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Taylor - Answered a Question by Dandridge (02 Jan 09 11:50)

I flew with Monarch to the USA for a Fred Olsen cruise, and frankly I would never ever go with this airline again. The Airbus 330 used was not only totally unsuitable for long haul, I would have been very uncomfortable on short haul, owing to the very narrow and cramped seats on this aircraft. Cattle would have been treated better!

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Dandridge - replied to Taylor (03 Jan 09 11:57)

Thomas Cook customer services rang today and advised me that there are no premium seats left on our Monarch flight but I could change to a Thomas Cook flight - reviews just as bad - for £100. I declined, will have to grin and bear it. Until check-in you cannot upgrade or book seats together if travelling with others. Baggage allowance 20 kgs, hand luggage 5 kgs. Thomson Cruises are now advertising Island Star on their cruise programme, one has to hope it will have its long overdue refit before they take any bookings. Thanks to everyone for their responses.

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Skitt - replied to Dandridge (03 Jan 09 22:45)

Hi, I think you mean Island Escape as the Star is going to the Spanish cruise line Pulmantur in April.

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Dandridge - replied to Skitt (04 Jan 09 10:06)

Yes, it is the Escape. Thanks for your comments re Thomson flight.

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Bran - replied to Dandridge (11 Mar 09 19:08)

Its the Star that is going to do the spanish runs.Part of the royal carbbean cruises.

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Skitt - replied to Dandridge (03 Jan 09 22:52)

Forgot to mention, we flew Thomas Cook Premium as we know what the economy seats are like and had no complaints as the seats were good - plenty of room, especially useful on the night flight home. Also couldn't complain about the free bar although didn't go mad with that! Premium was expensive but well worth it.

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Wullie Lambie - Answered a Question by Dandridge (02 Jan 09 12:41)

Probably not thave the best place to discuss flights but Island cruises use Monarch to get you to their ship. I have been tracking these flights to and from Glasgow from the 4th of December and they have got worse, the latest (01/01/09) being the worst of them all. The flight out to Barbados arrived a 1/2hr early but was 2hrs late in taking off and was due to arrive in Glasgow at 7am (scheduled arrival was 04:50). It was then diverted to Gatwick where it arrived at 9:15 with a departure time of 10:30 but did not take off until 12:20, making arrival time in Glasgow at 13:30, almost 9 hrs after they should have landed. Perhaps tomorrow you may get a few disgruntled fellow countrymen replying to your question. PS I'm on the same cruiseas you flying with same airline, boarding at Glasgow,hopefully they will have sorted it out by then. Wullie.

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walker - replied to Wullie Lambie (03 Jan 09 14:25)

I was on fight mon358 Glasgow/Gatwick.On arrival at Barbados airport everything was on time, then we found out other cruise ships were flying home that morning. The small understaffed airport could not handle this. After a two hour delay we took off..Just over an hour from Glasgow {05.50} a passenger took ill, and we were diverted to Shannon airport. After the passenger was given medical help, then taken off flight we were then told because of the delays, the crews flight hours ,we had to fly straight to Gatwick. To be fair Monarch ,did not do much wrong on this flight . The outward journey is another story. John W Glasgow.

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Dandridge - replied to walker (08 Jan 09 12:50)

We are flying Gatwick via Glasgow later this month with Monarch. I have been advised we will get 2 meals, one hot, one snack on the flight, I queried this as it is rather a long flight. Can hot meals be bought on the flight? What aircraft did you fly on? Thanks.

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