The cruise was very enjoyable on the whole but we did not like the ship as much as we liked Arcadia. As we had booked an early saver deal we were very pleased and surprised to get a high deck midships cabin.We also got our first choice dining arrangements and in retrospect given the saving involved would be unlikely to book the select price again. We dined in Saffron most lunchtimes and the Bay Tree in the evening and found the service and food excellent in both.Apart from breakfast we did tend to avoid the buffet as it felt crowded and hectic,but the food was fine. We didn't use the pool areas as the weather on many days was too inclement for the outside pool areas and the main pool with the sun dome always feels like a public swimming baths as it is uncomfortably warm,noisy and smells of chlorine.But this is why for us it is always worth paying for a balcony cabin. We enjoyed all the ports of call apart from Barcelona,which for us was too large ,busy and crowded.But anyone who loves the buzz of big vibrant cities will love it. Cartagena.La Spezia and La Coruna were our favorites.La Spezia was a big surprise as P&O imply it's not worth visiting and try to sell you expensive and lengthy (10 Hours) trips to Pisa and Florence.It was a lovely place with fantastic views from the castle.

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The cruise was very enjoyable on the whole but we did not like the ship as much as we liked Arcadia.

As we had booked an early saver deal we were very pleased and surprised to get a high deck midships cabin.We also got our first choice dining arrangements and in retrospect given the saving involved would be unlikely to book the select price again.

We dined in Saffron most lunchtimes and the Bay Tree in the evening and found the service and food excellent in both.Apart from breakfast we did tend to avoid the buffet as it felt crowded and hectic,but the food was fine.

We didn't use the pool areas as the weather on many days was too inclement for the outside pool areas and the main pool with the sun dome always feels like a public swimming baths as it is uncomfortably warm,noisy and smells of chlorine.But this is why for us it is always worth paying for a balcony cabin.

We enjoyed all the ports of call apart from Barcelona,which for us was too large ,busy and crowded.But anyone who loves the buzz of big vibrant cities will love it.

Cartagena.La Spezia and La Coruna were our favorites.La Spezia was a big surprise as P&O imply it's not worth visiting and try to sell you expensive and lengthy (10 Hours) trips to Pisa and Florence.It was a lovely place with fantastic views from the castle.
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