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Have just returned from a FO cruise that had a 74 member bridge party on board.

As a bridge player this suited me fine, but I did not know beforehand that this party was on board.

To facilitate their evening game the entire party had to be on first sittings, so clearly there are a significant number of people who have had to be given the less popular second sitting to facilitate the bridge party.

I think that cruise lines should declare any on board contract that they have with a third party, that may affect the decisions of ordinary passengers.

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Yes Wheels I also think cruise lines should inform passengers at the time of booking if there are any block bookings onboard.

A number of years ago we took a Royal Caribbean Cruise onboard Navigator of the Seas , sailing out of Miami where there were a number of Harley Davison enthusiasts onboard together with their bikes .

At every port the Harley's engines could be heard revving up along the quayside !!!! Not my idea of a relaxing cruise ....we were totally unaware that passengers were allowed to take motor cycles on a cruise but perhaps they had been given special permission in the US because the block booking .

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I think in principle it is a good idea, but in reality a logistical nightmare!

 

I really don't think there is any way that the cruise lines could administer that in a fair way - it's no different to a hotel having a conference while you're there, there may be certain parts that you can't use but in general they don't preadvise of this.

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I think in principle it is a good idea, but in reality a logistical nightmare!

 

I really don't think there is any way that the cruise lines could administer that in a fair way - it's no different to a hotel having a conference while you're there, there may be certain parts that you can't use but in general they don't preadvise of this.

It's very different from a hotel conference, unless you know a hotel that has first and second sittings.
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I suppose it depends when they booked, if they booked early and 1st sitting was available at the time of booking then I don't think it is unreasonable, it is no different to 74 singles or 37 couples booking and requesting the same, if however it was a late booking which meant others who did book earlier wouldn't get their choice then that is wrong but I don't suppose any cruise line would divulge that information.

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I doubt if cruise lines will declare block bookings because it would affect their ability to sell other cabins. Many people (including me) would not book a cruise with a large number of bikers, or American Girl doll fans, to mention two I have heard of recently. I always do an online search for a cruise before booking. Often these groups are advertising the cruise or discussing it on a forum.

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I think cruise lines should declare large group bookings, if like the Ant & Dec cruise it is going to directly impact on their guests, like the closing of certain areas of the ship etc.

I would be pretty cheesed off if I was put back to second sitting to accommodate as in this case 74 bridge players, I think advance warning would give the option to choose another cruise.

HLM.

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