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  1. Yes, tips make a big part of crews’ wages... wine stewarts’ pay comes from a % of the bottles that they open... so wages will be greatly reduced.
  2. My thought also! I hope this is true but it will be very costly for the Cruise Lines to support all their crew plus fuel the ships, etc.... without any revenue.
  3. This is indeed an unprecedented situation. My heart goes out to all the wonderful staff who look after us and make our cruises so special. What happens to them now? Do they receive paid leave, compensation, etc.... any thoughts?
  4. All we need is to stay in touch with kids and family... that aside, I am quite happy to disconnect from the rest...... so the social package will work just fine for us... and yes, the 25 days may be sufficient. Thanks everybody....
  5. This is what we will do... thanks for the tip. No need to sign on first day anyway.... we will be too busy unpacking and enjoying the ship 😉
  6. Thank you very much. Your info is very helpful.
  7. Anyone knows what we can expect to pay for the basic package (social medias) for a 32 days voyage? Thank you in advance for any information.
  8. I am also very sad to have seen all the beautiful fresh flowers arrangements disappear. The Lido is not the same without those delicate, exotic orchids on each table... and throughout the ships, there are fewer and fewer fresh flowers..... I remember the days when there was a florist on each ship.
  9. As Alberta Quilter explained, we, Canadians, lose 30% with this change; plus for me, I look at ways to discount the price of the cruise I wish to book. I can take care of my toilet paper at home. Other large agencies still offer incentives such as OBC and paid tips.... i will look at them for future bookings.
  10. I thought that as well but I made many dummy bookings and they all came with shop cards. ☹️
  11. Yes, it is the big C box... I saw this change for the first time today! I look for incentives to use during the cruise: shipboard credits, tips, specialty dinners, etc.... shop cards (especially in Canadian $) does not interest me.
  12. Absolutely.... i for one will shop around for next booking....
  13. No, I have not asked but I hope that they will honor the shipboard credits they gave for my upcoming b/b coming in January... those shop cards definitely do not have the same value.
  14. I have just noticed that the big warehouse travel agency that I have used for many years no longer offers shipboard credits for cruises booked and has replaced these by offering store « shop cards »..... this is not making me happy.... in the future I will reconsider the agency that I book with....
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