We are a recently retired couple who enjoy cruising and have cruised on many of the major cruise lines. We picked this one as it was just before the Summer peak period ( We didn't know it was half term in England ) and we were looking for a bit of sun and relaxation.
First the pros. The ship is still beautiful despite being 7 years old. Our stateroom was kept immaculately clean . Our attendant was excellent and got well tipped even though P&O say you don't have to Food was reasonable and service in the MDR was relatively quick as it didn't seem to be very busy at any time we went.
Now the cons and there are I'm sorry to say, quite a few. Firstly, embarkation was a nightmare with all the forms and covid related stuff we need nowadays. I've nothing against the elderly but the people who are employed to do the check in process just can't handle it. The old biddy who took us didn't like the fact my covid test certificate was on my phone and not printed . I explained that as I had to get a test the day before embarkation, the only version I had was the email the lab sent to me and I didn't have access to a printer whilst driving to Southampton. Same for my boarding pass and health questionnaire. She was annoyed I didn't have a hard copy despite P&O's website saying that a downloaded copy was sufficient. I would suggest to P&O that if you are going to use this technology, please ensure that the port people are trained to use it.