My partner and booked this cruise as we felt like we needed a winter getaway. We also had a fantastic time on a January cruise in 2017 and wanted to explore more of the world using this excellent mode of transport. We are both in our mid 20’s and really enjoy hiking, exploring and just generally being active. The aim was to come back feeling relaxed but also like we gained new knowledge and experience. This would be our third cruise and first time with P&O.
Embarkation and disembarkation I cannot fault, it is seamless from start to finish. We were on a charter flight and on arrival at Barbados we were whisked straight off the plane to the ship. We had no queue to check in and get our cruise cards created. On departure day everything is digitally signposted to make sure you know where you need to be and at what time. Our cases were taken the night before and immigration came onto the ship to handle our paperwork the day before we left. We were given our flight tickets around 4 days before departure along with our luggage labels and explanation of the process. The dedicated lane at the airport for cruise passengers was also super speedy, definitely the best we have encountered.
Exercise & Leisure:
Our cabin had a queen bed configuration which felt huge but it didn’t make the room feel cramped. The clothes hanging area is great, enough room to park your cases, shoes etc on the floor whilst it leaves ample room to walk to and from the bathroom. The bathroom had a shower, it felt a little cramped in there especially as the shower door opens outwards which then blocks access to the toilet, the shower itself was great. We did have a rather interesting yellow stain on the carpet and a few scuffs on the walls however the cabin was always clean with the help of our fantastic housekeeper.
The cabin itself was located right beside the crew access stairs etc but we did not hear a thing. The laundrette is just down the hall and the closest stairs are at the aft of the ship. You are only 3 decks up from the Oriental restaurant if you are dining here which is excellent when you need to escape quickly to have a rest after all of the amazing food you ate!
We took the local bus which cost $5 return per person to eagle beach then walked up to the butterfly farm. Fantastic place to learn about these creatures and spend time sitting watching them fly around. Entry was $15 per person. We then chilled on the beach for the rest of the day. There are a lot of resorts around this area so you can find something to eat and plenty of vendors renting out jet skis, snorkels etc.
We took a taxi for $60 which took us to Wallilabou Bay where pirates of the Caribbean was filmed then onto a nature reserve. We got dropped off at the botanical gardens, $7 for a guided tour and well worth a visit.
Be sure to plan this port if you want to maximise your day. We visited a museum and explored the centre, not a whole lot to do here.
We spent the day on pigeon island. $40 taxi for 2 return, $7 entry to the park area and you can spend the day walking, sunbathing and eating. Must visit Jambe de Bois for excellent food and drinks at really great prices.
Plan your day here for activities of which there are many. We stayed on Great Bay beach and looked around the port area. You will also find the longest zip line near the port too.