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490 P&O Family Cruise Reviews
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shazza1304
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this mini cruise for 4 nights to Amsterdam & Brugges to try cruising as a family for the first time. My children are 17 & 13, we booked interconnecting rooms, these were the larger inside cabins. Plenty of space for ... Read more
BRIND
Member Since 2014
9 reviews
11 helpful votes
Britannia is one of P & O newest ships & I think I was expecting a bit more of the 'Wow' factor & was a bit disappointed. From the outside it looks very 'Grand' but falls short on the inside, but although very swish etc. just ... Read more
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Swanny Sealegs
Member Since 2016
1 review
22 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Quick embarkation but the rude lady at check in desk spoilt the experience. Once on board we were very impressed by the ship itself; yes the lifts were busy but we used the stairs to burn off some of the calories that we consumed with ... Read more
Bobapp
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
This was a 2 night taster cruise to Bruges. I chose this as we had seen Britannia in St Maarten in February while it was moored next to us and wanted to see what it was like to stay onboard. This is a large cruise ship with 3100 ... Read more
Selbourne
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
499 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Our 10th cruise with P&O but our first on Aurora. Having experienced poor service on a 4 day cruise on Ventura a few months earlier, we were concerned that P&O standards were falling, but our confidence was restored with this ... Read more
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rodmaw
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
To be together with some of our family, this was our fourth P&O cruise. The best of all on Britannia was the great service received during breakfast and supper at the Oriental and Peninsular Restaurants. An absolute pleasure. This ... Read more
cobrakatie
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
21 forum posts
8 helpful votes
This is our third time on Britannia with our young children and we had another great cruise. Whilst the layout of the ship can be confusing, Britannia is modern and clean with comfortable cabins and a great kid's club. The highlights for ... Read more
izzywalker
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
25 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
Ship Aurora First time on board this ship. Very small. Pluses more personal and intimate. Relaxing not hussel and bushel. Limited activities on board. Food - I think P&O food is deteriorating in standards and variety. Still ... Read more
Strawberry field
Member Since 2016
1 review
107 forum posts
30 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
First impressions were of a beautiful ship with lots of wood, marble and chrome. This impression stayed with me throughout the cruise and made me think of how an elegant club would look. Service on board was excellent with the exception of ... Read more
gmaloon
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 forum posts
19 helpful votes
The embarkation for us was quite good. We arrived earlier than our time, and only had to wait a few minutes before our group was called. The cabin was nice. Nice neutral decor. The entrance to the dressing area/bathroom is quite small. ... Read more
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GeorgiaC222
Member Since 2017
1 review
16 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
I went on a cruise with my boyfriend and his family. We visited Rome, Monte Carlo, Pisa/Florence and Ajaccio - they are all lovely countries and are all worth visiting. Despite visiting all these countries, my favourite places to visit was ... Read more
geoffcc
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
Went for this cruise because our party (5 people) had Two birthdays and an anniversary to celebrate. This cruise also had a good selection of ports. Not been on a P&O cruise before and was led to expect fine cuisine and great service. ... Read more
unhappy traveller 1
Member Since 2017
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed April 2017
we always fly long haul and deciced to try a holiday without flying and driving from kent to southampton and beginning our holiday within 4 hours seemed like a good idea, on arival and seeing the Britania was amazing,(a hotel complex ... Read more
rupert bear
Member Since 2014
1 review
135 forum posts
5 helpful votes
This is our seventh cruise having used thompson, celebrity, Holland America, and princess in the past and the first year we have felt the need to contribute to the reviews on cruise critic. We were booked onto a 12 night cruise on the ... Read more
Grahaml
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
5 helpful votes
Looking for a holiday during the school holidays we noted 3 P&O cruises leaving the same day and chose the Atlantic Islands cruise because we preferred the itinerary. The best other option was themed a Strictly Come Dancing cruise ... Read more
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gusman2
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Never travelled by P&O before & decided to celebrate my wife's 70th by inviting 23 of her family(incl partners)...many younger group had never cruised before. Embarkation was reasonably swift ,embarkation times carried out ... Read more
AndrewG-S
Member Since 2017
1 review
8 helpful votes
We traveled as a group of 17 for the weekend from Southampton to Bruges to celebrate my mother's 75th birthday, while we had a great time this was rather in spite of the cruise experience than because of it. At check in we were left ... Read more
annarack
Member Since 2011
5 reviews
56 forum posts
9 helpful votes
We chose this cruise on Britannia for the convenient Southampton embarkation, a good price and an ideal 7 day itinerary for introducing my husband's parents to our love of cruising. We travelled with our 9 month and 22 month old children ... Read more
Aebromley61
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We were told this was a taster cruise so we thought before we committed to two weeks away we would try it. We queued for over an hour to get on board. Not a good start. No apaology or welcome drink straight unaided to cabin. Having ... Read more
coxsparrow
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
7 helpful votes
Back on P&O after two Celebrity and one Princess cruise, check in was very crowded but we were onboard quick enough and straight to our outside cabin. A long time since we had not had a balcony, would we miss it ?, well yes we did even ... Read more
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IvanRich
Member Since 2017
1 review
13 helpful votes
WE chose this cruise for a group of seven (5 Family with two girlfriends) to celebrate a triple achievement; 40th Anniversary, Retirement and 61st birthday. We have previously sailed with P&O on Azura and Oceana, so a comparison is ... Read more
Pammii
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
The Northern Lights cruise was one of our must do cruises. Embarkation was trouble free and we were soon onboard. We knew our way around as we have sailed on the Oriana before. Our cabin was on deck 9 aft. It had a perfect view of the ... Read more
CruisingJulie
Member Since 2011
1 review
61 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
A family group of 6 booked 5 cabins for a quick getaway. Embarkation at Sydney was so quick due to a wonderful staff member giving us priority boarding. That is when our troubles with passengers started. A very angry man tried to accuse ... Read more
rsnannie
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed February 2017
Embarkation was quick and efficient - aircraft landed at 2.30pm and we were in our cabin by 3.45pm. We were looked after very well by our cabin steward on D deck.. We were Freedom Dining in the Peninsular restaurant and enjoyed the ... Read more
Selbourne
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
499 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Ventura Cruise N703 to Amsterdam and Brugge. Wednesday 15th to Sunday 19th February 2017. Day 1 - Wednesday 15th February 2017 With a 'priority boarding' time slot of 1230, we aimed to arrive at the Mayflower Cruise Terminal at ... Read more
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