Flew from Manchester to Athens. a number of passengers were carrying huge quantities of of in-cabin baggage that overhead lockers were full in no time. that's when the bickering started.
we had had a disappointment as we were supposed to do a double leg back-to-back cruises, d115+d201. 2 days prior to flying, we were told d201 cancelled due to adonia needing to go to dry dock for minor hull repairs (ok- it happens, but no explanation from P&O direct).
embarkation was all right, & our cabin was roomy, & baggage delivered efficiently. i asked the senior purser reason for d201 cancellation & was content - a straight answer with rationale.ship has 700 passengers, traditionally furnished without casino/art auctions/other nonsense. easy to find your way around, & quite a relaxed, old-fashioned uk cruise style. several bars / good use of space / quiet areas / excellent library. crew seemed well-organised.
food in the pacific restaurant was excellent, good variety. buffets in the conservatory were standard, good variety, average quality. activities on board were very limited, you would have expected some craft/painting or similar classes; but - no - nothing...it seems excursions were expected to take people off the ship.
entertainment on board was mediocre.
we had booked 4 excursions - all cancelled on board due to 'lack of numbers'. so i read a lot & my wife watched films. some stops the towns are interesting, but most are working ports. ashdod stop had previously been cancelled & 2 days in haifa instead. then stops at alexandria & port said were cancelled (understandable) & substituted with kusadasi & messina. then, force 10 storm off la goulette cancelled that stop & substituted with 2 days in malta (we didn't have a problem with that as we realised the extra day was new year & could watch the fireworks!) but a number of passengers were at their 'final straw' stage.
the staff were pleasant, but the officers seemed to be avoiding passenger contact. although we had no real issues & most were minor, there was an undertone of discontent amongst the passengers. lack of alternative activites did not help, & p&o (since being absorbed into the carnival 'family') has lost its' focus on passenger care & communication especially. it has tried to retain uk-style in its' ships, but its' management has gone the way of airlines - cram 'em in, turn'em round philosophy.
just to add insult, they turfed us off the ship early, & we sat in the bus in a 'holding pen' at naples airport because they didn't stagger the disembarkation.