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Everything posted by AFC04/03

  1. this is an interesting idea, it would certainy be met with a warm reception over there. Hong Kong has a connection with Cunard aswell with the Original Queen Elizabeth having sunk there.
  2. Fred olsen's drinks package is £20.00 per person per night, IMO hardly over the top. I would be interested to know if the Fred's cruises on this forum also were victim to such a price hike for drinks and overall cruise prices compared to the celebrity/Rci crowd.
  3. Thats exactly the thing, i think the all round product P&O offer is what would give the incentive for passengers to book, not the value of the 'perk' such as OBC, hence the reason for me saying it may be getting stale. its very rare people get excited for a new P&O promotion now IMO because it is repetitive.
  4. 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.
  5. It's true you cannot pick your clients and price doesnt always impact who books, I cannot see why P&O wouldn't be keen on the idea its not as if they have a notorious reputation for passenger trouble. As Davybe said above the prices are reasonable, perhaps its a fear of the bottom line that prevents P&O from making the jump.
  6. 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 £500.00 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.
  7. -To follow on I started an earlier topic about P&O launching drinks packages. surely this would be more enticing to the average cruiser?
  8. 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 you’re booking a suite that it. Am I the only one nowadays that would just prefer a better overall price on the cruise?
  9. 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?
  10. Please correct me if I am wrong, I am sure I have read somewhere that back in the 70's-80's cruisers were assigned a sun bed corresponded to their cabin?
  11. We had an amazing seafood melody at the fish market, they also have a hop on hop off bus in the town centre (one of those little trains). If you want to stay closer to the ship but eat well and see the sights this could be an option.
  12. Hi Charlielou Go for it! its great value for money
  13. I'm sure I read somewhere all of the balconies have a sofa, so they cant be too small!
  14. Good morning fellow forumer's, I am in Thailand next month after a breif stop in Singapore. if anyone has any advice regarding must see sights, dining or activities please feel free to leave a comment. I am specifically staying in Singapore (1 night) Bangkok (2nights) Phuket (2 nights) and the Phi Phi islands (5 nights)
  15. Good morning Forum, its been a while! i have been looking at a couple of cruises for this year and 2 are aboard Oriana. has anybody been onboard since her refurbishment? I have been hesitant to travel on her in the past due to feedback from friends. any info would be really appreciated. thanks AFC
  16. Here's a thought... constructive criticisim. The admin team have been very quick to try and answer any questions we the members have had. I havent been on the forum for a while and cannot see that much has changed i can still navigate my way around easily, but if i do encounter any bugs I will be prompt to make admin aware of it. I will not, however label this forum as a disaster, failure or terrible for a glitch. The forum has been fun and enlightening for us all and given the chance, it will continue to be.
  17. Thanks CC, I agree with your comment re 'letting them win', however the point I was trying to make in my initial post was that the quality of these resorts would also most likely diminish, not through any fault of their own simpy due to circumstance. This would then possibly turn more people onto cruising if the locations are suitable. I know that there are more important things than a holiday and I really dont want this post to appear self centered it is not my intention.
  18. My favorite regular moan on trip advisor is when there is a one star review because all inclusive doesn't include a specific brand of alcohol, but the rest of the holiday was great. ridiculous!
  19. The western world is currently in a state of turmoil, typical holiday destinations are no longer considered safe. What is going to happen to the cruise industry? in fact holidaying in general. I love the sun, one of my favorite places to travel is Sharm el Sheikh, I love the large resorts, the beaches and of course the guaranteed weather. I will no longer go to Sharm through concern for my family. In part the media can cause this angst, in fact if you type Sharm el Sheikh into google one of the most common searches returned is Sharm el Sheikh terrorist attack. that would put almost anyone
  20. Are you sailing into Dubai afterwords CC?
  21. Yes yes yes you will not be dissapointed Cruise Chef!! I had family who lived in Abu Dhabi for two years and was lucky enough to visit a few times. If you are a F1 fan Yas island is a must do and if you are feeling fit you can rent bikes and ride the track! if you want something more sedate overlooking the course, Skylite the rooftop bar of the viceroy is stunning. The Palace hotel is another must do and judging by your name its well worth stopping here for lunch/dinner, If you have an overnight call. the pastries in the main atrium are heavenly, and if you have time, Hakkasan the Chinese rest
  22. They are really good my Grandparents used to use them when Ports direct worked with Fred Olsen, you could either book a shared car down or book a private transfer. They aren't the cheapest but they sort all your luggage out and the fleet is nice and new.
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