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From Hull: 35 Night Arctic Greenland, Iceland & Spitzbergen £1,382.00pp @ Iglu Cruise

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For those that don't mind booking over a year in advance then this could be a great opportunity for a 35 night cruise next July especially if you don't want to fly. Visiting the Arctic as well as an i…
rachelandgromit Avatar2m, 4w agoFound 2 months, 4 weeks ago55 Comments
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didn't know they did cruises from hull
The more ways out of Hull the better...City of Culture!! I've heard it all now
Used to work in Hull 10 years back and to call it a sh*thole, would've been an insult to sh*tholes.
However, I'm led to believe it's much improved now, so before you knock it, I'd suggest a revisit.
& you can't polish a turd son
​You should know, Yorkshire have been trying it for years :p
he talks a lot of turds to :)
toulousenessie
Satchmo
I was really interested, until I saw the price for a single room, that's even more than paying twice at the base rate, in fact 4 people can go for that price !! from £5765 for singles, that does not seem fair. Grudgingly I could accept paying twice the cost, as they will lose the occupancy, but more than 4 times, sorry will have to give that a miss.
Just book and pay for a double cabin for 2 and just turn up. Pricing for singles are so unfair. I did this the other week with a hotel, it was cheaper for 2 to stay then pay for a single room

If anyone wants to pay for two I'm happy to tag along :)
Difficult to understand all the negative comments about Hull. Nothing remotely wrong with the place these days and most people who knock it haven't even been there. It's just a silly outdated cliché.

Infinitely better than London and the south east any day!
yorxman
lanc1979
yorxman
mercslkman
didn't know they did cruises from hull
The more ways out of Hull the better...City of Culture!! I've heard it all now
Used to work in Hull 10 years back and to call it a sh*thole, would've been an insult to sh*tholes.
However, I'm led to believe it's much improved now, so before you knock it, I'd suggest a revisit.

& you can't polish a turd son


​You should know, Yorkshire have been trying it for years :p
Oh well, just tried booking but prices change to proper price on booking site. Worth a try though - cheers OP.


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33 Night Cruise & Maritime Cruise £979.00 @ Iglu Cruise

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Seems a great deal for duration and for people who do not like to fly. Does mean quite a few days at sea obviously for translantic crossings. Of course tips are extra like all cruises but I've been wi…
rachelandgromit Avatar8m, 2w agoFound 8 months, 2 weeks ago21 Comments
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Wow that's along time at sea,
What's the wifi connection like ? I may consider that next winter, I could work from home the week going out and week coming back , and so only 10-12 days holiday required
Pick up some smokes in Amsterdam on the way out, would make it more entertaining
Bargain. Hot.
Nice
1234orange
Is this the regular price? Or a reduction?

It seems to be a special offer (probably as a late deal) not a regular price which is over £4K.

Edited By: rachelandgromit on Oct 16, 2015 14:52
Is this the regular price? Or a reduction?
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Cunard Queen Mary Southampton to New York £599.00 (5th Nov)

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Some early Christmas shopping in New York with a 7 night luxury cruise with food. Lovely way to relax and read a few books. You can add three extra nights in New York from £199 or just have the one…
daniellndn Avatar10m, 7h agoFound 10 months, 7 hours ago21 Comments
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Lol that thing is built like a tank! Even in August when we went a few years ago it still got choppy but she handled it no problem. We sailed Southampton to New York as cruising into New York at dawn is far more romantic and exciting than cruising into Southampton! :P
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And they all thought the were on holiday
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Plenty of lifeboats
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Cunard Queen Mary Transatlantic - Southampton to New York (£599.00)

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27th August - Cunard 8 nights Cruise to New York. •Ensuite stateroom accommodation •All meals and snacks onboard •24 hour room service •High Quality entertainment •Fitness Centre •Tea, coffee, fruit
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Yes, had a great time.
How was this trip? Did anyone go on it?
interior staterooms for 599 sold out. balconies available from 699 which isnt bad incl flight' flights to birmingham manchester, london, glasgow. All but london have supplement PP
Watch out for icebergs!
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Iglu Cruises -27 nights cruise Nov 17th from £1,249.00 pp, singles £1699, balcony £1499

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So this looks like a real bargain - a pre Xmas cruise to Mauritius, Reunion, Madagascar, the Maldives, Eilat Oman and Suez for 27 nights, transfers included Inside cabin is £1249 pp, Balconies £149…
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jamsammy99
Good price though for almost a month all inclusive. Are singles cabins inside?
Can't see where it says it's all inclusive...
Sorry. Full board. I don't drink so didn't give it a second thought.
Lymmit
jamsammy99
Good price though for almost a month all inclusive. Are singles cabins inside?
Can't see where it says it's all inclusive...

Its not its full board and dont forget to factor in tips.
jamsammy99
Good price though for almost a month all inclusive. Are singles cabins inside?

Can't see where it says it's all inclusive...

Edited By: Lymmit on Jul 30, 2015 20:03
jamsammy99
Good price though for almost a month all inclusive. Are singles cabins inside?

Yes, they nearly always are, but then you only sleep, shower etc there, most of the time you're off the ship anyway
Good price though for almost a month all inclusive. Are singles cabins inside?
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Norweigan Epic - 7 Night All Inclusive (Ultimate Beverages Package) Med Cruise, Various Departures In Nov (Flights Included From Gatwick) - £599.00 (Balcony Cabin) £1,198.00 @ Iglu Cruises

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Booking balcony staterooms and drinks packages usually adds large premiums to the price of cruises. But this 7-night Mediterranean sailing from Iglu Cruise includes both, plus flights and transfers, f…
konkywonky Avatar1y, 2w agoFound 1 year, 2 weeks ago10 Comments
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kay9
is this prise for two peepls

We've got lumps of it 'round the back!
Adaptcom
A beautiful ship if you have never been on her.

If you have been on her do you change your opinion?
kay9
is this prise for two peepls

Per person, so £1198 for 2.
is this prise for two peepls
hot hot hot
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MSC Armonia - 7 Night Italy/Spain/Malta Cruise Departs 5th Sept (Flights with British Airways Inc) - £479.00 PP (Single Cabin) @ Iglu Cruises

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It can be expensive travelling alone when you take into account the single occupancy supplement, so I thought this looked like an excellent deal for solo travellers. MSC Armonia - 7 Night Italy/Spain…
konkywonky Avatar1y, 3w agoFound 1 year, 3 weeks ago5 Comments
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always good to see deals for singles =)
gamingmedic
Single room, will be able to keep the missus seperate!!!!

Just kidding I'm single and lonely :(

Don't be lonely. You're among a lot of friends here on HUKD.
gamingmedic
Single room, will be able to keep the missus seperate!!!!

Just kidding I'm single and lonely :(


lol. I wish I were single whenever I stay indoors xD
Single room, will be able to keep the missus seperate!!!!

Just kidding I'm single and lonely :(
Single cabin, heat!
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1 night cruise £29.00 @ iglucruise ~ Anyone travelling up north May school holidays?

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Tilbury ~ Newcastle Includes en suite room, all meals & entertainment Marco Polo 24th May Cheaper than the train! Think there is an option to get a coach back for extra cost. What's Included? Marco
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Unclegeorge
Went on a 3 day one once never again, took 3 weeks to get rid of the old people smell off us
How nasty....you are a disgrace to your youth. Thank God not all young people are like you. You need reporting!
Thank God not ALL young people are not discriminating. Those who have posted nasty comments are a disgrace to their youth and should be reported!
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gumbald
A night in the North Sea on a 50 year old Russian ship? I'll save my £29 and walk there.

I see what you mean.... oO

On 6 July 2009 Marco Polo called at Invergordon, Easter Ross, Scotland on a cruise outbound from Tilbury in Essex. During a health inspection by the local port health officials up to 150 passengers were discovered to have been infected with what was presumed to be norovirus. The number of infected passengers and crew subsequently rose to 400. Also on 6 July a 74-year-old passenger died of a heart attack on board the ship.

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Don't think we can blame the ship or company for somebody having a heart attack lol.....these old ppl cruises always end with at least one person dead!
Unclegeorge
Went on a 3 day one once never again, took 3 weeks to get rid of the old people smell off us
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gumbald
A night in the North Sea on a 50 year old Russian ship? I'll save my £29 and walk there.

I see what you mean.... oO

On 6 July 2009 Marco Polo called at Invergordon, Easter Ross, Scotland on a cruise outbound from Tilbury in Essex. During a health inspection by the local port health officials up to 150 passengers were discovered to have been infected with what was presumed to be norovirus. The number of infected passengers and crew subsequently rose to 400. Also on 6 July a 74-year-old passenger died of a heart attack on board the ship.

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Transatlantic cruise on the queen mary 2 £499.00 @ iglu cruise

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Super cheap transatlantic crossing on the prestige queen Mary 2, usually £1299. Service and quality second to none on this ship. Great reviews.
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alcoholic drinks not included - no thanks.
you probably won't fit in on a Cunard cruise anyway.
alcoholic drinks not included - no thanks.
highwayman8155
Independent, fee spirited lady wanted for cruise to New York. Must find late night farting and belching endearing.

SOLD X)
Time flies by like a butterfly.
highwayman8155
Wendy Craig. I would give to comic relief to go and have dinner with her. Top lady.
Sometimes memories are best left that way.
She is now 80.
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Norway, Fjords & Arctic Circle - Cruise- 14 Nights - £629.00 @ IGLU Cruise

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Oriana: Elegant, timeless & Adult Only Ensuite stateroom accommodation Traditional dining and snacks onboard 24 hour complimentary (standard) room service Continental Breakfast in your cabin West End…
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Booked two weeks cabin with a window at £700pp (negotiated to match bon voyage on the phone), can't wait. Thanks for sharing Op.



Edited By: fluidz on Jun 24, 2014 08:48: update
tubbyhubby
Good price. We are on the Oceana the week before sailing round the Fjiords and that cost us £579,

Heat added

My daughter and her boyfriend are going on that one too! Hope you all have a great time - we LOVE the Fjords and Norway. We have always found P&O to be good, although all cruise companies seem to be cutting back a bit (we've found it on Princess and Holland America this year!)
douglas13
kensington143
Excellent deal. HOT - and it might be good sunbathing too (_;)

you probably will get sunburned on the first day.

What, out of Southampton? :D
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kensington143
Excellent deal. HOT - and it might be good sunbathing too (_;)

you probably will get sunburned on the first day.
mdbs
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tubbyhubby
Good price. We are on the Oceana the week before sailing round the Fjiords and that cost us £579,

Heat added

Very jealous we did the fjords last summer with Celebrity and it is beautiful.

Celebrity have a rather better reputation than P&O these days - I think you made a wise choice. P&O (who are doing this cruise) have cut so many corners over the last few years you might think you were at Butlins. That's fine if you're a fan of Butlins - but not so good if you're naive enough to believe all the P&O marketing hype aimed at making people think it's a quality product.

my wife and i cruised with p and o last year, there is no way you could compare with butlins.

I'm afraid I'd have to disagree with you. P&O likes to pretend that it's a little upmarket. In reality, it's now very much a downmarket product thanks to all the cuts in standards imposed by the Carnival accountants running it. They love to cling to the very dated 'formal' dining, but making their guests wear dinner jackets can't change the poor dining standards.
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10 Night Cruise (Netherlands, Spain, Portugal & France) for only £479.00pp + with FREE ALCOHOLIC DRINKS. Departing 17th September 2014 @ iglucruise

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This sounds like a stonking deal for a 10 night cruise. Free Cheers Drinks Package & Free Parking The Cheers Drinks Package is free drinks with meals (alcohol) Day Port Due Depart 1 Southampton…
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asq123
51% recommendation is very low for a cruise ship:
http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=355

compared to other ships from other lines such as royal carribean or norwegian:
http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/reviews/review.cfm?ShipID=282 (roughly similar spec ship)

I know the price is cheaper tho...
read the reviews they're clearly written by the same person the two negs who sounds like a whining baby
Hope any who book have a wonderful time
Drinks with meals included the buffet so you can get drinks for fairly long periods not just a couple of hours while you eat.

MSC are doing some good deals and on some dates there Opera trips are zero solo suppliments.
Went on this ship last July, first time cruising and was very good - can recommend it for first timers or anyone wanting a relatively cheap holiday and being able to see lots of different places on one holiday. Plenty to do and all crew were lovey - we were on an all inclusive package which was great value, but this is still a good deal. Heat added - same price at Planet Cruise which is who we booked through, both websites look very similar with identical details,
[Holiday Pirates]
Thanks for sharing Bailey - voted hot xxxxx
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Late deal! 10 night cunnard cruise. @ Iglu Cruise £399.00

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Describe the deal in your own words and explain to members why it is a good deal! Please don't just paste in marketing text or specs. Remember: this is a community site, self-promotion may result in…
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Would be interesting to get some info on how the automatic service charge is distributed. Does it go to the waiter that served you, the managers, etc. I have worked in too many places (and quit shortly after starting) that rob the staff of the tips that customers believe go in their pocket.

Automatic service charges are a difficult one. If they are not added a good 30-40% of people who dine in Britain simply wont tip, a further 20-30% or so will tip very badly (3-5% of the bill) and the remaining 30% or so will tip a decent amount (around 10%). The service charge is there for the people who simply still don't 'get' a tipping culture which waiters rely on to live. (all rough figures from my own experience waiting-on)

Saying a waiter should be prepared to accept minimum wage is naive, you go into the job knowing tips will be part of your wage. Waiting hours are irregular (some weeks 40 hours, other weeks 10-15) and most waiters are on zero-hour contracts.

I do not know a single waiter who would work as a waiter if tips were not part of their job. Every restaurant I have worked in where the service charge is badly or unfairly distributed the staff couldn't give a toss about the customers and service quality suffered terribly.

I believe in giving good service to people I serve, if I gave **** service I would not expect a tip. However giving top quality service and then being tipped badly or not at all is frankly insulting, I don't work to the very best of my ability as a waiter for minimum wage, and why should I?
Ive often wondered why Waiters feel they are above other service orientated minimum wage jobs? I imagine they feel they are more 'arty' and actually better than the job they do and feel they the service they provide is oh so worth it.


khufu
Just a quick note re tipping in England which is different to tipping on a cruise ship but several people have conflated them. The minimum wage applies to waiters in the UK. It also applies to the attentive checkout staff at supermarkets and you don't tip them but they have more interaction with you.
Just a quick note re tipping in England which is different to tipping on a cruise ship but several people have conflated them. The minimum wage applies to waiters in the UK. It also applies to the attentive checkout staff at supermarkets and you don't tip them but they have more interaction with you.
The tips can add up to a reasonable amount.

$11.50 per person per day that also includes any children with you.

A family of 4 will pay $460 in tips for a 10 day cruise in a standard accommodation.

On top of this there is a 15% charge on alcoholic drinks from the bar and when dinning, also some on board services like hairdressing and use of the solarium.

Now the QE can take between 2000 to 2500 passengers, so 2000 passengers is $230,000 per cruise,
There are 990 crew, not all crew get this money, so let’s say it’s 600 that would be $383 each for the 10 days or $1149 a month. Somehow I doubt any cruise line pays it's cabin staff that kind of money.


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shoppingprincess
You don't have to tip we always have the tip removed from our bill x
scrooge is in the building!
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2 NIGHT MINI CRUISE 15 OCT FROM BELFAST ON FRED OLSEN'S BOUDICCA FROM £98.00 @ IGLU

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Great price for a 2 night beak from Belfast to Liverpool 15 th October Single cabins only £98 pp Insides £99 pp Balcony £118pp I know Fred Olsen caters more for the oldies but 2 night cruises are…
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jamiebeags
Getting to Belfast might be more expensive than the cruise itself for most UK residents!

Bit of a stupid observation there.

It's cold anyway, literally! X)
jamiebeags
Getting to Belfast might be more expensive than the cruise itself for most UK residents!


Bit of a stupid observation there.
jamiebeags
Getting to Belfast might be more expensive than the cruise itself for most UK residents!

Obviously this deal is aimed at the people of Northern Ireland which is part of the UK by the way and I'm sure they read Hotdeals as much as the rest of us do.

Edited By: poisedmoth on Jul 17, 2013 11:33: spelling mistake
Getting to Belfast might be more expensive than the cruise itself for most UK residents!
From past experience, the less time spent on the Irish sea, the better.
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2N Cunard Queen Elizabeth, Cruise Southampton to Hamburg and flight back £149.00pp at iglucruise (was £439) @ iglucruise

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Departs 15th July Queen Elizabeth - The world's newest Ocean Liner Ensuite stateroom accommodation All meals and snacks onboard 24 hour room service High Quality entertainment Lawn Bowling
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I told my sister about this and she has booked .the flight back is to Heathrow not Southampton is the only drawback But still a cracking deal if you live down south 8)
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soupie
Oh how I wish I was closer to Southampton

Me too, a return train ticket is just under £125!


Check Megabus, National Express, Redspottedhanky, National Rail or all the many other ways that you can travel around the UK for as little as £2 a journey.
I wouldn't expect a HUKDer to pay full on-the-day train prices ;)
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Jonb133
I'd love to do a mini cruise on this but from Liverpool.
Why? ......do you need the cutlery?

Im bec ile......
Coo.........your so knife sharp you could cut yourself............if you didn't speak with a forked tongue

"...you're..." ;)
2 ladies talking...one says to the other.. " my husband works for Cunard " ...the other replies.." my husband works for Cunard too ". Say it out loud.
nicklaus
What's the deal with dress codes on this kind of thing?

https://ask.cunard.com/help/cunard/life-on-board/dress_code_all
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North Cape & Midnight Sun 14 night 5* cruise from Dover , 20th July 2013 on MS Ryndam from £599.00 @ Iglu Cruise

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!4 night cruise on Holland America's MS Ryndam. Free Outside cabin upgrade so inside cabins from £600 but Oceanview from £599! Ensuite, spacious stateroom Extra fluffy Egyptian cotton towels Plush
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Flight to New York with a 7 night Cunard Cruise back to Southampton. Departs 1st June including all food £549.00 @ iglucruise

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Queen Mary 2 - The world's grandest Ocean Liner •Ensuite stateroom accommodation •All meals and snacks onboard •24 hour room service •High Quality entertainment •Fitness Centre •Tea, coffee, f…
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two nights
ashamliwala
Did this and it was great. A great day in N.Y and a great seven day cruise on the QM2. lot to do and good fun too. so worth it

That is great. How long did you have in New York?
Did this and it was great. A great day in N.Y and a great seven day cruise on the QM2. lot to do and good fun too. so worth it
Anyone do this? How was it?
getmore4less
THE TITLE GOT FIXED WRONG.

7 NIGHT CRUISE there is no overnight in NY

these will most probably be BA or virgin flights so can be adjusted to leave earlier if you want to stay in NY

http://www.cunard.co.uk/cruise-search/book-a-cruise/cruises/qm/216-m308a-nyc1-sou1/

Sat Jun 1 New York (Brooklyn), NY 5:00pm
Sun Jun 2 At Sea
Mon Jun 3 At Sea
Tue Jun 4 At Sea
Wed Jun 5 At Sea
Thu Jun 6 At Sea
Fri Jun 7 At Sea
Sat Jun 8 London (Southampton), England 6:30am

Thank you. I will update
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CRUISE NCL Jade - Adriatic, Greece & Turkey from Venice , 25th May 2013 (£379 with flights) or (£279.00 w/o flights)@ iglucruise

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Insides from £379 pp Outsides from £439 pp Balconies from £599 pp Day Port Due Depart 1 Flight from the UK 1 Venice 00:00 18:00 2 Dubrovnik 14:00 21:00 3 At sea 4 Piraeus (for A
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Flights ridiculously expensive if booked independently
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Iglu also told us that it was no longer available.
We spoke to Iglu to book this on Sunday and they said there are no flights available.
zoobenny
Went on the Jade in January. We had a mini-suite which was a better balcony room really, as you didn't have the benefits of the proper suites. The room was great for us with a little one as we had a bath and a curtain separating our bed (massive) and the other sleeping area (bed settee but we had a cot). Lovely size balcony. Décor a bit 80's, a cross between a Florida motel and an Indian train (but nothing to offensive)!

I don't remember that! :P
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9 Nights Fly Cruise - Fly from London to Genoa, return by Msc Opera, visit Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium to Southampton , 9th May 2013, Includes all meals, taxes, flights and transfers - £399.00pp (based on two sharing) @ iglucruise

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Cheap way to see a little bit of Europe, stay on a large ship, and have your meals and entertainment attended for whilst onboard. Works out at Approx £44 per night per person. Fly to Genoa (from
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reakt
Is there much to do for kids on that ship? (only mentions "childrens' club" in the details)

There is a kids club but it's not as good as Royal Caribbean. However, for that price you can't go wrong and they're the only cruise operator where kids are free.
How will the weather be on deck? Will it be warm and sunny enough to use the swimming pool in May?

cheers! 8)
Nice :)
Is there much to do for kids on that ship? (only mentions "childrens' club" in the details)
Been on the Opera last summer and is a nice cruise ship. This is a great price!
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5-Star Iglu Cruise: 9 Nights, Southampton to New York with Balcony Stateroom £499.00pp

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Iglu Cruise is offering once again a very tempting 5-Star cruise deal – 9 nights Southampton to New York with a free upgrade to a Balcony Stateroom, return overnight flight from New York to London Hea…
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Without getting in to the moral argument over tipping, Cunard automatically deduct $11 per day from your onboard account for tips and there is an additional 15% "gratuity" added to the bar prices.
toffeeheather
I used to love this site but now every deal that generous people post just turns into a sarcasm/bitch fest, just use the site for what it is people not a platform to vent your life's hardships/opinions. Great deal OP heat added.

So dont read past the front deal page then, it aint rocket science?!?! I bet youre the sort who would moan at whats on TV instead of just turning it over!! Why not let the mods do the modding and you stick to reading!!! ;)



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Remember they automatically add tips to your bill! You have to ask for removal if you don't want to pay.
Bit harsh not giving tips. Been on many cruises and always tip extra, as they need your tips. They work around 18 hour days, everyday, for way below minimum wage!
...Its their choice. They weren't forced into the job. They could just get a different job?
Not really, pretty much all of them are from poor countries, where there aren't many jobs. They can spend around 9 months away from their family, working hard, in order to support everyone back home. I know it is called a 'tip' or often 'gratuities', but it makes up a massive percentage of their wage, so they need these tips. I wasn't even aware that the tips could be optional with Cunard, with Celebrity cruises they are compulsory. But you get choice of whether to pay them in advance or whilst you are on the ship. However extra tipping is almost mandatory, and it should be. You receive some of the highest level of service I have ever experienced!
Poor wages aside, I expect the "highest level of service" from anyone who is serving me - be they supermarket shelf stackers, cruise workers or Ritz waiters. That is, after all, their job. No company employees people on the basis that they do a half-hearted job and work a bit harder if you bribe them, nor should they.
This is nothing to do with bribery. On the cruises I have been on, you fill in a little survey about how the service was etc. And if your waiter for example, receives 5 reviews as 'good' in a certain time period, they go under review. They are expected to receive nothing below 'outstanding' reviews from the customers. And if they don't, then they are in trouble of losing their job. They would end up back home, with no job and no money to support their family. I don't quite think you understand what the service level is like on a cruise, it is like having many personal butlers running around after you (infact if you stay in a suite, you do actually get your own butler ;) ) They work hard and they deserved to be tipped.
And as I said, I expect the very best they can offer service wise as standard - when I deal with customers at work I give them my best and don't see why others shouldn't either.The uniquely low wages on cruise ships is what I meant by "low wages aside" though. Then I'd be using tips to correct what I feel is an injustice in the wages they should be getting - not because the service was particularly good.
Surely the idea of a tip is to reward someone for going over and above what they are paid to do?!?!? I'll ALWAYS tip when I perceive that this has occurred but it should never just be added, doing that is in effect ripping you off IMHO!!! Its like advertising a room for £1 per night but then saying that the optional walls and roof can be added for a addtional extra!!IF these peoples wages are NOT covered by the cost of the holiday why not put the prices up and pay them properly rather than imposing a stealth tax. We digress, 9days with crap weather and nothing to see but freezing water only to come back when you get to NY??? Not my idea of a holiday but I guess we're all different!! :D
Like what though? Surely, as standard, they should be doing everything within their reasonable power to help the customer - short of some uniquely spectacular feat, there is nothing a waiter or barman could do that would make me want to tip them.

And my point is that you are perfectly entitled to take that opinion ;)
Sent the link to a mate who loves Cunard but even though he thought the price was fantastic he would never go to New York on this ship, particularly in January. He would however recommend the Queen Mary any time of year. :{
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Remember they automatically add tips to your bill! You have to ask for removal if you don't want to pay.

Bit harsh not giving tips. Been on many cruises and always tip extra, as they need your tips. They work around 18 hour days, everyday, for way below minimum wage!

...Its their choice. They weren't forced into the job. They could just get a different job?

Not really, pretty much all of them are from poor countries, where there aren't many jobs. They can spend around 9 months away from their family, working hard, in order to support everyone back home. I know it is called a 'tip' or often 'gratuities', but it makes up a massive percentage of their wage, so they need these tips. I wasn't even aware that the tips could be optional with Cunard, with Celebrity cruises they are compulsory. But you get choice of whether to pay them in advance or whilst you are on the ship. However extra tipping is almost mandatory, and it should be. You receive some of the highest level of service I have ever experienced!

Poor wages aside, I expect the "highest level of service" from anyone who is serving me - be they supermarket shelf stackers, cruise workers or Ritz waiters. That is, after all, their job. No company employees people on the basis that they do a half-hearted job and work a bit harder if you bribe them, nor should they.

This is nothing to do with bribery. On the cruises I have been on, you fill in a little survey about how the service was etc. And if your waiter for example, receives 5 reviews as 'good' in a certain time period, they go under review. They are expected to receive nothing below 'outstanding' reviews from the customers. And if they don't, then they are in trouble of losing their job. They would end up back home, with no job and no money to support their family. I don't quite think you understand what the service level is like on a cruise, it is like having many personal butlers running around after you (infact if you stay in a suite, you do actually get your own butler ;) ) They work hard and they deserved to be tipped.

And as I said, I expect the very best they can offer service wise as standard - when I deal with customers at work I give them my best and don't see why others shouldn't either.

The uniquely low wages on cruise ships is what I meant by "low wages aside" though. Then I'd be using tips to correct what I feel is an injustice in the wages they should be getting - not because the service was particularly good.

Surely the idea of a tip is to reward someone for going over and above what they are paid to do?!?!? I'll ALWAYS tip when I perceive that this has occurred but it should never just be added, doing that is in effect ripping you off IMHO!!! Its like advertising a room for £1 per night but then saying that the optional walls and roof can be added for a addtional extra!!

IF these peoples wages are NOT covered by the cost of the holiday why not put the prices up and pay them properly rather than imposing a stealth tax. We digress, 9days with crap weather and nothing to see but freezing water only to come back when you get to NY??? Not my idea of a holiday but I guess we're all different!! :D

Like what though? Surely, as standard, they should be doing everything within their reasonable power to help the customer - short of some uniquely spectacular feat, there is nothing a waiter or barman could do that would make me want to tip them.
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Fred Olsen Braemar 9 night Cruise to France & Spain 10 th Dec Outside Cabins Now Only £298.00 @ Iglu

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9 night cruise on Fred Olsen's Braemar 10th Dec to France & Spain outside cabins from only £298 @Iglu I listed this previously with inside cabins at £299 but it is now an even better deal with outs…
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Brrr... cold... just like the weather if you go on this...
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It is an "unbelievable price" for one reason, there is no passenger demand for this trip. Why? take a look at You Tube for Bay of Biscay crossings at this time of year. I note with interest that 4 of your 7 postings are all for Iglu Cruises, any reason for this?

Not just me then (_;)
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Actually this is a fabulous deal. Fred Olsen include ALL meals as part of the deal. The food is actually out of this world, it's high end quality and preparation and 'eat til you can't move' buffets... Most people come back at least half a stone heavier. All day activities, a lovely ship (not too big). Popular with the SAGA age group; if you know someone older who wants an easy few days with plenty of good food, it's worth letting them know. Fred Olsen are one of the better cruise companies. Not very good for children but there are usually a few, mostly teens.

I've been a couple of times with my Mum, felt a bit young but I still thoroughly enjoyed it, met some real characters to talk to and saw some interesting places. The ultimate in lazy holidays. Wouldn't let the temperatures worry you, there's more than enough to do inside the ship, places to visit, bars to sit in whilst staring at the waves... food to eat... who needs a beach holiday all the time?!

I would expect to pay at least double for a nine day cruise with this company. Wish my Mum was still around, she'd have loved this deal.
Crossing the Bay of Biscay in December is OK if you like scary theme park rides, done it a couple of times, once got thrown out of bed in the morning when a giant side wave struck the boat, went to get a cup of tea and the boat suddenly lurched out of the water, and when the propeller hit the water again it sent everyone up in the air and smashed them into a bulkhead, the swimming pool water went everywhere with lots of injurys. I managed to grab a pillar. 36 hours of a force 11 gale, Also we were told to keep a look out for a supertanker, that was feared lost in the storm.
Another time I just spent the day & a half in bed, as it was not safe to walk around.
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