Goodbye Credit card charges.

It is the moment you have all been waiting for. As of the 13th of January 2018 there will be no more credit card charges when booking your holidays saving some customers hundreds of pounds while giving you that extra protection of paying on a credit card. As well as this people who get rewards for paying on a credit card will now not get these rewards. Until now, fees for paying with plastic – most commonly a credit card – have been routinely levied on everything from low-cost flights and tax bills to cinema tickets and takeaway meals. Many small shops and businesses also imposed a fee. Sometimes it was an extra charge of perhaps 1% or 2%, while in other cases it was a flat fee, which could add as much as 15% to 20% on to the bill. But the ban taking effect from Saturday ends all that, and means you can’t be penalised for choosing to pay by card, whether it’s online or in store.  Since this ban has come into affect some cruise companies as well as other companies are finding different ways to get round this but either hiking up the price or adding on an handling fee instead. It sounds to me it is the same thing just different wording. Some people will actually be worse off. Some of you may ask why there needs to be a fee at all??  ” When you choose to pay via credit or debit card, either in a shop or online, the retailer has to pass a percentage of your money on to the company which organises the payment – usually either Mastercard or Visa.Some of that money is then forwarded to your bank via an ‘interchange fee’, which the bank uses to fund the cost of issuing your card and managing your electronic payments, and to the processor who owns the technology platform used to transfer the money.”At the moment at cruse,co,uk we have neither increased the cost or have we added on a handling fee which makes now a great time to start looking at your next cruise. We will monitor the situation over the next few months however at present we have no plans to make any changes.

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Is January the best time to book a cruise???

So Christmas and new year is over for another year. I hope you all had a good one. I am back to work after having a whole day off. What I want to discuss is whether or not now is the right time to start booking your next trip away.

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My Mums first cruise experience

Last week My mum did something she said she would never do. She stepped foot on board a cruise ship. Since I was born 34 years ago we have only ever been on one holiday abroad with the family. This was nearly 30 years ago now. We went on a short flight to Ibiza and Mum vowed to never do it ever again. The problem with my Mum is that she doesn’t like to be restricted and she wants to know she can get off if needs be. This is why flying is not ideal for her. I mean you cant exactly get off while in mid air. This is why I thought a cruise would be ideal for her. I know what your thinking here you cant get off a cruise either unless you fancy a swim. (She is a very good swimmer as it happens). However You have got the freedom to get fresh air if you want it or an option to lie down if you are feeling a bit queasy. Everything about cruising is perfect for my Mum. Delicious food. Tick. Fancy Chandeliers. Tick. West end style shows. Tick.

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Black Friday. Was it really worth waiting for???

After a year of waiting for this day it is finally all over. Black Friday was billed as one of the busiest days of the year not just for cruise but for shops in general.

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The end of P&O party cruises?!

Are you getting married soon? Thinking of a stag or hen weekend? Well what better way the spend your last few weeks of freedom then on board one of P&O mini cruises. A two night cruises for under £200. This includes all your food and entertainment with the clubs open all hours and drinks very reasonable. I know from getting married and being a best man within the last few years, that stag doos are not cheap. With everything taken care of onboard this mini cruise it seems like a really good option. However things are about to change P&O cruises has imposed a new code of conduct for passengers that prohibits offensive clothing and places restrictions on the amount of alcohol brought onboard. The new regulations also include a ban on custom group clothing with personal photos or slogans, as well as clothing with offensive messages and fancy dress outside of designated theme nights, which might include 60s, 70s, tropical, Western or black and white. P&O did not provide an official reason for the changes, but the line stressed that it isn’t trying to detract from cruisers’ ability to have a good time. For me personally I don’t see the harm with Fancy dress and people there to have a party it all makes for a better atmosphere. I agree there should be a limit to the amount of alcohol that you take onboard however I don’t think they should restrict this to one bottle. Maybe this is a way of P&O trying to make more money at the bar.

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Independence vs Ventura. The Verdict is in!!!!!

  

Over the last 2 month I have been lucky enough to go on the Ventura and the Independence of the seas. The Ventura was in September and the Independence in October. They both did a similar itinerary and I wanted to give you a quick summary of both and my verdict of which one came out on top.

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Mini Cruise on Ventura part 2

Hi All, For those of you that read my blog post a couple of weeks ago will know that I was just about to embark on a 2 day mini cruise on the Ventura. For those of you that didn’t read the post go back and read it. It was a pre cruise analysis of Ventura. Now I am back I want to give you my thoughts of the ship. This will be a great insight for people that have been with P&O before and want to know whats changed. It will also be great for anybody that has never been with P&O and want an unbiased view of the ship before taking the plunge. Here Goes…………………………………….

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Mini cruise on Ventura.

So today is the day I go on my mini cruise to Bruges on Ventura. Instead of packing my case here I am writing this blog for you guys to read. I have 2 hours before I leave so plenty of time for some blogging. Some of you may already know but for those of you that don’t know I only live 10 minutes from the dock so it is all pretty easy for me. I love the fact that in 3 hours from now I will probably be in the hot tub on board Ventura or stuffing my face with the all you can eat food on board. I did this same mini cruise with my wife last year and loved it. It is a great little break away and it was under £200. Considering you get all your food, a show both nights use of the spa facilities and much more I would recommend it to everybody. This year I am going with my wife, My best friend and his wife. They have never been with Ventura before. I will have to try my best to get out of travel agent mode and let them enjoy the ship for what it is. This time tomorrow I will be in Bruges. I checked the weather and unlike Southampton it shows 18 degrees. Considering down south it has been miserable for the last 2 months I am really looking forward to a bit of sunshine. Weird that you can travel overnight to a different country and the weather is completely different considering it is so close. Some People when they do Mini cruise will stay on the ship and enjoy they facilities. I however love Bruges, with the cobbled streets and unlimited amount of chocolate shops, it is a lovely city to visit. Anyway it is now 11.30 and I better start packing as the sooner i’m packed the sooner my holiday begins. I will be blogging again when I get back to let you all know if I enjoyed it as much as first ti,me round. If you have any questions for me be sure to contact me via Facebook. Ciao for now.

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The worlds best cruise line has been announced… It just may shock you.

Now in its 7th year the cruise International awards has just taken place. This awards ceremony is quite special as it is voted for the people that matter the most. The Holiday maker. Cruise international is the Uk’s highest selling magazine dedicated to cruise holidays.

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If you thought the Bay of Biscay was rocky you wouldn’t want to do this cruise…..

Many customers that I speak to say they have never had a bad experience with seasickness on a cruise. The ships are so big they say and they have stabilizers so its like going through a mill pond. I have however had a few customers saying that going through the Bay of biscay you can feel the motion and do feel slight sea sick so may be worth upgrading to a midship cabin. Well mid ship or not I don’t think anything would have protected you from what 2550 customers went though last week on Carnival spirit. The ship was travelling near new south wales when the storm hit. There were reports of 40 feet waves forget little rock most of the guests onboard thought the ship was going to roll over. Many passengers related the terrifying journey that left plates smashed throughout the dining halls and people vomiting. It was lucky nobody was hurt.

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