Drinks Packages included or are they?

Drinks packages on cruise lines this is a big discussion topic.  Many cruise lines are now advertising ‘All Inclusive’ or ‘Includes drinks package’. But what was the price of the same sailing when they weren’t offering any packages?

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I am back from Downunder

Well what a few months I have had.  As you probably know I have returned from helping set up our office in Port side Wharf in Brisbane.  The unit is a small travel agency shop which has a couple of sales guys working there however we have seven home workers now as the cruise business in Australia is booming.

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I am off to Australia!

Don’t worry I am only there for 3 months.  I will return end of January.

Cruise.co.uk are broadening our horizons and we have taken over an establishment in the port of Brisbane.  I will be helping with the transition and sales of course with Australian cruisers.

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A day in the life of a shoppie – Deck Sales

If you go on a sailing, generally there is one port of call or area of you cruise which the cruise itinerary is named after.  For instance if you go to the Baltic then St. Petersburg is the port of call and a Panama Canal sailing then the canal is a main point of interest.

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A day in the life of a shoppie – Turn around day

Shoppie is the phrase crew use on board for people who work in the duty free shops.

At the home port whether it be Southampton, Dover, Barcelona, Rome, Miami or Venice do you wonder why you cannot board the ship until about midday?  Well once the ship is clear and the passengers have dis embarked, the ships turns into a mad house.  All the rubbish from the previous cruise has to be off loaded and replenished with new food stuff’s, drinks and even spare parts for the engine room. Well this is the same with the shops dept.

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My Itinerary has changed!

This has happened quite a bit recently.  What you have to remember is that cruise itineraries are planned a year and a half in advance.  Quite often if you look in a brochure, the itineraries have already changed.  However over the past few weeks Itineraries have changed once people are on board!

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Don’t forget your bath robe!

I have just had a client come back off a P&O sailing, a little disgruntled as the balcony cabin she was in did not have a bath robe in!

This is a new think with P&O now and depending on what stateroom you have also depends on whether you get a robe or not! So here is  a breakdown of the ships where robes are or are not provided.

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Upgrades…do I or don’t I?

Many clients tell me that no matter how many cruises they have done they have never had an upgrade.  Now I can’t answer that one as the mystery of an upgrade from a cruise line is like,  is the yeti real!

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If you misbehave you will get kicked off!

I have said quite a few times that when I do welcome home calls to my clients to see how their cruise went I do tend too get great positive feedback, however on occasions there is some negative too.  Here is a little negative feedback but I must stress it is nothing about the cruise line.

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Jet Set Celebrity

Celebrity Cruises have just launched sailings for 2016 with a private jet from Stansted, so now you can fly in style to your cruise holiday. Passengers will get parking at London Stansted terminal, access to their luxury lounge, 31″ seat pitch, 25 kilos of luggage, complimentary hot breakfast and lunch on the plane and all your normal overseas transfers.

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