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281 P&O First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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db51
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Having read the awful reviews (stained carpets, bad smells, duct tape, bad food) I was really worried about my first ever cruise on Oceana. In fact it is the most beautiful ship- our cabin B753 was spacious, perfect unstained carpet, ... Read more
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Gwanchos
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
This was a taster cruise and as such was fairly inexpensive. You would expect however that this would be a chance to impress potential new customers. Couldn't have been further from the truth for us. We experienced 2 days of queuing, ... Read more
Bella82
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
This was a taster weekend to Bruges Brussels however the port was changed to Le Harve in France due to the terrorist attacks. We understood this but there is nothing to do in Le Harve and it was a terrible choice of port. Embarkation ... Read more
shumes
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
We have just returned from a 2 night "Taster" cruise that was originally booked for Bruges, however due to the recent attacks, the destination changed to Le-Harve. This was OK with us as it was more about what holiday life on a ... Read more
Lhumes22
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
14 helpful votes
Our first cruise and we were very disappointed with the service , really terrible, the ship and the food brillant but the service was terrible and it really let P&O 's reputation down. This morning the service at the Penisular the ... Read more

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whitebeam123
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
12 helpful votes
Looked into cruising a little, but always felt daunted by it. Took the plunge based on the rights dates and great last minute price. To give an idea of what type of travellers we are, We are a married couple, both 37, who enjoy good food ... Read more
Extremely-Disappointed
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2016
Our first cruise on the Azura and last! We flew from Gatwick to Barbados and joined the ship there. We had to wait hours for our suitcases to be delivered to our cabin and then it was a rush to attend the muster drill and go for ... Read more
noodlebaby
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
45 helpful votes
I decided to write this to hep advise all you new cruisers out there what to expect, now I have returned I am somewhat angry at the one sided and downright inaccurate reviews from some of the more seasoned cruisers who repeatedly compare ... Read more
adam pasha
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
8 helpful votes
General: I took the cruise on the Arcadia 1-17 March 2016, Sydney-Brisbane-Yorkey’s Knob (Cairns)-Alotau (Papua New Guinea)-Manila-Hong Kong. The Arcadia caters largely for the over-65s, mainly British clientele, some of whom ... Read more
Dance thDance
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Having perused the reviews before we left, I was a bit unsure as to whether my best mate had made the right choice for this one......How wrong I was!!!! A fantastic ship, with the staff being more than helpful, even when I had an ... Read more

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Kenny T
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
We brought the cruise forward, for family reasons, as it was planned for my retirement (end March) wife's 60th (early May) to be taken around end April. Very apprehensive, having read many reviews. Firstly the ship was beautiful, big and ... Read more
Landlubber600
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
25 helpful votes
This was our first cruise. - Harsh but true.... Once on board, we were not shown or directed to our cabin, but had to find out own way. Cabin was much smaller than expected and not enough room for our clothes but hanging space and ... Read more
Glugwine
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
11 helpful votes
We wanted to complete Norway and the Northern Lights for sometime and after looking at various options we decided on a cruise aboard the Oriana would probably be the best solution. We are very independent travellers, and had some ... Read more
Twotoneskaman
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
This was our first cruise and we were both nervous and excited about our trip from Southampton to Bruges on P&O Ventura. Below is our review and some of the things that we would do differently should we decide to do another cruise that ... Read more
abbinski
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
18 helpful votes
Sailed February 2016
My wife and I are 54 years old, this, was our first cruise. Never cruising before we have nothing to compare it against. However, we did read the mixed reviews beforehand. We made a pledge not to pay any attention to the moaners. ... Read more

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Sarah LH
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
9 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
The Aurora is a lovely ship. The facilities are excellent.The kids club "The Reef" was a real stand out for us as our children loved it and wanted to be there all the time it was open. The staff in the Reef were really wonderful ... Read more
Mightymo1
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was our first cruise and I was apprehensive but I have to say it exceeded expectations. We ate on the freedom dining in the meridian dining room. I wasn't expecting the food to be great and I am a bit of a foodie but overall I was ... Read more
Andreacrosby
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
I booked this as a treat after a busy X mas for myself and my husband , I was sceptical about the whole thing , a lot of reading about cruising there seems a element of snobbery, well I loved it yes a mini cruise was for us anyway a bit ... Read more
PKE
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
This was our first cruise. So therefore we have nothing to measure it against. BUT, How disappointed we were with several areas of this cruise. The food provided was worse than school dinners at times, and in some cases unfit for ... Read more
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Thatsmokeycat
Member Since 2015
1 review
7 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
We stayed at the Premier Inn Gatwick the night before our flight (TOM024). Turned out to be a great idea and at just £39 for the night, excellent value to boot. We ate in the restaurant which had a nice atmosphere and some of the ... Read more

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griffster
Member Since 2015
1 review
52 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2016
my husband and I took our first ever cruise on board P/O VENTURA on the 2 January 2016. we stayed overnight on the 1 jan at wetherby service hotel, and cruise connect picked us up the following morning at 7.30. we had a good run down to ... Read more
paul.a.hitchen
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Our first cruise was on the P&O Aurora on 28 Dec for 5 days round Bruges and Hamburg. Both are nice cities well worth a visit and pleasurable day was had at both. Embarkation parking with CPL was great, very efficient. Once ... Read more
Jeanettewharmby
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We found embarkation was very good & well organised. Cabin with balcony was acceptable & very clean. Service was good & staff was friendly. We were kept well informed of all that was happening. Plenty of ... Read more
LesLamb
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
Our first cruise and first time away at Xmas. We had two adjoining balcony cabins (wife and me in one and sons 21 and 18 in the other). Cabins were mid ships (F420 deck 9). Balcony divider opened between the rooms. We had a great ... Read more
bernielobb
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Embarkation at Southampton was a breeze taking less time to board than it did to find our cabin! From leaving the taxi to getting into our cabin was 20 minutes at most and our luggage was waiting at the door. The cabin (with balcony) ... Read more

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