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4 P&O Cruises Cape Town Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise to visit new locations e.g The Gambia, Cape Verdi, and Tenerife. Shortly before joining the ship but after having the Yellow Fever vaccination we were told that the Gambia visit had been cancelled. The ... Read More
We chose this cruise to visit new locations e.g The Gambia, Cape Verdi, and Tenerife. Shortly before joining the ship but after having the Yellow Fever vaccination we were told that the Gambia visit had been cancelled. The communication from P&O was terrible, I had notified them 6 months earlier that we wished to disembark early in Gran Canaria and had received an email confirming this. On boarding nobody was aware of our early disembarkation. The choice of food at the buffet was very poor unless you like Curry and faggots!!! The dining room was the worst we have experienced in 70 cruises, one night the tablecloth was badly stained, another night it was badly torn, and when asked for a steak the waiter replied " we don't have any". The speciality restaurant was not much better, when ordering lamb I was told that it is "fatty", in fact it was all fat. The reception staff were clearly not happy in their jobs and one was constantly aware of this. It took them two days to provide a new cabin key. Read Less
Sail Date April 2016
We have just returned from our first cruise from Cape Town to Southampton, and to be honest this was one of the most regrettable choices that we could have made. To list all the disappointing items would be a mammoth task, but here goes ... Read More
We have just returned from our first cruise from Cape Town to Southampton, and to be honest this was one of the most regrettable choices that we could have made. To list all the disappointing items would be a mammoth task, but here goes for the main ones: The food in the Medina restaurant was awful, our first meal of roast pork was inedible and quickly convinced us to try the Cafe Bordeaux the next day. We checked the Medina menu each day, and realized that the choice of food was basically very poor British type 1980 pub food. The alternative, cafe Bordeaux was not much better and this at a premium of Pound 9.50 per person preposterous. Food rarely reached the table hot, was certainly not fine dining, desserts were the same as those found in the Orangery. Coffee was worse than our nescafe in our cabin. In order to have a half decent cup of coffee we had to pay Pound 2.20 for a cup of Costa The entertainment aboard the ship from Cape Town was very limited, listening to an athletic champion of 1988 in 2014 was very poor to say the least. Discussion on the Big Five or the sonnets of Shakespeare became quickly the best way for afternoon naps. The captain was often funnier than the comedians. My partner tried watercolor lessons, but a 45 minute (contract from P&O) for over 40 people was a total waste of time if one was there to learn something. Line dancing, Bridge, cha cha cha, along with poor food, awful and expensive shore visits seemed to be a very expensive first time cruise holiday, which we will clearly not do again. Luckily we had paid for and received a good cabin with an excellent steward that enabled us to spend a great deal of time playing solitaire, reading and longing for home cooking and finally being able to leave the ship. ( I dread to think what the passengers that have basic inside cabins without a balcony could be doing ) We will add this letter to the growing dissatisfied P&O forums, so really do suggest that you listen to the complaints, maybe invite Marco Pierre White to take the ship more often, maybe incognito? Finally having to pay 30 Pound for 100 minutes of internet time is the biggest rip off of the century, back in Southampton there is free WiFi on a local bus!!!. And in most hotels and guesthouses.   Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
I am afraid I have to join other reviews in criticising Aurora, this was our fourth cruise on this ship and we noticed a drop in standards since the last cruise at Christmas 2012. Luckily Captain Turnbull remained the same, just as funny ... Read More
I am afraid I have to join other reviews in criticising Aurora, this was our fourth cruise on this ship and we noticed a drop in standards since the last cruise at Christmas 2012. Luckily Captain Turnbull remained the same, just as funny and entertaining as ever, but the entertainment officer was not the usual standard. Our problems started with the flight from Manchester to Cape Town with a connection at Dubai making it a 24 hour journey to our destination and along with delays made it 28 hours! We were not offered a direct flight and in our naivety we thought a few hours at Dubai airport would be interesting as we had watched a programme about it on television. In the outcome we had to hurry through the airport to catch the onward flight to Cape Town and we had a shock to find we had another 10 hour flight from there. I'm sorry to say but I feel that were to blame for not making us aware of this at the time of booking, in fact when I asked we were told it was an 11 hour flight! After this bad experience we had booked at the Hilton Hotel in Cape Town , which was excellent, for three days but because of the ordeal it turned out that we really only had a full day for sightseeing. I think because of the stress of the journey it contributed to my husband being quite ill and having to see the doctor on the ship on our 2nd day at sea. This led to us cancelling our tour in Luderitz which was expensive so with the medical bill this cost us £240 for which we only managed to reclaim £50 on our insurance. When we joined the ship we felt at once that everyone seemed tired since this was the last leg of the World Cruise. Although it was expensive we felt it would be nice to visit ports in the West of Africa but the two stops in Namibia were very disappointing and we had great expectations of the Cape Verde Islands but we found St Vincent also quite dismal then with a further 3 days at sea to Lisbon the only bright light on the cruise as far as ports were concerned. The days at sea were very relaxing and we enjoy time spent in the Crows Nest playing our game of 'upwords', I can understand people complaining about lack of daytime activities but that is not a problem for us. We did feel a bit as if we were getting the tail end of entertainment as some of the shows were in the afternoon but generally we enjoyed the experience. The entertainment crew did not circulate as much as on previous cruises and we put the Cruise Director to blame for this. Since Aurora boasts its own cinema this helped to fill the gap in the entertainment. The food was a bit of a lower standard that previously but we found it adequate and from past experience we did not try the Bordeaux restaurant. The cabin was kept immaculate by our cabin steward and he was always finished by the time we returned to the cabin either after breakfast or dinner. We are quite disappointed with fellow passengers who have complained about smoking on balconies as we feel that is not such a big problem but it seems that P&O have listened to them and stopped it. I feel that some people are too critical of everything but the minority have to suffer. We have never been on a balcony and heard anyone on an adjoining balcony in an evening and the smoke from my husbands pipe usually blows over the sea. For the first time in 10 years cruising we have returned from this cruise not wanting to book another cruise. We may try again in the future but perhaps with a different cruise line Read Less
Sail Date April 2014
The main problem was the viral infection which had been infecting passengers (according to many we met) since the ship left Southampton on the beginning of the world cruise. My husband and I were ill after 3 days of the 16 night journey ... Read More
The main problem was the viral infection which had been infecting passengers (according to many we met) since the ship left Southampton on the beginning of the world cruise. My husband and I were ill after 3 days of the 16 night journey (we embarked in Cape Town). I had a respiratory infection and lost my voice for 8 days. My husband also a respiratory infection which made him so ill he didn't go ashore at all in Vigo and did not enjoy Tenerife or Madeira. My question for P&O is how responsible they feel for the welfare of their passengers and what steps do they take to ensure their well being. Many passengers are elderly and frail and had become very ill, some several times. The ship's personnel denied there was a problem aboard. The doctors said they could do nothing and charged £50 for that advice. Otherwise the ship seemed fine. We enjoyed the space, public rooms etc. Our cabin (A deck) was comfortable and stable even in heavy seas. We didn't enjoy the 'sitting' arrangements at dinner. If we cruise again we would only sail on ships where you can choose when to use the dining room. 6.30pm is too early and 8.30pm much too late. The staff were courteous and friendly (our waiter supplied us, unasked, with ginger tea and honey to soothe our throats) and the food was okay. The Orchid and The Grill, the two private restaurants were better. I didn't enjoy The Belvedere buffet restaurant - very downmarket. It was our first cruise and a great disappointment. Read Less
Sail Date April 2012
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