E303 - Atlantic Islands

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Post by Emrobo » 19 Feb 2013, 21:17

anneed wrote:Oh dear, the weather's not looking great for any of our stops at the moment. Must remember to take my brolly.
I was thinking that!!

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Post by Emrobo » 19 Feb 2013, 21:17

Not so ancient mariner wrote:We may be on the ABP website, but they have us down as returning to Ocean terminal on the 16th, and P&O seem to think we are docking at Mayflower!
I assumed we were coming back into Ocean terminal - it only says that on our e-ticket?

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 19 Feb 2013, 22:57

You are right, my e-ticket now states that; - but I am pretty sure that's not the original information I was given. I didn't think it odd leaving from the Ocean Terminal and returning to Mayflower, as that's exactly what we did on E204 in March last year.

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Post by Emrobo » 20 Feb 2013, 09:36

Not so ancient mariner wrote:You are right, my e-ticket now states that; - but I am pretty sure that's not the original information I was given. I didn't think it odd leaving from the Ocean Terminal and returning to Mayflower, as that's exactly what we did on E204 in March last year.
What does happen in terms of picking up your car if you arrive at a different terminal to where you departed and where you car is parked? Are they far from each other?


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Post by tractor boy » 20 Feb 2013, 09:45

Morning Emma, dont worry about picking your car up, we have sailed out of one terminal and into another several times and they always make sure cars are parked at the terminal where the ship will return to. On one occasion the terminal destination was changed while we was away but some how the cars where all in the car park across the road, I assume they move them to the car park just before the ship comes in.

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Post by Emrobo » 20 Feb 2013, 09:47

tractor boy wrote:Morning Emma, dont worry about picking your car up, we have sailed out of one terminal and into another several times and they always make sure cars are parked at the terminal where the ship will return to. On one occasion the terminal destination was changed while we was away but some how the cars where all in the car park across the road, I assume they move them to the car park just before the ship comes in.
Thanks for the info Tractor Boy!!

Well at the moment I am sporting the worse cold I have in a long time, I am really hoping we are germ free for our holidays - its been booked nearly two years and nothing is going to stop my enjoyment, even if the weather doesn't look great in the canaries at the moment!


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Post by tractor boy » 20 Feb 2013, 15:23

We have around 2 weeks before we get there, by then the cold will be gone and the weather will be lovely :D

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 20 Feb 2013, 17:04

Reading back through the previous posts on this E303 thread, I realise us lot have a fair bit in common. I too obtained my 1st DSLR in November, and still have a lot to learn to get the best from it. Also, one of our cats was poisoned by something just after Christmas and has run up a vet's bill of over £700. Fortunately he is insured, and earlier this week we had confirmation that the insurers have accepted the claim and paid up. Phew!

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Post by anneed » 21 Feb 2013, 14:38

Well I've booked a trip for every port. I'm not adding up the cost but at least I know they are already paid for and I can squander my OBC on some serious pampering in the spa. Don't you just love a hot stones massage?

Have now got a few butterflies which will grow into a full-scale case of packing panic by this time next week.

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Post by panda53 » 21 Feb 2013, 16:24

Not long to go now. Getting so excited!! Going to get the Euros tomorrow.

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Post by Emrobo » 21 Feb 2013, 19:42

Not so ancient mariner wrote:Reading back through the previous posts on this E303 thread, I realise us lot have a fair bit in common. I too obtained my 1st DSLR in November, and still have a lot to learn to get the best from it. Also, one of our cats was poisoned by something just after Christmas and has run up a vet's bill of over £700. Fortunately he is insured, and earlier this week we had confirmation that the insurers have accepted the claim and paid up. Phew!
Glad he is okay, Millie is going for the 4th time tonight for the vets, really hope they get to the bottom of it now. Hopefully she won't need a emergency hysterectomy as the insurers don't like to pay out for that!!

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Post by Emrobo » 21 Feb 2013, 19:43

anneed wrote:Well I've booked a trip for every port. I'm not adding up the cost but at least I know they are already paid for and I can squander my OBC on some serious pampering in the spa. Don't you just love a hot stones massage?

Have now got a few butterflies which will grow into a full-scale case of packing panic by this time next week.
I am having a few spa days as we have too much OBC to use up!! Plus it is mothers day while we are onboard!! hee hee

We have to pack at the weekend, I don't have Mon, Tue or Wed night to pack, my daughter is in Alder Hey on Thurs for a MRI scan etc, and we leave Friday morning - argghh!


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Post by makina » 22 Feb 2013, 17:24

Getting mega excited now, this time next week we will be down there ready at our pre cruise hotel.

This weekend is all about semi packing, changing euros & buying last few odds & sods. Than next week might work a few days depends how cold it is (joy of working for yourself) than get my sons haircut and do the final pack and drop the dogs off at the kennels.

God i so need this holiday!!

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Post by anneed » 23 Feb 2013, 09:03

Yes, my (very big) case is now half full and I got my Euros yesterday. Tried on my formal gowns last night and they still fit thank goodness. I usually put on half a stone during a cruise so hope I can still get into a couple by the end!

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 24 Feb 2013, 09:21

My OH, Penny, would like to now if anyone will be going to the services on the two Sundays we will be on the ship. (Both are sea days)

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 24 Feb 2013, 09:25

or even KNOW if anyone is going!!

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Post by anneed » 24 Feb 2013, 15:49

Not planning to myself but I believe they are usually well attended. Perhaps they'll do something special for Mothering Sunday.

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Post by Emrobo » 24 Feb 2013, 15:50

I meant to get to one last time but never did, I will probably decide on the day or day before


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Post by tractor boy » 25 Feb 2013, 09:17

Just got back from London after starting my Birthday celebrations early with a few friends, did some last minute shopping for the hols, it was quite strange buying shorts etc while it was snowing outside.

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Post by anneed » 25 Feb 2013, 13:23

I like your optimism Tractor Boy. I've been deciding which jumpers and cardies to pack.

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Post by Emrobo » 25 Feb 2013, 13:25

anneed wrote:I like your optimism Tractor Boy. I've been deciding which jumpers and cardies to pack.
same here - we have taken a few of the girls summer dresses out and replaced with cardigans and pants!

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Post by panda53 » 25 Feb 2013, 13:44

Whatever the weather will be like, it will be warmer than here. I have packed cardigans, I have lost a lot of weight so tend to feel the cold even if it is hot lol. Only 5 more sleeps. So excited now!


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Post by tractor boy » 25 Feb 2013, 14:52

The first few days will be cold but by the time we get to our first stop it will be nice and warm. :D

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Post by Emrobo » 25 Feb 2013, 21:12

I just want some sun!!


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Post by tractor boy » 26 Feb 2013, 10:10

not long to wait now Emma.

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Post by anneed » 26 Feb 2013, 12:20

Yep, the packing panic has hit now. I find I'm dreaming about packing and unpacking. There's just me but I'm taking a huge case plus a small pull-along, I'm glad it's not a fly cruise. I go through this every time but once I'm aboard I know I won't care - it'll be too late to fret.

Emma - Good luck with packing for your family. Hope your little girl's MRI scan goes OK.

Am going to Aldi in my lunch hour to get a couple of bottles of wine for the cabin. Cheers!

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Post by Emrobo » 26 Feb 2013, 12:28

anneed wrote:Yep, the packing panic has hit now. I find I'm dreaming about packing and unpacking. There's just me but I'm taking a huge case plus a small pull-along, I'm glad it's not a fly cruise. I go through this every time but once I'm aboard I know I won't care - it'll be too late to fret.

Emma - Good luck with packing for your family. Hope your little girl's MRI scan goes OK.

Am going to Aldi in my lunch hour to get a couple of bottles of wine for the cabin. Cheers!
I keep having dreams that we forget the passports so they will be checked and checked again!!

Next time we cruise I may consider the luggage pick up company - then we can take what we like and not worry about fitting it all in the car ha ha!!

I just have a box of wine to buy and pack and we are done.

Thanks Anne, I can't get too excited about the holiday until I know her MRI is over and done with :)

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 27 Feb 2013, 13:37

We work on the principle that if it will fit in the car - it will fit in the cabin! :-)


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Post by tractor boy » 27 Feb 2013, 13:43

good job we are not taking the wifes smart car. :lol:

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 27 Feb 2013, 14:03

Yes, I can see the drawbacks of taking of those - though you can be SURE the conents would fit in the cabin! :-)

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 27 Feb 2013, 14:05

Remind me to proof read my messages before sending!!


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Post by tractor boy » 27 Feb 2013, 14:12

It would mean having to wash my one set of clothes every night though. Mind you, we could leave all the clothes in the car and put that in the cabin :lol:

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Post by Emrobo » 27 Feb 2013, 16:22

I wouldn't mind we have an estate and a roof rack which has the capacity of an estate boot ha ha!!

Everything will be trying to make its way into 2 cases tonight!! :O Hopefully mum will have space in hers to at least put nappies in hers

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 27 Feb 2013, 18:07

I have just watched the webcam views of Oceana departing from Lisbon. The next time she docks, we will be boarding!! :D :D

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Post by anneed » 28 Feb 2013, 08:58

Well we're nearly there folks. I guess some of you will be travelling to Southampton today so maybe won't post again. Just like to say it's been fun chatting and you've all helped to build up the excitment of the big event. I will be disappointed if I don't actually get to meet some of you on board.

You know what I look like (wish I could say the same for you lot!) so please say hello if you spot me on the ship.

I'm lucky in that I live right in Southampton. Depending on the traffic it should take me 15-20 minutes from my house to the terminal. So I'll be worrying about that damn packing right up to the last minute!

Bon voyage!

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Post by Emrobo » 28 Feb 2013, 09:12

We are travelling tomorrow after my daughters MRI scan today. We have managed to get everything into 4 cases which will fit in the car and roof rack!!

Be a shame not to meet up or something, will try and look out for you at the syndicate quiz.

This is my little family

Formal night on ventura:


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Post by anneed » 28 Feb 2013, 10:10

Thanks for that Emma - lovely photos. I think I'll recognise you now - but I don't think your hubby looks like Harry Potter!

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Post by Emrobo » 28 Feb 2013, 10:41

Ha ha it was quite a while a go so his name just sticks now, plus he is a lot slimmer!


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Post by tractor boy » 28 Feb 2013, 11:56

I dont have any photos to put up but I am 5"7 short, with ears like the handles of the FA cup and some dodgy tatoos (miss spent youth) and will be wearing a Juventus baseball cap (IF we get some sun). We are off to Southampton tomorrow afternoon. A word of warning for anyone joining the M25 from the M11, there are roadworks that caused a bit of a delay yesterday just after the M11 and right up to the A1 turn, so the best way to avoid it is to join the 25 via A1 or west of it. Safe journey everyone, see you aboard.

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Post by makina » 28 Feb 2013, 12:16

All packed and ready to go :-). Once i drop our 2 dogs off tomorrow at the kennels we will be on our way down to stay our hotel.

Big thanks to you all for your help & advice. If i dont see you on board hope you all have an excellent cruise.

Mark


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Post by makina » 28 Feb 2013, 12:19

tractor boy wrote:I am 5"7 short, with ears like the handles of the FA cup

Gary
Your surname's not Linekar is it?? Lol


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Post by tractor boy » 28 Feb 2013, 12:20

Hi Mark, you can be sure we will see you on board, you will most likely be the only bloke with his new wife in her wedding dress :) Safe Journey mate.


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Post by tractor boy » 28 Feb 2013, 12:21

No mate, I dont like walkers crisps.

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Post by Emrobo » 28 Feb 2013, 13:35

makina wrote:All packed and ready to go :-). Once i drop our 2 dogs off tomorrow at the kennels we will be on our way down to stay our hotel.

Big thanks to you all for your help & advice. If i dont see you on board hope you all have an excellent cruise.

Mark
same here - drop off dog in kennels then we will be leaving!

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Post by Silver_Shiney » 28 Feb 2013, 13:49

anneed wrote:Well we're nearly there folks. I guess some of you will be travelling to Southampton today so maybe won't post again. Just like to say it's been fun chatting and you've all helped to build up the excitment of the big event. I will be disappointed if I don't actually get to meet some of you on board.

You know what I look like (wish I could say the same for you lot!) so please say hello if you spot me on the ship.

I'm lucky in that I live right in Southampton. Depending on the traffic it should take me 15-20 minutes from my house to the terminal. So I'll be worrying about that damn packing right up to the last minute!

Bon voyage!

Anne
Pardon me for asking, but are you the lady who made it onto Oceana with just 5 minutes to spare a few years ago? The traffic that day was absolutely horrendous - we thought we were never going to get there!
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Post by anneed » 28 Feb 2013, 14:57

Hello SS,

Thankfully it wasn't me - I've always managed to arrive in plenty of time. I'm sure we all have nightmares about the ship sailing away without us don't we?

In fact I have seen the ship sailing away without a couple of ladies who returned late from a shore trip. We watched their taxi racing up to the dock - as we slipped away. I really felt for them and later heard they had to return to London to obtain temporary passports before they finally caught up with the ship about three days - and many miles - later.


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Post by Quizzical Bob » 28 Feb 2013, 21:35

To all of you sailing away on Oceana....

Have a great cruise and happy sailing!

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Post by Emrobo » 01 Mar 2013, 08:30

Quizzical Bob wrote:To all of you sailing away on Oceana....

Have a great cruise and happy sailing!

Thank you :)

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Post by Wina G » 01 Mar 2013, 09:00

Bon Voyage, hope you all have a fantastic cruise :D


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Post by tractor boy » 01 Mar 2013, 09:47

Many thanks Bob and Wina, we are almost packed and ready to head to Southampton.

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