This was our first cruise with P&O. We booked it specially for my wife's 60th birthday and our friends 70th birthday. We really enjoyed our trip, lots of positives and one or two negatives. Out balcony cabin was clean and comfortable if somewhat dated. We all enjoyed the food (with one exception). We had the second sitting in the Adriatic Restaurant but also used the Plaza Buffet for some of their themed nights. All staff were brilliant.
Our only complaint re the food was in the Horizon Grill. We pre booked a table for 4 to celebrate our friends 70th birthday, when we arrived there was only a reservation for 2, but they did accommodate us. We asked if they would do some table decoration for us but they didn't. You pay a supplement of £8.50 per person for the dubious pleasure of dining there plus a supplement ranging from £4.50 to £5.50 depending on the steak you had. Unfortunately, the steaks were like old boots and we sent one back, the replacement came back almost raw so we gave in at this point. In our opinion the Horizon Grill is a glorified Burger Bar, which in fact is what it is during the day. The sad thing was, our friend had a 70th birthday to forget. To be fair however, we did speak to passengers who said they had a real enjoyable meal there, so you pays your money and takes your choice. On a good note, they did reimburse the supplements eventually (after some bartering).
We enjoyed the entertainment on the main stages especially the comedian Mick Miller and another comedian called Colin 'Fingers' Henry, excellent old fashioned comedy entertainment. The entertainment in the bars was somewhat mediocre. I am Secretary of a Working Men's Club and they certainly would not get a booking from us. The real surprising entertainment and certainly an highlight of our cruise was a guy called Martin Carlin, a criminologist who gave a five part talk on Ruth Ellis and a 2 part talk on the death of Marilyn Monroe, fascinating stuff and so well presented. We had 6 sea days on this trip so daytime activities were important, but in truth it was pretty poor, lots of stuff on health subjects, plus Line Dancing and Ballroom dancing instruction, a few deck games, nothing much else to stimulate you. After all said and done, we enjoyed the cruise, would we use P&O again, not sure because we have experienced better.