I have only booked 2 cruise packages in the last 12 years & on both occasions demanded the airline & departure airport at the time of booking & these were both 3 months ahead of cruise date. If they couldn't give me those facts, then No Deal! It's very unlikely, if your booking early, (12 months ish) that you cannot better the cruise package by booking cruise only, book airlines of your choice, airports of your choice, overnight hotel & private transfers & still have money in hand to spend behind the bar.
You can't always book a cruise only trip. You won't get any credit with P&O if you don't take the flights. We have usually been notified at least 2 or 3 months in advance of flights with P&O. However, this is always subject to change and on our last trip we had notification of a later flight to New Orleans as they wanted to avoid too many planes landing at NO at the same time. When we landed we were the only plane and it didn't take very long to get through immigration.
We always book a taxi and have found that a month is sufficient notice for the firm we use.
Tell me what cruise lines you can't book cruise only? I must have been doing some thing wrong for the last 20 cruises over the last 12 years.
What I was saying was that if you do not use the flight part of a P&O cruise you do not get a refund for the cost of the flight. Of course you can choose not to use the charter flight. P&O will offer to arrange a scheduled flight at an additional cost.
Thanks for your response. I've done many, many P&O's up to the late nineties, but always from Soton. Since then I've done all fly cruises to all parts of the world with most other lines except P&O, & have always chosen cruise only with just 2 exceptions (cheap deals), but even then was given the airline & schedule on the day of booking. To my cynical ways, not being told what airline & flight your on, is akin to booking with P&O & not being told which ship your going to cruise on. If what you say is true, then you've saved me the trouble of ever looking at a fly cruise with P&O ever again. But what I find frustrating is people accept these booking conditions & then complain about it some months down the road.
P&O use charter flights to and from the Caribbean so until near the departure date they would not no how many places they need? last year we went as a party of 6 and ended up on 2 flights which were 3 hours apart due to the fact that 1couple booked later than us.A month is more than enough time to make any arrangements,it is no great secret it is just they way they do it if you visit there web site and use the cruise personaliser that some times gives you info a bit sooner?
We have always asked our Travel Agent to find out flight times as we need to book a taxi to the airport. Our taxi company only does airport work and so they can and do get booked up. Other taxi companies cost us far more. we ask the taravel agent about three months before our cruise and have always got an answer. Times can change of course, but so far they haven't.
If you ring up P&O Cruises direct they will give you the flight details.
We are also going on the Artemis 27th December 2008 and we have got our flight details we recieved them today We fly from Manchester to New Orleans at 10.45 on flight TOM765 to land in New Orleans at 14.45 and fly back from Montego bay at 17.20 on 10/01/09 to land at Manchester at 07.10. Who did you book with? we booked with Bolsover cruise club. Hope this has been helpful to you.
Thank you very much. We booked through Sovereigncruise. Now I can start organising the taxi's etc. Hope we can catch up on the cruise.