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  1. 2 points
    sinbad10

    Drinks Package

    Princess, Cunard and many others are a lot dearer so hardly extortionate and is one of the cheapest.
  2. 2 points
    The Harpers

    Booking excursions

    Hi, we do the same as you lieutenant, anything to help with the cost but not risk them selling out
  3. 1 point
    Oldworldtraveller

    What a win

    We will never know, but again, well done England, you did us proud.
  4. 1 point
    paul1924

    Best Balcony For Arcadia World Cruise

    We had one of the balconys right at the rear overlooking the stern. We had B169 The benefit of those are the size of the balcony its twice the size and because of the wasy the decks are you have half the balcony ( the half nearest your door) covered by the deck above then the rest is open ,two sun loungers and still room to put a couple of towels down and lie down getting the sun. yes they are that large hope that helps
  5. 1 point
    towny44

    Canaries in Early December

    We have done a few Caribbean cruises from Southampton in winter and you should find that the weather slowly improves as you near Madeira, assuming this is your route to the Canaries, and this last January it was warm enough for shirt sleeves in Madeira and pleasantly hot when the sun was out.
  6. 1 point
    towny44

    Disappointing 1st sail with Princess

    Strange that because one of the MDR meals on our last Princess cruise that disappointed most was prime rib, it looked and tasted as though it had been boiled rather than roasted.
  7. 1 point
    After a dozen sailings with P&O we decided to try an alternative cruise line for comparison. We thought we had heard good reports of Princess so booked a 7 day cruise to France and Spain to try the Sapphire Princess out. We arrived for embarkation well ahead of our allocated time. At 10:35 we handed our car to CPS and by 11:35 were sitting in the buffet on board the ship. To say this was an excellent experience was an understatement and something P&O should certainly get to grips with. We were fortunate to have qualified as “Elite” passengers, the highest level tier, due to our P&O loyalty points which only places us half way up the P&O ladder! Our Balcony cabin had a good, large outside area with 2 chairs, footstools and large table. Inside was rather disappointing as it was quite small and insufficient seating to allow both of us to sit on seats rather than the bed. The bathroom was also small but the shower was very good. Overall the cabin was very clean and kept that way by our steward throughout the cruise. The ship seemed to have a very happy crew who were very helpful and friendly. I did wonder if this was due to the significantly higher auto gratuity charges of $14.50 per day per person. I thought the ship seemed jaded and in need of a refit. It did not seem that disability friendly but it did make a change to see signs in Chinese and English. Entertainment we excellent and varied. One of the things I was particularly looking forward to was the food and have to say I was very disappointed. We have had much better menus on the various P&O ships we have sailed on and with more variety and if a better quality. We tried the speciality Steakhouse and have to say our local Miller & Carter is much better with a price about the same as the Speciality restaurant surcharge! The best part of the menu were the chocolate desserts. Drinks were expensive with a £7 supermarket bottle if wine costing $42 and drinks seemed to be around €10 a drink. The ports of call had me scratching my head as the ship was as much as 2 hours travel away from the advertised port. We went on a ship organised excursion to Santiago di Compostela as we wanted to see the Cathedral there only to find there was very little to see inside due to renovations being undertaken until 2020. A warning would have been good but the trip, for us, was still worth it. Disembarkation was again excellent being timely and very efficient. For the first time cruising we could spot our bags immediately. Would we book another Princess cruise - probably not unless they were stopping at particular ports that other cruise companies were not offering.
  8. 1 point
    sinbad10

    Disappointing 1st sail with Princess

    Cruised Princess and P&O many times and have never been disappointed with food served on Princess whether it be quality or portion size. It is obvious P&O is aimed at British market and serve mainly British food but that is what we like about Princess the variation of food served.
  9. 1 point
    afcandrew

    Drinks Package

    Whilst I do think P&O's package prices are expensive, I agree that many of the other lines are much more so. Princess now charge $59.99 per day plus 18% gratuity. I do understand why both pax in a cabin have to sign up for it because without that it would be open to abuse.
  10. 1 point
    bigrog

    Disappointing 1st sail with Princess

    Yes this is all correct.
  11. 1 point
    sinbad10

    Disappointing 1st sail with Princess

    You usually get a card in your cabin at beginning of the cruise telling you where the Elite Lounge is taking place and times and then what food is available on a daily basis and a special offer cocktail.
  12. 1 point
    bigrog

    Disappointing 1st sail with Princess

    Our experience with princess has always been very good hence we earned elite status.us cruises are probably of a higher standard because Americans will not accept low standards.when we have done us cruises we have been very satisfied. The elite lounge is not advertised admission is by elite cruise card but it is not like royal Caribbean drinks are charged cocktails are a reduced price,there is also free orderve table. We get a free mini bar set up which is very nice orderves delivered on formal. Night priority tender boarding sepARate cocktail party and free laundry. We could not believe what was happening but many other people were of a likemind. We are not moaning people but this was beyond the limits even for us. We wish you every success on yourcruise I am sure the standard will be ok. We have done Alaska and it wS superb one always to remember say hello to the whales for us Good luck. BIGROG
  13. 1 point
    towny44

    E-Cigarettes

    I have never seen more than half a dozen passengers vaping on any cruise I have been on, so unless most are only vaping in the cabins then your estimate of thousands seems way off the mark.
  14. 1 point
    From Tomorrow 25th June prices on MSC UK site will now include the DSC charge so no longer having to pay at the end of the cruise only applicable to bookings made on UK site
  15. 1 point
    From the level of discounting currently being done by Princess and RCI I think any upward price movement is rather foolhardy, but time will tell.
  16. 1 point
    They probably can’t afford the mortgage payments on the new boats!
  17. 1 point
    I am hoping this will become the norm for sailings out of the UK.
  18. 1 point
    Davybe

    Luggage storage in cabins?

    Never been in any Cabin that would not take our cases under the bed, and they are 29/30cm deep . Would not buy an extra case unless it was to replace a broken one....Davybe
  19. 1 point
    Davybe

    Would you book it?

    Again it would depend on pricing, these things sometimes carry to high a premium ....Davybe
  20. 1 point
    afcandrew

    Would you book it?

    I actually do like Jane when she is singing. Unfortunately over recent years, she or her management seem to have turned her into a brand with singing only part of it. I find her very annoying on her cruise TV programmes. This charter is certainly not attractive to me. Lisbon is wonderful but I have been there many times. Cherbourg & Vigo are both pleasant enough but again I have been to both. Even if offered at a bargain price I am afraid the ship would definitely make it a 'no thanks' from me as I am really not into mega-ships. It is a very brave move to charter a ship of that size!
  21. 1 point
    DavidH

    Would you book it?

    Hi Davybe, Having just attended a Jools Holland concert at The Royal International Pavilion, Llangollen earlier this evening, may I suggest that one of his forthcoming Saga cruises might be to some people's liking. DavidH
  22. 1 point
    Captain Kidd II

    Luggage storage in cabins?

    I am not sure I would buy cases for an Oriana cruise - think the big picture else you might only use them once 🤔
  23. 1 point
    2torts

    Booking excursions

    If we want to book excursions we try to do 1 per month to spread the cost a bit. Popular ones can get booked up quite quickly.
  24. 1 point
    TrentAnn

    Luggage storage in cabins?

    My suitcases are 29cm deep, I was able to store them closed under the bed recently on Britannia. Possibly leaving the cases open to reduce the depth would be an option if they’re a tight fit.
  25. 1 point
    Captain Kidd II

    Just back off the Aurora

    There will be a maintenance schedule for cleaning air conditioning which must be adhered to. The usual cause of most illnesses is the passengers boarding and not declaring they have a problem.
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