E303 - Atlantic Islands

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 01 Mar 2013, 14:18

Thanks for all the good wishes. We too will be on the road in a couple of hours.


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Post by welshynurse » 01 Mar 2013, 16:37

Hope you all have a wonderful time, and safe journey to all those travelling down to Southampton

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Post by Emrobo » 02 Mar 2013, 11:21

At ocean terminal and waiting to board :-)

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Post by anneed » 02 Mar 2013, 11:29

Hi Emma, I'll be there in a couple of hours. Hope the traffic is OK - Saints playing at home today. Trust you got all the nappies in the cases! I've just been to Argos to get a dress carrier for my long frocks. See what I mean about panicking till the last minute?

Look forward to meeting you - I'm in cabin B608.

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Post by Emrobo » 02 Mar 2013, 11:48

Had to use another case! Traffic was surprisingly quiet, we left hotel at 10:30 though.

Seems so far there are only 4 children waiting to board!

We are b732 so same deck

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Post by anneed » 02 Mar 2013, 11:58

I'm sure there will be lots more little people on board. It's out of school holidays so that will keep numbers of older children down. Your two will get lots of attention from the youth crew.

Just checked the weather again. 20 in Funchal which is quite good.

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Post by anneed » 02 Mar 2013, 12:02

And your cabin is just up the corridor from me!

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Post by anneed » 16 Mar 2013, 11:24

Guess I was probably first home- stopped at Tesco so it was 9.45am when I got in! Nice to meet Emma and Steve - hope Gary and the others had a good time as well.

Looking forward to new brochure...

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Post by makina » 16 Mar 2013, 15:44

We got back to oxford at 11am. Had a great time on our 1st cruise. Wedding day was superb & stress free.
Cabin, steward, food, ship, staff all faultless loved every minute of it. Best holiday we have ever done, still on a high 1 or 2 negative points but so small & unimportant not worth mentioning.

Spent the afternoon loading over 2000 photos onto the computer and washing 5 suitcases worth of clothes.

Would i cruise again - WITHOUT A SHADOW OF A DOUBT.

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Post by Emrobo » 16 Mar 2013, 17:55

anneed wrote:Guess I was probably first home- stopped at Tesco so it was 9.45am when I got in! Nice to meet Emma and Steve - hope Gary and the others had a good time as well.

Looking forward to new brochure...

Ax
Yes lovely to meet you both and Tractor Boy and his missus :)

Gad to hear you enjoyed your first cruise Makina. I am not even attempting photos until Monday - we have 1200 on the dslr alone, and then we have the compact to go through!!

Was a bit scary though the Monday hey? Never had it so rough like that!!

Also looking forward to the new brochure, we have put our down payment down ready :)

Anne, what is this I hear about the syndicate quiz and the cruise director saying about people should be having fun on Oceana - it isn't oriana?


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Post by makina » 16 Mar 2013, 18:17

Ive only done my dslr & the cd we purchased from the on board photographer with our wedding photos on, might do the other camera tomorrow after picking the dogs up from their holiday!!

My son & i quite enjoyed the ride through rough seas, my wife on the other hand wasn't too good & had to lie down until tuesday!!


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Post by Quizzical Bob » 16 Mar 2013, 19:21

Anne, how did you get on in Casablanca?

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 16 Mar 2013, 20:28

anneed wrote:Guess I was probably first home- stopped at Tesco so it was 9.45am when I got in! Nice to meet Emma and Steve - hope Gary and the others had a good time as well.

Looking forward to new brochure...

Ax
We eventually got home at 5.30 after a rather tiring journey. I took a leaf out of P&Os book and turned the wick down a touch to save fuel, and managed the 700mile round trip at an average of 54.4MPG:- somewhat better than Oceana gets!!
Now we just have all the unpacking and washing to do :-(
The cats gave us a great welcome though!

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Post by anneed » 18 Mar 2013, 12:56

Hi all,

Emma I don''t understand about the cruise director's quiz comment. As far as I know we were having fun! There may have been some moans about the team I was in winning all the time but I couldn't help that. We had a couple on their 90th cruise so I think they must have heard a lot of the questions before. To be honest i was sick of the P&O plonk we kept getting and had a cup of tea while the others drank it!

Bob, I changed my trip in Casablanca to do one that took us inside the mosque. Found it very interesting although we had a guide that just wouldn't shut up.Too much information! If I do that port again I'd go back to the Portuguese connections trip. Most people seemed rather disappointed with Casablanca. I think they were expecting to see Humphrey Bogart.

Anne

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Post by Emrobo » 18 Mar 2013, 12:59

When we were doing a quiz in the yacht & compass in the day the entertainment officer said it was something to do with a 'decider' so they asked for the total age of those leading the quiz that night (wasn't the usual lot?) and some people huffed and puffed that is why he said it? I wish we had chance to have a go but sadly the kids club shut at 10.30

We had plenty of moans all cruise Anne - so I wouldn't worry!!

We really enjoyed our Casablanca tour :)


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Post by makina » 18 Mar 2013, 13:55

We also enjoyed casablanca we did the highlights tour. Probably not go there again but at least we can say we been there.

In fact we enjoyed every port we called at, if i had to pick one that wasnt as enjoyable as the others it would probably be lisbon where we just done a hoho, wished we went to jerez to see the horses now still theres always next time :-)

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Post by Emrobo » 18 Mar 2013, 14:02

makina wrote:We also enjoyed casablanca we did the highlights tour. Probably not go there again but at least we can say we been there.

In fact we enjoyed every port we called at, if i had to pick one that wasnt as enjoyable as the others it would probably be lisbon where we just done a hoho, wished we went to jerez to see the horses now still theres always next time :-)
We also got on the HoHo bus in Lisbon. We have been to Cadiz before and did our own thing so we went to see the horses this time, I love Cadiz

I still couldn't work out who you were on board!


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Post by makina » 20 Mar 2013, 07:23

Cadiz is lovely shame it rained.

I had the same problem as i think there were 3 or 4 couples on board with 2 little girls.

My son Nathan was running riot around the pool area most of time lol


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Post by tractor boy » 20 Mar 2013, 12:21

Hi All, I have been having trouble getting on to this site since getting back, Well great to meet Emma , Mark and the girls. Anne, we did meet, I was in the hot tub when you found the rear of the ship, I was not sure it was you so didnt say anything except tell you the water was nice. Emma did point you out on the bus, but then I did not see you again after that. As for the rest of you we will have to meet on another cruise. Congrats too Mr & Mrs Makina.


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Post by tractor boy » 20 Mar 2013, 13:09

Just on another note, We found this to be one of the quietest cruises we have been on, we noticed that the bars where quite empty and many of those in there where drinking tea or water (also noticed by many bar staff). Le club was pretty much dead most nights and you could even get a seat in the Y&C in the evenings. The atrium did a great job as an alternative library/sleeping lounge up until 11pm. It did seem like many people did not know they where on holiday. I dont know why this was though. Even the Captain commented on it. We have many friends working on Oceana and they said it has been like it for the last 2 cruises. Am I getting to young for all this.

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Post by Emrobo » 20 Mar 2013, 13:50

makina wrote:Cadiz is lovely shame it rained.

I had the same problem as i think there were 3 or 4 couples on board with 2 little girls.

My son Nathan was running riot around the pool area most of time lol
Still struggling to place you - we were only around the pool twice I think. :)

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Post by Emrobo » 20 Mar 2013, 14:07

tractor boy wrote:Just on another note, We found this to be one of the quietest cruises we have been on, we noticed that the bars where quite empty and many of those in there where drinking tea or water (also noticed by many bar staff). Le club was pretty much dead most nights and you could even get a seat in the Y&C in the evenings. The atrium did a great job as an alternative library/sleeping lounge up until 11pm. It did seem like many people did not know they where on holiday. I dont know why this was though. Even the Captain commented on it. We have many friends working on Oceana and they said it has been like it for the last 2 cruises. Am I getting to young for all this.
I found them busy when we wanted a drink, nowhere to sit - but most people were either snoozing or reading but not drinking which was frustrating. Best way we found to get a seat was to bring the kids in, one look and people soon shifted lol!!


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Post by makina » 20 Mar 2013, 15:16

Glad we weren't the only ones frustrated with the amount of people using the atrium & other bars to sleep in. As this was our first cruise we thought this was standard procedure, do these people not have beds or rooms to snooze in!! At least i got a seat to watch the mighty spurs beat arsenal.
Another thing we noticed was, does every talk or demonstration lead to a sales pitch?

Emma by process of illimation im sure i did you see you and your family at least once. Ive just noticed you come from chester & the other family that could of been you had an essex accent. Cant pinpoint where our paths crossed but you had a bright orange top on? If it helps im short with a shaved head and a tattoo on my forearm!

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Post by Not so ancient mariner » 20 Mar 2013, 20:24

anneed wrote:Hi all,

There may have been some moans about the team I was in winning all the time but I couldn't help that. We had a couple on their 90th cruise so I think they must have heard a lot of the questions before. To be honest i was sick of the P&O plonk we kept getting and had a cup of tea while the others drank it!

Anne
Not from our direction. It just made it all the more satisfying on the two occasions (out of 14) that we managed to win the plonk. :-)

Anne and Emma (+family) were the only ones that I managed to chat to on the ship. I did wear my 'ancient mariner' cap a fair bit of the time, but it was too windy on the upper decks for the first few days, and I did have to chase it up the beach at Cap Trafalgar.

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Post by anneed » 22 Mar 2013, 13:59

Ah, yes I do remember you in the hot tub Gary! Was disappointed that the adults' 'pool' was so tiny. I love swimming but this was the first cruise I've never put my costume on (and i don't mean I was skinny dipping!).

Makina - I'd definitely recommend the sherry and horses trip in Cadiz. The sherry place was excellent with whole bottles to knock back and a very interesting tour of the production area. So different to the grotty wine place I went to on the Volcanoes and Wine tour in La Palma. Tiny sips of horrible wine and no welcome or guide provided at the winery. In fact that whole trip was a disaster as a fog bank stopped us from seeing the volcanoes. I know P&O can't help the weather but I thought we should have got some dosh back for that excursion.

Another moan - oh dear I'm turning into a cruise whinger - was the lack of interesting things to do on sea days. Wish they'd get some more speakers in. I enjoyed Eddie Large's stint in the evening but was surprised he wasn't on again. Am also fed up with the spa and art talks which are just aimed at making you buy their products.

On a positive note, I loved Oceana herself and thought my cabin was tip top. I've noticed on other ships that you can get quite a bit of noise from the adjoining cabins but this time it was lovely and quiet. Also thought the food was generally very good and the staff couldn't be faulted for friendliness and eagerness to help.

I'll book my next cruise for later in the year to try and get better weather - but that's always pot luck!

Anne

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Post by Emrobo » 22 Mar 2013, 14:04

makina wrote:Glad we weren't the only ones frustrated with the amount of people using the atrium & other bars to sleep in. As this was our first cruise we thought this was standard procedure, do these people not have beds or rooms to snooze in!! At least i got a seat to watch the mighty spurs beat arsenal.
Another thing we noticed was, does every talk or demonstration lead to a sales pitch?

Emma by process of illimation im sure i did you see you and your family at least once. Ive just noticed you come from chester & the other family that could of been you had an essex accent. Cant pinpoint where our paths crossed but you had a bright orange top on? If it helps im short with a shaved head and a tattoo on my forearm!
I still can't place you although my memory is very rubbish the further away from an event I get hence why I take many photos!!

But yes I had a bright orange top on so that was me!! and yes demo talks are sales orientated pretty much!!

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Post by Emrobo » 22 Mar 2013, 14:07

anneed wrote:Ah, yes I do remember you in the hot tub Gary! Was disappointed that the adults' 'pool' was so tiny. I love swimming but this was the first cruise I've never put my costume on (and i don't mean I was skinny dipping!).

Makina - I'd definitely recommend the sherry and horses trip in Cadiz. The sherry place was excellent with whole bottles to knock back and a very interesting tour of the production area. So different to the grotty wine place I went to on the Volcanoes and Wine tour in La Palma. Tiny sips of horrible wine and no welcome or guide provided at the winery. In fact that whole trip was a disaster as a fog bank stopped us from seeing the volcanoes. I know P&O can't help the weather but I thought we should have got some dosh back for that excursion.

Another moan - oh dear I'm turning into a cruise whinger - was the lack of interesting things to do on sea days. Wish they'd get some more speakers in. I enjoyed Eddie Large's stint in the evening but was surprised he wasn't on again. Am also fed up with the spa and art talks which are just aimed at making you buy their products.

On a positive note, I loved Oceana herself and thought my cabin was tip top. I've noticed on other ships that you can get quite a bit of noise from the adjoining cabins but this time it was lovely and quiet. Also thought the food was generally very good and the staff couldn't be faulted for friendliness and eagerness to help.

I'll book my next cruise for later in the year to try and get better weather - but that's always pot luck!

Anne
We enjoyed the sherry and horse trip too Anne.

We also felt there was lack of things to do on sea days - or it was aimed at the top end of the elderly people, so we struggled a little on the colder/wet days.
We enjoyed the concorde talks though.

I noticed the same with cabins and noise and also the staff were alt friendlier than we experienced on ventura and were really involved in the kids they couldn't get enough of them, it was so nice.

We are umming and ahhing to book for next year or year after although we put a future down payment down

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