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  1. Just keep your smart phone on the bedside cabinet. As soon as I pick mine up the screen turns on and provides enough light to stumble to to bathroom.
  2. I've missed a bit out of course. Party A needs to tell Party B the code !!!
  3. I've done this twice: Step 1: Party A rings Cunard and asks for linked booking code Step 2: Party B rings Cunard and tells them the code. Cunard says "we have linked your booking to Mr and Mrs so and so" That's it.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. I agree. Given the choice, late sitting is better than the early one I would say.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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).
  14. That's true. The Spanish seem to have their evening meal anytime between midnight and 3AM !
  15. 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 !!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. True, but it's pre-existing before your holiday.
  20. An Aussie blending in ? That must be a first !! 😂
  21. I suspect you will find it was just the waiter's use of English as opposed to him refusing your request. This can often seem the case when someone is speaking in a language that is not their first (not that I can speak a word of anything other than English), they can come across as rude or to be refusing your request when it's not the case at all. For example, two years ago now we were in Madeira. Mrs Toad ordered a sweet Madeira as an aperitif in a restaurant. The waiter said "Sweet Madame ? Are you sure ? "Yes" she said. "That's absolutely fine, only it's traditional to drink dry before the meal and sweet afterwards. But if you'd like a sweet Madeira then of course I shall be happy to serve it to you". His English was superb. But if it had not been as good as it was, he may have said something like "Non Non Madame, only after meal". Either way he would have simply been expressing his surprise. I'm sure if you had simply said that you know coffee is normally taken after the meal but you would like yours with the meal then he would have happily brought you a coffee.
  22. I find the standard coffee tastes of nothing and is more akin to warm water with brown grit in it. And I recall once commenting on how bad it was one lunch time in the MDR and someone overheard me and said I was correct and he was going to complain. Which he then did, quite forcefully, and then several new pots arrived at his table as the waiter and the Maitre'D went into customer service overdrive.
  23. I love Slaters in Manchester. It's an Aladdin's cave for the gent about town.
  24. Because we were sailing from Southampton but flying back to Heathrow, we left the car at the Meet and Great at the airport, then the taxi the day before, so we could then have the car ready to go as soon as we we landed back at Heathrow. Plus I looked up the train and it was more expensive and then of course you still need a taxi from the station to the hotel as well. It worked out really well.
  25. Good point. Last time we were on the QV it did seem like Cunard had turned into Ryan Air in this respect.
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