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About silversurf1

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    Bucks UK
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    P and O

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  1. Bit too big for us unfortunately. We still get lost on Ventura and been on her four times.
  2. Anyone booked on new ship? We went on Spirit of Discovery last year to Norway and loved it. A bit expensive, but you get so much for your money (Travel Insurance is a big plus for us, due to age and medical conditions). Great food, lovely staff and a super comfortable bed. So we have booked again on new ship to the Canaries in January.Same cabin as we need a disabled cabin.
  3. Most insurance companies won’t insure you more than a year ahead, so if you need to book a cruise 18 months ahead, as we need to do, to get a disabled cabin, then you can’t insure until 12 months out. This is what we do and have to risk losing our deposit in the interim.
  4. Lovely ship, food and staff. But one big fail; the seemingly water stained, blue carpets by the lifts. Did anyone else notice this? I haven’t seen it mentioned.
  5. We have 4 medical conditions between us, one of them quite serious, but not terminal. I also use a wheelchair as I cannot stand or walk for more than a few minutes. we recently went on a seven night Spirit of Discovery cruise to Norway where our conditions were covered. If we had booked with another cruise line and paid for a Saga insurance separately it would have cost just under £200. Quite a saving!
  6. Thank you so much for this blog Cinnamon. We are on this cruise too so I will be interested to see how your impressions compare to ours. We have taken a few cruises, but nowhere near your impressive 40+. This will be our first saga cruise although we have had many excellent tours with Saga, both long and short haul. Prefer to tour to places with an entirely different culture to ours, but medical issues no longer allow this. I cruised to Norway a few years ago with my late friend and thought the scenery spectacular, so really looking forward to seeing it again with my partner and on such a beautiful new small ship. Will look out for you on board.
  7. We went to Bruges a few year ago on a P and O excursion. I was a very slow walker (use a wheelchair now). We had free time at the end then met with our guide to walk back to the coach park. I was tired and very slow by then. Guide and the rest of the party rushed ahead, it isn’t a straightforward route. My partner had to run ahead and stop the coach as they were about to leave. Guide hadn’t checked all the passengers were there. I was very upset. So tell your wife to find alternative transport. Boat Trip is lovely.
  8. Just phoned Saga on unrelated matter and queried the opening time of 9.30 pm, shown in our cruise booklet. This is a mistake. The opening hours are the same as the other speciality restaurants.
  9. Glad you got correct information in the end.
  10. You have to declare if you are awaiting treatments or do not have a diagnosis.
  11. Marco Polo is a Cruise and Martime ship, not Saga. you may have booked it as a Saga partner cruise.
  12. You have had replies to most of your questions. Alcohol pack in hand luggage, cases are at risk of breakages. Excursions, can’t help with La Palma. La Coruna, a local company called Hercules Tours do a good morning coach tour with several stops, cheap price too; they pick you up at the dock gates. Or it’s a pleasant town to walk on your own. Madeira is easy. Take shuttle bus to centre and just wander. The cable car is fun and near centre.
  13. Has anyone noticed that Saga ships don’t appear on any of the port websites or Cruisecal? I wonder if this is because it is a small cruise line with only two ships.
  14. Someone on our dinner table referred to the buffet as ‘The Transport Caff’
  15. How do P and O cook their poached eggs? On the last cruise ours were small but delicious and very fresh. I am convinced that they have a chicken coop in the bowels of the ship. The eggs benedict were particularly good.
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