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Everything posted by Shetlander

  1. If it ever became possible to have your private sun lounger on a cruise for £22 there would be no shortage of takers. But I don;t see it ever happening on a ship. Instead I think you will continue to see cabanas and the like but at rather more than £22 per cruise.
  2. Nothing to do with border checks - certain countries require that you carry national identification at all times. As the UK does not issue ID cards you are supposed to carry your passport.
  3. My point is very simply that a cruise is one of those situations where you pay service separately. I have given other examples of where that is the case. If I was staying in a hotel where service was not included then I would expect there to be an additional service charge. if the price for service was included in there room rate then I would not expect an additional service charge. To clarify - the situation where service is included is different from the situation where service is not included.
  4. I think that you have misunderstood my point. I expect to receive good service and I expect my children to receive the same good service. I don't expect that service to be free. I don't expect the service my children receive to be free either. Sometimes service is charged separately and sometimes it is included. In both cases I pay it. It is not unusual for restaurants to charge a separate service charge, others might have have a cover charge. I have never refused to pay. As you point out in some cases the service charge is low anyway - your example equates to £22 per day. I
  5. To me it's simple. When I go on a cruise I expect to receive good service; I also expect my children to receive good service. I expect to pay for the service.
  6. Totally agree. I've always happily paid the service charge (or whatever you want to call it) for my two children.
  7. You have received a number of ideas so doesn't seem that difficult to me!
  8. It all depends upon what you want from your stay. We often use Premier Inns for such purposes; there are a number in the vicinity.
  9. As I said the pricing structure for 3rd/4th passengers varies by cruise line. There is plenty of choice out there!
  10. I'm assuming that you will have one child in a bed (either a drop down bed or a sofa bed) and one child in a travel cot? This will reduce the amount of available floorspace so I would say that floorspace will be more important than a window! Obviously the more people you have in a cabin the more crowded it feels (ours are now 8 & 12) but plenty of people do it!
  11. I'm not sure whether you are asking a question about cruise lines in general or about P&O in particular but anyway here are my thoughts. Quite often there is a low fixed price for infants (i.e. those under 2) but I'm sure I read somewhere that this is not true for all lines. If a child is the second person in the cabin then I would expect no reduction in the adult fare. The reductions kick in when the child is the 3rd or 4th passenger in the cabin. Different lines vary on how they price children in this situation; it can be a fixed price (sometimes quite a low fixed price) or
  12. I have to say that I've always found Olympia to be a great place to visit! The museum is also very good. It's very easy to visit without an excursion as there are tourist offices in Katakolon although I can't quite remember the cost. My 'top tip" is to buy your tickets at the museum if there are long queues to purchase tickets at the site.
  13. A good point and how nasty for you. I would expect to be able to get hot water though.
  14. I an curious about the tax and residency implications of "living" on a cruise ship. Also what would you do during the dry dock period . . . . . go on holiday I guess! Sounds good to spend extended periods at sea.
  15. For example a number of cruises appear to be visiting Crete in the summer . . . http://www.cruisetimetables.com/cruises-to-chania-crete.html
  16. It may be that by considering other cruise lines that you might be able to find ports that are new to you.
  17. I haven't cruised with Cunard but this wouldn't offend me although it's not something I'd particularly want either. I've mentioned before that my first cruise was with P&O and that on embarkation the steward asked what time you would like your morning tea and coffee. I thought that this was a nice touch and was a bit disappointed when it was subsequently replaced by a kettle! These days last thing at night we always order tea and coffee from the breakfast menu which recreates our initial experience.
  18. I can't help with your question but if you search online you will find (i) independent companies offering this for about £34 per adult and (ii) that you can book independent car transfers if you would prefer that. We looked into this last year when we were in Civitavecchia on a Sunday.
  19. Port Mahon was my very first port on my very first cruise, and I visited St Florent later in that cruise. Last summer we visited Calvi. If there are ports that you want to visit then you can look at the schedules for those ports and see which ships are due to visit.
  20. We tend to book any holiday when we're ready to book. That tends to mean later than ideal (typically 3 months out for a cruise) but that's got more to do with competing demands rather than trying to optimise prices. However we were very lucky last summer and managed to get the cabin we wanted!
  21. I can't help you but I think you may find that short-term parking is expensive compared to long term parking.
  22. Lovely photos. It just goes to show that there are still smaller vessels out there! Glad you had a good time.
  23. This surely is a storm in a martini glass. As I understand it passengers can arrive when they like and drop off their luggage; it's just that they may not be able to board the ship until their allocated time. This does not seem dissimilar to the arrangements at airports to me. On a practical note there seems to be simple solutions to the perceived difficulties. You can simply drop off your luggage and then return to Southampton for some last minute shopping or a some refreshments. If you are staying overnight in Southampton then most hotels will allow you to leave luggage with them.
  24. We were there in the summer, but we simply took a taxi to the beach for the day. Solent Richard made some suggestions in this previous thread http://www.bolsovercruiseclub.com/forum/topic/803-unexpectedly-great-ports/?hl=palermo#entry5982
  25. I suppose the obvious answer to the question is to be more careful next time. But seriously I think it is quite difficult to miss a cruise ship as I don't think cruise lines are that keen on leaving passengers behind; I have seem officers and crew scouring local shops for missing passengers. Also these days with modern cruise cards ships know exactly which passenger they are missing, and whether it is a whole group or part of a group. If I was ever in danger of returning late then I would contact the agent as soon as possible. If passengers are delayed due to some transport problems
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