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Hi I did the OV a few years ago hated it. Sorry but it was too informal for me.
All the islands are worth a visit. Try to make up a four some and get a taxi, They will take you all the places that the trips do, and it's easy as all taxi drivers speak English. Example, I have just done Barbados a four hour trip for four $100.
Sorry can not help with drinks prices I thought they were expensive, but that was a few year ago. Also remember you can not take you own booze on board. Norma.
The Blue Bar prices at July, 2008
Bottles & Cans
Magners - Irish Cider (50cl) £3.55
Leffe Blonde - Premium Belgian Beer (33cl) £2.90
Pedigree, Spitfire, Old Speckled Hen and Greene IPA -
Premium English Ales (50cl) £2.80
Budweiser (33cl), Becks (33cl), Corona (33cl), £2.55
Newcastle Brown Ale (50cl),
Guinness Draught (50cl), Tiger (33cl),
Peroni Nastro Azzurro (33cl)
Becks non-alcoholic (33cl), Heineken (33cl), £2.35
John Smith’s Extra Smooth (50cl), Strongbow (44cl),
Tanqueray, Bombay Sapphire £2.50
Absolut, Stolichnaya, Blavod Black, Smirnoff £2.40
Grey Goose £2.50
White and Dark Rum
Bacardi, Captain Morgan £2.40
Tequila White £2.30
Tequila Gold £2.40
Bells 8yr, Famous Grouse, £2.40
Johnnie Walker Red, Jim Beam
Jack Daniels, Jameson, Macallan 10yr, £2.50
Laphroaig 10yr, Glenfiddich, Johnnie Walker Black
Pere Magloire, Fine Calvados £2.55
Courvoisier VS *** £2.80
Courvoisier VSOP £3.10
Advocaat, Archer’s Peach Schnapps, Baileys, Cointreau, £2.40
Drambuie, Galliano, Kahlua, Malibu, Midori, Sambuca,
Southern Comfort, Tia Maria, Amaretto Di Saronno,
So you're the swine who nicked the price-list from the bar :)
Meant I had to go thro the entire rum punch selection, but not an unpleasant chore. About £3.20 to £4.20.
Cheapest bottles of red, very drinkable, about £12, cheaper but poorer wines by the carafe, a reasonable selection of wines by the glass, just a small premium compared to price per bottle.
So prices about the same as UK pubs, plus a few bulk-buy options. - but remember, you'll be going down the pub every evening so it all mounts up. Have fun, Chris.
The words excursion & value for money are rarely seen together no matter which cruise company you travel with. Ships tours have been regarded as overpriced ever since cruising began, so as long as you put the 'value' in the experience & not the cost, then your on the right track. Alternatively, Beards response is another alternative & I must say most of the Caribbean is very easily done on a DIY basis at about 30% of the cruise tour cost.......Wilba .
Just done OV1 for the 3rd time in the Caribb (arrived back to UK on the 31st Dec). Excursions aren't competitive, but you're guaranteed making it back to ship without it leaving without you!. All cruises work on this principle. Personally, I'd risk it and 'buddy up' for a taxi, or better still, hire a car, tho it's the risk element of getting back in time! As an experienced 'cruiser', I'd always recommend risking it and doing each venue 'freestyle'. Even some of the wacky sounding activities will be easy to book individually once you dock. - Just be savvy and ask around. We were leaving the ship at 8:00am ish most days, hiring a car (approx £30-60/day), and scooting around the islands at our leisure, NO PROBS AT ALL. It really does come down to having the bottle to risk 'going it alone' (always works for us).
Drinks prices on board have increased from a few years back, tho still average UK pub prices. - If you go for the 'bucket' offers on the beers, it works out ok (they do regular offers on 6 bottles for 5, etc) - As for 'you can't bring booze back onto ship'..... yeah whatever. Smuggling booze on board is a doddle on OV2, always has been! We brought stuff back on board most days. It's all to do with common sense. If you try to get on board carrying a litre of Vodka in yer hand, you'll obviously be rumbled..... - Without giving too much away, JUST USE COMMON SENSE, IT'S EASY. :o) - Hope this helps?
Price of beer on P&O cruises.