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  1. 4 points
    towny44

    P&o gratuities

    Do you show the same interest and concern for all employees of other companies that you buy goods or services from, or do you just have the knife out for P&O?
  2. 4 points
    *Dancing Queen*

    P&o gratuities

    Why should it involve us ( the paying passenger ) I agree with others what the crew earn is none of our business, we will now have a level playing field which I'm delighted about and as a result of that the crew 'should' be paid an acceptable wage by P&O rather than relying on gratuities, it isn't a case of people not caring now they've got what they want, the money to pay the increase in wages will come from somewhere be it an increase in fares or purchases on board but the main thing is hopefully the crew will now receive a decent wage, the amount has nothing to do with any of us it's between the employee and employer, in other walks of life 'personnel costs' come from profits so why should this be any different, we wouldn't walk into M&S and demand to know how much a cashier earns and yet in effect any purchase we make has contributed to their salary.
  3. 3 points
    cruise addict

    P&o gratuities

    I am only too pleased that the tips will be included in the price.. seems the fairest way to me. What is the problem with it??
  4. 3 points
    2torts

    Flags

    It's the last night of the proms & I'm sitting here surrounded by the 17 flags that I've accumulated from the great British sail aways over the years. I knew they would come in useful for something.🎼🛳😀
  5. 3 points
    sinbad10

    P&o gratuities

    What P&O pay their staff is a private affair between them and their staff and is nothing to do with anyone else and why should you like to know as you have previously said that you will never cruise with them again so is no concern of yours.
  6. 3 points
    smtcan

    Using your Mobile.

    I never make or receive phone calls on a cruise, but I am another who keeps the phone at hand all the time. If I am not taking photos, I may be editing pics already taken, reading a book, or even doing Sudoku or word puzzles. On shore I find free wifi to message the family and read emails while I have a cup of coffee. I download self guided walking tours and maps of ports before leaving home and find them very useful.
  7. 3 points
    HthrEdmndsn

    Using your Mobile.

    Same as me. I remember sitting next to a lady, who was the same age as me. She looked at me "playing" with my phone. Then pulled out of her huge beach bag a book, a puzzle book, calculator, diary, journal, travel guide, map, newspaper, etc, etc. She smirked and said "I'm glad I don't need to fetch one of those with me". I showed her that I had all the thing she had (up to date, not several years old) on my phone. Refusing to move with the times, and to use what is available to us, is the fastest route to old age I know.
  8. 3 points
    Pesky Pirate

    Using your Mobile.

    They had a life 🙃😎
  9. 2 points
    Pesky Pirate

    P&o gratuities

    And still it goes on. Gratuities are going to be included so there is no need to pay anything if a person doesn’t want to or think there is any need. It doesn’t matter how much staff earn as no doubt the cruise line has found a way to make sure that they are happy and no doubt in one way or another it will be the passengers who bear the brunt of it, whether by increased fares or fluid prices. Costs of cruises have already increased and until this comes in we won’t know the outcomes.
  10. 2 points
    towny44

    P&o gratuities

    That doesn't seem to be working as yet.😉
  11. 2 points
    sinbad10

    P&o gratuities

    Not being abrupt just telling the truth I am sure you dont tell everyone what wages you earn so why should you know what P&O staff earn.
  12. 2 points
    afcandrew

    Flags

    Last night of the Proms is always good fun imho. I know some of the music is not exactly PC these days but it is a little pocket of tradition.
  13. 2 points
    HthrEdmndsn

    P&O Summer 2020 and IONA!

    Yes. And short cruises have so many port days too. I like the sea days.
  14. 2 points
    sinbad10

    P&O Summer 2020 and IONA!

    If that was the case why arent P&O doing 7 day cruises to France/Spain /Portugal where there is plenty of ports to do in 7 days instead do same cruise for whole season. No I am sorry but there is more to it than just P&O want to do 7 day cruises on the biggest ship they have and try and sell 5000 places every week. I am sure if they could they would have done alternate 14nt West Med cruises with Britannia instead of same cruise for whole season.They will be alienating a lot of loyal cruisers from North of England and Scotland who wont travel to Southampton for a 7nt cruise. I live in North Midlands and that is the main reason why we have decided against doing Maiden because even 9nts I dont think its worth it never mind 7nts. Plus you are going to have loads on Iona who will not have time to try out all speciality restaurants/facilities so will not get full benefit of such a large ship in such a short time.
  15. 2 points
    Davybe

    Using your Mobile.

    You and my Wife.🤣....Davybe (According to her)?
  16. 2 points
    HthrEdmndsn

    Using your Mobile.

    Not of many of us about is there. 😅
  17. 2 points
    Countrygirl

    Drunk's on Planes.

    A few years ago we lived in Gibraltar, our flight home was Christmas Eve. 2 young soliders were on leave and were being met at Gatwick. Being a late evening flight they were in a good mood, yes drunk but in good spirits. The BA flight was only a third full and our 2 young children thought they were very funny. The most amusing comment came when we landed at Gatwick, one of the Soliders realising his drunken state said out loud “ my mum is going to kill me” we all laughed.
  18. 2 points
    iknowlescourier

    Using your Mobile.

    I am one of those “sad” people who takes their phone everywhere on holiday. I do occasionally call home to check on my parents or my children and let them know about the day we have had. But my phone is used for so many other things. A camera that is with me always, a guide for things to see and do in a place that I am unfamiliar with or find a local cafe etc, a sat nav to help me find my way quickly to a particular place, a currency calculator, an alarm clock, I could go on. However did we cope before smart phones? We managed because we had to. But now we don’t have to, so I have embraced them.
  19. 2 points
    Jenjen

    Using your Mobile.

    It so depends on your experence, my Father was taken Ill and went into hospital I wanted to know how he was even down to still alive, phoned home daily, my grandson was also ill when we were away, some people we became friends with, the man lost his credit card, so needed to phone his bank, nothing to do with gloating, he had no coverage with his phone but I did. be glad you have not had my experence and take care who you disapprove of using the phone.
  20. 2 points
    TrentAnn

    Using your Mobile.

    Traveling solo my family do ask me to use my phone to keep in touch, letting them know I've arrived safely onboard, also giving them peace of mind should any problems arise. I only use my phone on Port days, having coffee using the free WiFi to WhatsApp home with updates. One exception was: Couple of days into a 17 day cruise on Ventura I had issues regarding my cabin, which reception staff were unable or unwilling to sort out, exasperated I decided to e.mail P&O head office with my concerns. Within 24 hours I had been contacted by the Hotel Manager, moved cabins, nice bottle of wine delivered and £'s credited to my account. This action was out of character for me, normally preferring to complement and give positive feedback where appropriate. My phone came in handy that day!
  21. 2 points
    HthrEdmndsn

    Using your Mobile.

    It's obvious isn't it? So we can gloat. 😊
  22. 2 points
    terrierian

    Using your Mobile.

    We go on cruises to get away from these things. It is on for the 200 mile trip to Southampton and home again. I text my son when we are on the ship as he likes to know we have arrived safely. It then goes in the safe until the return trip home. Why bother with a cruise just to keep finding out what is going off at home?
  23. 2 points
    sinbad10

    No service charge on P&O Cruises

    Took me 5 days of arguing with P&O on Oriana to get a charge changed when they charged me full price for a handbag that was sold correctly by Harding Bros for half price and even though invoice I signed was correct they still argued. They only finally refunded me amount on last night of cruise after I told Finance Manager that I would put in a dispute with credit card and because P&O are knowingly taking money from my credit card knowing in advance it was wrong I would be phoning the police as soon as we docked in Southampton before I disembarked.
  24. 2 points
    Countrygirl

    No service charge on P&O Cruises

    We always ask for a printout of our account a few days before the end of the holiday in order to see that is it correct. Once We had 7 bottles of expensive wine which were not ours it took 2 days to get it removed.
  25. 2 points
    cruise chef

    Extension leads

    Maybe Davybe that the poor sole putting 50p's in the meter cant keep pace with people charging their scooters together with all the multiple devices we all take these days
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