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Will CMV/Fred suit us?

Postby jocap » 05 Dec 2014 20:58

We've loved all our cruises....BUT....the two cruises we've had this year have been spoilt by the travelling down to Southampton, and more so, travelling back. We've done both ways this year, by car and by train. I think it's mainly our ages.....both times we've become stiff and achy and it's taken 3 days to recover. Waiting in the cold at Lancaster for the 1.35pm, which we knew was going to be 20yr old rolling stock, stopping at every village made us think again about cruising.
In fact, Gavin mentioned today that he thought our cruising days were over, whether we drive or go by rail.
So- I've been on the cruisetimetables site, to check out what's going from Newcastle. There's 2 CMV ships, plus Boudicca- at least one cruise a month March- November.
The itineraries seem good, mainly in the north although the Fred/November one is mainly Morocco....
It's just that we've always preferred the large ships, and count Aurora as one of the small ones. I'm not sure how we'll adjust, but it seems to be the choice for now.
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Re: Will CMV/Fred suit us?

Postby tomvet » 05 Dec 2014 21:02

Could you fly Leeds Bradford to Southampton or is that completely out of the question?

Would Loverpool not be nearer?
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Postby JollyJill » 05 Dec 2014 21:21

jocap wrote:We've loved all our cruises....BUT....the two cruises we've had this year have been spoilt by the travelling down to Southampton, and more so, travelling back. We've done both ways this year, by car and by train. I think it's mainly our ages.....both times we've become stiff and achy and it's taken 3 days to recover. Waiting in the cold at Lancaster for the 1.35pm, which we knew was going to be 20yr old rolling stock, stopping at every village made us think again about cruising.
In fact, Gavin mentioned today that he thought our cruising days were over, whether we drive or go by rail.
So- I've been on the cruisetimetables site, to check out what's going from Newcastle. There's 2 CMV ships, plus Boudicca- at least one cruise a month March- November.
The itineraries seem good, mainly in the north although the Fred/November one is mainly Morocco....
It's just that we've always preferred the large ships, and count Aurora as one of the small ones. I'm not sure how we'll adjust, but it seems to be the choice for now.


Jo, we love Fred Olsen and especially Boudicca. We are sailing from Newcastle on her next August on the Arctic cruise.

I find that there is more to do on Fred Olsen during sea days than any other cruise line we have tried. They have more lectures, excellent port lecturers- in fact, our very own Hazel will be on Boudicca with us. The food and entertainment is good too- you don't have to eat in the MDR and the dress code is not as strict as P & O but more in line with RCI.

We have only sailed on Marco Polo (C & M) and that was when she was still on alert from a Norovirus outbreak so that was not the best experience. P wasn't very impressed with the ship either.
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Re: Will CMV/Fred suit us?

Postby jocap » 05 Dec 2014 21:22

Yes, or again from Newcastle....part of the problem is the luggage, and having to drive at least 4 hours to reach any airport. It's always easier to stay the night before, whether N,L or Manchester, and once we've driven 4 hours it seems sensible just to continue another 2 and end up in S'ton!
As I say, it seems to be an age thing....it was easier in our 60s, but now in our 70s things seem to take more out of us than before.
To reach home by 4pm last week, we had to self disembark at 7am, so by the time we'd travelled on 3 trains, we were creaking.
G managed to get up for church the next morning, but after he'd driven a couple of miles he realised he'd forgotten to put in his precious 2 front teeth, so returned and fell asleep in a chair! :D
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Will CMV/Fred suit us?

Postby jocap » 05 Dec 2014 21:25

JollyJill wrote:
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Jo, we love Fred Olsen and especially Boudicca. We are sailing from Newcastle on her next August on the Arctic cruise.

I find that there is more to do on Fred Olsen during sea days than any other cruise line we have tried. They have more lectures, excellent port lecturers- in fact, our very own Hazel will be on Boudicca with us. The food and entertainment is good too- you don't have to eat in the MDR and the dress code is not as strict as P & O but more in line with RCI.

We have only sailed on Marco Polo (C & M) and that was when she was still on alert from a Norovirus outbreak so that was not the best experience. P wasn't very impressed with the ship either.

Jill, that cruise had caught our eyes....you've given some excellent reasons to consider it, not least you, P and Hazel being on board! ;)
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Postby JollyJill » 05 Dec 2014 21:29

Jill, that cruise had caught our eyes....you've given some excellent reasons to consider it, not least you, P and Hazel being on board! ;)


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Re: Will CMV/Fred suit us?

Postby tomvet » 05 Dec 2014 21:30

Oh! Jo, that would be brilliant if you could go! Worth every ache and the missing teeth!
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Postby Dave » 05 Dec 2014 23:11

I don't know if CMV or Fred Olsen would suit you but having cruised on all of FO's ships and done a visit + evening on Marco Polo I have to say that there's no comparison. In my humble opinion, FO is miles better - and Boudicca is probably the best of the fleet.
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Postby JollyJill » 05 Dec 2014 23:18

Dave wrote:I don't know if CMV or Fred Olsen would suit you but having cruised on all of FO's ships and done a visit + evening on Marco Polo I have to say that there's no comparison. In my humble opinion, FO is miles better - and Boudicca is probably the best of the fleet.


I agree on both counts, having sailed on all 4 Fred ships, Boudicca is our favourite and the Marco Polo is inferior to them all.

Looking forward to trying Azores (C & M) next year though and friends of oursd have booked their very cruise on C & M's new flagship Magallen.
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Re: Will CMV/Fred suit us?

Postby judgegeoff » 06 Dec 2014 20:59

jocap wrote:Yes, or again from Newcastle....part of the problem is the luggage, and having to drive at least 4 hours to reach any airport. It's always easier to stay the night before, whether N,L or Manchester, and once we've driven 4 hours it seems sensible just to continue another 2 and end up in S'ton!
As I say, it seems to be an age thing....it was easier in our 60s, but now in our 70s things seem to take more out of us than before.
To reach home by 4pm last week, we had to self disembark at 7am, so by the time we'd travelled on 3 trains, we were creaking.
G managed to get up for church the next morning, but after he'd driven a couple of miles he realised he'd forgotten to put in his precious 2 front teeth, so returned and fell asleep in a chair! :D


I know what you mean Jo, I am finding things much harder now that I have reached 70 and since I became somewhat handicapped.

On our recent return to the UK from San Diego we had a change of flights at Seattle. Our turn round time was under 2 hours and we were not sure if we would be going through US Immigration in Seattle (as it was our last place in the US). As we are used to long walks between gates I decided to ask for wheelchair assistance, the first time we have ever done this.

Our flight from San Diego was delayed as a seat on the plane was faulty and needed repair. A technician was unable to fix it so then complicated safety paperwork had to be prepared and signed! We were over 20 minutes late leaving, so I was quite glad that I had ordered assistance.

Sure enough, when we arrived at Seattle there was a man waiting with a wheelchair and a tablet computer displaying my name. Imagine my embarrassment when, having perched myself on the chair, he proceeded to wheel me all of 100 yards to the very next gate where they were waiting to check us in!!!! :oops: :oops: :oops:

However, when we arrived at Heathrow Gate 41 (as it happens, the furthest gate from immigration/baggage reclaim) there was nobody to greet us so we started the long walk unaided. Just as we were approaching immigration a golf buggy pulled up, the driver full of apologises - he had only been advised 20 minutes after the flight landed and was looking for us. He did however insist on driving us the last 75 yards!

So, some of it worked (when we didn't really need it) and some of it didn't (when we certainly needed it). But, in future, I think I will take any help I can get if it will make life easier and extend our travelling life.
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