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Host Sharon August 28th, 2017 07:17 AM

Taking alcohol on board
 
I believe that in the new year, you will no longer be able to take unlimited amounts of alcohol on board - so make the most of it while it lasts!

supered August 28th, 2017 07:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Host Sharon (Post 53911783)
I believe that in the new year, you will no longer be able to take unlimited amounts of alcohol on board - so make the most of it while it lasts!

That will be a shame if it happens. We take some alcohol on board but it doesn't stop us spending a lot of money in the bars. Perhaps P&O want to force people to spend more money.

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daiB August 28th, 2017 07:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Host Sharon (Post 53911783)
I believe that in the new year, you will no longer be able to take unlimited amounts of alcohol on board - so make the most of it while it lasts!



As long as the room service, should that be cabin service? Gin is still available at £19.00 it will be of little concern for me.


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smj777 August 28th, 2017 08:16 AM

Does 'unlimited amounts' mean no alcohol or some alcohol? Have P&O actually published this as a fact - after people have booked for 2018 cruises?

Pidgeofcdf August 28th, 2017 08:17 AM

I wouldn't mind if they offered an all inclusive drinks option like others do. If they don't offer that and restrict what you can bring on il look to other companies for future cruises.

wowzz August 28th, 2017 08:58 AM

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Originally Posted by Host Sharon (Post 53911783)
I believe that in the new year, you will no longer be able to take unlimited amounts of alcohol on board - so make the most of it while it lasts!

Can you please tell us where P&O have said this.

Cruise Puss August 28th, 2017 09:28 AM

I think that we should be careful about rumours flying around. Until it is made public by P&O themselves I would be reticent to believe anything.

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Selbourne August 28th, 2017 09:29 AM

It's never really been 'unlimited' as it's a reasonable amount for personal consumption. They will either have to say no alcohol or define a limit and I would think that any prescribed limit would still be fine for 99% of passengers. I suspect that this will generate a lot of debate, but would suggest we don't over-react until we have hard facts. It's too vague to form an opinion at present.

Scriv August 28th, 2017 09:43 AM

We are going on a Fred cruise at the end of September and we are not allowed to take on any alcohol.

wowzz August 28th, 2017 09:54 AM

This rumours seems to crop up every 6 months or so. To enforce a limit of say one bottle of wine per person would, I think be counter productive. Many cruisers prefer P&O because of their drink policy, and if this policy was to change, many would vote with their feet and switch to Princess, RCL etc.
The drink that passengers take on board to drink in their own cabins is in addition to the drink that will be purchased on board, not in place of on board purchases. I will drink a glass or two of my own wine when getting ready for dinner -if I no longer can take my own wine I will not be buying wine on board for my pre-dinner tipple.

Cruise Puss August 28th, 2017 09:55 AM

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Originally Posted by Scriv (Post 53912603)
We are going on a Fred cruise at the end of September and we are not allowed to take on any alcohol.

This isn't unusual, most cruise lines don't allow it. P&O are currently one of the exceptions.

wowzz August 28th, 2017 09:59 AM

Princess allow 1 bottle of wine pp. You can take on as much extra wine as you like, but have to pa $15 per bottle corkage. Can still work out cheaper than buying on board.

Host Sharon August 28th, 2017 10:11 AM

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Originally Posted by wowzz (Post 53912299)
Can you please tell us where P&O have said this.

They haven't said it yet but I have heard it on good authority that they will bring all their brands into line on this issue. I would assume then that, like Princess etc, you might only be allowed one bottle of champagne or wine per adult.

lanarkshire lad August 28th, 2017 10:14 AM

We are doing a T/A on Britannia can you still get a bottle spirits to drink in the cabin from room service? is so aprox. cost

groovechick August 28th, 2017 10:23 AM

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Originally Posted by wowzz (Post 53912732)
Princess allow 1 bottle of wine pp. You can take on as much extra wine as you like, but have to pa $15 per bottle corkage. Can still work out cheaper than buying on board.

Is that one bottle pp for the whole of the cruise, wowzz, or can you top up in ports? And does the $15 corkage apply to drinking in your cabin, or only if you take wine into public areas (in which case P&O apply a corkage charge too). Isn't corkage redundant with the majority of bottles being screwtop now (trust me to buy a bottle of Albarino in Vigo that did have a cork, the lovely maître d' in the Glasshouse lent us a corkscrew!).

Selbourne August 28th, 2017 10:26 AM

If a restriction comes in, just pack a few bottles in your main suitcases with your clothes wrapped around them. Then they will never know!

wowzz August 28th, 2017 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by groovechick (Post 53912909)
Is that one bottle pp for the whole of the cruise, wowzz, or can you top up in ports? And does the $15 corkage apply to drinking in your cabin, or only if you take wine into public areas (in which case P&O apply a corkage charge too). Isn't corkage redundant with the majority of bottles being screwtop now (trust me to buy a bottle of Albarino in Vigo that did have a cork, the lovely maître d' in the Glasshouse lent us a corkscrew!).

In theory it is for the entire cruise, and you cannot top up in port. When you pay the corkage on embarkation, the bottle is stamped, and you can then drink from that bottle anywhere on board and take into the mdr if you so wish.

wowzz August 28th, 2017 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Selbourne (Post 53912932)
If a restriction comes in, just pack a few bottles in your main suitcases with your clothes wrapped around them. Then they will never know!

Won't they know when the suitcase goes through the scanner on embarkation. You then have to go to the Naughty Room where the excess wine will be confiscated. That's certainly what happens on Princess.

daiB August 28th, 2017 10:30 AM

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Originally Posted by lanarkshire lad (Post 53912831)
We are doing a T/A on Britannia can you still get a bottle spirits to drink in the cabin from room service? is so aprox. cost



Gordens Gin £19 standard whisky and vodka about the same


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Cruise Puss August 28th, 2017 10:33 AM

I have no particular opinion on this subject either way, but I can't help thinking that you cannot turn up to a Hotel and say "It's okay, I've bought my own wine/spirit so I don't need yours." Not sure this would go down too well..... 😕

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