Posted November 19th, 2017, 04:37 AM
So, we have established that there is a North South divide in beer prices, just as there is with salaries, property prices and rental levels. The two are clearly linked as these cost factors will help determine prices at a local level.Great post all points covered excellently.
The reality, though, is that P&O will not base their prices on the cheapest areas of the UK. Why would they? That would be daft.
A simple Google search uncovered the following recent article on UK average pub prices for a pint, which shows £3.05 for bitter (£3.58 for lager), with average prices of £4.20 in London and £4.40 in Surrey. As these are average prices, there will be as many places charging more as there are places that charge less.
As I have said before, cruise ships aren’t pubs. They are floating hotels, so comparisons with pubs are probably unfair anyway. Hotels and restaurants would be a fairer comparison.
So, I guess all this tells us is that if you live in one of the least expensive areas of the UK, P&O prices will always seem steep and most other cruise operators drinks prices will seem eye watering. And those who live in more expensive areas will continue to consider their prices to be reasonable compared to what we have to pay locally, even in pubs. Keep in mind that P&O operates from Southampton, after all, which is about as far South as you can get!
Finally, it’s good that P&O publishes all their drinks prices online as there are no surprises. As it’s a free market, we can all decide whether or not we are prepared to pay them and, if not, we can holiday elsewhere. I do, however, fully accept that the recent tightening of walk on allowances is a surprise for those who consider this to be important and had already made bookings.
And, as for John Smiths Smooth, I wouldn’t drink that stuff if they gave it away free of charge! I find the choice of beers on P&O ships to be excellent and I really like the fact that the waiters will (mostly) happily find me a ‘room temperature’ bottle, which is a godsend for those of us who feel that it should be illegal to serve bitter and ales chilled!