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What makes the best cheap cruise holidays

What Makes the Best Cheap Cruise Holidays

If you are considering spending a holiday on a cruise again – or you are a first timer looking for a good cruise – then you will certainly have many things going on in your mind. With a plethora of cruise liners ready to take you through varied destinations, it is almost confusing. For someone who has been on a cruise holiday before, it is somewhat easier to decide; but for someone new to the cruise holiday concept it is very daunting. Most people have a doubt about what makes the best cheap cruise holidays. As widely known fact is that cruise holidays are not economical enough on your pockets.

When you are looking for the best cheap cruise holiday, you need to be ready with your wish list, as it will help you find that best cheap cruise holiday for you and your family. The wish list means that you need to have decided the kind or style of cruise holiday you want to take. Whether you want a rocking and adventurous trip, or a more relaxed and calm holiday, or a cultural vacation needs to be decided beforehand.

The most important thing is your budget. Decide well, it as it will also underpin the services you get on board. Next, finalise the number of days you have to spend on a cruise holiday. Ideally, most people go for a week or ten day cruise holiday as it makes for a cheap cruise holiday. However, the cruise lines also offer vacations to the length of a fortnight or even a month and longer.

After having decided the days, now it is time to mark the cities you would like to see on your cruise holiday. Keep your itinerary such that you have enough time to see each place as well as enjoy the activities offered on the cruise. Advice can be taken from an agent when looking for the best cheap cruise holiday for you. Keep in mind the activities you want to enjoy on the cruise.

The normal cruise holiday package includes the cost of flights and transfers, accommodation, food, entertainment and some even include drinks. However, it is advisable to call the cruise company before booking your holiday to check out the activities covered in the package. They can suggest to you the ship that has the activities of your interest, as well as fitting your budget.

A best cheap cruise holiday should be comprised of the activities that you are interested in, as well as taking you to the places that you want to visit. Buying a ‘cruise only’ package is another option for a cheap cruise holiday, but then you will need to pay for your own flights and transfers. The cruise holiday packages don’t include the on-shore excursions or any personal shopping.

The best cheap cruise holiday should offer enough entertainment with music and standup comedy shows, shopping plazas and relaxation opportunities. You should enjoy your holidays to the fullest, and not be bored for even a second.

Hey my limo hire company have not turned up

Hey My Limo Hire Company Have not Turned Up

There have been instances where limousines have been reserved and booked at a very cheap price from which resulted in limousines failing to turn up to the customers door steps, this has been reported by a few of our limousine hire Manchester customers. In this situation customers are often confused as to what they can do and how to handle this situation.

In the majority of cases, liabilities to limo hire companies is limited as the customer may have not paid the full amount what the limo hire operator required, or the limo company may only may be operating on a part time basis with one limousine. If in the instance of your limousine not arrive on your big day, customers are entitled to claim their deposit from their limousine operator.

We have some tips and advice when it comes to hiring a limousine before the big day.

1. Not to go on price alone when it coming to limo hire. A low price does not mean a better service or quality of the limousine.

2. Wherever possible, view the limousine before hire at the companies’ premises you are hiring from. You don’t want a old limo arriving when you expect a new style limousine.

3. Do not take the first quote offered. Consider looking at several companies before committing a deposit to hire.

4. Ask your family and friends, if they can recommend a company which they have used and know the service is good.

5. Ask what extras will be supplied with the limo.

6. Give full details of your hire and ask the limo hire company how much time you have the limo for, i.e. any extra charges you may not be aware of, some companies charge extra for photos etc.

7. Remember Companies charge if there is excessive rubbish or mess in the limo when you have finished using it for your occasion. It is worth considering taking a plastic bag to place rubbish in at the end of your travel.

8. Drunkenness and bad or abusive behavior can result in the limo company terminating your agreement, even if you may be 50 miles from home. Do not allow any one member of your party to ruin things for you.

Most limo companies will do everything in their power to provide good service to their customers, including making sure that they do not overbook their limos and ensuring that the driver arrives on time. It is important to remember that the company with the lowest cost is not always the best company for the job.

Make your special occasion a time to remember and you will find the limo hire company welcoming your repeat custom and probably giving you a good price for your next limo hire.

Making a cheap holiday to tenerife even cheaper – a guide to the fine art of haggling

Making A Cheap Holiday To Tenerife Even Cheaper – A Guide To The Fine Art Of Haggling

Tenerife is famous for its markets, and of course there is nothing quite as satisfying as haggling yourself to a bargain. The trouble is that many Brits abroad are too afraid to try their hand at bartering, fearing that bargaining their way to cheaper prices will make them seem cheap or break the traditional British reserve. In this guide, I shall explain the cut and thrust of the wonderfully addictive game of market bargaining, but first a few tips on where to find the best markets in Tenerife…

Torviscas Market and Los Cristianos are perhaps the biggest markets in Tenerife, and a great opportunity to brush up on your haggling skills. It also boasts the biggest range of products to get your teeth stuck into (figuratively speaking) – clothing, fashion, books, electricals, jewellery and even property! Obviously, you don’t want to get too wrapped up in the haggling and end up buying the latter, but in terms of range of goods to buy, these two cannot be beaten.

On Friday mornings, the Golf Del Sur market is a good choice for those staying nearby. It’s quite new, but is already picking up in terms of popularity with a varied number of stalls offering an interesting mix of goods. The night market at Los Abrigos offers a unique atmosphere, and despite a smaller selection of stalls offers a nice range of beautiful jewelery. Finally the African market at Santa Cruz is a site to behold: made up of over 300 stalls of fresh produce, this is the perfect place to practice your bartering – just don’t take too long, because the tastiest fruit and vegetables tend to go very quickly!

So now you know the best places to try haggling in Tenerife, the question becomes how it is done. Here’s the best advice I’ve got to ensuring you bag the best deal…

1)Know the market

Whilst it can be tempting to throw yourself in at the deep end and start haggling over every item that catches your interest on the first day of your Tenerife holiday, it actually pays to spend a little time getting to know the general prices of the island. Spend a few hours making a wish list of items you’d like to pick up, and assessing how much they tend to go for – work out what is and isn’t a reasonable price before you start your first haggle.

2)Be polite and keep your sense of humor

Haggling at a market is supposed to be fun, and you won’t improve your chances by being surly and rude. Keep it slightly playful and you’ll be more likely to avoid offense and score the bargain you’re looking for.

3)Be ready to walk away

Walking away is actually a very important part of the haggling dance. If the bartering has reached an impasse and the merchant is refusing to drop the price any lower, don’t be afraid to walk away. If it looks like the merchant is going to lose the sale, he may well follow you with ‘one last offer’.

4)Convert the price into your own currency

This sounds obvious but you need a good handle on the currency before you begin. Tenerife uses the Euro, so get your head around a rough conversion rate before you begin – loosely, £1 is equivalent to 1.5 Euros, so bear this in mind – you don’t want to haggle for ages only to eventually work out you were arguing over pennies!

5)Hesitation is your friend

Your best friend in the exciting world of haggling isn’t actually your words, it’s the absence of them. Show some hesitation in responding to an offer, and your merchant may quickly produce a better offer for fear of failing to close a sale. Don’t overuse the tactic or it will be seen through quite easily, but hesitation is perfect because it implies you’re tempted, and will make the seller think he’s nearly there. This is best used when approaching a price you’re willing to pay.

6)Bargaining isn’t just about price

The price is the main thing naturally, but extra value doesn’t need to simply come from a few quid knocked off! Extras items and services can be used to barter – agree to pay the price suggested, if your seller agrees to throw in another item you’re interested. If the bargaining has become stale, this is a good way to reignite the discussion and bring you closer to a bargain to brag about!

7)Dress down

Appearance shouldn’t come into the haggling experience, but it really does! Put yourself in the sellers shoes: If someone comes to you saying they can’t afford to spend more than £8 on the vase, are you more or less likely to believe them if they’re wearing an Armani suit and Rolex wrist watch? Dress down, and don’t give the impression that you have the money to pay their top price if you want to secure the best bargain.

8)Point out imperfections before you begin

It’s a standard rule that you play down the item you’re interested in purchasing before a price is first named. If you mention the uneven paintwork on a vase before asking the price, the seller is just more likely to name a more reasonable cost in the first place, which makes bartering them down that little bit easier…

9)Set a maximum price you’re willing to pay

Before you start the process, think of what you’re actually willing to pay, and what you’d like to part with. By setting a maximum and ideal value, you can have clear boundaries to work in, and can accurately assess whether you’re likely to reach a price point you’re happy with. It will also ensure you don’t feel disgusted at how much you’ve paid later, thinking you got a bargain at the time.

10) A facial expression is worth a thousand words

I mentioned earlier the power of silence in producing a swift drop in price, but that only tells the aural side – visuals also play a huge part in the bartering process, and while keeping your poker face when a superbly low offer is handed your way is important, looking skeptical, horrified or even laughing at a bad offer can be just as powerful. Sometimes such a reaction can prompt a price drop without you even having to open your mouth (though obviously it helps with the laughter) so bear this in mind if an opportunity arises.

Haggling is a great way of making a cheap holiday to Tenerife even cheaper! The most important thing about all this is to have fun though. I wouldn’t recommend you try haggling too much on items you really want, because it will seriously limit your ability to ‘play the game’ effectively with that all important bargaining method: walking away and looking elsewhere.

Some advice about western caribbean cruises

Some Advice About Western Caribbean Cruises

We were on the Radiance of the Seas for the western Caribbean cruise on November 28/04.  This was our second cruise with Royal Caribbean with our first last year on the larger Adventure of the Seas.  After one cruise with RCI, I expected roughly the same standards with the Radiance and in general, I wasn’t disappointed.  

Staterooms:

Our stateroom was an inside aft cabin and we were not disappointed.  It was roomy enough and the lighting was adequate.  Closet space and drawers were also sufficient for our use.  We noticed that the double beds here were actually a bit better than the one we had on the Adventure since we couldn’t really feel the split between the two separate beds like we did last time.  If there’s one thing that can be improved is the shower curtain.  The one installed was not adequate in keeping in all the water from the shower.  The shower on the Adventure utilized a double glass door system which was far superior.  Otherwise, the cabin was nice and dark for sleeping at night.  Although we heard a little noise from the cabins next to us, it was minimal.  We didn’t miss having any window or balcony at all since we were hardly ever in our stateroom.  We were either at port or elsewhere on the ship and went back to our cabins just to relax or sleep.  We would definitely book an inside cabin again with RCI unless we had a free upgrade.

Dining:

The main Cascades dining room was nice and meals were good.  Breakfasts had the same menu every morning.  Lunch at the dining room was okay.  The dinners were good but not every meal item was a winner.  There was the odd appetizer and dessert that was not up to par.  One thing that my partner noticed was that the portions of the main courses seemed to be smaller than those served on the Adventure.  We usually went upstairs to the Windjammer to get more food after dining at the Cascades.  In some parts of the Cascades room, the tables were placed too cramp so walking to out own table was tricky at times. The self serve Windjammer was good.  It usually had more variety of food than served downstairs at the Cascades.  Breakfast and lunch were busy at the Windjammer but during evenings, most people chose to dine at the Cascades.  The two other optional restaurants onboard Portafino and Choppe House were available at $20 US per person but we never tried them since the meals already included at the Cascades and Windjammer were fine by us.  Other passengers who did go to these optional rooms told us that they were nothing special.  There was another cafe available during late evenings called the Seaview and they provided fare such as sandwiches, salads and burgers.  This was a nice feature.  One thing we did object to was that they charged for the coffee and tea there.  There was also a specialty coffee place on the main centrum of the ship and they also charged.  We had more availability of free beverages on the Adventure.

Service:

The service by the stateroom attendants and dining room staff was top notch as expected.

Entertainment:

The evening shows at the Aurora Theatre were a mix of the ship’s own crew of dancers and singers plus some outside comics and singers.  In general, the shows were quite good.  We would have liked them to mix up the entertainment each night rather than allocate music, comedy and magic into different evenings.  Rather than an entire show of magic, we would have preferred each night featuring a variety of entertainment.  Live music around the ship was a nice added touch.

Amenities:

Although smaller than the Adventure, the Radiance had fine amenities including the gym/spa, mini golf, pools and the shops.  There was internet access but at 50 cents per minute, the service is a bit steep.  There were things to do during the days at sea such as art auctions, cooking demos and dance classes.  However, we felt that there was more offered on the Adventure.  As for embarking and disembarking, there was no problem on the Radiance.  The 6th level contained the casino and for non-smokers, this was a problem.  The ventilation in the casino was not great and as a result, cigarette smoke travelled to adjacent areas near the casino.  My partner wanted to avoid going on the 6th level whenever possible.

In summary, we enjoyed our cruise on the Radiance of the Seas.  However, comparing it to the larger Adventure of the Seas, we would rate the larger ship a bit higher.  We liked the huge promenade on the Adventure which was not available on a smaller ship like the Radiance.  Given a choice in the future, we would opt for the larger ship.  For first time cruisers, the Radiance would still be a good ship to vacation on.  This is simply the case of where veteran cruisers would expect more especially if they have been on higher end ships.