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6 minutes ago, NSWP said:

But a lot more expensive than the flight !!!

If you break it down by the hour and with meals included, cruising is much cheaper than flying and you get more meals.

A flight may be $2000 for around 22 hours and a couple of meals compared a cruise day which is closer to $200 with 3 meals (or more) included.

the more you cruise the more you save.

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47 minutes ago, MicCanberra said:

cheers, one port we have missed so far when doing the trans-atlantics.

Did do St Johns in 2016 on Aurora ex Southampton, east coast of USA/Canada.  Very nice from memory.

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1 hour ago, MicCanberra said:

cheers, one port we have missed so far when doing the trans-atlantics.

Little bit rough that day. Member we were up on Deck 18 having drinks haha

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45 minutes ago, icat2000 said:

Little bit rough that day. Member we were up on Deck 18 having drinks haha

Yeah, I am not sure it was that rough but more that the wind was coming from the wrong direction for us to get in, good times were had anyway.

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Sorry no blog, could be one or all of the reasons below, I’m probably going with third.

poor internet connection

poor website, I took the free option

ID ten T error  (ID10T)

 

Ports so far have been great, lots to see and do

ship not so good, staff in restaurants, buffet, room stewards, excellent rest very ordinary.

other passengers, strangest I have come across, you say good morning and they walk on past you, no reaction, you hold the door open for them on decks and they barge through, no acknowledgement at all.  

I am on deck 8 and use the casino as a walk through sometimes, never seen more than five people in there, no one at tables.

bars very quiet, pretty much a ghost ship after 10 pm

Elite lounge is only on about every third night, venue too small, took 35 mins to order a drink.  Laundry is taking 4 days.  Very poor organisation, just lots of niggly things which should be smooth sailing lol

However I took the cruise for the different ports so will suck it up.

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Dover took ages to board, no information given out.  Muster was in theatre, then wheelhouse bar, then no seats available, did whole thing, then tape was fixed and did it all again.

on way down from Heathrow stopped at Battle of Britain memorial with a spitfire and hurricane, and a very moving statue of a pilot looking over the channel towards France.

 

Portland I went to Swannery where there were hundreds of mute swans and even some babies (cygnets) very cute, lovely rolling hills. Thomas Hardy country.  The local port authority ran a free bus into Weymouth and many people took advantage of that.

 

Cobh, this was a return visit for me, so I took a taxi to the cathedral, my knees couldn’t handle those hills.  Very beautiful and lovely views,  the Catholics do seem to get the best positions in any town all over the world.  Then wandered the town, had the obligatory Guinness in Kelly’s bar and back to ship.  Cathedral bells played Waltzing Matilda in our honour.

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Thanks for the update, I hope the ship organisation improves and the other passengers loosen up a bit. Whatever the case, enjoy whatever and whenever you can.

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Thanks for update Gwendy, sound like a lot of grumpy Aussie/Kiwis.  Unusual.  We have a couple of good friends from Batemans Bay on board for the whole cruise, Jim and Vicki.  They are enjoying it, but commenting on 'whingeing passengers and very expensive wine, also the  Alcohol police are really enforcing the byo rules.   Over half the pax are Elite status, hence the lengthy delays re laundry, so many taking advantage of it.  Same re PES lounge, too many pax.

 

I had a golfing mate on the same cruise, but on Dawn Princess about 8 years ago.  It was their first ever cruise and I warned them to try a short one first, but no, they knew better.   When they got to New York, his wife had had enough, jumped ship and flew back to Sydney, he sailed on.

 

Anyway enjoy your adventure.

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1 hour ago, NSWP said:

Thanks for update Gwendy, sound like a lot of grumpy Aussie/Kiwis.  Unusual.  We have a couple of good friends from Batemans Bay on board for the whole cruise, Jim and Vicki.  They are enjoying it, but commenting on 'whingeing passengers and very expensive wine, also the  Alcohol police are really enforcing the byo rules.   Over half the pax are Elite status, hence the lengthy delays re laundry, so many taking advantage of it.  Same re PES lounge, too many pax.

 

I had a golfing mate on the same cruise, but on Dawn Princess about 8 years ago.  It was their first ever cruise and I warned them to try a short one first, but no, they knew better.   When they got to New York, his wife had had enough, jumped ship and flew back to Sydney, he sailed on.

 

Anyway enjoy your adventure.

goodness, the cruise must have really got up her nose to fly home early without him.

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1 hour ago, MicCanberra said:

goodness, the cruise must have really got up her nose to fly home early without him.

She would not be the first or last pax to jump ship on a Worldie.   I bet one or two will jump ship and fly home on this current one, inexperienced cruisers just don't know what they are getting in to.

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1 hour ago, NSWP said:

She would not be the first or last pax to jump ship on a Worldie.   I bet one or two will jump ship and fly home on this current one, inexperienced cruisers just don't know what they are getting in to.

That would be a bit sad really. Would also likely lead to a divorce.

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19 hours ago, MicCanberra said:

That would be a bit sad really. Would also likely lead to a divorce.

As long as they jump onto land and not into the briny.  Too much of that nasty business going on these days on the ships.

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2 hours ago, NSWP said:

As long as they jump onto land and not into the briny.  Too much of that nasty business going on these days on the ships.

Yep, I meant if one stayed and the other left to go home. Wouldn't be very pleasant at all.

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St Johns started off cold windy rainy but turned into a lovely sunny day, too hot for coat,scarf and beanie I was wearing.  Took HOHO bus for 2 hr trip around city sights and out to Cape Spear $33 CAD for seniors.

Saw whales in distance, a really lovely spot but very windy.  Wanted to stop at Quidi Vidi brewery to get some iceberg beer but busses were full and if you got off the next bus would be full and you were left waiting.  Sorry to my son you have missed out on tasting beer made with water from an iceberg. Lol

interesting town but very hilly and steep, some streets so steep they gave steps built in.  

Thought about a whale watching and puffin tour but too wet in morning and too late when I got back.

Two Newfoundland dogs at wharf, very large but really friendly.

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St John’s changed dramatically from morning to afternoon,  almost had to do a striptease, the coat went, the beanie went, the scarf went, decided to keep rest on  lol

Brilliant warm sunshine as we sailed out, even whales cameto say hello or goodbye.

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