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  1. Hopefully this will be clearer, Not sure if its up to date however -- may help
  2. Fitzpatrick Grand Central Hotel also have Aircraft Crews staying.
  3. No See https://www.portofamsterdam.com/en/shipping/day-tourist-tax-river-and-sea-cruise-passengers#voorbeeld
  4. Mentioning who the present Captain or staff are on board in no way breaches any security or safety. Only their friends know were they live, (unless they themselves post pictures of outside their own homes then I would agree, as addresses then can be found !) This is a cruise forum after all. You will be asking passengers to stop taking Pictures with Captains and the rest on board next and posting, together with any Blogs people do whilst on board.
  5. Capt Aseem Hashemi has just taken Command of QM2 in Dubai from Christopher Wells.
  6. A great all rounder is Barclaycard Platinum Cash Back plus. No fees on non -sterling purchases or ATM cash withdrawals abroad (Although the actual bank or ATM you use may charge a withdrawal fee of a dollar or euro as do some UK ATM's ) until 31 Aug 2023. In fact no fees if you pay off total amount on each monthly statement. https://www.barclaycard.co.uk/personal/credit-cards/rewards-credit-cards
  7. You usually get Little or Medium bottles of Penhaligon"s Quercus Shampoo, Bath and shower gel and body lotion. Together with large and small bars of Eco-Boutique Aloe Leaf & Green Tea soap. These are replenished by the Steward(ess) when needed or asked. Also shower Caps are supplied.
  8. Promenade Deck on QV is Deck 3. You can walk or lounge on the Deck chairs ,subject to weather.
  9. Lemonade, Cranberry Juice, Assorted Teas, Chocolate, Milk and Coffee are free from Kings Court Self Service drinks Stations on Deck 7 (24hrs) Together with Water and Ice and.also from Outside Connexions Deck 2 Forward , Roughly between hours 7am and 7pm Three Self serve Soft Ice Cream machines are situated in Kings Court. One Starboard and one Portside in Main Servery Area, the other being Port Side near stairwell C in Aft Area of Kings Court near Chefs Galley.
  10. I think the reason Holland America still use Amsterdam Cruise Terminal is that the Cruises start and terminate from there, therefore not subject to the extra tax being a Home port.
  11. I would imagine because they are debarking passengers at end of Cruise , (No passenger tax applies) or Passengers starting Cruise, again no passenger tax applies. Or other cruise companies are paying the €8 passenger tax for those staying overnight
  12. Known as planning, The staff at the failed cruise terminal could easy make their way further West. Its not difficult, They are known as the Amsterdam cruise terminals. The Captains usually know in advance if they are going to get through the lock due to weather. As for coaches, no different then rail replacement,
  13. Agree there has been many failed attempts during Winter Months to get into Amsterdam Cruise terminal, Many By P&O and A few with Cunard. When I have been on board with failed attempts due to wind at no time did they utilise the Felison Cruise terminal. This can only be Carnival being stubbon and not thinking about their passengers. For the sake of 8 Euro there is no comparison to berthing in the Centre of Amsterdam. After all not long ago they were happy to add a fuel surcharge ! So why not 8 euro ?
  14. Removing Grats, does not effect the staff. But does effect the company. As long as you pay cash to the staff you found helpfull. (its actually better for them) . The Company have to make up the difference of an agreed tips pool. The more deducted the more P&O have to make up.
  15. There are two terminals at Felison, One being being DFDS Passengers embark/debark known as Felison Terminal. Sluisplein 55 1975 AG IJmuiden and the other that usually takes cruise passengers known as Felison Cruise Terminal situated at Cruiseboulevard 10 (for navigation use Volendamkade 1)1976 EB IJmuiden The Terminals are at IJmuiden DFDS who run the ferry from Newcastle have In cooperation with Brouwer's Tours, DFDS Seaways offers its own busline between Amsterdam and the Felison Terminal. Buses leave daily between 15:00 and 16:00 from the bus stop across from Amsterdam Central Station, directly in front of Hotel Victoria on the corner of the 'Prins Hendrikkade' and 'Damrak'. Busfares can be reserved at the reduced rate of 8 euros per one way trip. If you buy your fare in the bus itself the price is 10 euros. You will be dropped off at https://www.amsterdamcruise.nl/getting-here-fctd off at the Felison Terminal, where you can check in. for DFDS. This is no where near the cruise terminal. The Felison Cruise Terminal is at a different location and is really at point no where. see https://www.amsterdamcruise.nl/getting-here-fct
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