This was our 1st time with P&O having previously been with Island Cruises, Ocean Village, Princess and RCL. For the most part P&O lived up to our expectations but it was the dining room experience which we felt let them down compared to Princess and RCL.
But first things first, we flew from Gatwick on the 9th December with Thomas Cook. As soon as we knew it was TC we paid the extra for Premium as the economy seats had been diabolical on another recent TC long-haul flight. Although the extra seat room and width was good, the seatback entertainment system is very poor compared to Thomsons. On the outbound flight there was a choice of 5 films (1 of which was extra for Premium customers) and were all either Sci-fi or children films. The TV program choice was very limited and the Map and Camera views were not available. On the Inbound flight we had a choice of 4 films (no extra for Premium) and again a poor selection. The good thing was we left on time and arrived approximately 8 hours later in Barbados.
One hour later we were at the port after the usual aircraft to port bus service. Wish every cruise could start off like this! After the usual embarkation formalities we were soon in our cabin (C752) and then had a quick walk around some of the ship to get our bearings. We headed off to dinner at 6pm (well it had been a long day) but without changing as our cases had still not arrived. After dinner we spent an hour in the Malabar lounge before deciding to call it a day and hopefully finding our luggage had been delivered. It had, so we could unpack before falling asleep dreaming of 2 weeks of sunshine.