Oh Goodness! I wouldn't call us seasoned PandOers! Some people on here have been on gazillions of cruises!!! haha And we've only sailed on Ventura - Oriana will be a completely different ship, I'm sure. I've been looking at photos of her on the tinternet and she looks all polished wood and Art Deco - Wonderful! Can hardly wait to see her for real! :-)
If I can think of any snippets of info between now and us all toddling off to S'ton, I'll drop you a line. ;-)
The Caribbean sea still had plenty of swell in it last November from when Hurricane Tomas passed through a few weeks beforehand. Although not quite 'flying piano' stage, there was one night crossing the open water between Aruba and Jamaica, when Ventura took a wave wrong and I felt her pitch slap down into it with an loud bang. An audible judder passed all along the ship and as I looked toward our patio door, by the outdoor lights I saw a wall of water whoosh by our balcony. (Bearing in mind that we were on deck 9, around where the 1st bow wave broke normally, that was a pretty big wave!) I laid in bed unable to sleep imagining that engine compartments below were flooding and awaiting the call to muster stations at any moment. Daft or what?!? :o Hubbie needless to say was fast asleep! lol
Is it too early to pack...? Hhmmmm...possibly. BUT it's never too soon to start making lists and gathering things together.
That's the one! We booked it late last year. It'll be our 1st non-fly cruise so the plus side will be not having to worry about packing 'liquid gels' into silly little containers. Also I'm told that on cruises from Southampton we can take as many cases as will comfortably fit into the cabin...so plenty of room for all those extra shoes, then. ;-)
Of course, the downside is having to cross the Bay of Biscuits (and I've heard of some horror stories about that!) However, I'm packing my Sea Bands, plus back ups of tablets, ginger biscuits and...green apples. Yes, green apples, you heard it here 1st! I read about it upon joining this site. Apparently they're very good!
I have a feeling that you might be going on the same cruise as us. So I'll see you at the Great British Sailaway party. :-)
Hi there - Yes I have been to the Canaries before, and cruised several times, The only trip we will be doning is in Lanzarote as there is nothing much (at least there wasnt) at the port, all the others have things to see around the port, it is nice to have a walk and mooch. Obviously there are loads of trips you can do but just make sure you chose the ones that are value for money. its a good idea to look at google maps for the places the trips go to - that way you can see how far away they are and whether it covers what you want to see.- happy for you to e mail me back if you need more help. Angie
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