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    Somerset, UK
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    Just Cruising lol
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Celebrity, P&O, MSC Yacht Club, Royal Caribbean
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    Too Many

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  1. Oh yes - we've been caught with that and it seriously pi**ed me off at the time. We had less than 2 Euro in credit but weren't allowed off the ship and had to go to Guest Relations (complete with a suitcases as we were self-disembarking). WHY can't they have a "under 10 Euro charity donation" option? - they used to auto-add a 1 Euro Unicef donation to every guest account anyway so it would certainly make sense.
  2. Just booked an Inside YC for Nov 20th (and Balcony YC the following week) - using the 5%+15% deal Just got the Upgrade Bid Offer - which is more expensive that we could have paid when we booked. Thinking the Upgrades are based on full original prices and not the Voyager ones as thats only way to explain a higher upgrade offer
  3. Best (included) Champagne in Yacht Club? Currently, what is the best Champagne available in Yacht Club on YC drinks package? And, what's the best outside of YC please. TY
  4. Go and sit in a quiet lounge - they will call your names when you're among the last ones to get off lol Rest assured, they won't forget and leave you on for the next cruise.
  5. The wonderful chocolate ship packaged in the plastic "box" is no more. Now, it is a small white chocolate ship presented on a plate on the evening before leaving the ship - totally pointless at that time in a cruise. We liked to give our ships away because we ate so well on the cruise - and they were a great marketing thing for MSC. Perhaps if the new version was there on day 1 it might get eaten, but not on the final night.
  6. Always enjoyed a Magners Cider on Celebrity, but delisted on Apex around Greece. Is it still available on Silhouette ? TY
  7. We are on the 2nd of our B2B now and decided not to bother with Luminae. The main Luminae Manager did come to see us and said they will prepare any meal for us. But I dont want to be designing menus on my vacation - I want them to WoW me. I did mention the changing "3 butters" available in other restaurants compared to the rock solid offering every night in Luminae. He promptly corrected me they were dips not butters - I couldn't care what he wants to call them TBH. When told of the rock hard boring butter in Luminae, I was informed "it's not hard" We wont be going back and will share our thoughts on the Survey. The survey last week allowed is to highlight all the great experiences - and our butler thanked us this week for specifically mentioning him. SO I know individual survey details are sent to departments onboard. Our experience in the 4 x MDR and Blu have exceeded that in Luminae. We also had good experiences in Petit Chef, Eden and Steak House too. Interestingly, other than the 1st night in Luminae last week, it was very quiet after which perhaps says it all.
  8. Its the name if the ship after Beyond I think. We were told it on Apex last week but cant remember it lol
  9. In bars aboard Apex, the premium package will get you Moet-Chandon by the glass. Actually, thats what half the bar tenders call it - but its cheap plonk called "chandon" without the Moet. Naughty or untrained? Only other is Brut Cattier on premium at $15 a glass - if they have it.
  10. Nope All areas of ship are providing full menus - luminae is just not that exciting unfortunately.
  11. Currently onboard Apex and in The Retreat. Eaten in Luminae twice in 6 nights The food quality and service are excellent. BUT the choice is extremely limited. Weve also eaten in Blu and Cyprus Restaurants. The bread choice is better outside of Luminae. You even get 3 daily changing butters outside of Luminae (where its always the same standard solid butter). There are a LOT more food choices on each menu outside of Luminae. So while service and quality in Luminae are great, its certainly nothing special - especially as service and quality is just as good elsewhere. Of course, only having 400 to 900 guests is going to even up the restaurants BUT I would have exmected far more from Luminae.
  12. There is a bar in the lounge on Apex and yes drinks are flowing well. Just not impressed with The Retreat layout.
  13. Have to say that Retreat Lounge on Apex is a letdown this week. Despite there being more guests in Suites than Std cabins, there is no atmosphere (or guests) at all in the Retreat Lounge, just lots of crew. But also, the layout is not great - much prefer Yacht Club lounge on MSC
  14. .... And to make sure they set your cruise account a day early. Wouldnt want guests strolling off without settling their bill lol
  15. I was under the belief the basic wage was approx $260 per month so around $50 per week (plus free board and lodgings) As highlighted above, a Butler could be getting $420 per week in pre-paid gratuities. So, a weekly amount of $470 with free lodging and board. (1) Seriously, how many people at home have that amount of disposable income every week? (2) Yes, they work long hours - which is the normal for where they live. Its only the rest of us who are "lazy" in comparison. (3) Yes, they send money home for their families - but being blunt, that is their choice. Do remember the cost of living at "home" is much much less too so that $1 of purchases might be $5 in the USA. The average daily wage in the Philippines is $20 too. (4) Why aren't western workers doing the job? - too lazy and not as friendly perhaps. I wish I could find an old TV program in which RCI head Richard Fain went aboard a ship and worked in various departments. He readily admitted how physical the stateroom attendant role was but was visibly shocked to discover they were earning something like $50,000 per year inc tips (pro rata based on contract length).
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