They have just had their hopes shattered because P&O are now offering a weekend cruise called the Welcom Party the weekend before.
To say they are upset is an understatement - I wonder what P&O have to say about this.
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Oh c'mon every cruise line does this nowadays. It's called the 'shakedown' & I have been on 2 or 3 over the last ten years. It's away of testing all their services before the big day & the ones I've been on, you sign away your rights to any compensation should things not go according to plan. That is normally reflected in the 'special offer' price you pay for this type of deal.Yes, exactly. This really is not a big deal. Just about every ship has shakedown cruises. Some are sold to the public, some are offered only to the trade and the press as promotional activities, and some are just cruise line junkets. And they have a habit of being cancelled and mucked about with at short notice, depending on the state of the ship and the problems encountered in the final stages of building.
I've jut heard about this one as well, and I had been wondering how people booked on the 'Maiden' would feel.While the prices you have seen are no doubt valid they are more for some of the grades than I have seen in the emails sent to me by at least 3 cruise agents. What is very keen, however, is the single suppliment at just 25%.
The other thing is that the prices I've seen are not generous: £199pp for an inside cabin, £250pp for an outside, and £396pp (!) for a balcony. These may be 'full brochure prices' however. I guess things will become clearer later in the week.
Surely at the very least P&O should give those people booked on the Maiden Cruise the first chance to book this one?Actually, I have to say that I think this a very good idea - it would certainly have been courteous, even if many people couldn't have managed it.