Taylor - Answered a Question by leonard (29 Dec 08 13:11)

Page and Moy are a long established company which started in Leicester in the early sixties. They are now part of the Travelsphere group and are members of ABTA and IATA. I haven't booked a cruise with them but I have booked a land holiday with them and this was entirely satisfactory.

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Lucy Bonnette - Answered a Question by leonard (29 Dec 08 22:20)

I go along with what is written by "Taylor" in that they are a long and well established company with a good reputation. I have used their services in the past and wouldn't hesitate to use them again if they were offering something which was advantageous to me and I could not get from the agents which I more frequently use. Lucy X.

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leonard - replied to Lucy Bonnette (30 Dec 08 06:42)

Thanks for your replies.

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Stone - Answered a Question by leonard (31 Dec 08 11:51)

As has already been mentioned Page and Moy are a well established company with a good reputation. They normally use the cruise ship 'Ocean Majesty', a small ship of 10,400 tons carrying 500 passengers. I have never travelled on Ocean Majesty, but would highly recommend the Spitzbergen trip. I cruised to the Arctic with 'Hurtigruten' and it was a really spectacular trip with amazing scenery. You will find that Fred Olsen also offer cruises to Spitzbergen leaving from the UK. Happy cruising! Jan .

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leonard - replied to Stone (06 Jan 09 06:57)

Thanks jan, at the moment we are undecided on spitzbergen or an iceland & greenland cruise for my birthday next year. we are compiling things we want from the cruise and will take it from there.

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Cooke - Answered a Question by leonard (05 Jan 09 12:17)

Page & Moy are now part of Travelsphere. Their standard of customer care has not changed significantly although excursion guides seem to be sent a little later than they used to be. We have sailed with them 5 times. Ocean Majesty sails from Harwich and embarkation is usually swift and easy. In the best cruise traditions you are welcomed on board and shown to your cabin by a steward. She is a small ship (500 ish guests) so its easy to find your way around and get to know people. Cabins are on the small side, but adequate and immaculate. The Crew and the Page & Moy staff are all very friendly and helpful. A lot of the crew have worked on the ship for years and take great pride in the standard of service. Breakfast is taken either in the restaurant or Lido Buffet as is lunch. Afternoon tea is either waiter service in the main lounge or self-service in the Lido. Dinner is taken in the restaurant in two sittings and is usually five courses. The food has a european bias (she's a Greek ship). We did the Spitzbergen trip last June and enjoyed it so much we booked for this year while we were still on board! We had an inside cabin as we knew it would be cold so far north in June, but we spend so little time in the cabin it hardly matters. The usual clientel tend to be over 50s, but on the Spitzbergen trip there were more younger couples who were attracted, like yourself, by the itinerary. The entertainment last year was excellent, but since this changes from year to year I can't vouch for this year. The staff all work very hard to look after their guests and keep us entertained, if Jose is still in charge of the bars, his cocktail domos are a must!. Having said that, in Norway the scenery and wildlife is the best entertainment. We usually do our own thing ashore. We have taken the North Cape trip twice and seen it in glorious sunshine and snow. Definitely worth the trip if you've not been before. I think we are in the Lofoten Islands on Sunday so a trip their is probably wise as most of the few shops will be closed. The Viking Museum is a really good half day out. We were lucky last year to have Peter Holden (wildlife expert) as one of our speakers. He was very interesting and approachable. I don't know who it will be this time, but I'm sure they'll be good and soon be influenced by the friendly atmosphere on Ocean Majesty. The wildlife log ran to two full pages by the end of the cruise, including sea eagles, many seals, walrus, orca, beluga whales, arctic hare and loads of sea birds. One chap reckoned he'd seen a polar bear, but this was not confirmed! As you have probably gathered I'm an avid fan of Page & Moy and Ocean Majesty. Who knows, we may meet in July, I'm the fat blonde that the barmen know by name! Who ever you choose to cruise with have a lovely time. Jude.

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leonard - replied to Cooke (06 Jan 09 06:54)

Thanks jude, it sounds great, hope you have a great cruise.. we are looking to go next year. so plenty of time to get what we want.

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