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Post by Kenmo1 » 09 Aug 2018, 09:39

I had wanted to book Oriana to Greenland to celebrate my 70th but because it is treated as worldwide for insurance purposes we decided against it and instead booked Arcadia to the Med which had 4 new ports for us and my sister and husband from Sheffield - two completely opposite cruises. It wasn't a good start at Southampton. We arrived early and given priority cards as we are Baltic and then sat and waited to be called. Suddenly an announcement was made calling me to Customer Services. With my stomach churning, thinking that something had happened to my sister and brother-in-law coming down in the car, I walked towards Customer Services where a lady with Security written across her coat asked me to accompany her to the back area. I had to go through security and taken to a back area where one of our cases was on the x-ray system. Something suspicious had shown up !!! I was asked to open the case and retrieve an item showing up near the handle of the case. It turned out to be my husband's swiss army knife it its holder. I had done ALL the packing as his idea of packing is bung, bung, bung. Apparently he had chucked it in the case thinking it would be useful. As it was within the allowable limit it was not confiscated but we were advised in future to put it in our hand luggage, the opposite of what happens when flying I think. I was advised that the case would not be delivered until much later than our other cases.

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Post by Stephen » 09 Aug 2018, 09:44

Oh dear. Has he come out of the dog house yet :D

That's the thing with packing, we let you do it because your so much better at it than us useless men ;)
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Post by david63 » 09 Aug 2018, 09:49

Kenmo1 wrote:
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t turned out to be my husband's swiss army knife it its holder
I had exactly the same thing happen to me a couple of years ago. This, to me is one of the nonsensical security issues - they need to ensure that you do not take a fixed blade, or blade over a certain length, on board and completely overlook the fact that there are at least 5,000 fixed blade knives already on board (how did they get through security :?: )
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Post by Kenmo1 » 09 Aug 2018, 09:56

The first evening was Walk Like A Man. An excellent show.
The first sea day the Captain announced that he had been advised of a dead whale floating on the surface which we did eventually pass by - very sad
24/7/18 OPORTO - we decided not to go into Oporto as we have been there twice within the last 12 months and as much as we enjoy the River Douro we decided instead to stay locally in Leixoes and have a wander along the beach to the small fort at the end (turning right as you come out of the port). The beach is huge and gorgeous with fine sand and was very busy especially with lots of young really slim healthy looking children running around playing games and not sat staring at phones, ipads etc. We reached the fort, went inside and found a small bleak looking cafe with an elderly lady serving who didn't speak English and, like an idiot I hadn't checked the words for two teas in Portuguese. As the two fingers etc didn't seem to work I said coffee totally forgetting that a lot of Europeans drink that disgusting espresso in the mornings and they were duly produced much to our horror. I asked for hot milk which she did seem to understand and then we drowned it with sugar and drank it like that. We left to search for another cafe where English was spoken. I sent a email to my son saying a nice 23 degrees here to which he replied 'Pitiful - 29 degrees on IOW.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 09 Aug 2018, 09:59

Yes, Stephen but it took a few days and David, thank goodness it isn't only us - I was so embarrassed.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 09 Aug 2018, 10:18

25/7/18 - At sea. As we sailed past Gibraltar at 9.30 pm we saw a very large pod of dolphins.
The Headliners did Destination Dance and it was excellent and I had forgotten how good the Palladium Theatre on Arcadia is for special effects.

26/7/18 ALMERIA -A new port for us and we got off early to climb to the Alcazaba with its steep steps. It just got hotter and hotter so we probably didn't do it justice and eventually headed down from the walls to find a little bit of shade in the town. Almeria looks very stark and dried out and apparently outside the town is a desert area where a lot of the spaghetti westerns were filmed. Ken would have liked to have visited there but we were struggling with the heat so headed back to Arcadia.
27/7/18 At sea. Peninsular Lunch. Had an early, light evening meal then went on deck to see Total Eclipse of the moon but a bit of a something and nothing as there was some cloud.

28/7/18 CALVI - Calvi in Corsica is a tender port and is an absolute gem. Another hot day, 33 degrees, but we staggered up to the old Citadel. Mad dogs and Englishmen springs to mind. Later, after wandering through the town which had a bit more shade, we sat on the seafront looking at all the gorgeous yachts/cabin cruisers etc.

Fogwell Flax was the entertainment but I'm afraid he did nothing for us although someone behind us obviously thought he was very funny.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 09 Aug 2018, 10:36

29/7/18 CIVITAVECCHIA -As temperatures in Rome were expected to be over 37 degrees and there were 5 ships in, we decided to give Rome a miss. We visited there about 20 years ago and would have liked to visit again but not with queuing in that heat so we just wandered around the local area. When I went to the Belvedere buffet on Arcadia to get a glass of water a woman was filling her water bottle. The bottle opening was completely covering the water spout and touching it. I'm not usually very brave but I did point out to her that the notice did say not to do it but she just walked off. Have these people never heard of norovirus?
Went to the Headliners 'Money makes the World go round' based on Cabaret. Obviously a lot of people enjoyed it but not one I would go to again.
30/7/18 SALERNO - Another new port although we had visited Sorrento along the coast in April. We decided to visit Amalfi. The shuttle dropped us at Santa Lucia and then we had a 20 minute march along prom to the Travel de Mare where we caught the 9.40 to Amalfi. It takes 35 minutes. It was heaving as it also goes to Positano but that would take longer. It cost 8 euros each way per person. We visited the Cathedral and wandered the streets then caught the 12.45 boat back to Salerno so that we could have a quick look round there. Had a heavy downpour as we arrived back.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 09 Aug 2018, 10:53

31/7/18 CAGLIARI, Sardinia. Another new port for us as we couldn't get in on the last cruise. Another very hot day which limited what we did. We wandered up through the town eventually arriving at the Bastion, a large marble building, but it was closed so he headed back to the sea and arrived near a military establishment where there was a wooden walkway which would take us further round to the left. As we stood debating whether to walk any further in the heat, suddenly the water in the harbour started to bubble and a huge amount of large fish jumped out. It happened in various places in the water and we assumed that there must have been some dolphins under the water rounding them up as we had seen a couple of dolphins in the harbour when we were having breakfast.

The tourist maps and WiFi were both chargeable in the port but you could pay to rent a gadget for the wifi for a period.

2/8/18 GIBRALTAR - short visit to this old faithful. Caught up with emails and Debenhams and MS.

3/8/18 and 4/8/18 At Sea - heading home.

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Post by david63 » 09 Aug 2018, 12:45

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Have these people never heard of norovirus?
No - it only happens to others!!

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Post by towny44 » 09 Aug 2018, 14:50

david63 wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 12:45
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Have these people never heard of norovirus?
No - it only happens to others!!
If people must insist on filling water bottles from the chilled water in the buffet, the least they could do is decant it from one or more of the plastic glasses.
Better still do like we do and fill them in our cabin the night before then keep them in the fridge.
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Post by Meg 50 » 09 Aug 2018, 15:46

Kenmo1 wrote:
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.... Something suspicious had shown up !!! I was asked to open the case and retrieve an item showing up near the handle of the case. It turned out to be my husband's swiss army knife it its holder. ....
I keep the screwdriver from my sewing machine in my handbag - amongst the pens- and I've lost count of how many security scans its been thro' - never once been found!
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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 09 Aug 2018, 17:13

We had one of those corkscrews with a little knife to cut the foil in our hand luggage on one cruise and they spent ages discussing whether it exceeded the critical size (it didn't by a mile) while I pointed out the large number of steak knives on board and freely available if I really wanted to.kill someone

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Post by Onelife » 09 Aug 2018, 20:52

Hi Maureen

I think you were very unlucky getting stopped at security, especially for something as small as a swiss army knife, when l last disembarked from a cruise l walked straight through with a near full canteen of cutlery eight plates and two serving spoons :angel:

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Post by Finker » 09 Aug 2018, 21:55

We were pulled aside a few weeks back with our caravan. The Border Force chap inspected the caravan and asked if we were carrying any knives. " Yes " said my husband." in the cutlery drawer"

The officer asked for his reassurance that they would remain in the drawer for the crossing!!


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Post by Quizzical Bob » 09 Aug 2018, 22:03

Finker wrote:
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We were pulled aside a few weeks back with our caravan. The Border Force chap inspected the caravan and asked if we were carrying any knives. " Yes " said my husband." in the cutlery drawer"

The officer asked for his reassurance that they would remain in the drawer for the crossing!!
Yep. Same for us :think:

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Post by gilly88 » 10 Aug 2018, 15:03

david63 wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 12:45
Kenmo1 wrote:
09 Aug 2018, 10:36
Have these people never heard of norovirus?
No - it only happens to others!!
happened to me last November.... :sick: :sick: :sick: never want that again.
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Post by Gill W » 10 Aug 2018, 15:34

OMG, if I'd got the name call from customer services I would have been in a frenzy!!

After a fraught start, the rest of the cruise sounds good.

Thanks for telling us about it
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Post by oldbluefox » 10 Aug 2018, 16:35

So it was you, Maureen who was called off the ship!!! We were on the same cruise. Never seen a whale before so that's one ticked off my bucket list even if it was a dead one. Big thing (language Timothy!!) wasn't it but it looked as though it had been floating around for a while.
I was called to security once just as you were. :oops: I had put my Leatherman penknife in the case and was called to open the case and I had forgotten the blade does lock so it was confiscated. I had to pay something like £30 to get it back a few weeks later. Why they can't hold it at the port until your return I know not but I had to jump through all sorts of hoops until its eventual return. Lesson learnt. I suppose they are the rules although I could hardly see a septuagenarium causing havoc with a Leatherman penknife, complete with scissors, scredrivers, toothpick, digger for horses' hooves etc when it would be a lot easier to do more damage with a steak knife.

Thank you for your review as it saves me doing mine. :lol: :thumbup:
In Salerno we had a tour to Herculaneum which was fascinating but much, much smaller than Pompeii. However there was still plenty to see. In the morning we went into Salerno which was a pleasant little place. The highlight for me was the crypt in the cathedral, covered in the most intricate patterns in marble and reputedly where St Matthew was buried. Whether or not he was we just have to accept but it was a beautiful place.
Pleased to hear you had a good time.

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Post by Onelife » 10 Aug 2018, 17:46

Hi foxy......just to save others having to do wot l had to do 'septuagenarium' is a person aged between 70 and 79.

Btw....l became a sixtyfiveuagenarrium on Saturday :thumbup:

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Post by oldbluefox » 10 Aug 2018, 19:37

You're nowt but a wee babby OL. But I can still remember being that young!

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Post by sunseeker16 » 10 Aug 2018, 20:03

Thank you for your review. I enjoyed reading it.
I think it confirms our view that the Med in JulyvandcAugustvis too hot for comfort for us

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Post by GillD46 » 10 Aug 2018, 20:16

Thanks for a good read.
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Post by Onelife » 10 Aug 2018, 20:31

I don't think Maureen's review is finished yet?.....she is still heading home!! :)

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Post by oldbluefox » 10 Aug 2018, 20:59

For us it wasn't just the heat, it was the humidity. Like Maureen we didn't go into Rome but decided to have a little walk around Civitavecchia but being a Sunday some of the shops were closed although I must say many were still open. With four or five ships in that day I suppose it made sense. Of course the market was closed. We had a walk through the town, went into the church but by now it was so hot we decided to stop off for a coffee. We had intended to walk along the promenade to the sailor and girl statue but the sun was beating off the concrete and we were by now very wet with perspiration that we walked back in the shade and back to the ship. I have never known it to be so humid in the summer months.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 10 Aug 2018, 21:39

Onelife wrote:
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I don't think Maureen's review is finished yet?.....she is still heading home!! :)
Hello young man. We arrived home Sunday 5th and I finally finished the washing and ironing today. Nothing too exciting to report for the last 2 sea days except going to see Killer Queen for about the 100th time but I always enjoy it and have been known to go to 2 performances in one night.
The most annoying thing about Sunday morning was getting back to Fountain Yard at Cowes on the Red Jet only to find that all parking including taxis, buses and private cars were not allowed in the Red Jet yard to collect passengers because it is Cowes week and parking is a total nightmare during this period. We, therefore, had to wheel 2 heavy suitcases and 2 small cases up a steep hill to reach where our son had pulled in hoping no traffic warden would walk by. What my husband hadn't realised was that he had wheeled one of the suitcase wheels through some melted tar (it could have been something worse) and it got wheeled all through the beige carpet in the hallway before I saw it.So the first hour home was spent trying to scrub it off the carpet. :x

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Kenmo1 wrote:
10 Aug 2018, 21:39
Onelife wrote:
10 Aug 2018, 20:31
I don't think Maureen's review is finished yet?.....she is still heading home!! :)
Hello young man. We arrived home Sunday 5th and I finally finished the washing and ironing today. Nothing too exciting to report for the last 2 sea days except going to see Killer Queen for about the 100th time but I always enjoy it and have been known to go to 2 performances in one night.
The most annoying thing about Sunday morning was getting back to Fountain Yard at Cowes on the Red Jet only to find that all parking including taxis, buses and private cars were not allowed in the Red Jet yard to collect passengers because it is Cowes week and parking is a total nightmare during this period. We, therefore, had to wheel 2 heavy suitcases and 2 small cases up a steep hill to reach where our son had pulled in hoping no traffic warden would walk by. What my husband hadn't realised was that he had wheeled one of the suitcase wheels through some melted tar (it could have been something worse) and it got wheeled all through the beige carpet in the hallway before I saw it.So the first hour home was spent trying to scrub it off the carpet. :x
Hi Maureen,

I knew after reading the first three words your review would stand head and shoulder above anything l have read before :thumbup:

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Post by Manoverboard » 11 Aug 2018, 10:27

So, in summary ….

You were carrying a dangerous weapon but got caught, somebody had killed an innocent whale, you had to drag your cases up a steep hill likely to induce a heart attack and your bestest beige carpet is covered in tar.

Not my idea of a relaxing holiday :lol:

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Post by Onelife » 11 Aug 2018, 11:02

Manoverboard wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 10:27
So, in summary ….

You were carrying a dangerous weapon but got caught, somebody had killed an innocent whale, you had to drag your cases up a steep hill likely to induce a heart attack and your bestest beige carpet is covered in tar.

Not my idea of a relaxing holiday :lol:

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Yes Moby.....not to mention escaping noro-virous by the neck of a water bottle. :lol:

btw Maureen....what did you use to get the tar out of your carpet?...We've got a beige carpet and some tar but l want to make sure l can get it out before l try it :lol:

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Post by Kenmo1 » 11 Aug 2018, 13:53

Manoverboard wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 10:27
So, in summary ….

You were carrying a dangerous weapon but got caught, somebody had killed an innocent whale, you had to drag your cases up a steep hill likely to induce a heart attack and your bestest beige carpet is covered in tar.

Not my idea of a relaxing holiday :lol:

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The start and the finish wasn't great but the bit in the middle was very good and would have been perfect if I had met OBF for a natter. Never mind, perhaps next time. Maureen :wave:


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Post by London Cruiser » 11 Aug 2018, 13:57

Crikey, we were on this cruise too!, should have had a forum meet up 8-) , we actually caught the same ferry as you Maureen in Salerno - Amalfi both ways, anyway only the second time for us on Arcadia, I thought the crew were very good, however the variety of entertainment for us was dreadful and reminded me of Oriana. Only one comic if Mr Flax counts as one. We didn't bother with the Peninsular lunch, speaking to some PAX that went to the Caribbean one and they had the Art Director as their host and she has only been at sea a month !! I thought it was the hottest ship I have travelled on, the air con virtually nonexistent, I really enjoyed all the ports, three were new to us and Calvi a real jem. I really enjoyed the cruise in general but I always do. We are back on Arcadia next August to the Baltics, next for us is Ventura in less than two weeks, for a two nighter then seven nighter B2B so another visit to Oporto

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Post by Kenmo1 » 11 Aug 2018, 14:18

Hi London Cruiser - we were lucky with the Peninsular Lunch as we were sat on the Food & Beverage Manager's table and it was most enjoyable. He also sent us a dish of chocolate truffles on a beautifully decorated plate saying thank you for our company - that's never happened before. He also 'bought' us a drink one evening when we were on the aft deck. Copying Brucie, I would say he is my favourite now - I'm easily bribed. :lol:

We had cabin E69, an outside obstructed one with a floor to ceiling double window which just had half of the window obstructed. The frustrating thing was that the window wasn't cleaned until the last day sailing home ! Luckily the dirt and the front of the lifeboat helped to keep the cabin fairly cool so it was always a pleasure to get back to our cabin.

Enjoy your future cruises. We are going on the Sapphire Princess in October and our next one on PO is to Longyearbyen at the top of Norway on the final cruise on Oriana. It is well inside the Arctic Circle so should be a tad cooler than this recent cruise.

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Post by London Cruiser » 11 Aug 2018, 14:48

Spooky, we have E69 next August !! apart from a dirty window was it a good cabin in a good position? We had G96 a nice quiet part of the ship? Whoops sorry we have E70 so dead opposite your side of the ship, have done NY Alesund in Spitsbergen on Oriana, to be honest it was the best place I have ever been too, a Balmy 4oc July day, not a cloud in the sky, so peaceful apart from the noise of the glaciers, hope you enjoy it and Sapphire Princess ( lovely ship). We are on Ventura again in October only for seven nights though.

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we have E70
Have you looked at the photo of E70 - you can go into the question and answers about obstructed view cabins on Arcadia or just google Arcadia E70 cabin and it downloads a photo. It has about the same amount of obstruction that we had. The only thing we found was that the sky looked grey from our window every day although it was bright blue outside, possibly due to the tint on the window or it could have been the dirt! We liked the position and would choose that position again plus you have a launderette right by you. There was no noise from it but it only had one ironing board.

We went to Ny Alesund on Arcadia some years ago and loved it. People who haven't been there think I'm nuts when I say we are going back to that area but you described exactly how I felt about it, so stark and peaceful. Maureen

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Post by Lynda and David » 11 Aug 2018, 15:50

Hi London Cruiser, we're on Arcadia next August to the Baltic. It will be our first cruise to the Baltic and whilst on board will be celebrating my 60th birthday.

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Post by London Cruiser » 11 Aug 2018, 16:04

Hi, Lynda, our first Baltic cruise too, are you on the 16nighter? if you are, see you onboard :thumbup: Wonderful way to celebrate a 60th

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Post by oldbluefox » 11 Aug 2018, 16:36

We could have had a forum meet on the deck as we were in E50. It was a great cabin with a decent sized balcony. It was really handy for the lifts and the theatre so at night we just climbed one set of stairs and we were home again. Surprised that the laundry ony had one iron/ironing board for the whole deck. It must be a nightmare when Arcadia does her worldie. My other gripe was there was nowhere to hang the clothes you had just ironed. Moan, moan, moan!!!
We loved Spitzbergen/Ny Alesund. The day we were there the sky was beautifully clear but there was a cold wind blowing from the north and by heck! it was cold - went straight through everything we had on. Fascinating place. That night the Captain took us into a fjord. At 1.00am we were stood on the deck looking at glaciers and ice floes and taking in the beauty of silence and solitude. It was a beautiful cruise and one we would happily do again.

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 11 Aug 2018, 16:48

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We are going on the Sapphire Princess in October
We were on Sapphire this summer. Lovely ship.


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Post by London Cruiser » 11 Aug 2018, 16:59

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We loved Spitzbergen/Ny Alesund. The day we were there the sky was beautifully clear but there was a cold wind blowing from the north and by heck! it was cold - went straight through everything we had on. Fascinating place. That night the Captain took us into a fjord. At 1.00am we were stood on the deck looking at glaciers and ice floes and taking in the beauty of silence and solitude. It was a beautiful cruise and one we would happily do again.
Yes I loved it there and felt quite humble and overwhelmed, best place I have ever been too. Had fun with the Arctic Turns but hey I invaded their space :lol: So they were entitled to be annoyed. The small museum was quite enjoyable,
As you say the launderette ( think there is only three on the ship) are very small and be hard work on a worldie

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Post by Lynda and David » 11 Aug 2018, 17:06

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Hi, Lynda, our first Baltic cruise too, are you on the 16nighter? if you are, see you onboard :thumbup: Wonderful way to celebrate a 60th

Rod & Sue
Hi Rod, yes we're on the 16 nighter sailing out of Southampton on 3rd August. I've just had a look at our booking summary and we're also on deck E in cabin 150. See you on board.

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Post by Kenmo1 » 11 Aug 2018, 17:29

Mervyn and Trish wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 16:48
Kenmo1 wrote:
11 Aug 2018, 14:18
We are going on the Sapphire Princess in October
We were on Sapphire this summer. Lovely ship.
That's good to know. If it was good enough for the 'P&O poster boy' then it is good enough for us. :lol:

Maureen.

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