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Category Archive for '2014 Schedules'

There’s a rather-apocolyptic warning piece in today’s Southampton Daily Echo. It warns drivers of the likelihood of significant delays around the port area tomorrow (17 May) as a result of there being six ships in port. The ships are Fred’s Balmoral and Black Watch; MSC’s Opera; P&O’s Aurora and Oceana; and Royal Caribbean’s Independence of […]

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I posted a short while ago about the disruption that is occurring in Southampton as a result of roadworks to make access to dock gate 4 easier. I gather that at present, and for the next couple of weeks or so, work is actually being done on the outbound gate at Dock Gate 4. As […]

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Cruising from the UK in 2014

I’ve been having a look through the options that exist this year for people to cruise from ports in the UK, and the choices are wider than I had imagined. I do perhaps concentrate on P&O, and to a lesser degree Cunard in this blog, which means my focus is firmly on their cruises which, […]

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About a year or so I did some posts on the short season European of cruises planned for Oasis of the Seas this autumn – here and here are links to a couple of them. ¬†Although I had details of her itineraries within Europe I’d missed the fact that she will be calling at Southampton […]

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It’s all been a bit quiet in the cruise world this last week. Add to that the Bank Holiday plus a couple of days that I spent working away, and you can see why there have been no posts. But here’s a quick roundup of recent events that seem of interest to me. I suppose […]

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I posted recently about the disruption along Platform Road in Southampton while road works are being done. That’s the road that runs past Dock Gate 4 – the one that passengers embarking at either the Ocean Terminal or the QEII terminal must use. I got some information back from Southampton City Council about the duration […]

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I’m hearing stories that Oceana requires repairs (I know not what for), and that these will be done during s three-day stop in Barcelona during her next cruise. That’sE406, starting on Saturday, and due to call at La Coruna, Gibraltar, Alghero, Livorno, Monte Carlo, Barcelona, and Cartagena. Some of the ports are going to be […]

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I’ve read today that passengers on many of this summer’s Mediterranean fly-cruises on Ventura have received letters from P&O advising them they will have to pay Italian or Spanish VAT on some on-board purchases. Some cruises will pay Spanish VAT on drinks as well. It’s all very complex, and it’s all due to the fact […]

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P&O have published a list of ports that their ships will call at during the coming year. The list gives some details as to the arrangements at the port, e.g. basic information of where the berth is in relation to the port/town, whether shuttle buses will be available, and whether or not passengers on Early […]

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The Port of Southampton has just posted the complete cruise ship schedule for 2014 on their website. You can find the schedule here. (Update: at 2pm 4 February their server seems to have crashed.) For ship spotters there are a few interesting days. There are a number of 4-ship days, plus 3 5-ship days, on […]

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