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    Cumbria,U.K.
  • Interests
    walking,reading,singing.
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    P&O
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    UK and N. Spain

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  1. My relative was seated at a large table on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth, where there was a nervous young couple who were on their first cruise, and who were always afraid of getting something wrong. One night they were invited to the Captain's table, and afterwards they appeared to have grown an inch and were full of confidence about cruising! 🙂 And, of course, they booked their next Cunard cruise whilst they were on board...
  2. The 2 lines where we've been given assigned check-in times (RCI and P&O ) did it according to decks, eg Independence OT Seas, deck 8 check in was at 12.15; Ventura was 13.30 for deck 10, but 15.30 for deck 14. This might help with planning, if other lines use decks.
  3. I had no idea they were doing the return... I've found some repeats at 2.30am and booked the rest- thanks for that!
  4. An advert in the paper offered a door to ship cruise to the Caribbean. That meant no worries about transport, as the TA's staff picked us up and took us to the coach for Manchester airport. The line was Princess, which we'd not heard of... and then we remembered ... When we lived in Yorkshire, a local mill discovered a way of screen printing on fire-retardant linen. We all used to buy their seconds of fabrics from the mill. One day we read that the firm had landed a contract with a US cruise line called Princess, to refurbish all the fabrics on their ships. When we stepped
  5. Then you're very welcome to a tot of rum in Whitehaven any time! 🙂
  6. True... there wasn't enough fuel to set the fleet alight, so they went to the local pub.... We have statues of J P J spiking the cannons around the harbour... Also in Whitehaven is the grave of George Washington's grandmother, and her slave Jane is buried with her... she married a local trader.
  7. I haven't read about any problems on the growing number of ships sailing from the UK, in fact everyone I read about on social media and elsewhere are full of praise for the staff and the cleanliness of the ships. The latest ship arriving in Southampton is Anthem OTS, due out later this week. I think that the small numbers being allowed on board will have helped; the numbers are to be increased shortly.
  8. No- we all have a murky history... My local town, Whitehaven, gave a pardon to the US Navy for attacking it in 1778, led by former Whitehaven sailor John Paul Jones. HM The Queen came and met with high ranking sailors, and the US Navy had the Freedom of the Town granted to it- I think the only ever recipient! We have an official - and welcome- visit by the Navy each year. No grudges.
  9. You'll have a good view of the Isle of Wight as you sail out of Southampton, and perhaps Cap Finistere when you've crossed the Bay of Biscay, then the far off coast of Spain. Lisbon is best viewed from on top of the ship, where you can watch everyone ducking their heads as you go under the bridge.... 😄
  10. The series was in 1998. I am wrong about the launch date- the maiden voyage shown was in 1996- they celebrate the New Year of 1997 in Wednesday's show.
  11. Oh, thank you for this- I wondered what had happened to the ship... and also Amanda Reid... she said she was a dancer on QE2 for years... so she's returned to Cunard. Very interesting. x
  12. The maiden voyage of Celebrity Galaxy, a massive ship with 2,000 pax in 1998... And the majority in evening dress- on the first night! 😮
  13. I used to follow someone who worked from a ship like this- they had spoken to the cruise line as they were considering some months on board, and I believe they received a special offer for that. They were able to have food/drink when they wanted, of course, and could send their emails when they were in port.... and relax in a pool whenever they needed a break.
  14. BBC 4, starting this Monday, June 21st at 7.30 pm. Called simply " The Cruise", it's the series about the Celebrity ship which introduced us to the on board singer, Jane McDonald, an unknown Wakefield lass. A series of 12 programmes.
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