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Mim Lloyd

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    Liverpool, England
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    computers, reading, swimming, holidays
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    RCI, Celebrity
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean

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  1. Just moved the cruise via our TA. Very easy to do. The new one is nearly £500 cheaper but we're down £60 OBC, but that's okay. We'd already paid double the deposit needed so didn't need to pay any more. We'll be flying from Manchester to Valletta. Do P and O charter a plane just for the cruise? And does our luggage get taken directly to the ship like the Caribbwan cruises? Never sailed with P and O before.
  2. It does thanks! The new cruise is nearly £500 cheaper and I just wanted to be sure that P and O wouldn't hold us to the old price. We've got Easyjet flights booked for next month that we'd like to move to next year. We can move them free of charge, but the new flights are £200 cheaper and Easyjet won't refund the difference, but if they were more expensive we'd have to pay the extra. I was hoping P and O wouldn't sting us the same way!
  3. Just seen this thread. We're also thinking of moving our Caribbean Jan 2021 cruise to a Med one in Sep 2021. We've only paid our deposit so far. The Med cruise is cheaper so will we be liable for the balance of the cheaper new price?
  4. Sorry to hear this Tring, I know how you feel as we'd like to cancel our Fuerteventura trip in August but can't without losing our full flight costs of nearly £700. We've just got to wait and see if Ryanair cancel it or allow changes free of charge. Wowzz, that would be our ideal situation - move the cruise to another date. The problem is that I'm only semi retired and still work 2 days per week. We've got 3 trips away next year in addition to the P&O cruise, and already have 2 Royal Caribbean cruises (2 weeks and 1 week) booked for 2022 so just can't move the P&O cruise to a suitable date. My husband says to just accept that we'll be going as planned.
  5. We've stayed in the Radisson a few times now and as you say, it's very handy for all terminals. We are aware that there will still be significant changes to flying in January but were just wondering about getting rid of our luggage the night before - clinging on to some form of normality!! To be honest we'd rather cancel the cruise now and be refunded our deposit, neither of us are looking forward to a long flight on a plane packed with people and having to wear a mask the whole time if that's still in force. We've also got flights booked to Fuerteventura in August which we'd like to cancel now or change to next year but they're with Ryanair who won't let us do that unless they cancel the flights, not us. 😕
  6. Thanks for the replies. We're parking in the indoor multi storey at the airport. It's cheaper than using the Radisson's Park & Fly deal and the car is under some cover rather than left in some outside field, which is what happens with Radisson. Also, it's only a short indoor walk from the hotel to the terminal check in (the hotel is actually in the airport) and certainly not worth paying to have our luggage collected from us, we just liked the idea of dropping it off the night before and having a bit more time in the hotel in the morning rather than queuing with luggage at check in.
  7. Thanks for that, but we don't need to pay for our luggage to be picked up. We're hoping to just park in the multi storey carpark of the airport the night before our flight, walk through to the terminal to check in our luggage, then just walk to the Radisson with our hand luggage which is in the airport.
  8. We're on the Azura in January and will be flying from Manchester to Barbados. We're staying in the airport hotel Radisson Blu the night before our flight. We don't have our flight details yet but if we end up on a Tui flight, will we be able to check in our luggage the evening before we fly? We've done this before with Virgin and Jet2 and it's great being able to just walk through to security on the morning of our flight.
  9. You're lucky. I checked prices again and still couldn't get them lower than the final price I got by bargaining down the UK agencies. I'm happy with the prices I've got, just wish us UK cruisers could take advantage of possible price drops without penalty.
  10. Well that plan has now gone down in flames! 🔥 I've been going to and fro between 2 UK online agencies and the US one. It ends up that the total price for the US agency is £384 MORE than the cheapest UK quote. The US confirmed (in writing) that I could cancel without penalty to rebook at better rates if the cruise line drops the price which is attractive to us in the UK, but it's a large price difference that could even increase if the exchange rates change not in our favour. So I'm sticking with the UK. My next dilemma is whether to be done with it and book now, or hang on for a while to see if RCI bring in some incentives that appeal to me like a drinks package and/or free grats. Or will they increase the base price of the cruises to offset the freebies?! 😊
  11. Thanks folks, it's Royal Caribbean cruises I'm interested in (a back to back). I've just got quotes through from a US based agency and they're slightly more than the quotes i have from UK ones. I do like the idea though of being able to take advantage of price changes as I come across them. I think I'll get back to the US agency to see if I can negotiate lower prices and for them to confirm whether or not my deposit is refundable. If it all ends up significantly lower than UK prices, I'll be tempted to go ahead. My credit card is fee free do I'll also double check with them if I'm covered for non UK transactions if things go wrong.
  12. I'm looking at 2 cruises on the same ship (back to back) for January 2022 - yes nearly 2 years away!! 😊 I want to make sure that I keep the same cabin for both cruises but I don't know if I'm jumping the gun if I book so early. Does anyone else do this? Am I likely to miss out on any cruise deals that may be offered nearer the time? I'm in the UK and we don't have the luxury of booking then cancelling without penalty if there are price drops or free extras offered, we lose our hefty deposits.
  13. Got some good prices from a travel agency in the US for a couple of cruises. If I go ahead and book, do I qualify if either the cruise line or the travel agency drop prices or offer any free incentives to encourage new bookings before the cruise date? If so, how does it work? Do they just adjust my booking or do I cancel and rebook without penalty? Also, if I pay with my UK credit card am I covered by my bank if anything goes wrong?
  14. I won't bother then this time. Thanks for the replies folks.
  15. Oh well, I don't think it's worth us bidding then if my sister can't join us too. If I put in a bid and it's accepted, do I have the opportunity to accept or decline it, or am I then committed to keeping it?
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