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Thanks a million for your wonderful post papillion.
You are perfectly correct: Mums always know best and yes I had to resort to Google!
Her dream cruise is Alaska, and I believe that’s where you are heading to. She wasn’t too fussed about the Caribbean mind you!!
She always says she is going on a diet when she gets home, but I don’t think they last too long…19 Feb 2013
LP around the world in First, I am sure that would be hugely expensive. however having looked briefly online at cabins, I do feel that if I were to participate in a cruise it would have to be in one of the larger cabins.
Papillon53 you do make a good pitch for cruising and I too think unpacking once would be perfect.
I would like to agree that mums always know best.
alexpo1 Alaska I am sure would be amazing to see from the ocean.19 Feb 2013
Yes we are off to Alaska – long held wish of mine – can’t wait!
I know about that diet – it is called the between cruises diet! Why do you think the DH has “those” trousers from M&S!! LOL! They do have small gyms on board and I’ve even seen some people using them (Yikes!!). My main exercise on a cruise is lifting my hand and arm a couple of times a day to wave at a lovely pool bar server to bring me another cocktail! Haha!
VK – absolutely! It is a grown up girl’s sweetie shop! :-))). And it’s amazing how much money a girl can spend especially after a jolly good lunch at the Berkeley, a visit to the Chocolate Bar in H. A. Rods and then it’s a hop, skip and jump into R&P’s.19 Feb 2013
HK Lady, yes it is, at about £42,000 but per day that is £350 including all meals, snacks, etc so no more than a good hotel and less than many 5* rooms. But that’s for First, or Queens Grill as Cunard call it. It remains a dream and the next RTW departure is Jan 10th 2014 with the following itinerary:
Southampton, Madeira, Tenerife, Walvis Bay, Cape Town, Cape Town, Durban, Mauritius, Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Whitsunday, Darwin, Bali, Fremantle, Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Yorkeys Knob, Kota Kinabalu, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Phu My, Laem Chabang, Singapore, Port Kelang, Langkawi, Colombo, Dubai, Dubai, Muscat, Sokhna, Port Said, Suez, Suez Canal, Civitavecchia, Lisbon, Southampton
Anchors away!!!19 Feb 2013
Papillion, the thought of seeing you and Mrs. LP in your R&P’s is causing me to tremble! The sun is well down but I think I need another sundowner to help calm me down! Ah well, “To sleep, to sleep, perchance to deam”. 😉19 Feb 2013
Oh LP that’s too funny! LOL! do you remember the Janet Reger shop in Beauchamp Place? Don’t expect it’s there any more – gosh takes me back to a lovely decadent time in the 80’s!!!
Anyway while you dream of, well whatever you will perchance to dream of,…. I will dream of one day having the time and money to do a round the world cruise with my beloved. Actually the per diem cost of cruising is IMHO great value for money. What we paid for 5 nights at Lizard Island would have paid for a very nice cruise, in a “HKLady” suite on Seabourn!
Yorkeys Knob – only in Australia Alexpo1, only in Australia!! 😉 :-)))19 Feb 2013
Oh my LP that is a big number, I can see your rationale on the cost, however it is an upfront fee so therefore……. Yep a big number. but I wish you Bon voyage.
Papillon 53 we have the same exercise regime. in fact yesterday I checked into a hotel and was very excited when I realised it had a gym unfortunately I have forgotten to pack my trainers oh well !
Alexpo1 it is near Cairns, a lovely part of Oz and well worth a visit if you haven’t been.19 Feb 2013
Papillion, that brings back memories. Sadly it no longer exists but the name lives on as her daughter has carried on the business and the range is now sold through Debenhams.
I remember going (being dragged that is) into that shop with my then girlfriend. In those days there were no mobiles with which we could distract ourselves and I was never sure where I should be looking – all so embarrassing!20 Feb 2013
Morning LP – I just knew you would remember Janet Reger 😉 :-), and of course no trip to Beauchamp Place was compete without a visit to a wine bar – now I can’t for the life of me remember the name of said wine bar, but funnily enough I do remember the barman was called Billy – and it was always a cry of “bottle of Bollinger and two glasses Billy” or whatever the champagne flavour of the month was! :-)))
Champagne and frilly knickers – those were the days! hahaha! In keeping with the theme of this thread – “where do they go?”
Dear HKLady – I always forget to pack my trainers! LOL!20 Feb 2013
For those keen on Seabourn – they have announced they are selling there 3 smaller ships with the first one to leave in 2014. There newer ships they are getting are a bit bigger.
I have never thought much of cruising but a Seabourn cruise would be tempting. Client feedback I have had is really good for them – especially the smaller boats which sadly they have decided to get rid of. So if you want to take advantage of the smaller boats you might have to get a move on!20 Feb 2013
Yes a lot of Seabourn sailors will be crying in their soup tonight! I think reading reviews the older “little sisters” were having issues and time to go is right. But many SB sailors do love the newer bigger ships, which are still some of the smallest cruise ships. Oh Tim, once you’ve been on SB, it’s very difficult to imagine going on another cruise line. I remember when we booked Oceania our TA kept saying to me “Mrs P, it’s not Seabourn, Mrs P it’s not Seabourn!” 😉 But what she did say was that the people who own Oceania really care about their ships and their guests, the ships look beautiful and they do have the reputation for the best food at sea. So it will be very interesting.
My cruise TA told me only this morning about this sale and said the little sisters will go for major dry dock work and then will re-emerge under the Windstar line, as per your link.
We have never sailed Windstar, so I wonder if this will mean many of the SB sailors will head their way, or stay loyal to SB?20 Feb 2013
I specialise in Business Travel – hence being on the forum – but I book the occasional cruise – some of my colleagues are cruise specialists. I have always thought if I did a cruise then Seabourn would be the one to do as the thought to me of the mega-ships is just hideous. But some people obviously seem to love them otherwise they wouldn’t be getting bigger and bigger. I have heard the new ships are good – I just like the idea of it feeling like a luxury yacht and being a bit smaller. Will be interesting to see what Windstar do with them.20 Feb 2013
Just back from the elephants, giraffes and zebra, helping with the location for a film crew taking shots of sari’s. It’s supposed to be in Kenya but actually shot in S. Africa. Artistic license!!!
You must be thinking of the Grove Tavern, and from there you’d go to Bortsch and Tears – does it ring a bell? Not sure about the Grove but Bortsch (spelling possibly incorrect) is still there.20 Feb 2013