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Here we go again I love CELEBRITY but how can Silhouette 12 DAY cruise cost from £760 Caribbean its a bloody joke dont give me any comments about competition rip the Brits springs to mind.Got to get it off my chest.Every year this happens.
Submitted by - , PLYMOUTH - United Kingdom / Subject - Celebrity Cruises caribbean Cruise Fares
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Comment by , LARNE (16 Sep 11 16:08) about a QUESTION by BOBBY S (15 Sep 11 17:08)
Agree with you Bobby. Narks me too! What also makes me mad is that I can't book early from NI or Dublin because flights have not been released until 10 months before sail date. That means I can't get such a good deal on an early booking in case I cannot get the flights to correspond! All other airports, e.g. Glasgow, Edinburgh and English ones are listed on the site but not from here. Mad!
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Comment by , Aughrim (02 Oct 11 16:24) about a COMMENT by C (16 Sep 11 16:08)
Many times we have booked fly/cruise with UK agent to fly from Heathrow to Caribbean. This usually meant having to fly from Dublin day before and over-nighting in Heathrow unless it was a later departure from Heathrow when we would book the first flight out of Dublin. However, this could be a bit nerveracking in inclement weather (ie fog) where the flight could be delayed. We do not have to do this anymore as most of the Irish agents are offering very competitive fly/cruises from Dublin. On a recent flight from Dublin to Rome for Silohouette cruise, the majority of cruise passengers were from NI, apparently better connection from Dublin. Book the cruise early and then flights when they become available as per Wilba and Bradbury. Re US and UK prices on board, P & O are way below US for drinks on board and for bottles of liquor bought from cabin service for delivery and consumption in your cabin. No restrictions here.
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Comment by , . (16 Sep 11 18:29) about a COMMENT by C (16 Sep 11 16:08)
Why not book your own flights from an airport of YOUR choice which can be done months after the cruise booking. Aer Lingus offer a great service to the US where you can change planes for you final destination if necessary.........Wilba
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Comment by , Coventry (16 Sep 11 17:37) about a COMMENT by C (16 Sep 11 16:08)
There is nothing stopping you from booking and adding the flights later, either DIY Flights or adding the flights on with Celebrity at a later date. We have often taken a gamble and booked a cruise as soon as it hits the screen even before brochure launch and not booked the flights until months after when the flights come out.
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Comment by , Newcastle-upon-Tyne (16 Sep 11 13:15) about a QUESTION by BOBBY S (15 Sep 11 17:08)
Hi I appear to be in a minority with you, I too thinkthat UK cruisers get a raw deal. Before of most cruise lines were acquired by Carnival, UK cruises were priced higher than those based in the USA but the onboard expenses were lower (drinks, tips were significantly lower) making the "total" cost of the cruise package similar. However, Carnival and RCI have kept the high cruise fares but have raised the onboard expenses (eg Cunard) whereas P&O have kept lower onboard prices. I can't see any change in the pricing policy, cruising is rising in popularity in the UK so why should the cruise lines alter their pricing structure.
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Comment by , . (15 Sep 11 17:39) about a QUESTION by BOBBY S (15 Sep 11 17:08)
There is not a lot of difference when you look at the nitty gritty. Also have you ever bought meat in the USA? The quality is far superior, but it is about half the price we pay here. Lots of other commodities are so much cheaper out there, so really you can't blame Celebrity, everything they have to bring on board when it is in Europe is so much more expensive, even the transport costs are double.
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Comment by , Ayr (17 Sep 11 14:37) about a COMMENT by PG of A (15 Sep 11 17:39)
I know from ships' officiers that most produce is shipped from the states and not bought in europe.
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Comment by , . (18 Sep 11 01:04) about a COMMENT by Martin (17 Sep 11 14:37)
all their beef certainly is, just think how much that costs in transportation.
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Comment by , PLYMOUTH (15 Sep 11 17:31) about a QUESTION by BOBBY S (15 Sep 11 17:08)
Yes Wilba but did you see her at this price in the med NO NO NO NO .
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Comment by , FALKIRK (16 Sep 11 07:23) about a COMMENT by BOBBY S (15 Sep 11 17:31)
going on tues 27th sept sillouette from rome to holy land ,greece, cyprus etc. 13 nights balcony 2a cabin. paid £699 cruise.co
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