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  1. I nearly got caught out not buying holiday/cruise insurance as soon as a cruise was booked 3 or 4 years ago now. I bought the insurance about 7 days before we were due to sail, and 5 days before the departure date Mrs Toad had an accident which meant we had to cancel. Everything was paid however with just the loss of about £50 excess. We now have annual insurance as it seems that you break even at 2 holidays a year so it was the better option.
  2. As I used TUI as an example, I've just tried a "dummy" booking and there was nowhere that I could see where the cancellation terms were stated as I was selecting the various options. Now as it happens, I booked a hotel last Saturday and that site was very clear; it stated what would be taken from my card now and also it stated the date by which I could cancel and receive a full refund. As a general observation, if you book just a hotel they are very clear about cancellations (e.g. book this rate and you can cancel up until some date or book this rate and no cancellations are accepted, or whatever) but package holidays hide all that in the T&Cs that you have to go and look for yourself.
  3. There was when we on the QV 2 years ago but I never saw anyone eating there so maybe it stopped ? As I recall it wasn't cheap.
  4. Indeed yes. So in this case, taking up their Low Deposit Offer makes no odds really as you still have to pay the full deposit even if you cancel.
  5. I think you mean "No holiday contracts in the UK whether it be cruise or land based have refundable deposits". or "All holiday contracts in the UK whether it be cruise or land based have non refundable deposits". For example, I've a holiday booked with TUI , and these are their T&Cs: 12. IF YOU CANCEL YOUR BOOKING Period Before Departure When Notice Of Cancellation Is Received/ Percentage Of Total Booking Price 70 days or more (Loss of deposit) Your deposit is non-refundable, even if the cancellation charge calculated is lower than the deposit amount paid.
  6. So in a nutshell; They paid £4,104 as the deposit. Contractually they owe the full £27,350. However, if they break/terminate the contract (i.e. cancel their cruise), they have no more to pay but they do not receive their deposit back.
  7. I agree. Given the choice, late sitting is better than the early one I would say.
  8. We had a similar thing. We went with another couple who had children (we don't) and the same thing happened; they wanted early because of their children and then their kids never ate with us anyway. The problem is that the early sitting is a bit too early and the late sitting is a bit too late.
  9. I'm only joking - I'm exaggerating for effect ! But I've been to a couple of Spanish cities for work and they do tend to eat a lot later that we would normally do in the UK, especially in restaurants.
  10. How can people compare wages on a cruise ship to wages on land ? Do crew members have to pay rent, for food, council tax, gas and electric bills, and so on ? I would suggest that the majority of people in the UK earning the minimum wage will spend almost all (if not all) of it on the expense of just keeping themselves alive (i.e. paying for a roof over their heads and eating).
  11. That's true. The Spanish seem to have their evening meal anytime between midnight and 3AM !
  12. We've done 2 Baltic cruises (about 6 years ago and 4 years ago). The first time I took maybe £20-£30 of around 7 or 8 different currencies and I ended up bringing all of it back (and I do mean all of it). So the second time we never bothered and were fine. Pretty much every cafe etc takes cards and most likely contactless as well. However, we did not go to Poland, but I've just read an article that says 9 out of 10 points of sale terminals in Poland are contactless. As for you reading you can use the Euro in Tallin and Klaipeda - that's rather like saying you have read you can use the pound in London !!
  13. We did something very similar two years ago: Drove from Oop North to Heathrow T5 and parked at the Meet & Greet (£174 for 18 nights) the day before our cruise. Taxi (£67 Smiths for Airports) from T5 to the Holiday Inn Herbert Walker Way (not sure of the cost as it was free as I had a load of loyalty points). Taxi in the morning from the Holiday Inn to the ship (around £5 or so). Then when we landed back at T5, once we had cleared the shambles of passport control it was 5 minutes to collect the car and we where away. It all worked very well indeed.
  14. Two years ago on the QV, on a couple of nights we actually found ourselves being the only 4 in the Commodore lounge at around 20:30 or so. We were on early sitting so we then went to the Commodore afterwards and at around 20:30 those that were there then left for second sitting. I can distinctly recall suddenly noticing there was no one else in the place. And as you say, Cunard will not reduce their prices because they are selling say a drink for $10 (or whatever) so they want $10. If that costs you more pounds then that's not their problem. To be fair, why would they ? The trouble is, about 2 years ago the pound fell against the dollar and at the same time they whacked up the price of drinks, so hence that time we in the UK got hit twice.
  15. There's a running commentary on the Liverpool Echo's site: https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/liverpool-news/live-queen-mary-leaves-liverpool-16596523
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