Aldrich - Answered a Question by howorth (26 Dec 07 11:51)

Ven categories. Physically similar cabins are higher or lower in price based on their location. My CB grade cabin had quite generous storage space; two wardrobes with hanging space, another two with hanging space on top and shelves in the bottom, and eight drawers. However, my suitcase did not fit in the wardrobe or under the bed. All cabins have bathtubs, though they are rather small in the standard cabins. All cabins also have a television with CNN and BBC news channels plus British comedy and films that tend to lean heavily towards action thrillers. Also, there is a telephone, refrigerator (empty), and tea- and coffee-making facilities. The more expensive staterooms add a DVD player and Hi-Fi, and suites have butler service and a trouser press. There is a very small safe too that you must lock with a key. Verandah outfitting ranges from standard balcony cabins to suites. On suites, there are two sun loungers and a table plus a separate group of two chairs and a table, while stateroom grade balconies feature two sun loungers and two tables. The sun loungers are made of wood rather than plastic. Outside cabins with balconies have just two chairs and a small table. There is no light on the balcony (as you'd find on newer ships), so if you want to sit outside after the sunset, you need to leave on the light above the balcony door inside. Entertainment The ship offers a program called New Horizons with a batch of subjects that change from one cruise to another -- it was gardening and crafts when I sailed -- and which also includes high-toned entertainment, such as classical piano recitals. The small size of the ship means that you see familiar faces quite often and cruising on Artemis is quite a social experience. Tiffany's Bar in the atrium is by far the most popular room on the ship, day and night, so this is the place to go for a drink and a chat. On a typical sea day, the ship's program offered some 51 activities and events, so there is quite a lot going on throughout the day. You can join a Pilates class, present you questions to the lecturer on gardens or listen to a piano recital. The ship has a cinema, a rare feature these days, and a film is shown twice each night. The staff of the spa will give talks on a healthy lifestyle, and these presentations are both interesting and given with humor and enthusiasm. Bridge and computer classes are aimed at those who want to improve skills. Dance classes at the Starlight Lounge were quite entertaining for the participants (not to mention onlookers at the adjacent bar). The production shows featured young, gifted and enthusiastic performers whose dance acts in particular went down well with the audience. Comments on some of the song performances are a bit more reserved, especially for a show called "Stayin' Alive"; the 1970's were not hip for this audience. Fitness & Recreation The promenade deck offers a wide space (3.65 laps to a mile) for the energetic. The teak wrap-around deck is wide enough to allow you to overtake people, but leaves room even for those who sit in the deck chairs. Outdoors, the ship has deck game areas with shuffle board, a golf net, table tennis and deck quoits. The Riviera Pool is the main pool and the only one on the ship with enough depth to allow you to swim. The splash pool behind it and the circular Coral Pool on the Lido deck allow you just to cool off in the water, but not to swim. The Riviera and Coral pool area also have a bar. Jacuzzi adjacent to the Crystal Pool did not seem to work. The Oasis Salon & Spa, operated by Harding Brothers, is small by modern standards and lacking features such as a hydro pool. It's located near the pools on the uppermost deck rather than deep in the bowels of the ship, which was commonplace in cruise liners of Artemis' generation. The reception area and treatment rooms are attractive and the spa offers a nice choice of treatments. For the ladies, the menu includes four types of facial treatments (price ranges from 50 GBP - 70 GBP), while you can have an algae or aromasceane body wrap (70 GB{ for 90 minutes) or choose from five treatments tailored for men (poultice therapy at 70 GBP for 75 minutes). A 50 minute massage will cost you 60 GBP and a 1 hour 15 minute class with personal trainer 29 GBP. The gym is small, but clean and well maintained. It has only four machines for resistance training, but thankfully these are new and allow you to exercise most parts of your upper body. There are no leg curl or extension machines. A usual selection of treadmills and exercise bikes complements the scene, with ample floor area for classes to take place. Family Artemis is an adults-only ship; passengers under 18 are not allowed. As a result, there are no facilities for families. Fellow Passengers Artemis caters to mainly well-traveled passengers over 60. Since the ship is child-free, the atmosphere is peaceful, but at the same time, there's so much activity that the ambience is neither stale nor dead. Almost all travelers are British and many of them have cruised with P&O several times. They like to dress up for dinner on formal nights -- not always the case on some ships these days -- and there is no unwelcome, noisy behavior or excessive drinking. Dress Code On our 14-night cruise, we had four formal nights (dinner jacket, tuxedo or suit and tie for gents and formal evening or cocktail dress for ladies), five informal nights (suits, jackets or smart shirts for gents, cocktail dress for ladies) and five smart casual nights (open neck shirt and trousers for gents and casual separates for ladies). Gratuity These will total about 3.75 GBP per passenger, per day. Tips are not charged automatically on your cabin account. Instead, you are expected to give the tip to your cabin steward and dining room staff on the last night of the cruise.

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Carey - Answered a Question by howorth (21 Jan 08 17:11)

I want to answer the answerer, Aldrich, Newbury. Such a lengthy and comprehensive effort of well-informed advice without a single gripe. I wish there were more like his. Thankyou Aldrich.

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