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Solent Richard

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About Solent Richard

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  • Location
    Hampshire, England
  • Interests
    Scuba diving, Cruising and Ballroom Dancing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard and P&O
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Far East

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  1. Its a truly fabulous place to visit and I envy you with four days there. Enjoy.
  2. Thanks for the prompt response. I'll give it a go for my sea day lunchtimes.
  3. I would expect the Viking package to be cheaper due to the fact that drinks with meals are already factored into the cruise price.
  4. Hello Grapau27. May I enquire, did that beer package include all draught beers please?
  5. Hi Njpin. You make an interesting comparison of fares. However, in my example at Comment # 34 I booked both flights though sky scanner. One of those flights was then allocated to an agency and the second, Emirates, went direct to the airline.
  6. Aha, I have been considering a similar thread as I recorded the whole procedure for our recent Queen Victoria Singapore to Cape Town cruise. What we saved by booking 'Cruise Only' and DIYing the two air fares was amazing and paid for our hotel accommodation in both Singapore (Club Room) and Cape Town (Studio) So for the moment I shall hold my experience in abeyance and just agree with you whole heartedly on your ploy. And yes, we flew with Singapore Airlines on the outward leg...
  7. Spot the difference? This was our Princess Grill # 8076 on Queen Victoria earlier this year, ... ...and this our mini suite on Star Princess # D211 the year before...
  8. FAREWELL ORIANA. As I was finishing a rather late breakfast this morning there passing our place on the Solent was Oriana leaving for her new operations and owners in the Far East. Or was it really ORIANA? P&O's funnel logo had disappeared and the ship had already been renamed 'Pianoland'...
  9. Hi again. I've certainly covered Muscat... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2013/11/14/one-way-to-do-muscat/ ...and Phuket... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2015/10/13/one-way-to-do-phuket/ I'll keep in touch regarding a Port Victoria review though I still maintain you won't get a better tour than that we had with Ian... ...who I've linked in my Queen Victoria review.
  10. Good morning Mr Marklin. Pretty easy to answer really and I'm pleased you asked the question. The auto gratuity for the Grills is currently $13.50 per guest whether one is staying in Princess or Queens. As the gratuity is basically designed for service given I consider that the service received by Princess Grill passengers is not equal to that received by Queens Grill passengers i.e. there is no 'butler' service for Princess Grill. Cunard have clearly reiterated to whom the auto gratuities are given to and that includes butlers. It's also interesting to note that passengers in Britannia Club, who receive an enhanced 'service' pay the same level of auto gratuity as those who dine Britannia. By the way, I have sailed more often as a Queens Grill passenger than any other accommodation level combined: including 56 nights Southampton to Sydney. Hope that helps. Have a nice day.
  11. Good morning USnoozUCruise. Thank you for the kind comments. As you probably noticed there are links in my blog review to the people I used in Kuala Lumpur and Seychelles for my tours. I do plan to write a 'One Way to do Seychelles' but am currently busy with one for Cape Town. You've caught me out with Singapore. We stay there at least twice a year and yet I've never written a full review of the wonderful City State. There is however a brief mention if you scroll down to the itinerary section of... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2017/04/07/europa-2-asian-island-explorer/ The Gardens by the Bay are a great place to spend half a day... ...and of course The Raffles Hotel has now reopened... What other ports of call are you interested in? I've also recently published a guide to Colombo... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2019/08/09/one-way-to-do-colombo/ Have a nice day.
  12. On my recent 'cruise' onboard Queen Victoria, in Princess Grill, I adjusted our Grills auto gratuity rate on the simple premise that it was unfair to subsidise those staying in Queens Grill. 😈
  13. I'd be delighted to learn on whose information/authority you have based your opening sentence... "As Cunard make up the difference to an agreed maximum limit with staff when auto service charge is taken off at Pursers desk. Or does it also come under the heading 'I am lead to believe'?
  14. Many cruise lines now schedule stops at the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. My wife and I made our first ever call there earlier this year on Cunard's Queen Victoria. It's a fascinating city with lots of colonial and cultural history and is relatively easy to navigate on a day visit. So much so that I have just written and published a full review of how we got on there on my cruise blog. Here's the link, I hope you find it both useful and interesting... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2019/08/09/one-way-to-do-colombo/
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