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News just in – well, earlier today – is that on cruises from May next year (2019) P&O will no longer be levying the discretionary service charge. The situation at the moment is that a ‘discretionary service charge’ of £7 a day per adult is added to everybody’s on-board account. It is possible to remove […]

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I imagine that everyone has heard this by now – I’ve received about half-a-dozen emails about it this morning – but here goes anyway. P&O have announced that Iona will spend her first season cruising in the fjords. That will be from May 2020, and will continue through the summer. The information we’ve got is […]

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(Update: well, I made a mess of the first version of this…. I was comparing the news about Iona with the wrong AIDA ship! Now revised.) P&O continue to drip-feed bits of information about their new ship, Iona, which will join the fleet sometime in 2020. They released some information about the Grand Atrium a […]

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P&O Drinks Package

P&O are apparently going to trial a range of drinks packages on Azura. It will commence 21 July. There will be a range of packages – hot drinks, non-alcoholic, and children’s – but the headline package is the Ultimate Drinks Package. The principal features of this are: It will cost £39.95 per person per day; […]

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I did a post over a year ago about the issues that arose when we tried to book our next cruise (that’s this year’s). Eventually everything came together, and all seemed OK. But today I’ve received a bit of blow. About a month ago we went through the excursions and booked three – one each […]

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I contacted Carnival U.K. this afternoon to ask if there was a response to yesterday’s events in Marseilles. I received the following statement from a Carnival U.K. spokesperson: “The Carnival group carries nearly 11.5 million guests on its vessels each year and takes its legal and moral obligations towards the protection of the environment very […]

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I did a post a couple of days ago about a trial to be held in Marseilles today (9 July 2018) of the Captain of Azura for a breach of the environmental regulations regarding sulphur pollution on March 29 in Marseilles. I’ve been scouring the internet for updates, and I’ve learned that the case has […]

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P&O have released some more teaser information about Iona. She’ll be their next mega-ship, due to join the fleet sometime in 2020. I’ve done some posts about her probable overall layout because she will be a close relation to other ships for which we already have details, but of course there will be differences in […]

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I’ve just come across a series of articles relating to an alleged breach of environmental legislation by Azura when she was in Marseilles on 29 March. Apparently she was found to be burning fuel of a higher concentration of sulphur than was allowed in the port – 1.68% instead of 1.5%. What’s most interesting is […]

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Today has brought an interesting coda to the “Departure of Oriana” saga. Holland America Line (HAL), another Carnival Corp cruise line, has announced the sale of the Prinsendam, one of their ships. Indeed, they’ve already sold her, to Phoenix Reisen, a German deluxe cruise operator, but are chartering her back until July 2019. Prinsendam has […]

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