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  1. If you are in the UK then they are happy for you to email the share statement to them at enquiries@hollandamerica.co.uk and if you want to speak to them their non-premium rate number to call them is 0344 338 8605.
  2. As a daily commuter into London I regularly see people doing this, but I and many others would insist you shift your bags from the seat - where to is not our problem. My evening train home starts from a terminus and it can be quite amusing to see non-commuters get on 20 minutes before the train leaves when it first appears on the departure board. A couple will go to a group of four seats and set out their luggage on the seats next to them. All goes well for the next 15 minutes, however in the last 5 minutes when all the commuters arrive their plans are destroyed as the train suddenly fills up. They then end up either with their luggage on their lap or standing whilst their bag 'sits', which is ironic as there are luggage racks at the end of the carriage they could have used but now can't get to as the train is full. Occasionally you will see someone try to tell the non-commuters about the luggage racks and how full the train will be, but it never goes well. So bags on seats - no, unless you are certain the train will not be full.
  3. Since you have paid £10,000s to Carnival Corp because you own the shares, I suggest it is they who are profiting from the shares you hold, not you.
  4. 'Making' money from OBC - hilarious, tell us another one. Carnival Corp persuade you to spend thousands on cruises and cruises only with their brands and not other companies, and in return they give you a small amount of OBC which you can only spend on overpriced stuff and stuff you wouldn't have bought if you didn't have the 'free' OBC. As for your profit from the increase in the share price, paper gains are irrelevant. Profit only comes when you have sold the shares and the money is in your account and who know what the price will be then.
  5. So you want me to listen to an American, Rick Steves, about what goes on in Europe. No thanks, as a European I know far more about this subject than he or you do. You may convince yourself that a tour guide asking for large sums in cash is doing for innocent reasons, but the only person you are fooling is yourself. Both Italy and Greece have a notorious tax evasion problem, that a few seconds research would have shown you. But hey ho, Americans believe they know everything.
  6. And yet you say the same thing again! A "legit" company does not necessarily pay their taxes. So whether a company is allowed onto the port tells you nothing about whether they pay their taxes or not. As for companies who only accept cash for sizeable transactions of being involved in tax evasion - if it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck... But feel free to carry on in your innocent world handing over envelopes of cash and believing it gets reported.
  7. You really think the port authorities carry out a tax audit on companies before allowing access onto the dock! Hilarious.
  8. I didn't say it couldn't get in but it couldn't dock in the same places, so they have a habit of parking it in the back of beyond in some ports so more walking or needing to use a shuttle bus.
  9. Fair enough, but can't agree with yours either. Ventura has two big shows every night, plus musicians playing in the bars. Oriana has one show, plus plus musicians playing in the bars. That makes a big difference when the one Oriana show is not of interest. As for the ages of the customers on Oriana you really didn't notice? You might be happy that every public toilet you go in has a bin bag over one or two of the urinals and a cubical out of action, but to me that is pretty shabby and not something I have ever noticed on Ventura to anywhere near the same level.
  10. Take a look at this web site as it will probably have all you need to know - https://www.seat61.com/Spain-trains.htm
  11. Yes it is very common in Italy and Greece for businesses to prefer to be paid in untraceable cash rather than through card payments which the tax authorities can see.
  12. Ventura Big ship with lots to do; you don't like the theatre show, then there are the two show bars Films are shown in the theatre or bars with abysmal projection because the equipment isn't specifically designed for it Can attract a younger/louder/more boisterous customer base, but probably not so much on an Iceland cruise As it is a big ship, can't dock in the places a smaller ship like Oriana can, so more walking or buses Oriana Small ship with less to do; if you don't like the theatre show then tough Films are shown in a decent(ish) purpose built cinema. Not as good as a real cinema, but head and shoulders above the poor attempts on Ventura. Only issue are the seat reservers who stalk the cinema and will be in their seats an hour before show time. Customer base is 'God's waiting room' and this seems to drive the type of show and entertainment - they seem to think everyone is interested in a 'Songs from the war' show or 1970s 'comedians' who you thought had given up but were still using the same material. Old ship and lots of stuff frequently broken - public toilets out of service for whole cruises.
  13. Hilarious the OP asks a simple question and so many people dive in telling them what to eat and drink rather than answer the question about boarding. AnywayI have boarded and then disembarked and reboarded without issue. However personally in that circumstance I would simply ignore the 12.30 boarding time and turn up when I was ready after buying what I wanted.
  14. As the OP doesn't have a time machine that isn't something they can take advantage of. What they should be concerned about is as they will be buying after that steep rise, then they should think about the potential real loss if they fall back to that earlier price.
  15. It is simple common courtesy is to turn up on time. My view is that if you are more than 15 minutes late then it would be better if you didn't turn up at all, instead of confirming to your dining companions that you have no consideration for them. On my last cruise on a table of six, one couple had the courtesy to do that one evening when they were running late and went to the buffet instead. However the other couple turned up late every night, never earlier than 10 minutes late, usually 20 minutes, and occasionally more. At 10 minutes late the waiters hustled them into making a quick decision from the menu as the rest of us had already decided. When they turned up 20 minutes late they seemed slightly shocked that we were part way through the first course.
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