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Andrew Sassoli-Walker did a Facebook post the other day lamenting the recent non-appearance of the Red Arrows over Southampton because of bad weather. I read it and nodded to myself, thinking that this was obviously a regular occurrence. Most recently, I thought, with the P&O Grand Event, when we were due to see not just […]

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Introduction: In July 2012 we did a short cruise on P&O’s Oriana. It was for just four nights and had two ports of call: Amsterdam, for a day-and-a-bit including therefore an overnight stay, and Zeebrugge. This cruise was one of the P&O Grand Event cruises to celebrate their 175th birthday. As usual I’ve ┬áincluded links […]

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Friday was the final evening of the cruise, and for me at least it was the best meal. I had the vegetarian dish, with chips, and it was lovely. For some reason I just felt like having some comfort food – having now developed a massive cold, I know why! After that we packed. We […]

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Today was Zeebrugge. We had thought that we would stay on board all day, and this morning while it was grey and rainy that seemed sensible. But by half-past eleven we were getting stir crazy and the weather was improving so we took the shuttle bus to Blankenberg. Before we did that, however, we had […]

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Just a quick post to record that last night was the cruise’s only formal night. indeed, it was the Captain’s Gala Party, which felt a bit unusual as it was on the third evening (of only four) in the cruise. Anyway – it was a formal night. Dress code observance was pretty much 100%, which […]

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We did a long excursion on our second day at Amsterdam – ‘Grand Tour of Holland’. Basically this was a scenic coach ride to Delft, a couple of stops there (at the Royal Delft factory, and in the town centre), another coach journey to The Hague, a walk round the Parliament Square, and then a […]

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Just a couple of quick points before we go on an excursion today (Thursday): a) every cabin has received a free copy of Andrew & Sharon’s “P&O Cruises: Celebrating 175 years of heritage” books; b) we received our Grand Event prize draw entry cards yesterday, but we don’t know if this means the draw has […]

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Just a quick ‘holding’ entry for now. We’ve been at Amsterdam today, arriving at 3 o’clock. We entered the North Sea canal at 11:30 am or so, and berthed at the Amsterdam Cruise Terminal just before 3pm. Getting ashore was a bit flappy – formalities weren’t completed until 3:20 or so,and then there were long […]

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So it was about 6:15 or so when things kicked off on board Oriana. Adonia slipped very slowly past us, with several harbour master launches in attendance – in fact we saw a number of various ‘official’ launches during the whole event. After Adonia came Ventura, then Arcadia and Aurora; then we were due to […]

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Embarkation was a rather slow and cumbersome affair. We left the Grand Harbour hotel at about 12:40, having first seen our bags put on a van. The actual coach transfer took just a couple of minutes – City terminal is only a short distance away. Then we went straight into security, which again only took […]

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