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Originally posted by Selbourne
Where do glasses come into it? We just refill the small bottles that are provided in the cabin, free of charge. Simple.


Oh ok - from the buffet? Yes you could do that of course.




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Originally posted by Selbourne
I have no issue whatsoever with the concept of 'each to his own', and people are of course free to do as they wish. As I have said, those with multiple young children may indeed find it a good deal. My concern is that some are weighing up the pros and cons using potentially inaccurate assumptions (e.g. thinking drinks prices are more than they are), inexperience (perhaps not realising that the opportunity to drink alcohol - and the inclination to do so - lessens on port days) and without full consideration of how the restrictions might make the package less desirable than they think. Fundamentally though, I stand by my comment that even if you think you will break even on this package, where is the benefit given all the restrictions? Surely you need to save a wedge of money to make it worthwhile? If so, then fill your boots, but I think many will wish by the end of the cruise that they hadn't. But, as you say, each to his own.


I think wine and beer drinkers who like a cocktail or two during the day and a decent coffee will benefit. Those who like their bottled mixers and have to have a double measure of spirits may not - you’ll weigh the costs

Port days are not a big deal for us we mainly drink soft drinks with bottled water and a cocktail in the afternoon (or 2) and don’t usually spend the whole day ashore.

We’re always going to spend more money whether that be on trips/food and drinks ashore etc but it will benefit us as we drink wine and beer mostly so restrictions won’t apply - we’ve done the sums and been on enough cruises with packages to be able to make an informed decision


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Originally posted by Caravan 37
Oh ok - from the buffet? Yes you could do that of course.




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No, that is strictly prohibited. They are worried about people contaminating the spouts of the dispensers with unwashed bottle mouths.
You fill them in your cabin, put them in the fridge overnight, and you have chilled water in a bottle!
Let me nip any comments in the bud. It is the same water. The only difference between cabin water and dining room water is temperature and ice (which is also made from the same water).
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Originally posted by FangedRose
No, that is strictly prohibited. They are worried about people contaminating the spouts of the dispensers with unwashed bottle mouths.

You fill them in your cabin, put them in the fridge overnight, and you have chilled water in a bottle!

Let me nip any comments in the bud. It is the same water. The only difference between cabin water and dining room water is temperature and ice (which is also made from the same water).


Yes I’ve heard you could even drink the toilet water - I kid not, but on another forum.




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Originally posted by Caravan 37
Yes I’ve heard you could even drink the toilet water - I kid not, but on another forum.




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Well, it is the same water. Comes from same place as the tap water. They don't have two separate systems.
I would check that it has not been used since the last flush And would be wary of any cleaning products which had been used.
At home the water in the cistern comes from the same water main as the water which comes out of the tap.
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Originally posted by FangedRose
No, that is strictly prohibited. They are worried about people contaminating the spouts of the dispensers with unwashed bottle mouths.
You fill them in your cabin, put them in the fridge overnight, and you have chilled water in a bottle!
Let me nip any comments in the bud. It is the same water. The only difference between cabin water and dining room water is temperature and ice (which is also made from the same water).
Yes, that’s what we do. Filling bottles in the buffet is a Norovirus dream (as are a lot of aspects of the buffet TBH). I find that straight out of the cabin taps the water tastes horrid, but left in the fridge to chill overnight and the funny taste has gone entirely.
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Having read through all the comments with interest. It's good to see P&O are willing to give it a trial as I know so many people have demanded it. Having done 5 cruises with P&O however I cannot see their loyal clientele going with this package as don't see many massive drinkers. As mentioned you aren't forced to take it and be good to hear feedback from those that have done it in the coming weeks. At first glance I wouldn't get huge value from it but we tend to get lots of OBS.

1 X Costa £2.50
6 X Beers £24
2 X glass wine dinner £13
1 X Cocktail £6.95

When I did these simple sums I spend roughly £45 a day and if I meet a few people in the evening and stay up later it can be more. However if i bought the package it would encourage me to drink more to ensure I was getting value and to be honest I'm happy doing what I do currently.

If I was on Azura next week I'd probably do day one and note what I spent before deciding day 2. By the way you pay per day so you don't miss out if you buy start of day 2 as you would only pay for days left on cruise and not for the cruise nights as advertised.
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On Azura recently, many people were filling mugs with water from the dispensers in the buffet and decanting it into their empty water bottles. It might be prohibited, but not a soul was stopping these people from doing this.
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Originally posted by msk1955
On Azura recently, many people were filling mugs with water from the dispensers in the buffet and decanting it into their empty water bottles. It might be prohibited, but not a soul was stopping these people from doing this.
Assuming that they were using clean mugs, this would eliminate any contamination issue, so there wouldn't be a need to stop them. The issue (and risk) is when people place bottles etc that they have already had to their mouth's up against the dispenser.
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Originally posted by Selbourne
Assuming that they were using clean mugs, this would eliminate any contamination issue, so there wouldn't be a need to stop them. The issue (and risk) is when people place bottles etc that they have already had to their mouth's up against the dispenser.
There is nothing wrong with using a clean mug and not touching the tap and I agree the water via the bathroom taps is safe, but as a fussy water drinker, I never drink from a bathroom tap not even at home. The source is indeed the same, but the route from the source through the pipes to the tap is very different and to me, the taste is very different and unpleasant. But yes, it is safe to drink.
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Originally posted by msk1955
On Azura recently, many people were filling mugs with water from the dispensers in the buffet and decanting it into their empty water bottles. It might be prohibited, but not a soul was stopping these people from doing this.
One of the very few things I liked about Marella Discovery 2 in January was that they have chilled water dispensers on many of the cabin decks and glass carafes in the cabins that you can fill from the dispensers.
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Originally posted by Britboys
One of the very few things I liked about Marella Discovery 2 in January was that they have chilled water dispensers on many of the cabin decks and glass carafes in the cabins that you can fill from the dispensers.
I think that's a brilliant idea! We are going on Discovery 2 in November and look forward to trying that out.
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Originally posted by Scriv
I think that's a brilliant idea! We are going on Discovery 2 in November and look forward to trying that out.
Please don't put flowers in the carafe, it upsets the stewards

You should like the drinks package as well, especially as you have paid for it in the fare. You can upgrade and get everything except champagne for £50 per person per week but lots don't bother as the basic package is so good. You can just pay for the occasional premium drink, 40ml measures for spirits and a free mixer.

Reading these P&O package topics has me thinking they don't really want it to succeed.
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Originally posted by davecttr

Reading these P&O package topics has me thinking they don't really want it to succeed.
My thoughts exactly
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Originally posted by bee-ess
My thoughts exactly


I think it unlikely that a company as large as P&O would go to the trouble and expense of launching a new product without hoping its a success and makes them more money


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Originally posted by Caravan 37
I think it unlikely that a company as large as P&O would go to the trouble and expense of launching a new product without hoping its a success and makes them more money


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I don't think many will take them up on it - too many rules and the daily price is too expensive in relation to the bar prices. Many will not want to give them £1120 for a 14 night cruise and have to have to have pump mixers. I have had drinks packages on other cruise lines and they have been simpler than this and are priced more realistically compared to the bar prices, albeit more expensive per day, but P&O Bar prices are quite a bit cheaper.
I would also be interested to hear from anyone who has had a package on P&O how successful the wine by the glass at dinner is, are they topping up ? is there anyone taking further orders once you had 1 glass?
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Originally posted by bee-ess
I don't think many will take them up on it - too many rules and the daily price is too expensive in relation to the bar prices. Many will not want to give them £1120 for a 14 night cruise and have to have to have pump mixers. I have had drinks packages on other cruise lines and they have been simpler than this and are priced more realistically compared to the bar prices, albeit more expensive per day, but P&O Bar prices are quite a bit cheaper.

I would also be interested to hear from anyone who has had a package on P&O how successful the wine by the glass at dinner is, are they topping up ? is there anyone taling further orders once you had 1 glass?


I think you’re right that it won’t be that popular for a number of reasons: passenger demographic/that you can take 1ltr each of spirits on board/reasonable bar prices (but for how long)/drink preferences of majority of passengers (double gin and fever tree)

I’ve had packages on other lines that only serve wine by the glass and once the waiter knows what you want he either sends deputy to get it or they keep a bottle by their service area. I’ve never had to wait or found it restrictive.

We’re travelling with family who fall into the dbl G&T brigade and they hummed a bit but once we knew you could offset £400pc obc against it it seems a reasonable option (they’ll get used to tonic out of the gun)



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Also the measures on most US ships are larger too but I have always found the package to be worth it to me. I’ll be buying it next Sunday on the Azura!
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Originally posted by Deeliteful
Also the measures on most US ships are larger too but I have always found the package to be worth it to me. I’ll be buying it next Sunday on the Azura!


Just got back from Fjords on Azura and we had the drinks package. Wouldn’t buy it again. Few staff know the ins and outs and finding somewhere to buy it is not easy. Java Coffee Bar is best but very slow. You are restricted to 15 drinks per day. Sounds a lot until you order a large glass of wine only to be told you can only have a small glass of wine on the package. There are other pit falls so don’t just ‘do the math’ and buy it.


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