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  1. Clodia

    Cruise Personaliser down?

    Just been in to book another excursion I fancied. Glad it was working, or I would not have bothered to try again.
  2. Clodia

    What memorabilia do you keep?

    I have some menus from Victoria, Oriana and Aurora from 1999-2003 when they were printed with pretty colour covers. I also have a salt and pepper pot from Oceana 2005. I also have a photo of me getting off Aurora in 2003 which because of the positioning and the t shirt I was wearing, reallocates Aurora to the White Star Line! And lastly, I cherish the copy of Horizon from Azura; I think 2010, from 1st April, with the "water ski-ing off the back of the ship" and "submarine display" entries mixed in with the daytime activities. Going down to the Prom Deck for a walk, I came across a group of people asking where the submarine display was. honestly!
  3. Clodia

    Atmosphere on board

    It's about the single supplement: 15% as opposed to about 95% on Aurora. Makes Silversea affordable for solos in comparison. Bad move by P and O; once lured away will I come back?
  4. Clodia

    Atmosphere on board

    Yes it's the balconies which are overpriced, but I've only once not had a balcony and I didn't enjoy the cruise as much so it's a non negotiable for me. I just think it's silly that I am going on Silversea next Autumn for less than I would have paid on Aurora!
  5. Clodia

    I think I might pack up cruising!!!

    I have only had 2 problems with toilets in about 25 P and O cruises; one on Oriana and one on Azura. Both were fixed within a couple of hours. The only ship where I have had a more serious problem was Ventura, and it was not resolved onboard despite attempts to make it so. However, when I complained back in the UK it was resolved satisfactorily. I cancelled a future cruise on Ventura, but will still cruise on the other ships. I really do feel that there are various issues on Ventura with the way things are done.
  6. Clodia

    The Aurora Changes Schedule

    If you leave your cabin TV on channel 1 when you leave Tromso there will e an announcement from the bridge if the lights are visible. I saw them at night between Tromso and Alta.
  7. Clodia

    Atmosphere on board

    Aurora is very popular and because of this they charge ridiculous prices for solos. I was quoted £6500 for a solo balcony and my reply was that I could go on Silversea for less than that. Bad move by P and O because next Autumn I am doing just that. It may be that I shall cruise less often but with the 6 star lines, if I like it. Still got several P and O cruises booked, but only one on Aurora, which is my favourite, because of the prices.
  8. Clodia

    Noise in Cabins by Lifts

    Have been three times in a midships balcony on Aurora very near the lifts and never heard any noise at all. Occasional dragging of chairs on the deck above when on A deck, but not enough to be more than mildly annoying.
  9. Clodia

    St Petersburg options?

    I have been to St Petersburg for 4 days on a land based tour so have seen all the main sights, but really didn't feel we got enough time at the Hermitage. Do either P and O or independents run a tour centring on the Hermitage as that's what I'd like to do on my Baltic cruise next spring.
  10. Clodia

    Embarkation day lunch

    The buffet generally stays open until about 4.30, and the Glass House will also be open; I ate there on my last cruise at about 2.30.
  11. Clodia

    Canary Islands shore excursions

    On Lanzarote the volcano trip is wonderful; I did it several years ago and I'm about to book it again in December on Oceana because it was so good, especially the drive around the rim of the crater. The Manrique Foundation is also a good trip to do under your own steam.
  12. Well I'm glad someone enjoyed that Ventura cruise! I thought it was the worst one I've ever done with P and O and absolutely hated Ventura; I have cancelled another cruise booked on her for 2019.
  13. I pre registered for a cruise on Arcadia last week while on Ventura; heard nothing yet. I'll be cross if all my cabin choices are gone by the time they contact me.
  14. Clodia

    Aurora 16th Sept missing lady

    Yes I am not arguing with the need to wake people and evacuate if there is a real emergency, merely observing that it spoils the freedom of cruising. The comment about Ventura reflects my experience: the twin Gods of "Elf" and "safety" do indeed loom large on Ventura in comparison to other ships. I am now seriously wondering whether or not I want to go on cruising if being woken at night is going to become a more frequent occurrence.
  15. Clodia

    Aurora 16th Sept missing lady

    I am just beginning to realise after over 20 years of cruising, that if someone "goes missing" (euphemism for gets drunk and goes to other cabin maybe) or someone needs a medical evacuation by helicopter, then you will be woken up. I am struggling to accept this. It just happened to me on Ventura and wrecked the entire cruise because of the circumstances and the fact that I was travelling alone. There is clearly nothing I can do about it, though I have complained to P and O about the way things were done on Ventura, and I suspect it is going to end my cruising days.