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Post by Jan Rosser » 04 Aug 2019, 07:48

Off today to Southampton for my Baltic cruise with son and family. Only travelled with RCI once before - I think my granddaughters will enjoy the facilities - they’ve only sailed with P&O and Princess previously. My youngest granddaughter declared it would be too hot in the Med in August hence we are going north and a lot of the ships are not child friendly or going at the wrong time. However I’m sure we will have a fab time - will report back on my return

Byeee :wave:
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Post by Stephen » 04 Aug 2019, 07:53

Have a lovely time Jan as I'm sure you will :thumbup: :wave:

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Post by david63 » 04 Aug 2019, 08:15

Jan Rosser wrote:
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My youngest granddaughter declared it would be too hot in the Med in August
You might be pleasantly surprised (or not) and it it actually hotter than the Med.

Have a great time with the grandkids :thumbup: :wave:


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Post by Whynd1 » 04 Aug 2019, 08:37

Hi Jan

Have a lovely holiday with the family.
Enjoy the Baltics.

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Post by GillD46 » 04 Aug 2019, 08:44

Have a great time Jan. It will be different from your “norm”, but that doesn’t mean not good and anyway, you’ll enjoy your lovely family time xx
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Post by cruisin_duo » 04 Aug 2019, 12:09

Hope you have a great time with your family, and look forward to hearing about your cruise when you are back.

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Post by Jan Rosser » 04 Aug 2019, 15:40

On deck taking part in lifeboat drill but without life jackets :lolno:

Embarkation was a breeze :thumbup:
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Post by Gill W » 04 Aug 2019, 15:44

Have a good time
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Post by towny44 » 05 Aug 2019, 17:18

Hope you're enjoying Explorer Jan, we are certainly enjoying everything that Independence has to offer.
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Post by Stephen » 05 Aug 2019, 18:02

Have a good one John :thumbup:

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Post by Manoverboard » 05 Aug 2019, 18:05

Could you possibly post your destinations …. I / we just love the Baltic regions :wave:

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Post by Dancing Queen » 05 Aug 2019, 18:43

Have a great cruise Jan - you too John.
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towny44 wrote:
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Hope you're enjoying Explorer Jan, we are certainly enjoying everything that Independence has to offer.
Taking a bit of getting used to - layout so different- getting lost a lot :lol: Food is excellent particularly meat but waiters disappointed we don’t eat more!!! On a hoho bus today I’m Copenhagen.
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Post by Stephen » 07 Aug 2019, 11:20

Jan Rosser wrote:
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Hope you're enjoying Explorer Jan, we are certainly enjoying everything that Independence has to offer.
Taking a bit of getting used to - layout so different- getting lost a lot :lol: Food is excellent particularly meat but waiters disappointed we don’t eat more!!! On a hoho bus today I’m Copenhagen.
Ask him for a doggy bag Jan, I'll soon take it off your hands. :D

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 07 Aug 2019, 15:20

Ah those lovely Americans. No such thing as a small plate.

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Post by towny44 » 09 Aug 2019, 16:35

Well our Independence cruise is nearly finished, Captain Iv has had his pedal to the metal since leaving Cadiz and we should be safely alongside by 11:00pm tonight ahead of the worst of the forecast winds.
There has been no force feeding and the food has been about the same standard as P&O, with probably a wider choice. About the only thing RCI don't do at least as well as P&O is their My Time version of Freedom dining, they encourage passengers to book a table and time, which IMO defeats the benefits of Freedom dining, and results in lots of empty tables and even longer queues waiting for a table. We were fortunate the assistant M'aitre D insists that we are allowed to jump the queue as priority wheelchair guests.
Of course drink prices and anything else that's not included is extortionately expensive, but the ships are so much better designed and cared for that you almost forget about the higher costs.
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Post by Stephen » 09 Aug 2019, 16:54

Queue jumper

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Post by Jan Rosser » 12 Aug 2019, 11:14

Helsinki today - survived St Petersburg - just - and we didn’t even do long tours :lolno:

Unlike John we found dining okay- we did eat at the same time most nights and were thoroughly spoiled by our waiters and have never had so much attention from head waiters before but we had a couple of issues over breakfast one day and after that we have been treated very well. More about it when I return home.

Food we all think much better than P&O- surprised to find kettle in room too.
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Post by Stephen » 12 Aug 2019, 11:34

Don't tell me they forgot the laverbread Jan. That's well out of order.

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 12 Aug 2019, 17:32

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Food we all think much better than P&O- surprised to find kettle in room too.
Yes I remember we got one of those too. But I was irritated that it came with throwaway paper cups not proper crockery.

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Post by Manoverboard » 12 Aug 2019, 18:07

You mean to say that Trish didn't take the Royal Albert set … tshhhh.

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Post by towny44 » 12 Aug 2019, 19:27

Mervyn and Trish wrote:
12 Aug 2019, 17:32
Jan Rosser wrote:
12 Aug 2019, 11:14
Food we all think much better than P&O- surprised to find kettle in room too.
Yes I remember we got one of those too. But I was irritated that it came with throwaway paper cups not proper crockery.
We got proper mugs, but maybe that's because we are Diamond.😉
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Post by Jan Rosser » 13 Aug 2019, 06:55

towny44 wrote:
12 Aug 2019, 19:27
Mervyn and Trish wrote:
12 Aug 2019, 17:32
Jan Rosser wrote:
12 Aug 2019, 11:14
Food we all think much better than P&O- surprised to find kettle in room too.
Yes I remember we got one of those too. But I was irritated that it came with throwaway paper cups not proper crockery.
We got proper mugs, but maybe that's because we are Diamond.😉
No paper cups for us either 😉 Stockholm today - off on shuttle bus to explore. The tickets for the bus are ridiculously expensive - we can’t believe how much we’ve spent so far - a definite negative for RCI.
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Post by Stephen » 13 Aug 2019, 07:18

I'll stick to good old Pee & Oh.

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Post by towny44 » 13 Aug 2019, 08:53

Stephen wrote:
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I'll stick to good old Pee & Oh.
That'll be P&O Vanilla cruising as opposed to Rum 'n Raisin, Tutti Fruiti and chocolate chip cookie dough with RCI. :sarcasm: :lol:
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Post by Stephen » 13 Aug 2019, 09:00

towny44 wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 08:53
Stephen wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 07:18
I'll stick to good old Pee & Oh.
That'll be P&O Vanilla cruising as opposed to Rum 'n Raisin, Tutti Fruiti and chocolate chip cookie dough with RCI. :sarcasm: :lol:

Not bothered one bit about ice cream or any other sweets.

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Post by Jan Rosser » 13 Aug 2019, 09:16

towny44 wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 08:53
Stephen wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 07:18
I'll stick to good old Pee & Oh.
That'll be P&O Vanilla cruising as opposed to Rum 'n Raisin, Tutti Fruiti and chocolate chip cookie dough with RCI. :sarcasm: :lol:
I’d have to eat my weight and more to offset the price of the tickets etc.
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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 13 Aug 2019, 13:45

Jan Rosser wrote:
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Yes I remember we got one of those too. But I was irritated that it came with throwaway paper cups not proper crockery.
We got proper mugs, but maybe that's because we are Diamond.😉
No paper cups for us either 😉 Stockholm today - off on shuttle bus to explore. The tickets for the bus are ridiculously expensive - we can’t believe how much we’ve spent so far - a definite negative for RCI.
Maybe they've changed. It was IOTS first season when we went so a few years back

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 13 Aug 2019, 13:47

towny44 wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 08:53
Stephen wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 07:18
I'll stick to good old Pee & Oh.
That'll be P&O Vanilla cruising as opposed to Rum 'n Raisin, Tutti Fruiti and chocolate chip cookie dough with RCI. :sarcasm: :lol:
We like a nice vanilla. You must too the amount of time you spend on P&O 😀😀

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 13 Aug 2019, 13:48

Stephen wrote:
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I'll stick to good old Pee & Oh.
Not having prostate problems I hope 😂😂😂

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Post by Stephen » 13 Aug 2019, 14:56

:D Not this week.

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Mervyn and Trish wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 13:47
towny44 wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 08:53
Stephen wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 07:18
I'll stick to good old Pee & Oh.
That'll be P&O Vanilla cruising as opposed to Rum 'n Raisin, Tutti Fruiti and chocolate chip cookie dough with RCI. :sarcasm: :lol:
We like a nice vanilla. You must too the amount of time you spend on P&O 😀😀
Correct Merv, but its the pricing that keeps us faithful, certainly not the service standards, the amenities on board, the overall cleanliness or the stylish design of the ships.
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Post by Whynd1 » 13 Aug 2019, 15:32

Totally agree John,especially with the single supplement. A lot of cruise lines add on 100% as standard.
Just had a leaflet for Princess 2021 an 8 night cruise approx £1800 you then add the single supplement on and it's not value for money,which I actually think P and O are.

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 13 Aug 2019, 18:36

towny44 wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 15:15
Mervyn and Trish wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 13:47
towny44 wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 08:53

That'll be P&O Vanilla cruising as opposed to Rum 'n Raisin, Tutti Fruiti and chocolate chip cookie dough with RCI. :sarcasm: :lol:
We like a nice vanilla. You must too the amount of time you spend on P&O 😀😀
Correct Merv, but its the pricing that keeps us faithful, certainly not the service standards, the amenities on board, the overall cleanliness or the stylish design of the ships.
If I didn't like it I wouldn't book John. If you spend say £2,000 and don't like it that's £2,000 wasted in my book. I'd rather spend £2,500 and have a good time.

That's why I wouldn't book Calamity again, even when they had a spate of cheap deals.

And it's why if P&O's good prices continue to attract loud mouthed we'll look elsewhere.

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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 13 Aug 2019, 18:39

Above post should say "loud mouthed yobs" For some reason it gives me an error message when I try to submit the edit!


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Post by Whynd1 » 13 Aug 2019, 19:20

Interesting that today we should receive an e mail pushing the Britannia, do you think they have had a spate of cancellations ?

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Post by towny44 » 13 Aug 2019, 19:52

Mervyn and Trish wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 18:36
towny44 wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 15:15
Mervyn and Trish wrote:
13 Aug 2019, 13:47


We like a nice vanilla. You must too the amount of time you spend on P&O 😀😀
Correct Merv, but its the pricing that keeps us faithful, certainly not the service standards, the amenities on board, the overall cleanliness or the stylish design of the ships.
If I didn't like it I wouldn't book John. If you spend say £2,000 and don't like it that's £2,000 wasted in my book. I'd rather spend £2,500 and have a good time.

That's why I wouldn't book Calamity again, even when they had a spate of cheap deals.

And it's why if P&O's good prices continue to attract loud mouthed we'll look elsewhere.
It doesn't need to be perfect for a holiday to be fully enjoyable Merv, and I live in hope that P&O will improve if I keep prompting them.
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Post by Stephen » 14 Aug 2019, 06:59

Mervyn and Trish wrote:
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Above post should say "loud mouthed yobs" For some reason it gives me an error message when I try to submit the edit!


I've noticed that also on several occasions.

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Post by Jan Rosser » 16 Aug 2019, 10:01

Stavanger today just got off ship to sunshine :thumbup:
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Post by Stephen » 16 Aug 2019, 10:02

Don't go letting the side down Jan, we'll be there on Sunday :wave:

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Post by towny44 » 16 Aug 2019, 10:38

I didn't know Stavanger was in the Baltic!!!!
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Post by Stephen » 16 Aug 2019, 10:49

They moved it over night

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Post by Jan Rosser » 16 Aug 2019, 12:11

Stephen wrote:
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Don't go letting the side down Jan, we'll be there on Sunday :wave:
It’s lovely here today Stephen - sun is shining and we are the only ship in so not crowded. Sea day tomorrow then home on Sunday.
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Post by Stephen » 16 Aug 2019, 12:43

I dont think its going to be like that when we arrive Jan. Winter come early for us going by the forecasts for the fjords.

Perhaps the beeb will get it wrong.....for a change :sarcasm:
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Post by Mervyn and Trish » 16 Aug 2019, 20:23

We always look at three forecasts and choose the best one......

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Post by Jan Rosser » 18 Aug 2019, 08:12

Back in Southampton - bit dull and damp. Disembarkation so quick and easy - off ship by 7.45 - cases easy to find - now on coach waiting for the stragglers although there are only 10 passengers on bus :lol:
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Post by Stephen » 18 Aug 2019, 09:03

For once i dont mind the weather bods getting it wrong. Cracking sea day weather yesterday and nice today at Stavanger although might get a shower around mid day.


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Post by cruisin_duo » 18 Aug 2019, 10:22

Stephen, hope you have an enjoyable cruise.


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Post by Whynd1 » 18 Aug 2019, 10:32

If RCI can you get you off at that time, why do P and O make such a meal out of it ?

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Post by towny44 » 18 Aug 2019, 10:51

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If RCI can you get you off at that time, why do P and O make such a meal out of it ?
We had exactly the same experience disembarking Independence OTS, it was less than 10 minutes from joining the small queue at the gangway to exiting from the terminal building. The cases were all together which meant we saved many minutes trooping up and down the rows of luggage, and I was pushing both the trolley and my wife's wheelchair, but that's easy at City Terminal because the exit is adjacent to where you enter the luggage hall, and that whole area is luggage free making it easy to transit, and long wait getting past all the rows of luggage.
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