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  1. Entirely a matter of personal choice. How hot do you like it? Check out various websites showing average weather conditions. Personally I’d far sooner go in May, regardless of price.
  2. Well put. Nobody really knows the answer to this long running conundrum, because people follow only the prices of the cruises they themselves have booked, and even then they can easily miss the last minute price drops. Since Cruiseville vanished there’s even less information available. Personally, I’ll continue with the earliest possible date booking policy. My requirements are very specific, limited to just a very small number of options, and it’s the only way to get that level of certainty at a good price.
  3. P&O's view of the meaning of 'significant' may well differ from that of their customers - witness the line they've taken on their own decision to switch Amsterdam for Ijmuiden on cruises already booked for Amsterdam. Ultimately, though, it's not a decision for P&O to take - if they take an unreasonably restrictive view of what the word means it's always up for legal challenge if necessary.
  4. Isn’t part of the problem the complexity of the account statements and the difficulty in understanding them? Like so many companies, P&O seem to work on the basis that if they make the statements sufficiently opaque most people won’t bother to challenge them.
  5. The exchange rate may well be competitive, but watch out for the other charges.
  6. Can't say I've ever really noticed it, but given the choice I'd happily do without it.
  7. https://www.cruzely.com/answered-do-walkie-talkies-work-on-a-cruise-ship/ Might be the answer, as suggested by alija1960 above. There seems to be nothing preventing their use on P&O ships.
  8. Excellent suggestion - no reason at all why they wouldn't work, though range would probably be an issue, particularly inside, because of the various walls, partitions etc..
  9. That's a very good point, and a very good question. As far as I know, P&O don't offer any apps like the ones you mention, and I know of no other way to communicate apart from the obvious (and very expensive) ones of texting and emailing. Costs will vary according to network providers. You can buy internet packages from P&O, but these too are expensive. These links might help: https://ask.pocruises.com/help/PO/life-on-board/mobile_onboard https://ask.pocruises.com/help/PO/life-on-board/access_internet Kind regards - Harry
  10. Careful with that one unless you have one issued before February 2011 - later cards carry charges + an exchange load. Nationwide (post Feb 2011) - Credit Card This is a bog standard overseas spending card Using it is not good, but not a disaster. It's far better to switch to a specialist card if you've time before going away. If you use it, spending's cheaper than withdrawing cash. If you must withdraw, bigger chunks in fewer withdrawals is cheaper than smaller, more regular ones. EXCHANGE LOAD ATM CHARGE SPENDING CHARGE CASH WITHDRAWAL INTEREST 2% standard can earn 0% by spending more 2.5% None 19.9% (even if repaid in full)
  11. You've identified the main differences between Saver and Select, and it's pretty much a matter of choice. Do check the prices carefully, though, because sometimes Saver can actually cost more than Select when you factor in OBC. Personally, there's no way I'd not make my own choice of cabin - far too much at stake - but others will take a different view. Drinks packages I know very little about - though I believe the consensus is that they offer poor value.
  12. Personally, I'd always use credit cards abroad wherever possible, even for cash - but it must be the right credit card to avoid fees. Debit cards can prove very expensive. The right credit card will prove much cheaper than any other method. This should help: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/credit-cards/travel-credit-cards/ Independent tours will vary, but most in the US and Canada would, I'd expect, take a credit card.
  13. If I'm going to cruise it has to be in a cabin of my choice - they vary so very much and the wrong cabin can mean a ruined holiday. If that means Select, which it does, so be it. We've just had a very pleasant family holiday on the North Norfolk coast in a superb rented house. Same thing applies. Location is everything. It was carefully selected and fitted all our needs perfectly. I wouldn't leave that choice to a bookings agency, so why would I let P&O decide (out of what's left over) where to put me?
  14. Never had a problem with P&O, though the billing system's like so many others - made so complex that it's almost impenetrable. A big time waster, and doubtless many don't bother to check for that reason.
  15. With you entirely. £300 is £300 and certainly not just a few pounds in my book! What you get depends on the total cruise price plus the deal you negotiate, so maybe some people are better negotiators than others. I can see no possible downside to booking with the right TA, and many, many upsides. Just a matter of personal choice, of course.
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