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  1. Dining is allocated by cabin number, but if your bookings are all linked, allocation together will occur automatically. Allocation is only relevant for the main evening meal. At other meal times you can do to whichever dining room (or the buffet) that you want. All have the same menu. Afternoon tea - this is usually in the buffet as self service, but sometimes can also be in the MDR. This would be advised in the daily newspaper. Waiter service is obviously quite nice, and sometimes in the restaurants they have 'special' afternoon teas eg a few times I've see a chocolate afternoon tea. The buffet option is available everyday, without specialisms. Anytime dining means you don't have a set sitting time. You can go anytime when the restaurants are open for your dinner. If busy you may have to wait (they give you a pager). I've never done this option, but everyone on Iona eats this way so I can't imagine it would ever be a long wait. I would note, I'm not sure they would have a table for 12. So if you all go together, you might end up sat across a couple of tables. You can though go at different times, and in different combinations. The only thing your linked bookings result in is the allocated restaurant. Beyond that you can eat when you want, in whichever combination you want. Some can also eat in the buffet if they prefer. Supplementary restaurants - they do need to be booked in advance. It is in theory possible to book the same day if there is space, but to avoid disappointment if you want a particular date I would say book a few days in advance. Wine - if you don't finish they keep it for the next night. Spirits are given in measures. I'm sure how they would categorise port. Either way anything you 'buy' won't be lost. You'll either get it in measures, or the bottle will be saved for the next night. Maybe a port drinker will be able to advise better, but hopefully my reassurance will help.
  2. I'm considering at some point doing a Christmas cruise. This is specifically to avoid Christmas with extended family. For those who have done it, what's it like? Does it feel Christmassy? What are the demographics onboard? Is it families, or older couples? Presumably that will also depend on ship and length of cruise? I'm a confident solo traveller, preferring to travel alone. Not easily bored or lonely, but I do appreciate companions at dinner. Are there any other solo travellers who've done it at Christmas? Anything particularly different to travelling solo at other times of the year?
  3. First I think you've misunderstood P&O Sue's post - she was just saying that she agreed that it was nice that she didn't have to walk with luggage Second a minor inconvenience is a matter of opinion, and so that's great that the changes suggested are not a big issue for you. However everyone has their preferences, and I don't think it's helpful (especially in a patronising tone) to suggest someone's preference is not valid. Third, it may not stop anyone cruising, but that doesn't mean people shouldn't feel the need to state they don't like it. Whilst I understand cruise companies (or whoever is involved) determining changes can be made that won't affect the number of passengers, and so profit - as a passenger I am still going to expect more in terms of customer service. Personally I would be sad if this became the new normal; I am valid in this opinion, just as you are valid in feeling it is not a big difference to you.
  4. Throwing in my opinion Lots of talk of those who need help . . . . . I'm 36 and have no physical issues. However one of the things I like about cruising is that I don't have to think about my luggage. So even though I don't NEED porters, losing them is a big deal. To me it reduces some of the specialness that cruising has over flying. I hate to think of myself as one of those people who starts saying things like "it's not how it used to be", but if porters are taken away ..... "It's not how it used to be" :-(
  5. Left my car, and house keys on the ship. Had a taxi home, so didn't realise until I was about 150 miles into the journey. Luckily I was able to contact my cleaner who lived nearby, and she let me into my house (and once in the house I had spare house and car keys). Cruise liner did find them (they were in the exact draw I put them in on my 1st day), and were safely returned to me - there was an admin charge of £20 though (normal post - not next day or anything) I had never been so glad to be luckily enough to have a cleaner who lived nearby and was able to let me in. If not for her, an emergency lock change to get into the house would have been much more expensive
  6. This is a really infuriating story - surely there are better ways Carnival could have dealt with this? Given its 2019, they should have done better. Surely someone presenting in a different way to their legal name is no longer that unusual?
  7. That's really frustrating about Betty's - given the rise in Veganism I'm surprised dairy free is still lagging so far behind gluten free
  8. I emailed customer services and asked if they did dietary requirements. I also specifically asked if the menu was similar. This is the response I got: We do indeed cater for gluten free in Eric Lanlard's Afternoon tea in the Epicurean. The gluten free options will be similar to what is offered on the standard option. Unfortunately, I do not have any examples as menu's change. Hopefully my personal experience can give a little insight. I recently have taken my family onboard for Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea and my mum is allergic to shellfish, so instead of the crab tart that was on the standard menu, they gave a salmon tart instead. I know this isn't the same thing but they do try to make it as similar as possible. If they are unable to do this, there may be one or two things that are slightly different. They do explain the menu when you are onboard and you can request to see these before you actually book once onboard. I hope this information has helped to answer your enquiry and we look forward to welcoming you on board soon.
  9. Has anyone who is gluten free (or has another food allergy) paid for Eric Lanlard's Afternoon Tea at the Epicurean on Ventura? What happens - do you get the same sort of menu but just without gluten containing ingredients? The non-fee afternoon tea does have gluten free options, but often the choice is limited (although delicious). So I was wondering what happens when you pay If anyone hasn't eaten in this specific restaurant, but has paid for afternoon tea and has a food allergy I'd be grateful to hear about your experiences as well
  10. This is very true about age range based on dining time. I'm in my 30s and ALWAYS go for 830 sitting. I go with set times, as I'd rather develop a good relationship that do small talk every night with freedom dining. I also think it's less daunting if you're new to cruising or travelling solo - but of course, this is all down to personal preference
  11. Some already mentioned, but my positives are: UK plugs Value for money - not 5 star but it is a good experience given what you pay Decent solo supplement in most cases Cinema (or films shown) Food is good UK departure I think it has a good range of entertainment - something for all ages Cocktail of the day Decent drinks prices Food availablity I think is some of the best - sometimes I want to have lunch at 3pm for example. Afternoon tea
  12. I travel solo all the time, cruising and land based. I'm single and do have the occasional holiday with my (married) sister, but otherwise I prefer to travel alone. I like cruising as meal times you can eat with others, but (unless you want companions), you can visit ports alone. Everyone on this post seems to be really positive about the solo experience, so I just wanted to add my positive experiences also. To the op - I'm not overly convinced it matters who you travel with solo. If you are confident, it's easy to find others to spend time with. If you find it more difficult connecting, then those with solo meets etc. probably do make more sense. I get the idea that you are on the former category though, so I'm sure you'll have an amazing time!!!!!
  13. I'm so glad I found this post - I thought I was the only one who hated these nights, and the sailway parties etc. I just assumed it was my age (30s) and that all older people enjoyed it for nostalgia or something (sorry).
  14. Agree with everything on here - I've done 5 cruises, and 4 were solo. Always found people to chat to, and spend time with if needed. I would say your daughter might need to have an open mind about the age range, but sometimes there are younger people around. I'm currently 36, and am always one of the younger ones. Also I would add that meeting people at meal times is really good. So if she feels a bit awkward, having a meal to talk about can take away the pressure of thinking of small talk topics
  15. I have actually thought about the baggage handling company - I will look into this, as I will weigh up driving and paying for parking, or using the train. It's been a few years since I've travelled with P&O - what drinks packages do they have? Is it just the alcohol one? I don't drink a lot - usually a cocktail of the day is my limit so alcohol drinks packages not worth it for me. I just can't remember if they do a soft drink package or not.
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