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78 P&O Holiday Cruise Reviews

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bazzer12
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
What did we enjoy most about this cruise ? 1/ P & O do try hard to give you a good time, by giving you very good service whether it may be in the cabin, the buffet restaurants or the main restaurants & varied, good quality ... Read more
Alice Slater
2 reviews
We have cruised on Arcadia several times but could not help noticing how some standards on the ship have declined on the last cruise. This did not alter the fact that overall we enjoyed the experience. Our first moan was that we had to ... Read more
John Pearson
3 reviews
Sailed August 2011
Embarkation. We boarded at The Ocean Terminal for the first time and found it to be excellent. The process of handing over the car the luggage and proceeding through check in and onto the ship was pretty well seamless. Arrived at terminal ... Read more
G. Wells
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2011
We had cruised before only a river cruise though, we had been told that this ship and P&O were the ones for us (by people who "knew"). the cabin was adequate, although when we arrived ours stank of tobacco smoke, they did ... Read more
TravelOwls
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
59 forum posts
Having never sailed with P&O before we were not too sure what to expect of a British cruise line. Friends who had cruised the Baltic previously with P&O on an adult only ship, which has since left the fleet, were not at all complimentary ... Read more

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brian wilson
2 reviews
Sailed July 2011
had high expectations of this ship, but sadly we were dissapointed in the main. for us one of the cruise experience highlights is the food/wine in the evening & we were badly let down by so-called award-winnig chefs who couldn't ... Read more
sh4161
1 review
Sailed June 2011
Western Mediterranean Cruise, E116.  June 18th - July 02nd 2011.  Our first impression upon boarding this ship was one of shabbiness. The carpets are all fraying, with holes and dirt all over them. The wall panels along the ... Read more
Pamela Richardson
1 review
Sailed April 2011
Love cruising a few faults with Azura prefer the Oriana. I felt the staff just hadn't got it together.TravelTrain from Darlington direct good service and on time. Plenty of taxis to the quay side no waiting .Embarkation a little slow we ... Read more
The Big Fish
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
3 forum posts
Have just returned from Barbados by aircraft, leaving the cruise-ship Arcadia to travel onwards to Alaska, before its return journey to Southampton sometime in June.All staff aboard the vessel were generally hard-working and polite, ... Read more
Harry Bennett
1 review
We booked this trip in January 2010 and were told when we booked that there were only 4 cabins left, these were outside cabins and that there were no balcony staterooms left. As my wife and I are both smokers we were disappointed but were ... Read more

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mcc1
1 review
After thoroughly enjoying a month long Christmas and New Year cruise last year on Oceana we decided to book the similar cruise on Ventura this year. What a huge mistake that proved to be. After only a couple of days it seemed as though the ... Read more
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JANET STRANG
1 review
I wont re-iterate other reviews about our 24 hour delay due to Thomas Cook, but I would like to say that the organisation of the Arora Hotel in Crawley was fantastic. However, we waited almost 2 hours to retrieve our luggage at Gatwick and ... Read more
Irene Burlinson
1 review
Overall we enjoyed our Ventura experience finding the captain's humour very contagious. For the main the staff in the dining rooms were helpful and courteous although (as with life generally) a few bad attitudes let down the good ... Read more
kevinyork
Member Since 2009
10 reviews
3,582 forum posts
We chose this Christmas cruise on Ventura simply because the itinerary and dates suited our schedule. We were on Azura 6 months before so knew what to expect. In fact we were surprised that the ships were so similar. Ventura is a couple of ... Read more
shirley smith
1 review
Not rated Sailed December 2010
We've just returned from Christmas and New Year on Azura. It was wonderful. A lovely ship with lots of alternative dining options at VERY reasonable prices, although lots of people complained that all food wasn't free. The Glass House and ... Read more

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pennib
Member Since 2010
10 reviews
7 forum posts
Like about 98% of the passengers on this cruise, we had booked it in April 2009 at a price that you would pay for a cruise of half the duration, and we had upgraded flights. As we had already been on the Ventura and we knew that the Azura ... Read more
wallace
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2010
This was a Christmas & New Year cruise of 28 days. Ship much too big, not enough room in Playhouse, Manhattan Lounge, Malabar Lounge, to accommodate - hence several arguments with people blocking views- had to get to show lounges long ... Read more
JOHN GILLEGHAN MBE
1 review
I was so much looking forward to sailing on Azura but the first impressions were disappointing.Too many passengers cared for by too few staff:the deck activities were mainly "non-hosted" and there was a feeling of over crowding at certain ... Read more
powerchair will travel
Member Since 2011
1 review
Well I appoligise for the writing I have catteracts so writing this review is difficult along with most passengers we had booked 18 months in advance at what we thought was a once in a life time oppertunity 28 nights on the AZURA in ... Read more
graham.100
Member Since 2010
5 reviews
5 forum posts
AURORA CHRISTMAS 2010 CRUISE - A COMEDY OF ERRORS Let me start by saying that despite the "Comedy of Errors", overall the cruise was very enjoyable and being able to travel to the Caribbean and back from Southampton is very relaxing - ... Read more

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jane leader
1 review
Sailed December 2010
After 25 years of me choosing the holidays, I thought it fair that my husband could choose this time. He suggested a Caribbean cruise and whilst I wasn't actually overjoyed at the suggestion' I agreed. After various weather-related ... Read more
Sue Bantin
1 review
Sailed December 2010
We booked this cruise as we felt it would be a lovely way to celebrate Christmas. We travel with two severely disabled young adults who are our children and have cruised many times, albeit, not with P & O. I have to state at the ... Read more
GEOFFREY BOOTH
1 review
1 helpful vote
We were looking forward to cruising the Caribbean on P&O's new ship the Azura- what a disappointment! Ship was OK but nothing special. The food choice was abysmal compared to other cruise lines - food itself in the restaurant was ... Read more
jenny wren
Member Since 2007
4 reviews
1,985 forum post
1 helpful vote
Sailed November 2009
.....We stayed the previous night at the Holiday Inn close to Dock Gate 8 Southampton who do a cruise package of one nights stay, breakfast and up to 3 weeks parking (we paid for an extra night parking as our cruise was 22 nights) with ... Read more
GlasgowGuy
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
705 forum posts
Cruise J824 - Arcadia - Dec 20th 2008 to Jan 5th 2009 Embarkation We arrived at the terminal in Southampton at 2:10 pm to find a huge queue ahead of us. When we finally entered the terminal building the check in desks were unmanned, ... Read more

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