Top of the range are the two Penthouse Suites (742 square feet) followed by the 16 Suites (449 square feet) then 200 or so Superior Deluxe Balcony Staterooms (317 square feet). These are all outside cabins with balconies, baths and showers, and all have a sitting area with a coffee table, a flat-screened TV, fridge and desk. The Balcony Staterooms (236 square feet) have showers but no baths, while most Standard Cabins (164 square feet) have picture windows and a desk but no sitting area. There are also some inside Standard Cabins and both inside and outside Single Cabins (130 square feet).
Colour schemes are very neutral; ours was mostly cream and beige with a light wood trim around the fitted cupboards and drawers -- of which there were more than enough for two people. The lighting is subtle and artwork inoffensive, and the beds can be configured as twins or a double on request.
Bathrooms are modern, as you would expect from a 2010 ship, with tiled floors and walls, good storage space and powerful showers plus generous bottles of White Company shampoo, conditioner and body lotion. A large bottle of White Company shower gel was fixed to the wall near the shower. The hairdryers are fixed to the desk and are more powerful than most found on cruise ships. There is also a mix of British plugs and American two-pin plugs around the room.
P&O's British style of cruises explains the very welcome in-cabin tea and coffee-making facilities, and the British sitcoms and BBC World News on the interactive TV, which you can also use to check your account, order room service, book excursions or speciality restaurants, order your wine for dinner or check ship announcements. There are also pay-to-view films and Sky News.
The single cabins have slightly more modern decor than the standard cabins, but all play safe with colours. There is only the occasional dash of lime green or burgundy to lift the general cream and beige decor.
All have free bottles of mineral water, but the Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabins come with Champagne, fruit and chocolates on arrival, plus bathrobes and binoculars. Canapes are offered once a week. The Suites have all this plus butler service, daily canapes, a coffee machine, newspapers and exclusive use of Seventeen for breakfast.
Families can be accommodated in all cabin grades except those for singles, with either two cots or one cot and an upper berth in addition to twin beds. There are also cabins adapted for wheelchair-users, with lower furniture for easier access and a wet room-style bathroom.
if you weren't out of your cabin by 8am the last day you had to pay a fee to P&O. May be the cabin steward was right, this is not a hotel, for a hotel would allow you to check out at 11am!...