From London: 26 Night Christmas & New Year Caribbean & Mexico Cruise £1949pp, inc Tips and £250pp Onboard Spend @ Iglu
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From London: 26 Night Christmas & New Year Caribbean & Mexico Cruise £1949pp, inc Tips and £250pp Onboard Spend @ Iglu

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Edited by:"rachelandgromit"Found 27th Oct
Cruise and Maritime have some great offers on Christmas cruises, and this one seems particularly good. Leaving on 16th
December from London Tilbury, it is a 26 night cruise, the itinerary is below:

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The cheapest price overallis an inside on a guarantee at £1735pp comes with no extras and cabin would beallocated by Cruise and Maritime, however if you book an Inside Standard plus, it works out at £1949pp (so an extra £214pp) and comes with some included
extras:


Onboard Credit of £250pp
Crew Gratuities worth £100pp included

You can upgrade to AI for £10pp a day, however given the included £250pp, and the reasonable drinks prices on C&M, you’d easily get a minimum of 2 drinks per person a day and tips are also included. You cannot use the £250pp towards drinks packages, such as the AI option, but you can use it towards purchasing drinks apparently, spa treatments and excursions.

As a rough guide, a bottle of beer is around £2.80, and a glass of wine around £3.20, and a spirit and mixer £3.95. Tea and coffee is free, as is some of the drinks on Captains Cocktail Party nights.


I’ve spoken to Cruise and Maritime and Iglu and this deal is available and you are also able to select your cabin too with the Inside Standard Plus.



There is an alternative cruise departing on 17th December for 21 nights, for around £1400 to Cape Verde, Canaries and Madeira, but from what I can see this may no longer be available, or gone up significantly in price. Tips extra and no onboard spend included.

Top comments

josephallen11 h, 29 m ago

It’s not that great a deal. £75 a night for a cruise line of this (c …It’s not that great a deal. £75 a night for a cruise line of this (comparatively low) standard is hardly a bargain.


Seems harsh when for £75 you’re getting all meals, entertainment - all while being taken to beautiful places

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This ship holds 1250 passengers, I guess it just depends on what you want. I know some ships hold 5000+ passengers but I can only imagine the chaos in port locations when 5000+ passengers descend on some places - from one ship! Imagine if there was more than one ship visiting!
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Good post, have some heat for all the detail and a good price

There ships are far too small . We love the super ships . So much more to do .

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This ship holds 1250 passengers, I guess it just depends on what you want. I know some ships hold 5000+ passengers but I can only imagine the chaos in port locations when 5000+ passengers descend on some places - from one ship! Imagine if there was more than one ship visiting!

how much for single traveller

Yes, excellent post. I get sea sick so not for me! I'm sure there will be a lot of interest in this, I would expect a big question would be age demographic, singles, couples and or families.
Edited by: "deany76" 27th Oct

rachelandgromit2 h, 27 m ago

This ship holds 1250 passengers, I guess it just depends on what you want. …This ship holds 1250 passengers, I guess it just depends on what you want. I know some ships hold 5000+ passengers but I can only imagine the chaos in port locations when 5000+ passengers descend on some places - from one ship! Imagine if there was more than one ship visiting!




Most places would love to have 5000 extra tourists visit in one day. Southampton get more traffic when cruise ships are in port (occasionally six cruise ships at once) and could really do with improving their infrastructure, however, they get over one and a half million cruise passengers passing through each year and this is massively important to their economy.
Edited by: "supermann" 27th Oct

It’s not that great a deal. £75 a night for a cruise line of this (comparatively low) standard is hardly a bargain.
Edited by: "josephallen" 27th Oct

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I'd say another other time of year it would be quite expensive as normally you can get some fantastic deals just under £50pp a night to around £60pp a night, but this is Christmas and New Year when generally a two week cruise is between £1200-£1500pp and upwards. This is over three weeks of cruising in Christmas and New Year, peak time.

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I was thinking more of the places in the Caribbean rather than Southampton and how busy some of the smaller places would be with 5000+ passengers all arriving at once from one ship alone.

rachelandgromit8 h, 55 m ago

I was thinking more of the places in the Caribbean rather than Southampton …I was thinking more of the places in the Caribbean rather than Southampton and how busy some of the smaller places would be with 5000+ passengers all arriving at once from one ship alone.


It’s not a problem. We’ve been to the Caribbean on Oasis of the seas with 6000 passengers and two other 3000 passenger ships in port. Disembarkation and embarkation were a breeze. They do this daily, year in year out so it works like clockwork. Oasis has escalators to take people down to the exit door.
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Wow, 6000 passengers, crikey. I didn't even know ships that size existed.

josephallen11 h, 29 m ago

It’s not that great a deal. £75 a night for a cruise line of this (c …It’s not that great a deal. £75 a night for a cruise line of this (comparatively low) standard is hardly a bargain.


Seems harsh when for £75 you’re getting all meals, entertainment - all while being taken to beautiful places

dundeemaltman2 h, 18 m ago

not for the normal working man with kids..? only the rich that dont work …not for the normal working man with kids..? only the rich that dont work need apply..?



Pensioners, I know I’d love this if I was retired.

dundeemaltman3 h, 44 m ago

not for the normal working man with kids..? only the rich that dont work …not for the normal working man with kids..? only the rich that dont work need apply..?



Just leave the kids at home. Never seen the movie?

rachelandgromit20 h, 29 m ago

This ship holds 1250 passengers, I guess it just depends on what you want. …This ship holds 1250 passengers, I guess it just depends on what you want. I know some ships hold 5000+ passengers but I can only imagine the chaos in port locations when 5000+ passengers descend on some places - from one ship! Imagine if there was more than one ship visiting!


You haven't done a Caribbean cruise then ?
Most ports hold 2-6 ships with over 20,000 in Barbados sometimes. Ports are fine .

josephallen17 h, 58 m ago

It’s not that great a deal. £75 a night for a cruise line of this (c …It’s not that great a deal. £75 a night for a cruise line of this (comparatively low) standard is hardly a bargain.


Exactly this CMV are pretty much the bottom of the pile when it comes to service and quality of food and entertainment.

Besides this offer is for December 2018 by the look if it the prices will certainly come dome during the coming year.

yozzman123423 h, 25 m ago

There ships are far too small . We love the super ships . So much more to …There ships are far too small . We love the super ships . So much more to do .


Is is personal choice, Super Ships are not for everyone, I found some of the clientele matched the vulgarity of the vessel.

ThatsNoMoon2 h, 29 m ago

Exactly this CMV are pretty much the bottom of the pile when it comes to …Exactly this CMV are pretty much the bottom of the pile when it comes to service and quality of food and entertainment.Besides this offer is for December 2018 by the look if it the prices will certainly come dome during the coming year.

Went on Columbus in July and both food and entertainment were very good especially given the price paid.

US ships charge an arm and a leg for drinks and other extras, especially excursions, and wait until you get the tips added on! RCCL are the worst for that.

CMV are great value for money, ok the ships aren't as modern as the bigger lines and don't offer all the facilities that they do but not everyone wants on board shopping malls and water slides.

sayitasitis15 h, 33 m ago

Is is personal choice, Super Ships are not for everyone, I found some of …Is is personal choice, Super Ships are not for everyone, I found some of the clientele matched the vulgarity of the vessel.


But small ships are full of traditional older customers, who are stuck up , rude snobs who think they are better than others .

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I'm sure that is a typo, be an unreal bargain if so. I may make enquiries to book that!

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Just confirmed. It's £792pp for a basic cabin, no drinks or gratuities.

Original Poster

If you have an ocean view it is £1540 and you get £250pp spend and free gratuities.

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Dropped again £756pp.

yozzman12349 h, 49 m ago

But small ships are full of traditional older customers, who are stuck up …But small ships are full of traditional older customers, who are stuck up , rude snobs who think they are better than others .


Just the opposite in my view, traditional does not mean stuck up and old, they have a mix of young and older clientele who have just as much fun, chavs and wannabes are not for everyone, been on a few Cruises and by far the worst people with attitude were the all inclusive drinks crowd on the 'latest' mega ship.
Edited by: "sayitasitis" 29th Oct

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Seriously for £756pp, less than £30pp a night for a Christmas and NY cruise next year I'm tempted!

sayitasitis1 h, 44 m ago

Just the opposite in my view, traditional does not mean stuck up and old, …Just the opposite in my view, traditional does not mean stuck up and old, they have a mix of young and older clientele who have just as much fun, chavs and wannabes are not for everyone, been on a few Cruises and by far the worst people with attitude were the all inclusive drinks crowd on the 'latest' mega ship.


Ha ha Chavs !!!!!!! The cruises on royal Caribbean and celebrity we have done come with drinks packages but they cost £2800 per person for our balcony cabin . Never met a chav , we don't use P&O !!!! We have done one P&O and it was like Benidorm and butlins holiday . Full of chavs

yozzman123429th Oct

But small ships are full of traditional older customers, who are stuck up …But small ships are full of traditional older customers, who are stuck up , rude snobs who think they are better than others .

Hope that chip on your shoulder doesn't weigh you down too much.

rachelandgromit27th Oct

This ship holds 1250 passengers, I guess it just depends on what you want. …This ship holds 1250 passengers, I guess it just depends on what you want. I know some ships hold 5000+ passengers but I can only imagine the chaos in port locations when 5000+ passengers descend on some places - from one ship! Imagine if there was more than one ship visiting!



It works perfectly ok with the disembarkation as not everybody gets off at the same time, and people scatter very quickly

Before booking I would find out when the ship was built, and go to cruisecritic.com to see the reviews. But one thing is true in the crusing world, you get what you pay for, so dont expect top notch food, entertainment, facilities, decor, etc
The OP should have posted the ship name really, in crusing the brand is all important! However Pand O and Fred Olson do attract an older clientele
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