Originally posted by carolinebailey2002:
Hi, have just returned from my first cruise on the Oriana which was fantastic. I have noticed a lot of bargains are available from mainly Airtours, Thomson (Carousel?) and some bargains with Fred Olsen.
I am undecided whether to save up and go on another P&O cruise or grab a bargain from the other companies at a fraction of the price? Any thoughts?
Sun Cruises (Airtours) and Thomson offer cruises which are quite different from what P&O Cruises offers. Their cruises have a very casual atmosphere which stands in full contrast to P&O Cruises' formal atmosphere (nobody has more formal nights than P&O). You might be disappointed by the lower standards onboard Sun Cruises or Thomson, but if you are aware of the fact that they are different, you might still have an excellent time.
Fred. Olsen is closer to P&O than any other line on the British market, but their ships are much smaller. Especially "Black Watch" has an excellent reputation, and "Braemar" also seems to be very nice. I do not consider "Black Prince" on par with the other two ships, however.
Hope this helps!