P&O v Princess Suites

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#1
Solihull
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Hi All, I have a big Birthday next year and decided to take advantage of the special offer Princess have today where you can book for £1 deposit. I have an aft Vista suite.

In doing so I've noticed that the suite prices seem to be about 25% higher than P&O, with more benefits. Do you think the standards are reflected in the price difference? I don't think the two night cruise I did provided a fair opportunity to measure the difference.

Also, I am booked on Sapphire Princess, I can't find many short, up to date reviews even on the Princess board and I wondered if anyone had experience of this ship and can make a general observation of the ship and in particular if any of the P&O ships have a similar feel in comparison.

Thanks



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No Butler on Princess. You get to the Elite lounge. You have a separate dining room. Well it is the Club class dining room. Same menu as the other MDR's.

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What about things like quality of food and entertainment etc.? I have been in a Princess Suite but it was an upgrade and only a couple of nights so I didn't get to go in the MDR and I don't remember the buffet either. Thanks


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Originally posted by barriead
Hope Princess carry an alternative to Green Beans...yuk


They have solved that one. No veg at all.


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Originally posted by daiB
No Butler on Princess. You get to the Elite lounge. You have a separate dining room. Well it is the Club class dining room. Same menu as the other MDR's.

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You can order off the MDR menu to eat in your suite. If you want extra veg just ask. I prefer the food on Princess. On Sapphire there is a lovely covered pool.
#9
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Originally posted by Gettingwarmer
You can order off the MDR menu to eat in your suite. If you want extra veg just ask. I prefer the food on Princess. On Sapphire there is a lovely covered pool.
I thought you could do that with pando.
#10
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Originally posted by daiB
They have solved that one. No veg at all.


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Would you like to justify that statement.So you are telling us that if you order fish or meat that is all that is on the plate.
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Originally posted by brian1
Would you like to justify that statement.So you are telling us that if you order fish or meat that is all that is on the plate.


No, you do get veg but not so much as p&o. It is more up market presentation. But if you want more veg just ask and they will bring you a bowl each evening.


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Originally posted by brian1
Would you like to justify that statement.So you are telling us that if you order fish or meat that is all that is on the plate.
Lighten up a bit Brian, I expect it was a jocular reference from Dai to indicate that Princess meals tend to be a bit lacking in the vegetable dept., at least for UK tastes.
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#13
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Originally posted by brian1
Would you like to justify that statement.So you are telling us that if you order fish or meat that is all that is on the plate.
The dish in question was a chicken and leek pie. It was in a bowl with a pie crust. No veg. No potatoes. It was one of Curtis Stone's.

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Originally posted by daiB
The dish in question was a chicken and leek pie. It was in a bowl with a pie crust. No veg. No potatoes. It was one of Curtis Stone's.

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So not a normal Princess dish but a "chef " special.


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Originally posted by Gettingwarmer
No, you do get veg but not so much as p&o. It is more up market presentation. But if you want more veg just ask and they will bring you a bowl each evening.


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Sorry not true, well not on Crown recently. One meal was much better and one very poor. The rest were very similar to P&O only you got more meat and less veg. Now that suited me. I am not complaining about the lack of veg only stating facts.


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Originally posted by daiB
Sorry not true, well not on Crown recently. One meal was much better and one very poor. The rest were very similar to P&O only you got more meat and less veg. Now that suited me. I am not complaining about the lack of veg only stating facts.


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Don't agree. PandO every night a roast meat dish. Very little exotic dish. This is on world cruise on Arcadia. Princess has much better variety and better food. Arcadia did have good lunch courses.


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Originally posted by Gettingwarmer
Don't agree. PandO every night a roast meat dish. Very little exotic dish. This is on world cruise on Arcadia. Princess has much better variety and better food. Arcadia did have good lunch courses.


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We will have to disagree. It is the difference between American cooking and British. What would you expect. The variety on the two lines was much the same.


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Originally posted by daiB
We will have to disagree. It is the difference between American cooking and British. What would you expect. The variety on the two lines was much the same.


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Yes that's right. Love them both. Have a cruise booked on Adonia and another on Sapphire. Can't wait.


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Originally posted by Gettingwarmer
Yes that's right. Love them both. Have a cruise booked on Adonia and another on Sapphire. Can't wait.


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Well as you can see we have quite a number booked as it is right up until 2019. We were thinking of Sapphire but it does not appear to have an IC. What has it got instead?


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