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  • carol, welwyn garden city
    started a topic If at First you don't Succeed

    If at First you don't Succeed

    Hi Everyone

    I was booked on the Ventura in December for a mini over to Amsterdam, that was cancelled, due to problems with the ship!

    The same cruise is running this weekend, Ventura, overnight in Amsterdam etc, (I did think about booking but decided not to), people have had e mails to say that due to the weather, they are now not going to Amsterdam, they are going to Zeebrugge instead. At least the cruise is going ahead, but I would have been so disappointed if I had booked it, as I know others have!

    I wonder if people would try again for a third time Would You? .................................................. ............Carol

  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by carol, welwyn garden city View Post
    My apologies, I started this thread and then went away for the weekend, so just catching up with it.

    I think from what I've heard it has been quite rough on Ventura, but sometimes, it just makes it more exciting .................................................. ...Carol
    If I want that sort of excitement, I can just take a ferry to one of the Scottish Islands ...... Except sailings have been suspended.

    Annie

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  • carol, welwyn garden city
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    My apologies, I started this thread and then went away for the weekend, so just catching up with it.

    I think from what I've heard it has been quite rough on Ventura, but sometimes, it just makes it more exciting .................................................. ...Carol

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  • Fred Bloggs, Tyne and Wear
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    Originally posted by Garfield, Waterlooville View Post


    5 quid on the coach to London from Portsmouth if booked far enough in advance
    Just over 2 hours.
    Straight on the underground and Bob's your uncle.
    Easy peasy.

    Garf
    You can book rail tickets on the Eurostar website from a lot of British rail stations and you can often get a bargain price as there are reduced rail ticket rates with the railway companies. We got returns last March from Durham to Gare du Nord for about £150 each, granddaughter's was about £100. Cheaper than a rail return to London & quicker,cheaper , less stressful & a far more enjoyable journey than flights from Newcastle to Paris! My granddaughter loved it.

    Great thing is if any of the connections are delayed or cancelled each train line will honour your ticket and get you onto the next available train unlike if you booked the tickets separately.

    Only irritation is you have to wait for the UK tickets to be released about 12 weeks beforehand but the Eurostar is available 6 months in advance. If you can link it to the £29 Eurostar bargain price offers it can be a very good deal.

    The man in seat 61 has more information https://www.seat61.com/UKconnections.htm
    Last edited by Fred Bloggs, Tyne and Wear; 9th February 2020, 10:34 PM. Reason: Spelling

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Good sailing weather this weekend.

    Ventura is allowing 2 days to sail from Zeebrugge to SOTON - currently heading out to the North Sea..

    Annie

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  • Garfield, Waterlooville
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    Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post
    Now I have to get to Portsmouth first for that cheap transfer...
    National Express do deals from most major cities..

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  • Topdeck, London
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    Now I have to get to Portsmouth first for that cheap transfer...

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  • Garfield, Waterlooville
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    Originally posted by Topdeck, London View Post

    That's the easy bit,

    Getting to the train as much of a problem as getting to a ship.

    5 quid on the coach to London from Portsmouth if booked far enough in advance
    Just over 2 hours.
    Straight on the underground and Bob's your uncle.
    Easy peasy.

    Garf

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  • Garfield, Waterlooville
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    Originally posted by annie, Glasgow View Post

    Do Eurostar do party cruises??

    Annie
    They don't need to..the party begins once you get to Amsterdam..and no worrying about getting back to the ship at Ijmuiden

    Garf.



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  • Topdeck, London
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    Originally posted by Garfield, Waterlooville View Post
    Eurostar direct to Amsterdam city centre...
    Regards
    Garf.
    That's the easy bit,

    Getting to the train as much of a problem as getting to a ship.

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by Garfield, Waterlooville View Post
    Eurostar direct to Amsterdam city centre...
    Regards
    Garf.
    Do Eurostar do party cruises??

    Annie

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  • Garfield, Waterlooville
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    Eurostar direct to Amsterdam city centre...
    Regards
    Garf.

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  • Bradbury, Coventry
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    If you still fancy Amsterdam - CMV Magellan has a spring break cruise to Antwerp and Amsterdam and they dock right in the towns 5th May Tilbury £300 in / £350 outside approx

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    The reason I said not in winter was because rough sea conditions are not uncommon in the winter.

    I occasionally went to the Netherlands for work and it can be pretty cold and damp in the winter.

    Annie

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by mike, lanarkshire View Post

    No crowds, canal boats with heated seats.....You’ve changed my mind Mrs M 😊
    Don't get carried away with your enthusiasm Mike.

    Any heat on a seat came from my not insubstantial rear, which to be fair, did benefit from the surround heat!

    Enjoy. We did.

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