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.

Lindsey


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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:
01 Jun 2019, 16:14
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.
Lindsey

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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.
Gill

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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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