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Stone - Answered a Question by Sims (17 Jan 09 00:11)

I cruised around the Med on Braemar in September. There are plenty of sunbeds surrounding the two swimming pools on the Marquee deck and there always seemed to be several available and unused. No need to set your alarm for some unearthly hour in order to stake your claim! There is a large canvas awning shading several of the sunbeds which is ideal if you wish to sit and read. I personally don't sunbathe and I used that area frequently, as did several other passengers when the sun was particularly strong. Each cabin is supplied with two pool towels which if used are changed on a daily basis, however they do ask you not to take them ashore for use on the beach. I did the Caribbean on Balmoral last year and thoroughly enjoyed it apart from horrendous delays at Miami airport. Don't forget to process your 'Authorisation to Travel to the United States' by completing the on-line ESTA forms before you travel. Happy cruising - Jan .

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Sims - replied to Stone (18 Jan 09 14:50)

Many thanks for putting our minds at rest about sunbeds-the online ESTA form is already in hand.Regards -Pat.

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Stone - replied to Sims (18 Jan 09 23:12)

Hi Pat, I'm doing the same Caribbean itinerary as you, leaving on the 5 March. I'll ask them to reserve you a couple of sunbeds! Have fun - Jan .

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Sims - replied to Stone (20 Jan 09 16:04)

Have a great time,please let us know how you get on in Miami airport with the new system. Would also appreciate any tips or comments abouts Ports of Call Etc. Regards-Pat S.

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Ryan - Answered a Question by Sims (25 Jan 09 10:27)

Hi, We went on the Braemar on a Carribean Cruise at Easter. There can be a little friction over sunbeds, as they are much in demand. Sunbeds should not be left unattended for more than 20 minutes if I remember correctly- after that one is entitled to take over the sunbed. I did have a bad experience on one occasion - when someone who had gone off for a line dancing session, lasting some 30 minutes returned and was very cross on to discover that I was using his sun-bed. However this was the only unpleasant experience of the whole cruise. I would suggest enlisting the help of the staff who are around if there is a problem.

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