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Over the winter I’ve been reading some interesting comments online about how P&O have started to make the check-in time real. Let me explain what I mean by that. In our Cruise Information booklet there has always been a stated check-in time. We and everyone else have always ignored this, and just rocked up to […]

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Carnival Corp announced yesterday that Adonia would have her stay in the Caribbean sailing for fathom extended until the end of December 2017. I think that means an additional year – I believe the previously-announced sailings were only until the end of this year, 2016. The Carnival Corp press release says “Due to growing demand, […]

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Reasons for not posting (part 47)

You may have noticed that there haven’t been any new posts for a week or so. This is because I am on a non-cruise holiday, to New York. I’ll be back at the end of the week. Anyone interested can read about it here.

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In response to yesterday’s post about new embarkation procedures that have been introduced by P&O, Damian Gaughan sent the comment below. I think it adds a useful clarification so I’ve repeated part of it here:- I think that it is worth mentioning that for Peninsular Club Caribbean and Baltic Tier customers a 1pm embarkation time […]

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Hands up who remembers the P&O and Cunard ‘Price Promise” of a few years ago? – yes, me too. It was confusing when it was in force, it did more than anything I can remember in the last ten years to destroy passengers’  trust in the cruise lines, and its end was unlamented. Here’s something […]

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I did a post in early December commenting on the rumours that there was to be a new ship for P&O, and I suggested that while this wasn’t impossible, it wouldn’t happen before 2019. Since then Carnival Corporation have released some further details about the orders they made with Fincantieri in March this year (2015). […]

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I’ve just read an interesting story about a change in the planned deployment of Crystal serenity, Crystal Cruises’ 68,000 ton flagship. First launched in 2003 and refurbished (I believe) in 2013, Crystal Serenity has spent most summers cruising in Europe – the Mediterranean, western Europe and the Black Sea. She’ll be deployed in Europe again […]

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Back in January Fred. Olsen’s Boudicca suffered an engine room fire during a cruise, and I did a few posts about it. There were a couple of posts in the immediate aftermath – here and here – and then an account by a passenger who was on board during the event. Finally, I did a […]

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Azura 2015 – Gibraltar

Today we’ve been in Gibraltar, and we’ve been doing our own thing. Azura didn’t dock until 9:30 by which time we’d had breakfast and were getting ready to go ashore. In the end we left the ship some time around 10 o’clock – there was a steady stream of people doing the same thing. We’ve […]

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(Update Feb. 2016 – I’ve added some images from around Azura at the bottom of the post.) Today, the first full day of the cruise, was a sea day. It was also a formal night, the Captain’s Gala Party. We woke up quite late, after 8 o’clock. We found the weather not as bad as […]

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