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    cruisedirector got a reaction from HLM in Opting out of auto tipping   
    I saw him , for many years of cruising I have felt after talking to crew that we are all supporting the cruise lines wage bill. which is not what tipping is all about.
    I have always tipped to those directly that have given good service & I feel happy that they get what they deserve that way
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    cruisedirector got a reaction from HLM in Opting out of auto tipping   
    I saw him , for many years of cruising I have felt after talking to crew that we are all supporting the cruise lines wage bill. which is not what tipping is all about.
    I have always tipped to those directly that have given good service & I feel happy that they get what they deserve that way
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    cruisedirector got a reaction from HLM in Opting out of auto tipping   
    I saw him , for many years of cruising I have felt after talking to crew that we are all supporting the cruise lines wage bill. which is not what tipping is all about.
    I have always tipped to those directly that have given good service & I feel happy that they get what they deserve that way
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    cruisedirector reacted to sinbad10 in Opting out of auto tipping   
    Did anyone see Simon Calder (travel reporter) reporting on BBC news about tips/gratuities/service charges on cruise lines. Even he was saying that on some cruise lines it is now approximately £25  a day for a couple and up to 18% charge on drinks that you are forced to pay which can mean for a 14 nt cruise you could be paying £400+ just in tips/gratuities/service charges and he did mention that they could be removed or reduced and did mention NCL who you are supposed to be unable to remove/reduce your tips/gratuities/service charge and he had been in contact with them and they had admitted that they cannot refuse to reduce them and you can do that onboard. One thing he did say was that he was not against paying these charges but he didn't understand why anyone would pay pre cruise or having them added to your onboard account from day one without knowing whether you have received or will receive good service which after all is what the payment supposed to be for and what he did say is he removes them and then pays them at the end of his holiday which is favoured and the way British people prefer to pay them. Finally he did say that after he had said this same thing earlier in the programme he had received "tweets" from people in the UK saying he was "short changing" and "stiffing" the staff of their wages.
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    cruisedirector got a reaction from fuzzyimage44 in Making Our Own Way.   
    15 minute walk or take the port shuttle bus 
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    cruisedirector got a reaction from RobBar in Are short cruises really full of hen and stag parties?   
    steer clear of short NCL cruises!
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    cruisedirector reacted to Oldworldtraveller in Who Books The Onboard Bands?   
    Some of the bands I have seen on ships have been nothing less than appalling whilst others have been excellent. Now whilst I agree that what one person likes another will not I do think the standard on MSC ships is excellent and I say that having travelled on most of the well known cruise lines. I do love the way that a 5/7 piece group has in todays world become an 'orchestra'. 
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    cruisedirector reacted to dst87 in What Is Your Bet Cruising Tip   
    Research and planning.  Only you know what you want from a holiday, and different cruise lines offer a different experience.  As long as you match the experience to what you want you should have a great time on board.
     
    Also, plan your itinerary before you leave too.  This will not only save you money on last-minute, overpriced shore excursions but you might also find it difficult to research ports of call on board with the overpriced and often unreliable ship's WiFi.
     
    Research your holiday and you'll know what's coming - no disappointment!
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    cruisedirector got a reaction from RiverSong in What Will You Not Travel Without?   
    Camera, torch & a box of my favourite havana cigars................
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    cruisedirector reacted to The Skiers in Cruise Offers That Are Snapped Up In Minutes Or Are They?   
    Have been on lots of cruises.... I have recently been sent emails and flyers with really good cruise offers ...... When I contact the companies they say the offers have been snapped up (within 20 minutes of them sending out the email) or it is a misprint? has anyone else had these offers?
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