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Exactly right on all accounts. You can of course say no to the topup and have it the following evening but we found there was never anything left over! :o :wine-glass:

 

Thanks for the advice. I usually find nothing left over as well lol By the way I like your signature. Sounds like my life lol

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Definitely. If you buy the wine package of x number of bottles, do you leave it with them, keep it in your cabin, or what?? If they hold it and you decide you'd like to have a glass or two in your room, do you have to go and fetch it???

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Definitely. If you buy the wine package of x number of bottles, do you leave it with them, keep it in your cabin, or what?? If they hold it and you decide you'd like to have a glass or two in your room, do you have to go and fetch it???

 

Yes. I imagine it’s so that you leave wine in restaurant and then have to buy more to use in the room or elsewhere. The wine waiter may be generous as Pippa says but I would rather have the choice rather than leaving it to chance on how good your waiter is! Sounds to me that P&O are exploiting customers to me!

 

I am not poorly off but I Like to budget in advance on holiday. Seems that P&O may not have caught up with real life yet!

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According to my countdown clock it’s 158 days to sailing. Can’t wait.

 

So here is a question to think about - given the itinerary what is the place you are most looking forward to visiting and why?

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We've had drinks packages included when on Celebrity. Saves all the bother of signing for everything.

Drinks packages are fine if you drink regularly but we had "free" drinks package on Celebrity and for us it was a complete waste. One glass of wine with dinner each evening, the occasional speciality coffee (which we only bothered to have because they were included in the package), :)one pint of lager for my husband and bottle of sparkling water for me each evening are probably lower than the cost of buying a drinks package if we had to pay for it. Nothing in life is free so in my opinion everyone on Celebrity ship is actually paying for the package regardless of how much or little they drink. Non-drinkers or low level drinkers are probably subsidising those who go over the top.

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We had the drinks package as our Free At Sea incentive on NCL last year. Much better value than the Free WiFi or Free Speciality Restaurant options and we loved the freedom of not having to worry about our onboard account which finished up being just $80 for 10 days! Looking out for whales at sail away from each port, Magaritas in hand, whatever we wanted all evening, made for a very relaxed holiday and we tried lots of things we'd never have ordered had we been paying per drink. Tipsy but not drunk at any point. Great holiday!

 

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That’s the way I feel about it. I have done the maths and think as a moderate holiday drinker a package makes sense, especially in you include soft drinks in that. I prefer to budget everything in advance then not have to even consider what I spend while I am away.

 

So question for seasoned cruisers - apart from the lovely Caribbean, this is by way of a retirement cruise for me after 48 years of work (well I am not retiring completely), if you were in my position on this cruise what would be your must do?

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Drinks packages are fine if you drink regularly but we had "free" drinks package on Celebrity and for us it was a complete waste. One glass of wine with dinner each evening, the occasional speciality coffee (which we only bothered to have because they were included in the package), :)one pint of lager for my husband and bottle of sparkling water for me each evening are probably lower than the cost of buying a drinks package if we had to pay for it. Nothing in life is free so in my opinion everyone on Celebrity ship is actually paying for the package regardless of how much or little they drink. Non-drinkers or low level drinkers are probably subsidising those who go over the top.

 

I agree, nothing in life is free, but with Celebrity sometimes the cruises with drinks packages are comparable with the P&O ones without. We are doing a Celebrity Baltic cruise with Balcony, Drinks and tips paid for 2150. On the same day a P&O Baltic with Balcony no drinks and no tips was 2300. You just have to pick and choose when.

I wish P&O did drinks packages, nice to know your costs upfront.

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Is the latest price for 12 bottle wine package £239 for Connoisseur and £203 for Captain collection? Can't find a later one than 2017 on the P&O site.

Also if we get lumped on anytime dining and don't finish a bottle (rarity I accept) will the waiters locate our bottle if we are at the other end of the restaurant the next night?

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Is the latest price for 12 bottle wine package £239 for Connoisseur and £203 for Captain collection? Can't find a later one than 2017 on the P&O site.

Also if we get lumped on anytime dining and don't finish a bottle (rarity I accept) will the waiters locate our bottle if we are at the other end of the restaurant the next night?

 

Yes, they give you a card with details of the unfinished wine, so if you present this to your wine waiter he can retrieve the bottle. You can also do this in a completely different restaurant on board, presemably the bottles are held in a central location.

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I know I am just being lazy as I guess this infor will be somewhere but if you buy a wine package

1, can you buy it before you get on board?

2, if it is europe is VAT added

3, is there a service charge added.

 

 

I ask as on other lines if you buy a drinks package before boarding there is

no gratuity but if you buy on board there is.

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I am a P&O newbie so all I have to go on is my reading up.

1. Yes with your personaliser when you pay your balance

2. Not that I can see. It’s included in the cost

3. No. Any service charge is included in the cost charged to your room ( unless you opt out).

 

I am happy to be refuted by more experienced cruisers?

 

By the way just so everyone knows I think P&O are ripping us off and have not moved with the times

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RCCL and Celbraty drinks packages are expensive and if you get in the price of the holiday normally the price as been put on, and you have to be guide a heavy drinker to make it pay, I would far rather pay P&O prices as I go

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I know I am just being lazy as I guess this infor will be somewhere but if you buy a wine package

1, can you buy it before you get on board?

2, if it is europe is VAT added

3, is there a service charge added.

 

 

I ask as on other lines if you buy a drinks package before boarding there is

no gratuity but if you buy on board there is.

Any beverage package we’ve purchased online before boarding has had gratuity added to the baseline price.

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RCCL and Celbraty drinks packages are expensive and if you get in the price of the holiday normally the price as been put on, and you have to be guide a heavy drinker to make it pay, I would far rather pay P&O prices as I go
I disagree, and this is a misconception and common accusation made against those who purchase a beverage package. Due to the high prices of beverages on Celebrity and RCI it doesn’t take much to ‘break even’ when you consider the consumption of non alcoholic drinks in addition to alcoholic ones. Nor does it mean you have to be a heavy drinker.

 

Due to a pre cruise sale, we recently only paid the equivalent of $49 per person per day (including gratuity). So, 1 fresh squeezed orange juice, 2 latte coffees, 2 bottles of water, 2 soft drinks (cola or similar) that’s already around $30, so add a pre dinner G&T, 2 glasses of wine at dinner and 1 post dinner drink and if paying separately you’d add on average another $40+ to your non alcoholic bar tab. So it doesn’t need much to ‘break even’, even consuming non alcoholic beverages.

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At last someone who makes sense. Thanks for your post as it’s really helpful. My feeling was that people are treating alcohol, soft drinks and coffee etc as separate items when considering a drinks package and not linked like they are on Royal Caribbean etc. When you add the total cost it shows how much P&O are making from their customers

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We've done a couple of "all inclusive" cruises with Princess and found that the drink packages were marginal in value. Being an American company each individual drink had an additional 20% added on whereas the drink package didn't. Being a whisky drinker I was able to sample a decent choice of Malt whisky and Bourban that I would probably not have tasted if I was paying for it individually. It also meant if there was a cocktail you didn't like simply order a different one. We also had speciality coffees and hot chocolate each day so over two weeks we probably were slightly out of pocket on the package but at least had the fun of trying different things.

Perhaps P&O need to look at this and offer drinks packages on top of basic pricing allowing their customers to select the correct deal for them depending on what they do or don't drink.

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That’s my feeling too. I am not necessarily keen on all inclusive packages but more choice and mix and match packages is the norm elsewhere now. It’s about having the opportunity to sample drinks that perhaps not your normal tipple while still feeling that you are in control of your budget. My view is that this is more to do with P&O extracting every penny they can from customers rather than providing enhanced services to their guests

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What nobody has mentioned, you are allowed to carry your own bottles on with P&O, only for your cabin use. Just finished NCL cruise and the beverage package is getting tighter, Hendricks not included now, however you can pay the difference after $15, also removed NZ savingion by the glass

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Thanks. I am new to P&O and everything I have read , both from P&O and through Forums like this is that they do not allow wine to be brought on board after the initial port ( and that’s limited to a litre bottle each). The message is that they put alll hand luggage and bags through security checks and confiscate alcohol which you are given back on final exit?

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No problem. I thought I might have misunderstood what the position is. Sounds like the previous position for P&O was much better than what they now have in place

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