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  1. I have had an aft balcony and an aft suite I think 5 times. From on those cruises speaking to my neighbours none of them had requested aft cabins or suites either it was where they were allocated or where their travel agent suggested. It is the same as being anywhere on the ship you will do well to do a little research. I am happy anywhere if needs must but now I book aft. Why?? I am a good sailor always key. I eat primarily in Epicurean which is situated aft on Azura and Ventura. I have been on Britannia but can not say where Epicurean was sited. My preference now is just to sail and hopefull
  2. Congratulations on your planned wedding. What are you planning for the wedding food after the ceremony as Epicurean can often be the venue for that as a private function. There are more than 8 tables inside the venue (I eat there almost every night of every cruise) but not many/any specifically for 8. They will be able to do that without a problem joining tables it just depends on when you want to eat and when you book. They pull out all the stops for a wedding there have been quite a few that I have seen. Outside they could do it but if it rains they then have to move you inside
  3. It is very difficult to know what to do. It has been a miserable year and next year looks no better as yet. Life here in Norfolk is OK but even here we suddenly became Tier 2. I know its hard for everyone but I feel for the elderly their last years impacted so hard. My aunt was stoic and very concious of all the things she needed to do but nonetheless developed the virus and subsequently died alone on a covid ward. Its not what should have been her last hours. It has already been almost a year and looks likely to be 2 of the pandemic, when you are 88 thats your end of life impacted. I feel for
  4. Some one asked where I stayed it was Gunton Hall. Edited to add measures were great sanitiser everywhere tables well distanced. I didn't do the evening entertainment as sod's law I had a bad migraine start on day one which wiped me out a bit. I just had the feeling that just as I wasn't at my best neither was the hotel. A very nice assistant manager I chatted to on day 3 said they were glad to be open but in his opinion the measures had dented the experience. I am going back as I live close by and I felt I didn't give it my best shot and they weren't able to give it theirs through no fault of
  5. Here in North Norfolk its become very busy over the past few weeks as holiday makers start to flood in. Covid aside I am constantly worried about how soon I will knock someone down especially in Holt where they all seem to feel that the middle of the road is the safest spot. It was so bad on Thursday that I have given up. Taxis in for my hair appointments and no more strolls round town, coffees and lunch out until October. It is what it is I love living here but just can not hack the stress. Worked in central London for many years where it may have been mayhem but not like here where it seems
  6. I took the recommendation from posters here and went for 3 days to Warners. My review - it was fine not great just fine. In the light of present times it was a much needed break so 4 stars. In other times maybe 2 stars. Nothing wrong just nothing out of the ordinary (in better times) and definitely nothing great other than it was a break. Did I enjoy it? You can be sure I did. Food was fine, rooms were fine, service was fine. I would have given it 2 stars if all was normal. Anything to complain about? No never. Would I recommend it - for what it was yes. For me - no. I tend to expect to pay up
  7. Sorry I have not posted since. Just dealing with another elderly aunt who has passed away owing to Covid in her care home. As her children all live abroad I have had to deal with stuff. I'm back on track now and realise I probably was a bit too upset when fragile. Thank you for the support I am off to Warners this weekend and it will be good to get away but it won't be a cruise.
  8. Personally I have a set of criteria that will need to be met before i go anywhere. I have enough potential exposure to Covid at my (albeit now very part time) job. I very much believe people should try to be well informed then decide but predominantly hope that t the moment until FCO clearance will not go. However when watching a news bulletin last night a young female interviewee said she was "entitled" to go on holiday as she worked hard and the powers that be must recognise she needed a break. Nope not wearing a mask, won't wear one, will try not to be tested on her return or get round it.
  9. I think your post almost destroyed me in some way. I consider myself an astute business woman etc etc but my husbands death so early and unexpected floored me. I just wanted to ask a question that was determined by my needs. I am sorry you felt it repetitive and unnecessary. As it happens the replies really helped me. Thanks to those that posted. Don't worry Know the score you can be sure I won't start any further threads to bore you with. FFS I thought this was a cruise forum where you could ask questions via a thread and that moderators would combine or let you know if not suitable see
  10. Many thanks for the advice received it was very useful. I have tried Warners holidays before and on advice received have booked a 3 day break locally. I have received via the internet a number of emails about local hotels where myself and my husband ate/stayed and have booked meals out and in the case of the lake district where my friend is the head chef I have accepted his invite to stay with him and his family plus my dogs are coming too. Plus I have decided to employ someone to a position I don't know how to title. Basically its just to come help me out, must love dogs, needs to
  11. I have kept myself up to date with all the threads and share concerns outlined. For me I am 66, my husband died a while ago, no kids and I am I suppose "well off" how i hate that description as I worked so hard to save money along with my OH and never got to spend it. I have been so careful to follow guidelines since Covid 19 started whilst my neighbours clearly did not. I am still doing so. My hobby and total pleasure has for so long been cruising, I feel safe, I tailor the P&O package to meet my needs i.e. I book a balcony and add in select dining every night, take the drinks package and
  12. I live in North Norfolk now and like most "locals" we are getting ready for the period when we won't be able to park for love nor money. This year no-one cares or is moaning like they did last year (our first year here) In June 202 I think the majority are just glad that they will see holidaymakers back as it has hit so many people/businesses really hard. Didn't worry us last year we just ferried the one that had an appointment to it and collected them afterwards. We can park and see the sea easily the other 10 months of the year - well we thought so - didn't quite work out that way this year
  13. Well as a plus it kept me amused all day today. In this situation there has to be a plus in there somewhere and this was it for me.
  14. Never had a problem with Ventura and as a satisfied customer I suppose I must assume I am as described in a particular post. I think I have done all P&O ships and had a good holiday but didn't gel with Oceana unable to explain why. However this thread has set my amusement up for the day so very accurate (not) my word some folks need to get over themselves and no mistake.
  15. Aft suites are the best. On Azura and Ventura you need to google obstructed aft balconies to identify which ones are best. Britannia is very good on the aft but has had problems with soot not sure if thats been dealt with now. However excellent suites. Another vote not for side of ship suites as they do not have a deep balcony just a double length. Some on R deck are directly under the lido on Azura and Ventura and noisy as they set up for the day.
  16. Can you not book in advance? May be wrong but seem to recall doing that for 14 days on Britannia 3 years ago. Can't say I liked it much. There were better chairs and food was included but some days it was heaving by 9am - this being in the Caribbean in January.
  17. As a single passenger its taken me a while to book a suite on P&O just because it doesn't bring you a lot extra other than space and things that have been mentioned. Also for a single it is a 100% supplement every time. BUT I tried premium lines for 4 cruises and the costs were eye watering even with some lower single supplements. I also prefer a bit of formality (many don't I know) Regent especially was very shall we say "relaxed" I like to get changed for dinner and have a formal night or 4. So taking in the larger cabin, better balcony and a few other bits I also add on eating in the sp
  18. No sorry me neither I have done either 2 or 4 weeks starting and ending in Bridgetown. Hopefully someone else will pop along to answer re St Lucia. Obviously no Caribbean transatlantic for me this year. I haven't booked for 2021 yet just seeing how it goes but I do usually do the sail back if I can every year on Azura or Britannia. You will, I suspect, like it its a great winter break
  19. it is very good. You can use the ship until fairly late in the day, dependent on the time of your flight. They have screens around the ship that keeps you informed about the flight. Some go into Barbados on that day others relax on the ship. I do salon appointments to get me tidy for going home and fill my time. Then a last lunch in the Glass House. The hand luggage can be left in a secure place if you don't want it with you until you leave the ship. There is also an alternative to take a scenic trip that then drops you off at the airport. From the ship the bus takes you to the airport your ba
  20. Have been reading but not posting. Today I received a refund for my aft suite booking on the Azura transatlantic. I have already been credited for my flight (booked separately I choose to fly BA because of credits) but not my select dining which as I eat in Epicurean every night is a large amount. Hopefully that will come soon. I make my own arrangements off ship and they have been refunded many weeks since.
  21. The most vulnerable people have already "self isolated" without any government advice, decisions on their part or any choice. They are the elderly (or not) who have issues health or otherwise that keep them isolated, have no family or friends or the means or desire to get out and about. They I admit will be most unlikely to be considering a cruise but who has been tasked with caring for them?
  22. Anyone booked one? What are the perks? Do you get breakfast in Epicurean like the main suites? All full suites are showing as sold out for the November 2020 cruise I'm looking out so wondered these include.
  23. For sure but I hate it. How many more hate it? How long can a cost centre validate being there? I for one have expressed my dislike to Crystal in polite but uncertain terms. I am by no means a major Crystal customer with only 10 cruses 112 days on board to my name. So very unsure how many more feel the same. As yet I am very open with where I spend my dollar.I weigh up a lot of things overt photography is a minor issue. I doubt Crystal will concern itself with me.
  24. I hate it. On mainstream lines I tried to avoid it here I never thought it would be part of a "luxury" experience you live and learn. Done 10 Crystal cruises in 3 years and love the product but this is one aspect I hate.
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