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436 P&O Family Cruise Reviews
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ArtisticSoul
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 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
dave2
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
8 forum posts
6 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
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
13 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
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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
philipsw285
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
160 forum posts
2 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
5 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
13 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
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Robbo66
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
37 forum posts
17 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
JEANIE10
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We have travelled with P&O only once before on Ventura on a short break, and wanted to give them a go on a week long cruise on Britannia. We normally travel with Princess and I have to say they would still be my favourite. However, ... Read more
DazzaO
Member Since 2016
1 review
15 helpful votes
This was our very first cruise and I must admit every part of the ship we were treated like royalty. The crew work so hard and are constantly smiling and cheerful, nothing is too much trouble for them. The Captain welcomed every one ... Read more
KM999
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We were a party of 7 and took this cruise to celebrate our parents diamond wedding anniversary. P&O FAQ's don't seem to apply to the "2 day" cruise (actually 1 day and 2 nights) and this caused consternation when we ... Read more
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Lukaswithak
Member Since 2015
1 review
49 forum posts
2 helpful votes
It was a long time life ambition to see the Norwegian Fjords and to view them on a cruise was to me the best way possible, We booked P&O after sailing in the Caribbean with them in March this year. We were vastly impressed after ... Read more
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AnnieM10
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Arrived in Southampton by train and took taxi to Mayflower terminal. Cases were taken from us by a man with a trolley as soon as we stepped out of the car. Didn't see those again until later that day when they were placed outside our ... Read more
mrsmidge67
Member Since 2016
1 review
35 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We have just returned from a week on board P & O Oceana (Venice to Genoa) and here’s what we as a family think. Firstly let me say this is not our 1st cruise we have been cruising since the mid 90’s. After booking ... Read more
charliee_97
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
This was my first cruise, and what a fantastic experience it was! I was traveling with my boyfriend and his family, and I had the best time; I couldn't have imagined it would be as good as it was. The check in procedure was super fast. ... Read more
Pamela de Cop
Member Since 2016
1 review
27 helpful votes
We as a group of mixed ages , 85 down to 14 have been on a couple of cruises with various companies. They are great for multi age groups for many reasons. The Britannia looks wonderful and there are some great things to say, the food on ... Read more
HertsBean
Member Since 2016
1 review
20 helpful votes
We went on this cruise as a 40th birthday treat for my wife with our two children aged 10 and 7. We had never cruised before and were a little worried after reading some very mixed reviews. However, we had a wonderful cruise and we are ... Read more
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izzywalker
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
6 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2016
This was a family cruise. Fifteen of us. Accommodated us all very well in the dining room with two tables next to each other. Also accommodated one vegetarian every night with a special menu. (Cruisers need to make known at time of ... Read more
Chris62
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
Our first time on a cruise, so we were apprehensive about it but was impressed from start to finish. We boarded the plane at Cardiff with minimum fuss & next saw our cases at our cabin door. Embarkation to the ship was effortless (as ... Read more
my@spark
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
We went on Ventura for our yearly cruise with 4 children under 11. We arrived at Southampton around 10 am. . It was a smooth embarkation with at least a 2 hr wait. Which wasn't the best for our 2 yr old daughter, but there was space for ... Read more
wiona
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
24 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
We chose this cruise as an 'initial' taster for our friends (2 couples) who had not cruised since us three 'boys' had served in the Royal Navy together in the late 70's. My wife and I have previously cruised three times, Island ... Read more
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Babs02
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
423 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
This was our first cruise with P & O, having previously cruised with Princess and RCI. We chose it due to itinerary, Reasonably low price including OBC, and dates. Our immediate reaction when boarding was that the cruiselines are ... Read more
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