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Old February 27th, 2013, 12:10 PM
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Is it fake or not?

OFFER OF APPOINTMENT
Date: 8th-March-2013
Attention: Ivanova Valentyna, EXECUTIVE SUMMARY (TWO YEARS CONTRACT) We have in file, your resume, and application. After the evaluation of the whole document, we found you qualified to work with our team. Hence, we seek to employ your service as Chief Stewardess. Details of your remuneration and entitlement are as follows: 1. SALARY You will receive £6,500.00 (Six Thousand, Five Hundred Great British Pound Monthly. Funds can be transferred to any Bank designated by you and this must be in conformity with the present tax situation of the country. 2. ALLOWANCE/ENTITLEMENTS Hazard/Inconvenience £350.00 GBP(Monthly) Car maintenance £625.00 GBP(Monthly) House & Furnishing: £5000.00 GBP(Yearly) Entertainment & Recreation: £285.00 GBP(Monthly) Travel & Event: £550.00 GBP(Monthly) 3. PAID LEAVE PERIOD /TRAVEL All employees are entitled to 2/3 months paid leave which can be taken once at a time or 2 weeks apart one different period. All employees will receive £4,805.00 (GBP) take home for each leave period. All employees are also entitled to free Accommodation, Food and Flight ticket. 4. MEDICAL EXPENSES Employer will provide the employee with comprehensive health care for the term of contract and follow on care for injuries suffered during the term of contract for employee and family. 5. OFFICEASSETS TO BE PROVIED BY EMPLOYER
Computer resources: Laptop Computers , 2.1 GHz Processor, 1G MB Ram, 24XDVD WRITER, 80GB Hard Drive, Floppy Drive, Integrated Network Adapter, Internal 56K Modem, Spare Battery and necessary software, full time internet access is also made available.
6. ADDITIONAL SERVICES
Recreation/Sports facilities shall also be made available at the disposal with no expenses to be
incurred. Laundry and dry cleaning services will also be made available to all workers by the company’s
laundry........
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Old March 9th, 2013, 02:03 PM
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This looks fake sorry. Paid leave is not part of a cruise contract. I have seen this before and I saw many red flags. Im on the road more later.
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Hello Paul,

I'm doing a project on themed cruises, and I was wondering where you see the future of the themed cruise industry going in the next ten years? Is it growing? How popular are themed cruises in comparison to regular cruises? Will it become the standard for cruise companies to implement some sort of theme into their future cruises? Any sort of help you could provide would be much appreciated. Thanks
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Theme cruises are already extremely popular with hundreds of them sailing every year.

For a list of them just go to Theme Cruise Finder lists over 500 Theme Cruises...

There are theme cruisers of ALL kinds, and I am sure they will only get more popular for several reasons:

(1) ships are ultra convenient for exhibition companies; they already hotel, theater and food facilities. All these facilities are in very close proximity.
(for more on this go to http://seasite.com, the home of Landry & Kling)

(2) it is way to add value to a cruise (and hence charge more for the same cruise)

(3) It can have tax advantages for corporations, etc.
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I tried posting a message and don't know how to use the website. I asked for help but as yet no one in your staff has responded. I did post a thread but don't see it on the site. Thanks Donna Estess
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I am booked on Epic out of Barcelona in May. I was wondering if there are shore excursions to Rome besides the one offered by cruise.
If I book a third party tour, is it safe? Will they pick us up from the ship or we need to get out of port on our own?
I would appreciate a recommendation.
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I tried posting a message and don't know how to use the website. I asked for help but as yet no one in your staff has responded. I did post a thread but don't see it on the site. Can you help me? Have a customer service representative email or call me.
I am sorry Donna - but we don't answer personal questions by phone or even email.

The reason is that we do not sell anything, so we have no reason to provide personal service.

If you have a question please post it in our forums.

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I am booked on Epic out of Barcelona in May. I was wondering if there are shore excursions to Rome besides the one offered by cruise.
If I book a third party tour, is it safe? Will they pick us up from the ship or we need to get out of port on our own?
I would appreciate a recommendation.
I suggest you post this under Norwegian Cruise Lines - or in the "Europe" forum.

The answer is that the train station is not far away, and that is the cheapest way tpo get to Rome.

You can also book independent tours - I would google "Civitavecchia tours to Rome" and see what you get. I'll bet there are dozens of tour guides who do this, and I agree it is a good way to go.
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Paul ,do you check out other on line cruise boards to determine if there are ways to improve CM ?
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Paul ,do you check out other on line cruise boards to determine if there are ways to improve CM ?
Sorry, but I am not here to discuss the business of CruiseMates - just cruise questions.

Everybody has ideas on how all sorts of thing could be made better, but they generally conceive those ideas under ideal conditions - and we don't live in an ideal world.

I already know exactly what I would do to "improve" CruiseMates, and some of those ideas are being worked on right now, but I don't own the company and those decisions and the timetable are not up to me.
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Also - I prefer that people create a NEW thread for each question, I don't want them all in this one thread, so I am locking this one, but feel free to "create new thread" to ask me a cruise question.
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