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Wilba - Answered a Question by Johnson (26 Jan 09 20:20)

You've not intimated your budget, but assuming from your 'tone' your looking for a cut above the average, Celebrity, a 5 star line, superb food & service, not aimed at the so called family market, & the the majority of passengers who 'want' to take the trouble to dress for formal evenings. The end of March being a great time to think about the Caribbean.....Wilba.

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James - replied to Wilba (26 Jan 09 22:16)

Sorry Wilba I cannot resist this, no recommendations for the cruise line with the ships named ***** ****** 1 or 2 or the one widely reported to be suffering from a wind problem recently, so sorry, I could not help myself, however, you do have a sense of humour. To Mrs Johnson, not been on a Celebrity cruise myself, but am considering doing so, bit of a Cunard fan myself, this may be a further consideration, whatever line or ship you eventually choose I hope you have a fabulous cruise and wonderful 40th Birthday J.

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Wilba - replied to James (27 Jan 09 07:20)

You're trying to get me in trouble again! I've been good for nearly a whole week now!

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Johnson - replied to James (27 Jan 09 20:20)

Thank you all for your comments. Must admit that we're not drawn to ***** ******* 1 and 2!! Any comments about Princess? Just been looking at Grand Princess?? Who would you recommend booking with?

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Wilba - replied to Johnson (27 Jan 09 22:58)

I think G.P. would be a good choice & give cruise dot uk a call, I have used most of the cruise agents over too many years & would be more than happy recommend them.......Wilba.

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wilson - replied to Johnson (28 Jan 09 11:42)

We went on Ruby Princess Nov 08 for my 40th birthday looking for the same criteria as you,couple of formal nights,not too many kids,lovely staff etc etc. It was 100% perfect!! New ship,great weather,most of the time,loads to do on the ship,gorgeous mini suite,food fantastic. Would highly reccomend,see photos on this website. My 40th birthday was very special.Good luck which ever cruise you take,you'll be hooked. Carolyne xx.

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Rodgers - Answered a Question by Johnson (27 Jan 09 17:22)

Royal Caribbean |Cruises are great why dont you try The Explorer of the Seas going into the Caribbean we went on this ship for the second time in December 2008 and it was fantastic. Three formal nights, others smarrt casual and not too many children on board - cant remember just how many but not a lot and certain ly not to cause any problems for us as we like children but only very well behaved children.

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Mansfield - Answered a Question by Johnson (28 Jan 09 08:29)

Hi there, first of all, happy birthday for the end of March!. I would suggest cruising the Atlantic on the QM2. Sailing to New York and flying back. The evenings are formal, so DJ for hubby and something sparkley for yourself. The cabins, food and entertainment are second to none. As Cunard is one of the more classy cruise lines you wont find marauding groups of teenagers and kids spoiling the luxurious surroundings.....Take advantage of the great deals at the moment and sail to NY for your birthday, you wont be disappointed. Regards Paul M.

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Leech - Answered a Question by Johnson (28 Jan 09 09:40)

We've just come back from an excellent cruise from San Juan with Celebrity in the Caribbean. Personally I wouldn't do the Med in March as the weather can be poor. The ship we were on, the Galaxy, is leaving the line but the Millenium is taking over the 10 night cruise [I think] We got the travel agent to book cruise only and we had two nights in the Hilton Caribe Hotel in San Juan beforehand which was wonderful. If you tell them it's your birthday they will probably upgrade your room at the hotel. They upgraded ours. Avoid the Easter holidays totallyif you don' t want many children on board. We think Celebrity is one step above most of the others, we had Concierge Class which did make us feel special! There should be some really good bargains around right now!

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Whiting - Answered a Question by Johnson (28 Jan 09 11:36)

Hi there, i have done quite a few cruises with several different cruise lines, and my personal choice would have to be P&O, they have 2 formal evenings per week and the entertainment has always been much better than any of the other cruise companies we have sailed with. They have waiter service in the dining room which i am sure you will be looking for, with this being such a special occasion, or self service up in the Lido. The staff have always been very helpful and polite, nothing too much for them. At the end of march there should be minimal children onboard,but of course this cannot be guaranteed, you usually find children aboard when it is the school holidays. If you want a child free ship with P&O then you should be looking at the Artemis or Arcadia, Whoever you decide to cruise with i hope you have a good time and happy 40th.

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