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  1. Not to attend. If you want to attend a fitness class though, or get a spa service e.g. massage, there's a cost.
  2. I think they're revisiting that as an idea given the opposition about Botany Bay.
  3. Some people go on the cruise because they don't want "adventure..."
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    Gym on Sea Princess

    No fee for the gym equipment, just an upsell fee for classes and other extras in the gym.
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    Virgin Voyages

    Not quite a massive flop, but not a raging success. It is a division of Uniworld, with two ships. First they extended the age range to enable more cruisers as they weren't getting enough, and now they have tactically withdrawn one of the ships to operate a more mass market operation. One ship remains. Nothing wrong with the product, but hasn't been successful as they wanted. In this case, I can easily foresee the tattoo parlour being remade into a golfing sim or some such within a year of launch...
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    Aussie 4 Nighter on Solstice.

    Yes, the casino will be open.
  7. Haven't done myself, but portable, protein, dry so don't leak/make a mess/spoil. Seems preferable to say ham, tomato, many other things.
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    Too close for comfort

    Yeah, traffic can get you. I had a similar experience in Valencia, but was on foot. There was a festival, the bus routes were terminated short, and they'd actually barricaded off the access to the ship! Had to clamber some fences, and wasn't the last one back, but it's certainly a panic that you don't enjoy at the time.
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    Virgin Voyages

    He certainly isn't targeting the mass market with this venture. Just a certain set.
  10. While they know things are being looked up, that doesn't automatically mean prices increase. More often than not, they won't increase just because it's looked up. Of course, periodically over time things get sold, and especially if it's a bargain prices will go up as the cheap ones get sold. That happens whether you've looked it up or not.
  11. Not sure there's anything illegal about that. The old caveat emptor. There may even be a reason e.g. a "specific room selection fee" or something.
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    Royal Up Australia

    Sorry, I mixed it up with their sister line Celebrity offer which was the first to off this in the group, and where it comes through 30 days out. For whatever reason, RCL expanded the timeframe when they rolled theirs out.
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    Celebrity MoveUp

    Not unreasonable, but not up to date with current business trends. It's one of those things that are rolling out as businesses look to make more money. It doesn't make good value but where there are enough people willing to pay for the upsells, as there are, these large businesses are keen to extract more profits from customers. Another recent example is "The Key," a way for some customers to buy priority ahead of other passengers.
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    Royal Up Australia

    They only send them 30 days out, so too early for your cruise. Also, it's not them making you an offer. It's them giving you an opportunity to make an offer, and if your offer is attractive enough and they have availability, they may accept.
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    Cruising With Jane McDonald

    Only seen one with her, which was the Viking Baltics one. Can't say I was impressed...