The journey through the Norwegian Fjords was stunning. The itinerary was excellent and the ports were easily accessible - important for my wife who is disabled. All the staff were helpful and friendly and we were very well served by our excellent cabin steward. The accessible cabin was roomy enough for my wife to easily turn her walker and the wet room was both essential and excellent. The balcony was fine. Being overlooked was not a problem as generally people only came as far as the rail [ which they would need to do to see us from above] at sail away times and then they were more interested in the stunning scenery than watching their neighbours. The cabin could not have been closer to the lift which was ideal for my wife. The cabin was well soundproofed and we were not disturbed by noise from the lift or other cabins. The ship itself was generally well kept and, other than the buffet restaurants, we never had a problem of getting a seat in one of the bars. We didn't go to the Playhouse where the main shows took place but were impressed with the entertainment and background music in the bars. All in all an excellent cruise and I would have awarded 5 stars except for the following.
- the lounge area in the cabin was wonderful for relaxing and watching the scenery in some comfort. However, the curtains, both main and net, were well past their sell by date and ill fitting, spoiling the ambience of an otherwise nice area. Generally this area of the cabin needed refurbishment.
-there were two televisions in the cabin but both were small and past their sell by date. There was little of interest on offer through the TVs so, on sea days, we would have welcomed seeing a newly released film. The only location where this was possible was on an open sea deck with blankets as cover from the wind and cold of the North Sea. We think it would have been reasonable to show a film or two in the comfort of the Playhouse for those of frailer disposition.
- we opted for freedom dining and the Meridian restaurant did not disappoint. We enjoyed all the meals we had in this location. The buffet restaurant was more hit and miss - excellent cold meat salad but disappointing Beef dish where the meat was tough, and breakfast bacon full of fat from cooking. Our main problem with the buffet was the scrum that ensued to get your meal. My disabled wife gave up the struggle as it was almost impossible for her to manoeuvre through the throng of people. As always staff offered help but part of the experience of the buffet is to see what is on offer. Getting food was only half the problem. One then had to, often, walk some distance before finding a table to share by which time food was getting cool. I'm sure that overcrowding in the buffet is a real irritant, not just to disabled, but also the able bodied.
Despite these issues we thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would travel with P and O again
An excellent cabin for the disabled with a separate lounge area and a first class wet room. The balcony is overlooked but was not a problem for us. Close to lift and well soundproofed. Curtains, cushions and some decor past their sell by date.