Ingle - Answered a Question by Ida & Neil Down (17 Sep 07 10:24)

If you don't like the 15%, travel with P&O, where the price you see is what you pay. No add ons and the dinks prices are cheaper than some cruise lines who add 15%. they also tell you that commision for the waiters is already included in the price and no tips to the wine/bar waiters are necessar.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Ida & Neil Down - Answered a Question by Ida & Neil Down (17 Sep 07 14:27)

This might be the case but I do not believe that P&O give value for money. Their standards have dropped so much since the "Merger" that we refuse to use them any more. There are far better standards out there from other cruise lines at equal or better prices.....Neil Dow.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
carberry - Answered a Question by Ida & Neil Down (17 Sep 07 23:14)

Well you could say it's being fair one rate for all the more your bill adds up to the more service charge you pay.and i think tipping/service charges are a good thing who cares if the waiter,bar man,cabin steward e.t.c bend over backwards and jumps to your requests just because they will get a little something extra for doing so if it makes them happy to make you happy everyones happy.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
RENNIE - Answered a Question by Ida & Neil Down (22 Sep 07 00:52)

To my mind all compulsory tipping is wrong! totally wrong! A "tip" implies it is over and above the standard price and payable at the discretion of the customer for a better than standard service. It is used by the cruise liners to disguise the basic price of the cruise and offloads the resposibility to the customer to make up any shortfall in providing fair wages to their hard working employees.(via a guilt trip trap!) Take a tip from me, write a complaint to your cruise provider and insist on the correct useage of "tipping". It should not be a standing charge.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Hudd - Answered a Question by Ida & Neil Down (24 Sep 07 08:12)

Disagree. The whole point of tipping is to reward better than standard good service to those who make the effort.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Opas - Answered a Question by Ida & Neil Down (25 Sep 07 11:07)

I think that charging 15% is totally outrageous. The answer is not to drink their wine. Lack of sales will soon make them reconsider.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
George Davison's blog

Lets talk about these Virgin ladies

By George Davison

This is the piece of steel we cut tonight! #makeshiphappen ?A post shared by Virgin Voyages (@virginvoyages) on Mar 22, 2017 at 12:58pm PDTSo the news in the cruise world this week is that the newly announced Virgin Cruises, or Virgin Voyages today held their first ever steel cutting ceremony for their as yet unnamed first cruise ship being built in Genoa.I saw last year that Richard Branson announced he and his company will be moving into the world of cruising, with their first ship arrivin...

Read More

Mar 22 2017 08:25:57:000PM


Caribbean Cruise? MSC Seaside,...

By Holly Crabtree

Holly Crabtree's blog

So I am in a dilemma!? I am looking to book a Caribbean Cruise for myself for December 2018 and I am undecided on MSC Seaside, Symphony of the Seas or Celebrity Edge. A nice dilemma to be in some would say These 3 ships are all new for 2018 All three companies delight in offering the latest in technology and all offering a first for cruising. Which one would you choose?Here are the stats for all three :-MSC SEASIDEHere are the statisticsGross tonnage 160,000Number of passengers 5179Crew memb...

Read More

Mar 21 2017 11:05:45:000AM

If you go down to the Docks to...

By Kathryn Dempsey

Kathryn Dempsey's blog

Well yesterday, you would of seen Saga Pearl II, a Yacht like Ship, holding 449 passengers, boasting seven passenger decks, 3 bars and 2 pools!Liverpool Cruise Liner Terminal is set to celebrate its tenth anniversary with a bumper year, which got underway at the weekend.The City’s Terminal opened for business in 2007 and over the past decade has firmly re-established Liverpool as a major player on the global maritime stage. Already a major name thanks to the long association with the ce...

Read More

Mar 20 2017 11:13:39:000AM