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Hughes, Merseyside - Commented on this review
Completely agree with you would only book Getaway, it actually crossed my mind that if everyone waited for a Getaway price then people that had no choice but to book early school hols, particular location on ship etc, would also get their choice as the cruise ships would become so desperate to fill thousands of cabins then surely there would be no problem for these people either. The only solution (in an ideal world) make booking early the cheapest price, but build tips into the price of the cruise, tips should be what they were designed to be which is a reward for good service, like someone said previously they have become more of a Tax and compulsory, on some lines having to explain yourself when opting out, cruising after all is going on holiday away from the stresses and strains of every day life.
Gill, MAIDENHEAD Commented on a comment by Hughes (03 Jun 13 19:13)
I believe P & O are looking at the 'package holiday flight costs idea' in that if you book early then the fare is cheaper and increases nearer the departure. This will work on smaller ships with fewer cabins to fill, but not on the Azura or Ventura. Regarding the opting out of tipping P & O give you a form to fill in with a tick box for the reason you are opting out - hence no sales pressure or embarrassment.
I agree with you about booking a Getaway fare and pleased you got a good price but us families have to book a Vantage fare so P and O are penalising families. I was told on the phone by P & O's sales staff that they will not let families book getaway fares as they have a certain quota of children who are allowed on board and very often they are filled quite early. I don't think P & O intended to but their system does not help families and when they have two (soon to be three) very large ships to fill I wonder about the business sense of Carol Marlow and her sales teams!