The usual fayre on a Cruise which didn't disappoint. Food was good, excellent service from Cabin attendant and Waiters. This was my first time on a ship with no children on-board and there did seem to be a lack of vibrant-type energy amongst the passengers on the first few days at sea. However as the ambiance of the peace and quiet took hold it was easy to forget the 'missing' children. I wouldn't rush to get back to Gibraltar again nor was Ajaccio particularly memorable but visits to Rome, Florence, Santa Margherita, Villefranche and Barcelona were more than adequate compensation for these two disappointments. Perhaps an excursion on Corsica would have promoted the Isle in a better light.
I have to admit to being a P&O fan when it comes to cruising holidays so the criticisms I have have to be balanced against the fact that I still intend to sail with P&O in the future. So to my criticisms. I first cruised in 2000 and the programme for the theatre entertainment remains very 'samey'. Some tired routines, tired jokes and on this cruise a tired DJ, Lulu, who made it obvious that she wasn't enjoying life on board and she didn't intend to make life enjoyable for anyone else who was thinking of enjoying themselves. The excursions are outlandishly priced which encourages my partner and me to adopt independent travel arrangements to view the sites. The Ship's photographs are also too expensive which is a pity because there are many memorable moments captured on camera and buying them all would be prohibitive.
And finally the Captain needs reminding without the passengers he is out-of-a-job. It's one thing to refuse to shake a hand, presumably because of health and safety considerations, but at least be apologetic to the person politely offering the hand rather than give the curt response 'I don't shake hands'. With an attitude like that I am sure everybody would be only too pleased to oblige him.