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1,824 P&O Southampton Cruise Reviews
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tonygcharles
Member Since 2012
1 review
94 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed two weeks ago
We cruise often, 30+ with different cruise companies. We find embarkation on PO so slow and drawn out, sitting for hours on end with a letter in your hand waiting to hear yours to be called, or turn up about 2.30pm and you don't have to ... Read more
trescomania
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We had cruised on Britannia around Caribbean in January, and had a wonderful time, so were a bit apprehensive of taking a short break just over to Bruges. However, it was my friend's 60th, so the 15 of us joined her. We had a great time. ... Read more
Grahaml
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 forum post
Looking for a holiday during the school holidays we noted 3 P&O cruises leaving the same day and chose the Atlantic Islands cruise because we preferred the itinerary. The best other option was themed a Strictly Come Dancing cruise ... Read more
opct82
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
We wanted a last minute holiday and as Britannia embarked from Southampton this was hassle free as no flights to coordinate with transfers etc. Embarkation ran very smoothly and was very well organised. Once on board we were able to go ... Read more
Ethan Andy
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise because we wanted a no-fly cruise. Embarking was relatively easy. We'll start with the cabin. Firstly, we couldn't access the balcony because the door was jammed. Sorted by maintenance, but still very stiff to ... Read more
gusman2
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Never travelled by P&O before & decided to celebrate my wife's 70th by inviting 23 of her family(incl partners)...many younger group had never cruised before. Embarkation was reasonably swift ,embarkation times carried out ... Read more
AndrewG-S
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
We traveled as a group of 17 for the weekend from Southampton to Bruges to celebrate my mother's 75th birthday, while we had a great time this was rather in spite of the cruise experience than because of it. At check in we were left ... Read more
Two 2 Tango
Member Since 2012
11 reviews
216 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Just back from Oceana, cruised from Southampton to Malta. The embarkation day started with a coach pick up from Manchester airport to Southampton as we would be flying back from Malta because the ship will be relocating and based there ... Read more
Chris Hargreaves
Member Since 2017
1 review
7 helpful votes
Thought about it for years eventually took the plunge. Service from being picked up by the coach transfer to leaving the ship was great. Arrived at check given a card with a letter on then just wait until your letter was called, take the ... Read more
ConnieTact
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
9 forum posts
4 helpful votes
We had read the mixed reviews about P&O and decided to try Britannia out because of the good prices sailing from Southampton and because it was a new larger ship. It was probably the most straight forward journey into a ship we had ... Read more
CoupleUK
Member Since 2004
9 reviews
349 forum posts
1 helpful vote
This was our first cruise with P&O, following nearly 30 cruises with various other lines. We booked an aft balcony G728 (so deck 8 for normal cruisers). What a mistake that was. In the same way they do with "restricted ... Read more
Roofire
Member Since 2016
1 review
98 forum posts
3 helpful votes
So to set the scene we are not new to cruising and had previously been put off P&O, with an image of P&O being very stuffy and formal. A Taster cruise seemed the perfect opportunity to find out whether our perceptions were valid ... Read more
Aebromley61
Member Since 2017
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We were told this was a taster cruise so we thought before we committed to two weeks away we would try it. We queued for over an hour to get on board. Not a good start. No apaology or welcome drink straight unaided to cabin. Having ... Read more
Simon Rowe
Member Since 2017
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Having worked as a port agent in Southampton for many years attending to various cruise lines this was my first ever cruise as a passenger. Check in at Southampton was organised chaos, however somehow we boarded and first impression was ... Read more
fastforwardcoach
Member Since 2011
1 review
37 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We have always wanted to go to Bruges, and when we found this trip it seemed ideal - combine a cruise experience and visit somewhere we have always wanted to go. In reality, we didn't expect too much, but we were very pleasantly ... Read more
BaldingCruiser
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
18 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Friends wanted to go on a taster, so we went with them! Two nights is a bit too short for us. Was surprised at the number of Hen Parties and also a couple of Stag parties which we didn't expect. No promonade deck to speak of (just a ... Read more
krg4426
Member Since 2017
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We chose the mini cruise to Bruge. Embarkation was very quick . We checked in at 12.45 and by 13.20 we were enjoying lunch. We had a cabin with balcony on G deck. Lovely cabin with sofa lovely compact shower and loo room. Balcony with ... Read more
Swisdir
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
Excellent cruise 6th time with P&O, 2nd time on Ventura. A bit rough travelling through bay of Biscay but all well once we got into Mediterranean. Arrived in Palma after 4 days at sea where weather was sunny with a cold wind. Next stop ... Read more
TravellerNo1
Member Since 2008
4 reviews
39 forum posts
3 helpful votes
P & O have improved their performance since my last cruise with them. Embarkation was a breeze and our bags arrived in the cabin shortly after we did. Best departure we have had. Cabin staff were polite and efficient and there ... Read more
lesleyfb
Member Since 2002
2 reviews
455 forum posts
6 helpful votes
Ventura 21 March 2017 – 2nd April 2017 12 nights N707 Embarkation went smoothly and we were in our cabin soon after. We had been on Ventura a few times before so knew the layout. It was 3 days at sea but with the help of ... Read more
cruiser1955
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
513 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Yet another great cruise on Ventura. My third in 12 months on Ventura and a repeat of the itinerary I did 12 months ago. Due to an accident on the M3, it seemed that many passengers were delayed. This had the advantage of embarkation ... Read more
roglen
Member Since 2017
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
Wanted to get away early in the year and visit a few new places. Chose this cruise because of its itinery. Embarkation and Disembarkation was superb unlike the usual airport chaos. Decent cabin on A deck with small balcony. Good food in ... Read more
neighbours 9/ll
Member Since 2017
1 review
1 helpful vote
Having taken a cruise 2 years ago on Oceana we made a decision never to travel with P&O again, however, as they were the only cruise company making this trip we had no choice and booked the Northern Lights Cruise on Oriana in March ... Read more
coxsparrow
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 helpful votes
Back on P&O after two Celebrity and one Princess cruise, check in was very crowded but we were onboard quick enough and straight to our outside cabin. A long time since we had not had a balcony, would we miss it ?, well yes we did even ... Read more
mrobbin1
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
12 helpful votes
Sailed March 2017
We embarked on P&O Oriana on the 6th March 2017 at the Mayflower Terminal in Southampton on a 12 night Northern Lights Cruise to Norway’s Arctic Circle. We had stayed at the De Vere New Place, Shirral Heath, using their cruise ... Read more

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