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About ged1967

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    NE Scotland
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    Holidays, volunteering
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    Villefranche for Monté Carlos

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  1. Find Homer Simpson...... he’s onboard...... it’s not a secret but not everyone’s knows where to find him 😏
  2. I’ve tried clicking “message” but I’m only allowed to send 0 messages a day! Maybe simene can PM/DM me?
  3. Happy 50th birdshot on 25th when you get WiFi back in NYC. Hope you enjoyed QM2!
  4. I have done mock bookings for Cruise Only & then looked at flights and it can save maybe £200 or more pp. However im always wary that the cruise line won’t wait for, or make arrangements for independent flights. So I’d need to factor in additional night(s) before embarkation Oh why can’t it just be easy, and relatively cheap?
  5. Hi all Havent cruised in over a year, prices appeared to have shop up in price! We have 4 Cruise Next vouchers for NCL and need to use them by early 2021. However with prices of a weeks Med Cruise costing guts of £3,000 and the Caribbean over £3,600 it’s getting quite expensive. To reduce the price I’ve been looking at the “cruise only” price, which can make a substantial difference to the cost. However we do like a drinks package and we know we’d pay a lot more if we PAYdrink! So so my question to the UK cruising population is: - Can you buy Cruise only then purchase a drinks package separately (either online or onboard)? - if you can then how much is the cost? We we are likely now looking at late 2019, or early 2020. We’re even considering an inside cabin to bring costs down and to let us save, although we know if we book a balcony or above & 6 months+ Out we can use 2 CNVs Any help or advice will be greatfully received. Or on on a lighter note (please take this with the humour intended) if there are any older women who would like the company of two gay men (45/51) we’d be more than happy to chapparone you. TIA
  6. There are FOD meeting on RCL & NCL. The best FOD meetings were on the QMII Private sectioned off area of the Comadore Lounge. Complimentary drink with canapés every night. Large crowd, busy every evening. Meeting was scheduled for 6pm (I think) always before the first dinner service.
  7. IMO that’s total rubbish. Of course the ship/Cruise line wants you to “turn up” that is where they make all the extra sales/profit. From selling excursions, drinks (if not included in a package), casino use, speciality restaurants, spa treatments/shop purchases (although these will be concessions) An sold out ship with 4,000 pax that sails empty may generate £/$5,000,000 in sales but if sailing full could quite easily generate an additional £/$3,000,000 in sales
  8. I asked where the brig was on a behind the scenes tour on the Epic. I didn't get an answer just a sort of laugh and that was all!
  9. I left a ring in our cabin on the Epic. One of a pair we'd bought in St Thomas. Both together were $750! I noticed within an hour of disembarking the ship. We got as far as security and explained the situation. They radioed through for a check, no ring was found. As we were about to leave I spotted the staff captain who had been at our CC meet & greet/mingle that I'd organised. I explained to him and he went and asked one of his officers to check. He was away for around 30 minutes. Again no ring found :( However he gave me the contact details for lost property and when I got back to the U.K. I emailed. I didn't hear anything and by two months I had lost hope of even getting a reply. However after 3-4 months I spotted an email with an unusual heading that sparked my interest. It was an email from a courier asking for details of when, where purchased, value etc as customs was holding it as VAT & import duty may be due. Anyhow I replied to the courier and within a few days my ring was back on my finger. I did get an invoice for duty but it wasn't much as NCL had stated a value of only $100 :D So don't give up hope. Email NCL with as much details as possible.
  10. Found them in My NCL. We charged $500 to our OB account. We have 4x$250 cruise next vouchers waiting in My NCL online.
  11. Just come off Epic 18/25 March. We had a ball with the "spring breakers" 450 or so from Clemson around 650 in total. Around 4,500 total passengers. Plenty alcohol for everyone. No rudeness, no fights, no aggro, no queues. We got chatting to two from Clemson the second night and as the week progressed we got introduced to more & more "brothers" & "sisters" Some passengers weren't happy but we had no hassle and whatever the lads got up to they did it with their tops off! So as two older gay guys (50/41) we were very happy! :hearteyes: If two middle aged guys can have fun with them then two younger folk should have no problem......go with an open mind it's only a week! SPRING BREAK!!
  12. how long from purchase on board does it take to receive the cruise next vouchers? We bought on board Epic on our 18th-25th March Cruise. Paid $500 for two got two free. Is there a UK number to call? Grant
  13. What did I forget? :o My husband & I were sailing to New York for Christmas with my mother from Southampton on the QM2. We live in NE Scotland so we took a 7 hour train journey to London then continued with a 1 hour train journey to Southampton the night before embarkation. It was only on checking in to our hotel at Southampton that it was noticed that I'd left something behind ...........MY SUITCASE! :eek: Yes everything was in that case I only had a carry on bag with clothes for the next day, but NOTHING else. My heart sank, there was no way I could get back upto Scotland, collect my case and get back down to Southampton. We looked at a courier service but that would have been tight for time and it would have cost a fortune. So with about 40 minutes before closing I was dashing round one of our cheap clothing shops, Primark, (some take the mickey and call it Pradamark!) it was like "Dales Supermarket sweep" (https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8g50I5FsXe8 (FF to about 16:15)) Jeesh was that really 30 years ago? :o I needed: chinos, jeans, polo shirts, smart shirts, t shirts, wing collared shirts, tuxedo, bow tie, shorts, swim shorts, dress shoes, sandals, blazer, cufflinks, socks, underwear, oh and a suitcase! :rolleyes: Both the sales assistant and I were dashing around, grabbing clothes off racks and I was trying them on as best I could. Throwing them into a basket and moving onto the next item on the list. However it had to be done, I was sailing the next day on the poshest ship possible. I couldn't spend the next 7 evenings banished to the Kings Court buffet and the 1 bar which didn't follow the strict dress codes. It was certainly an experience and a learning curve! I'm still being reminded about my debacle almost 18 months later. My next cruise is in a little over two weeks. Rest assured I'll check and double check I've got my suitcase. This time I'm sailing NCL so it's not quite so important. Can anyone beat that? Grant.
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