We didn't know what to expect as this was our first cruise.
Southampton: Embarkation was brilliantly organised CPS (Cruise Parking service)
Attendants took our cases from the boot, next time we saw them was in our cabin so for us more relaxing then flying.
Disembarking: I was a bit worried but needn't have been, as we got a note in the cabin telling us what to do on the day.
We took our own case's off the ship, left at 8:00pm and nothing was to much trouble for anyone.
Once down we got a trolley, collected our car keys and we was off home.
No Forced Gratuity: Just ask for a form to fill in and some envelopes if you want to give to Steward etc.
Reception was very good and not rude, plus there was a long line of people waiting for these forms.
Sail away: I didn't enjoy but many did, I went to the last one which was very good so maybe I should have gone to the other's, can only say on the first two I did.
Lots of things extra you had to pay for on board, yoga, hydra pool etc.
The Chocoholics: For me wasn't worth the money
Wine Tasting: For me wasn't worth the money, plus I couldn't understand the lady given the presentation.
Photo Package: Which we bought wasn't worth the money
But this was our first cruise, and you learn by your mistakes.
Cabin: was kept beautifully clean, plenty of coffee, tea, milk biscuits etc.
Plus I loved my little chocolate on my pillow.
Lovely white fluffy towels, plus blue pool towels
Soap, shampoo, bubble bath etc, shower cap.
Shower was excellent
plus once you was in your cabin, you couldn't here anyone from the next rooms, still I used earplugs.
We gave him his tip early, because I felt so guilty he had to come twice to do our cabin, our room as never been so clean on holiday.
Food: Was superb and good in all venues, however Gala night we found the choice of meals not very good.
If you want hot milk just ask and they will warm it up for you, and at 10pm you can have hot chocolate, ovaltine etc.
Shows: Headliners put some good shows on, Killer Queen was excellent, better then We Will Rock You in London when that was on.
Mickey Zany Comedian was so funny, and the three girls they had on Jenny was excellent
Duty free: Perfume on the day you could buy 2 bottle 1 half price, spirits 2 bottles for £ 20
Shore Excursions: Fire Mountain was Excellent, but the others Lisbon have a good read up and you can do this quite easy yourself, Hop On Hop Of Bus is good and shows you more then the tour.
I can't understand some people's comments about the Arcadia or P and O, and it makes me wonder why they come back on the same ship or use the same company for that matter.
All in all we had a great experience, and booked again for next November same ship but with a different Itinerary.
We had a inside cabin, because hubby wasn't sure if he could handle seeing the sea every day from his room.
We went to have a look at one, and this time booked a balcony.
But was surprised how much room there is in an inside.
Did our own thing, but came back to the ship early.
Excellent was well worth the money. A must see.
Was good, but can be easily done yourself.
We did our own thing here, caught the free shuttle which dropped us off in town and we had a good look around.