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  • Smith7
    started a topic Have I got the nerve to wait?

    Have I got the nerve to wait?

    My OH and I have found an itinerary which has been on our 'to do' list for 2 years. It is part of a World cruise in 2014 on the Aurora. Now I'm not P & O's biggest fan but as we always go for the itinerary and not the ship, we are going to give P & O another try. From what I have read, Aurora is very popular so she will probably suit us anyway.

    My big dilemma is when to book. Having spoken to Faz at Cruisedot, he thinks that there is probably no rush to book as prices could very well come down. I want to take his advice having booked with him a couple of times before. My big worry though is that the particular leg of the cruise that appeals to us (Hong Kong to Capetown) might sell out quickly.
    On the other hand, we booked early for our last cruise to Norway and Iceland, only to find that the price was reduced considerably 3 months before we sailed as the cruise was undersubscribed.

    I don't want to pay over the odds but I don't want to miss the boat so to speak. Any advice from those with world cruise experience would be gratefully received.


  • Smith7
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    Originally posted by islandgirl, The Chilterns View Post
    Always difficult to know what to do - a couple of months ago I booked a P&O Caribbean cruise for Nov 2013 as I understand they are very popular as they include the flights, OBC and free parking. I have been watching the prices for Nov 2012 and they are £400 to £600 per person more than I have paid. But I've booked and have accepted that the price may go up or down, but I have my booking, so am happy.
    We did the Hong Kong to Singapore sector on P&O World cruise two years ago and noticed that they seem to do that Hong Kong to Capetown sector each year on one ship or another so........just depends how much of a gambler you are!
    Thanks for that. I am not really a gambler and will book if I see the cabins selling fast, which at the moment they're not.

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  • islandgirl, The Chilterns
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    Have I got the nerve to wait.

    Originally posted by Smith7 View Post
    it is exciting Carol although we are only doing 29 days of the whole cruise. We both want to see some of SE Asia but the long flights have put us off. As it is, we are biting the bullet flying to Hong Kong and back from Capetown. We considered sailing back to Southampton but the ports of call don't really appeal and there are too many sea days. Thanks for your input.

    Always difficult to know what to do - a couple of months ago I booked a P&O Caribbean cruise for Nov 2013 as I understand they are very popular as they include the flights, OBC and free parking. I have been watching the prices for Nov 2012 and they are £400 to £600 per person more than I have paid. But I've booked and have accepted that the price may go up or down, but I have my booking, so am happy.
    We did the Hong Kong to Singapore sector on P&O World cruise two years ago and noticed that they seem to do that Hong Kong to Capetown sector each year on one ship or another so........just depends how much of a gambler you are!

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  • Smith7
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    Originally posted by segedunum, Tyneside View Post
    Book early to get the best choice of cabins.
    Wait to get the chance of a better price, probably with reduced choice.
    We are not too fussy about the cabin and would rather go for the cheaper end available on most cruises. For us it means we can go on more cruises and as we started late, we have a lot of catching up to do.
    Itinerary is the number one priority for us.

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  • segedunum, Tyneside
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    Book early to get the best choice of cabins.
    Wait to get the chance of a better price, probably with reduced choice.

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  • Smith7
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    Originally posted by MAGGIEMOU, CYPRUS View Post
    I received two emails from a cruise company today. QM2 sailing from Southampton 10th January 2012 first segment of the the world cruise. £1099 for 18 days. Sails to Dubai and you will get two days in a hotel in Dubai. Flights included. Very cheap!
    Now this is the cheapest I have ever seen a WC segment. Must be a sign of the times as most segments sell last minute for more than that. If I wasn't already booked on a cruise I would have gone for that myself. The other email referred to the same cruise but carried on to Singapore. Cost £1999. 35 days.
    Thanks for the latest advice Jaffa and Maggie. I'm hanging in there and watching to see what happens.

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  • MAGGIEMOU, CYPRUS
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    Originally posted by Jaffa, Bournemouth View Post
    Yes wait the new price guarantee is just a scam if they want to reduce a price they just bring out a getaway fare which is exempt under the price guarantee I have already been ripped off by this world cruise sectors don't sell quickly until price reductions really kick in which starts 12 weeks before cruises go when people have to pay the full balance of their holidays and then huge cancellations start.
    Good luck

    I received two emails from a cruise company today. QM2 sailing from Southampton 10th January 2012 first segment of the the world cruise. £1099 for 18 days. Sails to Dubai and you will get two days in a hotel in Dubai. Flights included. Very cheap!
    Now this is the cheapest I have ever seen a WC segment. Must be a sign of the times as most segments sell last minute for more than that. If I wasn't already booked on a cruise I would have gone for that myself. The other email referred to the same cruise but carried on to Singapore. Cost £1999. 35 days.

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  • Jaffa, Bournemouth
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    Yes wait the new price guarantee is just a scam if they want to reduce a price they just bring out a getaway fare which is exempt under the price guarantee I have already been ripped off by this world cruise sectors don't sell quickly until price reductions really kick in which starts 12 weeks before cruises go when people have to pay the full balance of their holidays and then huge cancellations start.
    Good luck

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  • Smith7
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    Originally posted by cornish girl, falmouth View Post
    Hi Jill, I just went into the PO and website used the filter to bring up WC Aurora 2014 selected Southampton to Sydney leg, just keep fillnig in the details until you finally arrive at the select your cabin where there is a selection of the type of cabins you requested and are available on your voyage. CG.
    Yes, I realise now that you can't check cabin availability without going into the booking process part way. At least I can keep a close eye on it now.

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  • cornish girl, falmouth
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    Hi Jill, I just went into the PO and website used the filter to bring up WC Aurora 2014 selected Southampton to Sydney leg, just keep fillnig in the details until you finally arrive at the select your cabin where there is a selection of the type of cabins you requested and are available on your voyage. CG.

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  • Smith7
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    Originally posted by cornish girl, falmouth View Post
    Well you can go on the website and call up the ship you require for instance the Aurora world cruise 2014 then scroll down to the leg you require fill in the cabin requirements and up pops the cabins that are left on the system. CG
    I was obviously having a dense moment when I tried to look up cabin availability CG. I phoned P & O just now and a very helpful salesperson steered me through it.
    At the moment, there is still lots of of availability so I don't have to panic. I will however speak to Faz when he comes back today and talk about flights and extra nights in both HK & Capetown. My other dilemma is trying to envisage 150 sq feet, which is the size of the average inside cabin on Aurora. I have no idea how that compares with other ships so will be looking into that.

    Thanks for your help.

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  • Sally the Seagull, Dover
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    We always book early to get the cabin position we want.

    We recently delayed booking an excursion and now have to be on wait list. Lesson learnt.

    If its something you want just do it.

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  • Smith7
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    Originally posted by Mrs M View Post
    Same on Cunard except nearer sailing, if the cabins aren't sold out, they may say available on a GUA basis so that means you will get at least the level of cabin you booked, you just won't know where it is until later.
    I've just spent some time on the P & O site and can't find a facility that tells me how many cabins are available in each grade. Could it be that I'm doing something wrong or that that information won't show up till much later?

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by cornish girl, falmouth View Post
    Well you can go on the website and call up the ship you require for instance the Aurora world cruise 2014 then scroll down to the leg you require fill in the cabin requirements and up pops the cabins that are left on the system. CG
    Same on Cunard except nearer sailing, if the cabins aren't sold out, they may say available on a GUA basis so that means you will get at least the level of cabin you booked, you just won't know where it is until later.

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  • cornish girl, falmouth
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    Well you can go on the website and call up the ship you require for instance the Aurora world cruise 2014 then scroll down to the leg you require fill in the cabin requirements and up pops the cabins that are left on the system. CG

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