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1,637 P&O Southampton Cruise Reviews

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Ericsbowls
Member Since 2016
1 review
Overall enjoyed our cruise but improvement needed on the interior of the Ventura. In our cabin the one chair was all frayed and looked very worn ,electric socket was hanging from the wall ,the sheets were torn in both beds and below the ... Read more
Fangfarrier
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
4 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We are seasoned cruisers having chosen this holiday for the last 15 years. This cruise saw us reach Mediterranean level on the Penisular Club so we have long experienced P&O over this time. Embarkation was civilised and reasonably ... Read more
Sea Blue Skies
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
5 helpful votes
Third time on Ventura and 5th cruise with P&O, chose for the ports of call, and enjoy exploring on ones own which these destinations offered. This ship is now 8 years old, and yes some signs of wear here and there, but standards are ... Read more
PhilbeachTraveller
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
177 forum posts
Sailed three weeks ago
This was my 12th cruise and the first with P&O. We were looking for a short break and have friends in La Rochelle, so this one looked perfect to us. Plus it was a good price so booked it just a few weeks before the sailing. Also liked ... Read more
Ella C
Member Since 2016
1 review
Sailed three weeks ago
Went on the trip as a birthday gift from my parents, they love cruises but it didn't really suit me. I enjoyed the evenings in the casino, meals in the waiter staffed restaurants and the shows. Maxine Mazunda was brilliant as Dusty ... Read more

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Jwugg
Member Since 2016
1 review
2 forum posts
My first cruise, something I have avoided for many years & I am full of praise for P&O & the experience. Everything was very well organised, slick, & fair, a good system for embarkation & disembarkation etc. Cabin ... Read more
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ploughclose
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
We chose this as an experimental taster first sea cruise - we've been on a couple of river cruises with Viking. Both embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and trouble-free. Ship is described as mid-sized. To us it was enormous. ... Read more
shrimper65
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
1 forum post
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
This was the 12th cruise my wife and I had taken and the third to the fjords. It was one of the best. The ship is an ideal size allowing around 1800 passengers. We prefer this to the super liners which seem so congested. Aurora is ... Read more
Barney490
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
2 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
Our second voyage aboard Aurora and once again totally wonderful, from the moment we stepped aboard, till the moment we disembarked. As you walk aboard, a friendly crew member is there to welcome you and hand you a map of the ship. I ... Read more
Heyblondie3
Member Since 2016
1 review
My sister and I had already booked an inside cabin for the 6 nighter that followed this mini-cruise but decided to add this one to make a longer holiday. Managed to get a balcony at good price but would need to change cabins for the ... Read more

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j74656
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed three weeks ago
We recently returned from our two day trip on Ventura and thought we would try out a ship which we hadn't cruised on before. We now mostly sail with Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruises. We didn't expect the same experience as Royal as we ... Read more
Never too many
Member Since 2016
1 review
3 helpful votes
Wanted a convenient short break before the nights began to draw in and thought this offered the ideal chance for a weekend away.The trip to Southampton was a road well travelled by us over the years as seasoned cruisers and parking and ... Read more
mekydro
Member Since 2013
5 reviews
2 forum posts
4 helpful votes
Sailed four weeks ago
This was our 4th cruise to Norway and we had been to all the ports before; we chose it to experience Arcadia and just relax on board. The ship is enormous and throughout the cruise there were passengers 'lost' whilst looking for some ... Read more
JagmanXK8
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Prepare to be disappointed and underwhelmed! This is our fifth cruise with P&O. We will never sail on Britannia again and certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone. On our first night we experienced an inconsistent very loud banging ... Read more
philipsw285
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
158 forum posts
EMBARKATION In 2010 i went on celebrity eclipse and i think the memory of how good and quick embarkation is probably ruins how i feel about p&o i remember parking the car and within 20 minutes being on the ship yes the cabins arn't ... Read more

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coppo100
Member Since 2013
1 review
5 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed four weeks ago
We chose this cruise because we had sailed on the Oriana 3 years ago and enjoyed it immensely, we had not been to Guernsey, Scotland or Ireland before so this was the cruise for us. We were not disappointed, embarkation was pretty ... Read more
Julie Burrows
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
We had read the recent reviews of Oriana as we always do prior to a cruise. We can assure readers that there is no need to worry about a cruise on Oriana. Although older , we loved her .The cabins are a bit small, but the restaurants , ... Read more
eesmie
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 helpful vote
We chose this cruise to see parts of the British Isles we had not visted before. This objective was achieved, allbeit somewhat briefly.... This was our third trip on Oriana, which, despite getting "tired" in places (refit due ... Read more
Alan Gosforth
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
3 forum posts
Embarkation was really good. 30 minutes from terminal entrance to ships cabin. Disembarkation not so good. Seemed rather disorganised and ended with standing in a long queue for 15 minutes or so. Why do people wait until they arrive at ... Read more
wavelll
Member Since 2016
1 review
The Aurora is a very comfortable mid size ship and very much the sister to the Oriana. Great curved stern which is no longer the style on more modern ships. Food is fine, not 5 star but standard acceptable with good size potions in dining ... Read more

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viv211
Member Since 2016
1 review
The ship was very stable, all public areas, of which there are quite a few, were clean at all times. Some of the public toilets were not kept clean at all times and some even with soap missing. Breakfast and dining in the free dining ... Read more
Long time cruisers
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Firstly, it has to be said that cruising is not what it used to be.Years ago you where treated as a guest. now you are just one of many on a floating hotel.The initial cost of a cruise looks very inviting. However. once on board there are ... Read more
Mummytambo1
Member Since 2016
1 review
7 helpful votes
Sailed August 2016
Been on Azura 3 Times decided to try Ventura Food was Terrible in Buffet Indian and Asian food for 12 days, Food was always barely warm if not cold, if you wanted a salad,forget Ham or Prawns were only out twice complained to ... Read more
Robbo66
Member Since 2005
6 reviews
37 forum posts
7 helpful votes
This was our first cruise with P&O (we've cruised with NCL, Royal Caribbean and Princess - Princess being my favourite). I was a little apprehensive about some of the reviews of Britannia, but let me set that straight right away - it ... Read more
cthed
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
We chose this cruise at the last minute as it fitted in with holiday dates. Always wanted to see the fjords and had never cruised before so seemed a perfect choice to try out cruising without being on a ship to long if we didn't like it. ... Read more
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