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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Sun May 28, 2017 11:04 am

WHAT IS A CRUISE?

A cruise is a good holiday, an escape from the stress and strain from life ashore. Unlike a normal hotel holiday it has everything within the ship and, although you can be in a different country every day, you unpack only once. it offers a chance to unwind in comfortable surroundings, with attentive service, good food and you can see many places and many wonders not available in a 'one place' hotel. It can be hassle free and, more important, is safe and crime free.

Everything is close to hand and you will find polite people to help you if needed 24/7. It provides great value for money, variety, destinations, facilities, cuisine, entertainment, activities, swimming pools, shore excursions and even an on-board chemist and surgery. There is a ship to suit every pocket and every age group. It can accommodate everyone from singles to couples to families. A chance to meet new people and friends for life.

The best cruise is the one YOU like the best.
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Postby Eddy Lloyd » Mon May 29, 2017 4:18 pm

I agree with you Ernie. We done the Baltic cruise Las August and we visited Copenhagen, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Germany and Russia. The Regal Princess was a fantastic ship the staff were really friendly and helpful. Food to die for and entertainment every day and night.
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Postby Elaine Goulding » Mon May 29, 2017 8:57 pm

I really enjoy reading about various cruise trips members have been on. I personally have never been on a cruise but would dearly love to go on one. My husband has never had the inclination so it will just have to go on my bucket list. I have to admit I know many many people who have been on cruises and I have never heard any of them say they did not have a good time. The food would be "the killer" for me as I have heard it is amazing :D .
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Postby Invicta » Tue May 30, 2017 9:18 am

I think once you do it Elaine, you get hooked.
As to the food , yes it does require discipline but generally the portions are smaller than at home and the choices are multiple so there is always the light option.
You can use the gym, steam rooms, sauna or just walk the deck to get it off.
Dancing, Line Dancing , Zumba, Pilates , footy, basketball, cricket , table tennis or swimming all available and free. All this balanced by wine tasting, martini tasting, cookery, baking :lol:
" This is the Life"
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Tue May 30, 2017 10:05 am

When we first started we put on 1lb per day....ten days cruise = 10lbs.

Like Ken said it's a simple matter of diet discipline so our motto is "Eat what you want....NOT what you see", You will see all types food somewhere on the ship all day ..............and some ships still even have a midnight buffet.

I haven't found equivalent quality restaurants anywhere in the world but....food is only one of the great facilities and there is so much to do that you have to decide what you want to miss. Next time you go you can pick up on the stuff you missed but however many times you cruise you will never have time to have enjoyed all the great facilities available on your favourite ship.

Alternatively you could stay in bed, watch the latest films on TV or just look out at the ever changing views. Pick up the phone and order room service....anytime.

I wrote a book....Val learned to play the keyboard and others just enjoyed the bingo or made contributions to the casino. Something for everyone and really spoiled for choice. When you disembark you will think it was the cheapest holiday you ever had.

Drink as much as you want and you don't have to drive home.

NEVER EVER pay brochure price as the worst deal you will get is 2 for 1.

You will also continue to enjoy the memories forever.

A good start would be www.vacationstogo.com for their price guide....and they will discount further if you phone them.
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Postby Patricia » Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:28 pm

Of course, it is usually and I would say 90% one "Great time" but there are
also downsides to it as well, especially as so many "Senior Citizens" enjoy
these cruises and therefore, naturally, things may happen.
My bro, Norman, regularly went at least two cruises a year with the best of
Cruise Lines all over the world for over fourteen years and a few times during
that period he and his wife, Dorothy, together with numerous other passengers
had the misfortune to become ill when either a virus swept the cruise line or also
individually with one or the other coming down with something that either
didn't agree with them or on one occasion, food poisoning.
One time it was so serious that they wanted to put my sister in law in
hospital at their next port of call which was Turkey, as they are not entirely
equiped to take care of life threatening situations.

My daughter's, father in law, suffered interenal bleeding while on a cruise to
Hawaii and as it became an emergency of life/death, they had a helicopter
fly out to deliver blood until they arrived in Hawaii, where he was transported
to a hospital there. After a slow recovery he and his wife then had to fly themselves
back to the States.

Not to be a "Polly Anna" but these are just cases that I personally know of, it isn't
always a "Bed of Roses!" However, I believe most have a wonderful time on the
whole; anyhow, it certainly didn't put my bro and his wife off of them!! :D
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Postby Invicta » Sun Jun 04, 2017 1:48 pm

Eleven demised on our World cruise, Patricia, one two days after we left Southampton. Seven actually on board and four ashore ( we later learned) We diverted three times off itinerary to land poorly passengers. Once to Costa Rica, we loaded a Gent to a boat but he died on the way and the authorities insisted he was returned to the ship.
You are correct, many passengers are elderly, some with underlying serious or terminal conditions which could possibly be exacerbated by an outbreak of Norovirus or similar but we had no such incidence on our voyage.
Our ship was equipped with a 7 bed critical care hospital manned by 2 doctors and 5 nurses. We actually experienced the hospital aboard as Janette suffered a "renal colic" but tests found no evidence of kidney stones, thankfully. :D Ken
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Postby Patricia » Sun Jun 04, 2017 2:40 pm

Ken - You don't know how relieved I am for your reply! I honestly thought
I would be "Crucified!" and preparing myself for the onslaught! :D :D

Love all you Guys & Gals!! xx :D
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Sun Jun 04, 2017 3:54 pm

No onslaught from me Patricia

A certain company cruising regularly out of Liverpool has a shocking norovirous record and finds it cheaper to employ a regular legal firm to defend the many actions taken against them.
The present rate of compensation agreed out of court is MORE than the cost of the cruise. But if you don't complain, as they hope when they apologise with a bunch of flowers, then you get zero.

The company I refer to only fumigate for a few hours in between cruises as they would lose money if they did the proper job taking a week or so. They never advise oncoming customers of the huge % of passengers taken ill the previous cruise.

Insurance is of course a must, and NOT the inclusive holiday stuff provided by some 'cruise shops' which seldom has proper cover. A good
insurance is only realised when you make a claim.

Most cruisers just book a cruise and let the agent do all the organising. WRONG. That 'nice' lady behind the counter generally doesn't care as soon as you are out of the shop.

You pay them to take care of the booking from start to finish and they should assist with any complaints you may have even after the trip. A good agent does that. Bad agents, and there are many, don't.

I will post more on stuff one should address before booking but your own research will tell it all on your PC.

My record on two full world cruises is zero viral
For all passengers. You could say we have been lucky but research helped.
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Postby Invicta » Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:37 pm

Good point re Insurance , Ernie. Often the cover included free with some bank cards is also inadequate for cruises, absolutely when they go over 14 days or out of Europe. K
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:49 pm

Matt is well justified by his favourite choice of cruising.
Although mine is Crystal we have taken a great offer on Oroania Riviera and are really having a great gastronomic experience.

We are not convinced it is up to the standard of Crystal, particularly regarding entertainment, but, pound for pound, compares well.

It has been a great experience to enjoy Val's birthday and also our 55th wedding annivesary experience and, although some BBs might be unhappy of cruise posts, they should not knock it if they haven't experienced it. A great and well worth every penny experience.
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Postby Matt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 12:16 am

Oceania Ernie :lol: :lol: .
Glad you and your lovely lady are enjoying the cruise.55th congratulations also Val's birthday.
We did the same kind of celebration on our last cruise in April.Sheila's birthday in Key West and our 48th anniversary in Charleston
3 days later.Have a filet mignon for me in Polo(I know the menu off by heart) and Key Lime pie for dessert
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Postby Invicta » Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:34 am

Nice one Ernie, Congratulations to you both.
Yesterday 5 large cruise ships turned around in Southampton, it was 4 on Friday.
Each day more than 15000 passengers got off and 15000 got on. The ships arrived early morning and by 17.00pm they were all in The Solent rounding IOW. 8) Ken

Another 3 today and 3 Monday, this as well as numerous huge container ships and car carriers. K
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Sun Sep 03, 2017 10:34 am

Thanks

We dined in Jacques, the excellent French Restaurant aboard for our anniversary last week.

Unfortunately the Speciality Restaurants are limited to one visit per cruise. Seems it's just a simple phone call to overcome this, thankfully, as we found it superb.

We will be there again tonight.

Excellent weather has been constant since we boarded on 21st August but heavy swells outside Naples today have caused a slight delay arriving. :
Hopefully, once again, we will disprove the well known expression 'See Naples and Die'.
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Postby Bonesy » Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:45 am

I love doing a cruise. Only done 3 so far and all have been a great experience.
We also like spending time in Greece :D had a great bargain holiday in May just 1 week, lovely apartment in Skala, Kefalonia with Thomsons, flight, luggage, transfers and accommodation £188 each.

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Postby Matt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:16 pm

Correct Ernie simple phone call in the morning and 90% of the time they will always find you a table.
We (well Sheila) has a little problem with Jacques and Toscana as she is highly allergic to garlic
and what would French or Italian food be like without it.Oceania are very good though.She registers with food services
as soon as we board the ship and every morning a menu for the Grand Dining room is delivered to our cabin for 2 days ahead.
Sheila simply underlines what she would like to eat and it is prepared without garlic the same with the Speciality restaurants but
she finds that sometimes we get a phone call saying "sorry Mrs. Wethered we just cannot make
certain dishes in Jacques or Toscana without garlic" so that is why we get to eat in Polo so many times.
Have a great time in Jacques the Coq au Vin is delicious.
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Postby Elaine Goulding » Mon Sep 04, 2017 7:17 am

Wow, you lads are making me so hungry reading about all these great restaurants and fabulous food on board you cruises!!
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Postby lynne99 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:03 pm

Hi all. I'm going on a cruise on Saturday, if it is not cancelled like the last attempt last year. :(
1/2 a day down the Ship canal; and Mersey to Liverpool and back by bus. I hope I survive. I am so excited . :D :D
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Postby Invicta » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:15 pm

Have you got your Dramamine and wrist bands Lynne?
That Canal is second only to the Bay of Biscay for rough water :wink: :lol: Ken
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Postby filsgreen » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:43 pm

I watched a programme today called Mighty Ships. It was about a cruise ship named Windsurf that had full sail and engines. For the seven day cruise around Italy and Croatia, its sails were unfurled for 90% of the voyage.

The passengers had an added bonus near the end of the cruise. Heading back to Rome they circled Mount Stromboli, which is situated off the north coast of Sicily. The captain had heard that it was active and decided to drop anchor and have a BBQ by it. Luckily enough, it erupted in the evening, giving the guests an unexpected night to remember.
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Postby lynne99 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:07 pm

Ken, i*very had hypnotherapy. And got my soul wester (oh dear can't spell that) ready.
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Postby Shelagh » Tue Sep 05, 2017 8:20 pm

Wrap up well Lynne, I'm sure you'll have a lovely time :D
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:03 pm

You WILL have a great time Lynne. I have only heard fantastic reports on that trip. I believe there is a commentary abroad describing the very interesting history of the canal..
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Postby Invicta » Wed Sep 06, 2017 8:20 am

Here you are Elaine. A selection of "small plates" from the Wine Bar / Tapas restaurant " Glasshouse" on P&O ships. :D Click on the pic.
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:29 am

Two days left. MonteCarlo today, Marseille tomorrow then fly home from Barcelona.
Matt. Good cruise but disappointed in the heavy recommended tips and what appears to be a new VAT charge on alcohol and ships shops. Between 20 and 24% depending which port we sailed from.
Must be another daft Euro ruling. Fortunately the cash allowance covered it in our case.
No beer on tap but bottled beer and wine extortionate ($8 and €44 a bottle respectively.)

As with choices in life we all have favourite ships.
My late sister loved the Olsen ships. Matt likes Oriania, we prefer Crystal and Ken prefers P&O.

We ate in the French restaurant last night and I had my favourite .....scallops.

It brought to mind those of the same name we had
from the chippy in the war. Do they still do them? Slices of potato in batter. Yummy. I never knew real scallops were fish :oops:
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Postby Invicta » Wed Sep 06, 2017 10:44 am

Oceania , I think Ernie, part of NCL Group. Oriana is a P&O ship.
We prefer the Britishness of P&O ( despite American, Carnival owned ) and the fact they sail from Southampton. Drinks reasonable prices ( Southern pub prices) in Sterling, no service charges and optional tips. Entertainment geared to Brits with familiar names and interesting day time speakers and activities. Decent food for British tastes and a good choice of alternative dining restaurants featured by well known chefs like Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochar, James Martin ( cookery school ) and wine choices by Olly Smith. The other bonus being several adult only ships should we choose. :wink: Ken
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Wed Sep 06, 2017 11:05 am

You found a gem there Ken.

Whatever did you do before you were converted to such every day choice and all under one roof.

I think Eddie might have also tried it. He probably still does his beloved Spain too? One of the few benefits we have of getting older but I would swop it for being young again and New Brighton cruising across on the Royal Iris. 8)
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Postby Invicta » Wed Sep 06, 2017 12:06 pm

It was the flying Ernie, in 2010 Janette couldn't fly for 6 months and, as you well know, you get hooked.

P&O loyalty scheme is not great but will be revamped later this year.
The best thing we ever did was buy 100 shares in Carnival at £22.00 each.
They are now worth £54.00 each and we get a quarterly dividend 0f £30.00 but the best bit is £150 on board credit for every cruise of over 13 nights (lower for shorter cruises)

We are additionally fortunate in that Southampton is under 2 hours away and our Son lives in Chandlers Ford, just up from the port so we can leave our car there.

Happy sailing.
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Postby bjones » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:37 pm

lynne99 wrote:Hi all. I'm going on a cruise on Saturday, if it is not cancelled like the last attempt last year. :(
1/2 a day down the Ship canal; and Mersey to Liverpool and back by bus. I hope I survive. I am so excited . :D :D


Lynne, if your cruise is the one on a Mersey ferry boat it's a really enjoyable trip and well worth doing. You'll get time at the other end to visit the shopping centre and have something to eat/drink before getting the bus back. Enjoy!
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Postby lynne99 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:43 pm

I will enjoy it very much, hail, rain, sleet, snow or biscay gales. Will report back on Monday
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Postby Patricia » Wed Sep 06, 2017 2:56 pm

Lynne - I'm sooooo excited for you, know it will be a memory to remember
We took the "Miss Hampton Boat" tour last week and thoroughly enjoyed
ourselves, the Staff & Guide were remarkable and the food outstanding i.e:
choice of Hamburgers, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches or Hot Dogs with
a fantastic selection of Soft Drinks, only!! :( Be sure to take your camera
so you have forever reminders of your fantastic trip because as you well
know, a picture is worth a thousand words!! :D :D

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Postby Invicta » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:05 pm

lynne99 wrote:I will enjoy it very much, hail, rain, sleet, snow or biscay gales. Will report back on Monday


Enjoy Lynne, sure it will be great. Look forward to your report. That'll be another thing we have to do when up there if we ever get time. :D Ken
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Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:26 pm

That might be a good maritime idea for s BB get together.

Could have an 'all our yesterdays' theme with no knickers girls and lack of trouser a•ses ' for the lads.

Doubt there would be any such folk from Southport Road heritage. lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Bonesy » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:59 pm

This was good fun, :shock: a short video i did on the Skiathos ferry a few years ago,

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Postby Joycen60 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 6:00 pm

As a solo traveler I found cruising just under 20 years ago, and now very rarely travel any other way. I have always gone with Thomsons and have never tried anyone else as I know what I am getting and love it.

No having to drive to Southampton and smaller ships with lots of returning passengers!! often meet people who I have met previously, also on one many years ago met someone from this site! Not too posh (sometimes called Butlins on the sea!) but oh so friendly.

Different lines suit different people but this is the one for me!

Lynne I only looked at your trip a few days ago and thought it was something I would like to do on my next trip to Liverpool. Look forward to hearing about it. Are you going from Salford Quays to Liverpool? I was looking at doing it the other way round.
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