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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:41 pm

Not to mention those who have contacted me privately asking about cruises, I can think of four BBs who might be tempted in the not so distant.
Next March we will travel with two couples new to cruising, one celebrating 40 years marriage and my friend celebrating his 70th Birthday. No better way to mark a major celebration. :D
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Bill fawcett » Thu Sep 28, 2017 7:57 pm

I'm sure Ernie must have met this lady on The Crystal Serenity

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-dWFKp-bJtk

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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:31 pm

Great story Bill.
We berthed next to The World in Napier NZ. That ship is for living on permanently and we chatted to a few folks on the quayside, all of them Americans and mostly over 80's. None of them knew where they were and weren't doing anything other than stretching their legs ( the same day we visited 5 vineyards). The ship was very small compared to the other cruise ships around. Not for me though. See below. K
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Thu Sep 28, 2017 9:52 pm

Yes Bill. But the clip must be a few years old now.

Most cruisers on Crystal know each other.

But she isn't the only resident. There are a few other ladies on full time and one has over 400 cruises under her belt Seems others didn't want the publicity. Can't say I have seen Mamma Lee on the dance floor before.

Ken. The World actually sells the cabins, like selling a house, and I believe it is seldom up to capacity. Way out of the league pricewise of most people in the real world. Averages about 2 million dollars a time I believe.

I don't fancy it either, even if I could ever dream of affording it.
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:47 pm

Mamma Lee is a very wealthy lady but wouldn't we all be well off if we sold everything we had, received a big insurance pay out on a departed partner?

The amounts of money spent were greatly exaggerated too. $175000 for a year in reality would be about £90000 which is still appears way out of reach of an average persons income.

They quoted full brochure prices and nobody with any financial acumen ever, ever pays brochure price.

Her total annual expense of around $90k, all found, no bills of any sort, no car, no fuel bills, no tax, doctor and medical facilities just minutes away 24/7 and absolutely nothing else to spend to provide a life of absolute luxury. Not bad for a lady who must now be into her 90's.

Normal Nursing Home charges are way above that in America so there is no contest.

Crystal is amongst the most expensive lines at sea so anyone with lesser means that did this on other lines could almost certainly afford it.

Crystal is not a vacation, it is a life, and although you may think it expensive when you board you always remember how cheap it was when you disembark, especially with zero showing on your credit card.


Just add up everything you have, and need, to live ashore together with your assets. You will be surprised. :roll:
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:05 pm

Greetings from P&O Britannia. Champagne lunch, all unpacked and stowed ready to party. K
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Bonesy » Sat Sep 30, 2017 3:04 pm

Enjoy cus


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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:00 pm

Ken. Is this a guest day out or the start of yet another great cruising holiday?

Whatever it is it is well earned by both of you and you are benefiting from what has been a long life of working and planning for happy autumn years . Good on yer.

It's pouring down and getting colder up here. Heating on and warmer clothes the order of the day.
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:28 pm

Thanks Ernie, Canaries round trip. Bright, 15c for departure. Might meet tail of Maria in Atlantic.
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Patricia » Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:33 pm

Something a little different - this is on the agenda for our
next big anniversary celebration :D ................

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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Sun Oct 01, 2017 10:10 am

Patricia.

What a great occasion that will be.

Definitely on our bucket list and I have ordered a brochure but seems to be booked up for 2018 already.
Maybe an idea would be to make an early booking and pay a returnable deposit ?

I will have to practice my "Old Man River". :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Matt » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:32 pm

Hi Patricia,Sheila has the brochure on her knee all about that trip that you and Lew
have planned :D but the thing is it is booked up until 2019 :cry: and that is when we have booked for South Africa.
Inshallah we can squeeze it in sometime.
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:21 pm

Take a look at Cruise Critic's list of best luxury cruise lines and ships to see which one resonates with you.
1.Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
2.Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises
3.Riviera, Oceania Cruises
4.Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises
5.Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Cruises
6.Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises
7.Crystal Esprit, Crystal Cruises
8.SeaDream II, SeaDream Yacht Club
9.Crystal Mozart, Crystal River Cruises
10.S.S. Antoinette, Uniworld River Cruises
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:23 am

Somewhere in the Atlantic. Life is tough at Sea.

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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Bonesy » Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:44 am

Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) wrote:This advert arrived on my email page.


7 Day Cruise
Cuba

3 destinations | 29 available excursions

From £936GBP per person.

Celestyal Crystal


DEPARTING PORT:

Havana (Cuba)


DESTINATIONS:

Cienfuegos (Cuba), Montego Bay (Jamaica), Santiago de Cuba (Cuba) & Havana (Cuba)

When I called to book and claim my £936pp reward they said I was supposed to pay THEM. :roll: :roll: :roll:


Morning Ernie,

This cruise has now been reduced to £629 for 5th February 2018 and includes an all inclusive drinks package plus 3 paid for excursions and all gratuities included in the price


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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:26 am

Flights included Keith ? K
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Bonesy » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:34 am

No flights Ken but found Virgin Atlantic for £345 from Heathrow direct to Havana :wink:


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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:43 am

Sounds a deal Cus, albeit the ship a won’t be what you’ve experienced before, she’s an old converted ferry. :wink: K
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Bonesy » Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:18 am

Yes I remember "our Jane" saying that on the cruising programme :lol: :lol: :lol:
Just had a look on Iglu they are doing it for £1075 including flights from Gatwick and all overseas transfers.


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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Sun Oct 22, 2017 12:56 pm

Two P&O heading out there this month. Britannia & Azura spend Winter based in Barbados. Have seen some P&O deals on the wires recently. :wink: K
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:20 pm

That’s the cruise game. Most companies cross the pond for the good weather. Autumn and Spring they go each way.

I have found that the best. deals are the repositioning. One of the top ships Viking Sky is coming back in March and is reduced by about 80%.

Much smoother than the New York run and a great chance to get on a top ship all inclusive.

No good for you Ken but Bonesy might not mind the flight. Only six hours compared to 10 to Havana.
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Sun Oct 22, 2017 3:36 pm

Not for me Ernie, I’ve had a lifetime of Scandi Chic :wink:
We would fly to US or Middle East but that’s about it. :D Ken
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:06 pm

I ‘bow’ to your experience Ken but don’t be too ‘stern’ on Norway. The (skol -skol-skol) Aquavit is very memorable and there is actually an Aquavit bar on board if you wanted to anchor yourself there.The international cuisine aboard Sky would easily ‘steer’ you away from Norwegian grub if you so wished.
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Sun Oct 22, 2017 4:17 pm

I love the grub up there Ernie. I spent my whole working life for them, even lived in Finland at one time but been there done that etc.
I’m very partial to the Linje Aquavits but to be honest I like them all and currently have two different ones in the freezer and a Finnish & Estonian one in the drinks cabinet. Stocks refreshed by Finnish visitor last week who also brought my fave coffee.
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:58 am

Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) wrote:Take a look at Cruise Critic's list of best luxury cruise lines and ships to see which one resonates with you.
1.Seven Seas Explorer, Regent Seven Seas Cruises
2.Crystal Serenity, Crystal Cruises
3.Riviera, Oceania Cruises
4.Viking Star, Viking Ocean Cruises
5.Seabourn Encore, Seabourn Cruises
6.Silver Muse, Silversea Cruises
7.Crystal Esprit, Crystal Cruises
8.SeaDream II, SeaDream Yacht Club
9.Crystal Mozart, Crystal River Cruises
10.S.S. Antoinette, Uniworld River Cruises


Ernie, You don’t mention Azamara, 6 stars allegedly.
P&O have sold them the Adonia which at 30000mt was their smallest ship. Launched in 2001 it already had 4 previous owners and was recently loaned to Carnival for some eco cruises.
I didn’t like her, no theatre or casino, it was a bit too quiet for me with the pax rather “sedate”
Look out for the Azamara Pursuit next year , I’m sure Azamara will do her up nicely. :wink: K
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:38 am

Azamara Quest was strongly recommended to me as excellent value some time ago and from time to time we have been tempted to give it a try.

I have just received an Azamara advert. advising of the Azamara Pursuit MAIDEN voyage and it gives the distinct impression that it was a new build ship. . Naughty....I have always considered a maiden voyage as the first time that ship has taken on paying passengers.

Your informative post quite rightly contradicts the impression conveyed by this misleading advert

I have only seen Azamara Quest and have not actually boarded and the outside gives the impression of age and low quality.

Having read your post, viewed the advert and seen the exterior of the ship I wont be tempted again.

After all that I would say it is definitely not in the first ten....by a long chalk.
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Invicta » Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:50 am

Hi Ernie,
Azamara is owned by Royal Caribbean which also includes 5* Celebrity both famed for new builds so I’m surprised they would buy an old tub from P&O. “Silk purse”comes to mind

P&O Britannia picked up 10 African migrants from an inflatable off the coast of Spain yesterday. I wonder if they used the hand gel :lol: Ken
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Re: CRUISING.

Postby Ernie Jackson. (Bunty) » Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:00 am

I expect that the migrants would only use hand gel if they were boarding one of the top ten. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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