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I agree that standards have and are continuing to drop, although I’ve no idea why.  I imagine it’s right across the cruise industry. Does anyone have any idea which cruise lines are still operating with high standards?

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1 hour ago, CHAMON said:

I agree that standards have and are continuing to drop, although I’ve no idea why.  I imagine it’s right across the cruise industry. Does anyone have any idea which cruise lines are still operating with high standards?

Standards are generally set by the passengers, when cruising was limited to the rich they set the standards, as it has become more affordable to much wider sectors of society, so the median point of "standard " has lowered.  But that does not mean that the enjoyment of being well fed and entertained whilst being transported around the world has diminished;  but higher luxury does come at a much higher price, however your drinks package will probably be included.

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18 hours ago, Caravan 37 said:

We plan to buy the package on our Britannia cruise in April. 

 

£39.95 x 2 = £79.90 x 13 = £1038.70

- obc £270 = £768.70 

£384.35 for 2 = £29.56 pppd

 

For us this would be good value - cocktail round pool/beer with lunch/ 2 drinks before dinner/2 with dinner/1/2after dinner/water/soft drinks/coffee

 

of course you don’t have to use obc but I choose to offset the cost of the package this way. I pay for speciality restaurants/trips in advance so apart from what I buy in the shop it’s mostly on drink

 

Thank you for that its exactly the information I was looking for.

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I have not read all the posts on this thread, so the answer may have already been given. do the Drinks' Packages include Bar Operatives and Wine Waiters tips? If so, I wonder how the money is allocated? If not, then some of the calculations may need amending. Can the bottles bought be drunk say, partly with a meal and finished in a more peaceful place? 

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48 minutes ago, joro44 said:

I have not read all the posts on this thread, so the answer may have already been given. do the Drinks' Packages include Bar Operatives and Wine Waiters tips? If so, I wonder how the money is allocated? If not, then some of the calculations may need amending. Can the bottles bought be drunk say, partly with a meal and finished in a more peaceful place? 

Tips will shortly be included in the fare so no tipping will be necessary. Once you've bought your drink you can take it where you like.

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Does anybody know if the frozen non alcoholic cocktails are included in the non alcoholic drinks package.

We know Mocktails are included.

We are on our first P and O cruise in January, on Britannia.

Thanks for any responses.

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Do you no if you can get the drink package on a 2 night cruise.. I am thinking of going on the Ventura next June from Southampton it’s for 2 nights if the drink package isn’t available on the short cruise I’m not sure I would be interested..

thank you 

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51 minutes ago, Cliodhna112 said:

Do you no if you can get the drink package on a 2 night cruise.. I am thinking of going on the Ventura next June from Southampton it’s for 2 nights if the drink package isn’t available on the short cruise I’m not sure I would be interested..

thank you 

 

No, drink packages are only available on cruises of 5 nights and over.

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Personally, I won't be taking up the package as it seems very expensive. 

 

£39.95 x 2 people x 14 nights = £1118.60

 

I haven't the bill to hand, but I fairly sure we would normally spend around £500 (between us) over the course of the cruise.  Now that the daily cabin charge has gone, the free On Board Spend (£300) will go a long way towards that.

 

We sailed with P&O a few times now, and bar prices do seem relatively sensible - £4/£5 for a beer?  So unless bar prices have gone up drastically, it would mean 8 drinks per night.  

 

We did try out RCI last year for a short cruise, and on that one, we did actually buy the package.  I think it was less that the £39.95 that P&O charge, and drinks were more expensive.  (they also only charge the difference for drinks that are more than the limit).  I would estimate that for the RCI cruise it was probably 'even stevens' over the course of the cruise.  But it was nice not to have to worry about the end of cruise bar bill.

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, BanburyBlue said:

Personally, I won't be taking up the package as it seems very expensive. 

 

£39.95 x 2 people x 14 nights = £1118.60

 

I haven't the bill to hand, but I fairly sure we would normally spend around £500 (between us) over the course of the cruise.  Now that the daily cabin charge has gone, the free On Board Spend (£300) will go a long way towards that.

 

We sailed with P&O a few times now, and bar prices do seem relatively sensible - £4/£5 for a beer?  So unless bar prices have gone up drastically, it would mean 8 drinks per night.  

 

We did try out RCI last year for a short cruise, and on that one, we did actually buy the package.  I think it was less that the £39.95 that P&O charge, and drinks were more expensive.  (they also only charge the difference for drinks that are more than the limit).  I would estimate that for the RCI cruise it was probably 'even stevens' over the course of the cruise.  But it was nice not to have to worry about the end of cruise bar bill.

 

 

 

We’ve done the package on RCI and I think it was $50pppd but as you say the drinks are very expensive and 18% tax added too. Like I said if I put the obc towards the cost, for us it will work out £29 something pppd so worth it for us but I accept not for everyone

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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. 

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16 hours ago, Caravan 37 said:

We’ve done the package on RCI and I think it was $50pppd but as you say the drinks are very expensive and 18% tax added too. Like I said if I put the obc towards the cost, for us it will work out £29 something pppd so worth it for us but I accept not for everyone

 

Yes agreed.  We don't drink that much during the day.  Occasional beer by the pool, occasional afternoon cocktail.  We quite often hit the mocktails (what's not to love about a Bananaberry crush).  And of course with port days you're off the boat for hours at a time.  So even with a few heavy nights, it wouldn't cost in for us at that price.

 

For those trying to work out if it's worth it, if you've been cruising before, you must have an idea of how much you normally drink during a cruise - just do the maths!

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We are about to travel on the Britannia and will be doing the package. We must be heavy drinkers as the 15 drinks limit could actually slow us down!! 😂 Wonder how strict they'll be, particularly with the idea that you aren't allowed a double gin or vodka as one drink. Anyhow for us, notwithstanding the fact that we are quite 'capable' drinkers we like the fact that we know exactly how much our bill will be. It adds to the enjoyment for us, knowing that it is all done and dusted. That is worth a premium in our eyes

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On Princess they are quite strict with the 15 drink limit, I went to reception one day to dispute how many drinks I had had but they couldn't itemise it which was annoying.

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I'm onboard the Britannia for 14nts in 20 days and I'm currently debating if we should get the drinks package or not. 

 

Can anyone give me up to date prices of;

Pt lager (Peroni?)

Bottled beer

Average wine by the glass

G&T

Average cocktail price

 

Thanks in advance!

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On 3/28/2019 at 10:08 AM, BanburyBlue said:

 

People's lives change. And pricing is different between cruise companies.

We for example have a 2.5 year old boy but will be taking full advantage of the child care facilities, including night nursery (NN is theaim reason we sail with P&O). But that add another variable into the mix!

I'm a fairly heavy drinker (couple of beers by the pool at lunch, maybe a cocktail, couple of beers before dinner, glass or 2 of wine with dinner, and then a G&T or 2 after.) Spread out it's not too much I guess but the Mrs won't drink as much as me. 

But it's a longer cruise, I couldn't keep that up for 14nts. Plus we would never want to be "drunk" in case we have to collect the lil one at short notice.

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You are so right.  I too could drink fairly heavily for a couple of days, but couldn’t keep it up for a longer period of time.  Personally, I wouldn’t spend part of the package on specialist coffee or juices.

 

What bothers me, is that my friend, sharing a cabin with me and who is teetotal would be forced to take out the same package.   Why?

 

What about the days when people are on lengthy shore excursions?   

 

A solution might be if P and O did not limit the price of a cocktail or whether you shared with you cabin partner but allowed you to drink cocktails which were more expensive.  Once you have drunk your allowance then start charging you.

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On 3/20/2019 at 6:44 PM, Caravan 37 said:

We plan to buy the package on our Britannia cruise in April. 

 

£39.95 x 2 = £79.90 x 13 = £1038.70

- obc £270 = £768.70 

£384.35 for 2 = £29.56 pppd

 

For us this would be good value - cocktail round pool/beer with lunch/ 2 drinks before dinner/2 with dinner/1/2after dinner/water/soft drinks/coffee

 

of course you don’t have to use obc but I choose to offset the cost of the package this way. I pay for speciality restaurants/trips in advance so apart from what I buy in the shop it’s mostly on drink

 

we have just booked for feb 2020 and got £640 OBC so i will defo getting drink package

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Hello guys, can you buy the drinks package before your cruise or only when on board ? thanks

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13 minutes ago, top golfer said:

Hello guys, can you buy the drinks package before your cruise or only when on board ? thanks

I was thinking this as I think I'm decided to buy it. Even if it costs a bit more it's worth it to have piece of mind that the value of our bill is know and there are no surprises. 

 

P&Os website doesn't allow you to book in advance, it says you can only purchase it onboard. 

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10 minutes ago, oleb84 said:

I was thinking this as I think I'm decided to buy it. Even if it costs a bit more it's worth it to have piece of mind that the value of our bill is know and there are no surprises. 

 

P&Os website doesn't allow you to book in advance, it says you can only purchase it onboard. 

Just seen this on page 6 of this thread but don't know how you can book it in advance 

 

The package is STRICTLY NOT refundable or transferable once purchased on board. If the package is purchased prior to the cruise, it is refundable

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1 hour ago, top golfer said:

Just seen this on page 6 of this thread but don't know how you can book it in advance 

 

The package is STRICTLY NOT refundable or transferable once purchased on board. If the package is purchased prior to the cruise, it is refundable

Maybe travel agents have the ability to book it in advance (and therefore possibly offer discount).

But you def can't book it through the cruise personaliser. I'll phone my travel agent tomorrow and let you know what the outcome is. 

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11 hours ago, oleb84 said:

Maybe travel agents have the ability to book it in advance (and therefore possibly offer discount).

But you def can't book it through the cruise personaliser. I'll phone my travel agent tomorrow and let you know what the outcome is. 

 

12 hours ago, top golfer said:

Just seen this on page 6 of this thread but don't know how you can book it in advance 

 

The package is STRICTLY NOT refundable or transferable once purchased on board. If the package is purchased prior to the cruise, it is refundable

 

If you look on the “Little Luxuries” tab in your Cruise Personaliser you will find it along with how to book it in advance.

Les.

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22 hours ago, oleb84 said:

I'm onboard the Britannia for 14nts in 20 days and I'm currently debating if we should get the drinks package or not. 

 

Can anyone give me up to date prices of;

Pt lager (Peroni?)

Bottled beer

Average wine by the glass

G&T

Average cocktail price

 

Thanks in advance!

On board Ventura currently and the prices are as follows,

 

Peroni (pint) £4.75

 

Bottled beer ranges from £3.25 to £4.25

 

Wine ranges from £3.95 upto £5.25 for a 125ml glass.

 

G & T is generally £3.25 to £3.95 with tonics from £1.35 to £2.15 depending on preference.

 

Cocktails are generally £5.75 to £6.75.

 

They also stock quite an extensive range of British beers and ciders ranging from £3.95 to £4.75.

 

If you want anything more specific I'm happy to post it for you.

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20 hours ago, top golfer said:

Hello guys, can you buy the drinks package before your cruise or only when on board ? thanks

 

20 hours ago, top golfer said:

Just seen this on page 6 of this thread but don't know how you can book it in advance 

 

The package is STRICTLY NOT refundable or transferable once purchased on board. If the package is purchased prior to the cruise, it is refundable

 

7 hours ago, Les_ldh said:

 

 

If you look on the “Little Luxuries” tab in your Cruise Personaliser you will find it along with how to book it in advance.

Les.

So for absolute clarity on this...

 

Drinks packages can only be booked onboard on day 1.

I've spoken to my travel agent and they can't book it. And I've down to the people on the end of the phone number advertised in the Little Luxuries section. They have both said the same thing. 

I find it really strange that they aren't capturing the people who have made a decision before they sail but I guess it's brand new to them so they are still ironing out the teething problems.

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