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#41
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Whatever the organisation, meetings onboard will only happen if someone has organised one.

This can be done on board but it can be done before hand. I do this for group meetings.


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#42
Grand Canyon Concourse
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Originally posted by majortom10
Exactly that is why they use the term "Friends of Dorothy" discretion.
Sorry I was refering to the use of LGBT. There are people who don't know what that represent either - therefore, no need to use FoD these days.
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#43
Ottershaw, UK
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Joined Feb 2015
Originally posted by GP&LK
Never seen one on any of our P&O cruises.

If interested maybe have a word with the entertainment director and see if they can arrange it in the horizon.

Cunard do them - non hosted at 5pm on a certain side of the commodore club (crows nest) daily.
There have been 'friends of Dorothy' meetings on most of the P & O cruises we have been on. Usually advertised in the Horizon.
#44
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Originally posted by Otter18
There have been 'friends of Dorothy' meetings on most of the P & O cruises we have been on. Usually advertised in the Horizon.
I read Horizon front to back and like others here have never seen a meeting featured.

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#45
Staffordshire
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Joined Sep 2010
Seen both "Friends of Dorothy" and "Bill W" advertised over the years in the Horizon paper when on a P&O cruise and initially did not even know what they stood for until the wonder of Google .
#46
Ottershaw, UK
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Joined Feb 2015
Originally posted by balf
I read Horizon front to back and like others here have never seen a meeting featured.

David
Accepted. It wasn't advertised on all the cruises.

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#47
Warwickshire, England
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Joined Sep 2012
There were several on my cruise last week, LGBT now though. These are non-hosted so guess they haven't been requested by anyone, I'm sure I have seen these in Horizon on other trips.

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#48
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General question now.. what are the specifics on hosted vs. non-hosted.

I would have thought that non-hosted usually meant it was a get together requested by a fellow passenger, whearas hosted is something the ship arranged in advance.
ie. non-hosted knitting or hosted whist.
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#49
Warwickshire, England
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My instinct would say non hosted is just a room/area made available if anyone wants to go like ping-pong, tennis or bridge. Never saw anyone at the LGBT meeting but I was only walking past fleetingly.
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#50
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Originally posted by Monorail Orange
General question now.. what are the specifics on hosted vs. non-hosted.

I would have thought that non-hosted usually meant it was a get together requested by a fellow passenger, whearas hosted is something the ship arranged in advance.
ie. non-hosted knitting or hosted whist.
Non hosted means that the event is not organised by P&O and staff members will not be present. It is merely an advert placed on behalf of a passenger(s) hoping that others with a similar interest will meet up, or something that P&O facilitates without actually organising anything other than making a space available, such as solo traveller meets.

Although P&O will usually oblige and put something in Horizon if asked sufficiently in advance, roll calls can also be a good way to arrange meets. Somebody suggested a 'cruise critic meet' for the 2nd sea day of our May cruise on Aurora and around 15 of us turned up. We got to know a few of the people and it was nice to be able to chat to them at various times throughout the cruise, both on the ship and ashore in ports.

I can't say I've ever noticed a Friends of Dorothy meeting advertised, but there always seem to be non hosted Masons meetings (not that I've been to any). Somebody mentioned a sex addicts meeting in an earlier post. Now that would definitely spark my curiosity.
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#51
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Joined Dec 2009
Haven't noticed any LGBT or FoD meetings on any of the cruises I've been but have seen the Friends of Bill W meeting regularly (though never actually knew what it was until I read this post, every day's a school day.) Was on Azura last week & that definitely had at least one Friends of Bill W meeting remember reading it in the Horizon.
#52
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Having sailed the majority of the cruise lines, our first P&O has been booked for January out of Barbados. We appreciate the comments regarding FOD meetings for we tend to request at least one on our journeys and from your comments will do so when aboard. Beyond our preference for FOD over LGBTQ2 (soon to include Tom, Dick and Harry - LGBTQ2TDH) what ever happened to "GAY"? Universal, concise and fabulous.


To the comments regarding P&O's traditional sailaway, is that conducted only out of the port of Southampton? Sounds like a real treat to me.
#53
Carlisle, Cumbria, UK. No Carlisle is not in Scotland
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Originally posted by ONT-CA
Having sailed the majority of the cruise lines, our first P&O has been booked for January out of Barbados. We appreciate the comments regarding FOD meetings for we tend to request at least one on our journeys and from your comments will do so when aboard. Beyond our preference for FOD over LGBTQ2 (soon to include Tom, Dick and Harry - LGBTQ2TDH) what ever happened to "GAY"? Universal, concise and fabulous.


To the comments regarding P&O's traditional sailaway, is that conducted only out of the port of Southampton? Sounds like a real treat to me.
The Great British Sailaway (with singing, dancing, pims and raucous xenophobic flag waving) is usually the last port before Southampton on the way home. It is especially fabulous if there is an American ship alongside we can direct all this good humour towards.
#54
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Originally posted by Florry
I wish the meetings were arranged for 'LGBT and allies' because I'd like to go on the basis that it's usually the source of the best company onboard I might put that add in the Horizon on our next trip!

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I do not see why anyone of any sexual orientation cannot attend. Can you imagine running a meeting and trying to exclude LBGT people? So why would one assume a LGBT meeting would discriminate against anyone else attending on the basis of their not being any of the LGBT types? Would disabled people be allowed to attend for example?

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#55
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Originally posted by FangedRose
The Great British Sailaway (with singing, dancing, pims and raucous xenophobic flag waving) is usually the last port before Southampton on the way home. It is especially fabulous if there is an American ship alongside we can direct all this good humour towards.
Many many years ago when living in Vancouver I attended a sailaway of a P&O ship destined for the Orient. It was absolutely amazing. Brass band, streamers by the thousands connecting ship to dock with many more people in the stands than there were passengers. As a spectator I noticed two gals at the ship’s railing who obviously had no one ashore to see them off. So I filled in by drawing their attention and waving. It took a moment for them to realize what I was doing, had no idea who I was but were delighted to be drawn into the ceremony. When the ship pulled away from the dock to the snapping of the streamers the band played “We’ll Meat Again” and there wasn’t a dry eyed in the house.