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#1
manchester England
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We will be trying our first Cunard cruise in September on Queen Victoria.
We have been on several cruise lines including P&O and Princess.

Can anyone who cruises on both P&O and Cunard tell me what other differences we will find in addition to the dress code.

Thanks for any info.



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#2
UK
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Joined Jun 2006
Dining could be different depending on what you are used to and what kind of cabin you have. If Britannia, then it's fixed seating at a fixed time - early or late. If not, then you will be in a different dining room (depending on cabin type) with your own, fixed table, available to you at whatever time you go for dinner (or breakfast or lunch).

If you are in a Grills cabin, there is a special lounge you can use and a special deck (or part of deck). On Q Elizabeth and Victoria, the lounge and deck are at the top, reached by a lift that requires your Grill-cabin keycard to be inserted to get to the deck.

Opinions will vary about quality of food, service, etc. I think Grills dining offers very good food and service generally, but some of the worst meals I have had on a ship have been there!
#3
London
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Joined Apr 2009
Buffet for lunch is much better (in my opinion) then buffet on P&O. For example there is a sandwich bar where they make you a sandwich of your choice as well as a pasta bar where they boil the pasta for you and you pick the sauce etc.
#4
Stalybridge
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Joined Sep 2016
We are just trying it the opposite way to you , just come off 2 week on QE round Spain/Italy , we had std Britannia cabin and eating 1st sitting at 6pm .
Food and service was excellent but on a a few occasions we felt 6pm was a little too early to eat and used the Lido self service when we got back from a day onshore .
Thought we would try P & O for the next one and have booked aboard Ventura for next May with Freedom dining this time , there were 4 formal nights and 10 informal on our cruise .
We travelled from Piccadilly Manchester on the train to Southampton ( had a bit of a panic when we arrived at the station and found we had left train tickets/passports/money in bag on our doorstep ) .
#5
BH13 - England
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Originally posted by sammybonny
We will be trying our first Cunard cruise in September on Queen Victoria.
We have been on several cruise lines including P&O and Princess.

Can anyone who cruises on both P&O and Cunard tell me what other differences we will find in addition to the dress code.

Thanks for any info.



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The acknowledged benefits are:
The accommodation (Bathrobes and slippers supplied)
The Service
The Food (including the superb buffet and free room service)
The drinks and cocktails (eg a Long Island Iced Tea is actually a bar steward made Long Island Iced Tea, not an 'interpretation' poured from a carton)
The Dancing (balls)
The live entertainment
The quality talks
The varied daytime activities
The total lack of pomposity, snobbery, arrogance, moaners, and bad manners.
Last, but in no way least, there are "The Cunarders".

To précis the Cunard benefits in one word, it would be "Class"

You will discover there is no going back.
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#6
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Cunard are just a little bit nicer and better in most areas. Not much but it is noticeable. For example gowns and welcome aboard wine in your cabins. The crew uniforms are just a tiny bit smarter. The lounges, bars and theatre are a little more grand. The drinks prices and gratuities are noticeably higher.

I like both lines I am quite happy on all the Cunard fleet but prefer Queen Mary 2. On P and O I stick to Oriana and Aurora. The other P and O ships are too modern and high density for me. Perhaps an unfair view.

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#7
UK
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Joined Jun 2006
Originally posted by [email protected]
The drinks prices and gratuities are noticeably higher.
If you're used to a loyalty discount OFF drink prices on P&O, the 15% automatically added ON on Cunard will certainly be a difference!
#8
London
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Wine on Cunard is double the P&O price for the same bottle. A scandal.


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#9
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Originally posted by simonpjd
Wine on Cunard is double the P&O price for the same bottle. A scandal.


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Then end the scandal? Immediately inform P&O they are undercharging for Wine. There may be a reward for your actions.
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#10
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Originally posted by PORT ROYAL
Then end the scandal? Immediately inform P&O they are undercharging for Wine. There may be a reward for your actions.
Brilliant comment!!!

Thank you for brightening my day!
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#11
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Originally posted by sammybonny
We will be trying our first Cunard cruise in September on Queen Victoria.
We have been on several cruise lines including P&O and Princess.

Can anyone who cruises on both P&O and Cunard tell me what other differences we will find in addition to the dress code.

Thanks for any info.

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You will find the dress code is what it says it is - Formal on Formal nights, as opposed to some people's interpretation of P&O's Formal night dress code.


In fact we found that a large proportion of passengers on Cunard dress up smartly/very smartly on every single night. We loved it.

The ships are extremely well presented, and, as already stated, the uniforms are just that little bit smarter.

Grills class is worth every penny - we found the dining experience to certainly be far superior to P&O (we do love P&O though). The Grills Bar & Lounge areas and the Grills Terrace for sunbathing are wonderful.

As people have said, they do have a superior product, and that is reflected in their prices.

I would be very surprised if you didn't enjoy it.
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#12
UK
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Joined Jun 2006
Originally posted by PORT ROYAL
Then end the scandal? Immediately inform P&O they are undercharging for Wine. There may be a reward for your actions.
Unfortunately, the opportunities are limited because as far as I can see, there is no example of Cunard selling the same wine as P&O for twice the price, or indeed for any price. The two wine lists are competely different with Cunard's featuring better quality wines and many more of them.
#13
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Originally posted by PORT ROYAL
Then end the scandal? Immediately inform P&O they are undercharging for Wine. There may be a reward for your actions.
Or inform Cunard that they are overcharging.

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#14
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Originally posted by Teddy123
Unfortunately, the opportunities are limited because as far as I can see, there is no example of Cunard selling the same wine as P&O for twice the price, or indeed for any price. The two wine lists are competely different with Cunard's featuring better quality wines and many more of them.
There are better quality wines, but there are also similar quality wines (at higher prices).

I did a quick lookup as I am sailing on Cunard today. The wines on their menu that sell for $35 (inc 15% service) retail on the UK High St for £7. The $40 retail for £8.50, and the $45 for £10. I stopped there.

So far my impression of Cunard is (mostly) favorable over P&O.

Far more efficient check in. First meal finished (so you can tell how efficient boarding is as I got on today, and have no form of priority boarding) was acceptable, although could have been better (ploughman's lunch ice cold as straight out of the fridge).

Cabins slightly better furnished and larger than the P&O average.

Anyway, we shall see as the week progresses.
#15
UK
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Originally posted by balf
Or inform Cunard that they are overcharging
But the original claim appears unfounded so there is no evidence they are - other than the notoriously high mark-up on wine that applies to all restaurants, cruise lines (including P&O), etc.
#16
Overlooking the Straights of Dover
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Originally posted by Teddy123
Unfortunately, the opportunities are limited because as far as I can see, there is no example of Cunard selling the same wine as P&O for twice the price, or indeed for any price. The two wine lists are competely different with Cunard's featuring better quality wines and many more of them.
The wine lists on both P&O and Cunard's web sites list Chapel Down Bacchus: £17.50 on P&O and $35 (before gratuity) on Cunard, so the premium is over £14 taking the gratuity into account. I've no idea if those are the current on-board prices but the P&O prices look familiar from December.

Interestingly Chapel Down's own restaurant charges more than P&O: they're closer to the Cunard list price.
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#17
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Originally posted by kentchris
The wine lists on both P&O and Cunard's web sites list Chapel Down Bacchus: £17.50 on P&O and $35 (before gratuity) on Cunard, so the premium is over £14 taking the gratuity into account. I've no idea if those are the current on-board prices but the P&O prices look familiar from December.

Interestingly Chapel Down's own restaurant charges more than P&O: they're closer to the Cunard list price.
Perhaps typically, it seems the P&O website includes at least two different lists. The one I looked at initially doesn't include this wine. There appear to be over 300 wines on the Cunard list so perhaps there are one or two others that are common. On the face ot it, there are similarities such as in the Corney and Barrow claret - but Cunard has a C&B Reserve claret of defined vintage while P&O just has a C&B claret. However, the fundamental point that Cunard doesn't simply charge double for the same wine stands, I think.
#18
manchester England
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Joined Aug 2012
Originally posted by Cruise Puss
You will find the dress code is what it says it is - Formal on Formal nights, as opposed to some people's interpretation of P&O's Formal night dress code.


In fact we found that a large proportion of passengers on Cunard dress up smartly/very smartly on every single night. We loved it.

The ships are extremely well presented, and, as already stated, the uniforms are just that little bit smarter.

Grills class is worth every penny - we found the dining experience to certainly be far superior to P&O (we do love P&O though). The Grills Bar & Lounge areas and the Grills Terrace for sunbathing are wonderful.

As people have said, they do have a superior product, and that is reflected in their prices.

I would be very surprised if you didn't enjoy it.
We are looking forward to being able to dress up every night and are becoming increasingly disappointed that most cruise lines now seem to be getting more and more casual and quite few not having formal nights at all.

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#19
London
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Cloudy Bay Sauvignon is on both lines.
Cunard $60 plus 15%
P&O 30 quid.
I rest my case.


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#20
Edinburgh
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We cruise a lot with P&O but have cruised with other lines too dependent on itinerary and have been on Cunard several times. Although we adhere firmly to the P&O dress code we find it too formal on Cunard. For us, the atmosphere on Cunard may be described as understated but for us it is just boring. We area mature couple and we enjoy all our cruises but for us P&O is less stuffy and more relaxed which is what we want. That is not to say we don't enjoy our Cunard cruises but definitely have more fun on P&O and find the whole experience more sociable. The worst thing about Cunard is the entertainment particularly the speakers and entertainment in lounges.
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