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Old 27th Jul 2019, 12:51
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Cruising for a bruising...

And I thought cruises were such gentle affairs...

'Mass brawl' breaks out on P&O cruise ship Britannia
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 13:04
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Has P&O been taken over by one of the Low Cost airlines? I thought they had the exclusive franchise on that sort of activity.
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 16:04
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Throw a few thousand people together in a ship that resembles a capsized 1960s council high rise and add alcohol. Are we surprised?
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 17:13
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Swiftly comes to my mind the thought that these were not people but rather the dreaded Yahoos.
Have you noticed recently how so many people fly the UK flag with the upside down jack staff side to the top of the flagpole?
Pils is poured over patriotism and vexillology misted in venality.
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 17:19
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Sadly this is not unusual on cruise ships. One we joined had had to have Security control the washing machines.

It was not unknown for wet clothing to be pulled from tumble driers and dumped on the floor.
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 18:33
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
Sadly this is not unusual on cruise ships. One we joined had had to have Security control the washing machines.

It was not unknown for wet clothing to be pulled from tumble driers and dumped on the floor.
What? No butler, no free laundry? Standards are slipping.
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 18:59
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Man and a woman both from Chigwell in Essex arrested ...sshhh don’t say it !
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 19:17
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I love the educational aspect of this thread and shall endeavour to remember the word 'vexillology'. Will I have the opportunity to actually use it in conversation? That's a definite dunno!!
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 19:32
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I love the educational aspect of this thread and shall endeavour to remember the word 'vexillology'. Will I have the opportunity to actually use it in conversation? That's a definite dunno!!
So you’re not from Essex then?
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 19:36
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Will I have the opportunity to actually use it in conversation?
Well, if ever you're at a party and the conversation seems to be flagging...

Essex eh? Well I never.
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Old 27th Jul 2019, 21:08
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I though everyone, apart from denizens of Essex and Chingford, was familiar with the Big Bang.
Those who like that programme should not miss the antics of Young Sheldon.
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 07:53
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It's getting more common; about 5 years ago we had to rebook from one P&O ship to another after SWMBO was apprehensive about fighting over the Christmas period on the one we had originally booked.

Since then we have noticed a definite down-market swing in the clientele, particularly on the larger (and therefore cheaper) ships, with many tattoos and piercings evident that weren't there in previous years.

And the restaurants no longer do silver service....
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 09:00
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UniFoxO, we have noticed this too. Sadly we have to go cheaper too since we retired. As for silver service, to be honest I now prefer plated service as you get the vegetables appropriate to the dish.

On tattoes, which you can do little about, P&O now ban fancy dress or offensive t-shirts, possibly even offensive tats. The problem arises when they do not police their own rules.

The smoking rule is generally obeyed but many dress rules not. It is over a year before our next (last?) cruise on P&O. In the mean time we are trying a 200-berth yacht.
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Old 28th Jul 2019, 10:29
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Mrs H and MIL went on a Danube cruise, max 169 pax, excellent crew service and food. Pax mostly retired professionals. Still in contact with friends made there.
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 07:04
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There is no question that this fight did occur, but it happened at 2am. From looking at other forums, it seems that journalistic quality has ensured that it has been blown up into something it wasn't - many passengers on board were entirely unaware anything had happened.

Have only done one trip on a large liner, a transatlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2 and it was a superb experience and we plan to travel on her again. (Then again, Cunard don't offer unlimited drinks packages, thank God)
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 07:15
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Best bit was the stated cause: a fellow- passenger dressed as a clown when they’d “booked a cruise with no fancy dress” (really?). As if that naturally justified the subsequent violent affray!
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 10:05
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There is no question that this fight did occur, but it happened at 2am. From looking at other forums, it seems that journalistic quality has ensured that it has been blown up into something it wasn't - many passengers on board were entirely unaware anything had happened.

Have only done one trip on a large liner, a transatlantic crossing on Queen Mary 2 and it was a superb experience and we plan to travel on her again. (Then again, Cunard don't offer unlimited drinks packages, thank God)
Their offer is 15 drinks in a 24hour period.Just occasionally someone will end up in the brig. Doesn't happen very often on Cunard mind......

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Old 30th Jul 2019, 10:10
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If you think Cunard enough?
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 11:23
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CC's note on inverted union flags is correct - happens often and, for some, because they see it as being symmetrical.The culprits, jingoistic, raving nationalists don't understand that this inversion is an international distress signal, nor, particularly, that, in the UK, it is an offence of 'lese majesty'. A recent TV clip of the Maybot on continental gadabout showed the official car flying one such! Went into 'Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells' mode and remarked on this to our MP and thence to the F.O. Recently got a reply from Alan Duncan explaining that "there was a strong wind blowing when the car was prepared" !! Makes ya proud, dunnit?
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Old 30th Jul 2019, 11:37
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We did a cruise on QM2 very dignified

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