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  2. 2torts

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    We’ve missed ports due to bad weather but also due to maintenance work at the port & most recently we missed out Dublin as the ship couldn’t get into its allocated berth.
  3. Countrygirl

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    We have only had a couple of changes and these have been due to bad weather, so we must be the lucky ones. We just accept these things happen.
  4. HLM

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    Hi Sinbad, hope you continue to have a great time. I note that as expected we've made the latest addition of the aforementioned persons blog under the Bolsover section of "cruise forums revealed". I make no excuses about being banned on that other site, like others before me I was banned as a result of sticking to my principles and standing up to this trolling bully, his continued obsession with us just backs up our opinions of this so called gentleman. Hope you're having better weather than us here, have safe journey home. HLM.
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  6. TrentAnn

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    Only ever happened to me once on a Princess Cruise where a change of Port was necessary due to the lack of berths at Genoa. Fortunately for me, Genoa was substituted with a visit to the pretty port of Santa Margherita, as I was planning a visit to Portofino this worked in well. Passengers who were hoping to visit Milan were not quite as happy. As you say HLM inclement weather is beyond cruise lines control. Again with Princess, Cannes was on the itinerary as a tender port, which unfortunately had to be cancelled, the Captain announced he could get us ashore in the morning, the problem would be getting us back onboard in the afternoon due to the weather forecast in the area. Disappointed - yes of course, but I’m happy to go with an experienced Captains knowledge.
  7. HLM

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    Inclement weather etc is beyond the cruiselines control, I believe the point being made here is the excuse that there is "no berth available" which is not acceptable when these berths are booked in advance. P&O or any other cruiseline shouldn't put ports of call on their itinerary if they haven't secured a berth, by doing so is deceitful in my opinion. HLM.
  8. towny44

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    We have not experienced any port changes, AFAICR, with any of our more than a dozen cruises with P&O over the last 8 years, but all except one have been on their bigger ships, I wonder if the problem is more with the smaller ports that their mid sized ships visit? However we have had one port change mid cruise due to bad weather preventing Britannia from tendering at Monaco, so the captain found us a berth at Ajaccio instead, which was a bonus for us as my wife uses a wheelchair and cannot pass the step over test.
  9. HLM

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    Yes I'd agree, especially when these berths are allegedly booked a year or two in advance. The question is, why put ports of call on the itinerary if the know they haven't got a berth? HLM.
  10. Dysart Cruisers

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    It seems to be becoming very rare to book a cruise with P & O without getting a subsequent itinerary change (usually advised at the last minute). Is anyone else getting this or are we just unlucky. It is very annoying particularly when the excuse is 'no berth available' We need to know because if it is just unlucky, I need to cancel my lottery ticket.
  11. going on aurora on next july,will need insurance as i will be 80,any tips on best to contact for this.

  12. sinbad10

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    We are currently on roundtrip Transatlantic on QM2 and the cruise is excellent in every way and seen no reduction service or quality of food, which has been excellent. I suppose if you compare from years ago standard shave droped but so has the price you cannot have it both ways.
  13. Oldworldtraveller

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    Sorry to hear that Davybe, I wish you every luck for the future and long may you be able to cruise. Friend of ours has just returned from a cruise with Cunard and was not impressed. Last week I had 7 days aboard Hebridean Princess and that is a ship you don't hear much about, but without, a doubt it is the best food and service I have ever had on a ship anywhere. Sunday it is off to AMA Waterways on their new ship Magna. Should be interesting as it has some new concepts to it apart from being nearly double the width of other river craft. Has anyone been on it already as I would be interested to hear their views.
  14. terrierian

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    Just back from a Med cruise on the Queen Victoria and was saddened to read about your illness. Hope that it does not stop you from cruising. Several people on the cruise were new to Cunard and had swopped from P&O and Princess as they thought that these two lines were not up to there past standard. Having only cruised with Cunard over the last 10 years I think that they are now cutting corners. As for on board tipping that they add to your bill, well I think this is getting too much so went to the purses desk and got it removed. As most cruise lines have now put a stop to it so should Cunard.
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  16. Our last Celebrity booking was an aquaclass room on Consteallation and booked through Bolsover Cruise Club. With their discounts and classic beverage and gratuities included the cost per person per night was just under £130. I thought that to be a very good deal.
  17. At the risk of sounding like a real anorak I created a spreadsheet to compare US vs UK pricing which took into consideration all of the differences of the two booking types. I felt like I'd completed a training course once I understood all of the differences. It looks like Celebrity are now wanting continuity across the board. The 'new' UK website now mirrors the US .com website. I've read rumours that UK bookings can now take advantage of price drops too, though I'm yet to confirm this. Maybe the admin at BCC could confirm? I don't opt out of gratuities (I actually think they should just add the cost of them to the base cruise fare and pay their staff a fairer wage). I would however consider it if service onboard was poor. That said I've never had an issue which wasn't remedied onboard after escalation. Stiffing the staff who work so very hard just doesn't sit well with me. However according to threads on Cruise Critic you can cancel gratuities at any time. It requires a visit to Guest Relations. When this occurs the staff affected such as your room steward, butler, waiter, assistant waiter, somellier and maitre d' are informed. Without real justification it is considered very bad form though.
  18. Davybe

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    Thanks for all you good wishes, and here is an update. I have kept of dialysis for over 20 years, but knew it had to come,eventualy,this Tuesday they fitted the pipework in my tummy for the dialysis , I have opted to have it at home ,and to start with I will have 4 half hour seasons per day, and maybe go onto an overnight treatment in the future. We will be able to take holidays even cruises as it is DIY treatment, all I need is the fluids to get delivered to the ship, (Think a world cruise may a bit much?) All praise to the NHS staff and renal nurses at our Hospital ,and my family....Davybe
  19. Davybe

    Celebrity Perk changes from 19/11/19

    Wonder if this has come about due to overpricing their cruises in the first place? We have always weighed up the package offers, not always value for money, and to be honest paying £130 per couple per day for some perks are taking the p@@s .as you can get a cruise for one of you at that price.....Davybe
  20. towny44

    Celebrity Perk changes from 19/11/19

    Goodness me we are going to need a degree in higher maths to work out which option suits us best!!!! It will be interesting to see the price difference for each one though, and the value we put on each of the options. I wonder if they will still allow you to opt out of the gratuities if you decide to stay on the basic tier?
  21. It looks like Celebrity UK are now trying to mirror their cruise deals in the US. Now when booking in the UK you'll have the same options as those booking in the US. Sadly this means UK bookings will now also be subjected to additional charges if selecting the beverage package as a perk under the 'Sail Plus' option. Passengers booking might now need a calculator to work out the true value of the perks depending on the length of their cruise and any loyalty status discounts applicable to perks received. For example, pre booking an internet package gives you 10% discount. An Elite + membership gives you a 35% internet discount and the two can be combines so if you're Elite + and plan ahead you'll qualify for a 45% discount on your internet package anyway which devalues this as a perk. Hope that makes sense.... It will be interesting to see how this affects what deals Celebrity UK offer going forward. Original article here :- https://www.travelmole.com/news_feature.php?c=setreg&region=2&m_id=_rnY!s~vd&w_id=36893&news_id=2040084 Celebrity introduces 'personalised' pricing structure Celebrity Cruises is launching a new pricing structure that will allow guests to select the onboard options they want. The cruise line said Sail Your Way, which launches on November 19, is its most flexible pricing structure to date and will allow passengers to 'truly personalise their cruise experience'. It has been designed in response to feedback from guests who have asked for more flexibility when choosing their cruise holiday. The pricing structure consists of three different packages, which allow guests to select elements, such as onboard credit, drinks packages, wi-fi and gratuities. The three packages are available to all guests from inside to AquaClass staterooms. Guests who opt for the top package, Sail All Included, get premium drinks, gratuities, unlimited wi-fi and $300 onboard spend included. Suite Class guests automatically receive this package as standard. Passengers booking Sail Plus can choose two options. Sail All Included costs £65 per person per day. Sail Plus costs £25 per day if the two chosen extras do not include drinks or £35 per day if drinks are included as part of the two chosen perks. The third option, called Sail, is the lowest available fare with no extras. Jo Rzymowska, vice president & managing director, UK & Ireland and Asia Celebrity Cruises commented: "Sail Your Way gives guests the ultimate choice, flexibility and value when booking their holiday. "We've listened to guest feedback and decided to give them the power of choice to curate and personalise their perfect holiday. We have also extended this offer to Inside staterooms, previously only available to OceanView and above, to ensure this is truly inclusive. "We're particularly proud of our 'Sail All Included' package as it reflects the touches of modern luxury that are at the very heart of our brand. We're confident this truly luxurious offering will become a popular selling tool for agents as we know that guests love the convenience of having everything looked after from the moment they step aboard." Celebrity Cruises will support the launch with new training assets and collateral created for travel partners, including a new selling guide, toolkit collection, social assets and dedicated flyers. A dedicated Sail Your Way video will also be available for agents, highlighting the key offers and benefits for guests. A new module on Celebrity Passport will be introduced to encourage partners to learn about the new pricing structure, with webinars and Facebook Live sessions also available. Commission is payable on all perk options.
  22. MJ75

    Guaranteed Cabin "Worth booking"

    It now only offers Gold. They made changes some time ago. Independence has a lounge way too small for the number of people in there.
  23. towny44

    Guaranteed Cabin "Worth booking"

    That's good to know, if we can ever afford Celebrity prices again, maybe once Brexit is sorted Sterling might recover sufficient to make that possible, who knows.
  24. smtcan

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    Celebrity also loads three drinks onto your card to be used each night during the "Happy Hour" times as well as unlimited drinks in the lounge. They are somewhat limited in choice, but we found that bar tenders will often substitute similar drinks once they get to know you. We enjoy the drinks and snacks n the lounge where we can meet other frequent cruisers, but picking up a glass of wine on the way into the show or the dining room is an advantage too. We rarely have a drink package because it doesn't represent value for us.
  25. Oldworldtraveller

    Guaranteed Cabin "Worth booking"

    It gave me 'Black' status. Which ship are you referring to. The Diamond Lounges for example on Anthem and Ovation are quite large.
  26. MJ75

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    The Elite status is also interchangeable with LCV on Azamara at an equivalent level. However all three lines have subtle differences. Personally when sailing on RCL I found the Diamond Lounge to not offer any high end brands of alcohol. I also thought the room was far too small for the number of people trying to get in there. However as we pretty much always have a beverage package it's not an issue. There's also the possibility of claiming Gold status on MSC cruises if you're an Elite member on Celebrity. It is a completely separate company to RCCL but they now allow you to register with their loyalty status as long as you can provide proof of your status with Celebrity or other lines for that matter. The main draw being a 5% discount on the cost of your cruise...
  27. towny44

    Guaranteed Cabin "Worth booking"

    As well as free drinks in the Dianond Lounge RCI also load 3 free drinks per Diamond member onto their cruise card, and they allow you to charge MDR drinks against these. The only time we did Elite with Celebrity we also had a free drinks package so never needed the Elite drinks, but at the time from reading their terms they seemed more restrictive than RCI.
  28. Oldworldtraveller

    Guaranteed Cabin "Worth booking"

    That's interesting as Elite on Celebrity and Diamond on RCI are interchangeable. As a Diamond member of Crown and Anchor Club on RCI you get the Diamond Club from 5pm -8pm each evening and it can run even later, the drinks menu is certainly not limited and neither are the available snacks.
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