To start with we are loyal Royal Caribbean guests, however after going on 5 cruises on Allure, Harmony, Ovation, Explorer of the seas we wanted to try out another cruise company just to see the difference in standards. We also got this 2 night comedy cruise on scoopon for a bargain rate so thought .... why not......
well.... lets start with the positives. (Btw this was a 2 night comedy cruise from Melbourne to Sydney)
THE GOOD :
Boarding and disembarking was easy and fast. Service is both terminals was wonderful. (I will note we were delayed 30 mins disembarking the ship due to customs, but thats not P&O's fault)
Due to the smaller size of the ship its very easy to navigate and we did not have to use the lifts once.
The comedy gala was fantastic and we went to every show - there were about 5 shows over the 2 days , this was the only entertainment available other than live music in the bars .
Service at the bars was very fast and reasonably priced.
THE BAD :
The ship is really showing its age and a-lot of the public areas have had no attention to the wear and tear of the furniture, seats were worn, chipped and some are broken. Floor under the lovely astro turf is uneven and lumpy. The room itself was clean, and a good size, however containing everything that was in the room when they purchased the ship off the last company its old, dated and the lamps were broken and held together with sticky tape.
I can only compare this to Royal but the food that was included was horrible. The items in the "Pantry" were the same items that were available in the dinning room. Food was cooked many hours before it was serviced and was only warm with that taste "that its been re-heated". Outside of the breakfast, lunch & dinner hours there is no other options for a snack unless you want to pay for it. (When we walked past a station of nuggets, chips and hot dogs at 4.30pm we asked the lady if we could just get some nuggets as we missed lunch, she rudely told us that it was for children only and we would have to wait. I would understand if there was 50 children waiting however there was no-one anywhere near and seeing there was a tray of 300 nuggets i don't think 6 would have made much difference.
Service was very hit and miss and the Main dinning room has no dress standards - their was a mix of suits, singlets, flip flops , shirts (and even saw a guy were a suit with flip flops)
Everything except for the shows are NOT INCLUDED and are at an additional cost. we did not take part in these so cannot comment but $29 for a 30 second zipline was not our cup of tea.
We won't be going back to P&O however it was good to experience another side of cruising.