P&O the Walmart of Cruising

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#1
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During a Peninsular lunch recently one of the guests at our table said that he thought P&O standards were dropping, the senior officer hosting our table replied that he thought P&O was heading towards being the Walmart of cruising, pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap! I think they are more likely to become the Ryanair of cruising.
#2
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Well as long as they don’t cancel cruises due to lack of pilots I’m not seeing much change at present


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#3
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Well if an officer says that then I think its a sad day and probably true. Standard and quality have certainly declined in these last few years and personally would be happy to pay more to get a better quality but I suppose Carnival plc are just looking at bigger picture. If you happy to pay higher price for better quality and service then they assume you will book Cunard which is what we have done this last couple of years and also now cruise with Princess.
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Originally posted by sueandphil
Well as long as they don’t cancel cruises due to lack of pilots I’m not seeing much change at present


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Looks like they will be hiring more security for January to catch people carrying on their soon to be illegal alcohol.
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Cambridge
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On Britannia now and just heard about that. You will be able to still buy spirits to drink in your cabin apparently. Won’t miss the party cruises though


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#6
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Originally posted by artemis10
During a Peninsular lunch recently one of the guests at our table said that he thought P&O standards were dropping, the senior officer hosting our table replied that he thought P&O was heading towards being the Walmart of cruising, pile 'em high and sell 'em cheap! I think they are more likely to become the Ryanair of cruising.

Perhaps he was referring to the dress code


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You really do get some really pointless posts on here but this beats them all.
Do you seriously expect us to believe such nonsense that a senior officer would make such a comment?
#8
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Originally posted by dgs1956
You really do get some really pointless posts on here but this beats them all.

Do you seriously expect us to believe such nonsense that a senior officer would make such a comment?


Now don’t try to bring truth and logic into a good story.


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Originally posted by artemis10
I think they are more likely to become the Ryanair of cruising.
Really?

So you think P&O are going to scrap all their decrepit ships and instead operate a brand new well maintained fleet.

Sounds good to me.
#10
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But there is no WalMart in the UK is there? So the correct title of the thread should be 'P&O The Primark of Cruising' or perhaps 'P&O the Lidl of Cruising.'

Which should make Cunard..'The Harrods of Cruising' or is that an overstatement? I reckon it is having been on Cunard. So Cunard 'The Sainsburys of Cruising.' lol.
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Originally posted by grapau27
Looks like they will be hiring more security for January to catch people carrying on their soon to be illegal alcohol.
Indeed I saw an advertisement for P&O Alcohol Police in last weeks Sunday Times. Or was it the Daily Mail. Was not the News of the World, that has gone.
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Originally posted by daiB
Now don’t try to bring truth and logic into a good story.


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Indeed! The OP who appears to have many undisclosed sources didn't say when this alleged discussion took place, presumably it was during the Port & Stilton when by then a few glasses of wine had been consumed and not just the bow ties were being loosened.
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Originally posted by NSWP
But there is no WalMart in the UK is there? So the correct title of the thread should be 'P&O The Primark of Cruising' or perhaps 'P&O the Lidl of Cruising.'

Which should make Cunard..'The Harrods of Cruising' or is that an overstatement? I reckon it is having been on Cunard. So Cunard 'The Sainsburys of Cruising.' lol.
Asda are part of Walmart.
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Originally posted by NSWP
Indeed I saw an advertisement for P&O Alcohol Police in last weeks Sunday Times. Or was it the Daily Mail. Was not the News of the World, that has gone.
So soon will be the massive amount of alcohol some people bring on board by the ones who have spoiled it for everyone else.
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The officer was probably correct, Walmart are the biggest retailer (in the USA) and P&O are the biggest cruise line (in the UK).
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#19
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Originally posted by terrierjohn
The officer was probably correct, Walmart are the biggest retailer (in the USA) and P&O are the biggest cruise line (in the UK).
Your right and it is a good comparison although i would have used Thomson as they are the biggest travel company in the UK.
#20
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Originally posted by dgs1956
You really do get some really pointless posts on here but this beats them all.
Do you seriously expect us to believe such nonsense that a senior officer would make such a comment?
Couldn't agree more! I am someone who sails on a number of different lines but am still very happy to cruise with P&O as I feel they provide a good quality, good value product. Sadly, there seem to a few people around who see 'dissing' P&O as a sport or fun pastime.
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