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I understand that P&O are changing their policy on alcohol and dress codes.

  • It seems that passengers are to be allowed to bring one bottle of alcohol on embarkation only. Any alcohol purchased  in away ports will be confiscated and returned the day before disembarkation as is the case with duty free purchased onboard.
  • Tightening of dress codes to ban personal logos on tops and various other restrictions. Presumably this is aimed at Hen and Stag parties on weekend cruises?

With regard to the alcohol policy it seems unfair that someone embarking on a World cruise is  given the same allowance as someone on a 3/4 night cruise. If this rule is enforced surely it should apply to each sector of a 100+ day voyage. Not that we are in the habit of taking 'cases of wine' onboard but it seems illogical to apply this restriction across the board.

Thoughts please.

 

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P&O were out of step with most major cruise lines ,by letting customers bring on large amount's of booze,They always had a policy regarding taking drink on the ship but chose not to enforce it.

It will not bother me as the last thing I think of taking on my cruise is a load of drink ,(They do have Bar's on ship's)

Again not bothered about the dress code same people inside the shirt, be it with or without a logo ...Davybe

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I am happy enough with the changes.  Many cruise lines do not allow you to take any alcohol on board at all.  I understand that for the World Cruises, pax will indeed be given this allowance for each sector.

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As usual a few people have abused the system and the majority suffer. 

We had an email from P and O advising us of its new policy. As we only ever take a couple of bottles of wine on board It will not affect us. Never worn fancy dress but have dressed on on the tropical nights, will these now be discountinued?

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1 hour ago, doratheexplorer said:

A friend of mine will be on a cruise during next years world cup and wondered if they would be able to wear a football shirt if they show the matches on board, any thoughts??

The rules state no football shirts are allowed in the evening but does not say anything about daytime wear, so may be okay in the afternoon. Personally, I think they should be banned at all times.  I am a football supporter and I will wear a replica shirt to games - but not anywhere else and certainly not on a cruise ship.

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1 hour ago, cruise addict said:

As usual a few people have abused the system and the majority suffer. 

We had an email from P and O advising us of its new policy. As we only ever take a couple of bottles of wine on board It will not affect us. Never worn fancy dress but have dressed on on the tropical nights, will these now be discountinued?

No, the themed evenings aboard are specifically excluded and it says pax will be invited to wear something appropriate for theme nights.

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i think this tightening of existing policies is aimed squareley at the stag/hens that have taken to going on the short 2/3 night cruises the lines do between their main cruises. i think there have been one or two incidents over the last year involving inappropriate t-shirts and behaviour.

the casino manager on my recent cruise on arcadia told several stories of very high jinks on the last couple of short cruises they had done.

too lurid for a public forum. lol.

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Princess cruises have a policy of no alcohol to be taken onboard at ports of calls for cabin consumption. It has never caused a problem if any is seen when scanned or you tell them you have alcohol then you are directed to a seperate table where it is taken off you and you are given a receipt and it is returned to you at end of cruise. Never been a problem or ever seen any great queues as a result.

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There is a big debate over slogans on clothes. If you go by the regulations you now cannot wear a P&O World Cruise sweat shirt. Evn my "Race to the Cup" shirt purchased in Bermuda will not be allowed even though it would not offend anyone.

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30 minutes ago, Captain Kidd II said:

There is a big debate over slogans on clothes. If you go by the regulations you now cannot wear a P&O World Cruise sweat shirt. Evn my "Race to the Cup" shirt purchased in Bermuda will not be allowed even though it would not offend anyone.

it does cleary say 'personalised' slogans on the p&o website so i think people are deliberately mis understanding

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We had a letter today about this. Can't really see the issue with all the nice bars on board the P & O ships I would not want to sit in my cabin drinking anyway. I think someone has already mentioned but it does relate to personalised slogans and my understanding would be that it is those rude t-shirts that get printed for the hen and stag trips. I think football shirts will be okay, but again they are for poolside day time wear. 

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6 hours ago, Furby said:

it does cleary say 'personalised' slogans on the p&o website so i think people are deliberately mis understanding

Currently P&O have not clarified the issue of slogans. It has been implied that it is not just the rude t-shirts that are banned. At one poin there was even a suggestion, by P&O, that Christmas jumpers would not be accepted after February.

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11 hours ago, Scranman said:

We had a letter today about this. Can't really see the issue with all the nice bars on board the P & O ships I would not want to sit in my cabin drinking anyway. I think someone has already mentioned but it does relate to personalised slogans and my understanding would be that it is those rude t-shirts that get printed for the hen and stag trips. I think football shirts will be okay, but again they are for poolside day time wear. 

But aren't some football shirts personalised with people's surnames on the back, do they ban them but not the ones without any names.

Just like several of P&O's policies they are open to interpretation, and let's be honest here they probably won't enforce the new rule anyway.

HLM.

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the trouble with any policy designed to stop something the barrack room lawyers all come out from under their stones with a pile of what ifs and maybes.

when any sensible person can see what is the clear intention of a particular restriction. but from a pr point of veiw the cruiselines lawyers get involved and you end up with a fudge.

really what they should have put was:

no alcohol to be brought on board and no stags/hens with lude t-shirts etc getting legless and upsetting other passengers.

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The letter says, fancy dress, noveilty, or personalised images or slogans, meaning rude, or lurid as in stag and hen stuff, I don't find that unreasonable 

I think this is all to do with the short cruises, often used as the party cruise for large groups of young people, and the same goes for the amount of drink taken on board 

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I believe the fancy dress code means dressing as vicars and tarts during a short stag and hen cruise. As regards to the drinks policy I never take anything on board as we find po have a really good  price on drinks. 

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Anyone know how the new alcohol policies are being enforced?

What happens at embarkation at Southampton and destination ports where the security scanning is done by port staff and not P&O peeps?

Are suitcases searched?

 

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It was enforced on our last cruise. At ports where scanning was done ashore P & O staff collected your bottles at a table near the scanners the same as when it was done on board. Suitcases are scanned at Southampton so I suppose they spot bottles then.

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Last week there was a fairly long queue to collect drinks on the last sea days I presume they are enforcing the drink policy.

Most people seem to follow the dress code in the MDR ,one couple never came in on formal night,I assume they had no formal wear ,so dined somewhere else...Davybe

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There has always been long queues on the last day of the cruise even before the recent alcohol policy was applied due to people purchasing duty free alcohol during the cruise from the shop and not being able to have it until last day.

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