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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by tightwad (03 Feb 09 16:20)

You're a braver man than I, Gunga Din, having said that you've done it so........ OV is a cruise line that you either like or put up with, very seldom does anyone hate it. It is a style of cruising that is different to the sedate P&O approach but that doesn't mean that it is bad. I would suggest that you read up what others have said about it and make up your mind that if you are going to go on it you will enjoy it. At least most of the children will be back at school then so you won't be tripping over them too much. I still think that you will have to live in fear and eat humble pie for some weeks yet. ........Neil.

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Midgley - replied to Neil & Ida Down (05 Feb 09 09:32)

Have you actually been on the OV2 ?

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Wesson - Answered a Question by tightwad (03 Feb 09 16:25)

My husband and I have been on both OV ships during the last 18 months.If you want to be waited on and dressed up to the nines in the dining rooms then OV is not for you. People do get changed for dinner but long dresses and suits are rarely seen.If you want excellent value for money, lots of choice of food, great destinations and a spacious cabin then you will be satisfied.I wish I had another OV cruise to look forward to.Diane.

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TWIGGER - Answered a Question by tightwad (03 Feb 09 16:31)

Booked a good holiday i would of thought. went on ocean village 2 last august very casual but could not fault it. If must be obayed does not want to go im in for a freebee??

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Neal - Answered a Question by tightwad (03 Feb 09 17:08)

We meet again, Tightwad. Don't worry too much 'bout N & I's answer, they prefer the finer things in life :). OV2 is ok - as N & I mention, its free & easy, more like a floating 3 or 4 star hotel than a traditional cruiser. Don't even pack a jacket & tie let alone a DJ, but if you can find room in your suitcase for a sunbed...........Super cabins, unexceptional entertainment. Buffet dining for all meals with decent choice & quality, and quick friendly service from the servery staff, drinks staffs & table-clearers - no waiters here. If you want waiter service & more up-market menu there are 2 good restaurants, very reasonable extra charge. And if you want to get away from us plebs, a premium lounge, quiet & relaxed, free drinks here can recoup the premium. Top deck is a bit hi-de-hi, decks at the stern more relaxed. Reasonable drinks prices, charged in sterling, the whole experience is probably the best value-for-money cruise line around. This means you won't be mixing it with high society, but most of us don't bite though if you can learn geordie or scouse it would help. Plenty of reviews on this site, mainly very positive. Go with the flow and have a great time. Chris .

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tightwad - replied to Neal (03 Feb 09 17:26)

Dina need ta larn geordie am wun thanks for your comment so lead off to the plebs bar tightwad.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Neal (03 Feb 09 19:42)

I think you'll find that my comments about OV were very reasonable, the warning was meant because he booked without consulting the oracle. (But maybe it's only us Southerners who wouldn't dare do that).

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Neal - replied to Neil & Ida Down (03 Feb 09 23:11)

Yep, agree your comments about OV were fair, Neil. And that your concern was potential grief with 'er indoors. But 'er indoors should be grateful for any cruise that means she doesn't have to do the washing, ironing, hoovering or washing-up. Chris (divorced).

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to Neal (04 Feb 09 11:49)

QED .... Neil.

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andrews - Answered a Question by tightwad (05 Feb 09 00:22)

My husband and i have been on quit a few cruises from P.O to Royal carr, NCL , Swan hellenic ,Ocean village twice with our grand children and i must say Ocean village was as good as these others exept Swan hellenic which is first class,bt the cabins are very large on Ocean village and the food as good as the other cruise lines,the entertainment was first class better than Arcadia that we went on in November we had no complaints and still keep in touch with friends we made who all agreed it as the best cruise they had been on this was a coule of years ago and thigs do change but we enjoy every minute of it so did all the friends we met Good Luck x.

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