This was our First Christmas and New Year Cruise and maybe our last?, we flew from Manchester on a 767-300, "it was strongly hinted it would be a dream liner but sadly not" this was our first long haul Flight and the last, (mind ... Read More
This was our First Christmas and New Year Cruise and maybe our last?, we flew from Manchester on a 767-300, "it was strongly hinted it would be a dream liner but sadly not" this was our first long haul Flight and the last, (mind you we did have to fly back and we were dreading it), Six out of the Eight on board Toilets packed up on our journey, the queues were long and very lengthy, we, the passengers, were blamed for flushing prohibited items down the loo which i find a little unbelievable. I am a Coeliac i have to follow a Gluten Free diet,but was told i may not be able to be supplied with a Gluten Free meal so i brought my own only to be presented with a Gluten Free meal so what do i do eat my own or there's, i chose the later, upon reflection i would rather have eaten my own.
The positive side of things was the delivery of our luggage, it was outside our Cabin an hour after we entered our inside cabin, we chose inside cabins, the reason being we travel the same rout as everyone else, we eat the same food, we drink the same drinks so why pay Two Thousand Pounds more for a view, we can see the view on the TV in our Cabin, and within Two Minutes of leaving our Cabin we can be on deck.
We chose Club Dining in the Oriental we were on the First sitting, the food was only average nothing special, even though they were called by all sorts of fancy names, i did enjoy the Sirloin Steaks, i repeatedly asked for Dianne Sauce but for some reason the Chefs couldn't make it, if indeed they were chefs, i have my doubts.
I know a number of Chefs at home and making a Dianne Sauce is very basic knowledge that is taught in the first year as a chef. I am a Coeliac i have no choice but to follow a Gluten Free Diet, i was accomodated fairly well but found the menu a little restricted, apart from the Sindhu Restaurant that is, the few meals we had there were incredible and mostly Gluten Free, but there was a £20 Supplement for each person for each meal. I was told the kitchens made Gluten Free Bread every day but i saw all the packets of Gluten Free Bread made by Schar so maybe not hey?.
We liked to go to a Show or some other entertainment although for the first Three weeks it was sadly lacking, we did like some of the Tribute acts, namely Tina Turner, Annie Lennux and Lionel Richie, Mike Miller one of the original Granada show Comedians was brilliant.
We found the Staff were mostly very friendly and Polite, i prefer to be called by my first Name and not to be called Sir, most of the bar Stewards thankfully called me by my first name i much prefer the friendly approach.
As we were on the Cruise for 28 Days we booked a few Shore excursions, one of which was swimming with Sting Ray's on the Island of Grand Cayman we did this Four Years ago and found it an incredible experience, so we thought we would repeat it once more but sadly we were told it had been canceled because of rough weather, we were in the bay with Five other Ships, all American as it happens, we were told we couldn't Tender to the Port because of this weather, yet all the other Ship's were able to manage to get in to Port by Tender, very odd i think and very annoying.
We missed Antigua because of this bad weather but gained an extra day in New Orleans because of this, all other Ports of call were well worth the visit, including, St Kitts were we where on the Sugar Train for a Two hour tour of the Island, we loved the Land and Sea excursion on St Lucia well worth the money we thought, then the Kennedy Space Centre the history on that site was well worth the visit, all the Rockets that took the men to the moon and that built the ISS were on display, an incredible day.
Our cruise began in Barbados, we were processed then walked on board to our Cabin which was ready for us to enter, because the previous occupant was evicted at Eight that morning as we found out on the 28th Day of our Cruise when we were evicted at Eight that last Day of our Cruise, the last day being the 28th day that i had paid for, we had no Cabin even though we had paid for it.
We were offered a Cabin until Three that afternoon for the princely sum of 45 pounds, i found that unbelievable because i had already paid for my Cruise, the excuse i was given was that they needed to get my Cabin ready for the next Cruise Guest, please excuse me for saying this but i don't give a stuff for them that Cabin was mine, i had paid for it, our flight was at Six Thirty that evening, in fact it was Two hours late tacking off, we were sat on that aircraft for One and a half hours without air conditioning,the heat was incredible, my wife was at the point of collapse, i was and still am very annoyed. We will not as i sit here writing this ever think we will Cruise from that Port again, or fly long Haul to that Port, or maybe never Cruise with P&O again, they had our Money then kicked us out of our Cabin.
I will say this though, we did enjoy the Caribbean Islands we visited even though we missed Two of them because of bad weather, or was that the reason, all the American Ship's managed to get in, but we couldn't.
Antigua........Couldn't Tender in, weather too bad?
St Kitts......... Beautiful Island, Beautiful people....... Sugar Train tour, fantastic.
St Martin...... Half French,Half Dutch Island, very Beautiful.
Tortola......... Cane Garden Beach is beautiful, but the sun beds are broken and Dangerous, don't rent them, there are many more beaches on the Island.
Catalina Island... this Island has the best beaches anywhere, the ship moves everything onto the Island they take it over for the day, all the food, all the drink are brought from the ship and set up by ship's staff, what a fantastic day, all the sun beds and parasols are free to use.
Jamaica, Montego Bay, we were advised not to go into Town under our own steam so we took the Ship's advice so we stayed on board.
Grand Cayman... couldn't Tender ashore, bad weather,?, but all the American Ships did, there were Five Ships Anchored, we couldn't so we left.
New Orleans..... 3 days, enjoyed everything about the City apart from the immigration process.
Key West.... Didn't go ashore wasn't feeling to well.
Port Everglades.... went ashore but came back 1 Hour later, the beach was very crowded the sea was very rough.
Port Canaveral... went to Kennedy Space Centre, Fantastic place, the Americans can put a show on so well.
San Juan.... One of the nicest Islands to walk round, so relaxed.
St Thomas... Went on the Cable Car to the top of the mountain fantastic views, had bus ride round the Island, very good.
Dominica..... just had a walk round, all the shop's very much the same.
St Lucia ..... love this Island, we went on the Land and Sea Tour, one of the best Tours we've been on.
Grenada.... Wasn't to happy about this Island, pestered all the time by Taxi Drivers so went back on board.
Barbados.... Two Days... walked into Town pestered by Taxi Drivers must have said "no Thank's" over One Hundred Times. Day Two, didn't leave the Ship evicted from Cabin at Eight in the Morning didn't leave Ship to fly home until Five that Evening, going stir crazy, then flight delayed for Two Hours, wasn't very happy, lost One day of Cruise.
Despite what we've said we did enjoy the Cruise over Christmas and New Year and most of the Islands we visited, but some of the incidents on the ship made us feel uneasy, my wife who is Blind was accosted by a drunk, he became very intrusive and very very rude, swearing and being a drunk, some may say he was just being festive but it did make us feel very uneasy, he bumped into us on several occasions and was drunk most of the time day and night, it did spoil our Cruise to a certain extent.
I doubt we would do this Cruise again, or any Cruise again, we feel some of the cliental P&O are attracting are not who we want to mix with, i feel so bad saying what i've just said, we are just ordinary people who have worked hard all our lives, we have loved Cruising with P&O in the past but feel it is not for us anymore, maybe we will change our minds, in some ways i hope we do we love to travel. Read Less