Port Shuttle info from P&O pages

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#1
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FYI, at Rome (civitavecchia) - yes you get a free shuttle bus from the ship, but you are now dropped off at the back door of the port - where you have to either walk (20mins) or pay €2pp to get the bus back to the station
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Also I understand that the drop-off point for the Rome on Your Own tour has been changed from St Peter's Square to beside the statue of Victor Emmanuel near the Forum.
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#5
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There would be hell to pay if I had booked select and then had to pay for the shuttle if it was provided by P&O, as per their terms.


Complimentary use of shuttle buses in port (where provided by P&O Cruises)
#6
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At Civitavecchia Port the Shuttle buses are provided by the Port Authority not P&O and are free to everyone. You are not allowed to walk thru the port area.
#7
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We walked through the Port the year before last, as did people from other ships. We then made our way to the Station which was about 10 minutes. The free Shuttle would not stop at the Port gates to let us off. We knew it went into the town and we would have to either walk to the Station from there or catch a bus. Has the Port changed its policy about walking through it?
#8
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Going on our first P&O cruise to the Baltic in May 2017.
The P&O port shuttle bus list is not something I shall be relying on.

Example: we call at Copenhagen - but not at the quay that P&O shows in its list*.
I'm wondering if the list is not kept too current.

My first impressions of P&O are that they are not very communicative about what's going to happen on our cruise and when.
Example: we now have a glossy "Holiday Handbook" from them, which is mainly about booking shore excursions while on this cruise. But we have yet to be formally told of each port's arrival and departure times; fairly essential, basic material when visiting a port, I'd say.

Does anyone have views on P&O's ability to share information with its passengers, either before or during the cruise?

* We found this out from Copenhagen's own port website, P&O have been silent so far about this.
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#9
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Yes you cannot completely rely on the [email protected] shuttle page, it needs updating.
For instance for Quebec it says no shuttle and Le Vieux Port but we were at pier 30 and thank goodness had a shuttle and it wasn't a problem. The only mention was the term berth dependant so I didn't know if there would be a shuttle until I was on-board.
Again with Copenhagen it stills mention the Langelinie Pier when they are just as likely to use the new
Ocean Quay which is quite a distance away. Like the poster above I found this out from the port information and got in touch with [email protected] and have been assured of a shuttle.
So if you are keen to find out where you dock best to look at the individual port sites.
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After many cruises we are considering a "saver fare" on P&O. Can anyone tell us of your experiences between this and select fares? Would be very much appreciated.
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Originally posted by izzywalker
After many cruises we are considering a "saver fare" on P&O. Can anyone tell us of your experiences between this and select fares? Would be very much appreciated.
Basically you need to check the terms and conditions for each, which doesn't differ massively. My view is that you only book select if you need specifics, such as picking particular cabins or you really want the cruise. We have just returned from the Caribbean where I booked Select because saver fares were not available and the cruise was a 35 nighter to celebrate our retirement and we wanted to be sure we got that cruise. I came close to cancelling and booking saver and losing the initial 15% deposit and the perks of select, if the saving had been a bit more I would have done.

It also depends what grade of cabin you book as the more expensive the cabin the more you usually save. We are all different and look for different things in a cruise, review your requirements and decide whether select is worth the extra cost.
#13
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We are also going on a Baltic cruise with P and O in May and have decided to do a shore excursion with Alla Tours who have been very highly recommended by our friend, when we are in St. Petersburg. It seems that most travellers on Aurora do excursions through the ship which are usually more expensive. Other excursions with Alla include Copenhagen and most of the other stopping ports but as there aren't enough requests for their services in these other ports, they can't do them which then means just using the ship tours. In our experience individual tours are quite a bit cheaper.
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Originally posted by Rabidtraveller
We are also going on a Baltic cruise with P and O in May and have decided to do a shore excursion with Alla Tours who have been very highly recommended by our friend, when we are in St. Petersburg. It seems that most travellers on Aurora do excursions through the ship which are usually more expensive. Other excursions with Alla include Copenhagen and most of the other stopping ports but as there aren't enough requests for their services in these other ports, they can't do them which then means just using the ship tours. In our experience individual tours are quite a bit cheaper.
We arranged a private guide ,ie 12 seat minibus, guide, picked us up at 8-30 both days we were in port, lunch in a "proper" Russian café, with vodka included, back at ship 5-00, could also arrange a Russian folk lore show or ballet as well, cost less than half the price of ships tour. I still have her email if you are interested
#16
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On a late saver in June calling at Piraeus. I recall from my Merchant Navy days that this is a busy port. I am wondering if the Port Authority would require free shuttle buses to transport people safely out of the dock gates. This I reckon would be the only stop on the itinerary where a shuttle bus could needed. Can anybody confirm please?
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#17
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Been to Piraeus 3 times on various cruise lines and never had a shuttle. Always walked out of the port.
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#18
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Originally posted by newport dave
Been to Piraeus 3 times on various cruise lines and never had a shuttle. Always walked out of the port.
That'll do for me.
Thanks.
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#19
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Did Norwegian Fjiords on Ventura last minute saver. Had to queue to get dining I wanted and no on board spending allowance otherwise no difference. Wasn't charged for shuttles etc.
#20
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Originally posted by Daftlad
On a late saver in June calling at Piraeus. I recall from my Merchant Navy days that this is a busy port. I am wondering if the Port Authority would require free shuttle buses to transport people safely out of the dock gates. This I reckon would be the only stop on the itinerary where a shuttle bus could needed. Can anybody confirm please?
We called at Pireaus on recent P&O Ventura cruise and there was no shuttle bus, we had to walk about 10 mins. to the dock gates.