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As well as the fun side of cruising – actually going one, for example – I’m also interested in how the industry operates, both technically and financially. I’ve been reading a few documents and other content on-line that add up to an interesting snapshot of where cruising is, financially, in late 2014. Drawing on these […]

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We’ve had an interesting year for holidays, and in some respects it’s made us think about what we want from a holiday. Just to recap, we had a 14-night cruise to the Baltic starting in late June. This is the 10th year that we’ve taken a cruise, and in that time we’ve done 16 (17 […]

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No more wine waiters on P&O?

I’ve been reading some reports that P&O is phasing out the wine waiters in the main dining rooms – indeed, this may already have been done on some ships. Instead, the table waiters will take an order for wine. I’m not sure what I think about this. One the one hand there have been times […]

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I thought I’d pass on this link, to a very good Cruise Critic newsletter on how the ships actually work. It’s mainly about the engines, propulsion system and power distribution systems. There’s maybe not a lot terribly new to anyone who’s read some stuff, but a good summary none the less.

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P&O have an ad-hoc consultation form, Your Thoughts. A small number of passengers have been invited to join it over the last year or more, and they’ve been peppered with questionaires, etc, asking for their comments on various topics. Among these have been dining arrangements, fly cruising, UK departure ports, etc. I’ve sen a comment […]

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P&O 2013 brochure has arrived

Even though we’ve known all about the cruises in it for several weeks, it’s still fun to get the actual brochure. Ours (Val’s, actually) arrived on Thursday but I haven’t yet had the chance to look through it properly. There is one obvious difference, however, which is that the pages bearing the cruise information no […]

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I’ve done some basic analysis of the distribution of the 2013 P&O cruises, and it turns out that my first assumptions were completely wrong. The table above shows the %ages of the total number of cruises on all seven ships, on ex-Southampton sailings, and by destination. I’ve grouped all cruises to a given area together […]

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Ventura refit

Along with the details of the 2013 schedules, there’s at least one site (Go Cruise with Jane) that has a deck plan for Ventura for cruises after April next year. There are some changes from the current plan: the Exchange has been shrunk and a couple of rows of single cabins have been put in, […]

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