We were cancelled off the Oriana and decided to go on this one, unfortunately, probably the worst cruise I have ever been on, and we have cruised a lot, the Cabin was a Superior De-Luxe Balcony, the carpets were dirty, the settee was was awful, it was so old you sat on it and slid off, it needed replacing, the TVs were so old, and were secured on a shelf so that I
IF you sat on the settee you only saw the top half, the bath had no mat or strips to stop you slipping, as I had just had a new hip I didn’t feel safe, I eventually got one after complaining. Apart from breakfast you now have to pay for Room service, Ice cream in the afternoon used to be free, it’s now £2.50. The food in the restaurant was adequate, if you wanted something better you had to pay £26 a head, There was no ballroom so the dancing took place in the Atrium next to the Costa coffee bar, so sitting there having a coffee meant you had to sit there and listen to ‘Cotton eyed Joe’ blaring out. There was no cinema, so any film shown was in the theatre in the afternoon. The theatre, called The Arena, held approx 850 people,with 3251 people you do the maths, you had to be in a seat at least 45 minutes before the show to get a seat. The shows that were in the Havana lounge were spoilt by firstly a terrible sound system, but also by some horrible big pillars and illuminated walls in front of the seats which meant all the artistes saw was heads, whoever designed this room was a novice, when we docked in New Orleans it was a total farce, no fault of P&O’s it was the immigration that was at fault. The entertainment was first class, as were the ‘Talks’. One other thing I found out from a passenger, if you are an ex serviceman you are given extra on board spending money, I would not have known this if it wasn’t for him, I would have thought that this could be put on the booking form. The staff were very good and our cabin steward, Jude, was excellent. We have been on the Aurora for a World Cruise, 106 nights in 2013 and it was brilliant, since the P & O’s standards have slipped and its all about how much money they can take of you and giving as little as possible in return, This cruise line USED to be one of the best in the world. Not now. One nice touch Dixon’s have a shop on board.