Just back from a 10 day cruise from Southampton calling at La Coruna, Casablanca, Gibraltar, Cadiz, Seville & Lisbon. Our first cruise with P&O, I would grade it just above Thomson cruises. Drinks at the bar were pretty reasonable with no service charged slapped on top. On this 10 day cruise there were 3 formal, 2 Smart casual & 5 casual evenings. Apart from one dinner in the Orangery self-service restaurant, we ate in the Medina Restaurant every night. This ship operates a first & second sitting restaurant service plus you sit with the same people every night on the same table. Our food was reasonably okay although I was a bit confused one evening to be offered carrots,sprouts and roast potatoes with my meal of meat balls in tomato sauce and spaghetti?? Some of the puddings were very bland in taste. Bread & Butter pudding in the Orangery consisted of bread and custard-not a sultana in sight and fairly tasteless. Entertainment was of a good quality and it was nice to see the theatre full every evening. The Headliners (ship's singers & dancers) certainly worked very hard and put some good shows on. It is now P&O's policy to add a tipping fee to your final bill. This worked out at £3.50 per person per day. Predominantly British and mature passengers travelled on our ship with a fair number of wheelchair and mobility scooters.
Overall we would travel with P&O again. We spoke to alot of people who had never cruised with any other firm although there are alot of things that we prefer about the Celebrity line, booked just 3wks before travel this was a relaxing cruise that didn't break the bank.