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Neil Down - Answered a Question by Baxter (09 Aug 08 21:07)

Don't you think that 60 is a little old to go cruising with, of course, the exception of P & O who have docking bays for Zimmer frames. If the answer is YES then there you have it but if it's an emphatic NO then go and enjoy it as you obviously will. There are normally shuttle buses laid on and I have never known P & O ( Ocean Village) to miss a chance of taking your well earned money so expect to pay for that and much more. ... Am I being cynical? ... Neil .

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Freemantle - replied to Neil Down (10 Aug 08 12:34)

I'm assuming this is tongue in cheek Neil! We have just returned from a fjords trip with P&O. I did see two electric buggies but both were for disable people rather than old. My husband (62) did the glacier trekking trip - issued with helmet, crampons, ice axe etc. He had a wonderful, if strenuous time. Please don't think that all people in their sixties have zimmer frames. The other people on our table of 8 were all younger than us. Yes there are older people on P&O but it's not occupied solely by them. May I also say I have enjoyed reading some of the advice you give.

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Neil Down - replied to Freemantle (10 Aug 08 21:28)

There are times when my exuberant nature overtakes my need to be exact but there is often more than a modicum of truth in what I say, but was there this time? ....to be continued. ... Neil.

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McCullough - replied to Neil Down (11 Aug 08 14:02)

Neil seems to be very anti P& O. I have sailed with P & O since 1987 and I am now 59. Difficult to sail with any other as I sail solo and not many other lines cater for singles. Why are you so anti P & O.

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Neil and Ida Down - replied to McCullough (11 Aug 08 15:29)

That's a good question. I will give you an honest answer. 1. I find their food to be generally poor in quality and content. 2. I have found that their standards of hygiene to be poor particularly in the canteen area. 3. They cut corners at every opportunity giving the passengers a poor deal every time. 4. Their loyalty club is not a patch on others. 5. They rely on their past customers to keep them going. You will notice the repetition of the word "poor" and when I go cruising, as I do three or four times a year, I do not want to see any service that can be categorised as "Poor" let alone this number. Those are just some of my reasons there are many more. ... Neil.

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McCullough - replied to Neil and Ida Down (12 Aug 08 09:43)

So which cruise lines do you recommend?

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Neil and Ida Down - replied to McCullough (12 Aug 08 20:24)

Starting at the top (which is rather unfair because although I like them more than any other the price to cruise with them is double that of most of the others so it's one of theirs or two of the others and the others invariably win) Silversea, ( Seaborn and Regent but almost the same applies as for Silversea) Azamara, Oceania, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Princess and Cunard with the last three coming in equal but for different reasons. It is a gentle slope but all the others although I have tried some of them, I do not intend to use. I use these cruiselines because of their differing attributs and also because of their itineraries. Now you know more than most others. Regards ....Neil.

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McCullough - replied to Neil and Ida Down (13 Aug 08 09:38)

Thank you for your answer. Unfortunately as I travel alone I would have to win the lottery to sail with Silversea, etc. only leaving Princess that caters for singles.

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middleton - Answered a Question by Baxter (09 Aug 08 21:34)

Ocean village is aimed at a completely different market than the ships that you have been on before,they are OK but not in the same class, if you accept that and the ports of call are the main reason for your cruise and not the ship, then age will not be a issue.

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bates - replied to middleton (10 Aug 08 09:04)

I have just come back from cruising the Med with OV2,with family,& we all enjoyed it. The shuttle bus is laid on if needed, & i think there was only one occasion where we paid ( 6pounds) the rest were free, & the fransfers by tender boats were free too, & very easy to board etc.The food was excellent,so there was no need to pay extra in the 2 other restaurants- just try both the Waterfront & Plantation. And take no notice of Neil-- must be a " grumpy old man'!

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