We have done five cruises with RCI on the news ships, Anthem and Harmony being the most recent. We wanted to try P&O before booking a main holiday cruise with them so going on a two day trip was a good way to see what they have to offer. Very glad we did this as we now know it's not for us!
In general it's just not as good the main disappointment being the food, the best thing we ate all weekend was a burger and fries from the deck restaurant near the pool on deck!
The buffet restaurants are dreadful, very cramped in the area where you queue up and very hot. You literally have to snake your way along, in one end out the other. No good if you forget something and want to pop back! You have to go one at a time too when travelling as a couple as one of you has to save the table otherwise no chance of getting one with food rapidly going cold on your tray! Choice of food very poor in comparison to RCI and the quality was awful awful awful..... someone from P&O needs to go on the Anthem of the seas to see how to deal with crowds in buffet restaurants.
Ate in Sindhu the Indian on the 1st night, cost us an extra £70 with a bottle of wine and really wasn't worth it. No atmosphere either as barely anybody else in there eating, still tried to sit us at a rubbish table for two in the middle of the restaurant though.....ended up next to a window in a larger table. Food quality better than the main restaurant but still nothing stand out.
Ate in the main restaurant the next night for formal night as figured this would be when the best menu would be on. Cramped table for two so close to others that we might as well have been sat with them! Could hear everyone's conversation without trying, awful. Food quality was rubbish and portions small. Service very slow and hit and miss, they brought the wrong food twice! Left before dessert couldn't wait any longer and just wanted to get out of there.
Bars all pretty quiet with bland background musicians apart from one bar I think it was called Malabar which had a bit more life. Entertainment an Annie Lennox impersonator....that's as far as we got. Went to the casino to play, no chance of getting on a table not enough of them. Listened to the karaoke in there instead which was probably the best entertainment of the cruise!
Ship itself is difficult to navigate, several dead ends and having to walk through restaurants to get to other places .....weird. Also pretty dated now and lots of furniture in the bars and restaurants showing it's age and needs replacing.
Definitely an older crowd on P&O which is fine but probably not for us just yet.....
Tried to get off to visit Guernsey but the tendering system a nightmare with a two hour wait in a long queue to endure first so didn't bother, shame.
Cabin was very dated and quite battered, the tv remote sensor was being held to the cabinet under the TV with gaffa tape! Nice! Cabin steward nice and efficient.
All in all a disappointment not to be repeated. Back to Royal Caribbean and Celebrity for us, we should have stayed loyal to royal as there slogan says!
We were allotted a disabled cabin (neither of us is disabled but we didn't mind as the cabin was bigger) Very dated, wardrobe doors didn't shut properly. Tv remote sensor taped to the unit! Everything pretty worn out and tired. Didn't like the way you look down onto three rows of balconies below you, I thought the idea of paying for a balcony was to get some privacy. Not on this ship!