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  1. 3 points
    patriciajohnadams

    Auto addedTips

    I do wish we could go back to tipping for Good service. Some times the service given does not always match up to good & I feel that because of the tips being applied on a daily basis to your on-board account that some staff do not worry about Good service as they will receive some extra anyway. I have always tipped if I feel I have received Good service wherever I go. However when someone cannot be bothered why? should I give them extra.
  2. 2 points
    Little Mermaid

    Britannia Weekender!!

    Hi All There are 11 lovely ladies including myself (the hen), on Britannia this weekend. I am in the middle of making a list of what to pack. Why does a short break feel just as stressful as a 14 night break? Or could it just be the pre wedding nerves starting to creep in?
  3. 2 points
    Your comment made me smile Yiddish Boy and is the same if you are an Athiest!!!!!!!
  4. 2 points
    Yiddish Boy

    Belfast and the Titanic museum

    For you HAL
  5. 2 points
    smtcan

    Not treated well ??

    It does seem like a sad situation but like others I wonder if we have heard the whole story. When my husband was taken off a HAL ship to a hospital in Shanghai the port agent met us at the hospital and gave us some minor assistance, but the main help came from our insurance company. Before we docked, the ship let me call our son in UK and our insurance company and I really didn't expect a lot more from them. The care we received from the insurance company was excellent. They arranged accommodation for me, although I ended up staying at the hospital. They called every day and when C was discharged they transported us to a hotel where we stayed fora week, then sent a doctor to accompany us on the flight home. If I had been incapacitated they would have paid for our son to fly out, but he paid his own way. I don't think it is the responsibility of the ship to care for sick passengers beyond getting them to a hospital. I wonder if these passengers had full insurance. If she was suffering from an uninsured pre existing condition they were very unwise to travel.
  6. 1 point
    cruise chef

    Britannia Weekender!!

    Have a great time I'm sure it will be a lively weekend - Don't forget to order the Red Bull & Anadin Tablets for Monday Brittania cruise
  7. 1 point
    Yiddish Boy

    Belfast and the Titanic museum

    Bless you Cruise Chef
  8. 1 point
    Yiddish Boy

    Belfast and the Titanic museum

    Not a bad place.....Our family moved to Ireland just before the war (second world war) from Europe. There are some beautiful places around the North which, now "The Troubles" are over, are being rediscovered. County Donegal remains in my heart to this day (family holidays there as a child) and Antrim is lovely too. Went back a few years ago and was nicely surprised how Belfast has changed...for the good. There is a quaint Jewish population in Ireland (which we were part of) which many people don't know about. As a child I was once asked...."So are you a Catholic Jew or a Protestant Jew?"...only in Ireland!!!!!!!!
  9. 1 point
    dancefloordemon

    Britannia Weekender!!

    Hi Little Mermaid, I do hope the weather is good for you ladies, especially during sail away!! Pack essentials only.... WINE!! have a good one x
  10. 1 point
    yelroc

    Tipping

    Most cruise companies will usually remove gratuities at your written request via service desk/reception although not as easy if you prepay gratuities. Not so for bar tips, up to 18% extra, on some lines (maybe even more). Then there is the moral argument "why"?, staff work long and hard? Nobody has tipped me in my working life? Service staff earn more on cruise lines than if they work in their home countries? Some areas of the world would never allow such long working periods? These are only some questions I've heard I do not agree or disagree with the above ..... I'm sure there will be more contributions to come....
  11. 1 point
    tigerlilly

    Not treated well ??

    exactly. 24 hours before the end of the sailing if I have read this correctly? Therefore I believe there must be a lot more to it for Regent to go as far as offloading them. They are being professional and respectful by not airing all the details imo
  12. 1 point
    Looks beautiful Yiddish Boy
  13. 1 point
    My son and his wife did it a couple of years ago and loved it.
  14. 1 point
    Strangford Lough i dTuaisceart Éireann.
  15. 1 point
    Tally

    Not treated well ??

    I read the article and I too am a little dubious as to whether we have all the facts. On our very first cruise which was a 21 day Caribbean cruise, there was a lady suffering from dementia. Her elderly husband used a scooter which he would leave blocking the corridor, which of course you were allowed to do then. I thought at the time that it wasn’t good from a safety point of view. On several occasions his wife wandered off and he would be in a panic racing up and down on his scooter looking for her. We did help with the search whenever that happened. I used to feel sorry for the cabin steward as I saw the state of their mini-suite whenever I passed. While I had a lot of sympathy for the couple as they had cruised for years and this was to be their last cruise, I really don’t think it was a wise decision. It was a very stressful and worrying cruise for them both.
  16. 1 point
    tj42

    Brittania cruise

    love the brittania
  17. 1 point
    HLM

    Brittania cruise

    But you didn't mention anything about compensation in your opening post, just that felt ripped off after paying a lot of money. That aside, did you make your feelings known when onboard and request recompense for your disappointment? If so what was their reply? The problem is that in their T&C's it will clearly state that ports of call can be missed for various reasons, I suspect they are under no obligation to compensate for this. HLM.
  18. 1 point
    Captain Kidd II

    Brittania cruise

    There is a difference between being on land in Monaco and trying to berth or tender there. What looks to be a reasonable sea state from land can be very different when you are attempting to bring thousands if tons of ship to the berth. I, for one, would prefer to be safe than find the ship hitting the harbour wall.
  19. 1 point
    Captain Kidd II

    P&o Gratuities

    Are we sure the staff did not walk out due to low pay and not receiving the volume of tips they anticipated? So P&O did nothing about the low pay and just put more emphasis on tips which, if the staff had achieved giving an exceptional service they would have received anyway. Just pushing up the auto grat fee is not the answer. Likewise, if the crew do not accept the remuneration package on offer they shoukd not sign their contacts which would lead to P&O increasing pay for business continuity.
  20. 1 point
    HLM

    P&o Gratuities

    And then there's those who'll pay regardless of who's profiting, over the past couple of years or so P&O have almost doubled their gratuity payments, I don't for one minute believe this has all gone to the crew. Me personally have read enough to make me have very serious doubts as to where my gratuities are actually going and who too, so as the money in my "wallet" is mine, I have the choice as to who receives it. I now choose to pay individually, rather than give it directly to a large corporation who I seriously doubt distributes it fairly, yes there are those who suggest personal gratuities have to be pooled, but that's up to the individual, I'm happy in the knowledge that I've rewarded those who served me personally. What gets up my nose are those who suggest people are being untruthful or tight if they decide to remove gratuities for whatever reason. HLM.
  21. 1 point
    4 too many for me. I like to look smart, I wouldn't dream of eating anywhere other than the MDRs or the speciality restaurants, and I wouldn't dream of turning up in anything remotely approaching beachware, or anything like jeans, T-shirts or trainers. But I really don't see why anybody should be obliged to turn up in a DJ or a suit, just to allow the slightly downmarket P&O/Cunard/Carnival operation to try to make itself look like something which it plainly is not. It's just smoke and mirrors stuff. A bit like the 'butlers' we get in a suite. Illusions and delusions of grandeur.
  22. 1 point
    Can't come soon enough for me. Smart casual's fine for pretty much any restaurant these days, including the very best with 3 Michelin stars. Outfits like P&O and Cunard cling to it solely because it adds to the perceived 'glamour' in some people's eyes and covers over all the inadequacies in the meals and service provided. It's outdated, and the people who like it are slowly disappearing and being replaced by younger passengers who actually hate it and find it irksome. The end is nigh..........
  23. 1 point
    As someone who has only done a couple of cruises I think if guests want to dress formally for dinner thats up to them, personally I don't enjoy dressing formally to dine, I left that behind when I left the Army and now I like to relax when I eat, having said that I think smart casual should be the rule when eating in the restaurants in the evening and no beach or sports wear.
  24. 1 point
    Sorry parki, but I disagree. It may be your reason for cruising but not the majority any more. Gone are the days when 'One Dressed For Dinner'. People are on holiday and want to relax. If you wear a suit 50 weeks of the year you certainly don't want to be wearing one on holiday. Many cruise lines have relaxed their dress code and this has found favour with the majority, especially the younger element that cruise lines are trying desperately hard to attract. Casual dress does not mean a drop in standards as some would have us believe, it is the way forward. I predicted several years ago that formal evenings would gradually disappear and few at the time believed me, it has happened. I don't believe that formal nights will exist in 10 years time on any line as the current wave of cruisers who like formal are gradually passing to that cruise ship in the sky and are being replaced by a generation with different ideas and expectations. Someone recently posed this question to me, 'Would you go to a local restaurant dressed in a DJ' and the simple answer is no. Go to restaurants in London such as The Ivy or Langans and see what they are wearing, it's certainly not Dj's. Formal Nights were a tradition but like most traditions they are going as cruising ceases to be something special and becomes just an alternative form of holiday. As always just my personal opinion.
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