Freemantle - Answered a Question by Keith (28 Mar 08 13:15)

P&O no longer use Monarch airlines. We spoke to the Flight Executive and she said there were so many complaints about Monarch. We travelled First Choice in February and they are the best Charter Airline we have ever flown on. So if you do a fly cruise ask if First Choice is available, you won't regret it.

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Surridge - Answered a Question by Keith (26 Mar 08 21:26)

Thomson, First Choice and Thomas Cook (we and many fellow passengers had awful experience with Thomas Cook.

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HArris - Answered a Question by Keith (27 Mar 08 08:08)

Heaven help you if they use Thomson Fly. For scheduled they tend to use BA but for charter flights they use Thomson fly and it is gross. Both the planes and their crew need serious updating.

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wright - Answered a Question by Keith (27 Mar 08 08:11)

I almost sure thay use thomson or air 2000 or monar.

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Sproston - Answered a Question by Keith (27 Mar 08 09:15)

Thomson, not very good good, too many people packed in, certainly put us off doing the Caribbean again.

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Bradley - Answered a Question by Keith (27 Mar 08 09:28)

I think it's fair to say they use a variety of airlines in a bid to get the cheapest price possible. Sometimes they offer the option of upgrading to seats which are wider and with more legroom but these sell very quickly (obviously people who have done the trip before!). On board entertainment is poor with a few drop down tv screens that you can never see properly and typical airline food. Be prepared for an cramped uncomfortable flight and take some earplugs, a good book and some decent sandwiches. Mind you, once you get there you really appreciate the holiday!

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Cullis - Answered a Question by Keith (27 Mar 08 17:57)

We have flown several times to the caribbean for P&O cruises. On our first cruise, we had extra legroom seats, as my wife has a serious spinal complaint.Our last two criuses to and from the caribbean, we were seated in the economy seats as P&O now charge for the extra legroom seats[an idea they obviously got from the charter airlines that they use,for extra revenue].We found the seating so cramped and restrictive that I wrote to P&O and complained about the situation, remarking that our fly cruises with P&O would cease. Eventually we received a reply from them, saying that the seating arrangements would be improved this year. Judging by the reviews that I have read, I do not think that this has happened as yet. We have flown with Monarch and Thomas Cook. They both use A330 wide body aircraft and while these planes are fine for the trip they are configured for short haul european flghts and not long trips.Having said all that, I found the in flight service OK and the free bar was welcome.Other airlines they use are Thomson fly and I think First Choice, although I'm not sure about the latter.If you are on First Choice you are the lucky ones. Have a nice cruise. but check up with P & O before you book .

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