Very disappointed to see our cruise came down by 50% a few weeks before. This is the second time this has happened to us. My advice would be to not book early with P&O. Our cabin was situated mid ship, there was no access to any stairs so even if you wanted to go up or down one flight of stairs you had to wait on a lift. The lifts were very small and it could take up to 10 minutes to get a lift at peak times.
The main buffet restaurant (The Horizon) was very poor for the size of ship. Very little choice of food on offer. At night there was a themed food cuisine (ie Indian, Mexican etc), if you didn't like the type of cuisine on offer then there was a one type of meat with potatoes and vegetables to have. Limited salad choice and only ever one type of soup on offer.
We had freedom dining which we thought would be good to catch the shows as we could go when we wanted between 6pm and 9.30pm. We only went a couple of times as choice of menu wasn't great and it took approx 2.5hrs to get served all your courses.
We treated ourselves to the Eric Lanlard afternoon tea which was a cover charge of £15 per head. It was beautifully presented but it was all types of sweet cakes there was very little savoury bites and no sandwiches at all.
We also sampled the Sindhu Indian Restaurant (also £15 per head), service and food was great although the food offered wasn't your usual Indian restaurant type starters, curries etc.
The sun beds on deck were crammed together, no room to move.
The swimming pools were very deep, shallow end was 5.5ft and deep end was 7.5ft.
To get a seat in the main theatre (Headliner Theatre) you had to arrive at least 45 minutes before. The theatre was very small for the size of the ship and the amount of passengers on board. There was also no waiter service in the theatre. Difficult to get out of the theatre at the end of a show due to small pathways and the amount of people trying to get out.
Lack on entertainment on a ship of this size.
Lack of selection of drinks and cocktails in the bars/entertainment venues.
Internet packages very expensive and could only be accessed in the public areas (not always a seat available in the public areas).
For this being P&O's flag ship, it didn't have that WOW factor, no real focal point that stands out.
Cabin was very small. This is the smallest cabin we have ever had. This was a common comment from fellow passengers. People who had balcony cabins commented on how small their balconies were, just enough room for 2 small chairs.
Expensive trip. Not many scenic stops. Wine and cheese tasting was in hotel, choice of 4 wines and 5 types of cheese to try. Cheese, bread and crackers on tables. Limited wine served by waiters with no explanation as to what they were. Just a ploy to get you to buy local Azorean wine and cheese.
Great tour and well worth the money.
Panoramic city tour. Not many scenic stops.
Great trip and well worth the money.