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#42
Sunderland England
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Originally posted by Scriv
Prices are indeed on a par with pub and restaurant prices and compare favourably down here in the south
I think the prices of beers and choice is excellent.

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#43
Oxfordshire
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Originally posted by Florry
I'm not sure about other lines but the house wines on P&O are reasonable.
I do think the tendency is to 'get your monies worth'. That doesn't interest me but it may indeed change onboard culture. From what I can tell on Princess it fairly easy to buy one drinks package and share it per couple so it is probably very cost effective for bargain hunters.


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I agree with you florry, the wine prices, in fact all drinks prices, are extremely reasonable, plus they don't have any surcharges on them.

P&O have been extremely reasonable in letting their passengers bring alcohol on board at all. They could ban it altogether, as could every cruise line, as they could, very reasonably, expect their passengers to buy all their drinks on board.
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#44
Warwickshire, England
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If its the port that does the security and scanning then you can get away with bringing bottles of alcohol on (Princess have an "honesty" table where you admit to bringing alcohol onboard which got ignored). If you get scanned on the ship its another matter.
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#45
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Originally posted by Scriv
Prices are indeed on a par with pub and restaurant prices and compare favourably down here in the south
Paying £4.15 for a can of Carling (which I can buy for 60p in Morrisons) which isn't even a pint was a bit of a shock two weeks ago on Oceana, they are slowly making it dearer.
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#46
Wales
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Il agree the wine prices are reasonable however the pint and can prices aren't. £4.10 a pint of fosters is at least 30% more expensive than my local. Many people also forget p&o do not have to pay duty on that pint price whereas your local boozer does.
P&o is a lot cheaper than other cruise lines bar prices but they are still making a massive profit even when the waiter takes his commission out of the payment.
#47
Cornwall
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Well I guess it's off to cruise with Thomson from now on especially as they have a couple of decent ships now (Discovery 1 and 2) and all their booze is all inclusive (and the tips) and they seem to be getting better reviews than P&O. Worth a try at least.

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#48
Riding the Ocean Waves
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Originally posted by Scriv
We are going on a Fred cruise at the end of September and we are not allowed to take on any alcohol.
But Freds A1 package is very reasonable at £15pp per day all in.
#49
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Joined Dec 2010
Originally posted by PRINCESSTHE BEST
"I've heard it on good authority ". If you are not prepared to name your source, you shouldn't be spreading rumours that can't be substantiated. This only causes alarm amongst P&O customers who have booked cruises under the booking conditions at that time.


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FWIW we have a nine future cruises with P&O all booked when room service was mostly free but it didn’t stop them changing that, and while I’m not prepared to name my source either I was told on this years worldly the exact same thing by a senior officer. They are Fed up of passengers abusing the privilege and drinking brought on alcohol on deck.
#50
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On the ask P&O Site here they seem to have added the word “small” or am I mistaken?

“We will generally allow a small, reasonable amount to be taken on-board for you to enjoy in your cabin however, taking bottles of alcohol into restaurants or lounges will incur a corkage fee of £15 (prices are subject to change) per item (any size) per occasion.”
#51
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Originally posted by Pidgeofcdf
Il agree the wine prices are reasonable however the pint and can prices aren't. £4.10 a pint of fosters is at least 30% more expensive than my local. .
You're not at you're local though.

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#52
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Originally posted by balf
You're not at you're local though.



David


I thought that.


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The point is that many posters keep saying that drink prices are similar to pub prices, but that is patently not the case.
#54
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Originally posted by wowzz
The point is that many posters keep saying that drink prices are similar to pub prices, but that is patently not the case.


Clearly they are not the same as in all pubs but they are the same as in city centre pubs e.g. Newcastle. They are more expensive than Wetherspoons for example. And a lot cheaper than 4/5* hotels.


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#55
Sunderland England
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Originally posted by balf
You're not at you're local though.

David
$7 about £5 per half pint bottle of beer on Royal Caribbean.
I would never critisise P&O alcohol pricing.

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#56
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Originally posted by daiB
Clearly they are not the same as in all pubs but they are the same as in city centre pubs e.g. Newcastle. They are more expensive than Wetherspoons for example. And a lot cheaper than 4/5* hotels.


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I can second what daib is saying about the drink prices in Newcastle.

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#57
United Kingdom
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I do not mind having to buy my drink onboard as long as I can get bottles of spirits and mixers from Room Service to drink on my balcony; I do not always want to go to a noisy bar! I noticed the change to "small" reasonable amount and wonder if they will define what that means; I reckon they won't in case people vote with their feet.
But no hotel has ever stopped me from bringing a bottle in to drink in my room; makes cruasing start to look restrictive of personal freedoms. I'm annoyed because I've just booked 2 more cruises for next year while on Aurora last week; if I'd known about this I may have chosen another line.
#58
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For the first time we took drink on board with us (a wine box per cabin) so we could sometimes enjoy a pre-dinner drink, but we also ordered wine at dinner (not every day) and had post-dinner drinks in the bars and perhaps a cocktail or beer when out on deck during the day. P&O's prices compare favourably with pub/wine bar/restaurant prices here in Hertfordshire, their cocktails are certainly cheaper than our local cocktail bar!
The number of "advantages" to cruising P&O seems to be rapidly dwindling, may investigate Thomson for our next cruise.
#60
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Just a thought. If this proves to be correct , I think it may well annoy some of those who have cabins with a balcony rather than those who have inside or restricted viewwith no balcony.
It must be pleasant to sit on the balcony with a nice chilled glass of vino or g and t.Far more chilled than a noisy pub/bar.
However I think the wine was priced on par with a pub/restaurant and was excellent value and quality.
I didn't take any alcohol on board. Personally I couldn't be bothered to carry it and I certainly wasn't going to buy it in the Baltic countries.