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288 P&O First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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PKE
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
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
griffster
Member Since 2015
1 review
53 forum posts
6 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
6 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
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

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LesLamb
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
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
3 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
Cruiseian
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
3 helpful votes
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
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
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

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judyp1969
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote
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
Cereocker
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
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
1 helpful vote
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
1 helpful vote
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

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spike22
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
2 helpful votes
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
JS2685
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
21 forum posts
8 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
8 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

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The Dams
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 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
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
Gavl83
Member Since 2016
1 review
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
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
2 helpful votes
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

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