimming pool and some sort of gym. Prices and exact details all given in good faith but may have changed. Regards John
  11. john watson

    Tea/coffee making facilities in cabin

    P&O (UK) cruises are generally frequented almost exclusively by British people who have extensive experience of kettle safety since being children. I think the main safety issue with kettles on board is people bringing unsafe appliances which do not have safety cut-outs or other features the more expensive types have. Most people I know could identify a dodgy kettle or know when it developed a fault. Fire on board ships have massive potential for catastrophic disaster. I had a look on cruiseship detective.com for fires and the Star Princess incident is documented in detail. Conclusion of that event was cigarette discarded off high balcony. Regards John
  12. john watson

    NEW DEALS

    If the £1 for 3rd and 4th passenger is exclusively for passengers under 16 years of age, it will not have an effect on excessive drinking of alcohol on board on two night or any other cruise length. On the face of it it looks like a brilliant way to market holiday cruises to families with fewer than 2.4 children. Regards John
  13. john watson

    NEW DEALS

    All the deals relate to cruises booked before 3 December 2018. In my opinion P&O are simply trying to get people to commit to a cruise on the line. Many people book very near Christmas or just after and traditionally sorted out holidays at this exact time of year. £50 deposit commits you to going, you still need to pay the cruise fare ultimately. Extra guests at £1.00 cruise fare may fill up the two night and short cruises but I see no impact on longer breaks regarding excessive drinking alcohol. Very short cruises will likely be affected £200 to £300 per person, with four in a cabin will become £100 to £150. People might get a loose set of friends going on this length of cruise. There are limited four berth cabins and once they are gone that's it. I do not see people booking a four berth cabin for a fortnight with an extra two people they know. To get the £340 obc you need a fortnights cruise at balcony fare level. After May you can save £196 on service charges and I suspect these latter figures are based on two people saving and the £340 obc is per cabin on a fourteen day cruise so that would typically be £170 per person. Regards John
  14. Are you suggesting that if you had a sister and she had a negative modification that you would no longer regard her as your sister? Regards John
  15. The formal dress requirement suggested on the Princess website outlines what men and women wear. Children presumably would wear smart casual type clothing or if the parents wanted boys to wear a tuxedo etc. or girls special dresses this is perfectly acceptable also. No requirement to go out and buy special expensive clothing which will soon be grown out of if you do not want to. Regards John
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