Bolsover Cruise Club Forum

Life has changed since my initial review of the Bolsover Cruise Club Forum.

While avid followers of this Blog will by now be aware, Solent Richard has parted company with the Bolsover Forum. Having watched and aided the membership grow he reached  the remarkable achievement of becoming their top poster in less than three years: a score yet to be equalled.

Needless to say therefore that Solent Richard’s latest review, a 2 week Caribbean Yacht Club experience in March 2020 on MSC Preziosa…



…unfortunately didn’t reach the membership. Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

Do Scroll down to read more under the ‘Avid Followers of this blog’ update


MAY Bank Holiday 2020 UPDATE  – OH THE IRONY Edition Part 2

Two months on since his original diatribe it certainly looks as though Sinbad 10, aka Shilly3191 on the Cruisedot forum,  is one unhappy  bear. Strange isn’t it how someone who spouts a never ending stream of adulation suddenly changes his mind when he can’t have his own way.  Never one to shine at mathematics…

…perhaps, just perhaps, he should change his screen name to VioletElizabeth Bott. Oh the irony.


One generally struggles to find any material for a quarterly update on the Bolsover Forum pages: so dull and devoid of any genuine cruising material it is.

However, one can always rely on the odd two for a degree of amusement and in March one of our current heroes, Sinbad 10 aka Shilly3191 on Cruisedot, opened a discussion the irony of which proved, well certainly to Solent Richard, breathtaking…

“…So its a WIN WIN situation for Cunard and Bolsover and I lose everything. Great customer service from both Cunard /Bolsover thank you very much”.

 A half hearted attempt by Bolsover management to placate ‘Mr Angry’ only drew further rants…

…while of course, as highlighted above, Sinbad failed to achieve any degree of sympathy.

And the Irony? Well it was Sinbad who, as a member of a small coterie, made representations to Bolsover MD, Michael Wilson, regarding Solent Richard’s forum membership. The same Sinbad10 who is now vociferously questioning Bolsover’s Customer Service.

You Couldn’t make it up.

The previous update received much acclaim for its exposure of the renowned troll Diddy, aka Norfolk Boy – now banned twice from the CruiseDot forum.

Good to see that our Diddy accepts that he has been well and truly sussed and has now offered the addition of a old Thompson ship, about his level,  as a  ‘Header’ to his Bolsover forum account…

Pretty well just about sums Diddy up then.


And a very Merry Christmas to all my readers who appreciate this section of the blog. Needless to say Cheer and Goodwill and news of SR’s latest expose has also been spread to other forum sites particularly those for whom the troll Diddy, aka Norfolk Boy was once a first class nuisance before he was banned…

Meanwhile, here’s a review that one is unlikely to read on the Bolsover pages, Solent Richard’s latest cruise in a suite onboard  Saga’s magnificent new ship,  Spirit of Discovery…



With the Bolsover Cruise Club Forum being so relatively dull Solent Richard hasn’t actually bothered bringing readers any updates for nearly two years. However, he would like to thank a friend for passing him a link to the forum two weeks ago…

…and in particular Comment # 14 by ‘Oldworldtraveller…

“Many of the old regulars have gone elsewhere, this seems to happen with all forums. Some seem to go when Solent Richard and a couple of others departed whilst others went when the forum changed its layout.

As always, just my opinion.”

That certainly seemed to be the cue for that Forum’s two pathetic and best known  trolls, ‘HLM’ and ‘Sinbad10’ to launch another of their misinformed rants.

No great surprises there then as many members will recall one of Solent Richard classic  Sinbad10 putdowns was to avail the dim nugget as to the delights of the   ‘soft shell crabs’ served on P&O’s Sindhu restaurants.

Most regular readers will no doubt recognise the style of the former as that of the many times banned ‘Diddy’ and ‘Norfolk Boy’ over on the CruiseDot site while retired firefighter Sinbad10 was exposed many years ago as the puerile female baiter Shilly3191 from Stone…



HLM of course would deny it but take a look at this…

“The main one was another cruise forum, I’d probably be in breach of forum rules if I mentioned it as it is a direct competitor with Bolsover. I no longer post only browse though, as unlike this forum it was very clicky and if you dared disagree with the clique you’d be chastised.HLM.”

Of course they could post just once on CruiseDot to prove Solent Richard wrong however there is more chance of Jeremy Corbyn becoming Prime Minister before Christmas than that happening.

These two turkeys epitomise the envy and jealousy endemic amongst  small UK cruise forums where they operate with relative ease hiding behind strings os pseudonyms. They never post photographs of their cruising experiences for fear of being found out.

Is it any wonder the Bolsover forum is as dead as a Dodo with part time cruisers like this pair free to express their tripe.

Now compare this forum’s demise with the success of the ‘facebook groups‘ run by the likes of ex forum members ‘Spartan’, John the Dog’ and Solent Richard – all have more daily activity in two days than the Bolsover Forum sees in a fortnight.


QM2 The last Ocean Liner  -2,353 Members

Cunard Fanzine – 751

Spartan’s Cruise People – 8,143 members

…and JTD’s…

Cunard Cruise Lovers  –  1445 members


Cruise Lovers – 10,372 members

Kind of puts it all in perspective really but rather than finish this current update on a sour note…

Solent Richard would of course like to place it on the record that he is most grateful to the likes of ‘HLM’, Sinbad and the Diddy’s of this world on two accounts.

In recognition of HLM’s fixation on SR having served as a senior officer in the Royal Navy he would like to thank HLM, as a taxpayer,  for particularly funding his and his good lady’s (Yes, she too was a Lieutenant Commander) index linked pensions which allow them to continue cruising in the manner in which they have become accustomed.

And secondly he would like to thank both HLM and Sinbad for keeping his blog views with regular viewings helping it to continue to be the UK’s most popular cruise blog now with over 575 followers.


Update for 2017

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A relatively newcomer to the UK’s Cruise Forum list  but from initial observations one likely to make an impact that will soon make it one of the  market leaders providing the administration can control the trolls.

An online community developed 100% with the user in mind and offering the chance to obtain a wide range of advice.

The new easy to navigate style, layout and innovative technological advances will certainly give it the edge in new membership recruitment. Clear categories aid  easy navigation while  prompt responses from the administration team to new queries show this venture actually means business.

I was very impressed when a member requested a new category space for dedicated cruise reviews – bingo, around 24 hours and it was done”

A minor fault that really needs attention  is however the size of the ‘Recent Comment‘ section. It really needs to be expanded to at least double the sze in order to keep recent comments current.

Always willing to help fellow cruisers Solent Richard takes this opportunity to provide an answer for member ‘Jemima’ who has asked the question…”has any member been on Viking Star? If so what is your opinion”?

here’s your answer Jemima, just click on the link…



This forum already has some well seasoned cruisers making quality contributions: members with considerable cruise experience and ones who are  unafraid to make good use of photographic opportunities to enhance their quality postings.

Membership certainly appears to be increasing rapidly and I predict a bright future for those who would prefer this more technically advanced forum site which currently doesn’t appear littered with pressurised cruise sales advertising or too many off-topic distractions.

The Mission statement:

We are the Cruise Club Forum, a discussion site dedicated to cruise news, discussions, reviews and general chat! 

We want you, the community, to get the most out of the Cruise Club Forum’s discussion boards, and for them to be a fun place full of constructive conversation, where you can ask for help, or share your experiences from the world of cruising.  

Topics can range from favourite cruise lines, ships, itineraries, destinations, best cruises for families, solo cruises, funny experiences, reviews and more.

Good luck Lucy and your team,  Solent Richard was delighted  to play his part in the forum’s growth .

Avid followers of this Blog will by now be aware that Solent Richard has parted company with the Bolsover Forum. Having watched the membership grow – now standing at some 7,440 members – while reaching  the remarkable achievement of becoming their top poster in less than three years…


…and with an even more remarkable 1806 membership approval rating that will certainly stand for a while. (now there’s a challenge), it is time to move on.

Never one to shy away or speak his mind, or confront what he considers unfairness, Solent Richard questioned the forum administration regarding their embargo on his using  links to his popular blog: which of course would have saved considerable effort ‘cutting and pasting’ text and photographs  from it when members expected answers or information.

Regrettably this approach coincided with a Bolsover invitation SR received to register for the  new releases of P&O and Cunard cruises. In response SR made his position quite clear. The rest is history and, needless to say, SR’s business went elsewhere.

As did Solent Richard…LOL…but not before he took the opportunity of correcting the one thing he despises most… the downright lie.

Step forward forum member and part time cruisingmate  Pennbank who, for reasons best known to himself,  decided to publish a completely inaccurate version of what was said on the ITV series ‘The Cruise.’

Of course ‘friendly’ forums don’t like their membership squabbling or correcting one another over such minor trivia as total misquotes….

As I said at the time, Hook, Line and Sinker.

So good luck to the Bolsover Forum for the future. Solent Richard is sure that it will be interesting to watch its progress.

In the meantime Solent Richard would like to thank those members of the Bolsover Forum who have sent kind messages of support: and particularly those four who have started following my blog.

Needlesss to say there were one or two members who were more than pleased to see Solent Richard cease posting on the Bolsover Forum. Leading the way, and with very good reason, was member Pennbank who never forgave Solent Richard for exposing his creepy habit of signing up for ‘Roll Calls’  then never showing up – well, at least to identify himself: preferring to hover outside range in true stalking manner. And as if to rub salt into an already open wound one of the last acts of SR on the Bolsover forum was to show Pennbank  to be a consummate ‘porky’ teller. Why on earth would anyone claim a woman on the television Princess cruise documentary said words that she very clearly didn’t? Of course Pennbank’s real problem with SR is that he knows that SR knows what is behind Pennbank’s attraction to Cunard.

It would appear the Forum is missing Solent Richard’s advice. In answer to a question regarding taxi tours from Aqaba this is what member Tumbling wrote…

So any member reading this would they please pass the following link on to Tug Boat Tommy…

or the link to the Tour operator who arranges the taxi…


And so to Tumbling?

Looks remarkably like yet another sock puppet for the crusingmates’ very own Jolly Jill who, along with the banned playmate 132LK were recently caught taking a close interest in Solent Richard’s Bolsover profile…

You couldn’t make it up, could you?

Not all is bad news and it is good to see another member remaining alert to the trolls…

 Close call linking the banned Spud to member  HLM. Actually Solent Richard would have linked HLM closer to 132LK as he did Sinbad10 to the banned Shilly3191.
And knowing how upset she will feel at being ignored it is good to see the biggest troll and multi sock puppet operator of all  having her say. Thanks for the visits to this blog Fudge.
Fudge, by the way, comes in  many guises, and has been banned from more forum than you could wave a big stick at, though the most infamous names she operated underwere Mo and Tintop.
Usually plays the roll of ‘trojan horse’ befriending members with PMs and then feeding info back to her cohorts. Which is not surprising particularly when she is spotted in links with SueSpud and 132LK, who of course ostensibly had her banned from the old P&O forum and the cruised one.
Fudge reckons 123LK tells the truth
You really couldn’t make it up but thanks again for the publicity Mo. JTD and Spartan are laughing their socks off.
One other member who is delighted that Solent Richard has parted company with Bolsover: Sinbad10, aka Shilly3191. Having had to correct him on the different flavours of soft shell crab it now appears Steve needs more correction.
Gifted for writing garbage take a look at this comment re gratuities at Far Eastern hotels…
Actually Silly, if you stayed for a similar length of time you’d pay even more…
In fact the 10% you’d pay would only be for Bed and Breakfast. Any other expenditure would also attract the 10%.
Hey ho, all good fun. At least the membership won’t have to put up with any more boring ‘beautiful Yorkshire’ and that’s one less job for SR’s wide angle lens.

Update for 2017

The middle of 2016 saw a major problem for the forum when the technology company responsible for the site pulled the rug from under them.
Weeks passed before a new company was sourced and while the forum is now back ‘up and running’ it doesn’t have the feel, and look, of the original venture: like everything, you get what you pay for and without a regular source of income from Solent Richard’s business who knows what other cutbacks are in the offing.
Here’s maybe another reason why the Bolsover Forum has followed the other UK sites on the slide to near oblivion.  One member recently posted…
“I know we don’t know each other but there are certain contributors whose comments I look forward to reading. So unless I’ve missed a topic does anyone know what’s happened to Terminator. I for one miss his take on things”.
A later response got reasonably close to the demise…
“Terminator is not the only one. What happened to Wheels36, RobBar, Ron, Jaguar1, Harvey and many others that used to be regular posters but now rarely appear if at all…Others went at the time of various ‘disagreements’.”
“If you look at the majority of ‘specialist’ forums they start off busy and then either the posters become bored move on or they become forums for games and other posts that have nothing to do with the speciality. “
Solent Richard couldn’t agree more with the poster though he could have mentioned that the exodus of those screen names kind of coincided with the departure ‘under threat’ of Solent Richard.
History seems to repeat itself, especially when such cruising talent produces laughable statements, shall we say, a little wide of the mark.
Haven’t we seen that avatar before HLM?

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