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I cruised with Princess for the first time last month after only cruising with P&O, I travelled on Royal and have also been on Britannia and as they are sister ships I was interested to see how they compared. I much preferred the decor on Royal Princess but still prefer P&O as a cruise line. I know they are part of the same company but I was still shocked at how alike they were. I thought the service, entertainment and food were all on par with each other, I really did not find a noticeable difference except from the currency on board. The downside for me on Princess was the 15% service charge on all bar bills and the prices of the drinks were much more than P&O before this charge. What I did prefer was the mixture of nationalities on board which you don't really get on P&O, it was nice to mingle and learn things about people from all over the world.

 

Who does everyone else prefer?

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Hi MG16, I've sailed on Royal Princess but yet to have the pleasure of Britannia. From a brand point of view, I still prefer P&O. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time cruising with Princess in the past and will potentially look to book with them again but if I had to choose between the two, it would be P&O. I agree with you on the drinks prices and service charge issues etc but it's more the whole ambiance and feel to a P&O cruise that I prefer over Princess. That said, I have sailed with P&O much more than Princess so maybe it is a slightly bias point of view. Perhaps I should do more research and book another Princess cruise. 

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I cruised with Princess for the first time last month after only cruising with P&O, I travelled on Royal and have also been on Britannia and as they are sister ships I was interested to see how they compared. I much preferred the decor on Royal Princess but still prefer P&O as a cruise line. I know they are part of the same company but I was still shocked at how alike they were. I thought the service, entertainment and food were all on par with each other, I really did not find a noticeable difference except from the currency on board. The downside for me on Princess was the 15% service charge on all bar bills and the prices of the drinks were much more than P&O before this charge. What I did prefer was the mixture of nationalities on board which you don't really get on P&O, it was nice to mingle and learn things about people from all over the world.

 

Who does everyone else prefer?

 

Are the spirit measures the same sizes?

 

I seem to recall that US standard measures are larger than UK ones.  This is highlighted in this Cunard bar menu

 

http://www.cunard.com/Documents/Menus/Main%20Bar%20menu.pdf

 

I've got no idea what sizes P&O and Princess pour.

 

It's a long time since we cruised with P&O and we've never cruised with Princess so I can't really have a preference, but I do agree with your sentiments about a mix of passengers.  We enjoyed an interesting lunch with a very nice couple from Cape Town on our last cruise.

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Princess give double measures as standard so the spirit prices are similar, we always have a soft drinks package so we do not pay for mixers. We also find there are usually some good priced wines on princess (cheapest worked out at under £10 a bottle). 

We like the mix of nationalities on Princess. We also like the movies under the stars, and we find the food on Princess much more to our taste. Princess also have a better loyalty program.

P&O have better entertainment , and a better cruise program from the uk.

Both lines usually deliver good service, although we have had poor service with both lines.

If the ports were exactly the same we would probably cruise Princess, but as the we have already sailed all the Princess cruises from uk we will probably cruise P&O next year and hope Princess have new itineraries for 2017.

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American spirit measures are 40ml compared to UK 25ml standard and on Princess you get free mixers which you dont on P&O so if you are a spirit drinker there is not a lot if you compare a drink is virtually a double on P&O. With regards to who we prefer its Princess every time for us in our opinion the service is better, we enjoy variety of food and the mixture of foreign cruiser yes drinks are dearer but not being alcohol drinkers there soda + more package is fantastic value for money and we think the better service warrants the extra gratuity which for a 14 nt cruise for 2 is approximately £56-£60 which is not a great deal for a better cruise experience.

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I prefer Princess, but their recent ex-UK offering have been meagre fare, mostly round UK for the Yanks.

 

Don't recall it being explained: so, before Carnival, P&O owned Princess hence them being similar but not the same.

 

RayO

They do Round Britain, Norwegian Fjords, Iceland, Med and Canay Islands from Southampton for 2016 from Southampton which is a choice nearky as good as P&O and the Round Britain cruise with Princess is an excellent cruise having done it 3 times with fantastic late deals.

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Yeh, like I said meagre fare. The difference between Princess and P&O is that P&O have up to seven ships doing the various out of Southampton cruises whereas Princess have one. So, two Med. cruises, two Canay Islands (sic) and the rest not worth considering for a Summer cruise.

 

RayO

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Yeh, like I said meagre fare. The difference between Princess and P&O is that P&O have up to seven ships doing the various out of Southampton cruises whereas Princess have one. So, two Med. cruises, two Canay Islands (sic) and the rest not worth considering for a Summer cruise.

 

RayO

 Totally agree, we have done the standard med cruise,the longer med to Venice they no-longer do,the Arctic circle to Svalbard and the Baltic with Princess. We had already done the Canaries 4 times with P&O. So there is no choice if we want a cruise with some new ports other than P&O. I know Princess need to appeal to the international market but there are loads of ports that would appeal to them too. A couple of Canadians we met would like to come back but they had also done all the Princess cruises from uk and wanted some different ports.

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Yeh, like I said meagre fare. The difference between Princess and P&O is that P&O have up to seven ships doing the various out of Southampton cruises whereas Princess have one. So, two Med. cruises, two Canay Islands (sic) and the rest not worth considering for a Summer cruise.

 

RayO

Princess have 3 Emerald and Caribbean sailing from Southampton and Pacific from Dover in 2016 including Norway, Iceland and Baltics which are very popular and excellent cruises on top of the usual Med and Canaries IMO a very varied choice. P&O have 6 ships sailing from Southampton in summer Oceana being based in Med for fly cruises and majority of cruises are same as Princess just repeated more often and if you count flying to the Med for Oceana then that opens up a lot more cruises with Princess in Med if you are prepared to fly.

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I LOVE Princess personally - have done in excess of 30 cruises with them.  However, I can't compare them to anyone else, as I haven't been with anyone else.  I'm likely tons stay with Princess, as I know what to expect, and have never really been let down by them.  Love the ships, the service, and the food is amazing.  I suppose really, you should try a few different lines, so that you can compare - but, I'm happy with Princess.  But, Never say Never haha

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There is no easy answer to this question because when we select a  cruise, we consider the itinerary, the size of ship and of course, the price.

 

We have completed 23 Princess cruises and 6  P&O cruises.  We prefer the International flavour of Princess - and we are not too keen on P&O, which caters for an entirely British clientele.  Princess Cruises operate from the UK - plus a wide range of fly-cruises from worldwide destinations.. Many P&O cruises depart from Southampton, which restricts the choice of itinerary.  However, P&O do operate 14-night Caribbean voyages, served by direct flights between the UK and Barbados.  That is far more convenient than Princess, who offer back-to-back one-week Caribbean voyages from Florida. 

 

P&O and Princess are similar in many respects and although Princess Cruises cater for an international clientele, the cruise line does have a British heritage.  Many aspects are surprisingly British - and many of the cruise directors and entertainment staff originate from the UK.  On several of our Princess cruises, the ship flew the blue ensign as a privilege, because the British captain was a Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve..

 

Service on both cruise lines is usually very good, although we prefer the food on Princess.   P&O employ mostly Indian waiters and cabin stewards.  Princess crews are multinational, and include many Philippinos and Eastern European staff.

 

Loyalty benefits on Princess Cruises are far superior to P&O.  Furthermore, a P&O cruise counts towards your loyalty tier on Princess - but not vice versa.

 

Princess operate two small ships (carrying no more than 670 passengers), These small ships operate varied itineraries and visit very interesting destinations.  However, Ocean Princess has been sold to Oceania Cruises, leaving only one small ship in the fleet.  P&O also have a sister ship (Adonia), which will leave the P&O fleet in 2016,  That is a great pity, because we prefer small ships.

 

We did not enjoy many aspects of a recent cruise on Regal Princess (sister ship to Royal Princess and  P&O's Britannia), because the ship was huge.  Consequently, we will probably switch our patronage to other cruise lines, including Azamara and Oceania, (which specialise in small ship cruising)

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I have found all this very interesting, because as a port and seafarers chaplain living in Dover, I visit these ships. I got home from Oriana on 25th August yet again very disappointed, my wife and I have now deciced that we will never again cruise with P  & O  after having done 15 cruises with them.

I have contacted Princess and asked on the Ship in Dover that if we went with them we would go straight into their top tier. Im not over bothered about such things, but like my ships and being at sea. By ones experience on here, in general are Princess cruises more expensive than P & O, only price is a big issue for me, being retired in the old gits league, would appreciate your views

Blessings.

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25 minutes ago, sheilaandmike said:

I have found all this very interesting, because as a port and seafarers chaplain living in Dover, I visit these ships. I got home from Oriana on 25th August yet again very disappointed, my wife and I have now deciced that we will never again cruise with P  & O  after having done 15 cruises with them.

I have contacted Princess and asked on the Ship in Dover that if we went with them we would go straight into their top tier. Im not over bothered about such things, but like my ships and being at sea. By ones experience on here, in general are Princess cruises more expensive than P & O, only price is a big issue for me, being retired in the old gits league, would appreciate your views

Blessings.

 

The gratuities are more expensive and the alcoholic drinks are very expensive and prices stated on menus have 15% tax on top but not being big alcoholic drinkers we have found the Soda + more package at $8-05 a day including soft drinks, mocktails, milk shakes make it excellent value for money. We have stopped cruising with P&O having done nearly 30 since 2000 and now cruise with Princess/Cunard. We prefer Princess than P&O and worth the extra expense because IMO you get a better cruise experience.

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1 hour ago, sinbad10 said:

The gratuities are more expensive and the alcoholic drinks are very expensive and prices stated on menus have 15% tax on top but not being big alcoholic drinkers we have found the Soda + more package at $8-05 a day including soft drinks, mocktails, milk shakes make it excellent value for money. We have stopped cruising with P&O having done nearly 30 since 2000 and now cruise with Princess/Cunard. We prefer Princess than P&O and worth the extra expense because IMO you get a better cruise experience.

I am broadby in agreement with Sinbad's comments.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that Princess have ships around the world and the clientele tends to be multinational, with a significant proportion of passengers from the USA.  They operate several ships from Southampton and most of the passengers on voyages from Southampton are British.  Consequently, the atmosphere on those voyages is more akin to P&O.

Generally speaking, I prefer Princess to P&O.  However, I did not feel my latest cruise from Southampton on Crown Princess was up to their usual standard.  You can read my review at www.bolsovercruiseclub.com/cruise-reviews/gluten-free-special-jelly-tapioca-pudding-crown-princess-13-may-2017

I have not cruised with P&O for a few years.  However, I have decided to give them another try - and will sail to the Eastern Mediterranean on Aurora at the beginning of October.  I will be interested to see how they compare.

With regard to loyalty benefits, I suggest you telephone Princess on  023 8065 5000 (the Carnival Switchboard).  Ask for Princess Cruises Captain's Circle and quote your P&O Membership numbers.  The Captain's Circle will be able to confirm whether your P&O cruise history will entitle you to loyalty benefits on your first cruise and if so, at which level.

The Captain's Circle Elite tier is much more generous than the upper tiers on P&O.  It includes "goodies" such as priority embarkation and disembarkation, unlimited free laundry (wonderful!), a reasonable allowance of free Internet, priority access to the tenders at tender ports, complimentary minibar set-up, and a 10% discount on purchases from the shops.  But unlike P&O, you will not receive a 10% discount on purchases from the restaurants, bars or shore excursions.  Furthermore, Princess do not invite everyone on the top tiers to a luncheon with the officers.  (They usually arrange one special function, but that is confined to around forty of their "most traveled passengers".)

 

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I have never cruised with P&O and after an experience of 'British' cruising on Thomson I am unlikely to do so.  I much prefer the international passenger mix on other cruise lines.  As a very moderate drinker, alcohol prices do not really concern me.    What really affects my choice is itinerary and price, and if Princess ticks these boxes I will book with them.

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16 hours ago, BobTroll said:

I am broadby in agreement with Sinbad's comments.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that Princess have ships around the world and the clientele tends to be multinational, with a significant proportion of passengers from the USA.  They operate several ships from Southampton and most of the passengers on voyages from Southampton are British.  Consequently, the atmosphere on those voyages is more akin to P&O.

Generally speaking, I prefer Princess to P&O.  However, I did not feel my latest cruise from Southampton on Crown Princess was up to their usual standard.  You can read my review at www.bolsovercruiseclub.com/cruise-reviews/gluten-free-special-jelly-tapioca-pudding-crown-princess-13-may-2017

I have not cruised with P&O for a few years.  However, I have decided to give them another try - and will sail to the Eastern Mediterranean on Aurora at the beginning of October.  I will be interested to see how they compare.

With regard to loyalty benefits, I suggest you telephone Princess on  023 8065 5000 (the Carnival Switchboard).  Ask for Princess Cruises Captain's Circle and quote your P&O Membership numbers.  The Captain's Circle will be able to confirm whether your P&O cruise history will entitle you to loyalty benefits on your first cruise and if so, at which level.

The Captain's Circle Elite tier is much more generous than the upper tiers on P&O.  It includes "goodies" such as priority embarkation and disembarkation, unlimited free laundry (wonderful!), a reasonable allowance of free Internet, priority access to the tenders at tender ports, complimentary minibar set-up, and a 10% discount on purchases from the shops.  But unlike P&O, you will not receive a 10% discount on purchases from the restaurants, bars or shore excursions.  Furthermore, Princess do not invite everyone on the top tiers to a luncheon with the officers.  (They usually arrange one special function, but that is confined to around forty of their "most traveled passengers".)

We went on Crown Princess in June ( Norwegian fjords/North Cape) and like you felt that Crown Princess was not up to Princess's usual high standards. We had an excellent cruise and had no great complaints and the food was of the usual high standard but just felt there was something missing.

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On ‎31‎/‎08‎/‎2017 at 9:31 PM, BobTroll said:

I am broadby in agreement with Sinbad's comments.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that Princess have ships around the world and the clientele tends to be multinational, with a significant proportion of passengers from the USA.  They operate several ships from Southampton and most of the passengers on voyages from Southampton are British.  Consequently, the atmosphere on those voyages is more akin to P&O.

Generally speaking, I prefer Princess to P&O.  However, I did not feel my latest cruise from Southampton on Crown Princess was up to their usual standard.  You can read my review at www.bolsovercruiseclub.com/cruise-reviews/gluten-free-special-jelly-tapioca-pudding-crown-princess-13-may-2017

I have not cruised with P&O for a few years.  However, I have decided to give them another try - and will sail to the Eastern Mediterranean on Aurora at the beginning of October.  I will be interested to see how they compare.

With regard to loyalty benefits, I suggest you telephone Princess on  023 8065 5000 (the Carnival Switchboard).  Ask for Princess Cruises Captain's Circle and quote your P&O Membership numbers.  The Captain's Circle will be able to confirm whether your P&O cruise history will entitle you to loyalty benefits on your first cruise and if so, at which level.

The Captain's Circle Elite tier is much more generous than the upper tiers on P&O.  It includes "goodies" such as priority embarkation and disembarkation, unlimited free laundry (wonderful!), a reasonable allowance of free Internet, priority access to the tenders at tender ports, complimentary minibar set-up, and a 10% discount on purchases from the shops.  But unlike P&O, you will not receive a 10% discount on purchases from the restaurants, bars or shore excursions.  Furthermore, Princess do not invite everyone on the top tiers to a luncheon with the officers.  (They usually arrange one special function, but that is confined to around forty of their "most traveled passengers".)

 

 

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Princess every time over P&O.  Much better ambience, excellent service and great clientele from all over the world. Part of cruising is meeting people and the mix on Princess is great.  Bob Troll's points are spot on regarding loyalty benefits Princess's are far superior to anything that P&O have to offer. There's no comparison. And do we really need another opportunity to stuff ourselves with fantastic food by dining with the offices. Nearly all P&Os loyalty benefits cost them nothing. They are superficial compared to Princesses.  True P& O have more cruises out of Southampton if you like numerous sea days. However Princess have far more interesting world-wide trips and the costs are pretty comparable.

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