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Hi, we are looking into a late cruise deal on the Azura from barbados, flying from gatwick. We want to know how much if any wine or spirits we could take onboard, and whats the best way to get it on there.

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In theory, you can take as much as you like, but you are obviously limited as you are flying. I would pack a wine box in my hold luggage, and buy any spirits I wanted at Duty Free.

 

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Hi, we are looking into a late cruise deal on the Azura from barbados, flying from gatwick. We want to know how much if any wine or spirits we could take onboard, and whats the best way to get it on there.

Thanks

You are allowed to take as much wine and spirits as you want onboard to drink in your cabin but unless you get some at Gatwick you may not have chance to buy before embarkation. Probably best to pick some up when you arrive at your first port, unless you are overnight in Barbados.

 

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P&O say " We allow a reasonable amount " which is ?? :confused:
No one has ever posted on here on any other social media sites about having any alcohol confiscated. Realistically, on a fly cruise, the amount you can take will be limited by your luggage allowance. For cruises departing from Southampton, there appears to be no attempt to monitor and control the amount of alcohol individuals take on board. We would plan to only take enough on board for a glass of wine each as we get ready for dinner, and the total amount would vary depending on the length of the cruise. Part of the cruise experience for us is socialising on board, not getting legless in our cabin!

 

The danger is that if too many cruisers abuse the system by drinking their own alcohol in bars rather than in their own cabins, P&O may rethink their policy.

 

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No one has ever posted on here on any other social media sites about having any alcohol confiscated. Realistically, on a fly cruise, the amount you can take will be limited by your luggage allowance. For cruises departing from Southampton, there appears to be no attempt to monitor and control the amount of alcohol individuals take on board. We would plan to only take enough on board for a glass of wine each as we get ready for dinner, and the total amount would vary depending on the length of the cruise. Part of the cruise experience for us is socialising on board, not getting legless in our cabin!

 

The danger is that if too many cruisers abuse the system by drinking their own alcohol in bars rather than in their own cabins, P&O may rethink their policy.

 

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I agree with your post Wowzz and that is why I put the link for those who don't know, as you rightly say there is a risk of spoiling a good thing and P&O then withdrawing the privilege that most other cruise companies deny their passengers.

I'm not saying what is reasonable but P&O are saying be reasonable about your amount, which most people do and if they are not P&O say "We will generally allow a small, reasonable amount to be taken on-board for you to enjoy in your cabin" and they do go on to say -"We reserve the right to confiscate alcohol at the gangway, which may be destroyed. "

As UK338 said Spirits are so cheap on room service ..so apart from a duty free if we are using an airport, we also use the room service option .

I think most of us are pleased that P&O do not put an actual amount limit on what we take onboard but trust us to be reasonable about it and long may it stay that way for us all to enjoy.

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Spirits are so cheap on room service it's not worth the hassle of carrying on.

Is it possible to pre-order a bottle of spirits for your stateroom to drink there.through cruise personaliser.?...I did it on Princess, but only half bottles. Thanks

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Is it possible to pre-order a bottle of spirits for your stateroom to drink there.through cruise personaliser.?...I did it on Princess, but only half bottles. Thanks

No you cannot pre order, just order through room service when you get onboard.

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Spirits are so cheap on room service it's not worth the hassle of carrying on.

 

 

 

For example :-

 

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For example :-

 

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....I didnt know that, wish I did before the Oriana in June.....I thought if you bought them they would keep them until you disembarked

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....I didnt know that, wish I did before the Oriana in June.....I thought if you bought them they would keep them until you disembarked

 

 

 

Theses are not duty free prices that you get in the shop. This menu card would have been in your cabin.

 

 

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emails are going out - exactly as I said was going to happen and people didn't believe me.

 

https://ask.pocruises.com/help/po/before-you-sail/alcohol

 

Hardly surprising given the way some passengers pushed it to the limit.

 

Only some people did not believe you Sharon.

 

Yes it's a shame that those who pushed the limit have spoiled it for everyone else.

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I wonder if it's a prelude to offering a drinks package on board?

I hope that if they do introduce a drinks package that it is not an included in the price one. When we went on Celebrity my only criticism was that I felt that the price was high due to there being a "free" drinks package. People who do not drink or only drink moderately are in fact subsidising the heavy drinkers. We usually have a glass of wine with dinner and another alcoholic drink of some sort after the show so there us no way that a drinks package makes financial sense for people like us. If people want a drinks package that is their desicon but they should not be subsidised by non drinkers.

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Theses are not duty free prices that you get in the shop. This menu card would have been in your cabin

 

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Never had one of these in our cabin, ,,,,first time for me to see one....but it was first time with PO ORIANA June. I will certainly be keeping eyes open for this....THANKS

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Not that I can afford a world cruise, but there is no way I could make a litre bottle of Bacardi last 99 days!:halo:

I would like to think that the room service menu for bottles of spirits for in-cabin consumption will still continue.

But will the room service manager have the authority to restrict purchases of alcohol on the lines of "you've had your quota, Sonny, that's your lot!" ? :evilsmile:

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P&O say " We allow a reasonable amount " which is ?? :confused:

 

Which is now a set amount, which to us seems reasonable (more than some ships allow).

Just a pity a growing few have spoilt the trust to be reasonable we all enjoyed by keeping it reasonable.

Some peeps were telling others " take what you want , they dont mind " . Looks like they do.

 

Glad to see the code of conduct and dress code updated.

I reckon some of the two nighters that the ships run could greatly benefit from these rules ,

making the ships as P&O state "to be enjoyed by all.

 

P&O are taking control again .Some will not like it and can vote with their feet but some will welcome it .

Nothing has been done to put us off our cruisers , so will continue to book with them in the future .

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Can understand one bottle allowance for a 2 day cruise, but would have hoped for a bit more flexibility on a 24 night cruise, or for a lengthy sector during a world cruise.

 

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Which is now a set amount, which to us seems reasonable (more than some ships allow).

Just a pity a growing few have spoilt the trust to be reasonable we all enjoyed by keeping it reasonable.

Some peeps were telling others " take what you want , they dont mind " . Looks like they do.

 

Glad to see the code of conduct and dress code updated.

I reckon some of the two nighters that the ships run could greatly benefit from these rules ,

making the ships as P&O state "to be enjoyed by all.

 

P&O are taking control again .Some will not like it and can vote with their feet but some will welcome it .

Nothing has been done to put us off our cruisers , so will continue to book with them in the future .

How is one bottle of wine for a 24 day cruise 'reasonable'?

 

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How is one bottle of wine for a 24 day cruise 'reasonable'?

 

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Well it unfortunately is still one more than lots of cruise lines allow.

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Which is now a set amount, which to us seems reasonable (more than some ships allow).

Just a pity a growing few have spoilt the trust to be reasonable we all enjoyed by keeping it reasonable.

Some peeps were telling others " take what you want , they dont mind " . Looks like they do.

 

Glad to see the code of conduct and dress code updated.

I reckon some of the two nighters that the ships run could greatly benefit from these rules ,

making the ships as P&O state "to be enjoyed by all.

 

P&O are taking control again .Some will not like it and can vote with their feet but some will welcome it .

Nothing has been done to put us off our cruisers , so will continue to book with them in the future .

 

I am also pleased about this, some people were just taking advantage and posting pictures on Facebook of cases and cases full of booze they were taking on board. I’m not surprised they acted on this. So spoiling it for those that take a couple of bottles onboard.

 

Also pleased about the dress code and the fact they obviously are trying to stop hen and stag parties dressing in outrageous clothes or rude slogans on t- shirts and obviously drinking to much alcohol.

 

I wouldn’t mind if they introduce a drinks package but I wouldn’t be taking advantage of it. As long as it isn’t included in the cost of the cruise, in which case I wouldn’t be booking the cruise. I would much rather they included gratuities in the cost of the cruise.

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The dress codes are also being hardened up No more Football shirts track suits after 18.00 see here https://ask.pocruises.com/help/po/life-on-board/dress_code_all

 

Good thing too, but they don’t actually specify football shirts or track suits do they? Some people won’t give a damn. On Britannia last year a middle aged chap turned up for breakfast in the Epicurean (fine dining restaurant reserved for suite passengers) every morning in a garish football shirt. Personally, I think that shows a lack of respect for others, but many people these days wouldn’t even notice.

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How is one bottle of wine for a 24 day cruise 'reasonable'?

 

Well it unfortunately is still one more than lots of cruise lines allow.

 

which is what I said , so glad we agree

 

 

 

Which is now a set amount, which to us seems reasonable (more than some ships allow).

Just a pity a growing few have spoilt the trust to be reasonable we all enjoyed by keeping it reasonable.

Some peeps were telling others " take what you want , they dont mind " . Looks like they do.

 

Glad to see the code of conduct and dress code updated.

I reckon some of the two nighters that the ships run could greatly benefit from these rules ,

making the ships as P&O state "to be enjoyed by all.

 

P&O are taking control again .Some will not like it and can vote with their feet but some will welcome it .

Nothing has been done to put us off our cruisers , so will continue to book with them in the future .

 

HI Wowzz

 

I can understand your disappointment, regardless of it being 7-14- 24 or any other cruise but P&O

decide your allowance. As in one of my earlier posts I did put long may they keep the trust in us

being reasonable but sad to say it looks like those days have gone for you and me and others.

So to answer your question .. because P&O say it's reasonable , their ship , their rules .

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Evening Casual



 

Stylish resort or leisurewear is ideal for Evening Casual nights, for example casual separates or dresses for ladies and open-neck polo shirts and casual long trousers (not shorts or 3/4 length trousers) for men. A jacket and smart trousers can be worn but are not compulsory. Smart dark denim is also fine, but not trainers, football shirts or tracksuits.



Black Tie

 

Black Tie nights foster a rather special atmosphere on-board and we know that our guests adore dressing up and it has long been a part of the P&O Cruises experience, adding a touch of glamour and a real sense of occasion to evenings at sea. Seeing an entire ship full of people transformed into their finery is quite something to behold. Ladies wear glamorous evening wear including cocktail dresses, ball gowns or even smart trouser suits. For men, dinner jackets or tuxedos are the norm, but a dark lounge or business suit and tie can be worn as an alternative. You can also wear formal national dress and military uniform.



Daywear

 

During the day you can wear exactly the same as you would on any other holiday. Casual shirts, shorts, trousers and beachwear are ideal. For going ashore and walking on deck, flat comfortable shoes are a must. You will also need a lightweight jacket or coat for cool evenings and occasional showers. Don't forget sun protection cream, a sun hat and sunglasses as the sun is much stronger at sea.



Children

 

The Dress Code for children in the evening is Evening Casual, regardless of the adult Dress Code. We do ask that children don’t wear denim on Black Tie nights. When dining in the informal or buffet restaurants children can be casually dressed. If children are going to be with you in the evening in the formal restaurants and theatre then they can still dress more casually adopting our Evening Casual Dress Code.



Fancy dress and novelty clothing

 

We don’t want to dampen anyone’s fun but coming into effect on 1 January 2018, fancy dress and/or novelty clothing will not be permitted on board. We reserve the right to deny embarkation to guests who are inappropriately dressed. This is a change from the policy wording printed in the back our January 2018 – October 2019 brochure. The only exception to this is on official theme nights, when guests are invited to dress to reflect the theme. This policy, however, does not apply to children 16 and under.



Personalised and slogan clothing

 

In addition to the fancy dress policy, clothing personalised with images/slogans, and/or clothing that features offensive language, images or slogans, will not be allowed on board at any time.



General

 

The Dress Code is applied in most restaurants and bars for guests over 18 years of age, from 6pm. Please wear the appropriate attire to the ship’s bars and restaurants; blue or worn denim, sandals (for men), sleeveless tops (for men), flip flops and shorts are not permitted in ship's public areas during the evening.

Swimsuits are not permitted in the lounges, interior bars, restaurants or reception area at any time. A shirt and suitable footwear is required while indoors and when using the buffet restaurants.

You may also find the following question helpful: What will the dress code be whilst I am on board?





Please note:

From 2016 we simplified our Dress Codes on-board all our ships to Evening Casual and Black Tie. We know that our guests adore dressing up and it has long been a part of the P&O Cruises experience, so Black Tie evenings are still firmly part of the on-board programme, however the Smart Jacket Required Dress Code will no longer apply.

















 

 

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What happens when a passenger arrives on board with no formal clothes but with football tops and lots of tee shirts with slogans ? A few years ago we bumped into a man on Azura who had been in the same class as my husband 50 years ago at school. He told us that he never eats in the MDR because when he is on holiday he just wants to relax and wear all casual ( scruffy imo ) clothes. Every time we saw him he was wearing various Stoke City tops or tee shirts with slogans on them. He and his wife could not understand why we would want to go to the trouble of dressing less casually every evening. Will P&O confine them to their cabins ? I am sure that as seasoned cruisers they will not check the dress code every time they cruise I know that I don't.

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"Slogan - a short and striking memorable phrase used in advertising"," a highland war cry"

 

So what is a slogan t shirt? I get the bit about stag and hen nights with pictures of the bride or groom and nick names etc but what is a slogan.

 

One could argue that the t shirts P&O sell with their name and logo on are "slogans". Memorable and advertising something?

 

Same with the fancy dress. I often think the young people I see in town on a Saturday are in fancy dress however I am informed by a sage younger relative that it is actually fashionable.

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So does 'images/slogans' mean that something like a man's tee shirt with Dangermouse on it is banned? Obviously unsuitable for evenings, but for daytime in the Med? Most tee shirts say something on them!

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