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  1. A pint of Peroni in my favourite local pub is £4.25. Pint on Oceana last month was £4.80. Not much difference really. But in Newcastle city centre I can pay £5 for a pint. I found the drinks prices on my last P&O cruise to be very acceptable and compared with my local well. Now Cunard, well that's a different assesement altogether !!!!! 😡😡
  2. Our first ever cruise last year was on QV in BC. The restaurant was very impressive. Eventually the staff were ok. I have to be honest though in that the service on P&O Oceana last month was better !!! Anyway, will be on QV in BC in December and looking forward to it. There are loads of tables for two and some little alcoves with tables for two. We had table 216 last year which was a perfect location.
  3. We each took 1 litre of Morgan Spiced rum purely for consumption in our cabin. This is what P&O allow at embarkation. We enjoyed a drink when getting ready for dinner each evening. There is no limit on mixers and soft drinks. We enjoy a rum and coke and so when in port bought bottles of coke to bring on board when required. No issues. You are reminded not to bring alcohol on board at ports of call (only allowed on embarkation). But we never actually witnessed this being enforced. In terms of purchased drinks, generally, we enjoyed a drink or two during the day. Then, if in the dining room for lunch, we would have a large glass of wine. Sometimes a bottle. A pre-dinner drink, then a bottle of wine at dinner. This varied from around £18 to £44 depending on what we chose. Then a drink or two after dinner. On a couple of night maybe a couple more. Think that about sums it up. Basically, what we wanted. We also enjoyed a drink when in port, usually at a cafe or restaurant and watched the world go by. Hope this helps.
  4. Just back from a 21 night cruise on Oceana. We drank what we wanted including a bottle of wine with our evening meal and sometimes one at lunchtime also 😉 This cruise had a lot of sea days. We took on board a bottle of spirit each to enjoy when getting ready in the evening. Overall our drinks bill worked out at £60 per day between the two of us. No specialty coffees though, just alcohol based drinks.
  5. Am on Oceana at the minute and drinking what we want and roughly it’s aroubd £65 per day. So wouldn’t go down the package route. But we have an idea where it is heading. Only water, tea or coffeee is cost free during the day. Outside of breakfast, fruit juices have gone. I know this will upset some but let’s be fair !!! I think drinks should be included with the price. Yes I know those of you who don’t drink much will argue that you shouldn’t be subsidising those that do. But think about the food. We don’t eat 5 or 6 meals a day. We have a breakfast or a lunch and our evening meal. So by the same argument, what about subsidising all those who eat from the minute they get out of their bed till they go back to bed. And we all know lots of them or have seen them. So if I am subsiding these people with food then surely they can subsidise my alcohol. Also spare a thought, without taxes and duty the alcohol is probably cheaper than the food.
  6. tend to use the premier inns. About £70 B&B for two. Then with P4C at around £115. Altogether the cost is very reasonable.
  7. as i said, agree with you. They seemingly have many more beneficial terms than the rest of us. Good for them. However, we still sail with Cunard despite the inequality. Doesn't stop us voicing our discontent when the opportunity arises though, which I do in feedback to Cunard. But its not worth losing sleep over.
  8. Agree Majortom, unfortunately many things in life are unfair. Just have to get on and make the most of it. Life's too short to worry about these things. Maybe we will be rewarded on day..... LOL
  9. Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, can't manage 5/6 cruises a year. But working up to it for when we retire........ I have bought the carnival shares and they are in a stocks and shares ISA so protected for when I retire...LOL Will look to buy the future credits when next on bought in December. As will no doubt book another one before the 12 months is up.
  10. Ok thanks for Host Hattie Guess will use it as an excuse to book another cruise when on board then 😉
  11. May seem a little over optimistic. However, can you buy the future cruise credits on board during your cruise and then apply them to another cruise in the future which you have already booked ? thanks
  12. They do and flight times are ok but get into Dubai at midnight so would be interesting about when board the ship. However, Newcastle was never offered as an option when we booked. Think it would be a case of making your own arrangements and of course canny extra cost ?
  13. We are flying from Glasgow instead. Don’t fancy Manchester and we’re quoted different London airports flying out and back which was just mental. Glasgow is a good place to fly from and canny travelling from Newcastle.
  14. just booked Grand Carribean over Christmas and New Year from Southampton and back. 26 nights. The business is quiet at that time, well it normally is !!!! interesting though that even with Cunard fare was unable to book preferred dining choice. although the booking confirmation stated first sitting on table for 6. So see if can change when voyage personalised is up an ready. The boss is already planning it....LOL
  15. just checked my cruise personaliser and it makes no reference to how we get to the ship from the airport. However, the holiday itinerary does. Its a scheduled flight but organised by P&O. So I would have thought they are aware as to which flight we will be on since they have booked it. The following information is now there which is much more informative. GROUP TRANSFER AIRPORT TO PORT ON ARRIVAL AT DUBAI AIRPORT YOU WILL NEED TO FOLLOW THE ARRIVALS SIGNAGE TO PASSPORT CONTROL. CONTINUE ON TO COLLECT YOUR LUGGAGE, BEFORE MAKING YOUR WAY THROUGH CUSTOMS; AFTER WHICH P&O CRUISES REPRESENTATIVES WILL MEET YOU AND GUIDE YOU TO THE VEHICLES FOR YOUR TRANSFER TO YOUR SHIP. (DUE TO SECURITY RESTRICTIONS, OUR REPRESENTATIVES ARE UNABLE TO MEET YOU AT THE ARRIVAL GATE.) SHOULD YOU REQUIRE ANY ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR TRANSFER, PLEASE CONTACT OUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES ON 00971 56 418 3651.
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