Carnival Cruise lines are the next to announce a rise in gratuities charges

Carnival Cruise lines have just announced that they will be increasing their on-board gratuities charge from $12 to $12.95 a person for passengers staying in a standard stateroom.

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Oceania Cruises listen to feedback and announce fleetwide entertainment upgrade

I am a big fan of Oceania Cruises, the 5 star plus American style luxury cruise company. I think that they offer great value for money and sit nicely in-between regular cruise company’s and the 6 star ultra-luxury brands.

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P&O Oceana fails a recent hygiene inspection

Twice a year there are inspections of ships by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

On the 1st March this year the P&O was inspected and unfortunately failed the checks as it scored 82 out of 100.

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It’s time for the P&O 2017 Launch !

It’s that time of year again, P&O cruise launches are always the most frantic and memorable that I can remember.

The embargo on information was lifted at 8am this morning and people are pre-registering already to get the best launch deals and cabins.

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Royal Caribbean introduce a “Head Start Saving” Promotion

Cruisers who book a long way in advance can sometimes worry about missing out if a better deal comes along on their cruise further down the line, it seems that Royal Caribbean have come up with a way of counter acting this with the launch of the 2017 cruises.

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Royal Caribbean announce no price cuts within 30 days of cruising

Royal Caribbean’s chairman and CEO Richard Fain has announced that their three brands, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises will no longer have prices discounted within 30 days of sailing.

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Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean change to tips policy

Passengers of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises will no doubt be rejoicing at the change of tipping policy.

It has now been confirmed that passengers will not have to pre-pay their gratuities if they wish to take the flexible dining option.

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Surprised to read that a baby has just been born on the QM2

I just stumbled across an article from the New York Post reporting that a baby boy was recently born on-board. I was quite surprised to hear this had happened due to Cunard’s rules on pregnancy and some of the quotes written in the article.

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Fred Olsen Braemar comes to the rescue

The Fred Olsen Braemar will have made the Christmases of two Polish passengers and two crew of a small sailing yacht on the 27th December 2015 as she came to their aid whilst being stranded in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

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A Massive thanks to Fred Olsen after our conference on Balmoral

Last week we had our 2015 annual conference. This was held on a 3 night cruise on the Fred Olsen Balmoral which included an overnight stop in Bruges.

The conference was great in so many aspects, catching up with other members of staff, lots of interesting and entertaining presentations from cruise lines and company management including a very inspirational guest speaker and the experience of the cruise itself.

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