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Cruising secrets

Post by Kendhni » 20 Jan 2013, 15:57

Since my 'P&O secrets' seemed to be popular on the old board. I think we should have a new 'Cruising secrets' for this board.

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Re: Cruising secrets

Post by Kendhni » 20 Jan 2013, 15:58

NUmber 1: On Oceana there are a couple of front facing balconies open tot he public on decks A and B .. just walk right to the front and through the door

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Post by jacksparrow » 20 Jan 2013, 15:59

Ah but.... as the whole world can have a look in they would no longer be a secret..... :-) sorry couldnt resist...
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Post by Kendhni » 20 Jan 2013, 15:59

ON Azura: To access the front part of the prmenade deck, go in through the doors at the Playhouse, up one floor and past a few cabins ... you will find the door that takes you around the front of the ship.

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Post by Romig1 » 20 Jan 2013, 16:00

Mine top tip is not to eat 10 burgers on a 13 night cruise. Clothing can appear to shrink.

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Post by Romig1 » 20 Jan 2013, 16:01

A cheese course can be ordered IN ADDITION to a sweet.

Stilton will also be available, but you will probably have to ask for it, as it rarely gets on the cheeseboard.

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Post by Romig1 » 20 Jan 2013, 16:02

On Oceana, Cafe Jardin is a good (and increasingly popular) place to take breakfast.

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Post by jacksparrow » 20 Jan 2013, 16:04

Oh... you mean that sort of secret.... :-)

For those of you that use the self service laundry there is one at the front of the ship which isnt on any of the maps.... I shall keep which deck a secret so that you can go in search of it to work off all the burgers that Romig has recommended that you eat...
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Post by jacksparrow » 20 Jan 2013, 16:05

Also for those of you that like marmite on Arcadia,,,,, it is available if you ask for it.

Dont like the stuff myself but I know there are a few of you out there that do :-)
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Post by Romig1 » 20 Jan 2013, 16:13

Use the stairs whenever possible. Leaves the lifts free for those less able to walk (and the lazy folks) and will help negate the effects of all the available food.

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Post by Mrs007 » 20 Jan 2013, 17:06

Port has four letters the same as Left making it easier to remember, so when you're facing Forward (the pointy end) Port is to your left and Starboard is to your right. :)

Just don't call it the pointy end. ;)

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Post by Suekersh » 20 Jan 2013, 17:44

Also the port cabins are even numbered also 4 letters.

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Post by jay-ell71 » 20 Jan 2013, 17:47

There is a drawer under the sofas giving extra storage. (not under sofas that can be used as a bed)

Also don't forget that (free) Canapés are served in Anderson's (Adonia, Aurora & Oriana and in Intermezzo on Arcadia after 8.pm

The Orchid Bar on Arcadia has wonderful view to the front.
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Post by Jaczs+ » 20 Jan 2013, 18:01

When you exit the lifts you are facing forward
Select dinning is cheaper on certain days
Towels for sunbathing are provided

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Post by Romig1 » 20 Jan 2013, 18:24

jay-ell71 wrote:There is a drawer under the sofas giving extra storage. (not under sofas that can be used as a bed)

Also don't forget that (free) Canapés are served in Anderson's (Adonia, Aurora & Oriana and in Intermezzo on Arcadia after 8.pm

The Orchid Bar on Arcadia has wonderful view to the front.
Magnum's is the place for the canapes, on Oceana.

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Post by Mrs007 » 20 Jan 2013, 18:27

On Azura and Ventura the exception to the rule are the glass lifts overlooking the atrium, when you exit these you will be facing aft (the rear of the ship). :)

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Post by Lulucat » 20 Jan 2013, 20:21

On Adonia there is a jacuzzi at the front (in the spa area) where you can pay and have a bit of privacy and some sun beds, bathrobes etc and the waiters will come along to ask if you would like a drink. We didn't find out about this until it was too late, but could be ideal for some.

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Post by Pippa Kernow » 20 Jan 2013, 20:26

Pack a suitcase full of second paperback books AND an alarm clock (set for silly o'clock am). That way you can reserve all the sunbeds in both full sun & shade for all your friends & family..... only joking darlings! *Mwhah! *runs away very, very quickly....* ;) :D :lol:

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Post by Romig1 » 20 Jan 2013, 20:32

Pippa Kernow wrote:Pack a suitcase full of second paperback books AND an alarm clock (set for silly o'clock am). That way you can reserve all the sunbeds in both full sun & shade for all your friends & family..... only joking darlings! *Mwhah! *runs away very, very quickly....* ;) :D :lol:
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Post by oldbluefox » 20 Jan 2013, 21:28

Pack a multi-socket extension lead as some chargers will not fit into the sockets on some ships.

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Post by Mrs007 » 20 Jan 2013, 21:33

There's a small retractable washing line in the shower, if you do any handwashing, so a few pegs might come in useful and you can buy tubes of handwashing liquid onboard in the shops.


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Post by CaroleF » 21 Jan 2013, 10:03

Another way of remembering which is port just ask yourself "Is there any port left?"

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Post by oldpoer » 21 Jan 2013, 13:06

Offer a Scotsman a glass of whysky and a glass off port you know what will be left


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Post by Deek1962 » 21 Jan 2013, 18:09

Och! Can I not have both!

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Post by oldbluefox » 21 Jan 2013, 19:14

Strawberries dipped in chocolate are wonderful! But order them early in your cruise.

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Post by oldbluefox » 21 Jan 2013, 19:16

Take no notice of boarding times. The desks usually open at 12 , even earlier sometimes so turn up any time after that - but not too late!!

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Post by Emrobo » 22 Jan 2013, 11:15

jacksparrow wrote:Oh... you mean that sort of secret.... :-)

For those of you that use the self service laundry there is one at the front of the ship which isnt on any of the maps.... I shall keep which deck a secret so that you can go in search of it to work off all the burgers that Romig has recommended that you eat...
on every ship???

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Post by Emrobo » 22 Jan 2013, 11:17

Mrs007 wrote:On Azura and Ventura the exception to the rule are the glass lifts overlooking the atrium, when you exit these you will be facing aft (the rear of the ship). :)
I was just going to say I am sure a lift on Ventura had us facing the back!

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Post by Dancing Queen » 22 Jan 2013, 11:53

When inside I can never tell which is port/starboard or which way the ship is going so just look for a picture on the wall of a ship .. the pointy end of it will always be pointing towards the "pointy end" of the ship seriously - check it out on your next cruise.
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Post by Dancing Queen » 22 Jan 2013, 11:55

On Arcadia there is a pull down shelf in the wardrobe for extra storage.
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Post by The Tinker » 22 Jan 2013, 20:45

May be making myself look stupid here (as usual) but what is the pointy end of a picture?

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Post by jacksparrow » 22 Jan 2013, 20:49

Sorry Emrobo - Arcadia... :-)
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Post by Romig1 » 22 Jan 2013, 20:56

Tinks, I think DQ meant that the plan of the ship on the wall always points in the correct direction (ie bow pointing to the actual bow).

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Post by jacksparrow » 22 Jan 2013, 20:59

R - I wondered what she meant aswell..... although if you look out of the window, look which way the water is flowing and then you will know which way the pointy end is.... :lol:
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Post by jacksparrow » 22 Jan 2013, 21:00

unless the sips going backwards!!
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Post by Romig1 » 22 Jan 2013, 21:04

Like it Jack. :D

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Post by The Tinker » 22 Jan 2013, 21:05

No dont think she means that R - there are not that many plans on each deck - come on dq put us out of the suspense!!

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Post by Emrobo » 22 Jan 2013, 21:56

jacksparrow wrote:Sorry Emrobo - Arcadia... :-)
ah no worries!

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Post by Emrobo » 22 Jan 2013, 21:57

Dancing Queen wrote:When inside I can never tell which is port/starboard or which way the ship is going so just look for a picture on the wall of a ship .. the pointy end of it will always be pointing towards the "pointy end" of the ship seriously - check it out on your next cruise.
I interpret it as:

If there is a picture/photo of a ship, the 'pointy end' on the picture will be facing the 'pointy end' of the real life ship :)

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Post by The Tinker » 22 Jan 2013, 22:08

Yep that makes sense Emrobo when you re read dq's post again - i always memorise the picturres outside the lifts so i know which deck i am on and which side my cabin is - never fails lol

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Post by Emrobo » 22 Jan 2013, 22:23

The Tinker wrote:Yep that makes sense Emrobo when you re read dq's post again - i always memorise the picturres outside the lifts so i know which deck i am on and which side my cabin is - never fails lol
Good point never thought to do that!!! Mind you walking around for the first few days like a wally trying to get your bearings/find your cabin should burn off that extra cake at lunch ;)

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Post by oldbluefox » 22 Jan 2013, 22:26

Remember the colour of the carpets outside the lift closest to your cabin. They are colour coded depending on their location on the ship.

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Post by Dancing Queen » 22 Jan 2013, 22:31

The Tinker wrote:May be making myself look stupid here (as usual) but what is the pointy end of a picture?

Sorry Tinks I probably didn't explain it very well . any picture on a wall of a ship, the ship will always be pointing the way the ship is going so if you stand facing the same way you will know right is starboard and left is port.
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Post by The Tinker » 22 Jan 2013, 22:47

thanks for that - will have to check it out in June yay!!!!

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Post by oldbluefox » 22 Jan 2013, 22:50

I believe even number cabins are on the port side and odd numbers on the starboard side. I presume this is the case for all the ships.

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Post by Dancing Queen » 22 Jan 2013, 23:02

I think it is Foxy but if like me you step out of a lift or come down the stairs and haven't a clue which way the ship is going that isn't a lot of help ( it's a woman thing :lol: )
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Post by Kendhni » 23 Jan 2013, 06:47

Never believe the gossip in the laundry room.

Most of it starts with 'I have it on good authority' which always translates to 'I have just made this up' or 'I heard a rumour'

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Post by The Tinker » 23 Jan 2013, 11:11

You do the laundry Ken? I am impressed x

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Post by Kendhni » 23 Jan 2013, 12:44

The Tinker wrote:You do the laundry Ken? I am impressed x
No need, Tinks, I have a magical fairy that collects the clothes from where I leave them and returns them to me all clean, fresh and ironed. However I can; afford to take the fairy on holiday, but Julie seems to know how to work those big white things ... my total input is to carry stuff there and back and offer advice.

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Post by oldbluefox » 23 Jan 2013, 14:21

Ha! Ha! Dancing Queen. It's easy. If you stand in the middle and the even numbered cabins are on your left then you're facing the front. If not, keep turning around until they are - but don't get dizzy!! LOL!! :lol: :lol:

(That's the logic but I still get lost. It's a man thing)

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