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453 P&O Family Cruise Reviews
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jocap
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
5,300 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Last year's 28 day cruise to the Caribbean was so brilliant in every way, so we'd no hesitation, along with many others, about booking the same cruise for this January. Why, after so many different cruises with other ships and other ... Read more
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biggus33
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 helpful votes
We were really looking forward to this cruise as it was our first with P&O (although we have been with Princess, Carnival, Disney, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity before) and with this being new and large we thought the ship, ... Read more
Tcc63
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
From arriving at the airport in Gatwick everything went so smoothly. Flight was on time and arrived in St Lucia. From St. Lucia we quickly disembarked the aircraft no security to pass through at the airport and no luggage to locate. We ... Read more
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Sailaway30
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My wife and I were hoping for a special Christmas so splashed out on a P&O Christmas and New Year cruise. In reality we the cruise proved to be dull, underwhelming and not so very good value for money. To be fair to P&O the public ... Read more
VickiLovescruises
Member Since 2017
1 review
15 helpful votes
Our family of 4 (2 adults, kids 15 and 17 years old) spent 14 nights over Christmas on P&O's Brittania, when we sailed to 8 Caribbean islands. The cruise was superb. We have previously sailed with Cunard 6 times (on all 3 ships), ... Read more
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Gonesailingagain
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
This is primarily a review of the Britannia.....P&O's latest and largest cruise ship. Personally I think they missed a few opportunities when designing this vessel and it just doesn't compare to other P&O or most American ships. ... Read more
barbadosw
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We booked an out side cabin ,with part view ,what we had was the view of the inside of a life boat ,not only that there were men working in them every day right out side are window it was important for my husband to look out as he suffers ... Read more
IHappy diner
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
We chose this cruise to coincide with my husbands birthday. From day one we had a fantastic time The cabin with balcony was spacious, the bathroom a bit cramped but adequate and everything cleaned to a high standard every day. Cabin ... Read more
PaulineMB
Member Since 2016
1 review
18 helpful votes
Visited the Caribbean 6 years ago on the Ventura, and decided to return again to celebrate my husbands 50th birthday. We were worried close to the time of the cruise due to the number of negative reviews, but we had the best holiday of ... Read more
topmedsec
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
I chose to go on this ship as we had been on a cruise with p&O before on the beautiful Ventura around the med. it was my 60th and I wanted to do something special so booked this very expensive trip! we booked what was meant to be a ... Read more
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Rockhopper77
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
It was the first cruise I had been on in around 10 years, having always traveled previously with Royal Caribbean. My partner and I were recommended to try P&O by a friend, who suggested they catered far better for the British market. ... Read more
Belinda B
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
I went with my husband, elderly mother and father (80) and brother. We had balcony rooms on R deck. This is the second cruise for my husband and I and we used Princess last time so had something to compare with. I cannot fault this cruise ... Read more
Geronimo99
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Overall this was a pleasure with, if I want to be picky, a few grouches. Ship can get a bit overcrowded and shovey if you turn up at peak times for meals in buffet restaurants. Also, to be sniffy, some passengers would seem ... Read more
Reggub321
Member Since 2014
3 reviews
3 helpful votes
We have sailed with P&O many times (10+) before, and we choose this particular cruise because 1. the cruise was over some ones birthday, 2. it visited a few new (to us) islands and a few old ones we have not visited for some time, and ... Read more
ArtisticSoul
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Always wanted to go to the Caribbean, having sailed with P&O to the med on the Ventura we were looking forward to this trip, so myself and family (1 14 year old son, partner and father went) We sailed from Southampton, the crossing to ... Read more
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dave2
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
10 forum posts
13 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was only our second cruise, the first being on the Azura in May. We enjoyed that one so much we immediately booked this one. We began to have second thoughts on reading the negative reviews about the Ventura, we needn't have ... Read more
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Busiris
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2016
After a poor 2015 cruise on Aurora, we decided to give P&O another chance. Glad we did as the this was a very enjoyable cruise. Food, service and entertainment where excellent with a wide range of restaurants and bars to suit all ... Read more
Tess8766
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
The itinerary was good with some varied and interesting ports. As usual some of the excursions were quite expensive and it is always advisable to try to book your own if possible. The reviews we read before the cruise did put us off a ... Read more
Lally73
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Great cruise which took in Cadiz, Messina, Corfu, Dubrovnik, Venice & Gibraltar. Past P & O cruisers but our first time on Aurora. Lovely sized ship - not too big. Atmosphere felt very friendly & relaxed - maybe as the average ... Read more
Klazzix
Member Since 2016
1 review
16 helpful votes
I chose this particular cruise as it was a no fly cruise and also wanted to experience P&O's flagship Britannia, embarkation was very smooth having already learnt not to get there early i arrived spot on the time advised, upon entering ... Read more
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philipsw285
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
160 forum posts
3 helpful votes
EMBARKATION In 2010 i went on celebrity eclipse and i think the memory of how good and quick embarkation is probably ruins how i feel about p&o i remember parking the car and within 20 minutes being on the ship yes the cabins arn't ... Read more
Bubbles1951
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
We went on our first cruise with our daughter and their four children, we chose the Ventura thinking it was large so have plenty to do. We live in Southampton area so also a benefit. The embarkation went very smoothly although one lady ... Read more
wavelll
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
The Aurora is a very comfortable mid size ship and very much the sister to the Oriana. Great curved stern which is no longer the style on more modern ships. Food is fine, not 5 star but standard acceptable with good size potions in dining ... Read more
Mummytambo1
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Been on Azura 3 Times decided to try Ventura Food was Terrible in Buffet Indian and Asian food for 12 days, Food was always barely warm if not cold, if you wanted a salad,forget Ham or Prawns were only out twice complained to ... Read more
Robbo66
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
37 forum posts
20 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with P&O (we've cruised with NCL, Royal Caribbean and Princess - Princess being my favourite). I was a little apprehensive about some of the reviews of Britannia, but let me set that straight right away - it ... Read more
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