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  1. Sadly not: we are in lovely Sa Coma (although I miss the ship - having to fold down my own bed sheets at night seems such a chore!)
  2. Just been doing a mock online booking and it’s only letting me book a single person cabin, rather than a double and pay a supplement. Is this a standard Thomson/Marella thing? would I just have to book and pay for 2 people and just have the 2nd person not turn up???
  3. Ah don’t worry, free 4g from my internet provider in port don’t worry :) It’s a lovely ship so I don’t mind spending a few minutes reassuring people :) The books seem to be a good mix (some passenger donated, others supplied by the ship). New and old (including new best sellers like Eleanor Oliphant is Fine) and a good range of factual and fiction. The board game selection is relatively good too if that’s something you like. Have a good holiday everyone: it’s a a good ship and overall really happy :)
  4. Mystery solved: the Attic is the Library mid-deck 8. Also connected to the gamer zone with PS4. Selection of books and games in library with no librarian so held yourself :)
  5. Other cruise lines might not charge extra for booking a cabin for £45: it’s a lot more expensive than that! Booking a guaranteed cabin is often a few hundred cheaper than booking a specific sub-category/room. It’s all the same just worded differently :) But back to the OP: never been upgraded for free for anything except a hotel room on a package holiday (from pool view to sea view)
  6. It’s always advertised as new to Marella, not new to the universe. Besides brand new to the world ships are notorious for teething and snagging problems: you are never going to get away from works being done Maintenance and replacement of elements occur on all ships all the time: the ocean is hard on the structure, as are large numbers of people.
  7. At least it will be light relatively late, but with a toddler in tow I doubt we will be out passed 6 anyway! It’s just a shame we will have to squash our sightseeing in to the afternoon. It’s not a big place is it!? I’m sure we will be ok with 2 hours... :s
  8. I hadn’t noticed, but I posted the other day saying the itinerary seemed different on the port timetables to what we had been told (haven’t had a change of itinerary since we booked actually...). What time does it get dark in Gibraltar? I was looking forward to seeing it, but if it starts setting early it will be a short visit!
  9. Even if you were right next to it the smoke would dissipate anyway in to the sky. I really don’t think it would be an issue. I’ve been on cruises where the next door cabin occupants smoked and I didn’t smell it at all. You will get more fumes from the funnels when they are stoking the engines.
  10. A lot of cruise lines are going this way and I can see why: the big drinkers used to pay for AI and milk it for every last drop, this way it’s spreading the cost. It’s better to do the “free” AI than put the base cost up with nothing extra in return for everyone I reckon: i don’t drink really, and my Dad can’t drink for medical reasons, but we don’t feel aggrieved by it. It’s just the way the world works. As for staff I will hold my judgement until we have been. However, we had a few years cruising NCL and every year people were complaining on CC about cost cutting and staff levels dropping: I never saw any difference personally. They all work hard and really long hours and do a great job, but then I’m not someone who expects drinks delivered to my sun bed, or someone who thinks it’s ok to leave dirty plates in corridors like a lot of people seem to do these days
  11. Just to add I wouldn’t bother with the HoHo in Santa Cruz: if I recall correctly it was massively overpriced and there was very little to see on it. We just walked around port instead and had a coffee (there are a few nice spots of people watching). Have a good holiday!
  12. I don’t understand the OP to be honest, it just seems to be a rant. You can change your booking for an admin fee so surely you would just do that. I think it’s also worth bearing in mind that some people’s “legitimate reasons” are going to be very different to others: for some it means an operation or major medical procedure, for others it’s “my daughter is due a baby and I want to be there”. Both legitimate but obviously one can be covered by insurance, the other wouldn’t be. It’s a shame people end up losing out on good holidays over stuff like this. At the end of the day Marella/TUI aren’t really missing out, they will just sell their holidays to someone else. It’s the consumer themselves who holds a grudge for something relatively minor who is the loser in it all :)
  13. Wether you get the sun will depend on the orientation of the ship/dock and also the position of the sun. Sun is usually guaranteed on the top deck, depending on if it’s shining ;)
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