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  1. We are new to P& O (but not cruising) having sailed just once on Britannia to the Fjords last month. We had a great time and are now considering another cruise with P & O. My question is how does Ventura compare to Britannia. We loved the Glass House on Britannia and despite being a large ship we found lots of quieter places to sit. We liked the modern feel of Britannia too. Any insight from experienced P & O cruisers would be much appreciated.
  2. Just back from the Fjords and had really good weather. Dry and sunny every day except a rain shower in Bergen. We sailed on Britannia, 1st time with P & O, and really enjoyed our cruise. We packed layers for Norway - t shirt, fleece and waterproof jacket. No cash needed for Norway, everyone pays by card. A good pair of walking shoes would be useful for the glacier, its about a 3km walk from start to finish and wet in places due to the spray from the waterfalls.
  3. We have just returned from a 7 night Norwegian Fjords cruise on Britannia and did a 12 night Baltic cruise on Celebrity Eclipse 12 months ago. My thoughts: Britannia is a lovely ship and will be going for a re-fit very soon, its larger than Eclipse but in some ways it doesn't feel larger due to clever use of space. We loved Glass House on Britannia for drinks in the evening or small lunch (extra charge) We missed a good coffee bar/cakes - Eclipse wins hands down on this one Buffet restaurant on Britannia good, good selection of food and all nicely presented MDR on Britannia completely different in style than Eclipse. Very good selection of dishes, geared towards a British market. That said a super choice of fish dishes and good quality meat dishes Drinks prices on Britannia considerably cheaper!! I wouldn't hesitate to book on either ship. We are not loyal to one brand but concentrate on the itinerary.
  4. We are cruising around South America in March 2020. Has anyone been on the wildlife in Patagonia excursion with Solo Expediciones?
  5. We will be visiting Ushuaia on Celebrity Eclipse in March 2020. Any suggestions for good excursions would be very much appreciated.
  6. We are going on our 1st P & O cruise to the Fjords in June. We did our 1st cruise on Celebrity last June to Russia and Northern Europe. We sailed on Eclipse and we were very impressed with what Celebrity had to offer. I am however looking forward to our June cruise on Britannia.
  7. Great review, I really enjoyed it! I'm thinking of a similar cruise for 2021, including Singapore and Hong Kong. Love your photos! I found your detailed discussion of each port very helpful its given me food for thought.
  8. Hi Cruisestitch Ill be doing the same cruise in 12 months. I'd be interested to know if you are doing any excursions and if so with Celebrity or privately organised?
  9. We flew out of Amsterdam July 2018 after a Baltic Cruise, 9;05 is too early. Where in England do you want to fly into there are lots of airports? We are being told that Brexit will not affect flights to EU countries. There are lots of budget airlines that fly from Amsterdam to the UK.
  10. We are booked on a Norwegian Fjords cruise in June with PO Cruises. We will stop at Stavanger, Flam, Olden and Bergen. Looking forward to following this thread as I am just starting to look at what to do in each port. It will be our 1st visit to Norway but did cruise the Baltics last year.
  11. We have a similar cruise booked for 2020 so I will be following your updates with interest
  12. The Eclipse is a wonderful ship! We went on our 1st Celebrity cruise in June to the Baltics on Eclipse. We liked her so much that we booked a 14 night South America cruise on Eclipse for 2020 whilst on board - a 1st for us.. What did we like best: Sitting having a coffee and cake (wow what fantastic cakes) in Cafe al Bacio - one of our favourite places on a sea day or after a hectic day in port The general ambiance and feel of the ship Lots of places to hang out, it was hard to believe that there were 2500+ people on board sometimes as you could always find a quiet place
  13. Following this thread with interest. We have sailed with RCL, Cunard, Princess and this year our 1st cruise with Celebrity to the Baltics on Eclipse. We have booked a Fjords cruise for June 19 on Britannia with PO. We found Celebrity to be superb, the service, food and cabins were great. We were very lucky and booked a concierge balcony cabin on Eclipse for less than the price of an inside and saw the price rise to 3 times what we had paid. We even had a free classic drinks package included I don't think I'll get a deal like that again. I agree Celebrity is a much less formal line even on their chic nights. We are looking forward to our cruise with P and O it will be very interesting to compare with the other lines that we have cruised with. We normally go with the itinerary and as you can see are not loyal to one particular cruise line. Our least favourite is probably Cunard its just too formal and stuffy for us
  14. Really enjoying following your post, I'm thinking of Adventure of the Seas next September on a cruise from New York. Where's the best place to stay pre-cruise for easy access to the cruise port. We normally fly into JFK from the UK is it better to fly into Newark?
  15. Just got the e mail, I'll look forward to hearing more news!!
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