We have just returned from a 7 night cruise with P & O visiting Vigo, Lisbon, Bilbao and Brest. Let me start with the fact that despite what comes next we did have a good time but would like to share with you our opinion of this particular cruise and ship.
The Ship - very big, very well fitted out although our cabin continually creaked and groaned and made enough noise to prevent a decent night's sleep the whole trip.
The Ports we visited - Vigo - nice; Lisbon - very nice; Bilbao - outstanding; Brest - don't bother getting off.
The food - very good in the main restaurants. We did the Freedom Dining and were always accommodated easily. We did try, only once, to eat in the buffet restaurants but quite frankly it was a zoo with too many people being, quite literally, herded towards and away from the food and then it was a bun fight trying to find a table to eat at. Once was enough, thank you very much.
Fellow Passengers - a complete mix from those who knew how to conduct themselves, who took pleasure in complying with the dress codes on certain evenings, who knew the meaning of politeness and good manners to those who didn't. Those people who left empty cigarette packets lying around the ship, those who left empty beer glasses, those who allowed their children to run riot barefoot on marble floors endangering both themselves and others.
P & O used to be a brand that had a bit of kudos. I don't believe this to be true anymore. For a lot of people who expressed the same view as ourselves it stands for P****d and O**!