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288 P&O First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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madmacs
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
208 forum posts
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
7 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
Newtocruises77
Member Since 2015
1 review
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
6 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
1 helpful vote
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

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Linda squire
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
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
1 helpful vote
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
Cruise? - no thanks
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
I had booked my first ever cruise to celebrate my 65th birthday and chose P&O on recomendations of friends and family. As I had never been on a cruise before a weeks cruise seemed long enough and boy oh boy am I glad that it was only a ... Read more
keith dutton
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
This was my first cruise, but my wife had cruised before when she was a young girl. At first site the ship is really impressive. The food was excellent and the quality of service in the restaurants was friendly and professional. The ... Read more
simonfish
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
i arranged this cruise for my wife and it was a birthday surprise for her. This was our first cruise but i knew what i wanted with regards to service had talked to seasoned cruisers on what was to be expected. We made our own way to ... Read more

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Eliboo0
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
i was so looking forward to my first cruise everybody had told me how wonderful they are.we got the coach and all was very good with this.embarkaion was also swift enough and not difficult. Suitcases came as soon as we got into our room, ... Read more
jackellie
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed September 2015
Please do not worry about all the negatives you read about this ship as I did. I think they must have been on a different ship, because it was ( WONDERFUL ) Embarkations took about a hour, but once on board we went straight to our cabin ... Read more
MollyMooster
Member Since 2015
1 review
We arrived in Southampton at around half 12, and weren't supposed to embark until about half 3, but only had to wait about 10 minutes in the lounge area before we were called. Had picture taken, gave credit card details, and went through ... Read more
Shaun McGiff
Member Since 2015
1 review
We went with 2 other couples on this 2 days to Guernsey. This was our first cruise and it will not be our last. We were so impressed with how efficient the whole process was. Everything about the experience was first class, the food was ... Read more
Job Fox
Member Since 2015
1 review
The potential to be a brilliant ship. However, it did have a split deck (deck 6) and lacked a good size promenade deck to stroll around. One pool was out of order for the duration of the cruise and a whirlpool tub was out of order for a ... Read more

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World travel
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed September 2015
just returned from my first cruise, was an amazing experience. my disability prevented me from leaving ship but so much to do on board it didn't spoil my holiday. The outstanding quality of food was wonderful, great entertainment. The ... Read more
Harold and Hilda
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Apprehensive after reading all the negative reviews of Ventura but very pleasantly surprised. Arrived at cruise terminal two hours before appointed time of 2.30 but sent straight to check-in and then onto ship, so we were in the ... Read more
owen mcilroy
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
My wife and I travelled on the Azura mid September for 2 weeks to the western Mediterranean, this was our first cruise. We read all of the reviews beforehand, so knew roughly what to expect. The Azura surpassed our expectations. Boarding ... Read more
Seamas Always
Member Since 2014
1 review
6 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
I had always wanted to try a cruise holiday but my wife was very nervous about the water so I had given up on ever having this type of holiday. I had had a rough couple of years medically and after getting the all clear Christmas came and ... Read more
jan1951@fsmail.net
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
This was our first cruise so read reviews bit worried by some, well i'm convinced they written by rivals, how people can moan i am astounded,spotless clean cabin spotlesd cleaned 2 times a day cabin steward was joseph then leonard cant do ... Read more

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josamphil
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
We have just stepped off Britannia this morning following a short trip to Guernsey . WOW WOW WOW !!! This ship does not dissapoint Most beautiful ship with opulent deco I booked this last year (on the same day we ... Read more
Coxie15
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
First ever trip on a cruise ship and what a fantastic experience it was. Brittania is beautifully built and run by a great crew. The food was fab and so much of it, the staff in the oriental restaurant being exceptionally good. Night time ... Read more
Gatch1964
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed September 2015
The beginning of the year we decided after many beach holidays and city breaks to succumb to our Friends suggestions, after timeless searching and many late nights we decided to a "taster" cruise and choose a 7 night cruise on ... Read more
Wasping73
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
First of all this is the first cruise that I have been on with my better half and we are so thankful that we chose to make it on the Britannia. From pulling into the P&O car park on our first day to being dragged down the gangway ... Read more
sailawaysteve
Member Since 2015
1 review
10 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed September 2015
This was a fly cruise package. This all worked really well both on the outward and inward journeys - P and O had it very well organised. we landed in Genoa at about 10:30 and by 11:15 we were on the ship sampling the barbecue buffet. Our ... Read more

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