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    2020 bookings?

    I have checked with Bolsover - but they can't explain the discrepancy! They seem to be working off different prices from those shown on the P&O website, and my guess is that the prices they were given in advance by P&O have changed at the last minute. Something to be aware of when you're making advance reservations.
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    2020 bookings?

    I've done that - and I'm using the actual Select category prices, but the figures Bolsover are using seem higher for some reason. There seems to be a mismatch between the prices they're using as a starting point and those on the P&O website.
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    2020 bookings?

    Well, the prices are there but there's a bit of a discrepancy between the P&O prices shown and the Bolsover prices, which seem higher. That's clearly not possible, so I'm guessing the P&O prices are shown after deducting the 10% 'previous customer' discount?
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    2020 bookings?

    Thanks. So pre-registration opens on 3 September - are all the prices available on that day?
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    2020 bookings?

    Thanks. That’s precisely what I’m looking for. I have a small number of cabins in mind that would be suitable for our needs - subject of course to the price they go on at. So presumably I’ll be able to see the prices for those cabins at some point in advance of the actual ‘go live’ date? And then I tell Bolsover what I’d ideally like them to book? What are the important dates please?
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    2020 bookings?

    I'm struggling to understand how the advance bookings system works - and the P&O website doesn't help at all! I'm looking to get a couple of bookings with P&O for 2020 (May or later) - what's the best way to get them at a good price, please, what are the key dates, and am I better going through Bolsover or through P&O direct - there seem to be differences in the way they handle these very early bookings.
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    P&O New Winter 2019-20

    So I did - apologies! Maybe worth considering then. I wonder how secure it is for the future. No apparent requirement to book direct to get it either On board spending money per stateroom on sailings of 13 nights or longer (including world cruise) - £150 On board spending money per stateroom on sailings of 6 to 12 nights - £60 On board spending money per stateroom on sailings of 5 nights or less - £30
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    P&O New Winter 2019-20

    A mere £47,000 at today's price! I'll skip that one.....
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    P&O New Winter 2019-20

    I'll take a look - presumably, then, it will be possible on 12 March to see what's going to be available to book shortly afterwards? Prices available too? I'm a novice at early booking - always reckoned it was an expensive way of doing it.
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    Early booking tactics?

    I suspect what’s going on is price manipulation over a shortish period of time so that they can make a big thing of ‘huge’ discounts in a forthcoming special ‘sale’. Expect some big, but essentially fake, reductions.
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    Early booking tactics?

    I think it depends very much on what you're looking for. If you're not too bothered about location you'll almost certainly get a better deal nearer to the sailing date, but if you're looking for a particular type of suite, for example, in a particular location, as we are, the chances of it appearing late in the day are very small indeed.
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    Early booking tactics?

    Thanks, Sinbad - that's very helpful. We're very flexible on dates, reasonably flexible on ships and even pretty flexible on the cruise itself - so long as it's Southampton-Southampton. The two things that are crucial, though, are price/value and the location of the suite. I suppose pre-registering isn't really appropriate in these circumstances (too many variables) - I think I'll need to take a look on 21/22 March to see what's available.
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    Early booking tactics?

    So if I'm looking for a particular suite, I have to register with an agent, or with P&O - even as a past customer? I'm not Caribbean, Baltic or Ligurian (just Pacific) so presumably I can't make a booking until 21/22 March, whether I pre-register or not? I like to be able to find exactly what I want (at the right price) online - then make the actual booking with an agent. Is this not going to be possible unless I pre-register?
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    Early booking tactics?

    This came out today from P&O - most people will have seen it. Big question (for me, anyway) is how does it work with Bolsover, and is it really the best time to get the best deals? I'm looking for a particular suite, and I've usually managed to get a good deal a long time after the initial launch, but maybe the launch is the best time to get that deal? Is there any point in registering - what does that do? And are the prices really at their lowest (last minute deals excepted) at launch? Advice appreciated........ Register your interest early 12 March 2018 8.00am - 18 March 4.00pm On sale exclusively to Caribbean, Baltic and Ligurian members of our loyalty club 19 & 20 March 2018 8.00am to 8.00pm On general sale 21 March 2018 8.00am Holidays departing from October 2019 - December 2019 22 March 2018 8.00am Holidays departing from January 2020 - March 2020
  15. Sorry but that's utter nonsense. 1 How does making a bargain booking in any way adversely affect anybody that P&O let down? 2 How would not making such a booking in any way help those same people? 3 Presumably you'll stick by your 'principles' and refuse to take any more cruises with any Carnival owned companies such as P&O?
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