Aurora July 2013 on the Baltic Cruise

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Aurora July 2013 on the Baltic Cruise

Post by UK Ducky » 05 Aug 2014, 16:24

Hi guys new to this forum, We are doing our 2nd cruise with P&O in a couple of weeks on board Arcadia, our first cruise was our wedding on Aurora, conducted by the wonderful Captain Ian Hutley. I have to say the experience was amazing, it was my fella's dream come true to be married by the captain on a ship. We met up with Captain Hutley by accident having a late night drink and a ciggy (class I know) he came up to us and asked how we were enjoying our cruise, told him first time, and see you on Monday....oh you're one of them are you.... hahaha and thereafter stayed chatting with us for a further 10 mins then disappeared. After the ceremony itself, Told the Captain that our first day off the ship was at Stockholm and I had tickets to go to the ABBA museum, our disembarkation time was 9:45 and tickets were 10:15, I was panicking, he said no worries... he'll help us jump the queue through the onboard immigration process, and surely he did, turned out the queue wasn't so bad and we didn't actually JUMP in front of anyone. The attention afterwards was amazing, all the porters etc knew who we were, and our personal porter, Edward, was amazing, he even polished the old man's shoes the night before the wedding and we hadn't got a clue until we found them all shiny, the waiters at our restaurant table were fantastic, and the cleaners, well, considering the saturday night before we had a "hen do" which involved 6 ladies trotting round with ridiculous head pieces and pink boa's dripping feathers everywhere.... smiled at us and said not to worry as we left a trail behind us, which actually worked out well as we managed to avoid the boys group of 5 and only met up at the end of the night. Captain bumped into us again a couple of days after the ceremony and mentioned he'd heard about the pink feathers, but laughed and said it will definitely be a trip the staff won't forget, you don't get many HEN DO's on ship... apparently! :crazy:

It was a fantastic experience that I would highly recommend to anyone! Well worth the price, but the picture deal was astronomical and we didn't bothter just made sure everyone took piccies. Warning...having wedding supper at the captain's table, doesn't mean you eat with the captain... we didn't realise that when we booked it...otherwise we wouldn't have bothered.... the attention to service was completely OTT and we all felt quite uncomfortable...but then again we're not posh :lol:

Does anyone know where Captain Hutley is these days, he doesn't appear to be on the P&O list of senior staff etc on any ship

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Re: Aurora July 2013 on the Baltic Cruise

Post by Dancing Queen » 05 Aug 2014, 16:47

As far as I'm aware Ian Hutley has retired and left P&O but I'm sure someone will correct me if I have got that wrong.

He was indeed one of the most popular P&O Captains a lovely man.

Hope you enjoy Arcadia as much as you did Aurora.

Oh and welcome to the forum. :wave: :wave:
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Re: Aurora July 2013 on the Baltic Cruise

Post by oldbluefox » 05 Aug 2014, 17:10

Welcome to the forum UK Ducky. Congratulations on your wedding and welcome to the wonderful world of cruising. :wave: :thumbup:


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Re: Aurora July 2013 on the Baltic Cruise

Post by Boris+ » 05 Aug 2014, 18:25

We sailed with Capt Hutley on Queen Victoria at least a year ago.

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