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1,779 P&O Southampton Cruise Reviews
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Bazz747
Member Since 2014
1 review
258 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
We chose this cruise because we needed an extra day towards our Princess loyalty program status. We were very happy in the main with the whole experience. The cabin could have been a little cleaner, the carpet needed a good vacuum as ... Read more
Teresa Greene
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
This cruise was to see the winter out with a friend, a nice break. The ship looked tired and worn. The cabin was fine, there were no towels, tissues in the bathroom. Dining was okay though most of the food was cold, dried up except the ... Read more
CaraLark
Member Since 2016
1 review
11 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed two weeks ago
We had heard really positive things about P&O, and so chose them to be our first cruise. We selected a mini cruise of four nights to give us a chance to explore the ship. Before sailing we read some reviews and forums here and were ... Read more
Biscuit108
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
Had not holidayed on a cruise ship before and wanted to visit Amsterdam and Bruge as a family (2 adults and 2 children). For first time cruisers we really did not know what to expect, we had read some reviews and had an idea of what we ... Read more
luckylynn13
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
111 forum posts
Chose this cruise for the prospect of sunshine and warmth. The ship was in good shape overall apart from scruffy lift doors and grubby chairs in the Buffet. Food in the restaurant had improved since our last visit a year ago. However, ... Read more
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blueboo
Member Since 2010
3 reviews
160 forum posts
We had a wonderful time on Ventura with smooth sailing for the most part and lovely weather. The Caribbean has been on our bucket list and it surpassed all our expectations. So many other reviews have covered things like cabins and dining ... Read more
2victoria
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
Chose this cruise simply because we wanted to visit the Caribbean without having to fly. We have previously cruised with Royal Caribbean, Princess and Celebrity, but were told by other cruisers that "P&O is the best" so ... Read more
merseyscouse
Member Since 2013
1 review
13 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
Ship Lovely ship, great public areas, clean and pleasant. Cabin balcony cabin, a bit rattly when the winds blew hard at sea but otherwise good dining. The TV quality is a bit dated and is in need of updating but the on board ... Read more
Prisoner 755
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2017
On arrival at the terminal you were herded by colour cards to your point of registration,as we were on our honeymoon and booked the cabin we wanted months in advance,we were shocked to be told our cabin had been changed to a cabin on the ... Read more
jocap
Member Since 2008
9 reviews
5,307 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Last year's 28 day cruise to the Caribbean was so brilliant in every way, so we'd no hesitation, along with many others, about booking the same cruise for this January. Why, after so many different cruises with other ships and other ... Read more
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rich 112
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
11 forum posts
11 helpful votes
Aurora. Jan 17. 21 nights Our first time on Aurora, we booked not realising that this was the first leg of a world cruise (not that it made a huge amount of difference to us) and celebrating 180 years of the P and O company/cruise line ... Read more
EBDorking
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Our first time on Oceana and we found it to be a bright and well decorated ship. We particularly liked the Atrium open area which extends through 4 decks in the middle of the ship with glass fronted lifts gliding efficiently up and down. ... Read more
bodgerday
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
Overall, this was a very enjoyable cruise. It was our first time on the Oceana, it was a little dated ( refit in November 2017 ) but this added to the charm of this lovely ship. Built in Italy in 2000 you could see the Italian influence ... Read more
jessybell
Member Since 2011
1 review
123 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this particular cruise as it fitted in with other plans we have for 2017 and as we had not been on Oceana for many years, we thought it would be a nice change. We liked the itinerary. We went with another couple who are frequent ... Read more
Sikwemu
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
193 forum posts
5 helpful votes
We cruise a lot & don't normally write reviews but after reading so many poor ones about Oceana I thought I would do one. We picked the 35 night Caribbean and USA cruise on the itinerary. Have sailed Oceana before but as it was 2009 ... Read more
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MrsBoxerDog
Member Since 2017
1 review
2 helpful votes
As I wanted to sail the Panama Canal, this was an ideal trip. A really lovely cruise, commencing with smooth embarkation at Southampton, as always. The ship, thankfully, was adults only (also a better class of person) and although most ... Read more
francis53golf
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed January 2017
We chose this company because we were told that P & O were the best around so we booked a 16 day holiday around the Canary Islands in celebration of my wife,s birthday.Getting on the ship was fairly quick and easy,with plenty of ... Read more
cruiser1955
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
490 forum posts
21 helpful votes
My first cruise on Ventura was back in 2010 when I was not impressed with the ship, so it was with some in trepidation that I returned to her. However, I must say that I was most impressed with the improvements I found. I am a frequent ... Read more
goldenking
Member Since 2017
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
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
jaypo63
Member Since 2014
6 reviews
4 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
This is our eighth cruise with P & O and our third Christmas and New year cruise with them. Although it pains me to say it,standards have fallen on Oceana,don't get me wrong,we still had a great time but little niggles are starting ... Read more
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Sailaway30
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 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
4 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
2 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes
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
HOLWELL
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
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
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