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  • Cooper, Southampton - Commented on this review

    Firstly the headline cost of a cruise is all-important to the operators. They want to offer the lowest possible price to attract passengers and that is one of the reasons why tips are imposed and many crew members are not paid a decent wage. The need to offer a low headline price is also the reason why alcohol, photographs, excursions, spa treatments and anything else the operators can think of are so expensive. As for prices rising, most of the cruise operators are US-based. You are probably aware that since the EU referendum the value of sterling has fallen considerably against the US dollar and the euro. The cruise company chiefs are paid to deliver profits for their shareholders, so if the company's income has been reduced by 20% as a result of the UK's vote they have two possible choices: increase the prices and/or reduce costs still further (many have written in their reviews in recent times about cost-cutting but there is a limit to that).

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    • Aylett, York Commented on a comment by Cooper (26 Feb 17 15:22)

      Sadly it's an American trait to tip anything that moves and for some reason they get a kick from tipping way over the top. On our last Celebrity cruise service in the bar was non-existent and we had to queue to get our own drinks at the counter. They not only added the automatic 18% 'service charge' but pointed out that there was space to add a further gratuity if we wanted!

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      • Roberts, Cardiff Commented on a comment by Aylett (24 Apr 17 12:52)

        I agree. I would also add that Celebrity are very rigid in their policies. We splashed out on Concierge Class on our Celebrity Millenium Cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong in February and were dismayed to find that each afternoon, our "concierge" (cabin steward) brought us a tray of canapes, which we did not want. (We prefer not to eat between meals ) and asked instead if we could have either ONE bottle of water a day per cabin, OR strawberries dipped in chocolate just ONCE as a treat during the 15 day cruise. He looked horrified and said NO definitely not, it was canapes or nothing!! (We may go back to Princess who have a "can do" philosophy!! But, sadly, the itinerary is the most important to us, not the cruise line.

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  • Allen, Gloucester - Commented on this review

    With policy's like not being able to take any liquids on board increased charges for water etc is making cruising a joke. It seems cruise lines think once you checked in your credit card they can take as much as they like. We are reluctant to cruise it is becoming difficult to budget I am finding many people think the same as me.

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    • Farmer, worcester Commented on a comment by Allen (26 Feb 17 16:17)

      CRUISE Lines will continue to make as much profit out of their passengers as they can. All the profits they make go back to mainly their American owners. Yes there are other owners but as I say the majority are American. The only way to stop excessive profiteering is not to cruise especially as standards have dropped considerably over the years. There are many places in Great Britain with top hotels offering excellent food and service at a fraction of the cost. At these establishments they generally do not have compulsory tipping.

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  • Pinchin, Yarm - Commented on this review

    We never remove the gratuties but will be on our next cruise as we are taking the grandchildren and I do not agree with the gratuities for the young ones.

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    • IVATT, Sudbury Commented on a comment by Pinchin (27 Feb 17 15:42)

      Thanks for the tip I am also taking grand child. Disgusting charge on kids.

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    • Hadfield, Truro Commented on a comment by Pinchin (23 Apr 17 17:38)

      I agree with you whole heartedly, we did a Disney cruise last year with all of our family, my eldest son was expected to pay 4 lots of gratuities as the children shared their cabin! The cost was $12 per person per night! So $48 per night was added to their stateroom account until he had them removed, that's an awful lot of extra cost that most people wouldn't budget for. I advise everyone to remove their gratuities and pay what you consider to be a fare amount at the end of the cruise, after all you wouldn't tip restaurant staff before you eat would you?.

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    • Hadfield, Truro Commented on a comment by Pinchin (23 Apr 17 17:40)

      I agree with you whole heartedly, we did a Disney cruise last year with all of our family, my eldest son was expected to pay 4 lots of gratuities as the children shared their cabin! The cost was $12 per person per night! So $48 per night was added to their stateroom account until he had them removed, that's an awful lot of extra cost that most people wouldn't budget for. I advise everyone to remove their gratuities and pay what you consider to be a fare amount at the end of the cruise, after all you wouldn't tip restaurant staff before you eat would you?.

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  • George, Gateshead - Commented on this review

    Hi! Carole, with you 100% if you go into the forum page on this site there is a good discussion going on a the moment about this topic. I replied to a comment a few days ago when someone said if you cannot afford the grats. you cannot afford a cruise, like a lot of things in the world today some people paying grats. is no problem but other people on low income may have to save for a long time to go on a cruise/holiday and an extra £200 "about" may stop them for having a holiday remembering they have paid a lot for the cruise in the first place. So I was not very happy with this person,s reply if your poor we don't want you on a cruise was the way it sounded.

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