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Am I the only one who would rather pay more than be nickled and dimed for a week??

Am I the only one who would rather pay more than be nickled and dimed for a week??

Jan 10th, 2003, 12:43 PM
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This new-fangled nickel and diming is not nearly as new as one might think.
The S.S Bremen (early 1900's) had an alternative restaurant where the passengers paid extra money to dine. The most famous nickel and diming operation was the luxury restaurant aboard the H.M.S.Titanic. The Ritz Hotel in Paris opened a very luxurious restaurant aboard the ship. Passengers paid top dollar(cash)to dine there. When Leonardo DiCaprio had dinner with his new friends in the movie "Titanic", the part you didn't see was the host paying cash for the elegant dinner that was available to only a few guests who were willing to pay extra.
Jan 10th, 2003, 02:35 PM
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3 or 4 cones a day that have to be PAID for!!!!!
What is wrong with saying NO?
There are plenty of other things to eat that does not cost extra.

Jan 10th, 2003, 06:39 PM
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Wow...lots of replies to the original post... I had posted something about being a single female..44 and traveling on my own.. i got some good answers about cruise lines..but now after reading all this.. not sure if i will go..I work hard for my $, and have been saving...you all almost make it sound like EVERYTHING is costing..after the fact....
WE all come from so many different backgrounds..and I was going to cruise on Celebrity.. heard its really nice...
Are the one of the "Mass lines" that charges as well???
I read about Radisson...there is NO WAY I could attempt to be able to afford them...
Just thought I would put my 2 cents in... or was that 5cents??
Jan 10th, 2003, 08:25 PM
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Lois--all you need for tons of replies is to post something in one of the following topics:

--Smoking aboard or smoke free ships
--Dress code in the dining room on formal nights
--Everyone is a snob but me
--Extra charges
--The cruise lines are cheating me
--I came down with [fill in blank] while on [fill in blank] and I think I should be compensated

These are guaranteed winners since they all have 2 or more points of view. This gives not only the opportunity for conflict, but to take the post off topic, i.e. in the tipping string, we can discuss how the wait staff is captured and dragged away from home and hearth, their living conditions, your own experience as a server, how they are all underpaid, and what a wonderful person I am as I always over-tip, etc.

Your post was rational and asked only for information. See what happened?
Jan 10th, 2003, 10:00 PM
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Agreed, except for the last paragraph. Every day we are paying extra for everything imaginable. Just the other day i heard an ad for a store located in a mall in NJ. It said the store would refund your parking fee if you purchased more than $100. So why, I ask, do people shop in this mall?

Jan 11th, 2003, 05:58 AM
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Hey Enough....thanks..I am kind of new to this forum...some of the answers are helpful..
And I am probably going to take my cruise anyway...and will see how I am treated, IF its a good experience, I am sure I will do it again..if not, well, there are other vacations out there too
I just didnt realize that this forum, in its own way..is like a chatroom... VARIED OPINIONS..about EVERYTHING LOL
Jan 11th, 2003, 06:51 AM
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Lois (I don't want to create a monster) but another good board to learn a lot about cruising and different ships etc. is cruisecritic.com
Jan 11th, 2003, 07:00 AM
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Kellie, thanks I will check it out..I have cruised before but not recently..It just sounds like lots of things have changed over the years.
I guess some people have unlimited funds which is something that I dont!
But I always thought cruising was fun and It is also different when you have a partner.. or mate.. or companion..which at this point in my life I dont..so I pay the premium rate anyway..LOL... where it would be 700 bucks for a good deal I have to pay close to 1200bucks.. that is just an example..
We all do what we have to do...
I will check out cruisecritic... thanks again
Jan 11th, 2003, 12:12 PM
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Here is exactly what I expect from a cruise line;

I expect to get a booking for a top of the line cabin for less than $250.00 per week, because I always read and hear how other people got such low low rates.

I expect to walk on the ship with no lines or waiting, as I am the most important person there. The laws, rules and regulations are for others--not me.
I expect my cabin steward to be there waiting for me. Again I am the most important person aboard.

When I want to use the bathroom, my steward needs to be standing by with the toilet paper in hand. When I shower, my steward needs to be standing there with a towel.

When I go to the buffet, I expect them to have all my favorite foods readily available, although at home I eat most of my meals at McDonalds or the snack bar at Walmart.

When I go to the dining room, I expect the waiter to step and fetch for me and me alone as I am the most important person there. I expect him to get me more of this, take that back, do this and that and if it ain't on the menu, run down and fetch it from somewhere. That's why he is a waiter and I am a bigshot.

When I go to the casino, I am to win big at the slots. I don't expect that they will be "too tight". After all, it's me their dealing with and I spent a fortune for this cruise.

When I go to the pursers desk with my complaints, which I will have several, as it has already been 2 days, I expect them to have the chief purser to handle everything to my satisfaction now, as I have spent a fortune on this cruise.

When it comes to shore excursions, how dare I have to wait for the bus like everyone else. How dare they not make it known to me that the tour was 2 hrs. long and that the locals spoke French or some other "foreign" language!! I spent a fortune on my cruise and I shouldn't be treated like this.

When I get up around 1 or 2 p.m. and drag myself to the pool, I demand a poolside lounger and a waiter standing by with my favorite beer. After all, I spent a fortune on my cruise and I am a bigshot.

On formal night I don't see why I shouldn't be allowed to wear my shorts and cap to the captains cocktail party. After all, I am the most important person aboard and I did spend a fortune for my cruise.

I don't expect the boat to rock.
After all, they could have changed course to avoid any swells that may have made me uncomfortable.

When I feel a little queasy or ill, it must be that I have caught the "virus" and won't have anything to do with the fact I have been drunk for 4 days in a row. I will sue as soon as I get home.

I don't expect to wait for disembarkion, as they should recognize me for who I am and call my name over the p.a. so i can get off ahead of everyone else.

I expect the cruise lines to operate in this manner for me, after all I spent $400.00 for my cruise. But I would never cruise XYZ lines again, as the service and food was just too poor.

Jan 11th, 2003, 03:44 PM
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Averageguy, you're very cleaver! I agree you can expect what you pay for!! Very well put. (thus why I'm now willing to pay more and expect more)
Jan 12th, 2003, 12:18 AM
Paul Therault
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Hooray for Averageguy for spending the time to put all this in perspective. Now, maybe, we can end this dumb thread.

Jan 12th, 2003, 01:59 PM
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Hope everyone reads averageguys post and thinks a little about it. Might make for a better cruise for some.
Jan 13th, 2003, 08:05 PM
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Nonsense! On our Cruise to Alaska on the Radiance our tab came to $250(for my DH & I) and I bought many pics (my choice),had all my APS photos developed on the ship (they came out better than any photo processing I have ever seen) bar tab and casino & bingo. So our cost was not off the wall!
I do NOT want to pay extra for things I may not use and I am NOT a stupid kid or a hick, but a saavy, over educated adult in my mid fifties who lives near Manhattan and am used to a very comfortable yet sophisticated way of living and eating!
I would rather go an several vacations a year instead of being bored out of my mind on one expensive one. My Mother who is in her 70's and travels will not even sail HAL, it is too old for her(before I am flamed she has been on it as well as friends who will not go back)!
Jan 14th, 2003, 01:31 PM
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So what,Barbara?
Jan 14th, 2003, 01:35 PM
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Yes Barbara I believe this because my 2 girfriends went on HAL and said it was too old and fuddy-duddy for them. They are mid 50's.
Jan 15th, 2003, 12:48 AM
Paul Therault
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Be patient. The "new" HAL is now catering to families and young active adults. The prices are great. The reports are, things are changing quickly.

Nov 2nd, 2003, 07:10 PM
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I can't agree with you more. Princess is the worst among the ones I've been on. On Grand Princess I cut myself, so I went to the front desk to get a Bandaid. The girl there asked me to sign a charge for 73 cents for the Bandaid!!! For 73 cents, they lost a customer forever. We will never take Princess again. They charge for ice cream, too. I'd rather pay $100 more for the cruise and not have to pay for ice cream. Considering I eat ice cream maybe once or twice a cruise, I'd think they'd make more money.
On Celeberty, we were given a form for credit card authorization for tips even BEFORE we checked in for the two-week Baltic cruise. It gave bad taste to start the trip.
Holland America is the only line in the mid-price line that does not nickle and dime, so I'm sticking to them till I'm ready to upgrade to Silversea.
Nov 2nd, 2003, 09:24 PM
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Adding to CharlesL's post-did you know that even the gym was an extra cost to first class passengers on the Titanic?
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Nov 3rd, 2003, 04:42 AM
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I agree that orange juice, cappucino, and ice cream should be included in the cost. That said, I certainly would not pay an extra several hundred dollars per person for the cruise just to get those items for 'free'. One is not going to consume enough OJ, cappucino, or ice cream in a week to justify the cost.

When I book a cruise, I'm looking for a bargain price. There is plenty to eat and drink already included. If I want to buy extras, that's my choice. I can control the amount of my shipboard charges.
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Nov 3rd, 2003, 06:22 AM
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I just returned from a 7 day cruise on the Princess Grand, my first cruise. We got what is IMHO a great price ($529 per person obstructed view cabin) and ended up with an upgrade to a balcony cabin. I would rather pay the lower price and let the cruise line make up the extras on folks who choose to buy them. Apart from a fee times when someone took our photo, we never felt hustled for anything. Bingo cards were pushed only in the area where the game was being played. I drink very little in the way of soft drinks and although I'm an espresso and latte lover, I typically had only one per day at $1.75 each. I'd rather pay that when I need to than pay a higher price and subsidize all the folks who dont drink them at all.
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