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  1. 5 points
    afcandrew

    Cruising on TV

    Caught up with both Jane McDonald and The Cruise last night. A bit same-old, same-old with Jane - as much about her as it is the cruise. I fast-forwarded through a few bits of her in Aus before getting on the ship! Re The Cruise, I am on Coral Princess in Alaska later this year. It is one of their smaller ships so sadly I may not get the chance to play the ever-so-exciting "Elevator Roulette" πŸ™„. I do so hope we get the chance to see the Entertainments Team doing their "Bavarian Thigh-Slapping Routine" - not! 😁 Unfortunately, I don't have a birthday whilst on board so wont have three violinists playing happy birthday and a plethora of officers presenting me with roses - after all, they obviously do that for everyone with a birthday on board.....
  2. 4 points
    mitch

    Is The Bubble About To Burst

    it is definateley increasingly unaffordable for a product that is becoming less and less special. many cruiselines rcl esp are becoming far too gimmacky for my taste. so much is now extra that was once included. speciality restaurants,bars and entertainment with a surcharge. i personally prefer a cruise thats relaxing ideally no surcharges etc i prefer to budget myself pay for the drinks i have and trips i take. ideally tips included in the price of the cruise. not a fan of drinks packages etc. p&o and fred olsen were about right but p&o seem to be cutting back everywhere on the basics and adding more and more chargable stuff. i appreciate you can take it or leave it and dont have to have the extras but many of the now extras were the norm. i will still cruise health allowing but i will be choosing far more carefully and going less often.
  3. 3 points
    Oldworldtraveller

    Cruising on TV

    Not sure what Butlins is like as I have never been to one. I have however been to other 'holiday camp/complexes and to me cruising on many ships is no more than a holiday camp/complex at sea as both offer very similar amenities both with their own advantages and disadvantages. I think we need to remember that with all the new ships coming on line over the next few years there is basically only one place the cruise lines are going to attract new customers from and that is those who currently frequent holiday complexes in the sun. These complexes offer in my personal experience very similar experiences to that of a modern cruise ship but with advantages. They don't charge extra for speciality restaurants, very seldom is there a problem finding sun beds, the rooms are much larger than cabins with walk in showers, good range of toiletries and usually have balconies, drinks if not inclusive are at sensible prices. Therefore to attract people away from these complexes the ships have to offer something similar. Time will tell.
  4. 3 points
    DavidH

    Christmas

    "It's beginning to look a lot like" …..I should join in and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. DavidH
  5. 3 points
    KeithnRita

    Christmas

    Merry Christmas to all!
  6. 2 points
    Is the cruise bubble about to burst. Two things have become most noticeable recently. The first is the amount of new ships on order and the second is the huge increase in the cost of cruises. Not a good combination you may think. We already know that the cruise industry in the USA has plateaued and the rate of growth in Europe is slowing. On average the cost of cruising is at least double the cost of a holiday in the sun at a 4/5 star resort where there are no add ons whilst cruising hits the wallet at every opportunity with what many consider extortionate charges. More and more ships are being sent to the Far East and Australia where cruising has taken off. So what of the UK and Europe, has the bubble burst and the cost of cruising become unaffordable. πŸ€”πŸ€”
  7. 2 points
    Davybe

    Is The Bubble About To Burst

    The World Bubble has not yet burst, but will eventually? The Industry is looking at an overall growth of around 6% per annum. I have not found any evidence that the bookings are down for the UK market as yet? From a personal point of view prices are rising to fast ,and I have noticed that Celebrity are one way or another bringing their prices down ,all be only by small amounts, some cruise lines offering low deposits suggest they may be struggling to fill cabins.? It is true that land based holidays can now be better value for money, but then again 14 nights in the same spot has not got a great appeal to me, nice to see different place . My Daughter who has just started cruising thinks it's good value for money? new cruisers may find the prices OK us older cruisers think they are getting to dear....Davybe
  8. 2 points
    Davybe

    Cruising on TV

    I must admit some of the resort /Mega ships have no appeal to me ,we both prefer something a bit less "in your face" ? Usually over breakfast we decide what Not to do that day? so much choice of activities on most ships, just having a quite rest and reading has a lot of appeal at times....Davybe
  9. 1 point
    Davybe

    Happy New Year.

    Wishing all forum members and there families all the best for 2019. For those who did not watch the New year fireworks from a ship ,this is what they saw in Hong Kong
  10. 1 point
    Countrygirl

    Is The Bubble About To Burst

    Having just come back from the hairdresser, we talked about cruising. He asked me what I had paid for a holiday I have booked on Ventura February 2020 for 35 nights. He nearly fell over. But then I asked what he had paid for 2 weeks last February to an inclusive holiday to Antigua he then realised that perhaps my cruise what not so expensive after all.
  11. 1 point
    Countrygirl

    Is The Bubble About To Burst

    As I have commented in the past the new cruise ships are getting bigger and bigger we could end up with just days at sea. The business is a already having to look for new places to visit. We can no longer go with ease to Egypt, The Black Sea, Liberia, Tunisia. Plus a few ports are also having problems with too many ship and visitors. I think the bubble will burst, not just with increased prices but the cruising we know will disappear. I personally think that the cruise companies are being very short sighted. When we have gone to the cruise ship in the skies, the next generation will be looking for the holidays that we enjoy relaxing interesting times. Not a floating theme park.
  12. 1 point
    afcandrew

    Is The Bubble About To Burst

    Difficult to know how 'strong & stable' (😁) the bubble is at the moment and I guess its future depends on a number of things. I would imagine that oil prices will be a major factor and it is pretty impossible to know where they will go. LNG powered ships will become more common and I presume that they will be more economical for the cruise lines to run. I do expect cruising to be more expensive for me because I prefer to sail on the smaller ships by today's standards. I am happy to only have the choice of a mdr, buffet and maybe one alternative for-fee venue and won't be looking at, for instance, P&O's new Iona, which to me looks like a floating shopping centre/retail park with a large food-court! New cruisers today generally seem to find that the product they buy is good quality and good value. It is difficult to compare it with an all-inclusive land-based resort as they only have local operating costs to contend with. Their energy costs will undoubtedly be cheaper and they don't have to pay a succession of port fees. Its also worth remembering that cruising is still an awful lot cheaper now than when I started cruising in 1997, when a 14-night Mediterranean cruise cost us £1300 each in an outside cabin. When the new cruise ship order books start to slow down, we will know the bubble is getting a little fragile.
  13. 1 point
    smtcan

    Is The Bubble About To Burst

    Cruise prices were stable for quite a number of years, although this was done by reducing inclusions and cutting corners. I suspect that if prices had increased by smaller increments over several years, todays prices would not seem so out of line. This doesn't make me feel any more inclined to pay for a cruise at the moment. I just hope the prices become more realistic while we are still in good enough health to benefit.
  14. 1 point
    Jenjen

    Happy New Year.

    Only my personal opinion but I would not like to do Christmas and new year, so I/we got our ideal by having Christmas with the children and Grandchildren and having the New Year’s Eve big do, and only await 5 days. Amsterdam go all out with the celebrations everything open lots all going on even male singers in the terminal the food on the Aurora was very,very good, since getting back. A couple of our friends are looking at next year, well this year now.
  15. 1 point
    Jenjen

    Happy New Year.

    Thank you for posting the utube video, yes the ships were on the left, Queen Elizabeth then us on the Aurora . the Queen Elizabeth sailed some time after midnight, but not sure what time she went, we left late because of high winds. i can recommend the new year cruise.
  16. 1 point
    afcandrew

    Cruising on TV

    I haven't watched The Cruise yet but have recorded it. I assume that there would be a lot of Australians aboard and I understand that they enjoy their cruises in a somewhat 'informal' way....
  17. 1 point
    taburahmoun@hotmail.com

    Sues cruise

    Dear all Thanks for all advice. Very happy with tips, efforts much appreciated. All we need to do now is pack!
  18. 1 point
    sinbad10

    Cruising on TV

    Watched Majestic Princess on The Cruise last night and even though we love Princess didnt stop me thinking it was a bit "naff" with some of the daytime activities. Used to seeing making and throwing paper planes in the Atrium and dropping an egg from top floor of Atrium and somebody has to catch it without breaking it but "elevator game" and "golf on the stairs" reached a new level and to an outsider would definitely look like "Butlins at Sea".
  19. 1 point
    2torts

    Happy New Year.

    Happy New Year everyone.
  20. 1 point
    mitch

    Happy New Year.

    happy new year davybe and to all on the forum and beyond may it bring all that you wish for and more.
  21. 1 point
    taburahmoun@hotmail.com

    Sues cruise

    Yes Cadiz Pireous Haifa Dubai...19 days. Thanks for replying. Can't wait after a fairly grim year.
  22. 1 point
    Davybe

    Overboard

    Feeling for the lads family ,must be awful thing to happen ....Davybe
  23. 1 point
    smtcan

    Celebrity Pricing?

    I will wait for prices to come down before I book after our spring Asia cruise. If they reach a level I am prepared to pay, we will be on a ship. If not we will look at other options. I have several places on my bucket list, the Grand Canyon and the US National Parks out west and New Orleans come to mind as do several European destinations the are worthy of more time than the brief port stop we had on a cruise. Our money is finite, so unless one of my preferred cruise lines (which do not include P&O) has acceptable prices we will not cruise. Unfortunately as long as passengers pay the big money, prices will not drop. We are fortunate to be able to travel at short notice, so I will hope ..... Sheila
  24. 1 point
    Oldworldtraveller

    Celebrity Pricing?

    In the end they all need to sell the cabins to keep the shareholders happy and I can't imagine a regular Celebrity customer swapping to P&O because it's cheaper. They are as different as chalk and cheese so yes personally IMHO I think it will be worth holding on for reductions with P&O as they need to sell the cabins and if people can't afford the fare they wont book.
  25. 1 point
    Terminator

    Christmas

    Bah humbug...
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