Gray - Answered a Question by Gray (29 Oct 08 19:14)

So sorry, 'Macro', to have unwittingly caused you offence. We have just returned from extended travel overseas and this has been the first opportunity we have had to respond to your excellent advice. We take note of your suggestions concerning the use overseas of credit cards: being seasoned travellers, this has not represented an area of problem/concern for us. Nonetheless, your advice is both timely and relevant. We are determined to enjoy our experience to the utmost. And thank you, Neil, for your useful comments. We have learned (from experience) that it is always better to ask for changes to table seating, rather than to suffer in silence. Many of our cruises have been with American lines, where we have asked to be seated on tables for ten; most of our dinner companions have, therefore, hailed from the United States and have proved to be most pleasant dining company. Thanks, again, to you both for your valuable comments. Please keep up the good work! In appreciation, the Grays .

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macro - Answered a Question by Gray (19 Sep 08 14:51)

Pack carefully as there is not a huge amount of space in the cabin unless you are in a suite! I dont know where you are going but if you need clothes for 2 seasons keep one season in a suitcase and ask the ship to store it for you. You can then retrieve it when you need those clothes and replace with the old. All helps to keep down the amount in the cabin! Take another empty suitcase for all you buy on the way and get them to store that as well. If you do not have a Nationwide credit and debit card - get one. Not only will it save you a lot of money as you dont pay fees abroud wordwide but it also protects your MAIN accounts from any possible fraud/mis use. Arrange to be able to transfer funds from your main account into your Nationwide account over the phone (or by the internet) while you are abroad (or by fax - some banks need a fax indemnity before they will accept instructions by fax)Then you can top up your accounts and keep an eye on them for any unusual transactions. In the unhappy event that that may happen you can cancel those cards and use your main account cards. Never give your debit card to anyone ALWAYS take it to the machine in restaurants/shops yourself and watch it the whole time to ensure no one clones it. Finally, get emergancy 'fraud' and 'debit card blocked' numbers from your bank and make sure that someone you trust at home has third party on your account so that they can send emergency money to you if you lose all your cards or have them stolen. Copy all your documents including insurance and keep one set on the ship and the others with two other people back home. That said. You lucky thing , have a wonderful time.

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Neil and Ida Down - replied to macro (19 Sep 08 16:14)

Wise words from Macro.... An alternative for the Nationwide credit card is to set up a direct debit so that you don't need to worry about over-running on the pay by date, but also arrange an www account so that you can view either your Nationwide or the "Donor" account on the net from time to time. I've done 2 sections of a world cruise and enjoyed my table companions immensely but if you are not compatible move to another table by saying that "some friends have asked you to join them" that way it doesn't create a hiatus and everyone stays friendly. Oh! And strongly turn down any request for you to join in Zimmer-frame cricket, they don’t play fair ... Neil.

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Macro - replied to Neil and Ida Down (26 Sep 08 04:02)

Thanks. Glad you concur. I also concur with your question? re 'Thanks' that you have posted. I spent a long time 'imparting my wisedom' for the sake of a seemingly ungrateful 'Gray of St Helens'. I know that they are mailed when a response has been received, so it is all the more galling that they then read it and cannot be bothered to fill in the (damn) form to say thanks. Or is it the great north/south divide?

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