I am cruise-aiding :-) again, although I am fully aware it won't get me anywhere, but at least I can make others from the UK aware of the price differential between us and other countries for exactly the same product.
Our Australian cruising friends have been kind enough to email me 2014 world cruise sector prices that are available to them on both Arcadia and Aurora. One list of prices is direct from P+O, viewed in Australia, (Our P+O not P+O Australia, which is a different company). The other is from an Australian travel agent - Bestcruises. (you can at least check prices for yourself using this link. The P+O Cruises website will not open in the Australian version from the UK, and all you will get on there is our inflated UK price list.
I will list all the comparisons I have just done using our P+O Cruises UK Website, using their absolute cheapest prices. Prices are cruise only, as are the Australian ones. Should you wish to add flights, then they are extra, at around £1000pp. The prices from the Australian websites are for exactly the same cruise, also basic price with no flights, and are identical products. All currency conversions and prices are correct as of 6th August 2013.
From our friend's Australian travel agent:-
First, the basic Southampton-Brisbane cruise. 44 nights on Aurora. Buy in Australia for $4225, (£2465) - UK P+O price = £3829. That is +£1364pp for us!
Brisbane-Singapore cruise. 28 nights on Aurora. Buy in Australia for $2800, (£1634) - UK P+O price = £2719. That is +£1085pp for us UK customers! I have already written about this here UK passengers still paying the price to cruise, which prompted me to check out the price differentials further.
Continuing with direct P+O comparisons, using their own Australian version website, against our UK one. Identical in every way except for the price box.
Arcadia Los Angeles-Auckland, 2 Feb, 18 nights, $1199, (£700) UK P+O price=£1499.
Arcadia Los Angeles-Sydney, 2 Feb, 23 nights, $1499, (£875) UK P+O price=£1849
Arcadia Los Angeles-Melbourne, 2 Feb, 25 nights, $1629, (£950) UK P+O price=£2369
Arcadia Los Angeles-Adelaide, 2 Feb, 27 nights, $1759, (£1026) UK P+O price=£2529.
Aurora San Francisco-Auckland, 26 Jan, 15 nights, $1279, (£746) UK P+O price=£1149.
Aurora San Francisco-Sydney, 26 Jan, 20 nights, $1699, (£991) UK P+O price=£1549.
Aurora San Francisco-Brisbane, 26 Jan, 22 nights, $1869, (£1090) UK P+O price=£1699.
UK P+O Cruises prices for Arcadia world cruise 2014 sectors can be found here.
UK P+O Cruises prices for Aurora world cruise 2014 sectors can be found here.
In both cases if you are a UK viewer of course.
The UK website offers both 'Vantage' fares, and in some cases the cheaper 'Getaway' fares. In all cases above I have quoted the very cheapest price available, and compared it to the cheapest price available on the Australian equivalent P+O website, which doesn't offer this marketing strategy. These prices continue across the board, and on average we are being asked to pay 30% more for the same cruise than our Australian friends.
are were certainly quite good at taking us for a cruise, in our experience, but at these prices, which I first discovered were happening when we were on board our 2012 world cruise, mingling with 1000 Australians, the company also appear to be taking their UK customers for a ride!
This situation has nothing whatsoever to do with any $ against £ conversions, be they currently up or down against each other, it is simply a 'them and us' price comparison.
Do you still fancy booking that cruise getaway? I certainly don't.