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  1. OBC can work sometimes when booking a cruise, we always take the free parking which can be a big saving on a long cruise. The only problem I see is that any spend once onboard taken against the OBC does not take into account any discount we receive for our Peninsula club membership. This does not kickin until the OBC is used up. We find that the OBC usually covers the charge for the tips and a few drinks. What we do now is any excursions we want to do we booked before we sail therefore we get our discount on this costs. So you have to play the system. Like most things in life you don't get any
    4 points
  2. When I first started cruising, on board credit was seen as a huge extra when booking. If you got a decent price and some on board credit, you were onto a good deal. Now though it seems to be very different. On board credit offers seem to be on all the time (a bit like a DFS sale) and the amounts are much lower than they once were, unless youโ€™re booking a suite that it. Am I the only one nowadays that would just prefer a better overall price on the cruise?
    3 points
  3. Are there any rumblings about P&O offering drinks packages? Princess have already launched their packages, Holland America have been offering them free of charge on selected promotions and even Cunard are offering free drinks in their Grills. With all of these Carnival branded (and UK based) companies offering them, not to mention Fred Olsen (also sterling onboard) having a very successful daily package will P&O follow suit?
    3 points
  4. I have always checked my onboard account on a regular basis either by viewing our account on interactive tv or by asking for print out on P&O. We have had a few issues on our account over the years of drinks we have not ordered and most major a wrong charge on our account for a handbag purchased in one of the shops. P&O tried to blame Harding Bros until after a few days of complaint sand hitting my head against a brick wall with reception asked to see Finance Manager. He tried to say wait until you get home and ring Southampton to sort out which I refused. I told him that on arrival in
    3 points
  5. I think if they introduce drinks packages they will stop people from taking their own drink on board as one would defeat the other.
    3 points
  6. We used the Wine package on P&O and would not bother again ,Fair choice of wine but will buy it by the glass next time ? Will they have All inclusive drink packages ,that would be nice if they included soft drink's and Tea and Coffee in it ,but as there drink prices are reasonable compared to other lines I am happy if it stay's that way.....Davybe
    3 points
  7. I have noticed that on the last few cruises we have taken with P&O the restaurant that is for set times is always full on both sitting. We have spoken to other guests who wanted to move from Freedom to fixed time and they had been told that no spaces were available. So that must tell the cruise lines that a lot of passengers still like set times. Me and my holiday included, so for me long may it continue.
    3 points
  8. There is a simple reason why P&O restaurants are always full for both sittings - and it is not necessarily because a lot of passengers like set times. It is much easier for cruise lines to operate fixed time dining because they know how many meals to prepare for each sitting. If you opt for a "Saver" fare, you will forfeit the right to demand a dining preference - and P&O will decide when and where they want you to dine. By ensuring that both of the fixed sittings are full, they manage the numbers on freedom dining. In theory, that should prevent excessive queues at peak ti
    2 points
  9. On our cruise on Azura, in March, someone did have a free drinks deal. Trouble was, it was not provided by P&O - they somehow found a way to put their drinks on our card. How do you prove that you've not bought something. We had bar managers insisting we have "forgotten" going into various bars and buying drinks and it was only when we could prove we were in MDR at the time stated on the drinks bill that there was no hassle. Reception seemed to want to wash their hands of the problem - referring us to bar managers, despite us insisting that we had never used that venue. This took up man
    2 points
  10. Please keep meal times bookable, early or late. Think what a commotion it would cause if most of the passengers turned up at the same time.
    2 points
  11. sinbad10

    Military Benefits

    Sorry but why should you get extra OBC just because you have served in the military there are many people that do just as an important job in serving the country i.e. police, fire, NHS workers and many more who do not get anything what makes the military so different.
    2 points
  12. As the OP say's most cruise lines offer something as an incentive ,personally like the P&O Select promotions which give you a choice of booking perks, which includes Extra OBC we pick the Coach offer ,some prefer the Car Parking ,and any extra OBC is welcome ,would that be the main reason I booked a cruise ,no but it would enter the equation ....Davybe
    2 points
  13. I would love this. Come on P&O catch up!
    2 points
  14. Is it downhill though Pesky Pirate? I'm not sure it is. As OWT quite rightly pointed out, we are just a tiny proportion of cruise enthusiasts on this forum, while many people the world over, to prefer open seating dining and the freedom to choose when they want to sit down and eat, not have it dictated to them. When you think of relaxation, you don't envisage being told when you have to dine. That's something I used to accept as my love for cruising was greater than my dislike for sittings but since freedom dining came in, we have never looked back.
    2 points
  15. Surely P&O will follow suit soon. They must be considering it with so many rival brands already having them in place. Look at the success Royal Caribbean and Celebrity have had since they started offering packages on board. Not forgetting NCL too since they made the switch to all-inclusive. It's an expense that will always worry passengers so to have a drinks package in place takes that stress and concern over on board spend away. It alleviates the worry for people as they know they have a package and what that package entails. The only thing I can think that is holding P&O back f
    2 points
  16. i think it will be around for a while yet on lines that still attract traditional cruise passengers, fred olsen, p&o, cunard, celebrity, royal caribbean, princess but i think it will be phased out eventually when the new generation passengers are the majority. most 6* lines are open sitting, saga, but these are generally smaller ships so open sitting is easier to handle, if the new big ships operate all open dining they will have to have a good system in place to cope with the demand of seating 1000's of guests as they turn up
    2 points
  17. There is no such thing in this life as a free lunch! The cost will be somewhere its all about how its packaged. For me its all about the overall package and I am getting value for money for the trip I want to take. I
    1 point
  18. I started back in 2007-ish with Thomson on Le Calypso for a week around Greek Islands. Then later Emerald Princess Western Caribbean and P&O Ventura from Barbados for 14 nights. Now I go mainly on P&O adult-only ships and Princess Cruises from Southampton plus some cruises from Tilbury on CMV line ships. Have done two Dinner, Shows and Stay Onboard with Saga Pearl 2 and Fred Olsen Black Watch. And, lastly, I have done a 4-nighter with Cunard on Queen Victoria -- loved it. To come in 2017/2018 -- Oriana, Magellan and Sapphire Princess.
    1 point
  19. I take the printed e tickets along with my travel insurance documents in a file with other relevant details and photo copies of passport, E.111 etc. and nearest relative if something should happen to me. Perhaps I am organized, but I keep a file from the date I book until I get back home.
    1 point
  20. Sincerely hope not. We have done anytime dining once and hated it. Much prefer reserving 2nd sitting, it's what the holiday is about, can go to Macdonalds any time.
    1 point
  21. Well done Sinbad10 in handling it so well! So if I go on a cruise and find on disembarkation a man shackled to Reception as I leave I know that it is you having a dispute ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
    1 point
  22. We have been on several cruises with Celebrity where the price included a drinks package. We didn't find any evidence of people abusing the system by drinking excessively, in fact, we have booked another cruise aboard the Celebrity Silhouette. The drinks package played a big part in our choosing of the cruise line.
    1 point
  23. Having done both I have to admit we love the timed seating option. On our last cruise we had the same table every night and could stroll in between 6-6.30pm and be seated immediately. The last one we did we freedom dining entailed waiting around for 15-30 minutes to be seated, then a different table each night, sometimes sharing. If timed dining is seen to be old fashioned then so be it, but it works for us.
    1 point
  24. We always find it a problem to use up on board credit as firstly we are non drinkers, secondly the offerings in on board shops are not to our taste. We are not spa enthusiasts, nor foidies sinspeciality restsurants are a waste of time and we dislike organized excursions as we have done over 100 cruise and seen everything we have wanted to. We just enjoy cruising in the sun and seeing different places everyday. On a recent 12 day cruise we had $400 each obc so once again, family members got new watches courtesy of the cruiseline. i would much prefer a reduction in price.
    1 point
  25. Tillywhim

    Adonia part 3

    Hi, I read that post yesterday after writing mine and I was quite shocked as we have just had a totally different experience to that. We are not new to cruising, (27 years), I have written my post from our honest experience so I really hope you experience the same.
    1 point
  26. Interesting how different passengers find ships. Countrygirl gives a very different description of Adonia and is pisitively glowing in her comments. Reading both I wondered if they are describing the same vessel.
    1 point
  27. ยฃ140? and the rest I think.
    1 point
  28. I think that a single person who gets on board credit should also get the extra percentage of the obc equivalent to the single supplement. Seems fair to me.
    1 point
  29. Totally agree OBC, Drinks Packages, cruise companies should just lower their prices and offer better value for money, especially for solo travellers
    1 point
  30. There is a saying that there's no such thing as a free lunch, or drinks package in this context. However you spin this the customer always pays, yes it's nice if you manage to get a free drinks offer, but the cost will be in the price somewhere, maybe not your's but somebody will pay; and if the Celebrity experience is anything to go by then it's those passengers not getting a free package. In the 3 years from them introducing drinks packages, the cost of their drinks increased by about 30/40%, and the reason is simple they want to encourage as many passengers as possible to buy the pack
    1 point
  31. We love to be able to dine when we want. We are on holiday and want to relax and do as we please.
    1 point
  32. personally I dont think they need it, i like that they offer on board credit which you can use to purchase drinks if you wish but if not you have the option to spend it on something else, no point having a drinks package if you dont drink. its all about personal choice, i like that on board credit can give you that
    1 point
  33. I think the demand must be there for it and work for P&O they have had it on for a good few years now
    1 point
  34. I think the likes of P&O need to change the promotion every now and again. The on board credit promotion never seems to end Maybe instead of the obc the good lower the prices? But then would this effect the saver prices?
    1 point
  35. Sometimes it can be I have seen some cruises recently that had really large sums of credit, and recently with celebrity they have extended this to offer credit to additional passengers in the cabin which is something I had not seen before
    1 point
  36. The select fares are fine Davybe, but I think they are at risk of going stale. RCI and Celebrity tend to rotate their promotions quarterley, in order to target particular passenger groups. In my opinion the benefit is subjective I'd rather pay more upfront and have everything included than have a lower price with a predetermined amount of 'free' onboard money to spend.
    1 point
  37. They can go all open dining for me , much prefer Freedom/anytime dining. worked well on both Eclipse and Britannia no problems on either ship getting a table for two, often the same table. On Oceana we saw them Queuing at 5pm for a 6pm opening ,you may as well book a set time as queue for an hour to get as one lay put it "our Table" How it works on each ship will depend on whether the kitchen's can cope ,the newer ship's seem better at coping with open dining than the older ones...Davybe
    1 point
  38. Thanks for the input Sammy. If you look at the bigger picture there have long been 'premium' all inclusive resorts which don't have any ongoing problems. I do believe I read another forum member paying around ยฃ500.00 per person to stay at a Riu resort, surely if price was the big incentive for those who wish to abuse inclusive alcohol these resorts would be facing constant aggravation. I believe Holland America tend to offer a maximum number of their drinks when they have the promotions active, perhaps this would be a valid way to have the promotion, but without excessive abuse.
    1 point
  39. -To follow on I started an earlier topic about P&O launching drinks packages. surely this would be more enticing to the average cruiser?
    1 point
  40. I do however appreciate that we all have differing opinions and therefore we like what we like. Some will love sittings whereas others are not keen. It's each to their own but cruise lines will always look to the majority when making decisions for the future. Open seating is much more in-keeping with the modern day mindset when going out or on holiday.
    1 point
  41. They are doing away with everything else so they might as well go totally downhill.
    1 point
  42. Being one who doesn't take gadgets on holiday, not only in case they get lost or stolen but also because I am on holiday after all I print them off. I take the cheapest phone and a decent camera and that's it. I did like it when you got proper tickets not the do it yourself job. It was part of the experience.
    1 point
  43. As already said the majority of the luxury brands, 5 star, are open sitting. Royal Caribbean already devote 50% of dining to open sitting on all their ships. All ships operate open dining for breakfast and lunch so why not dinner, same number of passengers. As I have said many times before, the world of cruising is changing and traditional cruising will soon be a thing of the past. Passengers are on holiday, they want to eat when they want to, not when the ships says they can, they don't in the main want dressing up but to feel at ease when enjoying a meal. They want 'all inclusive' not be cha
    1 point
  44. I think this is an aspect of cruising that will greater the divide between different styles of cruising. I agree with Furby that many traditional lines, in my opinion, will retain the sitting times at least for a while into the future. It all depends on the movement of the market and what people are looking for. P&O have made considerable changes to the way they operate their cruises over the past few years so perhaps they will adopt the idea of going completely open seating if it's what the majority of people prefer. I think Royal Caribbean will be one of the first to do away with si
    1 point
  45. Started with Celebrity now in Elite plus Seven cruises on Eclipse alone plus Millennium Constellation and Equinox . RCI several ships from their smallest to Indy and Navigator. P&O Britannia ,Arcadis x2 Azura Oceana x3. And One on Cunard QE, enjoyed them all some better than others ....Davybe
    1 point
  46. I just think it is totally wrong that virtually at the same time that Cunard have increased drinks prices spirits especially that they then offer US cruisers a "drinks on us" offer if you book a balcony and above. So next year UK cruisers will be mugs in paying these stupidly extortionate new prices while US cruisers will be sitting there drinking as much and whatever they like for free.
    1 point
  47. Oh I think it would Davy, prior to the takeover, sorry merger, P&O was in discussions with Royal Caribbean and had signed a heads of agreement letter. Of course it wasn't P&O that either of them wanted but Princess which was the jewel in P&O's crown. Personally I think a takeover by RCI would have been better, but we will never know. It did of course hasten RCI to invest more heavily in Celebrity instead and IMO they are now ahead of Princess in the Premium main stream sector at least in terms of quality if not yet in stateroom capacity. If the original merger had gone
    1 point
  48. Or in another word, No..... . As has been said, it depends what you want out of cruising. From my perspective, I think food and service were considerably better back in 2003 and the ships being built then are more to my taste (i.e. Oriana & Aurora as opposed to Azura/Britannia). Others who prefer multiple dining choices and find it hard to do without a balcony will understandably disagree with my view. Horses for courses...
    1 point
  49. In one word YES/////////////////////////////
    1 point
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