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    AFC04/03 reacted to cruise chef in Briksdal Glacier then & now   
    SO ON THE LEFT 1971, ON THE RIGHT CURRENT DAY
    Such a striking difference!


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    AFC04/03 reacted to Land Ahoy in Anyone heard whether we will be given option of cancelling or re directing to other islands ?   
    Hi  I'm off to the Caribbean in December and I am sure that the cruise line will try to alter to the itinerary if the proposed ports of call are so damaged that it makes them unsuitable for tourists.  Unfortunately many other ships in this region will be looking to do the same thing and it may be difficult to accommodate them all at alternative destinations while those which are considered suitable may be filled to capacity.  However, I fully understand that my vacation may be "marred" but I won't complain, compared to those living on these islands my minor inconvenience falls into insignificance.
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    AFC04/03 reacted to Bolsover Cruise Club in We’ve officially been voted as the Best Cruise Agency in the Cruise Awards 2017!!   
    We’ve officially been voted as the Best Cruise Agency in the Cruise Awards 2017🍾!
     
    Plus, we’re happy to announce that we also won the highly-commended award for:
    🏆 Cruise Agent Lifetime Achievement Award, Michael Wilson
    🏆 Best Online Cruise Travel Agent
     
    Thank you to all who voted for us!
    To read more about the Cruise International Awards 2017, visit our Cruise News page by clicking here.
     
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from liontaff in P&O launching drinks packages   
    Are there any rumblings about P&O offering drinks packages? Princess have already launched their packages, Holland America have been offering them free of charge on selected promotions and even Cunard are offering free drinks in their Grills. With all of these Carnival branded (and UK based) companies offering them, not to mention Fred Olsen (also sterling onboard) having a very successful daily package will P&O follow suit?
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from Crogers in P&O launching drinks packages   
    Thanks for the input Sammy. If you look at the bigger picture there have long been 'premium' all inclusive resorts which don't have any ongoing problems. I do believe I read another forum member paying around £500.00 per person to stay at a Riu resort, surely if price was the big incentive for those who wish to abuse inclusive alcohol these resorts would be facing constant aggravation.
    I believe Holland America tend to offer a maximum number of their drinks when they have the promotions active, perhaps this would be a valid way to have the promotion, but without excessive abuse.
     
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from liontaff in P&O launching drinks packages   
    Are there any rumblings about P&O offering drinks packages? Princess have already launched their packages, Holland America have been offering them free of charge on selected promotions and even Cunard are offering free drinks in their Grills. With all of these Carnival branded (and UK based) companies offering them, not to mention Fred Olsen (also sterling onboard) having a very successful daily package will P&O follow suit?
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from liontaff in P&O launching drinks packages   
    Are there any rumblings about P&O offering drinks packages? Princess have already launched their packages, Holland America have been offering them free of charge on selected promotions and even Cunard are offering free drinks in their Grills. With all of these Carnival branded (and UK based) companies offering them, not to mention Fred Olsen (also sterling onboard) having a very successful daily package will P&O follow suit?
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from RobBar in Is on board credit as attractive as it once was?   
    When I first started cruising, on board credit was seen as a huge extra when booking. If you got a decent price and some on board credit, you were onto a good deal. Now though it seems to be very different. On board credit offers seem to be on all the time (a bit like a DFS sale) and the amounts are much lower than they once were, unless you’re booking a suite that it. Am I the only one nowadays that would just prefer a better overall price on the cruise?



     

     
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from anthony abbott in Is on board credit as attractive as it once was?   
    The select fares are fine Davybe, but I think they are at risk of going stale. RCI and Celebrity tend to rotate their promotions quarterley, in order to target particular passenger groups.
    In my opinion the benefit is subjective I'd rather pay more upfront and have everything included than have a lower price with a predetermined amount of 'free' onboard money to spend.
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from anthony abbott in Is on board credit as attractive as it once was?   
    -To follow on I started an earlier topic about P&O launching drinks packages. surely this would be more enticing to the average cruiser?
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from RobBar in Is on board credit as attractive as it once was?   
    When I first started cruising, on board credit was seen as a huge extra when booking. If you got a decent price and some on board credit, you were onto a good deal. Now though it seems to be very different. On board credit offers seem to be on all the time (a bit like a DFS sale) and the amounts are much lower than they once were, unless you’re booking a suite that it. Am I the only one nowadays that would just prefer a better overall price on the cruise?



     

     
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from RobBar in Is on board credit as attractive as it once was?   
    When I first started cruising, on board credit was seen as a huge extra when booking. If you got a decent price and some on board credit, you were onto a good deal. Now though it seems to be very different. On board credit offers seem to be on all the time (a bit like a DFS sale) and the amounts are much lower than they once were, unless you’re booking a suite that it. Am I the only one nowadays that would just prefer a better overall price on the cruise?



     

     
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    AFC04/03 reacted to Oldworldtraveller in P&O launching drinks packages   
    That was me AFCO4/03, £419 at one of the RIU's in Agadir.  Never experienced problems with 'all inclusive' not only at 4/5 star resorts but also on the 5 star cruise lines. It's like everything else, it's not the 'all inclusive' that is the problem but the people who take advantage of it. 
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from RobBar in Is on board credit as attractive as it once was?   
    When I first started cruising, on board credit was seen as a huge extra when booking. If you got a decent price and some on board credit, you were onto a good deal. Now though it seems to be very different. On board credit offers seem to be on all the time (a bit like a DFS sale) and the amounts are much lower than they once were, unless you’re booking a suite that it. Am I the only one nowadays that would just prefer a better overall price on the cruise?



     

     
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from RobBar in Is on board credit as attractive as it once was?   
    When I first started cruising, on board credit was seen as a huge extra when booking. If you got a decent price and some on board credit, you were onto a good deal. Now though it seems to be very different. On board credit offers seem to be on all the time (a bit like a DFS sale) and the amounts are much lower than they once were, unless you’re booking a suite that it. Am I the only one nowadays that would just prefer a better overall price on the cruise?



     

     
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    AFC04/03 reacted to sinbad10 in P&O launching drinks packages   
    Cunard do not offer free drinks in their Grills as the normal they only very rarely offer it as a special offer in the UK but seem to offer it more for the US market which they are doing currently if you book balcony or above for 2018 cruise which is not being offered in UK.
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    AFC04/03 reacted to Oldworldtraveller in P&O Cruises to remove tea and coffee making facilities from cabins   
    These items are still available with Silverseas, Viking Ocean and several others.
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from cruise addict in Sunbed wars are raging   
    Please correct me if I am wrong, I am sure I have read somewhere that back in the 70's-80's cruisers were assigned a sun bed corresponded to their cabin?
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from Davybe in Holidaymakers admit to exaggerating bad experiences and threatening negative reviews!   
    My favorite regular moan on trip advisor is when there is a one star review because all inclusive doesn't include a specific brand of alcohol, but the rest of the holiday was great. ridiculous!
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    AFC04/03 reacted to Terminator in Your Election Forecast   
    Lots of hot air with quite a few drips...
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from Davybe in Holidaymakers admit to exaggerating bad experiences and threatening negative reviews!   
    My favorite regular moan on trip advisor is when there is a one star review because all inclusive doesn't include a specific brand of alcohol, but the rest of the holiday was great. ridiculous!
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from vamp23 in DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW BIG THE CABINS ON AZAMARA SHIPS ARE ?   
    I'm sure I read somewhere all of the balconies have a sofa, so they cant be too small!
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    AFC04/03 got a reaction from Davybe in Paris by train from Le Havre on Celebrity Eclipse   
    We had an amazing seafood melody at the fish market, they also have a hop on hop off bus in the town centre (one of those little trains). If you want to stay closer to the ship but eat well and see the sights this could be an option.
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    AFC04/03 reacted to Oldworldtraveller in Why are cruise ship swimming pools so small?   
    It's all about stability of the ship. If you had large swimming pools with many thousands of gallons of water in them and the ship was in a rough sea imagine the weight that would be surging with the ship and could compromise its stability. I am told this is the reason that the really big ships have lots of swimming pools rather than a few very large ones. Its got nothing to do with water 'slopping' over onto the decks but safety. 
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    AFC04/03 reacted to Bumble Bee in What To Do In Thailand   
    Snorkelling from Phi Phi or Phuket is really worth it. I'd say Phuket with you having more time there. The View Point on Phi Phi has amazing views and is stunning for sunset but does get crowded around this time. For Bangkok the floating markets are really nice and worth a visit, also they have the train market which I've never been to but its on the list. Like Cruise Chef, the Sky Park at Marina Bay is stunning. We went to Raffles to have Singapore Slings but once we got there we found a lot of building work and the bar which the SS are famous is being done up and they now serve them in the Billiards room in the meantime. Have an amazing trip! x
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