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  2. Davybe

    Speciality Restaurants

    I wish? You still pay relatively less on the ship than you would on land for visiting a similar eatery . Rhodes was the best example we ate in there for &£15 plus wine, but was told by friends that it would cost at least £50 to eat at his restaurant on land,(This was a few Years Ago) ....Davybe
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  5. Pesky Pirate

    Speciality Restaurants

    Cruises used to be all inclusive, well I thought so, but now if you want something different it has to be paid for, even room service. I think it would be nice that if a person wanted to eat in a specialty restaurant then they should get a percentage back as on board credit. It’s all about money grabbing these days...
  6. Pesky Pirate

    Chocoholics buffet

    Whilst I did like the chocoholics buffet/walk through what I didn’t like was the way people used to pile their plates high with various chocolate fancies, and then leave half of them untouched. Watching some folk eating wasn’t a pleasant sight either... just my view 🤓
  7. bigrog

    Chocoholics buffet

    Does anyone like me regret the loss of the chocoholics buffets. They were always very much looked forward to appreciated and enjoyed by almost everyone on board. The kitchen staff always seemed to enjoy them as well judging by the big smiles as a result of all the compliments and praise heaped upon them.
  8. Ikea Logistics

    Drinks Package

    well thats one way to claim back gratuities then
  9. Ikea Logistics

    Following the Dress Code.

    or eat in the buffet if there is one
  10. bigrog

    Following the Dress Code.

    Totally agree
  11. bigrog

    Formal Nights On P&o Azura

    Totally agree we love formal nights
  12. bigrog

    Formal Nights On P&o Azura

    Totally Agree with all you have said. We will not cruise with any line who does not have formal nights. Just as a matter of interest l do not possess a pair of jeans nor never have for the very reason you have described.
  13. afcandrew

    Speciality Restaurants

    That's what it is all about Ann - doing what you enjoy. In principle, I don't agree with the whole 'Speciality' or 'For fee' Restaurants on cruise ships but they are here to stay so I have eaten in Rhodes, Seventeen & Sindhu on P&O and (long ago) Ocean Liners on Celebrity. Re the coffee, most people agree that standard cruise ship coffee (on all the major lines) is not great but personally, I don't really like the speciality coffees served on P&O as they don't seem to taste anything like those on Land. Now that Costa is owned by Coca Cola, I have even less incentive to use them 😁.
  14. Davybe

    Speciality Restaurants

    Adding another twist to this thread. When Celebrity first launched the "Solstice Class" ships they introduced the "Aqua Class" cabin whin in fairness had more and better facilities than a standard cabin, but the cabin were not in the best position on the ship, and over the years the price for aqua class rose faster than other cabin prices. The biggest thing that made Aqua class attractive was you dined in "Blu" small restaurant which a different menu than the MDR. People soon twigged that you could get a standard cabin in a great position ,and eat every night in one of the pay to eat dining rooms and have some change.....Davybe
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  16. TrentAnn

    Speciality Restaurants

    Not only on P&O sinbad10, I know of people who regularly cruise with Cunard and Princess who will not pay any extra for tea or coffee when it's available FOC in the buffet .... each to their own, I enjoy my speciality coffees and will continue to pay for them.
  17. Davybe

    Drinks Package

    Just checked the "Captain Wine Package" and that has gone up from this time last year ,works out about £1-30 per bottle increase...Davybe
  18. Davybe

    Speciality Restaurants

    And for $50 USD you can dine in Murano rated as one of the best restaurants Afloat . They also have some of the most expensive wines at sea....Davybe
  19. Davybe

    Speciality Restaurants

    For those who have not been ,this would not be my choice of food ,but it gives you some idea as to what your £28 gets you, they do sometimes do special offers...Davybe
  20. Davybe

    Speciality Restaurants

    Never paid anything like £105 in Epicurean or any other ships restaurant ,even with wine. I Quoted $35 not £35 as that was the charge given in the link.P&O have some nice wines in the £18 -.£25 range. The last time we dined in Epicurean it cost £28 pp = £56 and we got a free bottle of house white? . The Premium lines like Cunard and Celebrity you would now be lucky to find a decent bottle for $35US when you include the grats. We often buy the "Captains wine Package " which works out at around £19 per bottle.....Davybe
  21. sinbad10

    Speciality Restaurants

    Personally think £28pp in Epicurean and £20 in Sindhu are fantastic value for money even taking into consideration that you have already paid for your meal in MDR. Heard many say on P&O cruises that they would not pay any price however cheap for food or coffees when they can get everything at no extra cost by eating in MDR and drinking tea/coffee in buffet restaurant.
  22. towny44

    Speciality Restaurants

    I think I prefer to pay £35 for a bottle of wine and dinner in the MDR rather than £105 for the same bottle and dinner in Epicurean, although in our case we are quite happy with the wine at £17 - £20 per bottle.
  23. towny44

    Drinks Package

    I think that's the view of the majority on the forums Annie, but I imagine there will be quite a few who think it will be cost effective for them, I just hope P&O drink prices don't escalate like Celebrity's did after they introduced drink packages.
  24. Annieuk

    Drinks Package

    I've just caught up with this topic, not been on the site for a while. We've just done a late booking for a 7 night Arcadia cruise in May. If we were to take up the Drinks package that would cost us £559.30 for the week - no way would we spend that much on alcohol in a week, even allowing for my occasional double Espresso from Costa Coffee - I'm not sure a double Espresso would be included in the drinks package would it - and I always ask for it with a small jug of hot milk - don't think they charge me for that usually. In September we're doing the 30 night Canada/USA cruise so the cost of the drinks package for that would be £2397!! No way!
  25. Davybe

    Speciality Restaurants

    We found the same on Britannia ,the food overall first class. Pondered on this last night people not wishing to pay $35 for meal but quite happy to pay that for a bottle of wine?.....Davybe
  26. sinbad10

    Speciality Restaurants

    We dont always eat in Speciality Restaurants with the intention of getting better food just a variation. We love Crown Grill on Princess and the 22oz Porterhouse Steak equally we enjoy Sindhu because we love all aspects of Indian food. But I agree with Davybe with regards to P&O its always a throw of the dice of quality of food you get on P&O we have had very good food in general especially on Britannia but on the 2 cruises we have done on Oriana the food over the whole cruise was below standard and what should be expected in quality and portion size.
  27. sapperjoe

    Xmas and New Year cruise

    Well I'm a friendly northerner who has lived down south for many years and love it. I have also made lots of friends on cruises who I keep in touch with and occasionally meet up with but no one wants to leave their families at Christmas, that's my problem
  28. afcandrew

    Speciality Restaurants

    We regularly enjoyed the Gary Rhodes restaurants on board P&O ships and on our one Azura cruise also enjoyed Seventeen - which we really thought was just a continuation of the cuisine & service of the Rhodes restaurants once he parted company with P&O. On our one Celebrity sailing (way back in 2005) we enjoyed the food in the Ocean Liners restaurant on Summit but felt the service was a bit OTT - along with the wine prices! Whilst I don't like spicy foods, I have also enjoyed two meals in Sindhu aboard Aurora. I guess I have been lucky to have felt the mdr food was pretty good aboard all the ships I have sailed on - the poorest quality being served up by Portuscale (small, niche line) and Marella (last year).
  29. towny44

    Speciality Restaurants

    We have tried a number of speciality restaurants over the years, but generally agree that the MDR food is more than adequate for our needs and we don't really need to pay any extra. However for us the best has to be Celebrity's Tuscan Grill on the Solstice ships, with those wrap round windows and great views over the wake it would be tops even without the special service and some great food.
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