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  1. We’ve just moved our sept cruise to next year. After thought we decided that if we moved it now we would have a greater choice of cruises, cabins etc. If the virus has subsided by sept then we might see if we can get a late deal! Either way the decision took a weight off.
  2. The menu definitely says Baileys. Last night Baileys was available in one bar. Brogans gives me a headache, Baileys does not. I understand that Princess can run out of a product, the annoying part is that they didn’t tell us what they were serving to us. Honesty goes a long way!
  3. They pour from a different bottle, which is a cheap version. They didn’t tell us that it was not proper Baileys until we asked. We can tell the difference! There is no Baileys onboard. now they have run out of our favourite wine as well.
  4. We are currently onboard the Ruby. We have the premium drinks package but have found that we are being served a cheap version of Baileys. The Baileys bottle is on show at the bar but they pour from a cheap version. When we questioned the taste they admitted it was not Baileys as there was none on the ship! Is this the norm? If you ask for a premium brand rum, whiskey etc is that what you get?
  5. It’s not a placebo it’s acupressure, the Chinese have used it to good effect for many many years. Its a shame you can’t try them.
  6. I don’t need scientific evidence! Before using them I got seasick looking at a cup of tea! Last year I crossed the Atlantic in a force nine gale without feeling even the slightest bit queasy. They work for me, at a low cost, no side effects ( a slight dent in my wrist, which goes) I can leave them off after a few days and am fine. Research only works when you try stuff out yourself! What works for one could well not work for another. Take the tablets as a back up and give the bands a go!
  7. I use sea bands, they work very well with no side effects. I bought a child size pair, small wrists and they need to fit snugly.
  8. Looking at your ports as long as you are flying hone via a non Chinese airport then you can travel on the 72 hour visa. the visa is given to you at the port, you don’t apply beforehand.
  9. We used the free 72 hour visa. The rule is you have to be coming from a non Chinese area ( Hong Kong counts as non Chinese) to a different country. We went from Hong Kong to Shanghai, stopped for three days then onto Kuwait. The 72-hour visa-free transit policy in China allows air passengers from 53 countries to transit and stay for up to 72 hours (3 days) in 18 China cities without a visa. In order to facilitate international visitors' short stay in China, the policy is promising to be carried out in more and more cities in the future. Many on our cruise had paid for expensive visas that they did not need. For the 72 hour visa You need to have a copy of your travel itinerary, including the hotel voucher and onward flight details. it was free and easy.
  10. I added BSE to our booking, paid in full as we were past final payment. We are from the UK. I think Princess have changed the rules to allow UK passengers to add this to their bookings without having to cancel and rebook. I paid £35 pppn which is not bad value for Drinks, tips and internet.
  11. We have just added the deal to our already booked cruise. £35 pppd was a no brainer, we would have bought the drinks package anyway. This included tip, premium drinks and internet. We travel in Feb 2020. We worked the original cost for the drinks as being 7 drinks per day ( including coffee, water etc) which we easily reach. The first night at dinner we encourage the wine waiter to understand our needs, including a dessert wine or port. We have never found a problem in them refilling our glasses. I like the all inclusive concept.
  12. We tend to think you Americans are pretty ok as well. we've had great fun on our trips and there seems to be Americans involved at some point! P & O would be a good fit for you I think.
  13. We don’t get the 25%FCC, because Royal cancelled our cruise (26th sept Med cruise) before they had announced the redeployment! Obviously a cancellation for charter reasons doesn’t warrant the same compo!
  14. The prices have possibly been increased to cover the 25% FCC some cancelled passengers received. Royal need to get that back somehow!
  15. I’ve also received a reply, in the form of a phone call, trying to explain to poor Old dumb me that they do care but when they cancel a cruise for reasons of a charter that means they don’t have to give stupid folk ( those that book in advance for some idiotic reason) the same compensation as they give those whose cruise they cancel for business reasons! It really helped my day get so much better knowing they care. I feel that that the time has come for cruise lines to be held responsible for changing ports, time in port, cabin grades or cancelling altogether. There should be a set amount of compensation, not just more for purposes of good publicity. I have lost faith in the industry, after the two cruises we have booked ( can’t cancel as we lose our deposit here in the UK) we will look elsewhere for our hard earned holidays ( vacation).
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