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Category Archive for '2014 Cruises'

We’ve received our ‘Information’ booklet from P&O; the formal statement of the itinerary, the lists of excursions, the luggage labels. The main point about it is that it’s another step that tells us the time is approaching. As Val has just said when she looked through it, “We must be going…”. In this case there’s […]

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Since booking a bag with the Baggage Handling Company last weekend, we’ve received a letter from them. It contains a couple of luggage tags and some instructions. The instructions give some details about the operation. Among other things, it says: We will collect your luggage 3-4 working days prior to your departure for delivery to […]

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We’ve been getting ready for the Christmas cruise on Arcadia. I think i mentioned a few weeks ago that I’d bought the train tickets to get us to Southampton and back – it being December, we don’t fancy driving. But this week we’ve taken another couple of steps. First, we’ve booked our luggage transfer with […]

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A Christmas cruise

We’ve begun to grapple with the practicalities of our forthcoming Christmas cruise on Arcadia. It’s for seven nights from the 20th ┬áto the 27th of December, around the English Channel, the North Sea and into the Baltic. It includes three calls: Zeebrugge, Copenhagen and Oslo. The impetus for it came from Val. She decided that […]

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Perhaps a little rethink?

It’s now just over a week since we got back from our cruise on Azura. In that time I’ve been taking a rest from the blog, apart from doing my usual ‘summary + review‘ page. On that page I made some comments about the meals and service in the MDR that various people have responded […]

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Azura 2014 cruise review

I’ve done the review of our just-completed cruise on Azura. As usual it contains my summary thoughts about the cruise as a whole, as well as links to the detailed posts I made during the cruise. You can find it here.

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Final (sea) day

It’ the last full day of the cruise, and it’s a sea day. We’re continuing the passage from Kristiansand to Southampton. We had a leisurely-enough morning: breakfast, walked a few times around the deck, and then hit the balcony for maybe 90 minutes. It’s not as hot today but it was sunny and we stayed […]

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Kristiansand

Today we’re at Kristiansand, near the southern tip of Norway. Once again the weather is fantastic – blue skies, sunshine, and temperature somewhere around 25 degrees or just above. We have been very lucky with the weather in the second half of this cruise. This is our first visit to anywhere in Norway, so it’s […]

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Copenhagen

We’ve felt that we haven’t done the best things with our time in the last ports. Today we decided to put that behind us – back to our strategy of “doing one thing and doing it well”. I remembered that I’d read about free walking tours of the city centre and we decided to try […]

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A(nother) meal in Sindhu

Yesterday we ate in Sindhu for the second time this cruise. Once again it was an excellent meal. Perhaps not quite as spectacularly good as the first one, but that may simply have been because it wasn’t the first time. Val’s starter was roasted rabbit tikka with chilli jam and chutney (yes, gentle readers, she […]

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