Category Archives: Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises Axes P&O Recognition

For many years, if you sailed with Princess or P&O, your cruises contributed to their loyalty schemes. While P&O give 10 points per night, you also received 5 points per night if you sailed Princess, Swan Hellenic or Ocean Village. … Continue reading

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Busy Weekend in Southampton

While four and five cruise ships have become the norm in the Port of Southampton over the past few years, it’s very rare to get six in one day or even seven but that is what will happen over the … Continue reading

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My 2014 Highlights

It’s been a funny old year for me, most notably because only did TWO cruises! Since my back, which has been bad since June 2010, was a good 90% better, it was time to start looking for a job and … Continue reading

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Voyager Cruise – Cadiz to Portsmouth

After lunch it was time for a few dock photos then while back in the cabin, there was an announcement about testing the PA and alarm systems. Well it’s different! Sea Cloud II was sailing at 4pm but it was … Continue reading

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Cunard at 175

We’ve already had P&O UK’s in 2012, when they achieved the remarkable feat (and logistical nightmare!) of having all 7 of their ships in their home port of Southampton. Next year it is the turn of Cunard to celebrate the … Continue reading

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Southampton Brand Wars!

Don’t you just love it when cruise lines are trying to get your bookings, when they put similar ships up to take business away from their sister brand? Carnival in UK has a history of that, especially when two of … Continue reading

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Cunard Loves Solos Again!

A few months ago, Carnival UK decided in their wisdom to ban single travellers, as well as 3rd and 4th sharing a cabin, from booking the P&O and Cunard Getaway Fares. Instead we were forced to book their Vantage Fares. … Continue reading

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Vision of the Seas Cruise – Zeebrugge to Southampton

Our departure was 5pm while the AIDA was an hour later. It was a little windy but at least dry. A little shopping and I was persuaded to take a raffle ticket to win a watch and jewellery set. The … Continue reading

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Cruise Line Loyalty Schemes – Points or Credits?

I touched on this back in February 2011 after P&O announced changes to their Portunus Club from April 2012. P&O, as well as Fred Olsen and MSC, use points per night. P&O give you 10 (and used to include 5 … Continue reading

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Goodbye 2011, Hello 2012!

Well it’s that time again when it’s out with the old shippy year and in with the new. What a year it’s been, beginning in January with a trip to Southampton Docks to help the journalist, Steve Read document the … Continue reading

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Constellation Cruise – St Thomas to Fort Lauderdale

I went up to get Carmel at 9.20am and saw Allure was in from her balcony. Bugger! And so, after meeting Ken MacLean from Epic and due to them wanting a rip off $300 for a taxi, we ended up … Continue reading

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Constellation Cruise – Aruba to Curacao

I got up at 11am and, due to lunch not being served until noon, there was only a choice of a late breakfast since I had to be outside by 12.30pm. One thing quite bad is that you’re given shopping … Continue reading

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Constellation Cruise – Fort Lauderdale to Aruba

The letter we’d all been given at check in said the bus would be there about 11.15-11.30am. I went earlier to check out and many people were waiting already. I asked a Celebrity rep who took me to a desk … Continue reading

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QM2 Cruise – Lisbon to Southampton

It was another flipping drill, this time for all crew doing In Port Manning. I chatted to the Maitre ‘D of the Queens Grill as he waited. He’d been with Princess before. Since I hadn’t bothered doing anything I went … Continue reading

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Cruise Lines and Social Media

Now Royal Caribbean UK have their own Facebook page – yesssssssss!!!!!!!! – I thought I’d do a blog. Once upon a time, not really that long ago when you think about it, you had to either phone or write if … Continue reading

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Milestone Cruise!

I’m slapping myself on the back because when I board Grand Princess on the 17th September it will be my 30th voyage since the 13th October 2006 when I did my first on the QE2. Last year on that day … Continue reading

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Ship Visits – Travel Agents or Public?

There is a long-held belief by cruise lines they will get more sales by treating travel agents to free boozy lunches. They reckon the public (potential cruisers) only want a nosey with no intention of booking and, as a result, … Continue reading

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Ugly Princess

Sorry but there’s no other name for the latest Royal Princess, to debut in 2013. Royal Princess is a cross between NCL, MSC and Royal Caribbean. It’s a hideous hybrid of total unoriginality (Oasis funnels!), just like the name. The … Continue reading

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Grand Princess Loses Her Handle

As the late, great journalist, Steve Read wrote back in December, Princess Cruises are completely changing the look of the original Grand class, Grand Princess Of course, if they’d done more to generate revenue it wouldn’t have been a loss-maker … Continue reading

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Southampton Cruising On Caribbean Princess?

A strange thing appears to be happening with Princess itineraries in 2012.  Grand Princess remains a familiar sight but it looks like they are replacing Crown Princess with the last of the handle set – Caribbean Princess!  This is interesting … Continue reading

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Refit Riddle

Are Carnival Cruises guilty of brand favouritism or are their own hulls and variations really so bad they need constant dry docking?  Take P&O in particular more recently.  Arcadia arrived in April 2005 during the time Aurora was having a … Continue reading

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