About Me

Hello there, I'm Tom Harding and I have been in the Cruise and Travel industry for about 10 years. Cruising has always been a passion of mine ever since I was little. I love the elegance and sophistication that comes with cruising and to be able to see lots of places…

Posted on Jul 18, 2018
P&O to go All Inclusive.P&O Cruises have always said that they would not do drinks packages, and to be honest I have always thought it would have to be expensive for them to do it to make it worthwhile, if it was too cheap then you’d end up perhaps having people cruising for the wrong reasons. Well P&O has announced that they are trialling a new drinks package for a month on board the Azura from the 21st July and it has had quite a bit of a mixed response. It is currently only on the Azura as a trial and they will then review how it goes before choosing to revert back or roll it out fleetwide. So, what is the cost? Well its £39.95 which is equivalent to about $50.00 which some may say when you look at the packages on board NCL and RCI that it’s not a bad price, but P&O have always been much cheaper for drinks, similar to that of a Pub in the UK. So, a 7-night cruise would cost you £279.00 for the All-Inclusive Drinks Package, MSC does a similar package at £168.00 for the week, and if you look at a Classic Package on Celebrity it’s a similar price to that of the one on P&O. However, with MSC, Celebrity, Royal Caribbean you can sit around the pool and drink until your heart is content, some days you may have 7 glasses of wine and others you may have 14 – you’re not limited. One of the most important things you need to know about the P&O Package is that you are limited to 15 Alcoholic drinks per 24-hour period which is from 6am to 6am. So, if you have 5 ports and 2 sea days, you need to make sure you are getting your monies worth. The allowance is 6.95 per drink. If it’s over this you will receive a 20% discount on the cost, as well as this discount on smoothies, juices, bottles of wine and canned drinks. You can choose from an array of beers, single measure spirits, wines by the glass and cocktails. Another restriction is that you can only order one drink at a time and you have to wait 15 minutes between drinks. However, one of the benefits I think is great is that if you are travelling with Children under the age of 16 will receive the Soft Drinks Package completely free. If you do decide to do the drinks package, you will receive Unlimited draft soft drinks, mocktails, primo Costa coffees and Tea pigs Teas and of course Hot Chocolates, on top of this small bottled waters. The other restrictions on these are that all adults in that stateroom must purchase the drinks package and sharing of the packages is not allowed. It is only available on cruises of 5 nights or more, you do have to purchase on the first or second day of the cruise and be for the entire cruise. The package is non-refundable if you wanted to remove it. Personally, for P&O I think it is too pricey for what you are getting, and there are too many restrictions, Princess charge £47.00pp per day but that’s unlimited so why are P&O limiting it? Perhaps it’s to stop people from drinking too much at one time, but then again, we aren’t seeing major problems on other cruise lines. What do you think? Would you do this package at this price?

P&O Cruises have always said that they would not do drinks packages, and to be honest I have always thought it would have to be expensive for them to do it to make it worthwhile, if it was too cheap then you’d end up perhaps having people cruising for the…

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Posted on Jul 4, 2018
P&O say Goodbye to an Old Friend, but what happens to the Golden Cockerel?

Last week saw some very sad news hit the headlines in the cruise industry, so much so that it was all on the South Today news. P&O are selling the Oriana! Ships come and go but this is one that I am really disappointed about, Oriana is one of my…

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Posted on Jun 20, 2018
MSC to launch yet another ship! History in the making for MSC.

MSC really have grown leaps and bounds over the past couple of years and not much is changing for the years to come. MSC has become one of the biggest cruise lines in the World, last year MSC Launch both MSC Meraviglia and the MSC Seaside, this year they have…

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Posted on Jun 5, 2018
Meet ‘Bug Naked’ on Celebrity Cruises!

Celebrity Cruises has to be one of my favourite cruise lines, and if you speak to anyone who has cruised with them always have good things to say. Well today I had a rather interesting conversation with one of my regulars who has just returned from the Celebrity Equinox, she…

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Posted on May 22, 2018
The Countdown for the new P&O ship is on!

The Countdown is officially on for P&O’s newest ship which is due to launch in 2020. The new ship will be the biggest ship built for the UK family market and the largest ship to ever sail under the P&O Banner. In total, she will weigh in at 180,000 gross…

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Posted on May 8, 2018
Around the World in 245 Days and £200,000.00 Later!

Word Cruises are becoming very much the in thing with Cruisers these days. Once upon a time, it used to be only Cunard and P&O but now everyone seems to be doing them from Princess, MSC and Cruise and Maritime through to the Luxury lines such as Crystal, Oceania and…

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Posted on Apr 24, 2018
Welcome Marella Explorer!

Exciting times ahead for Marella Cruises, although I still struggle with that, so I quite often refer to them as Thomson Cruises. I still don’t really see why they rebranded although I will say since being named Marella – I am not getting the same ‘Oh no, we don’t want…

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Posted on Apr 10, 2018
Introducing the ‘Scenic Eclipse’

The Other day I was looking around at what was new and different on the market, its constantly changing and growing yearly for the cruise industry, what with Mighty Ships on Quest, Jane Macdonald and of course, ‘The Cruise’ with Princess Cruises, more and more people are trying Cruising. It…

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Posted on Mar 27, 2018
MSC to name the MSC Bellissima in Southampton!

MSC Cruises has taken the cruising market by storm at the moment and everyone is taking MSC Cruises! They really have expanded so quickly, in fact it’s unbelievable. With the MSC Meraviglia and MSC Seaside launching in 2017, and we see the MSC Seaview join the fleet later this year,…

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Posted on Mar 13, 2018
Time to Book? 2019-2020 Cruises released and you can secure your trip for just £1.00pp!!

Its been a long and hard winter, with more bad weather due to be expected isn’t it time to think ahead and maybe have an exotic trip to the Caribbean or maybe the Far East for next winter? Perhaps you like the Winter in the UK? and decide on a…

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