We were delighted with the way that our cases were taken from us in Manchester and didn't see them again until they arrived in our cabin, which was a Superior Deluxe outside on Deck D.The cabin steward was superb in looking after us and ensuring we had everything we needed. He worked very hard and came into the cabin 2-3 times per day. However I got the impression that some of his customers didn't treat him as well as they could have done (more later about these types.
We generally ate in the Saffron and Bay Tree and the service was both unhurried and very professional with our usual 2 waiters being absolutely brilliant. We thought the standard of food was very good indeed on every visit with plenty of choices available.We also used the self service a couple of lunchtimes and found the standard of food good, the only problem was in finding a table that was being reserved by people who wanted to eat by themselves. So selfish.
The entertainment in all theatres and bars was very professional. We were particularly impressed with the resident Headliners Theatre Group who worked very hard to present 6 different shows during the 14 days. We also enjoyed the soul singer Clem Curtis, Tucker a great comedian, Gareth Oliver a superb comedian and ventriloquist,speaker John Lyons (from a Taste of Frost).We also enjoyed the daily quiz in the Exchange Pub after the main shows.
We booked 8 trips with P & O to different islands and enjoyed them all. Yes you do pay a few pounds each for the trips but we felt they were well organised trips with a guide who explained all about their island.
It was difficult to get a sunbed on the days the ship was at sea, because everyone was on board, but on days in port there was plenty available. The trips generally lasted up to 4 hours so you could lay in the sun in the afternoons.
Our main complaint is against some of the cruisers on the ship.I have to stress that the majority of people were very nice and would talk or pass the day with you but there was a small minority who thought they were above most people and would insist on trying to outdo anyone with stories of how many times they have cruised or their villas in the south of France.They looked at people as if they had stepped on something in the road and they couldn't even speak to each other in a civil way.Then they would turn up on formal nights in their fifteen year old dresses and Tuxedos thinking they were the bees knees. They definitely introduced us to a new level of pompousness and snobbery that we have never witnessed before.
They talked about P & O standards dropping, I presume they mean with these lower classes being allowed on board, but lets face it without these customers booking with P & O the ship wouldn't sail at all.
Overall a very good holiday, a lovely ship, great entertainment and some lovely people. Just a shame about the snobs on board.