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  2. Captain Kidd II

    Fake reviews ?

    I usually write and honest opinion on Trip Advisor and read other comments as well. Never been paid for them and certainly never tried to bribe for discounts etc.
  3. Gill57

    Fake reviews ?

    I have started using Trip Advisor for restaurant reviews (and find it quite useful in judging where to go) but i always read what is written with a pinch of salt. Some bad ones are quite laughable but then there are some that are completely over the top. I think like with everything - just make up your own mind and ignore the very good reviews as well as the very bad. The often generic replies from the establishment concerned generally do not sit well with me.
  4. jinky

    Fake reviews ?

    I write reviews - good and bad when I have the time and inclination and use Trip Advisor (especially local forum groups) for advice on restaurants etc whilst on trips. I go with the majority feeling and discount the ones at odds with the norm and look especially at the most recent ones over the last 6 months. You can often tell the vindictive ones , those that expect too much and those that just had a bad experience - amazing how often I discount the American views on European reviews especially. Rarely lets me down and I have had some great food experiences on the back of local reviews. recently whilst in Vancouver I was able to eat at the 101 Bistro - a restaurant within a culinary training school that I`d never have found without picking it up on a local forum. It was fine dining at half the rate charged for such food elsewhere. The same trip - tired of really expensive restaurants - I steered us to a pasta restaurant where it looked like a cafe / takeaway but the food was superb and cost less than it did at home for superior fare. Again 2 blocks from our hotel and would have been left unfound without that same forum.
  5. DavidH

    Fake reviews ?

    Hi Daveybe, I often refer to Trip Advisor for information and have posted several reviews. I've even booked accommodation through the site, which worked well. I'm happy to accept that one must make a judgement as to the benefit of other people's reviews and find the site useful, though a bit of a pain in it's constant badgering for further reviews, DavidH
  6. cruise chef

    Fake reviews ?

    I sometimes post reviews on Trip Advisor usually if the product has been good so that other people can get better recommendations to try flights, food or experiences, I agree that some people post when you can clearly tell they have never even set foot inside the premises but this is own to the reviews site to remove these people from their records. Some of the restaurant responses to dodgy reviews though are priceless
  7. mitch

    Fake reviews ?

    thats the problem with some of these reveiw sites anyone can go on and put up a reveiw even if theyve not been there or used the products. and it can be very damaging. also i do feel that some people have outrageous expectations at times. you read some of the cruise reveiws and you wonder if theyve been on the same ship as youve been on. i wrote a reveiw about the cruise on arcadia last year and checking back later i found several people wrote scathing reveiws about the same cruise that bore no relation to anything i saw on that cruise.
  8. sinbad10

    Fake reviews ?

    I know a hotel owner in Torquay had a lot of poor reviews on Tripadvisor and he complained to Tripadvisor because it did a lot of damage to business at the hotel. The investigation found out the fake reviews was a former member of staff who had been sacked and I do know the police did get involved.
  9. Countrygirl

    Fake reviews ?

    Need to add I was not paid for my review
  10. Davybe

    Fake reviews ?

    Quite agree sometimes it is quite easy to spot the fake or grudge ones. One well known cruise review web site has some paid for reviews which pop up after a cruise line has a series of bad or critical reviews,But you need to know the cruises lines or ships they write about .Some Hotels pay for good reviews to get a good rating....Davybe
  11. Countrygirl

    Fake reviews ?

    Not all reviews are fake, I did one for a Saga holiday we had been on, they contacted me and now it is used in the new brochure.
  12. mitch

    Fake reviews ?

    the saying goes if you havent got anything good to say say nowt. i usually stick to that, i do most of my shopping online as i struggle to walk any distance so consequently i get bombarded with the sites i use asking for reveiws. unless i am particularly impressed with something or extremely disapointed with something i ignore them. also if something disapoints i always contact them first to see if it cant be rectified. i wouldnt give a bad reveiw before contacting the company first and give them chance to put it right. i dont use the reveiws to decide what to buy or where to go either as the bad ones are usually grossly exagerated . i used to go to las vegas a lot and if you read some of the hotel reveiws you wouldnt set foot in half of them.over the years ive probably stayed in all of them and none are bad thats for sure.
  13. Davybe

    Just Curious !!

    Hi DQ. In your case I would ask Bolsover if Cunard refer your onboard booking back to them? you would get extra OBC from Cunard ?....Davybe
  14. Davybe

    Fake reviews ?

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6197373/One-three-TripAdvisor-reviews-fake-claims-Fakespot-website.html This company recon 33% of reviews on Trip Advisor maybe fake? I have two friends in the hospitality business who have had had fake reviews written. about their businesses ,both have been asked for discounts from people ,with the threat of a bad review if they did not get some sort of discount.One even got a bad review from a man when the hotel was shut,Trip or Tripe Advisor seem to do very little to vet these reviews. Do you use these type of sites or like me prefer reading reviews on agents sites such as this one, or even forum recommendations ,a bit more trust worthy IMO....Davybe
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  16. sinbad10

    Just Curious !!

    On the cruise I quoted earlier in thread the price difference between Bolsover which works out at 3% discount to 5% with another cruise TA which works out at a saving of £150+ and some TAs have quoted me a price excatly the same with no discount as booking direct
  17. *Dancing Queen*

    Just Curious !!

    Yes I'm aware agents offer a different price to the cruise line which is one of the reasons I don't book direct, it sounds as if you did ok though, I wasn't aware P&O had gone back to the commission based sale I was under the impression all agents had the 5% to work with and we would be offered something between O% - 5% or am I misunderstanding what you are saying, I can't say I've noticed much of a variance in prices between any agents but of course there is cash back with Bolsover so every little helps.
  18. sinbad10

    Just Curious !!

    TAs do have flexibility to offer discounts it was "trialled" a few years ago where P&O cut the commission so that virtually all TAs were quoting exactly the same price give a pound or two. But this was scrapped and went back to the commission based sale and all TAs can vary the price of the cruise depending on how much of the commission they want to give to customers. That is why if you contact TAs you get different prices and like I said on an earlier comment in the last week I have been offered between 0%-5% discount on top of the price quoted by booking with P&O direct for the same cruise.
  19. Oldworldtraveller

    Just Curious !!

    I always advise people to book with a cruise agent for one simple reason, no, it's not because they are sometimes a little cheaper although this is not always the case, it's simply that if something goes wrong a large cruise agent for several reasons has more clout with the cruise line than you do as an individual.
  20. Davybe

    Packing why is it so stressful

    Funny how my wife manages to not pack enough stuff ,we end up on most cruises buying more shoes and a dress plus other bits. I always pack enough she tells me....Davbe
  21. Davybe

    Just Curious !!

    I do wonder why people book directly with the cruise lined they get anything extra? Booking on the ship will give you some benefits ,and referring it back to your agent can get you a further discount .If you are just shopping on line then why not get the best discount you can, even using a trusted agent will get you a bit off the price, much better the money in my account than theirs....Davybe
  22. smtcan

    Packing why is it so stressful

    Since we always have to fly to cruise, I pack as lightly as possible. Mix and match is my method. Black capris, black shorts. black trousers and a long black skirt with coloured tops. I have gradually accumulated non iron items, so packing is easy. Then I take sandals, black dressy shoes and wear walking shoes on the plane. Underwear, some inexpensive but fancy jewellery and some scarves and I am all set. I can pack for a thirty day trip in a 23" suitcase, although a winter trip is more challenging because sweaters and a jacket take up more room.
  23. *Dancing Queen*

    Packing why is it so stressful

    That made me lol Countrygirl
  24. Countrygirl

    Packing why is it so stressful

    I don’t remember meeting you😉
  25. mitch

    Packing why is it so stressful

    oh definately, helped by her long legs lol. she was 6ft tall 36" inside leg.
  26. *Dancing Queen*

    Packing why is it so stressful

    It's a man thing
  27. *Dancing Queen*

    Just Curious !!

    I agree Towny, when you deal with the same consultant you do build up a relationship but I still preferred the 'old way' when agents had more flexibility to offer discounts , I guess the cruise lines were aiming to maximise profits by encouraging people to book direct but having read recently that 'personal cruise advisers' are now a thing of the past ( with P&O at least ) it might encourage more people to book with agents rather than direct which hopefully will be a win win for us the passenger.
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