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  1. We have checked and as we booked the whole cruise from Southampton it just counts as one holiday over 14 days. Its possible but I dont know that if we had booked the cruise in separate segments we may have got an allowance for each one but I expect that would have been more expensive to do ?
  2. We were considering buying the carnival shares this year as on the World Cruise on Arcadia in January, 99 nights. However, when I checked the FAQs it appears that the £150 OBC is as you say given on a cruise of 14 nights or more. I would have thought that by doing 99 nights we would at least been allowed perhaps a bit more at each sector but appears not from what I understand. So a bit mean I think !
  3. Yes thats right. The T and Cs say alcoholic drinks limited to 15 in 24 hours. So I suppose if you only bought 1 package and one person didnt drink alcohol then they could just take advantage of the other drinks allowed. So one could have 15 alcoholic drinks and the other any amount of non alcoholic ones. I can see now why P and O say that. Perhaps it would be better if they had one for just alcohol and one that didn't but thats not going to happen as they will assume perhaps that not that many would want 15 drinks of alcohol in a day.
  4. It does seem unfair that 2 packages have to be bought if only 1 person will take advantage of it. After all the daily limit P and O state is 15 drinks. So what does it matter who drinks them I ask ? Could be 15 for 1 person or 7 each and a half for 2 people of 5 each for 3. Still only up to the 15 drink limit.
  5. Yes of course you are right with regards to other factors which may affect the price. This was not from personal experience but comments from very regular cruisers who said there was an irregular increase that in their opinion was not related to those you mention. It was suggested, true or not that the prices were increased quite a long time before May this year so that it would not be as noticable. If its true also that the gratuities are needed to shore up perhaps low wages then the money has to come from somewhere. Some people will always tip for good service to the crew they think deserve it and others not. With so many cruiselines building new ships every year then I imagine they need to be quite competitive to get the best staff so if other cruiselines pay more because they have automatic gratuities then it stands to reason the crew will chose their ships. As always an interesting debate !
  6. P and O made a point of saying in several publications that although the automatic gratuities would be stopped after May, that didnt mean the overall cruise price would increase to reflect that. However, some people have reported that although they may not increase after May, after the announement last year the prices increased for cruises this year. Some had already booked their cruise well in advance and compared the prices noting that there was a definite increase at that time.
  7. You are allowed a glass of your chosen wine at the table and I think I am right that as long as you wait 15 minutes it can be topped up as often as you like. They just don't bring the full bottle to the table. I'm assuming this is how it works as the T and Cs look identical to other cruise companies. We have had packages on the American ships as the drinks are more expensive so worked out better value on them. Not so sure with this though as drinks cheaper of course depending how much you wish to drink. However, it has been different depending on which ship we were on. Sometimes the wine waiter was quite happy to bring the bottle and leave it on the table, others came regularly to ask if we wanted a top up. On one ship the wine waiter avoided us like the plague when we were trying to catch his eye for another glass ! So, does it depend on the wine waiter or the cruise company? Not sure we wait and see ! We for our next cruise in June will buy the wine package in advance and then other drinks as we go along. Kath
  8. Ok Brenda, Well we are travelling down to Southampton on the same day and probably around the same time. We will possibly see you at one of the service stations ! I'll have a wander round if I see an Intercruises coach asking for Brenda and you can do the same and ask for Kath lol Kath
  9. So everything is done beforehand then we just queue up for our cruise cards. Is that right ?
  10. Hello Brenda We use Eavesway coaches that come into Bolton Bus station. This leaves around 7.15am usually and I think starts off in Glasgow. Perhaps you travel with a different company ? Kath
  11. Slightly different subject addressed to you. Noticed your area is Bolton and we live in Rossendale. Do you travel to Southampton on the coach from Bolton bus station ? We have booked on this.
  12. Thank you for this brilliant information. Ive got notes of all you say and really looking forward now !
  13. This thread is absolutely brilliant ! Full of really nice people who enjoy their holidays knowing they will get exactly what they have paid for. I'm weary of the constant moaning about one thing or the other so reading all this is very refreshing. Life isn't perfect nobody ever said it was. We are all very lucky to be able to enjoy holidays all over the world so lets just think positive. I agree with all the great comments about P and O and we have tried several of the other cruiselines both cheaper and much more expensive but come back to P and O time and time again. In our opinion P and O provide exactly what we want and all the lovely people we meet along the way provide that extra bonus. Long may they sail !
  14. Yes we are on this cruise too. Just read the really interesting and informative posts and like you would love any advice re these ports. We would like to do things on our own if possible but not having visited the Fjords before welcome any tips. We love walking so happy with anything that involves some of that is fine. We are also happy to do a P and O excursion if that's the best advice but have found on recent cruises elsewhere independant trips are quite easy to find.
  15. Thank you for that its exactly the information I was looking for.
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