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Forum: Travel Gripes! December 20th, 2007, 08:23 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,818
Posted By Meercat
Funnily enough, when you do a synonym lookup on...

Funnily enough, when you do a synonym lookup on 'Pedantic' in Microsoft Word - it comes up with 'Finicky' at the top of the list.
Now, there's a coincidence!!! :wink:
Forum: Travel Gripes! December 19th, 2007, 07:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,818
Posted By Meercat
In any profession, where you care about your...

In any profession, where you care about your customers - then your job is a whole lot better and - it probably means you're doing your job better - because - you care.

I must say I was surprised...
Forum: Travel Gripes! December 18th, 2007, 06:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,818
Posted By Meercat
Says it all, really.

Says it all, really.
Forum: Health at Sea December 14th, 2007, 11:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,773
Posted By Meercat
Others might like to be careful. Swelling feet...

Others might like to be careful. Swelling feet can be a sign of something rather serious. To cover it up could prove........ fatal.
Forum: Travel Gripes! December 14th, 2007, 11:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,714
Posted By Meercat
Simple remedy. In the daily newspaper 'We're...

Simple remedy.

In the daily newspaper 'We're leaving port at 6:45pm sharp. Any passengers not onboard by 6:30pm will be charged $1000 per minute lateness. Have a lovely day ashore - and we look...
Forum: Travel Gripes! December 14th, 2007, 11:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,064
Posted By Meercat
On the other side of the coin..... have you ever...

On the other side of the coin..... have you ever had a complaint that has mysteriously cleared itself up without you directly asking for anything?

Eg. I was once at the pool bar and there just...
Forum: Travel Gripes! December 14th, 2007, 10:45 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,818
Posted By Meercat
This has happened to other people 'once'????. ...

This has happened to other people 'once'????.

It *always* happens - and we've tipped the 'onboard gartuity' *plus* the same amount in cash in an envelope. Next morning - you don't even get a smile...
Forum: Cunard November 13th, 2007, 11:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,734
Posted By Meercat
Brit!!!! Let's take that again..... Take 2.... ...

Brit!!!! Let's take that again..... Take 2....

'I really take exception to your comment about the British being uneducated. I find it racist and uneducated. I think you should grow up, get a life...
Forum: Cunard October 23rd, 2007, 06:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,734
Posted By Meercat
Carol, Your story echos very much the...

Carol,

Your story echos very much the experience we had on QM2, When it's good, it's good, when it's bad - it's attrocious.

We, too, had occasions when staff blanked us or spoke in a high...
Forum: Cunard July 10th, 2007, 12:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,074
Posted By Meercat
I've been out in a force 10 on this ship and...

I've been out in a force 10 on this ship and whilst there was a bit of motion, she really handled it well - until she comes to a standstill (we stood by another ship which looked like it was in...
Forum: Travel Gripes! May 15th, 2007, 11:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,187
Posted By Meercat
I'd have gone and helped them quadrupple it - if...

I'd have gone and helped them quadrupple it - if it gave them so much pleasure......
Forum: Travel Gripes! April 29th, 2007, 07:25 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,055
Posted By Meercat
Fieldmouse - and Aiden - Valid points. Re....

Fieldmouse - and Aiden - Valid points.

Re. The loss of vessels - These are mainly coastal third world cruise ships that often employ poor practices. For the vast majority - and by this I mean US...
Forum: Travel Gripes! April 28th, 2007, 12:43 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,055
Posted By Meercat
I have the impression, from this thread, that...

I have the impression, from this thread, that people take the matter of safety as either being 'a joke' or 'any shudder is a sign that we're sinking'.

I'd be most interested to read the opinions...
Forum: Travel Gripes! April 27th, 2007, 11:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,055
Posted By Meercat
They certainly want people to go to the muster...

They certainly want people to go to the muster station, because they have a duty to check that everybody is accounted for. Anybody who fails to arrive at their muster station within a reasonable...
Forum: Travel Gripes! April 25th, 2007, 08:17 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,055
Posted By Meercat
QE2 and QM2 - both of which have promenade decks...

QE2 and QM2 - both of which have promenade decks - do not have muster stations on deck. This is understandable in that in the event the lifeboats needing to be lowered, it would be easier if there...
Forum: Tipping March 2nd, 2007, 08:11 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 24,312
Posted By Meercat
Which raises the interesting question of why do...

Which raises the interesting question of why do we tip cab drivers? And hairdressers? Custom? Surely not because they're perceived to be on low wages?

Onboard Salons...... beauty treatments incur...
Forum: Tipping January 29th, 2007, 10:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,434
Posted By Meercat
From what I've managed to learn - cruises lines...

From what I've managed to learn - cruises lines differ in their policies, and, onboard staff have 'different stories' they tell me. For instance, I've heard that the 15% gratuity added to every bar...
Forum: Tipping November 7th, 2006, 07:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,871
Posted By Meercat
Re. Splitting the tip with the driver..... it's...

Re. Splitting the tip with the driver..... it's but a short step to 'but we tip taxi drivers'. And hairdressers. And doormen.

I think in the case of of drivers and hairdressers, this really is a...
Forum: Tipping November 7th, 2006, 07:13 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 24,312
Posted By Meercat
True. To a point. In some European...

True. To a point.

In some European countries, tipping more than some change can be considered an insult. Eg. Germany. If you had a meal in a restaurant and the bill came to Euros 120 and you left...
Forum: Tipping September 13th, 2006, 08:16 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 24,312
Posted By Meercat
Ref. Crewmember's post. In a land based...

Ref. Crewmember's post.

In a land based hotel, if anybody (regardless of age) messed up a room with (for example) vomit repeatedly, the hotel would be fully within its rights to levy a charge for...
Forum: Cunard August 18th, 2006, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,547
Posted By Meercat
By crossings, I assume you mean transatlantic...

By crossings, I assume you mean transatlantic crossings.

Queen Mary 2 has taken over the role of doing transatlantic crossings.

This decision was taken as QE2 is becoming less able to meet...
Forum: Cunard July 14th, 2006, 10:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,833
Posted By Meercat
My wife and I (40 and 32 at the time) did a...

My wife and I (40 and 32 at the time) did a segment of the QE2 World cruise and found the other passengers to be extremely pleasant, and dare I say it, more interesting than a younger group that you...
Forum: Cunard June 16th, 2006, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,649
Posted By Meercat
Harwich International

Just a couple of things I'd like to add to help.

The train route quoted is quite correct, but make sure that you get off the train at Harwich International (port), arrival is a few minutes earlier...
Forum: All Things Cruising June 16th, 2006, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,804
Posted By Meercat
Staying in touch

Some intersting thoughts are provoked by the previous postings.

How do you stay in touch with family/party members?

What do you do when you get separated?

On board - who hasn't come up with...
Forum: All Things Cruising June 14th, 2006, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,128
Posted By Meercat
Re. The bright coloured plate..... nice idea -...

Re. The bright coloured plate..... nice idea - but it would need to be a different colour for each day as otherwise you'd have trouble telling whether the time limit ran out yesterday, or the day...
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