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78 P&O Holiday Cruise Reviews

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Seascape4
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2014
Our first cruise on 'Oriana' was fifteen years ago, and we were so looking forward to being aboard her again, in fact we were hoping that this Xmas cruise to the Caribbean would be wonderful, but it truly wasdn't. It was quite dispiriting ... Read more
pennib
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
7 forum posts
This was our 4th festive cruise on Ventura around the Caribbean islands. The usual efficient P&O system of dealing with flights and luggage soon had us in the holiday mood. This time we were on a Dreamliner from Manchester. We were ... Read more
lee7661
Member Since 2015
1 review
My family consist of my husband and myself , two boys ages nearly 10 & 17 and my father. We had an effortless flight from Manchester to Barbados. I must say I dislike having to pay for soft drinks on such a long flight. Food was ... Read more
KevinML
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed December 2014
Just returned from the Christmas cruise aboard Ventura. I'll will try to summarise my thoughts .... The service from the steward and dining room staff (early sitting) was excellent. The dinning room food in the evening was largely good ... Read more
DavenWill
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
22 forum posts
Arcadia cruise 9-20 December 2014 cruise J421 Our first impression was a good one as we arrived at the new Mayflower Teminal. It is very well designed and set out, much improved on the "shed" we were in in 2008. We had to wait two hours ... Read more

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paul2cc
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed December 2014
Having cruised twice before in the Med with Thomson and having enjoyed my experience thoroughly as a special treat I decided to book a surprise cruise to the carribean for my wife's 50th Birthday. We booked a week prior to travel and flew ... Read more
Sea Blue Skies
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
I am sure some of the views on these forums, reflect what some might have thought a cruise today would be the same as in the 1950's!!! Today the ships are on a huge scale, and the clientele far removed from that era. The flights to Venice ... Read more
BeatriceMavis
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed December 2013
Cruise no E330 - OCEANA - 19th - 29th Dec 2013 Been on this ship a number of times, always had a good cruise. We were looking forward to a wonderful Xmas experience on board this trip what a big disappointment and may I add waste of ... Read more
bumblejack
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
This was our first Christmas P&O Caribbean cruise and we were very impressed with the organisation at the airport once we arrived in Barbados on the 20th December. We were taken by minibus directly from the plane to check-in at the ... Read more
SLS1234567
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed December 2013
Our Christmas and New Year cruise was brilliant and we have recommended the cruise to friends and family. I have no links or allegiance to P&O although it is the only cruise line that we have experienced. We are a family of 'foodies' ... Read more

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kersh
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
1,561 forum post
Sailed December 2013
We flew from Manchester on 13 December to join Azura. We were in Premier seating and the cabin was only one third full. Excellent flight out and met at the plane by the coaches to whisk us off to the ship. No immigration, no cases to ... Read more
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STU C
Member Since 2014
1 review
My husband and myself have just returned from a very disappointing Christmas & New Year cruise on Ventura. Disappointing to the point that we also will never cruise with P & O again. This is our fourth Caribbean cruise. We ... Read more
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janelaura
Member Since 2014
1 review
This was a Christmas cruise and as such perhaps anomalous of other experiences, but my main bugbear was a feeling that I wasn't getting value for money. My dad went on the Oceana 2 weeks prior, and paid £750 for the balcony cabin ... Read more
Johnduckenfiel
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed December 2013
Sailed from Southampton on 21st Dec. for the Canaries. This is the first time we have sailed with P and O,although we have sailed before with their sister company, Princess. Well what can I say, although the ship is in need of updating as ... Read more
rowtone
Member Since 2009
1 review
1 forum post
Sailed December 2013
we have recently returned from the christmas cruise to the canary`s apart from the rough weather which p&o have no control over the cruise went quite well mainly due to the efforts of the captain Neil Turnbull [who is up there as the ... Read more

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Dissatisfied Steve
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed December 2013
Just returned from a 10 day cruise on the '' Oceana'', which set out from Southampton on the 19th Dec.2013, obviously taking in Christmas. We had been on the boat for about 5 hours, when both my wife and I started vomiting. This lasted for ... Read more
joeholiday2
Member Since 2012
7 reviews
890 forum posts
Sailed December 2013
Oceana E330. We are seasoned Thomson Cruisers, having been on 8 or 9 of their cruises, one NCL and once on the Oceana around 2 years ago, so you have an idea what we are comparing to.... The ship was very similar to how we found it 2 ... Read more
Tom1-1
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed December 2013
We loved the idea of spending Christmas away so having done 2 cruises preciously the Caribbean seamed perfect. The flight was perfect mainly down to the new Dreamliner, I can honestly say we felt refreshed even after a nine hour flight. ... Read more
Adrian G
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
191 forum posts
Technically, this was my second cruise with P&O-but the first was on the Canberra in 1992 so I can't really compare this trip to any P&O ships. This was my ninth cruise and also my 50th. birthday cruise. To say I was a little ... Read more
happy-to-cruise
Member Since 2013
1 review
2 helpful votes
When it comes down to value for money my wife and I have always rated P & O very highly - first class standards of comfort, cleanliness, fine dining, entertainment, all round customer care - and these elements were all present and ... Read more

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crazy caterer
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
We were first introduced to cruising back in 2002 by my dad who would only ever sail with P&O and we last sailed with them on Aurora in 2006. Since then we have cruised with both Royal Caribbean and Celebrity and I always told the ... Read more
sylvia1234
Member Since 2013
1 review
We travelled on Ocean for their New Years Cruise to Amsterdam. The berthing procedure at Southampton was faultless. We spent the first day in Zeebrugge which was lovely. We were then to go onto Amsterdam spending new Years eve and part of ... Read more
Shirl the Girl
Member Since 2010
1 review
12 forum posts
Sailed December 2012
My husband, son (13 years) and I have just recently returned from a fantastic holiday aboard the Ventura sailing around the many beautiful islands of the Eastern Caribbean! Feel I need to write a review as we had such a wonderful time ... Read more
Jack and Jill
Member Since 2007
1 review
32 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2012
We anticipated this Cruise with some trepidation, it being our first cruise with P & O, having only cruised with Celebrity and RCI before and read some derogatory remarks on Cruise Critic. We were very pleasantly surprised. Embarkation ... Read more
daipix
Member Since 2011
1 review
8 forum posts
Just returned from a New Years cruise from Southampton to the Canaries. The Highlights were Madeira for New Year, where there was a fantastic atmosphere during the day and then the firework display which was absolutely fantastic. If you ... Read more

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