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Postby HW tenpin on Sat Feb 26, 2005 21:30 pm

But not sure what to expect, or even if you would enjoy it?

First and foremost never pay the brochure price, you have two options either book early or late for the best deals. Check out any Cruise Brokers on the web. Cruises start from as little as �449pp and go up to �you must be joking'

Casual, Smart or Formal it's now your choice. With the leaning now to casual dining, so forget Tuxedo's, Tiaras and blue rinses, unless like me you love to get dressed for Diner, by that I mean a DJ, not going naked as a Jay bird.

Seasickness is almost a thing of the past on modern ships, more stable than most aircraft flights, even in rough seas, stabilizers and anti pitch and roll bars are ****** to all the newer ships as standard. 95% of the time you will think you are in a hotel. Only by looking out of a window will you tell you are moving.

Life on board is like being in a small town, with shops, dance halls, theatres, showrooms, discos, hairdressers, beauty saloons, gyms and fitness rooms, casinos, cyber caf�'s, libraries, card rooms, pools, spas and hot tubs, Kids clubs, some even have tennis, golf and basketball courts. Not forgetting those wonderful sun decks for you lovers of the golden globe.

Accommodation, cabins are smaller than a hotel room but more than adequate for two, plenty of wardrobe space, en-suite bathrooms, generally very clean and acceptable. The higher the deck the more space, but only marginally. Balcony, mini-suites are great for that special holiday. One point here, on the lower deck you will have some noise and vibrations from the engines, so go higher if you are a light sleeper.

Food is legendary on cruises, all you can eat, and whenever you want to. From fixed evening meals served at your table, a great way to meet new friends, to the 24-hour buffet. Most restaurants have a dress code from smart casual to formal, jacket and tie for the men, or DJ on formal nights, (max two)
The Ladies always look wonderful on these nights. Who said creep?

Most seven day cruises will take in six ports of call, and maybe four or five Countries, so this is an excellent way to check out any places you may wish to holiday in, The itineraries are vast, taking tours either with the ship or by taxi gives you a good idea about the places you visit, as most days are spent in port.

That concludes this brief outline on cruising, but if you have any questions, mail or PM me I will be only to pleased to help.
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Postby just_cruising on Sat Feb 26, 2005 22:22 pm

Hi tenpin, good write up i to love cruising if i may add a little there is more and more cruise and stay holidays now, they are excellent value. off in five weeks with royal caribiean. Island cruises have a offer on 17 may this year 14 nights starting at 899.
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Postby witchofthewest on Mon Jan 08, 2007 00:04 am

Does anyone knpow anything about the cruises offered with Travelscope holidays in ships Athena and Van Gogh? The prices are disturbingly low - too good to be true.
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Postby HW tenpin on Mon Jan 08, 2007 12:24 pm

Hi Witchofthewest, welcome to holidaywatchdog, great name.

Firstly the prices of lots of cruises have dropped dramatically as more & more new ships are joining the market.
The price shown is normally the lowest grade inside cabin, which are the last to sell, these are just your basic cabin and are quite acceptable for just sleeping in.

The Athena & Van Gogh are now considered very small ships indeed with just over 250 cabins on board, both have been refurbished within the last few years. They boast of the usual amenities but on a smaller scale, and to be honest slightly crowded. However this is offset by the friendliness of the crew and the ease of making new friends among the other passengers, which is lacking in some respects from the larger ships.

So to sum up, if you want a small ship quite easy embarkation, nice surroundings but slightly limited amenities, some unusual itineraries and UK sailings these offer good value for the money. Their New England voyage is spectacular as they can enter ports that big ships cannot.

To give you a further insight into market, it is possible to sail with Cunnard on one of the Queens for the same price as say Ocean Village. As for Travelscope I personally have not dealt with them and cannot comment.
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Postby jomoo on Sat Jan 13, 2007 22:12 pm

Hi Tenpin
new to this game , would my 18 year old daughter have a ball on the calypso in july ? we are concerned for her, only going for a week and a week in halkidiki for a rest

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Postby HW tenpin on Sun Jan 14, 2007 11:34 am

Hi Jo,
Welcome to HW.

Having never sailed on the Calypso can't really say what she is like.

Do know she is the smallest ship of Thomson's fleet and is for Adults only, as for an 18 year old having a ball, not to sure about that, as facilities will be limited. But if like us she enjoys having a quiet drink with new friends, it should be okay.

On the plus side, being only 11,000 tonnes she will be able to get into ports the larger ships can't so perhaps the Itinerary will more than make up for it lack of size.
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Postby nanabo on Tue May 29, 2007 18:37 pm

Hi Jommo

I dont think the Calypso would be suitable for an 18yr old. This ship is more for the over 50s. When I was aboard in May their was quite alot of elderly and disabled people on board more oldies than youngies I would say

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Postby fionat on Tue Oct 02, 2007 23:15 pm

Hi there, You sound like you know what you're talking about, so a question.
Which cruise line gives the best value 7 day cruise round the med, with facilities, entertainment etc, suitable for two elderly mothers and a (dare I say it!!!) middle aged married couple?? One mother is a bit infirm and can't walk too far ( and is also very reluctant to use a wheel chair...what are the rules rearding those, by the way?) The other is fairly mobile but would like to be able to get away from her travelling companions occassionly!! I've read bad stuff about Royal carribean and msc sinfonia, the ship would have to be non-smoking if possible as mobile mum has a slight breathing problem.
So there's the brief, whats the answer?? I'm waiting with baited breath, we're thinking about going at the beginning of september 2008, if that makes a difference. I would really appreciate any suggestions from anyone, please....Fionat
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Postby HW tenpin on Thu Oct 04, 2007 22:27 pm

Hiya FionaT,

How long is a piece of string is the correct answer?

Your question fits almost every Med Cruise out there, so lets look at some of the cruises going & what they offer.

First the smoking question, all cruise liners at this point in time allows some smoking, however since July these are now very restricted to one or two outside decks (port side) and one bar, which may be the casino bar or other closed bar. Cruise lines are very strict with this policy, these places are clearly marked & easy to avoid. About one twentieth of the public spaces are still smoking areas usually confined to one side of the ship.

Every cruise line will give you entertainment every day suitable for all ages, from Broadway shows to bingo. Every cruise ship offers extended tours of each port you visit these will be about six on a weeks cruise each line also offers good support for the less able, but select cruises that dock rather than tender. (Indicated by a small anchor in the brochure) fold up wheelchairs are often seen on ships, and help is given by crewmembers on request.
Each line gives a small map of the port and in most hop on hop off buses are close by, ideal for a quite hour or two on your own.

Ok so far so good, do you all like set dining with the same people each night, highlight of the cruise for most, or easy come anytime dining? Lets see if I can get close, would be nice to meet new people and dress up a little for dinner sometimes, with room to move around & not cramped spaces, interesting ports of call and good food, not to pricey.

Take a look at these,
P&O Oceana 30/8/08 Iberian Sojourn. Outside cabin from �685
Princess cruises from Southampton & back. Look at about �700
Ocean Village, no set dinning or dressing up, Island Cruises fairly easy going, as are all of Thomson's ships although these are now getting a little small.

Try 1st4cruising web site for great deals or Saturdays mail.

So in general do you want to experience good or great food, easy going or slightly formal, do you want to be waited on hand & foot, or rather help yourselves at the buffets.
I would suggest a great first cruise for you all would be P&O, Princess, Royal Caribbean, yes I know but these are great ships,
Or how about trying a taster cruise of two or three days before you decide, many going from the UK early next year. Ventura �299 from S'hampton, QM2 �319.

The list is endless but whatever you decide I am sure you will want to return.
I'll answer any questions you have but really its about your dining preferences & if you like to dress up a little.
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Postby Briggsy on Mon Feb 04, 2008 15:24 pm

I completely agree on the 'Don't pay the brochure price'. We booked 7 nts on OV2 for 2 adults and 2 kids (cruise only - no flights) for �1100 total! I've just upgraded to an outside cabin (EE) on deck 9 for a total of �1300! When we cruised last time, we paid that each. We opted for cruise only as recieved a �200 discount per adult and �100 discount per kiddie. We can get fights to Palma with a low cost airline for �200 all in.
How can you beat a price like that for a family of 4! Bargain.....
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