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  1. 3 points
    Nimrod

    Where is everyone

    I'm still here but only just realised it was back in May that I last asked for information about a Christmas cruise booked on QV, which Dancing Queen was kind enough to give me some useful tips on. Can not believe, after having a very traumatic year with not only my own health but my daughter's too that my husband & I managed to get 12 of us on a short cruise in August to celebrate our Golden Wedding (only just, but that's another story) and now it's only 1month, 25days & 15 hours - not that I'm counting of course - till our Christmas cruise!!! I'm so sorry to hear Davybe that you have had to cancel your cruise because of ill health and I wish you well. It may not be the same for you but it is the thought of the next cruise that has got me through some very difficult times over the last year and I don't think it was by chance my family bought me a nautical themed clutch bag with "Refuse to Sink" embroidered on it to carry my vast quantity of pills I now have to take??? All the very best to you and other fellow cruisers who have health problems ...... remember refuse to sink!!!
  2. 2 points
    Jenjen

    Cunard

    Having not been on Cunard Queen Victoria for three years, I was looking forward to this cruise, we went on P&O in June this year so feel with up to date memories It pains me say the prices on Cunard for drinks are quite frankly ridiculous two single measure spirits plus a mixer £26 bottle of wine £40 the shops were o erpriced. The ship is still magnificent all areas clean I don’t think the service is as good as it was I feel very sad about this as a long standing devoted Cunard passenger Just my opinion, and experience
  3. 2 points
    The single supplement does at times seem unfair but it is based on the premise that the cabin will have double occupancy and of course the 'Bean Counters' have also worked out the approximate spend per passenger. However it's not the same with all cruise lines if you are prepared to come away from your favourite and try something different. Over the last year there have been many deals with no single supplement by various cruise lines. A reputable agent such as Bolsover will be able to see what is available. Fred Olsen have had a lot of deals and in my humble opinion offer an excellent cruise experience and sail from various ports in the UK for those that don't want to fly. www.fredolsencruises.com/singles-cruise-deals
  4. 2 points
    sinbad10

    P&O 2021 and 2022

    Younger clientele in general spend more money whilst onboard and you cannot blame P&O for looking for new younger cruises to replace those older more traditional ones that will be no longer able to cruise with P&O. they have to look at the future and have to fill Iona and another large ship in 2022.
  5. 1 point
    Dysart Cruisers

    New MY P&O CRUISES

    We have noticed on the new 'My P&O Cruises website' (that replaces cruise personaliser).The default for Select price customers with regard to the cruise information/on shore excursion brochure is that this WILL NOT be sent in the post to you unless you tick the 'DO REQUIRE THIS BROCHURE IN THE POST' box. In cruise personaliser the default was that you received the brochure in the mail unless you opted to go green and agreed to print your own (if required). If anyone has an outstanding cruise and requires this brochure in the post, you will need to go to MY P&O CRUISES' and make sure this box is ticked or of course get your agent to do it for you. Obviously if you are used to printing your own cruise info (if required) and luggage labels you do not need to do anything. Just thought it was worth drawing everyones attention to this.
  6. 1 point
    afcandrew

    New MY P&O CRUISES

    Strangely enough, I received an e-mail from P&O yesterday inviting me to log in to the new 'My P&O Cruises' for my cruise due in 46 weeks - the e-mail told me it is 46 weeks. It promises that I will be able to book all sorts of things like shore excursions (sorry but I refuse to call them "shore experiences"), Spa treatments, Speciality Restaurants etc. Naturally, as my cruise is still 46 weeks away, I was sceptical and of course I was proved right. None of these can be booked yet. I was able to log in easily enough and enter some personal details such as Passport etc. I had a general look through and sadly there are all sorts of oddities and errors. It is interesting to note that the length of my cruise is 18.666666666668 days! I can book Parking with CPS - which is the only company approved by Cunard. Each port-day is listed separately with a description of the port but the page tells me I have "Time to relax and enjoy our on-board facilities". There is a link to a sample Menu for Sindhu but it doesn't work. Under "Gifts", I can order some ship "souveniers". There are two paragraphs about Travel Insurance, one of which says insurance is "strongly advised" and a second immediately after it where it is "a condition of travelling with us". Under 'dining', it tells me that "we'll bring breakfast to your cabin for a small charge on selected ships" - the latest brochure still suggests continental breakfast in the cabin is still complimentary. Lastly, those more mature travellers will be relieved to know that you can select dates of birth going back to 1882 so can keep cruising until they are 137 years of age 😁. Ah, the weird, wacky world of P&O IT 😂
  7. 1 point
    mitch

    New MY P&O CRUISES

    i am in the trentann camp i thought it was just me lol
  8. 1 point
    sinbad10

    ITINERARY CHANGES

    This was a cruise sailing from Southampton with a large number of UK passengers and apparently is normal company practice by Princess wherever the ships are sailing and given to all customers affected disregarding their nationality. It could be said it is a company following good practice when charging you for something which they have not had to pay and reimbursing costs, unlike P&O who include port fees/taxes in cruise price and underhandedly keep the monies paid by customers even though they havent incurred charges to boost their profits.
  9. 1 point
    TrentAnn

    New MY P&O CRUISES

    Glad I’m not alone, I was beginning to wonder if it was me 🤪
  10. 1 point
    Davybe

    Where is everyone

    Thanks for all you good wishes, and here is an update. I have kept of dialysis for over 20 years, but knew it had to come,eventualy,this Tuesday they fitted the pipework in my tummy for the dialysis , I have opted to have it at home ,and to start with I will have 4 half hour seasons per day, and maybe go onto an overnight treatment in the future. We will be able to take holidays even cruises as it is DIY treatment, all I need is the fluids to get delivered to the ship, (Think a world cruise may a bit much?) All praise to the NHS staff and renal nurses at our Hospital ,and my family....Davybe
  11. 1 point
    towny44

    Guaranteed Cabin "Worth booking"

    That's good to know, if we can ever afford Celebrity prices again, maybe once Brexit is sorted Sterling might recover sufficient to make that possible, who knows.
  12. 1 point
    smtcan

    Guaranteed Cabin "Worth booking"

    Celebrity also loads three drinks onto your card to be used each night during the "Happy Hour" times as well as unlimited drinks in the lounge. They are somewhat limited in choice, but we found that bar tenders will often substitute similar drinks once they get to know you. We enjoy the drinks and snacks n the lounge where we can meet other frequent cruisers, but picking up a glass of wine on the way into the show or the dining room is an advantage too. We rarely have a drink package because it doesn't represent value for us.
  13. 1 point
    As well as free drinks in the Dianond Lounge RCI also load 3 free drinks per Diamond member onto their cruise card, and they allow you to charge MDR drinks against these. The only time we did Elite with Celebrity we also had a free drinks package so never needed the Elite drinks, but at the time from reading their terms they seemed more restrictive than RCI.
  14. 1 point
    Pesky Pirate

    single cruisers turned over again

    I’ve been saying for years that single cruisers get screwed over single cabins... if a double cabin is £1000 per person then the single cabin should be £1000. They should also put them in better locations on the ship. in addition if a person does go for the double cabin with a single supplement then if there is obc they should also get the supplement percentage obc on top. Its not fair for singles wherever they go on holiday...
  15. 1 point
    sinbad10

    Cunard

    Dont forget that spirit measures on Cunard are 1oz (single) 2oz (double) and 1oz is virtually 30ml compared to standard size of 25 ml on P&O ships. Drinks are more expensive but not as expensive as on Princess.
  16. 1 point
    afcandrew

    Cunard

    Wow - that is steep. I was last on Cunard about three and a half years ago and whilst I felt the drinks were expensive then, they now seem well over-the-top from what you say...
  17. 1 point
    afcandrew

    single cruisers turned over again

    But sadly Davybe those sort of deals are few and far between. For a solo to get a remotely decent deal, you either have to book as soon as booking opens or be in the right place at the right time and - as you have said - be incredibly flexible. Many of us (even those no longer working) do have other commitments to work around so can't always just drop everything and go. I am quite flexible in terms of cruise line (9 different ones so far) and destination but won't sail on large (>2000 pax) ships. I certainly agree about using a decent TA though!
  18. 1 point
    mitch

    single cruisers turned over again

    my biggest gripe is the single cabins as they are usually more expensive than single occupency of a double which is crazy. my last 2 cruises and poss the next depending on them getting me a booking on friday have all been sole occupency of a double cabin at the 2 person price and its been cheaper than a single. how can they justify charging more than for 2 people pay for a cabin for a single cabin.
  19. 1 point
    Pks1702

    P&O 2021 and 2022

    I think P&O thinks I am booking a full deck!
  20. 1 point
    Davybe

    single cruisers turned over again

    If you can be flexible and not to fussy about who and where you cruise, then a decent agent should be able to keep you informed of any "offers " for singles the cruise lines may have coming up. But if your sticking with Cunard or P&O then you sadly you may miss those offers. We were on a cruise a few years ago when Cunard offered past guests inside cabins for single occupancy for less than £50pn including coach travel, use a decent agent....Davybe
  21. 1 point
    HLM

    single cruisers turned over again

    I can certainly understand your frustrations Mitch, but equally I can see why cruiselines and others want a single occupancy supplement. I would assume the presumption is that two people spend more than one, hence the reason for the extra cost. I agree with Sinbad regarding school holidays, I took the hit for years when my kids were young and still do as my wife works in a school, but I have to accept that or not go away at all. HLM.
  22. 1 point
    HLM

    Where is everyone

    Hi OWT, But Solent Richard was banned for his continued stalking and harassment of members not only here but other forums, something he continues to do to this day not only on his own blog but across the few other forums he's still allowed to post. This forum is certainly better without the likes of him, even if there are quieter periods. HLM.
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