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    West Haddon, UK
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    RCI, Celebrity
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  1. Due to get on when you get off on 28th Nov. Probably will go, but will see if anything changes before final payment in August. Simon
  2. Have you checked your bank/building society? My wife has a Nationwide account and gets free European travel insurance. To upgrade to world and add me on to the policy costs £36!!! Simon
  3. Don't forget to check your home insurance. Many policies have a limit of 30 or 60 days that you can be away from the home, or your insurance is invalid...unless you pay them a bit extra of course!😁 A world cruise is normally around 90 days. Simon
  4. Bravo bravo bravo (which means someone has been good at lighting fires!) Simon
  5. We spent 6 days in Dubai (and 2 in Abu Dhabi) before our January cruise a couple of years ago and still didn't see it all! Try and have a few days there rather than cramming it into 'the day before you fly home'. If you are at all in to flowers/gardens, DO NOT miss the Miracle Gardens! Simon
  6. Best to wait for JB to chime in , as he lives down that way, but I think you will struggle. Its about 80 miles each way. Obvious choice is the train, but its 2 1/2 hrs each way, which will use up a lot of your time. Taxi would be mega bucks...don't know how you feel about hiring a car for the day? Even if there is a local bus, that is going to take at least as long as the train. Even if you were first off and last on, you would only have 6 hours at Portsmouth and spend 5 hours travelling. I think you could find better things to do with your time. Simon
  7. We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Winchester last year (not cruise related) and I noticed they did a 'stay, park and ride' to the cruise port, but I don't know how much it is...just giving you options! Simon
  8. Sorry old man, having trouble following your banter! Simon
  9. If you are planning on visiting several towns and villages for your research, I would think a hire car would be a better bet. Although you can get around major towns by rail, most small towns and villages no longer have stations, often have infrequent bus services and taxi fares can be quite high. Hiring a car would give you a lot more flexibility. JB will be able to give you more info on car hire from Southampton as he lives down that way! Just my thoughts. Simon
  10. There is no direct train from LHR to Southampton. Best (and cheapest) way is to use the National Express coach https://www.nationalexpress.com/en They pick up from outside T5 and T4, but if you use the other terminals you will have a 10 min easy walk to the Central Bus Station (well signposted). The coaches run direct to Southampton Coach station (usually with a stop in Winchester) and take about 2hrs 15mins. Cost is around £15pp, but can be as low £5! The coaches are comfortable and usually have a loo on board and free wifi...luggage is effectively unrestricted, especially if you are travelling with an airline baggage allowance! We normally say book the coach about 2 hrs after your arrival time (to allow for customs etc), but if you were delayed, you can go to the National Express office in the terminal and re book for £5. According to which hotel you are thinking of, you might even be able to walk from the coach station to the hotel...check out google maps. On NE's site your departure is 'London Heathrow T?' and arrival 'Southampton Coach station'. Simon
  11. Holding out hope for our 28th Nov cruise...it might end up being the maiden!! That would pee some people off and make others very happy!!😁 Simon
  12. Glad to hear you got all your refunds back. At least you have an idea of what you want to do next year (or the year after!). We've already cancelled our trip down to the West Country at the end of June, but are holding out hopes for our cruise at the end of November...just have to wait and see. When you start your re planning, hopefully, we will all be here to offer advice etc. Simon
  13. On the bright side, there are now plenty of 'troop' ships available if there's a war! Come on Argies...invade the Falklands if you dare!!😁 Simon
  14. We were with Pete on the Arcadia's (infamous) Northern Lights cruise. I did once describe the weather as 'iffy', but 70mph winds, snow, total overcast and 30 foot seas don't really do 'iffy' justice! Having said that, the ship handled it really well, though about 30 people got off in Tromso and flew home. Hopefully 🤞 our next is on the Iona at the end of November. Who knows, it could end up being the maiden! Simon
  15. Humour?! This is outright animosity, tinged with a bit of respect!!😁 Simon
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