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Sunderland England
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Originally posted by Merion_Mom
Really? I cruised once out of Southampton. The ship was the Independence of the Seas. 2011

I saw more sleeveless undershirts and tattoos on that cruise than I ever did before or since.
You are always going to get a diversity of people.
The main British difference is Formal night is usually very well respected in a dress sense.

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Orlando, Florida
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Originally posted by bUU
And keep in mind that that was before RCL acquired Celebrity and started moving toward a model with Royal Caribbean becoming the more affordable option on average and Celebrity serving up the more upscale experience on average.
He was sailing on Carnival. I didn't mention that because it didn't seem important, but just for clarity's sake.
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Originally posted by grapau27
Thomson mainly cater for the British market who tend to respect dress codes more.
Things I heard before having actually visiting England:

Americans are fat & lazy, unlike Brits. (I will actually say that I've seen just as many fat in my visits to England as I have here)

Americans are sloppy dressers, unlike Brits. (I actually think that generally speaking it was a LOT sloppier in at least London than anywhere I've been here. TRACK SUITS EVERYWHERE! UNDERSHIRTS EVERYWHERE!)

Americans are rude, unlike Brits. (This is just flat wrong. Generally speaking, we couldn't really ever find anyone in London that could be bothered to help anyone. Generally speaking, I can walk up to people here and say "Can you tell me where ____ is?" and get an answer. Londoners acted like I was threatening their children.)


Pluses and minuses to all cultures.
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Originally posted by poncho1973
He was sailing on Carnival.
A similar story there. Just about the same time, CCL completed its acquisition of Seabourn.
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Sunderland England
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Originally posted by poncho1973
Things I heard before having actually visiting England:

Americans are fat & lazy, unlike Brits. (I will actually say that I've seen just as many fat in my visits to England as I have here)

Americans are sloppy dressers, unlike Brits. (I actually think that generally speaking it was a LOT sloppier in at least London than anywhere I've been here. TRACK SUITS EVERYWHERE! UNDERSHIRTS EVERYWHERE!)

Americans are rude, unlike Brits. (This is just flat wrong. Generally speaking, we couldn't really ever find anyone in London that could be bothered to help anyone. Generally speaking, I can walk up to people here and say "Can you tell me where ____ is?" and get an answer. Londoners acted like I was threatening their children.)


Pluses and minuses to all cultures.
I only found big Americans at WDW Orlando not in New York.
In London most of the people you see are foreigners to us too.
Come to the North East of England and you will always find people very friendly.
The only noticeable dress preferences is on Formal night when even on 3 or 4 night P&O short cruises most men wear tuxedos or suits.

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Leicestershire England
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Originally posted by poncho1973
Things I heard before having actually visiting England:

Americans are fat & lazy, unlike Brits. (I will actually say that I've seen just as many fat in my visits to England as I have here)

Americans are sloppy dressers, unlike Brits. (I actually think that generally speaking it was a LOT sloppier in at least London than anywhere I've been here. TRACK SUITS EVERYWHERE! UNDERSHIRTS EVERYWHERE!)

Americans are rude, unlike Brits. (This is just flat wrong. Generally speaking, we couldn't really ever find anyone in London that could be bothered to help anyone. Generally speaking, I can walk up to people here and say "Can you tell me where ____ is?" and get an answer. Londoners acted like I was threatening their children.)


Pluses and minuses to all cultures.

England might be small but London no way represents the whole on England in fact London is probably far less "English" than the rest of England . England IS NOT LONDON

It would be like me saying " ive been to New York so Know America"

I am English , but hate London , London does not represent England .
Please if you are visiting England , research and choose somewhere else , perhaps The Midlands , it is a wonderful , friendly, exciting , green and pleasant land so much history and culture with great wine and cheese , A few historical kings and queens and Leicester has a space centre lol not on the scale of cape Canaveral but we launched a probe to Mars ha ha ha
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Originally posted by glittergal1
England might be small but London no way represents the whole on England in fact London is probably far less "English" than the rest of England . England IS NOT LONDON

It would be like me saying " ive been to New York so Know America"

I am English , but hate London , London does not represent England .
Please if you are visiting England , research and choose somewhere else , perhaps The Midlands , it is a wonderful , friendly, exciting , green and pleasant land so much history and culture with great wine and cheese , A few historical kings and queens and Leicester has a space centre lol not on the scale of cape Canaveral but we launched a probe to Mars ha ha ha


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Originally posted by glittergal1
England might be small but London no way represents the whole on England in fact London is probably far less "English" than the rest of England . England IS NOT LONDON

It would be like me saying " ive been to New York so Know America"

I am English , but hate London , London does not represent England .
Please if you are visiting England , research and choose somewhere else , perhaps The Midlands , it is a wonderful , friendly, exciting , green and pleasant land so much history and culture with great wine and cheese , A few historical kings and queens and Leicester has a space centre lol not on the scale of cape Canaveral but we launched a probe to Mars ha ha ha
What about Stonehenge? Or how about the Chunnel? Is the Chunnel in England, France, or both?
Belleville, Ont
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Originally posted by ravensbad
This is one of those dead horse topics that come up so often it's like groundhog day. It's like people forget we just talked about this a day or week ago and then they have the exact same argument/discussion again. Cruise prices have actually gone down since the 80's, which when you consider inflation in the last 30 years means people are paying far less to cruise today than they used to. Quantity is way up, quality is way down, that's just how it is across the major cruise lines. If people don't like it they can vote with their wallet and do something else for vacation. At the end of the day that is all Royal or any of the other lines are going to respond to. When profits start falling they will make changes.
I never cruised 30 years ago and understand cruising cost a lot more back then but just in the past year or so it seems like the cost has risen quite a bit
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Leicestershire England
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Originally posted by Cuizer2
What about Stonehenge? Or how about the Chunnel? Is the Chunnel in England, France, or both?
Never been to Stonehenge or been in the Chunnel , so cant comment
Loughborough has a great vintage steam railway oh and some dinosaur bones if you want old
Belleville, Ont
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Originally posted by grapau27
I only found big Americans at WDW Orlando not in New York.
In London most of the people you see are foreigners to us too.
Come to the North East of England and you will always find people very friendly.
The only noticeable dress preferences is on Formal night when even on 3 or 4 night P&O short cruises most men wear tuxedos or suits.

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I guess I will never go on a 3 or 4 night P&O cruise as I like to be comfortable when I eat, and wearing a tux certainly isn't comfortable
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Southern California
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Originally posted by molsonschooner
I never cruised 30 years ago and understand cruising cost a lot more back then but just in the past year or so it seems like the cost has risen quite a bit
That is because during the economic downturn beginning in 2008 the cruise lines didn't dare raise prices. Now that everyone has jobs, the stockholders are demanding more profits.
Cocoa Beach, FL
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Originally posted by Cuizer2
That is because during the economic downturn beginning in 2008 the cruise lines didn't dare raise prices. Now that everyone has jobs, the stockholders are demanding more profits.
I don't have a job.

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Originally posted by John&LaLa
I don't have a job.
Sure yiou do, you are Bella's cookie provider. That's a full time job.
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Sunderland England
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Originally posted by molsonschooner
I guess I will never go on a 3 or 4 night P&O cruise as I like to be comfortable when I eat, and wearing a tux certainly isn't comfortable
These tend to be taster,hen party and stag cruises which can be lively, booze cruises but even so Formal nights are well respected.

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Sunderland England
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Originally posted by clarea
Sure yiou do, you are Bella's cookie provider. That's a full time job.
I think we would form a line to give her a cookie she looks so sweet.

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Originally posted by grapau27
I think we would form a line to give her a cookie she looks so sweet.
I'm still waiting for John to post a video of Bella doing her tricks.
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Suburb of Chicago
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Originally posted by HicksRA
Well excuse my ignorance!!
Your comment was spot on and that reply was "spotted."
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