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jgw321

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About jgw321

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    Chelmsford, Essex, UK
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    photography, bird watching
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    (was HAL) now Princess {smoking policy}
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    Arctic
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  1. jgw321

    C.M.V Tilbury Car Parking

    It might have been worse for the next cruise as Vasco de Gama was already docked when we got in and I think that is a world cruise so those cars will be there a while, plus we were late because of the fog so the early arrivals for Marco Polo's next cruise couldn't use our spaces apart from the early leavers. Some would have only got off by mid day. It is going to be a real problem until VdG goes to the German Market, particular if Columbus and Magellan are using Tilbury too, Making room for two ships might help with revenue but they need to make more parking.
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    Saga Cruises

    Well done Lottie. The saga site also has one at https://travel.saga.co.uk/cruises/ocean/our-ships/spirit-of-discovery/decks.aspx Presumably the other ship will be the same, I believe they are sisters.
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    C.M.V Tilbury Car Parking

    Berkshireboy is spot on. It is not reserved for only disabled as I was directed to park there this time. What seems to happen is that they try to keep that free of long term parking for as long as they can, but if the others fill up they bring it in to play. It can be handy as you don't have to struggle with luggage on the shuttle when they don't have a van. I got hemmed in by a lorry though whose driver was off looking for the jag owner who had badly parked and blocked him in. I sat waiting n my car for 15 minutes.
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    Saga Cruises

    Question or posts about Saga. Please use this thread and not the one about separating Saga into its own forum (unless you want to comment on that). We are trying to mend a split thread situation.
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    How about a thread for Saga Cruises

    Click this link.
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    How about a thread for Saga Cruises

    What was wrong with Saga Cruises which was the better thread for this question?
  7. jgw321

    Saga Cruises

    This is what has caused the problem. It was bad enough that the OP started a new thread rather than a new topic, when there was already a thread. Perhaps he thought that it was off topic (separating the Saga forum rather than about Saga) and so it needed a new thread. What really went wrong was when new people tacked on off topic questions about Saga to the first thread they found, without looking at the original post and without bothering to see if there was a more appropriate thread. They should not have been answered, but redirected to the correct thread. Once a new conversation starts up you have split into two threads and it is near impossible to put this right. This is not something we can do ourselves but needs to be requested from Laura. With all the activity going on with CC, this may or may not get action.
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    How about a thread for Saga Cruises

    A pity a new thread was started when there was already a thread for Saga Cruises where this could have been posted. Now there are two threads which will exacerbate the problem. Ideally this thread should be closed with a pointer to the other thread so that we are all together in one place. It is not something we can do ourselves however, but would need to be requested from Laura. My theory used to be the (unstated) policy was American lines = own forum, and Non-American lines = lumped together in "all others", I based my observation on CMV which is a popular line with as much activity as some of the lines which do have their own forum. However I see action has happened. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/showpost.php?p=53394910&postcount=1. Perhaps we should all write to Laura. I can understand that some of the specialist lines will be too small to justify their own forum and there will always be a need for an "all other" for what's left over, but what would help is for the all other to be broken up into sub forums by cruise line, so that the roll calls all come together. It is finding if there is a roll call or not which is the most frustrating and difficult task. Search four or five pages where Seabourn, Pullmantur, Mein Schiff are all muddledup with what you are looking for and some threads quote the ship, some the line, some the date but not the year, some the cruise area. There is no consistency in how threads are titled (despite the request for this). However Roll call policy and Cruise Line policy seems inconsistent as CMV are still in "All others" for roll calls where the problem is worst.
  9. Agreed. Agreed. Agreed I always say that CMV is not a luxury line, but it has very good itineraries and is good value for money. Good for you. There are also the Americans who talk with very loud voices so that everyone else has to listen, and use their napkins as handkerchiefs. Amongst all these though you can find some passengers that enjoy meeting other people, enjoy different food and cultures and enjoy cruising in general. Seek these out (often CC members) and, as you said, ignore the rest.
  10. jgw321

    Saga Cruises

    Gotcha. :) Presence, in terms of participating clientèle.
  11. jgw321

    Saga Cruises

    Roll Call threads Sapphire, 27 Sept 2019, Stylish Scandinavia https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/showthread.php?p=56374122#post56374122 Sapphire, 21 February 2020, Aurora Explorer https://boards.cruisecritic.co.uk/showthread.php?p=56374208#post56374208
  12. jgw321

    Saga Cruises

    What a good idea. As it is so hard to find roll calls in the melee of Other Cruise Lines, when you start a thread, post a link in here. At least this thread has Saga Cruises as its title so people are likely to look in here.
  13. jgw321

    Saga Cruises

    40 actually, providing you are traveling with a 50+.
  14. jgw321

    Saga Cruises

    People think Saga are expensive, they are if you compare the advertised price for the cruise across different lines. What you really need to compare is the final cost. On other lines the on board bill which you pay at the end could be as much as the initial payment before the cruise. It reminds me of the cheap flights; £10 to New York. Oh you want a seat, that'll be extra. Oh you've got luggage, that'll be extra. Oh you want refreshments, that'll be extra. Oh you want to use the toilet, that'll be extra. At least with Saga you know roughly what the cruise will cost you.
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    Saga Cruises

    I have a Saga annual policy and we only got a £26 reduction. I think the reduction depends on the length of the cruise. I too have seen people suggest that ill people choose Saga because of the insurance. Maybe that is just a belief rather than knowledge. I can imagine some people with health problems think that they can get away with not declaring issues, which they can providing nothing goes wrong. If you give an insurance company wriggle room, they will use it to avoid paying out. I have only done one Saga cruise but there were no more geriatric cruisers on it than on any other cruise we have done. In fact there no wheel chairs, just walkers and sticks. Also most lines insist on you having insurannce, if not you have to buy their offering. The only difference I see is that Saga include it in the price with a rebate if not needed and others add it as an extra.
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