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Cruising holidays.
Started by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
I thought we needed to start this post as I dont want to invade other posts


Anyone interested in joining in will be great.

Posted by: gazzer (357) Report abuse
Cruise holidays take some beating .

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Have you got any booked for this year .gazzer.

Posted by: i-spy (13267)  Report abuse
I get sea sick walking along the pier at Southport so I've got no chance

Posted by: orrellite (2272) Report abuse
If you are OK with the motion sickness then there is nothing to beat it, high standards, different location most days but after my last experience I will never go near a cruise again but I have friends who go many times a year.

Posted by: britboy (6722) Report abuse
I've got a great interest in the Viking river cruises, the Rhine and Danube, has anyone got any first hand experience or even second hand will do

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
I have friends went on a Shearings river cruise earlier this year. From all accounts it was dreadful. Poor ship, poor food. Poor cabin.

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
Orrellite, whatever was wrong to put you off if you had been before?

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (2920)  Report abuse
Anne: I have to say my wife and I do not fancy a cruise on the open sea's. With respect about the person using SHearings my wife and sister brother-in-law went on a Shearings tour last year to Scarborough ,what a nightmare ,
the food was very ,very poor as for the portion we needed the HUBBLE TELESCOPE TO SEE WHAT FOOD WAS THERE. Next the rooms it was not summer no heating in the rooms.the windows not double glazed the wind of the north sea was blowing lik hell thro, we ordered well in advance for a special cake for sis birthday they forgot ,as with the so-called evening entertainment (poor) everyone went to bed at 10.15pm .
SO the next day we left and headed for home early stopped of in YORK had a good meal then home ,so i have answered two there out of 10 ---- 0.

Posted by: mortarmillbill (312) Report abuse
Loved cruising on the Rhine, Moselle and Danube rivers but no experience on sea cruises.

Enjoyed watching all the working boats and going through the locks.

Posted by: tonker (18932)   Report abuse
Dear Captain, can you turn the swell down a bit, please, as I feel a bit queasy!

Posted by: orrellite (2272) Report abuse
we were coming out of Amsterdam sea Lock dropped the pilot off and then into the teeth of a storm the worst to hit the Dutch coast for 100 years or more some loss of life did occur in the coastal villages it was so severe, so much so he was unable to turn to go back to Southampton and went up the North sea for 5 hours into the storm when we eventually did turn we were told to make sure that we were seated somewhere and hold on, intermediate doors were locked off the whole return was a nightmare, in my view we should not have left the canal but the captain assured us that Oriana was a good ship in a storm and there was no need for concern. P & O offered no apology but many were of the same mind never to sail again.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Thats why we avoid the Oceana.it is the only ship that affects us as it has a flat bottom.we have never been seasick since 1964 on the Old Manx man.
We are not actually sick but feel awful.especially in the bay of biscay.. it has happened 3 times now so giving it a miss in future.

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
We have used the P&O Ventura twice& been very satisfied with the cruise but the best one was the Celebrity Eclipse an American line, more expensive than p&O but worth it.

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
We have used the P&O Ventura twice& been very satisfied with the cruise but the best one was the Celebrity Eclipse an American line, more expensive than p&O but worth it.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
We like Princess cruises but only operate in uk in summer.we went to the Ffords 2 years ago and really enjoyed it and had good weather..booked it about 4-5 weeks before and got it for 500 each.

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
Thanks for that input Trixie, good to know,

Posted by: tonker (18932)   Report abuse

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Posted by: farrie50 (1678)  Report abuse
me and mrs farrie love our cruises ,but I do agree some ships handle rough seas better than others.we went on fred olsens Braemar two years ago and the bay of Biscay was an experience I can tell you mrs farrie was in the cabin for two days sick as a dog ,but on the whole most are brilliant

Posted by: builderboy (1789) Report abuse
If you are sailing in the Med or around the Canaries you can fly to and from a seaport such as Barcelona which means that you can avoid the Bay of Biscay.

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
Can't think of anything worse than the two separate experiences I related on another thread some time ago. So rough one of the big ball radar housings broke away ending up in the pool. Another time the experience of having someone's cabin window smashed in resulting in them being evacuated.

Posted by: bert (590) Report abuse
we went through a big storm goimg to th e canaries on the independence of the sea.an d the bay of Biscay.we had no problem at all.you had to look through the window to realise we were in a storm.

Posted by: billy (25865)  Report abuse
shore time aint long enough

Posted by: tonker (18932)   Report abuse
I've had terrible experiences on the Bay of Biscay, including windows of the Pont Aven being smashed by a massive French wave made out of concrete! (well, it wasn't real concrete, just water, but it sounded like concrete!! )
Anybody who pays good money for a couple of weeks worth of vertigo must be mental, in my opinion!!

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
I just had vertigo for Christmas don't want it again at all.
We had 2 big windows smashed last year on a cruise but never felt sick at all.been in a few rough crossings but no problems.just Oceana that does it.

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Going on our 1st Cruise on Friday P&O to Barbados for two weeks,very nervous as to what to expect

Posted by: builderboy (1789) Report abuse
Nana

Mrs Builderboy and I went on P and O's Azura for a 2 weeks Caribbean cruise on Boxing Day 2015.

A first time for the both of us, and very enjoyable it was.

Having landed at the 7 or 8 destinations we always made a point of going on an organised tour in order to try and squeeze the maximum out of each and every stopover.

In reality many of the islands are volcanic in origin (Barbados, a coral island, is the exception) and each have very similar histories regarding their ascent out of slavery.

I did feel that they became samey, and that there are only so many rum distilleries you need to visit.

It is also quite expensive to go on the trips, typically 60 to 80 per person, and if you multiply that by 2 people and then 8 trips you can see the type of money you need to shell out.

That said both my wife and I had a lovely time and have fond memories of the 2 weeks.

We intend repeating the experience but may well strive to seek out cruises to islands we haven't already seen. Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao are all islands off the coast of Venezuela and are places I would like to see.

I hope that you have a lovely time, and would be happy to try and answer any queries you may have about the flights, the ship or the trips you can go on.

Posted by: admin (198) Report abuse
A few years ago we went on a cruise around the Med. which when we booked it appeared to be cheap but if you go on all the excursions, which are more or less every time you land, it can work out VERY expensive, It took me 6 months to lose the weight I had gained. I had every good intention of not eating a lot, but when you see all the food laid out, and which is available more or less 24 hours a day. It takes a lot of will power to resist saying "I'll just have a bit of this" We had booked to go on a Baltic Cruise a couple of years ago but the week before we were due to go my wife took ill and we had to cancel it

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Thank you so much for offering to help,because of the cost we've decided not to pay for trips but we'll go off the ship each time we can.It's so expensive to start off with ! Is the water safe to drink ? or do they sell bottled?I've printed E-tickets & P&O posted luggage tags so have I done it correctly ?I appreciate your time thank you

Posted by: admin (198) Report abuse
It's OK if you can get off the ship and you are in a location where you can walk around yourself However when we went on our Med cruise we stopped off at Niece and some other place in Italy (where Wayne Rooney got married) we could do our own thing, but when we wanted to see Florence and Rome and Pompeii( Naples) It was an hour on a coach from the dock and I think then it was near enough 100 each for the trip, but we were so tired after the Florence and Rome trips we gave the Pompeii trip a miss. So that's an extra 400 just for two excursions. A man on the boat who was a regular "Cruiser" said Don't go on the organised trips you can make your own way to Florence and Rome on the train. That's O.K. but if anything happens and you miss the boat Then it's up to you to get to the next port of call but if you miss it due to an occurrence with an orgainsed excursion, then the ship will wait for you.

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
Admin is so correct in pointing out the cost of organised trips and possible delays. When I first started cruising I also took the ships tours, no way these days. I pointed that out to you on an earlier post, make arrangements with other passengers. An example, when visiting Honolulu I was traveling alone so went down to the "lonely souls" meetings. These are on most ships for lone travellers. There several people wanted to visit Pearl Harbour we did it for about five dollars each plus ferry fees to USS Arizona. Other trips were organised in this way.
Hope your first cruise is a good one.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
You can always pick up trips cheaper when you get ashore.also there are some good companies online that you can prebook with as well.
There are lots trips waiting ashore especially in the Caribean.
NJ just go with the flow and enjoy.and let us know your experiences when you get back.

Don't forget you may be lucky in most ports picking the internet,good in Barbados port.follow/ ask the crew they know where to go if you can't find a mc Donald's/Burger King/ costa.

Posted by: builderboy (1789) Report abuse
Nana

All of the recent articles are offering sage advice.

Our cabin had superb drinks making facilities and we used tap water to fill the kettle. Although we didn't drink cold water per se I would have thought that there would have been a notice near the taps if they didn't want you to drink it.

Is there room for 2 small ones in your case?

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Thanks everyone for your tips....builderboy I'll weigh the cases & let you know haha

Posted by: builderboy (1789) Report abuse
And I'll start my diet straight away!

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Thought you said you were small

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Some people mentioning no names!,, take glasses of water back to cabins from the cafe if you are not sure about using tap water in the cabins.but most people use the water out of the taps.

If you want to opt out of paying ships tips and pay direct to cabin staff etc go to reception to fill a form in to take them off or else they are added to your account the same night as boarding.the choice is yours.

Posted by: admin (198) Report abuse
Trixie that's exactly what. I did The "TIPS" they add on are extortionate, and they " advise" you how much you should give. So much for the cabin boy, and his mate, so much for the Maitre D and then the waiter, even the girl who poured out the water??? I think that some cruise companies now add the tips to the holiday price. Also watch out for taking bottles of booze on board. The ship we were on scanned all our cases and even when you came back on board after a day ashore we had to put our bags through the scanner, When we boarded the ship in Barcelona we left the bags on the quay side After about 3 hours they were delivered to your cabin, but mine didn't arrive. About 5 hours later when we went back to the cabin my case was outside when I opened it I said straight away that someone had been in my case. There was an empty bottle of after shave on top of all the clothes and all the after shave was all over the clothes inside.... The after shave bottle was shaped liked a half bottle of Whisky and that is why it had been opened and obviously the guy who had opened it hadn't screwed the top back on properly. I immediately went to the Pursers desk and said that some had opened my case etc. The woman behind the desk said how did I know it hadn't happened at the airport? but I knew it hadn't because I had opened the case prior to arriving at the ship but she wouldn't have it. so BEWARE

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Thank you trixie we're opting out of tipping on arrival,I think it's cheeky of them to do this.I'll be taking advantage of taking water back to our room & anything else I can take,it's dear enough & don't think we'll be booking again

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
Cabin tap water.....I clean my teeth with it, should be ok to drink.
Taking alcohol on board. The people I travelled with spring of this year bought all kinds of drink. The only drawback is you can't take it into the public areas to drink, only in cabin/balcony. There have been some good port farewells on balconies.

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Anne thank you for your help,I've just bought a bottle of Gin,box(carton)of red wine & a bottle of tonic,our friends said they asked the maid to put a slice of lemon & jug of ice in their room at 5pm every day & she did

Posted by: broady (12475)   Report abuse
NJ,
Enjoy your cruise. Be careful with the drink. A friend of mine bought some liquor when he was on one of the trips ashore and it was confiscated when he tried to take it aboard.

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Thanks Bill our drinks are just going in suitcases

Posted by: admin (198) Report abuse
broady see my post with regards to some cruise companies scanning your bags when you get on the ship.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Some good deals going now on P & O January sale.
I'm not usually one that advises booking to far in advance but if you like to do it good to have a look

Posted by: orrellite (2272) Report abuse
N/A forgot to mention that if you intend to buy duty free off the ship usually they have a discount day towards the end , if and when you buy you can normally only collect the day before you leave, I am sure you will have a great time temperatures look to be about 26-27.

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Thank you orrellite we'll be buying some

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
Watch your air travel weight on the homeward flight, otherwise you may scupper anything saved on duty free.

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Anne I've just weighed cases & they're 19 kg so I think by the time we've drunk a box of wine & a bottle of Brandy...hic...we should be ok thank you as we're allowed 23 kg each

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
Trixie, Have ever been on the Magellan ? its in the paper today going to the Fiords, 679,

Posted by: tonker (18932)   Report abuse
Mrs Tonks., her sister and their mum, are going on a cruise in June. It's called Thomson spirit and they're going to Dubrovnik, Athens, Montenegro and several other places on t'road back.
Rather them than me!
I'll probably spend t'week in Mora. A bit of work, Motorland aragon, bit of shooting, bit of fishing, bit of drinking wi't'lads, etc.. Suuuuuperbacheese!

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Never heard of it Bentlegs,it is part of cruise and maritime.best to look at reviews on it first.sails from tilbury I think.
The best one we found which went up to Honnorvag if that's how you spell it..which is a desolate place but had a big university there.

If you remember a good few years ago some lads in a tent got attacked in the town by a polar bear and one died .they don't go up that far very often .

We may do the St Petersburg next time if i can be peursaded to go.but with the weather at present no chance.
Sooner be warmer.
Good offers on at the moment with iglu and P&O .january sale.

Tinker Thomson are good cruises,I'm sure Mrs tanks will enjoy herself with the girlie holiday.
Did anybody watch cruise programme last night on Royal Princess?

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
bentlegs..... my cousins neighbour is on the Magellan at the moment. I will ask when he gets back. He left just over a week ago on Magellans world cruise and will arrive home mid May.

Posted by: tonker (18932)   Report abuse
Trixie, she might get fixed up with a wealthy Yogoslav!

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
Trixie, & Bert; Booked the Megallan for June, Going to the Fiords,

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
Trixie, & Bert; Booked the Megallan for June, Going to the Fiords,

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
Trixie, Forgot to say , We are sailing from Liverpool.

Posted by: bert (590) Report abuse
hi bentlegs I wished it was me and the wife.she has been talking to our neighbor today and she was after going to the fjords in may and asked Elaine to go with her because she is on her own.i told her to go .it is not fair her missing out because my health.but she will not go.so I hope yoy have a very good one.

Posted by: baker boy (13710) Report abuse
a friend of mine has just come back from a cruise over to new York and then the Caribbean,cost him a fortune.
on paper a great time,but the kids and his wife where bored !,some woman throws herself overboard and its freezing.happy cruising.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
That's interesting bentlegs,there seems to be more going from Liverpool.would be ideal for us instead of going to Southampton..

Well it is freezing now in New York.we enjoyed it but getting off the ship was awful.we only got off about 1 pm we had to queue for ages waiting to be called to get off the ship, we stayed overnight and it was the day the pope was there and we could not go to the places we wanted because the crowds were horrendous.
Bert nice thought off you to try and get your wife to go away but she seems a very loyal wife.

Posted by: bert (590) Report abuse
hi Trixie she is one f the best.the pressure she is under is frightening.and I don't mean putting up with me.ha ha .

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Wel bert try giving her a little push...but then again she may feel under more pressure if she goes away.so it must be her decision..x

Posted by: bert (590) Report abuse
hi Trixie ive tried giving her a push.but she keeps hanging on to the handrail of the ship.ha ha .she will go when the time is right.we are still waiting of them to start building the new extention.for me.

Posted by: tonker (18932)   Report abuse
Trixie said, "That's interesting bentlegs,there seems to be more going from Liverpool.would be ideal for us instead of going to Southampton."

But he's only going to Hoylake for a week!

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
Tonker , why don,t you take a tablet, one that knocks some thing interesting in thi yead,

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
He must have nobody else to Mither bentlegs.

Tonker are you not due for going mercer or wherever you go to..we really do miss you when you go..how long have you been building now as must be ready for moving in by now.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Sorry to hear you did not like Cruising nanajaqui,sounds like you had a dreadful time.
We are going on our Cruise Tuesday and are looking forward to the break.we are meeting our Grandaughter in Lanzarote on the 1 march for the day as she is working over there,so that should be nice.
The weather seems to be good and if the bay of biscay behaves it's self 😀It will be plain sailing.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Well arrived back safe and sound.

Lovely ship and the entertainment was better.the weather could have been better missed Lisbon because of high winds but called in at Cherbourg instead on Monday, we had to leave early to miss the bad weather that was coming up,supposed to leave at 5.30 but changed to 2pm.7 people got left behind as they never got the messages.they went back by luxury yacht and stayed at a 5* Hotel in Southampton and arrived back on the ship for breakfast and their luggage as we got off.all expenses paid for by P& O.
I agree with nanajacqui with some things.food was not very hot at times and the standards have gone down yet again...
Looking at Iceland on Princess later on in the year.providing ... I get to go somewhere warm next winter .

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Glad you enjoyed it Trixie,I keep getting emails from P&O latest one Please tell us what the highlight of your Cruise was,my hubby said The moment we left the ship & were on our way home & we wouldn't go again for free.

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
trixie....another one under your belt, good to hear you enjoyed, can't remember which ship you sailed on. Getting all my bits and bobs together ready for my upcoming trip.... not long now. I will be on the Q Vic which will be having a months makeover on arrival home. I am told the last week of the voyage when this is happening things are run down a little. Never had this experience before, will have to wait and see.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Well you will have to get used to the junk mail nanajacqui as it will keep coming I'm afraid.😀

It was the Ventura Anne.it felt good the minute we got on.it had new carpets in the buffet,it is due for a refit later on sometime it could not fault it at all.

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
Trixie I'm waiting for a reply to my complaint & when I get one then I'll block P&O from sending any more

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Did you take photos,nanajacqui?
It seems that's what is needed to make a point with everything these days
We did a video with the noise we had last year of workmen hammering all times of day and very early morning,plus reporting it at reception every time.it worked ,they could not get beyond that noise.

Posted by: nanajacqui (944)  Report abuse
I did take some trixie but not of the cold food (a photo won't show it's cold)I'm forgetting about it now as doesn't look like they're replying.

Posted by: orrellite (2272) Report abuse
Same here N/J when we complained after our Cunard cruise , an acknowledgement and then nothing , it was only a short cruise on which they clearly had decided to do maintenance on all sorts of things and only had a minimum level of staff. As I had other things to bother about I gave up in the end. Nigel Farage was on the same cruise, Queen Victoria, I bet he would have got a response had he complained.

Posted by: redcurl (36)   Report abuse
I am booked on the McGellen to go to the fjords in Sept..let us know what it's like Bentlegs thanks

Posted by: builderboy (1789) Report abuse
Mrs Builderboy and I are flying direct out of Manchester to Miami in early September.

After overnighting there we are off on a 11 day cruise in the Caribbean.

All inclusive and gratuities paid on Celebrity Equinox.

All organised by Cruise 118 from Chorley

We will enjoy spending our time teaching the Yanks to speak gradely, and how to spell properly.

Posted by: broady (12475)   Report abuse
You'll spend half your time trying to get them to understand you. They aren't very well educated in some things and they will have no idea who Liam Marshall is so don't ask. Enjoy.

Posted by: roylew (2257) Report abuse
The more popular cruising gets the more the standards will go down..it's the law of the land....cruising is great but now it is so diverse...its like choosing a holiday from pontins to sandals now

Posted by: tonker (18932)   Report abuse
(Comment removed because it broke the rules)

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Non. Of that Language on here thank you.Tonker.
Please delete it..

Posted by: roylew (2257) Report abuse
What I mean is cruises cater for "everybody" now...but be careful that your choice suits your character....I am trying to be diplomatic lol

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Anyone got any cruises booked.?

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
Me trixie.... I have mentioned it earlier, its so close now I am packed and ready to go. Fly to SanFrancisco, meet up with others then tally ho.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Oh wish I was going.never been to San Francisco.
I hope you have a great time,and come back telling us all about it.sounds great.xx

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Well got round to booking a cruise round UK in June ..
It was reduced and I have wanted to do the uk for a few years ,places I have not been to and revisiting old places,
Looking forward to it.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
I have just found out that there is no coach transfer for the Caribean Princess,they are not contracted to them,so if you need coach transfers to the port.check before you book the cruise.
So I am now looking for suggestions which hotels do car parking as well.
Anybody done this?

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
We are going on a Uk Cruise soon,
Should I be worried?

I am not worried but all the scary things that are going around, if I should be?

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
Hello trixie,
My cousin and I had the same problem recently. Cunard don't do Eavsway only Cruise Connect which is a bad drop off for us. We chose to fly from Southampton to Manchester and then train to Wigan. Could be worth investigating.
p.s. Our bus pass covers trains in Gt. Manchester.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
We live in North Wales ,not sure how many changes we would have to do so decided to book a Hotel and drive down the day before,so a bit of adventure 😀.so watch this space.we have done Connect and they were ok.and pickup slightly better for us.and got back sooner,last time we did Eavesways coming back the toilet and sink on there was disgusting. And they messed us about at the last stop as well.
I know we should have reported it but I did not like the thoughts of someone maybe losing his job.but just a one off and would use them again..
PS .Anne we have welsh bus passess

Posted by: mortarmillbill (312) Report abuse
Trixie

You can't live your life worrying about what may or may not happen.

Keep going with yed down :-)

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Exactly how I feel.,what will be will be.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
We have just come back from a good 12 day cruise on the Caribean Princess,just running on 1 engine but as it was round the Uk it was not noticeable,
No complaints had good weather for about 6 days then it went down hill it was absolutely pouring down in Edinburgh,Geurnsey was lovely but had a wait to get back on the tender but was worth it.
We drove down to Southampton and stayed at the Highfield Hotel,Portswood,which was very good and left the car there for 12 nights at a cost of 5 per night, and got a taxi to and from the port which worked out okay and probably do it in future,anyone got any interesting cruises coming up?

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
Hi trixie, glad you enjoyed your round Britain cruise and your travel arrangements. I mentioned I had a flight from Southampton to Manchester to get home. Two minor points needed to overcome were, 1) Queen Victoria was sailing to Italy for a major refit which meant passengers had to disembark much earlier than normal, we spent the time in Southampton until flight time. 2) Baggage allowance for such a short flight was limited to 20kg. An arrangement with a very reliable carrier to deliver bags to home address were waiting at the terminal, so all in all no problems.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Hi.Anne.we used that service ,I highly recommend it ,espessially for the disabled and infirm,or just to make life easier.it's also a good idea for people flying from Scotland etc..we were not impressed with Southampton ,in general lots going on and places to eat and shop,but not very clean and saw someone using a shop doorways a toilet in the middle of the day ,not nice but it seems to be happening all over the place.
Glad you had a good Cruise,nothing planned for winter yet as I am going to New York for 5 days in February with my Daughter and Grandaughter so will have to Poland a cruise round that time,😀

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Bentlegs.have you been on your Cruise yet.intersting to how you liked the Cruise maritime company.

Posted by: mavis (1045) Report abuse
just come back from my first cruise, loved every minute and would recommend, we went on the Thomson Majesty which is being decommissioned later this year had no complaints whatsoever, sailed from Majorca across to the Italian coast stayed at lots of interesting places finished up back in Majorca for 4 days, then flew back to Manchester, cant wait for next one, but cant decide where.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Great.glad you have joined the cruise group.
We have been on Thomson Dream and Celebration which were very good..
our Daughter is going to Cuba with Thomson later this year.
I think the Majesty is the smallest ship,but good starter cruise for the first time.

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
Mavis.... pleased you enjoyed, as trixie said happy to have you on board. Visiting different ports allows a taster of the place then can always go back for more than a brief stay. For myself I prefer the longer cruises which means more planning and arranging. I have my favourite places to cruise but I detest the Caribbean, don't let me put you off going there, just doesn't suit me.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Anne awful to say but I got a bit fed up going to the Caribean.so not been for a while,but I wanted to go back to Costa Crica so we have booked a cruise for 2019!,!!! Because it's going there via the Caribean from Southampton.

Posted by: Anne (3038)  Report abuse
Trixie... sorry if my remarks have put a damper on you but as far as I'm concerned I cannot find anything of interest in the Caribbean, all seem to be offering the same thing, rum distilleries, water sports, sitting on a beach all day looking at palm trees etc. Same, same ,same on each island.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Yes I agree.after a Helicopter ride and Submarine trip.thats about it.
I can't understand why lots people seem to fall off the ships and drop in the nearest bar off the gangplank and stay there for the day,i'm afraid I want more than that from my Holidays,no Anne you have not put a damper on anything ,.free speech,and all that.your allowed to say same as me.

Posted by: billy (25865)  Report abuse
as an old x seaman, can I offer a couple o tips.
in a head/stern wind, keep yaself midships, there you will have minimum toss and bounce under your feet.
second...eat plenty of dry toast.no charge fer this....enjoy your cruise...bon-voyage

Posted by: nyce horse (3168) Report abuse
I'm presuming none of you watched the TV programme last week.
In a nutshell, ONE cruise ship spews out more crap than ONE MILLION diesel cars.
Enjoy the fresh air and the sea breezes

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Yes billy,we always book midship.mid deck..

Yes I saw the programme,I think they over did the smoke a bit.
Anyone with any sense would not go where it's smokey or smells of it.

Posted by: billy (25865)  Report abuse
I would have thought iffn theres a breeze up, the smoke from the stack should be carried well away fro the vessel????

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
There was more smoke coming out of that funnel on the TVs programme than I have ever seen on any ship.

Posted by: billy (25865)  Report abuse
lying media caught out again Trixie.
you go ahead and enjoy all the fusss you will get.

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
I will billy.a little bit of what you fancy does you good.

Posted by: billy (25865)  Report abuse
most certainly dear lady......go with the flow(don't mind the pun)

Posted by: madamehmurray (5905)   Report abuse
We have to sell our 1994 chevy camaro and well be going on a vacation in new England. We want to see maine, connceticute new hampshire maybe other states

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Good for you mm.i have been toNew Hampshire,new England and Maine on a cruise.really enjoyed it.

Posted by: farrie50 (1678)  Report abuse
just returned from a two week trip to the med on Holland America ship MS WESTERDAM itinary was great but sad to say food not.it tended to be cool rather than hot.we too cancelled the gratuities as with most American ships a 15% service charge is added to ALL purchases.second time with this line but afraid to say last one as well.we also make our own way ashore and usually no probs people just need to be aware of the time and allow for this.have been on several cruises with various cruiselines and some are better than others you pays yer money and takes your choice

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Thanks farrie50. It's good to get feedback from various cruise lines..
We have only done P&O ,Princess,Thomson and the old Island Village.
I think some of the Cruise lines have put there tips up recently as well.

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
Got back from Norway today, Beautiful country, Did most of the main Fiords, Enjoyed very much, Should have gone in June but circumstances didn,t allow,

Posted by: mavis (1045) Report abuse
It is good to get feedback, as said before I have only done the one with Thomson which was brilliant,and now want to do more, the Fiords one sounds good, look forwards to what people say about their cruise experiences, didn't have any smoke problems or nasty smells hahaha

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Hi bentlegs ,how was the ship! Been waiting to hear how it was.

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
Trixie, we went on the Britannia, Nice ship but prefere the Ventura,

Posted by: trixie (4857)   Report abuse
Sorry.i thought you where going from Liverpool on the Cruise Maritime Company?
We don't fancy the Brittania as heard so many complaints about there being no lifts and Atrium to get to the dining room up top.

Posted by: retep1949 (362) Report abuse
Atrium

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Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
Nowt wrong with the ship but found it a little too large, There are plenty of lifts, More or less run like the Ventura, Had to cancel the boat from Liverpool due to unforseen circumstances, only got back sunday, I recommend Norway,

Posted by: bentlegs (4172) Report abuse
Nowt wrong with the ship but found it a little too large, There are plenty of lifts, More or less run like the Ventura, Had to cancel the boat from Liverpool due to unforseen circumstances, only got back sunday, I recommend Norway,

 
 
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