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Visual Message to P&O Ferries ##UPDATED##
Dear Helen Deeble (CEO) and rest of the Board at P&O Ferries ... this is the smoking bar on the Westerdam operated by Holland America Line. She sails under the same flag as your ferry Pride of Bruges does ... the Netherlands and hence the same regulations. No, it's not an old photo ... it was taken 3 weeks ago. Pray tell me, why do you deprive your customers on your ferries of such amenities?
lnstead of the above civilised and comfortable facilities, all that P&O grudgingly (that is the correct word) give is the outside deck totally exposed to the North Sea elements.To access this area you have to negotiate very heavy spring loaded doors and raised steel gantries whilst trying not to spill ones drink etc. This is a feat even for the fit and healthy ... how in god's name P&O expect the ones who are not so fit and healthy to negotiate such an obstacle course is beyond me. Think here of senior citizens, the frail and the handicapped. Not forgetting that anyone who before they even attempt such an ordeal has to put on warm clothing to protect themselves from the outside elements. Even then, you have to take into account the wet slippery steel decks and all whilst the ship is moving to and fro.
Dear Helen, why has your Board devised and implemented such totally unnecessary and sadistic policies? Unfortunately, l don't have photos of the intended victims of these policies stood outside on the exposed decks of P&O Ferries, shivering and combating the North Sea elements.
However, l do have a photo of how Holland America Line treat these same sort of people, that is to say ... smokers! ....
Thanks to SBC we now how have some pics of P&O's 'smoking area'. Compare it with the above facilities provided by Holland America Line. Take into account that the pics of P&O's 'smoking area' were taken on the Channel and not the somewhat more rough and inclement North Sea. Also it was the middle of a nice day in summer and in calm seas.
(Word of warning ... ANY comments l deem to be offensive or whatever directed at the above female WILL be deleted and if l ever meet you l WILL take retribution.)
The Board at N2D have decided unanimously that whilst the policies against smokers remain at P&O Ferries, we shall :-
NOT purchase alcohol or drinks from the bars onboard
NOT purchase tobacco from the shop onboard (if they have any of course!)
NOT purchase food onboard the ship
We shall make our own arrangements and advise our 'clients' to do so too. :).