Advantages Caring company, brilliant destinations
Disadvantages Use only Virgin Atlantic which is a major disadvantage if flying from Manchester
Being a member of Virgin Holiday Club you may think I am a bit biased when writing this report but this is not the case, I can assure you, ( see my report on Virgin Atlantic Airways)~~o0o~~
In writing this opinion my remarks DO NOT INCLUDE Virgin Atlantic Airways which are a different part of the Virgin Empire, I am merely talking about Virgin Holidays only..We book with Virgin Holidays most years to Florida and generally enjoy the whole Virgin Holidays experience (normally !!)..One their Reps a couple of years ago was a little brusk to say the least, but generally speaking they do look after you, however this year (2001) we are doing our own independent holiday to Florida and flying with British Airways due to our experiences with Virgin Atantic Northern based Operations at Manchester Airport....
~~o0o~~Virgin tend to make a point of making sure their clients are better looked after, the airport greeting is usually very well organised and there are reps all over the airport at various strategic points waiting to guide you to the baggage carousel, car hire desks or transportationpick up points for non driving Virgins, it is appreciated that you are going to be tired so theres always a personalised information pack waiting for you with one of the airport reps giving deatils of the welcome meeting, also when and where you can find your rep shouold you need to see them.
~~o0o~~The information given out at the welcome meetings is factual and useful, there is no generally no pushy selling technique, and the presentations are usually fun to be at even if you know what is coming, theres even a special sales desk for frequent Virgins who don't want to see the presentation and know what they want to buy or do through Virgin.....
The hotels on offer are excellent, particularly Virgin Flagship hotels, with all the little extras given to their clients are a nice touch such as a free copy of the Daily Mail every day and the mail on Sunday at the weekends ( printed under licence locally)..~~o0o~~
Its a pity Virgin Atlantic doesn't take a leaf from Virgin Holidays on how to look after its regular clients, if you are looking to go to the USA and in particular Florida for the first time then you could do a lot worse that give Virgin Holidays a go...Virgin Atlantic may have lost their sparkle in recent years, the flight attendents are more like Trolley Dollys than professional Flight Crew, and care less and less for their passengers who are treated like charter passengers rather than Scheduled, however, Virgin Holidays tend to look after their clients very well whilst in florida....its just a pity Virgin Atlantic don't do the same.....
~~o0o~~Book through your local travel agent as there are usually discounts available, but if you book direct with Virgin you pay the brochure price which seems a bit silly as you are cutting out the agents commision by booking direct, you'd think that they would at least offer you the holiday minus the agents commission ... frequent Virgins also get bonuses like an automatic car upgrade and discounts on the excursions so its worth being part of the club.....if you haved booked or have made at least three separate holidays with Virgin Holidays then you may join the club, I got a free T'shirt, personalised luggage tags,membershhip card and welcome pack all for FREE...
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|How good were the guides?||Good|
|How satisfied were you with the Hotel/Appartement||Very satisfied|
|Quality of the tour in general||Excellent|
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