John - Answered a Question by Carnegie (14 Sep 08 11:26)

Perhaps you should put the question to the Managing Director of Pm and O and suggest he looks at these pages to find out some market research data - free of charge!!!

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phillips - replied to John (15 Sep 08 09:37)

I think 15 minutes is too short a time as there are atleast a 5 to 10 minute waiting time for most things on such a large ship.30 to 45 minutes is the norm and then on princess the crew remove ship towels. a bit difficult to remove personal items. just wish minority of passengers were not so selfish and book beds in the morning and then go off for the day. we did not manage to get sun lounger once on our 14 trip o princess by the pool last year but thankfully we had a balcony so could chill there. heard lovely reports about the restaurant make sure you book asp and let us have your review when you return. bon voyage.

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Carnegie - replied to phillips (15 Sep 08 11:37)

Thanks for your comment both John and Phillips. I will certainly try to get in touch with the MD and yes I will put a review in after we come back. this will be our 1st cruise and would like to sunbathe on the days at sea but if it really is like sardines and cant get a deck chair because of those small minded people then it will be our last. We go abroad every year and have always enjoyed it but thought we would give a Cruise a chance for a change. There should be a place where a steward can put peoples belongings if left on a deck chair so they can pick them up later and it would teach them not to do that again and then there would be no more complaints about deck chair hogging.

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John - replied to Carnegie (16 Sep 08 04:48)

I think Mrs Philips is correct about the times. Just enjoy the cruise and try not to let selfish people spoil the experience. if you like the cruise holiday think about booking a balcony on further cruises. It saves the hassle of fighting for sunbeds!!!

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Griffiths - Answered a Question by Carnegie (16 Sep 08 20:32)

Having seen these comments when I go on ventura on a longer cruise Ill be moving towels myself if nobody is on the loungers for a period. If they return and complain Ill deny ALL knowledge of them :D.

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Duggan - replied to Griffiths (31 Jan 09 13:21)

Good for you Griffiths of Cardiff (I'm just up the road in Caerphilly). I'm on Ventura in September and will do the same. I will also deny all knowledge and simply say with an innocent expression, ' but saving sun-beds isn't aloud is it?!!!!'.

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Carnegie - Answered a Question by Carnegie (17 Sep 08 11:26)

Thats the easiest thing to do and if everyone did that there would be no problem but after reading a review of a punch up in the Ventura's theatre because of a group of people saving several seats for some friends who had not turned up after 30 min I certainly would not like that to happen to us. Sounds like there are some really Ignorant selfish people going Cruising now. Its P&O's job to put a STOP to it otherwise it causes disappointment and resentment and thats unfair for people who have saved up for ages for a good holiday. I cant understand why they are ignoring the matter. Have sent a letter to P&O's MD but still waiting for a reply.

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Smith - replied to Carnegie (23 Sep 08 13:01)

We've just been on the 2 night taster cruise and there seemed to be so many sunbeds, both on open decks and tucked away in nooks and crannies, that it's hard to see how they can all get taken, all or the time. Our only experience of sunshine cruising has been on OV & OV2, and there seems to be twice the people on Ventura but also twice the sunbeds. There are always people who want to be elsewhere on the ship anyhow. Whilst reserving a sunbedin the morning to occupy in the afternoon is just not on (but happens in hotels), it's so difficult to set a time limit. Are people expected to pack up everything to go for a swim, or even to go for a bite to eat? On OV, taking possessions back to the cabin wouldn't be too bad because it's not too far, but on Ventura, it could be quite a trek! Also, if there's formal lunching, that will take longer than grabbing a snack? A tough one.

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