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Re: Dave's Digital Postcards from the Western Med on Costa Diadema

Postby Dave » 28 Dec 2015 01:01

tomvet wrote:
Dave wrote:It's lucky for you that there are people like us. I wonder how it would work if everyone always asked the steward(ess) to leave their cabin till last.


Yes! Fit and able bodied adult couple with only yourselves to look after and with just one suitcase ;) that has already being packed and outside the door since before 2am!

This is often the excuse give by many service providers that if they comply to the request of one, then everyone would be looking for the same favour. The world just does not work like that. People look for 'concessions' if they have genuine reasons for asking. We travel with 3 small kids so naturally our preparations take longer and we ask for more time. Most people are not travelling like so, therefore are not likely to seek a concession (well at least for that reason!).

Similarly when on Serena in Dubai, the cabins were not available until 2100h, we had landed in Dubai at 0600 and because we had kids we asked to have the cabin earlier - we were duly allowed access.

I could go on! Teaspoons not available at lunch time - for your tea you use a lollipop stick and for dessert you use a dessert spoon. One staff member was insistent that I could not have a tea spoon - when I asked her would she kindly suggest how a not yet two year old should eat - she duly supplied a tea spoon! I didn't see any evidence of she being inundated with requests for teaspoons thereafter.

This is why God gave us brains, to use them, to assess the request on its merits, establish if the reasons are genuine or not. We make the request and are granted because are reasons are genuine. When we cruised as a couple we complied with the deadlines.

You Brits have rules - us Irish have guidelines!!!!!

...or you could just get up earlier.
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Re: Dave's Digital Postcards from the Western Med on Costa Diadema

Postby Dave » 28 Dec 2015 01:03

tomvet wrote:Just on the issue of the suitcase, for future cruises would you now consider taking two cases and dividing your belongings between them so at least you have some clothes and coffee capsules :D to keep you going until the second case arrived. I think most folk pack like that.

You were lucky that you flew Air France and your first port was Marseilles (France's second largest city with many flights between it and CDG). Think of the mess /hassle you would have if your next ports were places with few direct flights e.g. Katakolon, Iraklion etc. :oops: :oops:

Yes, we did decide that. In hindsight, one case is not such a good idea. :oops:
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Re: Dave's Digital Postcards from the Western Med on Costa Diadema

Postby tomvet » 28 Dec 2015 01:04

Dave wrote:
tomvet wrote:
Dave wrote:It's lucky for you that there are people like us. I wonder how it would work if everyone always asked the steward(ess) to leave their cabin till last.


Yes! Fit and able bodied adult couple with only yourselves to look after and with just one suitcase ;) that has already being packed and outside the door since before 2am!

This is often the excuse give by many service providers that if they comply to the request of one, then everyone would be looking for the same favour. The world just does not work like that. People look for 'concessions' if they have genuine reasons for asking. We travel with 3 small kids so naturally our preparations take longer and we ask for more time. Most people are not travelling like so, therefore are not likely to seek a concession (well at least for that reason!).

Similarly when on Serena in Dubai, the cabins were not available until 2100h, we had landed in Dubai at 0600 and because we had kids we asked to have the cabin earlier - we were duly allowed access.

I could go on! Teaspoons not available at lunch time - for your tea you use a lollipop stick and for dessert you use a dessert spoon. One staff member was insistent that I could not have a tea spoon - when I asked her would she kindly suggest how a not yet two year old should eat - she duly supplied a tea spoon! I didn't see any evidence of she being inundated with requests for teaspoons thereafter.

This is why God gave us brains, to use them, to assess the request on its merits, establish if the reasons are genuine or not. We make the request and are granted because are reasons are genuine. When we cruised as a couple we complied with the deadlines.

You Brits have rules - us Irish have guidelines!!!!!

...or you could just get up earlier.


Guidelines Dave! Not rules!
Try the line of least resistance first - ask for an additional hour!
and if not granted (and it has never been refused) plan B would be to get up earlier!

When you have cruised with your two grandchildren then I'll take your advice and suggestions!!! :D :D
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Re: Dave's Digital Postcards from the Western Med on Costa Diadema

Postby tomvet » 28 Dec 2015 01:05

Dave wrote:
tomvet wrote:Just on the issue of the suitcase, for future cruises would you now consider taking two cases and dividing your belongings between them so at least you have some clothes and coffee capsules :D to keep you going until the second case arrived. I think most folk pack like that.

You were lucky that you flew Air France and your first port was Marseilles (France's second largest city with many flights between it and CDG). Think of the mess /hassle you would have if your next ports were places with few direct flights e.g. Katakolon, Iraklion etc. :oops: :oops:

Yes, we did decide that. In hindsight, one case is not such a good idea. :oops:


'Not such a good idea!' :shock: :shock: :shock: How about 'naive'? :D ;)
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Re: Dave's Digital Postcards from the Western Med on Costa Diadema

Postby Dave » 28 Dec 2015 09:15

tomvet wrote:
Dave wrote:
tomvet wrote:Just on the issue of the suitcase, for future cruises would you now consider taking two cases and dividing your belongings between them so at least you have some clothes and coffee capsules :D to keep you going until the second case arrived. I think most folk pack like that.

You were lucky that you flew Air France and your first port was Marseilles (France's second largest city with many flights between it and CDG). Think of the mess /hassle you would have if your next ports were places with few direct flights e.g. Katakolon, Iraklion etc. :oops: :oops:

Yes, we did decide that. In hindsight, one case is not such a good idea. :oops:


'Not such a good idea!' :shock: :shock: :shock: How about 'naive'? :D ;)

Naive? :think:

Taking one suitcase rather than two had obvious advantages.

Why did our one suitcase arrive late at the ship? We had a connecting flight at Charles de Gaulle airport. The incoming flight arrived late, giving us just enough time to catch the outgoing flight to Genoa. Our suitcase didn't get loaded onto the outgoing flight.

I think it would be naive to think that, if we'd used two suitcases, one might have made it to the second plane while the other one got left behind. I think it's far more likely that we'd have waited for both suitcases to catch up with us.

I said that, in hindsight, one case is not such a good idea. We take very little hand luggage with us on flights - I always take my smallish rucksack and Fred takes a large handbag. We've never wanted to be part of the crowd that struggles to get small suitcases into overhead lockers. We prefer to sit down and push our bags under the seats in front and watch other people trying to squeeze their cases into lockers. However, we decided (in hindsight) it would have been a better idea to have had a second (small) case as hand luggage to carry things like toothbrushes, a change of clothing... and coffee.

I suppose we all learn from experience, but it's still good to have more experienced people pointing out all the bad things that could happen while we're still learning.
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Re: Dave's Digital Postcards from the Western Med on Costa Diadema

Postby Dave » 28 Dec 2015 09:37

tomvet wrote:
Dave wrote:...or you could just get up earlier.


Guidelines Dave! Not rules!
Try the line of least resistance first - ask for an additional hour!
and if not granted (and it has never been refused) plan B would be to get up earlier!

When you have cruised with your two grandchildren then I'll take your advice and suggestions!!! :D :D

Yes, that's something I've yet to experience. Hopefully one day!

I can only imagine what it must be like to cruise with young children. As a parent, my experience of taking my own children on holiday - from just after birth to near-adulthood - is mainly limited to camping in the UK and continental Europe. Finding camp sites in the dark (in the days before satnavs and mobile phones) and pitching tents in the pouring rain and wind were different challenges to what many face today. Perhaps the most difficult occasion was when our ancient Austin Allegro lost all power in the middle of the night on a quiet road in the middle of nowhere - not nice with an 8 week-old baby, an 18 month-old toddler and two dogs!
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Postby Gillzajoker » 28 Dec 2015 15:45

Children, children.....play nicely! This is the FRIENDLY FORUM, remember? :lol:
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