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1,769 P&O Southampton Cruise Reviews
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goldenking
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed four weeks ago
Took this short cruise for a short break to celebrate New year away from home. The best bit about P and O cruises is the Sindu restaurant. Ate here twice in 5 nights. This was a typical cruise ship food and entertainment. Very ... Read more
Sailaway30
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
My wife and I were hoping for a special Christmas so splashed out on a P&O Christmas and New Year cruise. In reality we the cruise proved to be dull, underwhelming and not so very good value for money. To be fair to P&O the public ... Read more
jcackett
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
Boarding smooth with minimum waiting at Southampton, Once on board quick wash and upto the buffet (Plaza) while luggage arrived. Had a ham salad which was fresh then a scone which was anything but nice - just a blob of baked dough and has ... Read more
SheShe90
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Our first cruise on Arcadia was somewhat disappointing, what with a Norovirus outbreak on board, drainage problems (buckets collecting leaks) and a very disappointing entertainment programme. The food (1st sitting in the Meridian) was ... Read more
onetwo3
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
We wanted a Christmas break and saw the Baltic cruise advertised, which seemed o fit the bill perfectly having only done warm Christmas breaks before. The embarkation was slow but I would say average for a ship of this size, although ... Read more
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HOLWELL
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was our first cruise and we loved it. The ship was lovely and the crew were so friendly The food was great. The crew made the whole Christmas wonderful. The high light for us was the entertainment Roy Locke made our holiday and ... Read more
Ken Harrington
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Ship (Arcadia) was reportedly all good prior to booking our cruise, Unfortunately once on board we noticed this terrible smell on prom deck which seemed to go throughout the ship. Buckets catching leaks from what could have been waste ... Read more
Sam B
Member Since 2016
1 review
This was our first cruise and we were not disappointed. We booked a mini suite and well worth it for the extra space and little extras (spa bath, toiletries, champagne and canopies) a big balcony - constant hot water - a very comfortable ... Read more
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Dayday1402
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This was my first cruise with P&O. Much was as I expected. The cabin was functional (inside). Evening entertainment very good. Daytime entertainment poor. Main restaurant excellent service and food. Buffets very disappointing, very ... Read more
HB Happy Cruiser
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
A super cruise on the recently refurbished beautiful ship - Oriana. Although, Oriana has retained many of the original features throughout the ship all areas have been refurbished- carpets, curtains, cabins, bathrooms, theatre and Pacific ... Read more
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PAT19
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
The ship is looking tired and is still noisy at times; especially when docking or leaving port. We booked this cruise because we wanted a JOLLY CHRISTMAS holiday. What we actually got was P & O's care home at sea ! There was ... Read more
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rayleighman
Member Since 2012
1 review
2 forum posts
After being regaled non stop by me about the excellent food and shows you get on a P&O Cruise,I finally managed to convince my wife to take her first ever cruise......We decided on the Caribbean Christmas and New Year Cruise on Aurora ... Read more
bandray
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
We booked this cruise for the Morocco / Casablanca part of the itinerery which we did not get due to adverse weather conditions. This of course spoilt the whole cruise as we did not get what we were promised or paid for despite ... Read more
barbadosw
Member Since 2017
1 review
Sailed December 2016
We booked an out side cabin ,with part view ,what we had was the view of the inside of a life boat ,not only that there were men working in them every day right out side are window it was important for my husband to look out as he suffers ... Read more
IHappy diner
Member Since 2017
1 review
We chose this cruise to coincide with my husbands birthday. From day one we had a fantastic time The cabin with balcony was spacious, the bathroom a bit cramped but adequate and everything cleaned to a high standard every day. Cabin ... Read more
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dave201
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
This is the second time we have been on this pre christmas cruise. It was a little shorter than last year at 12 rather than 14 nights and missed out Madeira but still incredible value for money at under £45 per night. The food ... Read more
annieuk
Member Since 2004
3 reviews
1,147 forum post
1 helpful vote
After reading less than complimentary reviews of this cruise I wanted to say our experience was different from two other reviewers. The ship was decorated for Christmas on our second day on board and we thought the decorations, trees, ... Read more
miranda53
Member Since 2003
1 review
11 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
We chose this cruise in order to visit Christmas markets and see some places we'd never been before; namely Hamburg, Copenhagen and Oslo. The ship and the ports for the most part did not disappoint. It was our first time on Aurora. To be ... Read more
cruzin.cat
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
85 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed December 2016
Chose this cruise as the itinerary was great as was the price. Turned out a great destinations cruise and the ship was great too but it was nothing short of a floating Benidorm. Where did so many slovenly ill mannered people come from, ... Read more
spike69
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
First impressions. I thought I had walked onto a Brittany Ferries boat to Santander - with better cabins. All the atmosphere of Stamford Bridge after Chelsea have been beaten at home. Average age of the passengers to the Caribbean was ... Read more
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Coz23
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was our 1st cruise. The ship itself was beautiful and I saw no signs of rust or anything else that people have complained about. We had a midship balcony cabin which was small but adequate. First the good points. The crew were ... Read more
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jtspecial
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
5 forum posts
Sailed November 2016
Thought we would give P&O a try as they are held in such high esteem by their past customers, maybe I set my expectations too high? We selected a 10 day Iberia cruise in an outside unobstructed cabin The departure port was Southampton ... Read more
Spotthedog
Member Since 2015
3 reviews
1 forum post
We booked this cruise because of the 5 destinations we had never been to 4 of them: La Coruna, Cadiz, Gibraltar and Lisbon. Malaga we'd visited many times but nonetheless it was still great to go back. All the ports were excellent. The ... Read more
johnnyd57uk
Member Since 2016
1 review
17 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
First cruise and first time on the Ventura. Absolutely fantastic ship and we had a great time on the whole. It was all a bit mystifying initially. Embarkation was smooth but once on board it got totally confusing. Very few signs and ... Read more
itsybitsy2
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
47 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Just arrived back from our first P&O cruise. Sailed on Ventura 23 November. Overall we felt we received good value for money having booked fairly late and received a good price with generous onboard credit. Embarkation efficiency ... Read more
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