Bassett - Answered a Question by Tait (19 Aug 08 22:49)

Why do people book a cruise and then ask questions like this afterwards??? what will they do if they don't like the response's.............Take a tip, ask question before you book!!! not after when its to late. We have 31 cruises under our belt but we still research any shipping line or individual ship BEFORE we pay our money.even those we have cruised before, things change over time and not always for the better.

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phillips - replied to Bassett (19 Aug 08 23:31)

Iwe agree withthe last comment, It is so important to research different cruise lines for ex. this site . you will then be able to book the cruise you want. Thank goodness we went to a ta who went through almost every cruise line and helped us not to choose butlins on sea.

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macro - replied to phillips (24 Aug 08 17:36)

Yes do PERSONAL RESEARCH, do not rely on travel agents as they have a vested interest in selling the lines with the biggest commission !!!! Phillips, you have been had ! I mainly cruise Princess and P & O but have been on other lines depending on the itenery. butlins on sea is Thompsons NOT OV which is run by P & O (owned by Carnival, which also own Princess, Costa, Cunard etc). Thompsons is run by Thompsons. I have cruised for 15 years, am ELITE level on Princess and high Saphire on P & O, been on Island Star, Voyages of Discovery, NCL, Airtours etc. so I think I am qualified to say that we really did enjoy OV1 in June and are booked for next thursday, 28th Aug. I went with an open mind and loved the difference. Terrific entertainment out of the norm. There is always something one misses (24 hr room service for breakfast in bed)and the cabins though very large, could do with brightening up, BUT these are small things. The rest of the ship is lovely, the atmosphere friendly, deck space superb and a slick operation for embarkation/disembarkation. The only let down was the charter airline Thomas Cook. Though delayed we were made welcome during our enforced stay on board waiting for the plane. On other lines we have had to wait at the airport. Island cruises for instance, left us at Palma airport for 11 hours overnight with no one to assist us or tell us whats going on. Ocean Village is not for those who like formal type cruises, but it is not intended to be! The fact that P & O have announced that they are putting on similar excursions to OV shows its success in leading the way to a different, but just as positive cruise experience.

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Tait - replied to Bassett (21 Aug 08 20:16)

I was asking questions about the cruise because I wanted to talk to people about it as I am every excited about going. I have never been on a cruise before so even thought I asked the travel agent lots of questions I have no yard stick to judge it by. Thank for you comments any way, they certainly give me some idea of the people who will be on the ship.

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Buckley - Answered a Question by Tait (20 Aug 08 08:08)

Hi the term like Butlins is often made on this site by people who have never been to one.No cruise will ever be like land based holiday? we have several friends and relatives who have all enjoyed OV2 and Thompson cruises,I cannot help you with the drinks part but if you chose to do your own thing it saves a lot of money.The reviews I have seen for OV2 are not that bad so go with an open mind and enjoy it?

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Tait - replied to Buckley (21 Aug 08 20:23)

Thanks for the comment Butlins used to be great especially the one at Pwhelli!

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Lacey - Answered a Question by Tait (20 Aug 08 08:11)

Hello Mr and Mrs Tait. May I apologise for the stuffed shirt responses from the Bassetts and Phillips which are of no use whatsoever to you. Firstly - you will have a fantastic time. OV and OV2 are aimed at a younger market but once the peak holiday season is over (and it will be when you sail) the ratio of children will fall and those of more mature years will rise. In a nutshell you will not feel out of place! I'm over 60 and have enjoyed OV on more than one occasion so don't worry. Secondly, drinks prices on board are similar to UK pub prices so you won't feel ripped off but if you acidentally sneak a bottle of spirits into your luggage before leaving home then it will find its way into your cabin. Bottles bought any other way or enroute will be stored and returned to you on the last night of the cruise. Your itinerary starts in Tunis. If you feel like leaving the ship here do so as one of an organised party as the city is very different to European destinations. I went once - and that was enough for me! You then go to Naples where the possibilities are endless. Try forming up a foursome and use a taxi if you want to go to Pompeii. Vesuvius is a hard climb so don't do it unless you are fit. The local commuter train takes you round the bay to Sorrento (I love the place!). The station is only a short walk from the port. See http://cruise-chat.com/eve/forums/a/frm/f/1261017441 for loads of information. Same for Florence/Pisa. Use the train and buses. It's only 15 minutes by train to Pisa then a short bus ride to the Leaning Tower. Information is on the above website but I'm sure you can team up with another couple to share the experience. Be daring and go for it! You've then got two lovely little places to visit where just walking around will be delightful. Try eating in La Luna a couple of times. For the small cover charge it is fantastic value. Also if you want to be pampered the James Martin's Bistro is top notch. Keep an open mind, don't go looking for faults and the chances are you won't see any. I can guarantee that once you've cruised any other holiday is inferior fare. Please have a great time and once again may I apologise for the contributions from people who should (but clearly don't) know better.

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Clarke - replied to Lacey (20 Aug 08 17:41)

I agree with Lacey. Ignore the unhelpful negatives and all the people that tell you OV is inferior and that for those that have been on a 'real cruise' it is a real let down. Also don't take too much notice of people telling you to read the reviews - they are helpful but we all still have questions. There are few cruises on here that get all glowing reports. Holidays, food and entertainment are all subjective. I have booked two more cruises for the next 12 months based on some glowing reports on here and other sites and then read negative reviews afterwards, and yes you do start to question have you booked the right thing. OV2 is relaxed, the staff are pleasant, the cabins are large, the food is very good (have a look at the Berlitz guide and you will see it is rated more highly than some of the P&O and RCL ships)and the drinks reasonably priced. You don't have to buy the photos, go to the daft art auctions and it is cheaper to arrange you own trips. For those wanting room service, lots of gimmicks and waiter service at meal time it is the wrong cruise. If you want to relax and see lots of different places for a reasonable price it is just the job. Have fun!

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Brierley - replied to Lacey (21 Aug 08 00:35)

I have cruised with P&O many times, and the only thing putting me off trying Ocean Village is the single supplement. Read the reviews for Ocean Village on this website, they are a good cruise company if the reviews are to be believed, and there is no reason why not. In particular pay attention to those who have 0 or 1-2 cruises under their belt, and have not been on other more upgrade? cruise lines, and theefore don't have preconceived ideas as to what a cruise shound? be. Of course to avoid the kids, cruise outside of school hoildays, but be aware at rhe time you are going there are still going to be some kids about, sheer economics say that some parents will take kids away from school to benefit from the reduced prices outside of school holidays. Please always remember go with an open mind and the chances are you will enjoy the cruise. Go looking for faults and you will always find them. Be positive and enjoy yourself.

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Tait - replied to Brierley (21 Aug 08 20:21)

Thank you all for your comments, we are really going with an open mind and determined to enjoy every minute of it. Just hope I don't put on too much weight!

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