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  1. Sorry I cannot believe that people are so upset that they are not having their cabin serviced after they have used it for a few hours on the first day so that the stewards can get some time off on their busiest day. If you go to a hotel you do not get your room serviced every night never mind the first night. Some people seem to moan about the smallest thing.
  2. We dont panic we come down to Southampton 2 days before and stay in a hotel in Ocean Village. Added bonus is 2 extra days holiday.
  3. We always gave a little more on top of auto tips and it is this amount we give now £20 tops for a 14 night cruise and not a lot more for a longer one or BtoB.
  4. When we have been on Aurora it was standard practice to have entertainment at both ends as it has been on all ships except Arcadia where there is no real show lounge. The Globe not really fulfilling that function. Regarding the tips we also give a tip but no where near what was paid before.
  5. At the moment the cheapest inside for before Christmas is about £1250 on Britannia 6/7 Dec and a little dearer £1275 for Azura mid November. Both insides. You need to keep looking say end of October beginning of November. Although people will be paying balances about now.
  6. P&O now have them made of paper and wood. We used them on Britannia last month.
  7. Bit slow there Jean we booked a back to back on Iona when the cruises came out. They have gone up since then. Grabbed a suite, they all went very quickly. 🙂
  8. This 15% off I bet you can’t get your club discount on top. Have to make sure you use your OBC.
  9. As I mentioned above these cruises are the same as those of Iona after New Year in 2021 and indeed the back to back we did on Ventura earlier this year. The lack of diversity of cruises just shows the lack of available destinations from the U.K. in the winter. It is no coincidence that nearly all cruise lines leave Europe in the winter and move to the Caribbean or do longer cruises, World, Round S. America etc. The problem is, however the pool of people who can afford the time and cost of these longer cruises is well served now and shows no evidence of growing.
  10. What a great idea. At the moment we are having a ship a day nearly visiting the Tyne and Marella use it for turnarounds as have Fred, and C&M. 10 min taxi ride. 😎
  11. Sorry not Wigan the pier is not long enough. Perhaps they should call it near continent. BTW those itineraries are very like Iona’s for 20/21
  12. We now use the Southampton Harbour Hotel. Excellent hotel with superb staff. Great hotel if you want to treat yourself. They offer a stay and park deal which includes transfers by Mercedes. Very close to many restaurants and pubs.
  13. Which is what I was eluding to in my previous posts. The infrastructure is not in place for any change to take place. If it was then cruise ships would have been forced to use them before now.
  14. If I can get there by 10 anyone should be able to. 😎
  15. I fully agree that most local TA’s are not cruise experts by any means. I have a number of times been into shops to find out how much they knew. I do not use local TA’s. I used to use a local one many years ago but she had the backing of a cruise department she could refer to.
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