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About a premium flight seat - if youre flying with thomas cook then i would say yes as economy is a bit squashed especially if youre tall!! But if youre flying with thomson im not sure how spacious the seats are but ive heard they are better than thomas cook. You can book a day room on disembarkation day and if you do i think you just keep your own cabin but not too sure.
We booked a flight upgrade last time & really couldn't decide if it was worth it. We were lucky and got Row 1 seats with loads of legroom, but the seats behind looked fairly cramped although a bit wider than the back of the plane. This winter we're doing the OV Jamaica route and haven't booked an upgrade. We've decided to grin and bear it, and spend the money on something else.
Re port days, there's no rush for breaksfast, just for sunbeds. If you don't mind not being near the pools, head to the back of the ship. It's fairly child-free, and we were able to get beds overlooking the ship's wake.
When you disembark ship, you have to put your hold luggage outside your cabin by 10.30pm the previous night. Then you have to go to immigation on board about 7.30am, and vacate your cabin by 8.30am. I've heard that tipping your cabin steward may get you an extension, but they don't officially let you retain your cabin at any price. A tip - you can get a free shower down in the Karma Spa on Deck 2 before you leave the ship. Free towels, no booking required. No hairdryers though.
Haven't done a Stay & Cruise, so can't comment on hotels. If you've any questions re ports of call, ask away!
My husband and I paid £100 each for a premium seat,when we were going to Fort Lauderdale for our 15 night cruise round the caribbean and believe me, it was well worth it. We were whisked away through the ticket desk, and given priority boarding (no waiting) that was great, also the seating was excellent, plenty of leg room, your own TV with numerous channels to choose from, the service of all the stewards etc., were first class. Would we go premium again, you bet we would, have a great cruise. Maggie & Bob Baxte.
We travelled from Manchester to Barbados to pick up OV on one of Thomas Cook's A330 Airbuses. They have configured the main cabin 9 seats wide compared with 8 in the normal layout for this aircraft. If you end up sat next to a big person it is a nightmare as the seat width is totally inadequate and you'll suffer from horrendous overspill. Best to check out the type of aircraft on the route before deciding. Thomson's Boeing 767s are much more comforatable.
When doing any excursions just wait until in port and do it with a local taxi driver..much cheaper and less rush,St Maarten is where you will earn massive brownie points the jewellers are brilliant but wait until you are in the town dont be tempted near the jetty..as for being in Barbados well you have to go to The Cliff Restaurant..check it out on the internet..if you can, book it in advance they will do it over the phone..a night to remember and take your camera and not as expensive as you may think for one of the top 50 restaurants in the world and a great way to finish your holiday..have great tim.
We Did a two week cruise to the Carribean last winter, because there are two restaraunts serving breakfast (one 24hr service) we didn't find any problems. Yes you have to put your cases out the night before but you keep your hand luggage bag with you this is left in the marquee until you need to go home. We booked one of the trips you can do on your last day (Dependant on your flight time), got back to the ship to be told our flight had a 4hour delay, no problem, all facilities & restaruants are still open to you & free, on your last day the bars except cash until you leave the ship. I would say the least stressful delay I have ever encountered.
Travelled with OV twice before loved it eat in the Waterfront for breakfast and evening meal. Wenever had to wait for a TABLE IN THE MORNING. Some times at night they said it was full don't believe it as long as you don't mind sirtting with someone else. We deliberatly sat with people you will always have sonmething to talk about. Eight and a half hour flight we did not upgrade preferd to spend the money on the boat. we love the Carribean am going in 08 hopefully with OV. Disembarkation they will tell ypou when you have to leave the ship we had the whole morning and booked a trip in Barbados had lunch then went to the airport enjoy it .
We have cruised with OV three times and only upgraded our flights last trip. I would definitely recommend it, the planes can be a bit cramped which we found worse on the return flight. Last day we booked the swim with turtles trip and could leave clothes in the theatre and shower in the gym. Depending on what kind of trips you like Wet and Wild around Antigua is fantastic and if you go to Dominica get a taxi to the waterfalls and see the breathtaking rain forest scenery. If OV2 is the same as OV1 then we found a small extn lead handy as there was only one socket and we were forever charging camera batteries etc. Hope you have a fantastic holiday.