This was our ( with my wife) first cruise on P and O and only our second overall. We had a balcony cabin towards the rear of the ship . It was fairly good; I have been in smaller hotel rooms in London and Paris! The bed was great and i can honestly say I had 14 great sleeps.
Overall the ship was good and has been well commented on . In particular we loved the Glass House, where the range of wines was excellent and interesting. The prices were on par , or even slightly cheaper than some city centre bars.
The Planet Bar was also good at night with good service , a gin menu and a good singing duo.
The Blue Bar had a very quirky piano bar singer who was great for me but not to everyone's tastes. Well done to Frankie for imposing your style on american songbook classics.
My overall impression is that this was a good cruise but that it is aimed very much at the pensioner market of Little England. everything was good in itself but very safe. We visited the Sindhu restaurant, and though it was beautiful presented and flavoured, it lacked a bit of oomph in the dishes. Similarly a fish curry was served one day in the Peninsular restaurant. The waiter was astonished, but got them, when we asked for some chopped chillies. It was explained to us that most passengers want everything mild and safe.
The black tie evenings, if this is not your thing, has severe restrictions on where you can eat or drink. Most of the centre of the ship is taken over by evening wearers and if you do not want to participate you are ousted to the buffet on deck 15. Ironically, we saw people queuing in the buffet with tux and ball gown!
This cruise will appeal to many over 70s but if P and O wants to attract new customers they may have to move a bit with the times.
Also the excursions are ridiculously overpriced and better value is available online
The cabin was good, clean with a big balcony and a great bed.
The shower and bathroom were decent, considering we were on a ship