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Christmas Cruise to Caribbean

Post by JillD66 » 01 Nov 2016, 11:13

The two of us are booked on Aurora Christmas cruise. The only Christmas cruise we've done before was on adult only Arcadia, so no children - obviously Santa made an appearance though!

Any advice gained from similar cruises would be appreciated!

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Post by barney » 01 Nov 2016, 15:43

Not from me Jill.

Have never done one and I'M NOT JEALOUS ;)

On the down side, you'll be missing The shots Xmas fixtures :lol:


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Post by Snoozen82 » 08 Nov 2016, 17:16

We're on this one...... Wedding on board too! Last xmas cruise we did was before kids, this time we'll have a 3yr old in tow so i'm excited/dreading how it turns out :)

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Post by qbman1 » 09 Nov 2016, 12:41

We've done both Aurora and Arcadia Christmas cruises to the Caribbean, Jill, and enjoyed both. We will be in the Canaries on Oriana this time.

Whilst I confess that we usually avoid "child-friendly" ships wherever possible I have to say that there were not a huge number of children on Aurora and they were well catered-for and certainly not a nuisance. In fact, the overall atmosphere on the ship was preferable to a Christmas on Arcadia, possibly due to the slightly younger demographic and, dare I say it, the excitement of the children.

I am sure you will have a great time. Do let us know how you get on.


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Post by Snoozen82 » 09 Nov 2016, 13:17

:o Just seen the email from P&O changing the port rotation....!!

Not happy as we had independently booked tours for each and now the new dates can't be accommodated as they're fully booked!!! Why do they do this last minute??? I've had these excursions booked for a year! I take it there's no room to complain as they were independent trips?

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Post by JillD66 » 11 Nov 2016, 14:59

Thanks for the comments just realised that there's only just over 4 weeks to write cards and buy pressies!

Hope the wedding goes ok snoozen82 - what date is it, so that I can be nosy and keep a lookout!

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Post by qbman1 » 11 Nov 2016, 15:08

I think you should get an invite Jill !


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Post by Snoozen82 » 14 Nov 2016, 13:46

ha ha! The wedding is taking place on New Years Eve. I'm sure you won't miss us - its the mother in laws wedding and she's turned into a bit of a Bridezilla recently :lol:

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Post by qbman1 » 14 Nov 2016, 14:27

There you go, Jill - remember to pack your hat !!

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Post by JillD66 » 14 Nov 2016, 15:01

Perhaps if I swap one of our suitcases for a cabin trunk - there'll be room for a wedding hat!

Really excited now! - where's the confetti?


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Post by Snoozen82 » 14 Nov 2016, 15:10

you laugh, what started out as just being a small intimate wedding at sea has turned into a lavish wedding at sea plus wedding number 2 the weekend we return home! :shock:

Be sure to give us a wave Jill................I'll look out for your hat!!

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Post by qbman1 » 14 Nov 2016, 15:47

Probably better to look our for Jill's poor husband - bent double from the exertion of carrying all that luggage !


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Post by Snoozen82 » 18 Nov 2016, 11:45

Just printed the E-Tickets - can't beleive its nearly here :)
Also quite pleased we got a 13:00 embarktion time - I was expecting a 3pm!
A bit of advice please (as last time we went there were no allotted times) do we need to be in the check in desk queue for 13:00 or just arrive at the terminal for 13:00? Our parking is through CPS so if we need to be in the check in queue for 13:00 im guessing we'll need to get there at least an hour before to queue for the parking, unload baggage etc?

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Post by david63 » 18 Nov 2016, 11:54

Snoozen82 wrote: do we need to be in the check in desk queue for 13:00 or just arrive at the terminal for 13:00?
Just arrive when you are ready and you will be given a coloured card. You then sit and wait for your "group" to be called to check-in - which may be earlier, later or on time.
Snoozen82 wrote:Our parking is through CPS so if we need to be in the check in queue for 13:00 im guessing we'll need to get there at least an hour before to queue for the parking, unload baggage etc?
Unless there is a major problem with parking you should not have to wait more than about 15 minutes - and often less. most times we have just driven straight up and there may have been one, or two, cars in front of us.

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Post by qbman1 » 18 Nov 2016, 11:55

1pm is usually a fairly busy time for arrivals but CPS seem to process them pretty quickly. Lately, we have not had to wait more than about 10 minutes for the car to be checked in and the baggage unloaded. You can check in anytime after your allotted spot but if you are there early and there is not too much of a queue, they will put you through anyway. Personally, I would aim to arrive at about 12:30


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Post by Snoozen82 » 18 Nov 2016, 12:35

Thanks David and qbman! I think we'll aim for 12:30 traffic permitting - we'll be travelling from the Suffolk coast so I hope the M25 is kind to us!
Sounds like CPS have sorted themselves out as on our last cruise from Ocean Terminal in 2012 we had almost an hour wait in a car holding area before they called us forward :(

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Post by qbman1 » 18 Nov 2016, 12:58

Both the Ocean and Mayflower terminals seem to have been fine on our last few visits. I'm no fan of the QEII layout, though !

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Post by towny44 » 18 Nov 2016, 13:01

I don't know why I seem to be the only person who thinks the CPS system is rubbish, they rarely have enough drivers to keep the unloading process flowing freely, resulting in long queues waiting to be called forward. On our August cruise if we had arrived at our 3:30 allotted time, we would have joined a queue of 6 long rows of cars waiting to be called forward, and not been on board until about 5:00pm.
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Post by david63 » 18 Nov 2016, 13:07

towny44 wrote:I don't know why I seem to be the only person who thinks the CPS system is rubbish, they rarely have enough drivers to keep the unloading process flowing freely, resulting in long queues waiting to be called forward. On our August cruise if we had arrived at our 3:30 allotted time, we would have joined a queue of 6 long rows of cars waiting to be called forward, and not been on board until about 5:00pm.
I think that it is very much "hit and miss". Non of our recent cruises have been a problem, but I have before now queued over an hour just to get to the terminal building.

With this type of operation there are always going to be issues on the day (such as a ship arriving back late) that are going to affect things.

On our last cruise we were in Soton on one of the busiest days of the year with five ships in port, Southampton Boat Show, Southampton FC playing at home and it was a weekend and there were virtually no queues

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Post by qbman1 » 18 Nov 2016, 13:10

towny44 wrote:I don't know why I seem to be the only person who thinks the CPS system is rubbish, they rarely have enough drivers to keep the unloading process flowing freely, resulting in long queues waiting to be called forward. On our August cruise if we had arrived at our 3:30 allotted time, we would have joined a queue of 6 long rows of cars waiting to be called forward, and not been on board until about 5:00pm.
Must be because you are on the Calamity payroll !

Seriously, though, since the time we had to join a queue of cars snaking around the block at Mayflower about 8 years ago and took about an hour to reach the front, we have really experienced no problems and have never taken longer than about 15 minutes from arrival to being in the embarkation hall

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qbman1 wrote:
towny44 wrote:I don't know why I seem to be the only person who thinks the CPS system is rubbish, they rarely have enough drivers to keep the unloading process flowing freely, resulting in long queues waiting to be called forward. On our August cruise if we had arrived at our 3:30 allotted time, we would have joined a queue of 6 long rows of cars waiting to be called forward, and not been on board until about 5:00pm.
Must be because you are on the Calamity payroll !

Seriously, though, since the time we had to join a queue of cars snaking around the block at Mayflower about 8 years ago and took about an hour to reach the front, we have really experienced no problems and have never taken longer than about 15 minutes from arrival to being in the embarkation hall
There is a reason for this Cubie, ITS BECAUSE YOU'RE A GOLDIE. The rest of us peasantry have to wait till you have had your curly canapes, before we are allowed to arrive.
The result is that your views on parking and embarkation are not worth the paper you keep writing them on.
And even if I am not on Celebrity's payroll, Iam still allowed to state that they definitely have a much more eqitable way of organising embarkation than Posh & Ordinary.
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Re: Christmas Cruise to Caribbean

Post by qbman1 » 18 Nov 2016, 15:51

Just sharing my experiences, dear !

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Post by towny44 » 18 Nov 2016, 15:58

qbman1 wrote:Just sharing my experiences, dear !
Unfortunately it will my June 2018 cruise before I can experience them for myself, dahling!
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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 18 Nov 2016, 16:01

Well we're not Goldies or Caribou or whatever they're called now. We're steerage. And our most recent experience, arriving for our allocated time, the waiting time for CPS was approximately nil and we were on board, in our cabin, about 20 mins after arriving at the terminal.

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Post by qbman1 » 18 Nov 2016, 16:03

I know - I think FK is victimised because of his Calamity leanings !

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Post by david63 » 18 Nov 2016, 16:11

I'm not a Goldie!

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Post by qbman1 » 18 Nov 2016, 16:14

Until you reach the check-in desk, there is absolutely no differentiation between important Goldies and ordinary mortals so dear FK must have been terribly unlucky

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 18 Nov 2016, 16:16

It's okay David. Your secret's safe with us.

And Cubie. Yes. That sounds fair

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Post by qbman1 » 18 Nov 2016, 16:18

I'm always fair - you know that (except where rabbits and rats are concerned)

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 18 Nov 2016, 16:23

If you're working alphabetically stand by for the rhinos

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Post by towny44 » 18 Nov 2016, 16:25

Mervyn and Trish wrote:Well we're not Goldies or Caribou or whatever they're called now. We're steerage. And our most recent experience, arriving for our allocated time, the waiting time for CPS was approximately nil and we were on board, in our cabin, about 20 mins after arriving at the terminal.
Yes but your views don't count either because you're definitely on P&O's payroll. :sarcasm:
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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 18 Nov 2016, 16:26

20 minutes is 20 minutes.

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Post by qbman1 » 18 Nov 2016, 16:27

towny44 wrote:
Mervyn and Trish wrote:Well we're not Goldies or Caribou or whatever they're called now. We're steerage. And our most recent experience, arriving for our allocated time, the waiting time for CPS was approximately nil and we were on board, in our cabin, about 20 mins after arriving at the terminal.
Yes but your views don't count either because you're definitely on P&O's payroll. :sarcasm:
Now why are you feeling so bitter and twisted today ? Would it help to unburden yourself ?!

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Don't get him started. ........

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