X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

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X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 13 Apr 2019, 13:06

The holiday information booklet has arrived this morning for this cruise.
Wont be long now.
Have booked some excursions through the cruise personaliser, was suprised how expensive they were for an around britain cruise.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 01 Jun 2019, 16:02

When this cruise was booked some 18 months ago we didn't know that Oriana would be leaving the fleet.
E mail from P and O today letting me know of some of the special things that will be happening.

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Evening deck parties with a special cake
Celebration dinner with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Commemoration menu
Officer hosted tables at dinner
Heritage quiz
Nice to see a special effort being by P and O.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Mervyn and Trish » 01 Jun 2019, 16:14

Don't forget to collect your souvenir cruet, duvet, tv and towels.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Kenmo1 » 01 Jun 2019, 16:49

Mervyn and Trish wrote:
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Don't forget to collect your souvenir cruet, duvet, tv and towels.
Lindsey, please leave some things for us to 'collect' on the final cruise. I don't want to get on Oriana and find the whole ship has been stripped bare by souvenir hunters.

Have a lovely time.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 09 Jun 2019, 15:46

Been trying to decide what to take for this cruise. These sort of cruises are the worst to pack for as you really need to take a bit of everything.
We are going up as far as Faroe Islands,Kirkwall and Lerwick.
Couple of stops in Southern Ireland and Guernsey.
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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by david63 » 09 Jun 2019, 16:10

Whynd1 wrote:
09 Jun 2019, 15:46
Been trying to decide what to take for this cruise. These sort of cruises are the worst to pack for as you really need to take a bit of everything.
Aren't these just the sort of problems that you like to have? :lol: :lol: :lol: If it is too much of a problem I could be persuaded to go on the cruise for you :D

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Gill W » 09 Jun 2019, 16:24

Whynd1 wrote:
09 Jun 2019, 15:46
Been trying to decide what to take for this cruise. These sort of cruises are the worst to pack for as you really need to take a bit of everything.
We are going up as far as Faroe Islands,Kirkwall and Lerwick.
Couple of stops in Southern Ireland and Guernsey.
Lindsey
When I've been on British Isles cruises, I haven't finalised my packing list until literally the day before I've sailed.

I monitor weather reports for the entire period of the cruise, and make a judgement based on that.
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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Mervyn and Trish » 09 Jun 2019, 19:14

And then add a pacamac and wellies!

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Dancing Queen » 09 Jun 2019, 20:19

Rather like the Fjords you have to be prepared for anything, never done an 'Around Britain' but it does appeal I just wish they would embark from ports which are more convenient than Southampton ( such as Liverpool )

Have a great time Lindsey .
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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Jan Rosser » 09 Jun 2019, 22:42

My Round Britain trip was in July 2014 and from what I remember we had the full range of weather so take a bit of everything Lindsey - have a great trip :thumbup:
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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 10 Jun 2019, 07:37

Kitchen sink comes to mind.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Kenmo1 » 10 Jun 2019, 09:01

Lindsey, Have a look at Suekersh's report for June 2018 Oriana Review to understand how much the weather can vary. We were also on that cruise and I had to buy Ken a raincoat in Inverness as we hadn't packed one for him. To add insult to injury, everywhere we went and I mentioned the poor weather to people in the shops they all said you should have been here for the last few weeks, it was almost too hot and we didn't know what to do with ourselves to keep cool. Grrrr !

You will have a lovely time despite the weather. I don't think we always appreciate the wonderful variety of scenery that we have in the UK.


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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Ranchi » 10 Jun 2019, 09:35

We have cruised a couple of times in the western isles and whilst you can have days of rain ( yes, we’ve had that) the key feature of the weather is the rapid changes. Last year ( Sept- yes, we were intimate friends with storm Ali) I took a panoramic photo on my phone of Skye from Raasay and as you pan round you see hail, sun, rain and more sun all in the one shot. Thin layers & a waterproof in a small daysack would seem to be the order of the day...oh & don’t forget the factor 30 & a cap in a side pocket, just in case.
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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 10 Jun 2019, 09:39

Thank you Ranchi, yes I have purchased a good quality mac in a bag. I'm expecting a lot of rain.
Thank you all for your comments.
I prefer the med cruises but this is a special one as travelling with two friends one of which is celebrating a rather special birthday. So some surprises may be in store. May include some bubbly.


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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 10 Jun 2019, 09:50

Thank you for the tip Maureen, have re read the report. Rain does seem to crop up a lot.
Have taken the recommendation of Da Nello for lunch in Guernsey.


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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by CaroleF » 10 Jun 2019, 12:07

When we did a similar trip a couple of summers ago we had fantastic weather for the first half - the Highland Games at Braemar couldn't have had better weather. However, when we got to John O'Groats the rain was coming down in sheets - several of us didn't even get off the coach. Then in Oban things had cleared up but it was raining again in Belfast so yes, prepare for all eventualities!

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by cruisin_duo » 10 Jun 2019, 13:48

Hope you have a great trip.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Happydays » 10 Jun 2019, 15:26

The weather here today has been warm sunshine (t-Shirt nice!) until twenty minutes ago and now its pouring down with rain!! As others have said layers and waterproof jacket just in case. Have a good cruise :)

I remember the times we've been to Norway (3) first time wall to wall sunshine, next time we couldn't see a thing for rain and mist! next time mixed is the best way to describe it ;)


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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 19 Jun 2019, 09:55

Good morning from a sunny Oriana. Sea day sat on the prom deck this morning and Mr sun is making an appearance. Cruise going well and the sea state is slight.
A lot of very very elderly passengers on board this cruise. Formal night tonight with the chain de rossiters dinner. So many loyalty passengers that each tier is having two lunches.

For cast for Faroese tomorrow is rain.


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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 27 Jun 2019, 20:47

Unable to anchor and tender for Guernsey today due to high winds. Then a medical emergency arose and we are now back in Southampton. We will be disembarked as usual in the morning.

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Post by Gill W » 28 Jun 2019, 09:53

Have a safe journey home
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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by cruisin_duo » 28 Jun 2019, 12:29

Sorry to hear you weren’t able to get into Guernsey. Have a safe journey home.


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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 28 Jun 2019, 18:39

Home safe and sound from a lovely cruise. The ports of call were excellent specially the Faroe Islands.
Will write a short report in the week, one thing though, the last special 5 cruises only the heritage quiz appeared, not the officer hosted tables or the fizz and cake. We did have fizz and a hosted table at the loyalty lunch as usual.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Kenmo1 » 28 Jun 2019, 21:33

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not the officer hosted tables or the fizz and cake
When we first started cruising on Oriana back in 2000 we were very lucky twice to get placed on officer hosted tables which we quite enjoyed because they provided the wine most nights from their allowance. It seemed the normal thing then. Great for us as we were real cheapskates ( still are) just booking the cheapest cabins possible and getting our table drinks provided. What not to like !!! I can remember one officer was Adrian Archer and another one was called John Thorne, I think. It only happened to us when we were on Oriana, not on any of the other ships we went on. Possibly some of the cruisers who went on PO before 2000 can say whether it did happen regularly on other ships as well but it was a nice touch. We actually keep in touch on Facebook and at Christmas with 2 of the couples who also shared the table with us - perhaps the wine helped.

Glad the holiday turned out well Lindsey. Looking forward to your report.


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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 29 Jun 2019, 07:11

When I opened my post yesterday, the holiday information brochure had arrived for our Baltic cruise on Arcadia in September.

Happy days.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Dancing Queen » 29 Jun 2019, 13:33

Kenmo1 wrote:
28 Jun 2019, 21:33
Whynd1 wrote:
28 Jun 2019, 18:39
not the officer hosted tables or the fizz and cake
When we first started cruising on Oriana back in 2000 we were very lucky twice to get placed on officer hosted tables which we quite enjoyed because they provided the wine most nights from their allowance. It seemed the normal thing then. Great for us as we were real cheapskates ( still are) just booking the cheapest cabins possible and getting our table drinks provided. What not to like !!! I can remember one officer was Adrian Archer and another one was called John Thorne, I think. It only happened to us when we were on Oriana, not on any of the other ships we went on. Possibly some of the cruisers who went on PO before 2000 can say whether it did happen regularly on other ships as well but it was a nice touch. We actually keep in touch on Facebook and at Christmas with 2 of the couples who also shared the table with us - perhaps the wine helped.

Glad the holiday turned out well Lindsey. Looking forward to your report.

We've been on several officer hosted tables over the years mainly on Oriana and Aurora and mostly over the Christmas period ( I always assumed it was because the officers usually had their families on board then ) we have been on hosted tables at other times but it's a custom which does seem to have been phased out in recent years, I know on Cunard the Captain/Deputy Captain do host on gala nights perhaps it is the same now on P&O.

You are right though at one time there was an abundance of officers around the restaurant but these days you rarely see one, we were lucky enough to have Captain Paul Brown hosting our table on a Caribbean Christmas cruise - he was but a mere 'navigator' then - goodness I'm going back a long time there it was on the old Sea Princess and probably around 91/92 - those were the days before the Carnival 'bean counters' came along :roll:

We are quite fancying an Around Britain cruise so I'll look forward to your review Lindsey, it sounds as if you really enjoyed it.
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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by colin parry » 29 Jun 2019, 13:57

The very first cruise we did on Victoria, we had the ships doctor on our table , a young very good looking chap called Dirk Klopper, a South African. Each night the ladies were always trying to sit next to him. Being our first cruise.I thought this was normal but after almost 40 further cruises, never had an officer hosted table again.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by david63 » 29 Jun 2019, 14:16

Dancing Queen wrote:
29 Jun 2019, 13:33
these days you rarely see one
The only time that I have seen an officer in the MDR is when they have family onboard - no hosted tables these days apart from the Peninsular Lunch. You do, however, quite often see them in the speciality restaurants - but hosting tables, unless you have paid an extortionate amount of money to do so.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Manoverboard » 29 Jun 2019, 16:01

We had an MI5/MI6 Commodore type Officer hosting our table of 8 for several days during a Somali pirate crisis on a Worldie leg, this however was in 2012.

He or his good lady would have had a very hefty drinks bill for that period but in spite of their obvious high flying status in life they were great company as well as hosts. :clap:


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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Whynd1 » 29 Jun 2019, 18:18

The only reason I mentioned it was it was listed in an e mail from P and O as a special thing that would be happening for the last 5 cruises. So it was disappointed that most of these things never happened for us on first sitting.

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Post by Dancing Queen » 29 Jun 2019, 18:19

Oh I would have found that so interesting Moby - lucky you :thumbup:

I've always found those who have 'the status in life' are usually great company - they are not trying to prove anything because they don't have to.
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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Dancing Queen » 29 Jun 2019, 18:26

Whynd1 wrote:
29 Jun 2019, 18:18
The only reason I mentioned it was it was listed in an e mail from P and O as a special thing that would be happening for the last 5 cruises. So it was disappointed that most of these things never happened for us on first sitting.

That is really disappointing if P&O didn't deliver what they promised Lindsey, Oriana has had such a loyal following so you would think Carnival would make the last few cruises memorable.
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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Kenmo1 » 29 Jun 2019, 18:37

Dancing Queen wrote:
29 Jun 2019, 18:26
Whynd1 wrote:
29 Jun 2019, 18:18
The only reason I mentioned it was it was listed in an e mail from P and O as a special thing that would be happening for the last 5 cruises. So it was disappointed that most of these things never happened for us on first sitting.

That is really disappointing if P&O didn't deliver what they promised Lindsey, Oriana has had such a loyal following so you would think Carnival would make the last few cruises memorable.
I thought the same, DQ - I thought perhaps P&O were trying to revive a few of the little extras that a lot of the Oriana regulars would have enjoyed years ago. I doubt it would work for us as we are going to be on freedom dining so would miss out anyway.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by david63 » 29 Jun 2019, 21:35

Whynd1 wrote:
29 Jun 2019, 18:18
So it was disappointed that most of these things never happened for us on first sitting.
If I remember correctly when officers did host tables it was usually on second sitting.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 29 Jun 2019, 22:07

david63 wrote:
29 Jun 2019, 21:35
Whynd1 wrote:
29 Jun 2019, 18:18
So it was disappointed that most of these things never happened for us on first sitting.
If I remember correctly when officers did host tables it was usually on second sitting.


That seems to make sense, David, because we always had 2nd sitting dinner when we first started cruising.

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Re: X909 Around Britain cruise June 19

Post by Manoverboard » 30 Jun 2019, 09:05

Dancing Queen wrote:
29 Jun 2019, 18:19
Oh I would have found that so interesting Moby - lucky you :thumbup:

I've always found those who have 'the status in life' are usually great company - they are not trying to prove anything because they don't have to.
Exactly … just like you and I :wave:

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Dancing Queen wrote: I've always found those who have 'the status in life' are usually great company - they are not trying to prove anything because they don't have to.
Manoverboard wrote: Exactly … just like you and I :wave:
I wasn't thinking of me - but now you mention it :lol: :lol:


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Post by Dancing Queen » 30 Jun 2019, 14:42

I've messed up with the 'quote' facility again - I wish I could get this right !!
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Post by Manoverboard » 30 Jun 2019, 15:08

Dancing Queen wrote:
30 Jun 2019, 14:42
I've messed up with the 'quote' facility again - I wish I could get this right !!
It looks alright to me ;)

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Post by Dancing Queen » 30 Jun 2019, 17:02

Thanks for the edit Moby :clap: :wave:
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