sue - Answered a Question by mcguire (21 Jan 09 19:22)

Yep, I think you're right, cruises on the island escape look a bit more pricey on the Thomsons website compared to those advertised last year by Island, but, these are brochure prices, generally you can get better deals if you track deals on teletext or web based travel agents, also, most cruises aimed at the UK market are priced significantly higher during the school holidays especially so at Christmas, its cheapest to go out of season typically the med in november or the Caribbean in march.

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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by mcguire (21 Jan 09 14:53)

Hi Jim, you might well be right but in the main we are talking about commercialism and if the market will stand a higher price then that's what they will do. The price will drop if they cannot fill the ships. I realise that there is a current recession and that it is affecting a large number of people and things but I have just come off a ship that had no spare cabins and spoke to passengers from two other cruise ships both of which were full. So hang in and don't be in a hurry to book and maybe you'll get really good prices but it may not apply to very popular itineraries. Regards .... Neil.

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mcguire - replied to Neil & Ida Down (21 Jan 09 15:31)

Hiya thanks for your reply neil and ida happy newyear i thought yous lucky 2 were on cruise never herd from yous for wee while .

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davies - replied to mcguire (22 Jan 09 19:12)

Went on the Celebration for Christmas Brilliant. It was so good just booked for next Christmas, 6 of us -can't wait last year we went on the Sea Princess -Ocean Village -and the Celebration. Thomson Celebration definatly the best,.

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mcguire - replied to davies (22 Jan 09 20:34)

Hiya thanks for info sounds like it would be good ship to go on thank you .

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King - replied to Neil & Ida Down (22 Jan 09 22:03)

Which ship was that Neil? you never actually tell people when or where you are cruising or what ship you've been on and you receive welcome back messages each time you've been away. Just curious.

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Neil & Ida Down - replied to King (23 Jan 09 14:09)

Sorry.... see reviews for Azamara Journey, Panama and Explorer of the Seas, last August, Canada Hope you are now not so curious... Neil.

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Kennedy - Answered a Question by mcguire (21 Jan 09 22:00)

I don't think that Thomsons are that much more expensive than Island Cruises. Having been on both Island ships and all Thomson ships (as well as many others) Thomsons provide a great value basic cruise and one gets (generally) a marginally better type of cruiser on Thomson. The entertainment is significantly better and the range of port excursions is wider. The ships also provide much better food - both in quality and range and the staff seem to be better trained. You get what you pay for. Island cruises were basic with a capital B. Thomson are a budget cruise line but a class ahead of Island.

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Bruce - Answered a Question by mcguire (23 Jan 09 21:28)

Hello Mr McGuire I know you are a great Island Cruises fan but I wondered if you had ever considered any other cruise lines. I have just booked a January 2010 cruise with Royal Caribbean flying from Aberdeen with an aft balcony cabin (which are supposed to be quite nice) for £1390. There were cheaper cabins available and I'm sure the flights include meals. We also got $200 onboard spend. I also seem to remember reading that you are not a keen flyer - transatlantic flight are not so bad - a few films, some snacks, a couple of meals, 'a few' drinks and you're there!!! Winter cruises in the Caribbean are great but Christmas/ New Year can be very expensive. Hope you manage to get something sorted.

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mcguire - replied to Bruce (24 Jan 09 09:37)

Hiya thanks for info yes we are thinking of trying other cruise line would not fly any longer than couple hours though thats my wife not me takes her to fly from edinburgh to palma .so will have to be drive for me to southampton stay over night somwhere then on to southampton im afraid .will have look about have to get somthing booked soon.thank you any way.

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