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Just booked 12 night fly/cruise next March starting in Barbados finishing in Malaga. 1st night stay over in Barbados next day sail at 6pm. Calling into St Lucia,Antigua,then six day at sea then into Madeira another day at sea then Malaga. Thomas Cook flights from Manchester 8am and Malaga 10am. We are in cabin R407 which is a large inside cabin Riveara deck. We also recieve £120 onboard spend. The cost was £1269 each. Is this a good price it seems really good to me, especially the long haul flight being included. I will have other specific questions later but any info about the ship, cabin, places we are going to, would be much appreciated as its all new to us.....Cheers........Jim.
Submitted by - , Stirling - United Kingdom / Subject - P&O Cruises General
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Comment by , Wirral (25 Apr 14 20:05) about a QUESTION by Tait (03 Jun 13 12:34)
Hi jim..just browsing to look for reviews of this cruise...we did this 1 in march this year...i was worried about weather on 6 sea days being march but we had fab weather although quite windy while at sea, only 1 cold day before madeira, i got real bargain on inside, mid ship cabin (not a larger cabin like you've booked) deck 9. regarding the ports we found antigua fantastic to just walk off ship into town...it's right at the port, very picturesque, spent a couple of hours browsing then sat in a bar with view over the port. Madeira was gorgeous really recommend the cable car ride and toboggan back down, a one off experience, again great shopping, free courtesy bus from the ship into town (about 10 minutes away) As with any holiday though i think it's the weather that can make or spoil it 6 days at sea would be a long time if the weather was bad, hope you enjoy your cruise.
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Answer by , Hampshire (24 Sep 13 18:36) to a QUESTION by Tait (03 Jun 13 12:34)
Hi Jim, just booked the same cruise flying BA from LGW and back with Thomas Cook. Manage to get a Guar Balcony (not allocated yet) but I will take my chance, like you wife is happy, therefore I'm happy. Hope to see you there. We fly out on 14th march therefore night out in bridgetown Barbados. Great.
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Answer by , PLYMOUTH (03 Jun 13 22:42) to a QUESTION by Tait (03 Jun 13 12:34)
Jim you have booked far to early the price will drop like a stone,but you must be happy else you would not have booked enjoy we have done this twice and always enjoy the sea days........but that price umm,we will see.
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Comment by , Stirling (03 Jun 13 23:05) about an ANSWER by Bobby S (03 Jun 13 22:42)
Bobby...I booked early because we wanted a particular type of cabin ( see my other comments ) and there was only one left. Infact there is only six of these type of cabins on the ship. MY wife is a fussy cruiser the cabin has to inside, biggest you can get, it has to be on a high deck and also mid ship. Not only that we are confined to rigid dates because she is still working full time and is restricted to when she can take holidays.......Cheers........Jim.
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Comment by , Walton on Thames (04 Jun 13 12:38) about a COMMENT by Tait (03 Jun 13 23:05)
I think you did fine with your booking. The P &O transatlantic repositioning cruises usually drop to £999 closer to sailing. You paid £ 200 more, after deducting your OBC. For that you got the highest category of Inside cabin and chose its position. You did not get a guarantee as you would with a late deal. You also presumably got the dining of your choice. You get the certainty of knowing you have a definite booking for the dates you can get away. You get the anticipation and time to make plans for the ports. Shopping around makes no difference these days, when agents quote the same prices as P&O direct.
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Comment by , Stirling (04 Jun 13 13:26) about a COMMENT by Rae (04 Jun 13 12:38)
I'am happy but most importantly the wife is happy :0) :0) :0) and there is three smiley faces to prove it.........Cheers......Jim.
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Answer by , Swinton (03 Jun 13 18:58) to a QUESTION by Tait (03 Jun 13 12:34)
I usually get a 14 day fly cruise from Malaga to Ft Lauderdale or Malaga To San Juan all flights included and always a balcony cabin for About £2800 but I usually book these on launch date with RCI, this year trying Princess from Southampton to Ft Lauderdale on C deck the big balconies all flights for £2800 with $200 obc,dont forget your cruising from Barbados so once you hit the canaries will cool down,shame your not staying in Malaga a couple of days,fantastic place...do you shop around for prices because this site is not the cheapest.....Brian.
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Comment by , Stirling (03 Jun 13 20:00) about an ANSWER by Brian (03 Jun 13 18:58)
Have been to Malaga, as you say a lovely place, will be there in September this year. I booked this cruise with P&O direct it was not on offer on this site. We never book a balcony or an outside because believe or not my wife has a fear of water(looking at it scares her). We usually have a promenade cabin on the RCCI ships(bigger inside cabins). That was one of the reasons we were attracted to this cruise, the bigger inside cabin still available......Cheers........Jim.
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Comment by , Swinton (03 Jun 13 21:54) about a COMMENT by Tait (03 Jun 13 20:00)
You said you booked direct, there will be someone who would of been selling it, Iglu,cruise nation,co-op-,liverpool cruise club,cumbria cruises,+many more that are very good,these companies will go out of there way to try and help, if there is a cabin there they will try and get a good price, shop around seriously,, you could have a nice surprice...Brian.
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Answer by , Romsey (03 Jun 13 14:41) to a QUESTION by Tait (03 Jun 13 12:34)
Hi, Jim. Not so sure it's a good price. Other than that on-board credit, it's about the same price as cruises booked much closer to the date but which include flights both ways and many more Caribbean ports, rather than the long trans-Atlantic crossing with a lot of sea-days. But that depends whether you enjoy sea days. ............... For info on the ports, best to post a fresh question listing the ports, cos folk don't know which ships call at which ports, esp on a repositioning cruise. Doesn't matter which ship, cos the routine at the ports is the same for all ships. ............ Chris.
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