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#21
148 Posts
Joined Jul 2011
Thanks for all your advise.

We decided to go with the select price in the end.

Although it was more money we were concerned about what cabin location we would be given and prefer that we might have more chance getting a table for 2 in the restaurants.

We did get a little OBC which you don’t get with the early saver.

All booked now so roll on November 2019!
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#22
Thornton-Cleveleys UK
429 Posts
Joined Dec 2006
Just back off Britannia paid the early saver price. Used Airlynx for parking who were brilliant, 5 mins from the port, £97 for 15 days parking. Picked us up from the port at 8.20 we were driving North on the A34 at 8.45. Requested late dinner table size 6 which we got with the added bonus it was next to a window. Our cabin was close to the the front stairs and elevators so no problem with the centre lifts and although we had 7 stops we only paid £8 each for the return shuttle service in Helsinki.
Free shuttles for all in Copenhagen and Rostock, Tallinn and Skagan were short walks and we had tours booked in St Petersburg and Stockholm so no need of a shuttle. The early saver fare really worked for us, saved about £500 which covered our final bar bill.
#23
Midlands
2,805 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by mickrory
Just back off Britannia paid the early saver price. Used Airlynx for parking who were brilliant, 5 mins from the port, £97 for 15 days parking. Picked us up from the port at 8.20 we were driving North on the A34 at 8.45. Requested late dinner table size 6 which we got with the added bonus it was next to a window. Our cabin was close to the the front stairs and elevators so no problem with the centre lifts and although we had 7 stops we only paid £8 each for the return shuttle service in Helsinki.
Free shuttles for all in Copenhagen and Rostock, Tallinn and Skagan were short walks and we had tours booked in St Petersburg and Stockholm so no need of a shuttle. The early saver fare really worked for us, saved about £500 which covered our final bar bill.
You must have been lucky with the price or there has been a recent price increase just checked for a 14nt cruise in October and price for parking is £127-50 for parking 5 minutes from port and if you park at their other car park 20 mins from port it is £101-25.
#24
Essex UK.
36 Posts
Joined Feb 2017
As others have said "You pays your money you takes your choice" we like to select our cabin, as strangely (Or so it seems) my wife likes to feel the ship moving, so we always book frwd on the Lido deck.

Also second sitting, big table, set dining is what we enjoy, so the fact that we can book both cabin position and dining options with select booking, and the on board credit we get (£450 on our upcoming R815) means that is for us.
#25
Banbury, UK
119 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
Always do your homework and compare different deals. We were looking at 12 nights on Ventura on 9th December and saw a deal for a saver fare at £649 for an inside cabin, so just about £54 pppn. On further investigation, the obstructed view outside cabin was £720 on a select fare, but this came with a total of £110 pp obc and all of the other select benefits, although strangely we don't have a cabin allocated yet so the upgrade fairy may arrive! Guess which one we booked!
#26
Southampton, UK
101 Posts
Joined May 2018
Originally posted by Captainclive.
As others have said "You pays your money you takes your choice" we like to select our cabin, as strangely (Or so it seems) my wife likes to feel the ship moving, so we always book frwd on the Lido deck.

Also second sitting, big table, set dining is what we enjoy, so the fact that we can book both cabin position and dining options with select booking, and the on board credit we get (£450 on our upcoming R815) means that is for us.
This made me smile as we booked early saver and have been allocated frwd on lido deck and second sitting for dinner... Exactly what we would have chosen...
#27
Midlands
2,805 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by AndyMichelle
This made me smile as we booked early saver and have been allocated frwd on lido deck and second sitting for dinner... Exactly what we would have chosen...
But would you be smiling if you were given a cabin below/above theatre or at the aft of the ship above the show lounge and being given first sitting. I very much doubt it but you have been lucky this time if you always book Saver/Early Saver you might not be so lucky and it could ruin your cruise its a gamble.
#28
Southampton, UK
101 Posts
Joined May 2018
Originally posted by majortom10
But would you be smiling if you were given a cabin below/above theatre or at the aft of the ship above the show lounge and being given first sitting. I very much doubt it but you have been lucky this time if you always book Saver/Early Saver you might not be so lucky and it could ruin your cruise its a gamble.
We only booked this one early saver as it was very cheap, so was treating it like an extra holiday. We wouldn’t have booked it if we had to pay full price.
Early saver does give you the option of the grade of cabin, so you can see on the deck plan a choice of places you are likely to be.
We are pretty laid back and would have enjoyed the cruise wherever we were put. Earplugs are a wonderful thing...
For our main holiday, we will definitely book select as we know where we want to be on Britannia as have been on her before, we had no preference for Aurora.
Each to their own.
#30
Midlands
2,805 Posts
Joined Sep 2010
Originally posted by Wanderingsascent
Our last cruise on Azura was a late booking, no choice. We were very happy with our cabin. I notice that the late deals are much more expensive this year.
For those that follow prices from their inception some of the late Saver deals are as dear as what the Select fares were initially. But P&O are relying on people not monitoring prices and book thinking they are getting a great deal.