This cruise was my wife and I's fourth cruise, the previous three were with Royal Caribbean, and we enjoyed them tremendiously, we opted for P&O, because they offered tge cruise we wanted to do at the time we wanted to do it.
We arrived art Manchester Airport to fly on the Thomas Cook Airline charter at 6:30am on the 27th December 2014. The plain was due to take off at 09:30, but due to weather conditions. The excuse was that the airport only had two de-icing trucks, and they were in the queue. You could hear the anger in the pilots voice when he made the various announcements during the delay.
We took off at 11:15am, the flight took slightly more than 7 hours. We were given a meal from Jamie Oliver. It was nice, we got free coffee two times and we could buy alcohol and soft drinks a few times also.