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Who are you and where are you in the UK.

I will start.

I'm E, 30yr old female.

First time cruiser on Indy next October with my Mr ;)

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Hi, my name is Ian, 60 years old. I live near Truro in Cornwall. 9 cruises so far, the last was MSC Preziosa Italy to Brazil last month.

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Happy New Year!

I'm Jo, and I'm pretty ancient....last cruise was Azura to Madeira, and thinking that next one will be in Indy whilst she's still doing the Southampton run.....mind you, there's some brilliant offers on NCL Jade this winter- we've sailed with her one winter, and it was snug inside, but cold out....I quite fancy doing that as a fill-in before summer.

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Happy New Year!

 

I'm Jo, and I'm pretty ancient....last cruise was Azura to Madeira, and thinking that next one will be in Indy whilst she's still doing the Southampton run.....mind you, there's some brilliant offers on NCL Jade this winter- we've sailed with her one winter, and it was snug inside, but cold out....I quite fancy doing that as a fill-in before summer.

 

 

Hi Jo I'm going on Indy next October from Southampton- our first cruise! Nervous and excited at the same time x

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You'll love it- the first cruise is extra special, anyway. I don't think I can wait that long, though!

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I'm Emma. From Ireland.

First ever cruise will be as husband and wife in April on the Allure.

Hoping it's a good one

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Hello Hello,

 

I am an American expat living in the London area. I moved from the Chicago area a little over a year ago. I have lived in several different states, but consider the Chicago area home.

 

It has been a few years since my last cruise. Now that I live near a port that doesn't require flying, I think it is time to take a cruise again. I hope some of you will have suggestions on finding great deals (using US or UK accounts).

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Hello from Canada, I am 55 and I am reading everything I can because I am cruising from Southampton on October 2014 on the Celibrity eclipse.

How is the sea over there? Seems quiet shaking!

We should go to Vigo, Lisbonne, the 2 canaries island and Madera.

 

By the way ... What is Indy? India?

 

Thank you

 

Francois

 

 

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Hello from Canada, I am 55 and I am reading everything I can because I am cruising from Southampton on October 2014 on the Celibrity eclipse.

How is the sea over there? Seems quiet shaking!

We should go to Vigo, Lisbonne, the 2 canaries island and Madera.

 

By the way ... What is Indy? India?

 

Thank you

 

Francois

 

 

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I'm Gill from Kent and I have a rather large birthday coming up this year but I'm not going to tell you what it is :o

 

Francois, Indy is Independence of the Seas - a wonderful ship that I will be very sad to see leave Southampton (I don't fly)........having said that I'll be on her last sailing so I'm taking every opportunity I can get lol. The Bay of Biscay is the area most people talk about as being rough if you sail from Southampton, in reality we have had more smooth crossings than rough, although we did survive a hurricane there in April 2012, which was on Indy!

 

Gill

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I'm Mike, 23 from Wrexham, near Chester.

 

Booked our first cruise as a couple next May on Thomson Spirit. Looking at RCI for our next, any advice on ships? :)

 

This will be my partners 1st and my 2nd (cruised as a child with parents).

 

 

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Hi my name is Phil & I'm 61 years young. As you can see from my signature we are hooked on Celebrity. I'm also a huge Leeds United fan.

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I'm Mike, 23 from Wrexham, near Chester.

 

Booked our first cruise as a couple next May on Thomson Spirit. Looking at RCI for our next, any advice on ships? :)

 

This will be my partners 1st and my 2nd (cruised as a child with parents).

 

 

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Hi, I'm Pete, 58 from Telford, originally from Wrexham.

Sailing next July on Rhapsody Of The Seas with my family, this is our first cruise.

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Hello,

 

I'm Bernard I am Cornish by birth (and very proud of it) British by nationality and live in the Republic of Ireland.

 

We bought this place in Ireland on the spur of the moment and it is one of the best things we have done. From seeing the house (partially completed) to shaking hands on the deal would you believe took 5 minutes. We went back home to England and put our house on the market and a year later we accepted an offer and I then announced that I had just retired.

 

My DW has given me a Christmas Present of a cruise. This is even more special as DW has never been keen on the idea of a cruise as she is afraid of water. She has improved because she will happily come with me on the ferry to England several times a year so she should be O.K. and we have had some encouragement from other forum members I am now more sure that it will be a very exciting time

 

We will be in September around the Med.

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Hello there!

 

I'm Rob from Southport. I'm 40 and my DW is... slightly older! I'm a bus driver and DW is a senior care assistant in an old peoples' home.

 

We've taken two cruises in the past, both with Princess and both on the Grand. The first was our honeymoon and we became hooked on cruising there and then! The second cruise was two years later and we went back on the Grand partly because the cruise was such a good price, partly because she had had a recent refit and we wanted to see the changes and partly because we enjoyed our first cruise so much.

 

Our next cruise is on 11th June and is on P&O's Ventura, taking in Portugal, the Canaries and Spain. I can't wait as I'm recovering from major ankle surgery and have been pretty much housebound for three months!

 

Anyway, I've prattled on far more than I intended so I'll shut up!

 

Nice to meet you all :D

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Hello I am Norine and DH and I live in landlocked Arizona, USA. We used to live in California, We moved here upon retiement to watch our grandchildren grow up and help spoil them.

 

We love to cruise. Next year, 2016, we will be cruising the Baltic from Southampton. We plan to spend a week in the London area to see as many sights as we can. I am researching our time share company to find out where we can stay for the week before our cruise.

 

Any advice on how far we can be to get to London daiu using buses or train.

 

Thanks to all of you in GB.

Norine

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Hello I am Norine and DH and I live in landlocked Arizona, USA. We used to live in California, We moved here upon retiement to watch our grandchildren grow up and help spoil them.

 

We love to cruise. Next year, 2016, we will be cruising the Baltic from Southampton. We plan to spend a week in the London area to see as many sights as we can. I am researching our time share company to find out where we can stay for the week before our cruise.

 

Any advice on how far we can be to get to London daiu using buses or train.

 

Thanks to all of you in GB.

Norine

 

Hi Norine,

 

Try this site it has some good resources.

 

http://www.tfl.gov.uk/

 

Pete

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Hi Norine

 

The TFL website is great but in a nutshell the tube/rail network is made up of zones 1-9. Zone 1 is central London so you get the gist.

 

 

You can buy a daily travel card made up of different zones or you can buy an Oyster card. The Oyster will last you for however long you are in London, you just need to 'top up' which you can at stations/shops etc. The Oyster will 'cap' your journey on a daily basis which will be the price of a daily travel card. You MUST remember to 'tap in/out' after each journey, this can be a little tricky to remember if you are crossing certain lines, say if you came off the Central line and wanted to use the DLR, if in doubt check with the station staff, they are generally quite helpful.

 

The Oyster card can also be used on buses, remember the buses here are 'cashless' now but you can use your debit card if it is a 'contactless' one.

 

I also suggest (if you have a smartphone) to download an app called Citymapper, it's a clever little app which you put in where you want to go and it'll give you bus/train routes/taxis and the cost..fantastic!

 

I'm Londoner born and bred..I never tire of this wonderful city..enjoy your trip:)

 

Terri

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Hi. I'm Helen. I'm 30 years old. I actually live in Ireland in Wicklow, but my mum is from Essex :) Haven't cruised before although I have had a couple booked that I needed to cancel (speaking of that doesn't look like I can go on my December cruise, must check if MSC will let me transfer booking to a 2017 cruise, rather than forefitting completely - if any of you lovely people know lemme know k :) )

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Hi, I'm Linda aged 52, from Durham. DH and I have booked our first cruise in October on Cunard's QE. It took a while to persuade DH as he doesn't think he's a good sailor. We've only travelled on ferries before but our friends tell us sailing on a ship doesn't compare. We chose the Med hoping it will be a good introduction to cruising.

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Hi,

I'm Phil, my wife and I live in Lincolnshire and are confirmed cruise addicts.

I have always been a fan of ship travel because of my dad, we lived in the Far East and often travelled by sea between the UK and HK or Malaysia (depending where we were living at the time)

I convinced my wife to try her first cruise in 2009 and she was hooked too. We've managed at least one cruise a year since.....

 

Can't wait to retire to do a long one again...

Edited by Oscarsgrandad

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Hello, I'm Patti, from Georgia, USA. May I post in your pub?! I am a huge Outlander fan and I'm planning a British Isles cruise for May or June 2017 and want to incorporate Outlander tours when in port wherever I can. I also want to see or better yet ride "The Jacobite Steam Train" while I'm in your beautiful country! Does anyone know what cruise lines dock at Fort William or an area that would be close enough to get to Fort William within the time available in port? Thank you in advance!

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I am making my very first post here on Cruise Critic in the pub, from my laptop in a pub. Have been a long time lurcher around here, and am looking forward to your company

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Hi Folks across the Pond. I am Robert from Trinidad. Most southern Caribbean island. My wife and I cruise about once a year, We also love land vacations so we are usually traveling 6 to 8 weeks a year.

I love following cricket and Formula one car racing.

Spend a lot of my free time boating.

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Question about when the casino on the ship is open/available. Do we have to be a certain distance from shore/land to be open for gambling? I know the casino is closed when we're actually docked/anchored in a port. Are there nights when we'll be cruising from one port to another but the casino isn't open? Anyone run into this before? Thanks, and nice to meet you all -- we'll be traveling next month with a group of ten from California, twelve days on the Princess Caribbean, round trip Southamptton. Looking forward to every minute!

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Minna22 ship casinos general open 1/2 hour after leaving port and generally stay open until about 2:00 am. I don't know about the British Isles and Europe. The only time casinos are closed is when they sail the Hawaiian Islands as Hawaii does not allow gaming.

 

 

Norine

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Hello!

 

I'm Emma I'm 23 and also on the Indy in October!

 

I'm doing my best to build a young (or at least young at heart) community. At (http://www.cruisingisntjustforoldpeople.co.uk). I'm a strong believer that cruising should be for everybody!

 

What a way to start your cruise career on the Indy, should be amazing! I'm cruising on her on the 24th.

 

 

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