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    Venice- the ship might provide a (paid for) shuttle boat to St Mark's Square, but you'll be quite near the shuttle railway, which is cheap. As said, there will be tenders at Santorini- check out what you want to see and either take a boat round the caldera, or the cable car to the top. If you walk up the volcano, take water and be well covered as there's no shade. I think we once had a shuttle into town for Bari, but we found it was very easy to walk back to the ship from St Nicholas cathedral in the old town. The other ports- check what you want to see, and check the excursions if you want something different, such as a tour of Cephalonia. Enjoy planning!
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    MSC Seaside on TV Monday

    Channel 5 Monday Feb 18th, at 9pm... it seems to be over an hour long. The blurb says "Uncovering the work of an army of people who keep the huge vessel afloat". Ch. 5 seems to be THE cruise channel at the moment...
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    P & O cabin allocation question

    Yes, I've heard about this several times on P&O. When the final bookings are in, they will use an unwanted adapted cabin as an upgrade- most people prefer this because of the extra space.
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    Reading material

    We downsized a couple of years ago, and happily gave away so many items...but it was the seven tea chests full of books which upset me...
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    Reading material

    siHow it's changed over the past few years, when we would all be reading the heavy hard backed library books... yes, I used to donate my paperbacks, but now use a kindle instead. Once, on an NCL ship, my OH left the two most recent Lee Child's books on the donation shelf- they'd disappeared before he left the library. Now he uses his ipad.
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    Dress code

    We haven't been on C&M yet- looking at this summer- but I think it will be similar to Fred Olsen, Marella and P&O in that there is always somewhere other than the formal dining room where you can eat- we don't always go formal, but eat in the buffet or speciality restaurants.
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    Iceland Excursions

    Some passengers on our cruise had contacted the Iceland Travel Agency, and booked both the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon through them. We had booked with the ship, and saw these passengers at all the same stops... the main difference was that food was included for us, at Geyser, whereas they had to buy their own...and the price for a dish of chips was shocking for them, but amusing to us...
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    Shortest possible cruise

    We've been on many ferries with overnight accommodation- lived on board for 3 days on a Scottish one, once. The shortest time on a cruise ship that I know of is a Cruise and Maritime one which is on the Thames in London, and sometimes offers dinner, entertainment and breakfast for a very reasonable rate (compared to London hotels)- but you go nowhere. My shortest time on board was for the naming of P&O's Azura in 2010- on board for tea time, and out of your cabin by 8am.
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    Dublin city center to dock

    My husband once thought he'd walk back from the centre, but the traffic was so dense by the Liffey that he could hardly negotiate his way...in the end he flagged a taxi. As mentioned, the port is industrial.
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    Cruise Programmes on TV This Week

    The programme did mention that Princess take notice of Cruise Critic... but yes, I thought the TV cameras had something to do with it. The sail in to Sydney was brilliant, with the ship's path marked out with flares.
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    Spending onboard

    Many thanks, from a mainly self-taught computer fan... things happen which I don't understand, and which usually cost me £30 to be made right by a local whizz kid. 😮 In this case, the italics disappeared with my first post this evening, although I was going to follow your advice. Good night and thank you! 🙂
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    Favorite season to cruise

    It all depends on the itinerary- I have friends who love cruising to see the northern lights in winter, but if I'm going to Norway/Iceland then I prefer summer.
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    Spending onboard

    We spend very little on board, once the excursions and drinks have been sorted- the occasional game of Bingo or poker, and some duty free. What did I press to suddenly turn an italic writer? 😄
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    Greek Islands

    The Greek Cypriot line, Celestyal, cruises the islands- older, smaller ships; P&O's Oceana has several 7 day cruises out of Malta which can be taken as back to back Greek Islands/ Croatia and Italy. Marella also has cruises in that area. MSC and Costa also have cruises there.
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    Convincing people to cruise

    I've met several people who shudder at the idea of being with so many people- they are the ones who enjoy a villa on a small Mediterranean island, or a remote cottage in the Scottish Highlands. The adverts for the vast funfair ships make them shudder. One couple, however have shown an interest in a cruise on a small ship, to Iceland, simply for the ease of transport, after our latest experience, and although I've given them details, I'd never proclaim how much they'd like it.