Having just returned from a 16 day cruise in the Central Med on Azura(our 2nd P&O cruise), we will not be using P&O again.
Until you see 3000 passengers in the Terminal, you do not realise what life on the ship is going to be like.
We had a balcony cabin, which altho adequate had the smallest bathroom we have ever had on any cruise ship.(Toiletries were very minimal certainly no luxuries)
Unfortunately we had quite creaky nights, especially when we had a bit of rough weather, when the cabin sounded as if something was loose in the walls.
Food was adequate, but very repetitive, and for Vegetarians there was no choice in the Dining rooms, just one vegie starter and one vegie main course.ON four nights we ate in the Venetezia buffet because we prefered the menu.
The other reason to eat there was that altho we were on 1st sitting for Dinner, we were unable to get from the Oriental Dining Room,the full length of the ship to the Playhouse Theatre in time to have a seat. We were told standing room only. as a consequence we thought we would await the next show, by sitting in one of the others lounges.This proved to be a nightmare; there are NOT enough seats in any of the lounges, or areas and one is forever trying to find a seat.
Breakfast and lunch in the Venetezia Buffet is another nightmare, due to the lack of seating.My husband and I had to find two seats, and then one of us would wait until the other had returned with their food, before the other person could get their meal.Here again food very repetitive.
We noticed that the staff were very few and far between.
The port talks were poor, very little info given if you wanted to go ashore on your own.
Lectures were lacking in choice;no craft sessions etc.
On the whole to my mind a badly organised daily "to do" list, and far too many things were not complimentary.
Ice cream bar, where a single scoop cost £1.15.
P&O You have not done yourself any favours with this ship; and I must say this was the general opinion of passengers, especially passengers who had cruised with other lines.