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    Early booking tactics?

    Sorry, I'm not am saying anyone is wrong, just stating what I have seen and been discussing on FB, others have stated the same on a number of ships with P&O, destinations, cabin types and dates...here are some comments I have seen: "cruise on Aurora that I booked in October doubled by January so glad I paid the earlier price as I have now saved £2,500 and as a solo passenger that price would have put it out of my price range!" "We booked on Ventura for next year when we were on Oriana last March and that has almost doubled in price so not only adult only cruises" "we are on J809 in july we booked onboard last year paid 1700 each for a deluxe balcony of our choice the cheapest now is £3399 each." "We are on Arcadia in May. When we booked last year you could get a balcony cabin for £2499pp select price. Now inside on saver fare is £2484pp" I for one have never noticed hikes like this, thats what I was querying, why this and what's driving it? I am really curious to see what is driving things up like this with a number of P&O cruises, yes you can shop around and will get deals, thats not the question, its what's the reason for these massive hikes in price. Cheers G
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    Early booking tactics?

    Hi, I can only comment on what I know and I know the price of my booking almost doubled. There are threads and posts on P&O Facebook Groups with dozens of people stating the same. Oriana, Aurora, Azura, Ventura have all been mentioned as to prices of already booked cruises now in some cases thousands of pounds more than originally booked. While this is good news for those already booked, there are a large number of people who have been priced out by these rises trying to book for Sept/October. I have booked a number of cruises and have never seen any of them double in price, ye there are fluctuations buy 90% increase is not a fluctuation....dont believe me, have a look on Facebook and you will see a large number of people commenting on this very subject Like this Quote Qu
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    Early booking tactics?

    Have you checked the prices on P&O,Bolsover or wherever recently? Cruises sailing this season not already booked seem to have risen in price astronomically and in some cases almost doubled. Not sure what this tactic is all about but its very confusing...we booked Arcadia to the Baltic in July 18 while on the Oriana July17, it has almost doubled in price to what we first paid, yes we got a good deal when we bought it but....£15k for a Suite for a 14 night cruise isn't your normal price rise thats almost doubled in the past couple of weeks. G
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    Aurora to become adult only.

    If true then its great news for those of us who want a more relaxed and tailored holiday, you dont have to be 'old' to want a chilled out peaceful, restful holiday, for some of us its the only time of the year we can switch off and unwind properly.....bring it on. Cheers G
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    New Ship for P&O

    I was looking more July and perhaps running into August, when you filter Departing July 2019 to Med/Canaries....you get one cruise on Arcadia for a 7 night cruise to France, Spain Guernsey....Oriana has none sailing in July to those locations, June/July there are only 3 listed on P&O for Adult only and not much better July/Aug. When you work and are limited to when you can have your holidays the options do reduce, but previous years we have always managed to find a cruise to suit....I know it perhaps sounds a bit of a gripe, but with Adonia leaving the options are limited and choices seem to be restricted at that time. G
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    New Ship for P&O

    I think I may also look around as I have no inclination to go for a holiday on a thing that size....my money will be going elsewhere if they get rid of Oriana, and or, dont replace her, I already emailed P&O stating there was a severe dearth of holidays on Adult only ships to the Med/Canaries for summer 2019 and asked that as Adonia was leaving the fleet, was there any plans to convert one of the other ships to fill the void.... I was politely told no. Will see what happens but when your an adult and want an adult only cruise during the summer months, to the sun, its getting harder and harder....almost all sailings in 2019 July/August are to Scandinavia, Iceland or UK for adult only ships, so perhaps its time to look elsewhere. Cheers G
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    St Petersburg

    Davybe, Cruise Chef & Cruise Addict Thanks for your thoughts and comments and by the sound of it St Petersburg IS a place where you need to spend time in to see the things you both want and need to see....I am looking at doing a couple of tours, whether its a 2 day one or individuals on both days....still to work out, the evening canal tour appeals to me too, so much to mull over but thanks ever so much for your own thoughts and experiences. Cheers G
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    St Petersburg

    Thanks Pesky....I do think it is a city where you need more than the time on offer during our overnight stop, but like all stops on a cruise, find one you love and want to see more of and do it again, we did Venice overnight a couple of years back and I really want to do again, I have a feeling St Petersburg will be the same...but thank you for the tips. Cheers G
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    St Petersburg

    Thanks Countrygirl I am already feeling more confident and willing to try things so thanks ever so much for that, I think St Petersburg is a city that does bring things out in you and tap into your hidden side, I will try and fit in as much as we can. Cheers G
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    St Petersburg

    Thanks Sheila, I will do some more digging and certainly look at using something like SPB if that gives the best protection and choice of tours, I am not adverse to trying anything and doing some digging to find how best to use the time available in a port that has so much to offer and see so will have a look at that option. Cheers G
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    St Petersburg

    Hi We are sailing to the Baltic on Arcadia at the beginning of July and was just wondering which of the St Petersburg tours would be best to book? I am pretty sure there will be exactly or pretty much the same tours on offer as previous yers, but with such a huge choice on offer and only an overnight stay to see as much as possible...any pointers would be great. Also, I was looking at getting a Travel Visa sorted out but it really does seem like hard work.....is it worth the effort and additional cost or are you safer and better sticking to P&O approved tours? Thanks G
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    Is Oriana for the elderly?

    My hope is that they do add another adult only ship, Aurora or Oceana for example as they will have a Brinannia11 coming soon, and if not, those who cruise most often and all year round, namely more mature and elderly retired people, vote with their feet. P&O have a monopoly really on Adult Only ships, but I read Virgin's new ship which launches next year is going to be adult only and around 2500 passengers, so others are cottoning on to it. Saga also have a lovely new ship coming so P&O had better up their game or lose the faithful Adult Only cruisers, but thats just my own thoughts
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    Is Oriana for the elderly?

    afcandrew I think Oriana will always be my favourite ship, she has a very loyal following and despite her misgivings I think the experience and the general mood and atmosphere on her makes her a hit. I will be sailing on her again and I think P&O will keep her for that very fact, I wish they would replace Adonia with another Adult Only ship. perhaps Aurora or Oceana would fill the gap. Adult only cruises to the sun in 2019 are severely restricted now there are only two Adult only ships....hope P&O are listening to their customers!!!
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    Is Oriana for the elderly?

    Bettyboo We are not yet 60 and have been on Oriana for 3 wonderful cruises, the most recent one 18 nights last July. Is Oriana for old people? No not at all, but if your looking for a chilled out, relaxing break with great entertainment on a lovely ship, definitely one for you. As you are going in the summer months you will love the open deck spaces to relax and enjoy the sun, you will always find somewhere to relax and enjoy the sun on deck. As has been said, yes the passengers are more mature, but the fun nights you have in the Lords Tavern keeps you bubbling along and as Oriana is a smaller ship, you actually get to meet people and get to know them, if thats what you like. If your looking for a bouncing lively holiday with younger people its not Oriana I am afraid, our holidays are chilled and we love the ambience Oriana offers....she is an old lady but a majestic one, enjoy your cruise on her, I know we always do. G
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    Oceana Refit

    Yes we were on Oceana to Bruges and Amsterdam over New Year, she is a nice ship but having never previously said on her, I have no idea how big a transformation it was. The couple we were with had previously been on her and said she was much brighter and fresher looking. I believe it was mostly soft furnishings but the atrium are was very special, all the lounges and dining areas looked spruced up too. I am sure she has had a nice freshen up, we enjoyed it.
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