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Re: Arcadia World Cruise 2014

Post by incawat » 03 Aug 2013, 10:18

Hi Sue ,
We to have booked a balcony cabin on B deck aft for the same reason as you.
We are on the Southampton to Perth leg of the cruise,the Australian ports are my memories from my youth when I was a bell boy and steward in the late 50's.Ian

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Post by Suekersh » 03 Aug 2013, 10:23

Hi Ian and Cathy,

We could well be neighbours then.

Have you sailed in these cabins before?

Hope we get plenty of sun. I seem to remember the aft of Arcadia is tiered.

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Post by incawat » 03 Aug 2013, 10:39

Hi Sue,
No it is our first cruise on Arcadia.
Oriana is our favourite .
We have never had a cabin on B deck either so it will all be new to us,hopefully it will be sunshine all the way.
Already booked taxi hotel really looking forward to departure ,six months will fly by.
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Post by jsmith11 » 05 Aug 2013, 13:00

Hi all,

I have just discovered this forum. Have enjoyed reading all your posts. We are joining the cruise in Adelaide SA, our hometown, and sailing to Southampton. Can only afford an inside cabin as we are spending another 6 weeks in Europe following the cruise. Have only cruised twice before about 30 years on party ships around Fiji.

I'm a bit like others hoping to win the lottery and upgrade our cabin but i'm sure it will be fine. Any tips from others who have taken a long cruise in an inside cabin greatly appreciated.

Less than 30 weeks to go but who's counting.

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Post by incawat » 05 Aug 2013, 13:17

Hi John and Helen,
I'am sure you will have a fantastic trip.
Six weeks touring around Europe sounds very exciting ,what countries are you visiting?
Ian and Cathy.

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Post by Suekersh » 05 Aug 2013, 13:28

Hi John & Helen,
Welcome to the forum.
We have cruised on Arcadia in an inside cabin but not for longer thn 2 weeks.

They are okay some better designed than others depending which deck you are on. The best value cabins imo are the outside restricted view cabins on E deck.

When we first booked this cruise the price difference between inside and the outside restricted view was not very much but you do get a much larger cabin with a sofa.

This weekend we decided to upgrade to a balcony as we noticed a large aft balcony cabin had become available. This was a big jump in cost but hopefully it ill be worth it for the outside space.

Look forward to meeting you on board. We board in LA so are down to 25 weeks now.

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Post by incawat » 05 Aug 2013, 13:38

Hi Sue,
Any news about Gary,I hope he is ok.
At the moment a bit nervous as I am having a cataract op this Friday ,friends who have gone through the same procedure say nothing to it.
Ian Cathy


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Post by jsmith11 » 07 Aug 2013, 12:00

Hi Ian & Cathy and Sue.

Thanks for the welcome. After the cruise we have a week in London then 3 weeks visiting Paris, Geneva, Salzburg , Prague and Berlin. Then back to UK and down to Devon for a week with UK friends. Then the final week around Cotswold area. Then home via Hong Kong for 4 days.

Very much looking forward to the cruise and getting to leave from Adelaide is a real bonus.

Have booked our tours for Egypt via P & O as we are not that confident about taking an outside tour company in that area.

Then back to work to clear the credit card LOL.


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Post by Val1968 » 29 Sep 2013, 12:48

Hello All
We are on this cruise for the duration. We have just found out that our Captain is Sarah Breton- Oh Dear !! we sailed with her on Aurora in 2011 and we found her very elusive. Avoided all contact with passengers and rarely made a ship announcement. She may be shy, we gave her the benefit of the doubt but still felt like containers rather than passengers in her care. We have looked on other forums hoping that she has changed her ways since then but it appears not. Have any of you sailed with her before?

Having said this ,one person does not necessarily spoil a trip.

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Post by Manoverboard » 29 Sep 2013, 13:34

Val1968 wrote: We have just found out that our Captain is Sarah Breton- Oh Dear !!

Have any of you sailed with her before?
Yep ... surprisingly she managed to find all the Ports, could park and even reversed the ship a couple of times. Her role is to drive the ship, not to keep me amused ... or have I got that all wrong ?

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Post by Quizzical Bob » 29 Sep 2013, 14:13

Manoverboard wrote:
Val1968 wrote: We have just found out that our Captain is Sarah Breton- Oh Dear !!

Have any of you sailed with her before?
Yep ... surprisingly she managed to find all the Ports, could park and even reversed the ship a couple of times. Her role is to drive the ship, not to keep me amused ... or have I got that all wrong ?

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We have too, a couple of times. She's perfectly competent and not too intrusive, all that a captain should be.


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Post by Val1968 » 29 Sep 2013, 15:06

I agree but thought perhaps she may be able to multi task.


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Post by Quizzical Bob » 29 Sep 2013, 15:12

Val1968 wrote:I agree but thought perhaps she may be able to multi task.
I'd rather they didn't.


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Post by sunlover » 29 Sep 2013, 17:24

Val1968 wrote:Hello All
We are on this cruise for the duration. We have just found out that our Captain is Sarah Breton- Oh Dear !! we sailed with her on Aurora in 2011 and we found her very elusive. Avoided all contact with passengers and rarely made a ship announcement. She may be shy, we gave her the benefit of the doubt but still felt like containers rather than passengers in her care. We have looked on other forums hoping that she has changed her ways since then but it appears not. Have any of you sailed with her before?

Having said this ,one person does not necessarily spoil a trip.

Regard
Val & Ian


Yes,
I have and she is the most unsociable Captain to sail the high seas. She was on ARCADIA world cruise this year and what with her and rest of the bad stuff it was not a good cruise. I think you should change your booking before it's too
late. Switch it to Cunard you will get better treatment,
Read the reviews from 2013world cruise. you will get the picture. Look on cruise. Co.uk plenty of bad reviews about the world cruise 2013.
IF you go I hope you have a better time than this years paxs had. Good luck, you will need it!

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Post by Manoverboard » 29 Sep 2013, 17:56

A little balance is required for those who aim to enjoy the 2014 version.

Many of the problems relating to Arcadia's 2013 World Cruise were NOT the fault of the Captain and just because she may not pander to the egos of the precious few does not make her an unsociable person ... in my opinion.

A Topic on this cruise from this site may be useful ... as per

http://www.cruise-community.me.uk/viewt ... 102&t=1139


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Post by Quizzical Bob » 29 Sep 2013, 18:33

If I were ever to do a world cruise the choice of captain would be last on my list.

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Post by emjay45 » 29 Sep 2013, 23:38

Quizzical Bob wrote:If I were ever to do a world cruise the choice of captain would be last on my list.
I think I'm with you QB. She was the captain on our first cruise and I didn't understand why people moaned about her. She got us from A to B very safely and we were grateful. Of course now I've cruised a few times I know what people expect from a captain and I suppose she isn't the most friendly. However if she'd been on my world cruise it would have made no difference to me. The ones we had were nice enough, but the main thing is they know what they are doing.


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Post by sunlover » 30 Sep 2013, 05:52

Manoverboard wrote:A little balance is required for those who aim to enjoy the 2014 version.

Many of the problems relating to Arcadia's 2013 World Cruise were NOT the fault of the Captain and just because she may not pander to the egos of the precious few does not make her an unsociable person ... in my opinion.

A Topic on this cruise from this site may be useful ... as per

http://www.cruise-community.me.uk/viewt ... 102&t=1139
Hi MOB. The link you gave was really nothing to do with what happened on the 2013 Arcadia world cruise.It was just a few comments from people who were not there. So really not any use.
The Captain on this cruise could have made the whole experience better if she had been more vocal and took an interest in what people were doing, thinking and upset about.
She made no effort to please people till the last two ports where she did damage limitation by coming out on the open deck to be seen as a caring Captain.
She did not care when she steered the ship too far out at sea to be able to see Easter Island statue heads. She did care when we reached Pitcairns and never went near Bounty Bay. Nor did she care that 40 plus Pitcairn Islanders had struggled two hours to reach the ship, only to be allowed on board for two hours. Hundreds of passengers were disappointed as they were not able to get into the restaurant where they had set up shop as security locked them out and then the islanders had to leave asap.
Nor did she care that the ships agent told her the Falklands would be easy to access if we waited till 11-0 am. No she steered off at a snails pace as the ship was days ahead of schedule from missing ports.
There was an awful lot of things went wrong on this cruise and unless you were there you have no idea.
Plus anyone who thinks it was a load of moaners who had nothing else to do, you are wrong.
Many or more like hundreds of very upset world cruisers who are seasoned travellers and had paid over £25.000 to be there were very upset indeed and rightly so. The above comments are only a small amount of things that caused this cruise to be so bad. I am sure it is easy to sit there and write what aload of whingers and moaners, but if you had paid what was a life times saving for the cruise I think. most people would moan. P&O messed up big time and now they are still having to sort it out as many passengers have not let this go and are taking action.
P&O canceled the whole country of Argentina on the 12th Dec. 2012. Less than amonth before departure. They had known what the situation was for over a year but continued to sell the cruise as Argentina. They waited till all money had been paid. No one allowed to cancel. No port fees and taxes refunded. Disgraceful.

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Post by Manoverboard » 30 Sep 2013, 07:13

Yes, I accept all that and appreciate your anger ' Sunlover ' but surely your beef is, was, with P&O rather than a particular lady Captain who failed to meet your personal expectations.

Advising fellow Members to jump ship to Cunard because of your strong feelings towards a P&O Member of staff who is not able to defend herself is surely a one sided over reaction and especially so when it is entirely possible that the same Captain may be seen anytime soon driving a Cunard ship.

As an aside ... it is not factually correct to advise that ' nobody ' was able to cancel following P&O's announcement that the ports in Argentina were to be dropped.


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Post by sunlover » 30 Sep 2013, 07:56

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Manoverboard wrote:Yes, I accept all that and appreciate your anger ' Sunlover ' but surely your beef is, was, with P&O rather than a particular lady Captain who failed to meet your personal expectations.

Advising fellow Members to jump ship to Cunard because of your strong feelings towards a P&O Member of staff who is not able to defend herself is surely a one sided over reaction and especially so when it is entirely possible that the same Captain may be seen anytime soon driving a Cunard ship.

As an aside ... it is not factually correct to advise that ' nobody ' was able to cancel following P&O's announcement that the ports in Argentina were to be dropped.

Full world cruise passengers were not able to cancel other than loose their full payment of money. Segment passengers were given a chance to cancel or re book another cruise. This was not an option for full world cruisers.
The Captain did nothing to en hence the quality of the cruise.

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Post by incawat » 01 Oct 2013, 13:07

Less than one hundred day's to go for us.
We have had our letter from P&O to remind us of payment ,how could we forget.
We have sailed with Captain Sarah Breton on the Artemis and found her very professional and nice to talk to.
We are sailing from Southampton to Perth I do wonder how many ports we will miss.
But I know we will enjoy sailing on Arcadia.
Ian &Cathy.

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Post by Suekersh » 11 Oct 2013, 16:43

Hi all,

Not worried at all about who the captain is as long as they sail the ship and stop any pursues from boarding. Wouldn't be too quick about jumping ship to Cunard either. Our friends did a leg of the WC this year on QE and it was the worst cruising experience ever in terms of food, staff, and entertainment. They loved the cabin and sailing through the Panama but Cunard - never again.

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Post by Suekersh » 11 Oct 2013, 16:47

Just got home from Ventura. Great cruise. Our visa pack was waiting for us so must get round to that ASAP as need passports back for Azura Xmas cruise.

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Post by sunlover » 12 Oct 2013, 04:47

Suekersh wrote:Hi all,

Not worried at all about who the captain is as long as they sail the ship and stop any pursues from boarding. Wouldn't be too quick about jumping ship to Cunard either. Our friends did a leg of the WC this year on QE and it was the worst cruising experience ever in terms of food, staff, and entertainment. They loved the cabin and sailing through the Panama but Cunard - never again.

Sue
You will never please all passengers on a cruise so your friends are an example of this which is fine. However, over 400 full world cruise passengers were very unhappy about their full world cruise, not just a segment. So much so that they have taken action and have not let it end when they left the ship. P&O got it wrong and they know it. Lets hope they do better for next years full world cruisers.


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Post by arcadialover » 12 Oct 2013, 09:00

We have had her as captain and whilst she may not be the funniest of captains aboard and does come across as serious, she is very safety conscious and always kept us up to date on things and gave a very informed weather forecast

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Post by incawat » 14 Oct 2013, 10:11

Time is now passing very quickly ,tours booked esta and evisitor forms received.
Renewed passports arrived, only 5 days from start to finnish amazing.
ONLY 87 DAY`S to go.
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Post by jemgee » 15 Oct 2013, 11:59

Hi all

We were on Aurora Southampton to SF this year. Only recently booked LA to Auckland as we left it too late to get Aurora SF to Auckland. Original intention was to join Arcadia Sydney to Singapore and we missed that as well - so its Ocean Princess instead which gives a longer break in NZ and better port itinery as well.

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Post by Suekersh » 19 Oct 2013, 14:00

Hi all,

Time is moving on fast. Final balance has been paid ( ouch).

American ESTA and Australian ETA all sorted. Indian Visa forms completed but web site playing up and won't accept payment so will have to fork out a further £12.50 to get postal order, this is on top of £104 each to get the visa. All for 12 hours in Mumbai. Is this the most expensive visa in the world?

Trips booked and the PO ones paid for. Lots of ports we are going to DIY and I have been researching these all year. In Mumbai we are joining other pax on an 8 hour private tour and we have booked a private tour in Bali.

I was messing around on the cruise Personaliser, and noticed that I could book a date and time in the speciality restaurants, so booked Ocean Grill for our Wedding Anniversary. Payment was taken and our 10 % discount deducted.

I have just asked Father Christmas for some Tap Dancing shoes as I have been informed that our CD teaches tap on board world cruises. A good way to exercise without the monotony of the treadmill.

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Post by sunlover » 19 Oct 2013, 17:59

Suekersh wrote:Hi all,

Time is moving on fast. Final balance has been paid ( ouch).

American ESTA and Australian ETA all sorted. Indian Visa forms completed but web site playing up and won't accept payment so will have to fork out a further £12.50 to get postal order, this is on top of £104 each to get the visa. All for 12 hours in Mumbai. Is this the most expensive visa in the world?

Trips booked and the PO ones paid for. Lots of ports we are going to DIY and I have been researching these all year. In Mumbai we are joining other pax on an 8 hour private tour and we have booked a private tour in Bali.

I was messing around on the cruise Personaliser, and noticed that I could book a date and time in the speciality restaurants, so booked Ocean Grill for our Wedding Anniversary. Payment was taken and our 10 % discount deducted.

I have just asked Father Christmas for some Tap Dancing shoes as I have been informed that our CD teaches tap on board world cruises. A good way to exercise without the monotony of the treadmill.

Sue

Christine Noble teaches tap dancing and so does her assistant a guy who's name I forget. She is very good, but conditions not always good.
Be careful you don't fall as it is the new dangerous sport, take care. :moresarcasm:


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Post by jsmith11 » 21 Oct 2013, 11:24

Hi all,

I notice that HAL have cancelled all their cruises to Egypt for 2014. http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5587

If the unrest continues what will P & O do? Will they still go through the Suez Canel and skip the Egypt ports?

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Post by sunlover » 30 Oct 2013, 05:39

jsmith11 wrote:Hi all,

I notice that HAL have cancelled all their cruises to Egypt for 2014. http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=5587

If the unrest continues what will P & O do? Will they still go through the Suez Canel and skip the Egypt ports?

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I am sure they will go through the canal.They could cancel Egypt and visit another port. Although if P&O decide to canel ports they may not bother to replace them. The have been known to do this in the past.
Any world cruiser should be bearing in mind you pass through the Gulf od Aden so you will be on pirate alert!
Ship blacked out, no walking around deck after dusk and armed guards on board. Plus you do pirate attack practise. Inside cabins stay inside, the rest sit out side your cabin door on the floor. Be prepared! Have fun.


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Post by davidk-mc1 » 20 Nov 2013, 19:56

I am booked on the Singapore to Dubai section with my wife and four friends. this is our second cruise, the first was with the Ventura to the caribbean , i hope this is as good. With extra days in Singapore and Dubai i am realy looking forward to the cruise. :lol:

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Post by Suekersh » 20 Nov 2013, 20:04

Hi David,

We also disembark in Dubai and have three days there.

There is a large roll call on the cruise critic Arcadia 2014 thread. It appears to be growing daily.

Lots of really good info over there from previous world cruisers.

Good luck with your Indian visas.

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Post by jsmith11 » 21 Nov 2013, 19:35

100 days until we join Arcadia in Adelaide for the 42 night voyage to Southampton. Can't wait.

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Hi all,

Only 27 days until we leave home to join Arcadia on the World cruise.

New Year guests have now gone home, and the bedding washed. We didn't put the suitcases away from our Xmas cruise so these are now ready to be packed again. I have lists for lists and have no idea how to start packing for 57 nights away from home.

I am still ironing the clothes from the last cruise and that will be this weekends job.

Very excited but every time I think about it I have to take a deep breath.

Sue

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Suekersh wrote:Hi all,

Only 27 days until we leave home to join Arcadia on the World cruise.

New Year guests have now gone home, and the bedding washed. We didn't put the suitcases away from our Xmas cruise so these are now ready to be packed again. I have lists for lists and have no idea how to start packing for 57 nights away from home.

I am still ironing the clothes from the last cruise and that will be this weekends job.

Very excited but every time I think about it I have to take a deep breath.

Sue
I will be interested to read how you prepare for such a voyage as we are doing that length next year on QE. In the mean time, we board QM2 in Dubai in April, for her last leg. But that's a mere 18 nights :lol:
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Post by incawat » 03 Jan 2014, 09:43

Hi All,
6 days to go,5 suitcases out waiting to be filled.
This cruise is the longest we will have done, our previous longest was 35 nights, so I expect we will have too much or to little of various items.
Cathy bought from Argos some plastic bags which you pack then expel air from them to compact the clothes inside.A space saving idea.
Recommend by friends,I do not know if they will work.
Still a busy weekend then last two day's at work then a drive down to Southampton overnight at the Holiday Inn.
Looking forward to meeting everybody .
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Post by Suekersh » 10 Jan 2014, 05:45

Bon voyage to all sailing on Arcadia today on the first leg of the World Cruise.

Hope you have a calm sailing of the BOB and the Atlantic Ocean and look forward to joining you in 3 weeks time.

Sue

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Bon voyage Sue, have a great cruise.
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Post by Quizzical Bob » 10 Jan 2014, 13:02

Probably a bit late as a warning but the signs in the city today say 'CONGESTION WATERFRONT DELAYS'. Not surprising really considering there are five cruise ships in port:

ARCADIA
SAGA RUBY
SAGA PEARL II
QUEEN MARY 2
QUEEN ELIZABETH

Bon voyage everybody!

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Post by Suekersh » 24 Jan 2014, 09:27

Hi all,

The Arcadia will be transmitting the Panama Canal today. It has to be ready to go at 6am their time so 11 am ours. I will be looking in from 12 noonish.

Only 6 days until we fly out to LA before joining the ship on 2 February.

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Post by Suekersh » 24 Jan 2014, 13:48

The Arcadia is just reaching the first lock.
Quite a clear picture on the web cam but doesn't look very sunny.

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Post by Quizzical Bob » 24 Jan 2014, 14:14

Suekersh wrote:The Arcadia is just reaching the first lock.
Quite a clear picture on the web cam but doesn't look very sunny.

Sue
Thanks, I've just found her on AIS. The ship ahead of her is the Hanjin Philadelphia and the blue one forward and to the left is the Maersk Bratan.

I've found this site very useful, it allows you to go anywhere in the world and see the AIS traffic:

http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/

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Post by Suekersh » 24 Jan 2014, 16:26

I used a mixture of web cams to view including the Princess one as Coral was just behind Arcadia.

A while now before more action.

I have heard from pax on board that all is well on board. Captain Sarah Breton is only noticeable by her absence. She is disembarking at LA according to P & O so we will miss the pleasure of her captaincy. Captain A Hashmi is to take over. He has recently been Deputy Captain on the Cunard ships so a promotion for him.

The entertainment team headed by Christine Noble are doing a sterling job and the food has also had the thumbs up. Looking forward to joining in LA where apparently 1,000 pax are disembarking.

Surely this shows how popular the Panama Canal cruises are.

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Post by JenniC » 24 Jan 2014, 18:45

Wow Sue (and Garry ) not long now, hope you have ( and I am sure you will) a fabulous cruise. Try and keep us updated as and when you can... Best wishes...
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Re: Arcadia World Cruise 2014

Post by Suekersh » 24 Jan 2014, 18:50

Hi Jenny. Dennis The a Menace has took on the job of posting my reports for me. It may be a long while between them because of sea days but will post as often as I get Wi Fi.

We are getting very excited here, we have a busy weekend ahead saying goodbye to our granddaughters.

Sue

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Re: Arcadia World Cruise 2014

Post by Belle53 » 24 Jan 2014, 20:27

Really looking forward to reading your reports Sue, hope you have a wonderful time, what an adventure you must be so excited.

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Re: Arcadia World Cruise 2014

Post by Suekersh » 30 Jan 2014, 08:23

We are at Heathrow now waiting for gate to open. Last night in a Renaissance hotel was fine. Great breakfast this morning, room okay for 1 night a bit noisy in the hotel as very busy all of the time. No noise from the planes though which amazed me.

Next stop Los Angeles.

Sue

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Re: Arcadia World Cruise 2014

Post by GillD46 » 30 Jan 2014, 08:35

Have a wonderful time, Sue.
Gill

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Re: Arcadia World Cruise 2014

Post by Peter D » 30 Jan 2014, 09:18

Have a great cruise Sue.
Regards

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