How about these to add to our list:
- In the show lounges/ice rink, etc. we could have a general admittance section and a reserved seating section (which would require an additional fee - but then those who want to linger over a cup of coffe or dessert at the end of the meal -could still get that front row seat they want for the show). Hey, it could also be a way to avoid the problem of people saving seats.
-Which brings up another good revenue maker - reserved lounges at the pool, where "for a fee" you could pick out your perfect chaise on the pool deck (either at an hourly rate, per day or for the entire cruise) and it would be available whenever you wanted it! Hey, that's one I might even actually be willing to spend money on (Raoul - you're right - I hope the cruise lines aren't reading this!!).
you're right about easyCruise. But then I do not consider that company a hint for things to come as far as the cruise industry is concerned. It's a totally different product from any cruise product currently available, and it will likely not attract many (if any) people who have already taken a "real cruise". It's like a floating youth hostel, and the clientele will be in accordance with that.
And youth hostels - at least here in Germany - have always been asking people to bring and launder their own linens. Otherwise you have to rent same for a fee. And yet, no "real hotels" I know have adopted such a policy.
Raoul, I think you have hit on yet another area of opportunity. There should be a "laundry fee" if you would like fresh linens in your cabin, otherwise you would need to launder your own in the self service laundry (for a fee of course).
and if the cruiselines really want to get rich they could inpose a deck chair hog fee and a showlounge seat saver fee then they would money to built a new vessel weekly, Personally I see this as a big mistake for Star. But its not any worse than the price fixing that RCI has done. Maybe im wrong just my opinion.
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I say let supply and demand work. If people avoid NCL. then possibly they will re think thier policy.I feel also that if they are going to put on an automatic gratuity yhat they should just add it to the price of the cruise, call it pay roll tax!In my opinion this is just a form of socialism, everyone gets the same pay no matter how well they perform or don't perform.I will not be taking ncl anytime soon, I still like to tip on my own terms, those that deserve get and those that don't , don't!
That is not new with NCL. My wife and I went on a Southern Carribean cruise last Febuary on the Norwegian Sky and we had $20 per day billed to our onboard charge for tips. We are going on the Spirit in Febuary, 2005 and our travel agent says it will happen again then. So it does not start in 2005. It has been happening for the last year. We got very good service though so the service people did not think they should get additional tips. A 15% surcharge was put on our bar drinks though, so that is not included in the amount billed for tips.
Charley was about 15mi. north of us when it made land fall, we had 135 mph winds and a lot of rain, lost some shingles,the kitchen cieling fell in, but worst of all we had no power for 7 days.You never realize how dependent you are until you have no power and cannot do anything about it.Francess was just a lot of wind and rain. It covered a much larger area and lasted forever, but just a bump in the road compared to Charley.It looks like Ivan is going to be way to our north.I don't wish anyone bad luck, but S.W. Florida has had enough to last for a while.I regards to the tipping HAL says all the tips are put into a pool if you will then distributed among all the workers.I feel that it is the cruise line company's responsibilty to pay the baker,the plumber and the candlestick maker and so on. They are not service personel such as the waiter's bus boy's cabin steard's and so on. The tipping policy's of a cruise line will have a large bearing on which one I choose to go on. I have said in the past I have no problem tipping but I want the choice to be mine ,as to who get's what amount of tip. Tom thanks for your concern!