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ginty - Answered a Question by Wilkinson (28 Jul 07 10:22)

Absolutely not fair, a rip off in fact - and considering the number of single people, especially older single people, who travel - it is grossly unfair discrimination and should be stopped. two people travelling together may not necessarily spend more than one person, since a single needs to socialise more than a couple may want to do. stop it now.

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collier - Answered a Question by Wilkinson (27 Jul 07 17:27)

No it is not fair as my mum is also suffering at these prices as my dad died she has to travel alone, would it be an idea to have a contact service where 2 women could possibly share a cabin in this situatio.

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robinson - Answered a Question by Wilkinson (27 Jul 07 17:43)

I am a single passenger, it is not fair that we are charged the single supplement. I think all cruise lines should accomodate for the single passenger but they want to get as much out of a single traveller.

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DAVIES - Answered a Question by Wilkinson (27 Jul 07 18:03)

No this is not fair at all i am also single and very unhappy about the surcharg.

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Fulton - Answered a Question by Wilkinson (27 Jul 07 19:01)

I wholeheartedly agree with you - many cruise lines charge 100% surcharges for solo occupation of double cabins - even on fly cruises where the cruise companies have only to pay one air fare, one set of port taxes and one solo transfer costs and give the passenger no allowance for the airseat, port tax or transfer not paid for by them. As a single myself, I am fed up being ripped off too. The sooner Cruise Companies realise that more and more solo people are taking holidays alone the better. Always do thorough research - some very good companies only charge 25% single occupancy charges for the sole use of a double cabin. The QE2 has a number of single cabins. QM2 - this year have reduced their single supplement to 75% for outside cabins, but remain at 100% for inside cabins. Also look out for offers like 2 for the price of 1. Hope that this is of help - JW.

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Bennett - Answered a Question by Wilkinson (27 Jul 07 20:09)

I am totally fed up too. I have given up going on holiday because I feel I am being ripped off. In hotels you get the worse bedroom and pay more for it as well. Some ships let you share with a stranger. I am not prepared to spend big money to do this. I was recently quoted over £7,000 for a cabin shared with a total stranger. A cruise company could make good money if I ran single only cruises. This would appeal to people of all age groups. The holiday companies need to wake up to the fact that there is a huge market in catering for single people.

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Thompson - Answered a Question by Wilkinson (27 Jul 07 20:47)

Hello, I work for Classic International Cruises, & we have cruises departing every friday from Athens with no single supplement. Our website address is www.cic-cruises.com We also have designated single cacins on most of our other cruises. I hope this information may be of help, Penny Thompso.

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Bell - Answered a Question by Wilkinson (27 Jul 07 22:31)

Well done CIC. This practice of doubles only also works against people like us who have an adult daughter who is debarred from coming with us by the extra cost, which means we tend not to cruise now. Cruise lines should be forced to provide a proportion of single use cabins. The cost would be negligible, but accountants rule nowadays.

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Lainchbury - Answered a Question by Wilkinson (27 Jul 07 22:32)

I agree that the surcharge is totally unfair and discriminates. As ships are often not registered in the UK I don't suppose any equal opportunities legislation covers the issue. I simply refuse to pay any tips as I believe the company have already taken an excessive "service" charge from me.

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Protheroe - Answered a Question by Wilkinson (27 Jul 07 22:56)

It is definitely unfair since a high proportion of people on cruises are elderly and have lost there partners. We would probably cruise more often is prices were more reasonable and of course if more single cabins were available. Patrick, Nottingha.

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