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#1
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Joined Jul 2013
We are pretty frequent cruisers (mostly Princess) but just booked a cruise with P&O to Norway while we are visiting England! We are excited, but some of my family has a few random questions! I have found most on the website, but can't seem to find the following.

1. Are any other drinks besides water offered at dinner free of charge?
2. How much is the ice cream (having to pay is going to be a huge adjustment for us haha!)

I think that is it for now. I'll gladly take any other tips or hints!
#3
norwich uk
242 Posts
Joined Mar 2010
Originally posted by mandylennon
Only water offered free at meal times. They do icecream packages on the family ships, may be worth getting one of these, dont know the cost sorry.
There is always ice cream for dessert in the dining rooms . I would just have my ice creams while on shore instead of the pricey packages on board. Tea or coffee is offered after dinner free of charge.
#4
Basingstoke
1,322 Posts
Joined Dec 2012
Good choice of Tea. You might find that the weather is not warm enough to enjoy ice cream as frequently as on warmer destinations.

I find that the drinks are reasonably priced and there is a really good choice of wine available. Speciality restaurants are also reasonably priced and IMO offer really good quality food and service. If you like no fuss casual dinning experience then Beach House and Glass House are recommended. Both charge but it is worth it.

Expect a British experience. The breakfast is to British taste and in my opinion amazing.

Norway is one destination where some of the stops require a tour to make the most of it so do your research.
#5
926 Posts
Joined Jul 2011
IMHO the ice cream package isn't worth it. We researched it a couple of years ago and you only save about the cost of one ice cream. The only tea or coffee available after dinner as standard is ship's brew. I think if you want a speciality coffee or a latte/cappuccino etc. you can order one, but these are chargeable. Drinks and service charges are cheaper , drinks don't automatically attract a service charge. The Grab and Go on the Lido deck is good if you just want a light lunch (sandwich, wrap, salad), and my family like the dessert pots, although they're too sweet for me.
#6
Mid Wales
133 Posts
Joined Feb 2014
I always have a cappuccino after dinner in the MDR and have never paid extra for it - is this another money-making ploy by P&O?

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#7
UK
916 Posts
Joined Feb 2011
Yes you can always get cappuccino free after dinner, might be worth telling them that is what you want when you order your dessert just in case they have to go elsewhere to get it. Strangely I think you have to pay for latte. They always offer tea and normal coffee after lunch and dinner, after dinner you get a little chocolate or shortbread etc with it. The round ones you get normally on a formal night are yummy.

Ice cream is available for dessert every lunch and dinner in the MDR, 3 scoops in different flavours, but you can ask for extra or all one flavour or whatever you desire. We always ask for ice cream with whatever dessert we are ordering as well.
#8
100 Posts
Joined Jul 2013
Thank you everyone! I appreciate your input! Hopefully we don't stand out too much as half of us are Americans haha!

I have started looking at shore excursions and we might be a bit late for the ones we are eyeing

Thanks again!
#9
Lancashire, UK
592 Posts
Joined Oct 2008
Didn't have to pay for cappucinos or latte's after dinner earlier this year on Aurora and never have on any P&O ship. If you request one from Costa then obviously there'll be a charge.
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Originally posted by Cruisecrazy25
Thank you everyone! I appreciate your input! Hopefully we don't stand out too much as half of us are Americans haha!

I have started looking at shore excursions and we might be a bit late for the ones we are eyeing

Thanks again!
Just be aware of the stricter evening dress code on P&O, especially on formal nights. Ice cream may be chargeable but alcoholic drinks are a lot cheaper.
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Hi, just to remember that service charges are far less on P&O - basically, there are none and it is left at your own discretion. Ok there are auto tips etc but this is very much up to what you want to do. Coming from the USA though I imagine that you will 'get' the whole 'tipping thing' anyway - unlike many from the UK.

Specialist restaurants are way cheaper - we love the Glass House and Beach House - and the alcohol policy for what you can bring onboard is more generous. OK P&O have changed now re one bottle of wine per person when embarking, but it also says alternatively 1 litre of spirits per person.

Bottles of water are way cheaper and you can order 6 1.5 litres of water for about £10 delivered to your cabin. This is much cheaper than when we have been on other US lines.

The food is more geared to the UK passengers as you would expect, but as long as you are happy to go with the flow you will have a great time.

Enjoy

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#12
Sarasota and Ste-Adele Quebec
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Originally posted by Presto2
Hi, just to remember that service charges are far less on P&O - basically, there are none and it is left at your own discretion. Ok there are auto tips etc but this is very much up to what you want to do. Coming from the USA though I imagine that you will 'get' the whole 'tipping thing' anyway - unlike many from the UK.



Specialist restaurants are way cheaper - we love the Glass House and Beach House - and the alcohol policy for what you can bring onboard is more generous. OK P&O have changed now re one bottle of wine per person when embarking, but it also says alternatively 1 litre of spirits per person.



Bottles of water are way cheaper and you can order 6 1.5 litres of water for about £10 delivered to your cabin. This is much cheaper than when we have been on other US lines.



The food is more geared to the UK passengers as you would expect, but as long as you are happy to go with the flow you will have a great time.



Enjoy



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#13
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Joined May 2018
Originally posted by Cruisecrazy25
We are pretty frequent cruisers (mostly Princess) but just booked a cruise with P&O to Norway while we are visiting England! We are excited, but some of my family has a few random questions! I have found most on the website, but can't seem to find the following.

1. Are any other drinks besides water offered at dinner free of charge?
2. How much is the ice cream (having to pay is going to be a huge adjustment for us haha!)

I think that is it for now. I'll gladly take any other tips or hints!
Originally posted by Cruisecrazy25
Thank you everyone! I appreciate your input! Hopefully we don't stand out too much as half of us are Americans haha!

I have started looking at shore excursions and we might be a bit late for the ones we are eyeing

Thanks again!
Hi Cruise Crazy,

We were on P & O a few years ago and found so many things we liked - the Great British Sailaway where everyone sang along with the entertainment staff to familiar songs, the brilliant selection of ports visited, and the challenging trivia contests. As the only Americans onboard, we were asked many, many times why we were on the cruise. You will be able to have your own unique experience to answer the question.
#14
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Originally posted by jmlm
Hi Cruise Crazy,

We were on P & O a few years ago and found so many things we liked - the Great British Sailaway where everyone sang along with the entertainment staff to familiar songs.........
Goodness.....that makes me cringe!
#15
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I don’t get the sail away party .... seen it on YouTube and thought it was a Butlins type style cheesey cringeworthy thing - would avoid like the plague!
#16
Cornwall uk
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Joined Feb 2017
You can get fruit juice ,tea ,coffee at breakfast in the buffet free
Then you get free tea and coffee all day in the buffet resturant
Don't forget you get a kettle in your room and tea bags and coffee and biscuits replaced as you use them
We take a few bottles of soft drinks/ water on board with us for in our cabin
We done this cruise last year loved it
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#17
West Yorkshire UK
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Originally posted by Prefdavid
Didn't have to pay for cappucinos or latte's after dinner earlier this year on Aurora and never have on any P&O ship. If you request one from Costa then obviously there'll be a charge.
I tried one of these free coffees, a so called Cappuccino, after dinner recently on Ventura, it was weak and tasted a bit like dishwater, and took much longer to be served. After that I stuck with the regular coffee which is just about OK.

We are taking our Canadian SIL and BIL on Ventura next month, we have cruised with them on Celebrity and RCI before, but I am rather nervous that P&O might just be a little too "British" even for Canadian tastes.
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#18
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Originally posted by terrierjohn
I tried one of these free coffees, a so called Cappuccino, after dinner recently on Ventura, it was weak and tasted a bit like dishwater, and took much longer to be served. After that I stuck with the regular coffee which is just about OK.

We are taking our Canadian SIL and BIL on Ventura next month, we have cruised with them on Celebrity and RCI before, but I am rather nervous that P&O might just be a little too "British" even for Canadian tastes.
We had an American couple on our last holiday and they loved the Britishness of the ship and fellow passengers. They weren't just being polite they were really into it especially the sailaway which we tend to dodge. They did mention though that the British don't do real burgers
#19
UK
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Joined Jul 2008
Originally posted by Lintravel
I don’t get the sail away party .... seen it on YouTube and thought it was a Butlins type style cheesey cringeworthy thing - would avoid like the plague!
They are awful - avoid like the plague! I've never been one for flag waving jingoism but these "parties" are really no more than an excuse to sell more Pimms.
#20
UK
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Joined Jul 2008
Originally posted by Strawberry field
We had an American couple on our last holiday and they loved the Britishness of the ship and fellow passengers. They weren't just being polite they were really into it especially the sailaway which we tend to dodge. They did mention though that the British don't do real burgers
This is very true. We have been on may American cruises - mostly Carnival and NCL - and the quality of the burgers is out of this world. The American cruising experience is a lot different to ours; less formal, more family oriented and much larger meal portions. Pricier drinks and far more tipping, though. We are sailing with RCC from New York in August.