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A long time ago I did a detailed post about the different sizes of the balconies on Ventura and Azura. it’s still one of my most popular posts – every day, between 10% and 20% of the page hits I get is for that one post. Here’s a link to it. Here’s an additional post […]

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Tendering problems at Monaco – update

I’ve heard some more about the tendering problems at Monaco on Sunday. (Just to recap, tendering had to be stopped during the afternoon due to a high swell, which was causing great difficulties at Ventura’s platform.) I’ve heard that the weather changed very quickly and dramatically in the middle of the day. I’ve seen a […]

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Something I read about on the P&O Facebook group was that there were significant tendering problems at Monaco on Sunday. This was during Ventura’s call there as a part of cruise N914. Monaco is almost always a tender port, certainly for the larger ships, and it’s not unusual for calls there to be diverted or […]

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I gather that Britannia was very delayed getting into Southampton yesterday (25 May 2019) at the end of a 7 night Fjords cruise – I believe she didn’t dock until around 3pm. This, of course, affected both disembarkation and embarkatio, both of which were very delayed.¬†Embarkation eventually started early evening, and Britannia sailed for Cherbourg […]

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Azura in Amsterdam – no, Ijmuiden!

Last weekend Azura became the first P&O ship to call at Ijmuiden – for Amsterdam – instead of actually getting into Amsterdam proper. It would seem that shuttle bus arrangements were not good, and there have been many complaints. Actually, the complaints began some time ago when P&O announced that they were switching the port […]

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Aurora Refit 2019

Beginning in a week or so, Aurora will be having a refit. This will be in ¬†conjunction with her switch from being a ‘family friendly’ ship to being ‘adults only’. She’s due back from her present cruise, R903, to Norway and to see the Northern Lights (hopefully), on 23 March, and her next cruise, R905, […]

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I’ve done a page summarising the various posts I did while i was on this cruise, and giving my final thoughts. You can find it here.

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Back home from Oceana

Well, I’m home. Yesterday was a long, hard day – in UK time terms I got up at 2am, started travelling at 4am, and walked through my front door (or staggered through it) at 10:45pm. I was hanging around Dubai Airport for five hours before boarding the plane, then take-off was delayed, and then there […]

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I was packed and ready before 8 o’clock, the listed time for independent travellers to start their disembarkation. In the event I joined the end of the party disembarking at 8 for the Emirates flight to Heathrow. It all went smoothly. Once off the ship we all had to get our main luggage. This had […]

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I’ve just (at 8am!) done my face-to-face immigration check in Dubai and got my passport back. Oceana docked at Dubai sometime around 7 am or so and the passport return and immigration check was the first order of business. Basically, passengers must go ashore and first collect their passport from a P&O desk on the […]

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