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281 P&O First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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Cruiseian
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Just back from an unbelievable cruise sailing around the warm Caribbean on the Britannia. The Caribbean was the perfect place to leave behind the wet and windy UK. The Britannia, with our balcony cabin, was the perfect ship to enjoy the ... Read more
Olwen Langford
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
This was our first long cruise having taken mini cruises before. The ship is impressive but staff appeared miserable and demotivated. We loved dressing up, the for in The Peninsular freedom dining was fantastic. We did pay to eat at ... Read more
Worldsmyprawn
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We did enjoy the cruise but a few parts were disappointing! Are departure was smooth apart from we didn't book parking in advance. We were told just to turn up,it was included in our package and someone would take our car when we ... Read more
judyp1969
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
This was our first P&O cruise and we are totally hooked, everything from the staff to the trips were excellent. I understand from other passengers that they had bad experiences on their excursions but we must have chosen well as we ... Read more
echelon01
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
All details are factual and the subject of a formal written complaint to P&O My wife booked the cruise in Oct 2014 to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary which was to occur in early 2015 We arrived 27/11 /15 and Azura A529 ... Read more

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Cereocker
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
My partner and I (both in our late 60s) flew from Manchester to Barbados with Thomas Cook on 21st November, 2015, to board P&O Britannia for a fortnight cruising around the Caribbean islands. The flight was delayed by about an hour, ... Read more
Davey Brown
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was the first cruise for my partner and I, (if you discount Brittany Ferries to Northern Spain!) The Thomson flight from Gatwick was excellent and we were amazed that the transfer coach met us at the aircraft steps for the journey ... Read more
xmastree
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was our first cruise ever, and I'm glad to say the ship is wonderful. Very elegant art deco style, lovely ballroom and dining areas. The staff are very polite and professional, and very smartly dressed. The only complaint is, on sea ... Read more
spike22
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Have just returned from our first ever cruise, Eastern Caribbean on P & O Azura. Everthing was perfect from cabin, to food, to entertainment, to staff. Flew on Thomson dreamliner to Barbados, had to wait a while for bags to arrive ... Read more
valnlou
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2015
After reading all of the bad reviews about the Azura, we left for the holiday feeling very nervous. However, being first-time cruisers we had nothing to compare it with and found everything to be just great. The food was lovely, waiters ... Read more

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JS2685
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Spent 3 nights aboard Ventuta sailing to Le Havre and Zebrugge. This was my first ever cruise and I went with my mother who has cruised a few times,so has more insight into cruising than myself.Firtsly I must say We were both impressed ... Read more
bobupandown
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We didn't know what to expect as this was our first cruise. Southampton: Embarkation was brilliantly organised CPS (Cruise Parking service) Attendants took our cases from the boot, next time we saw them was in our cabin so for us ... Read more
Kim lewis
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was my first cruise and after reading the recent reviews I was very concerned that I would not have enjoyed it . There was no need to worry as it was brilliant I could not fault this ship in anyway . The crew and staff were very ... Read more
The Dams
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
We really didn't know what to expect as this as our first cruise but have no complaints really as we thought it was wonderful and service very good at all times. The decor was fine and we are shocked by some peoples comments about The ... Read more
Cantankarous Cat
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
THE GOOD Thomas Cooke gave us an excellent meal on both our flights, we are vegan. Cabin (G508) was adequate for sleeping, beds were comfortable, bathroom compact and bijou and balcony superb for drying swimwear. The launderettes ... Read more

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Gavl83
Member Since 2016
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
Was a bit worried after reading a lot of the bad reviews on here and never been on a cruise before. However need not of worried had a fantastic holiday and this ship was amazing. Had a balcony canit which was great always cleaned to a ... Read more
kkymmy
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 forum post
0 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
This was my first cruise and I was travelling alone, I wanted to try cruising without committing to a) too much time on board or b) a really expensive, lengthy cruise just in case cruising wasn't for me. Admittedly my expectations were ... Read more
jackiepinter
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
At times service in the main bar was particularly bad, waiting 45 minutes just to get a drink, refusing to let you get one from the bar. Areas of the ship discusting filthy, especially the toilets, very stained toilet seats. Public seating ... Read more
madmacs
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
157 forum posts
0 helpful votes
We are seasoned cruisers, but this was my first with P&O, but not for my wife. It was a short seven day cruise that went as far as Lisbon. The weather was mixed with some wet days and some better days. I won't comment on the ports but ... Read more
dennis jones
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Myself and partner are in our early 40's and booked the cruise as visiting many destinations appealed to us as oppose to a standard holiday where you visit just 1. This was our very 1st cruise and we were surprised as it seemed 95% of all ... Read more

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Newtocruises77
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
This was our first cruise and we did have a good holiday but the boat is worn. it fell below expectations. We have been to many 4/5 star hotels and if our room was like our cabin I would have asked to be moved. I read another review than ... Read more
twodogs446
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
5 helpful votes
After years of hearing about them, we decided on a short 7-day fly-cruise from Genoa to Venice. Very early Thomson charter flight from Gatwick (06:40) was a shock to the system but all went well and our bags were delivered from check-in to ... Read more
morgsy64
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Cruised from Southampton via Azores to Carribbean and Madeira. The Arcadia was fabulous and the staff in bars and restaurant superb,friendly and couldnt do enough for you. James,Philip and Amruta,Lenson,Sunjay. Had cabin d25 but ... Read more
Linda squire
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed October 2015
I have recently returned from my first cruise and although I have nothing to compare it to I can honestly say is was fantastic. From the moment my friend and I boarded the stunning Britannia we were made to feel "special". ... Read more
Andy Mullins
Member Since 2015
1 review
0 forum posts
0 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
Décor and External appearance - a tad tired, well below expectations... Food - plenty available, however only average quality in all restaurant's Puddings & Cakes - below average Draught Lager - Carling? I don't think ... Read more

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