Decided to go on this cruise due to dates as grandchild being born next month when we normally would have cruised with RCI . Embarkation process excellent and at lunch before 12.30 pm and rooms ready at 2pm. Had Superior balcony on D deck. Room first class but balcony stuck out bit further than floor above, so if raining it was wet.
Chose Freedom dining and after small queue first night got table for 2 . Tables were about 10 inches apart and waiters could hardly get between them and dinner was rushed, but when we left seen why as large queue waiting to get in. Went second night and decided to ask for large table that we got (26) but waiter virtually ignored us other than write down what we ordered from menu he had handed us. No interaction at all. Meal very rushed and plates slapped down on table. As we were leaving told Head Waiter that we would not be back, and he did not even ask why. Learned from others that at the restaurant on the 'Indian ' night had a queue that took over an hour to get in.
Due to this we found our saving grace. After 6.30 pm half of the Verona buffet area is transferred into Trattoria an Italian restaurant with waiter service. Some of the items on menu carry a small supplement but the majority do not. You do not require to book and chicken , lasagne, pork dishes, all excellent at no cost. Fillet steaks do cost 6 but were so worth it. Do not understand why it was not busier.
We got room service for an early morning juice/cereal that was excellent and on time each day. We intended going up to the buffet for brunch each day but the buffet area on deck 15 was a disgrace as the queues were outrageous and worse was the large number of tables covered in dirty dishes. Even though the passengers were in large numbers trying to get food the staff were trying to close parts down. Did not seem to be any flexibility. even on sea days.
In the eating areas seemed that the staff numbers were short, as seemed to be the case throughout ship. The quality of the food in the buffet area was ok without any wow, similar to main restaurant, although I was only in it for the 2 nights, but I can say cabbage was on my plate both nights
1) Entertainment..Jimmy Jones, from 60s, plus Tribute act for Elton John and Freddie Mercury,and violinist Ralph Allin
2) Worst smallest casino I have ever seen.
3) Not the easiest ship to get round as had to go up decks to get to parts.
Even had to queue to get on ship at ports when they only had one security machine operating and again lacking in staff...why?
Ships shore excursions were very expensive. Free Shuttle provided in Bergen. All other ports the ship was docked in centre.
Scenery and Norway were awesome although very expensive. Would return but will not be back with P&O.....I don't do queues!