hill - Answered a Question by janda (14 Jul 08 19:44)

Cruised on the Norwegian Jade in June and you can opt out although they don`t advertise it, you have to notify the reception on your last cruise day.

- Was this comment useful or 1 of 1 found this useful
Aldrich - Answered a Question by janda (13 Jul 08 19:19)

As it says on NCLs website: A fixed service charge of U.S. $10 per person, per day (U.S. $5 for children aged three to 12; no charge for children under three) will be added to your shipboard account to cover these tips. In addition, an automatic gratuity of 15% is added to all drink bills and 18% added for all spa and salon bills. You may, if you wish to reward a particular individual, add an additional tip to these bills; however, there is no obligation to do so. Yes, they are compulsary unless you can really really prove that you have not received the quality of service (which I doubt). And no, you do not have the choice of 'opting out' of paying the tips on RCI. I sincerely hope you did not leave that ship without paying the $9.75pp pd that is expected......

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Wilba - replied to Aldrich (14 Jul 08 10:25)

Sorry to correct you but RCI still have the 'opt in' system. You will receive a gratuity sheet part way through the cruise. There will be the the recommended amounts for cabin steward, table waits etc. with a 'tick box' for each & a further box to adjust up or down as you see fit. If you hand the sheet in to the desk your account will be charged accordingly or if you do nothing with the sheet, you tip in the traditional manner & no charges will be added to your account. As a Footnote. Regarding NCL 'Mandatory Service Charge', reading through the recent revues on the NCL Jade weekend jollies, it appears people have been 'reducing' the service charge in the same manner as they were able to, prior to their change of Terms & Conditions.

- Was this comment useful or 0 of 0 found this useful
Comment | Report
Gemma Coles's blog

Off to Rockley

By Gemma Coles

Well it is finally time for my holiday. I am off to Poole in Dorset tomorrow to stop at Rockley Park for 11 days. I am really looking forward to a break and spending some time with my husband. We have had a busy year so far and as I am heavily pregnant with our first baby due in August we haven’t been away at all yet this year. It has been so hot the last few days with the heatwave we had and now the weather is turning and the forecast isn’t great for our time away. I wouldn&...

Read More

Jun 22 2017 11:11:02:000AM


Travelling with a child with a...

By Lucy Jefcoate

Lucy Jefcoate's blog

In my many years in the travel industry, I have come across this on umpteen occasions and I still get passengers arguing against it, so lets put the record straight!Adults travelling with a child or children with a different surname will be (or at least should be) questioned by immigration officials as to what their relationship to the child is, and in many situations will have to provide proof or documentation to show that they are either the parent / legal Guardian of the child or have auth...

Read More

Jun 23 2017 04:28:39:000PM

No need to travel to Southampton!

By Rosie Taylor

Rosie Taylor's blog

 Sailing out of the UK is so popular! Some people cannot fly or just dont want to!Do you live in the North of the UK or even Scotland? I live about 10 miles from Manchester and recently took a cruise from Liverpool with Fred Olsen on the Boudicca.This summer the Boudicca will sail out of Liverpool right through to October! The range of destinations is fantastic!There is a British Isles cruise, 7 night Norwegian Fjords, a longer cruise over to Canada, you can travel south to France and th...

Read More

Jun 22 2017 07:16:42:000PM