As we live near Southampton, we wanted to try out cruising as a new way to holiday. We were a bit nervous about being trapped on a ship for sometime if we didnt like it, so opted for a mini party cruise on the P&O ship AURORA.
The queueing for embarkation was a lot longer than we had anticipated with the queues reaching outside the terminal, but were pleased to see that the average age of those around us was much younger than we had anticipated. Once on the ship it took us an age to find our room, as there didnt seem to be anybody to greet us or point us in the right direction, which would have only took one crew member to do. We bumped into lots of other people, also in the same predicament. However once we reached our cabin we were pleasently suprised at the size of the room, considering it was a bottom of the range state room. By the time we found the orangery the food was being packed away, leaving a lot of passengers a little annoyed and hungry. We chose to eat in Cafe Rouge in the evenings. The food, wine and service were excellent and good value for the small supplement charged. The ship felt roomy and you could always get away from people, so we decided not to go ashore but enjoy the ship for the full trip. The spa was superb.
I am now completely hooked on cruising, although I will not be travelling with P&O again, mainly because of the disorganised cruise, unfriendly staff as well as being charged for drinks we had not purchased. We were eventually refunded, however being told by a young receptionist that she would 'let us off', rather than believing that we do not do casinos at 2 in the morning nor drink vodka and redbull ruined 2 lovely days.
Despite this I can not wait to try another cruise for a longer period of time, preferably with another cruise line!