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We chose this cruise due to its itinerary (Norwegian Fjords) and suggestions from family to try P&O as we have always been a Royal Caribbean cruisers. After our journey from Lincoln to Southampton we left our car with a meet and greet ... Read More
We chose this cruise due to its itinerary (Norwegian Fjords) and suggestions from family to try P&O as we have always been a Royal Caribbean cruisers. After our journey from Lincoln to Southampton we left our car with a meet and greet company (Parking4cruises) which went very smoothly with a slight wait for the single greeter to process 3 cars ahead of us. We had a embarkation time of 3:00pm and it appeared so did many others as there was a queue out of the registration hall into the car off load area. However the processing went fairly quickly and we were on-board within an hour. We went straight to our cabin and were very surprised to see our luggage already there, excellent service. Although we only booked the Saver Price we were extremely pleased with our Outside Cabin, on deck 5 Forward, very spacious and enough drawers and wardrobe space for all our clothes. The ship was very quiet in terms of engine noise (helped by very smooth seas), very quiet in terms of fellow passengers who were of a mixed age group from babies to 80+ but the average age would be 50+. Being just before the main school holiday there were very few children on-board. Being first timers on P&O we did not know what to expect in terms of ambiance but now put it as very British with no razzle and brashness of Royal Caribbean, only reserved politeness with a Last Night of the Proms feel to entertainment. We used Freedom Dining which worked extremely well, no waiting for a table and always a choice of size. The waiters were very good but the wine waiters needed to be more attentive. The food was above average, the main dining room had plenty of fish choices, however my wife being a non fish eater was disappointed in the chicken dishes (too dry). We always had breakfast and lunch in the buffet dining area which was excellent. We did dine in Sindhu one evening, the specialty Indian restaurant to great acclaim although we found it difficult to sleep that night as we were rather full! Bar prices are reasonable (equivalent to top hotels in the UK) and with P&O allowing drinks to be taken on board for personal use in the cabin allowed us to partake of a pre-dinner drink whilst changing. The entertainment was not always to our liking but listening to fellow passengers it was well received by them. Entertainers of note were Catch 22, a resident band playing many venues and genres). guest artist Paul Anderson a classical/Spanish guitarist playing in small intimate venues and guest Headliners Jack Pack.. Being the Norwegian Fjords we expected dubious weather, however we had blazing sunshine throughout the trip apart from one day in Bergen and the days sailing back to Southampton. The ship docked right in the heart of all the ports and thus it was a short stroll to the centres. We only booked one excursion and that was in Bergen to go up in the cable car on the Heights and Highlights tour. A very good tour with time for at the top of the summit for coffee and cake and photographs. Although it wasn't a clear day (Bergen has 320 days of rain!) the clouds kept moving and opening up various gaps down to the city and surrounding areas to give wonderful vistas. Disembarkation was simple and straight forward although we were allocated a 10:30am time, however this didn't worry us too much as we had no timescales to keep to. Overall we very much enjoyed the trip and our first time on P&O and would certainly consider them again when choosing another cruise. There were only 2 comments we made on-board and they were: The gym and jogging area did not open up until 8:00am - to late for me My wife had a spa treatment which was excellent but felt the product sales afterwards was too heavy and intimidating. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We are back home again after a lovely cruise on P&O Oceana, nice ship. Entertainment was good, magician from our town Northampton Mark Shortland was Excellent we also had Fogwell Flats who played two shows very funny but he is a ... Read More
We are back home again after a lovely cruise on P&O Oceana, nice ship. Entertainment was good, magician from our town Northampton Mark Shortland was Excellent we also had Fogwell Flats who played two shows very funny but he is a Blast from the past also very good was a 3 man group called the Bass Tones done 2 shows with a good mix of songs, production shows also were very good Two nice venues Footlights theatre and the Starlites Lounge Cabin was good, MDR food good, Buffet not so good limited food didn't seem to flow right Ports where good Sarande, Albania was different we took a taxi up to the Blue Eye which was good to see We were unable to tender into Mykonis sea was to rough, last time we were there we couldn't get in because of rain. We will probably have to try and go a different time of the year to see the Island Had a nice P&O coach tour round Malta on last afternoon then they dropped us back to the Airport which was good as we didn't have to wait to long for our flight Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Gave up on P and O cruises owing to declining standards. Have been with new favs Celebrity and Princess, but friends invited us on this cruise so we thought why not. Ventura was great, lively friendly crowd on board. Must admit the MDR ... Read More
Gave up on P and O cruises owing to declining standards. Have been with new favs Celebrity and Princess, but friends invited us on this cruise so we thought why not. Ventura was great, lively friendly crowd on board. Must admit the MDR food was superb, always hot, some starters smaller than expected but enjoyed. Buffet just the same, mad rush, cold meals by the time you get a table. Entertainment was good apart from dodgy comedians, Gareth Oliver Ventriliquist was superb, standing ovations both nights. Wow, how did Susan Boyle beat him. Will we return full time to P and O, probably not but now and again maybe. We onoy did one ship excusrion as they come in too expensive, La Palma Buggy adventure, was good but some people did nit realise the buggies were geared, amybe the ship should declare this., Embarkation easy and Cps parking superb. Drinks prices have increased dramatucally Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
10-23rd July 2017 Madiera Canaries Lisbon round trip Southampton Ship was looking good I thought if slightly tired bit in no way was that an issue. Good cruise it has been 5 years since I was last on P&O and I thought that certain ... Read More
10-23rd July 2017 Madiera Canaries Lisbon round trip Southampton Ship was looking good I thought if slightly tired bit in no way was that an issue. Good cruise it has been 5 years since I was last on P&O and I thought that certain things had improved, such as three always available menu items including a Steak. Our travelling companions thought that the desserts had reduced in number since last year, but Im not a dessert person anyway. Sindhu absolutely fantastic food and service, they ask you if you want it hotter than the 'norm' we just had standard spiced and it was fine and tasty, wanted to go back but ran out of time! The ship I thought was better than the Emerald Princess last year, it was helped by the lack of riotous 8-14 year old though this year as they hadnt finished school yet!, except for a few Scots who were well behaved! Hahahahaha. Would go again! The ports of call not too spectacular but what is there to see on volcanic islands, enjoyed Maderia and Lisbon particularly when we did our own thing. Entertainment Ships dance and singing troupe (Headliners) put in loads and loads of effort, and in general kept me entertained. Visiting artists well patchy to say the least, Peter Piper not really funny after the first joke, didnt bother with his second show. The Bourbon Street Boys, didnt realise that it was a comedy act until the third song,total rubbish, many people left during the show. Didnt bother for the second night.Rietta Austin, average singer. Again didnt bother with the second show. Now the highlight, save the best until last! Gareth Oliver was fantastic, saw both shows and this guy is funny loved the way even he slagged off the Bourbon Street Boys, although perhaps his joke about getting your feet wet with Costa was a little insensitive. He lost to Susan Boyle on Britains got Talent you know! Remembered Charlie the monkey Im only 4 years old !!!, even though I know that he is a least 20! Need more acts like Gareth, I guess though that at 72 cruises in a year he must be good. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We have just returned from a wonderful cruise visiting Croatia Venice and Malta .beautiful weather every day. We Loved every minute and had a perfect holiday. The arrivals lounge at Malta was a bit chaotic and we were told to pick ... Read More
We have just returned from a wonderful cruise visiting Croatia Venice and Malta .beautiful weather every day. We Loved every minute and had a perfect holiday. The arrivals lounge at Malta was a bit chaotic and we were told to pick up our bags at the carousel but the rest of the embarkation was very smooth and efficient and we were very happy to find our bags delivered to our cabin. Entertainment choices were varied enough and we enjoyed the shows throughout the week and the quizzes. The menu choices and food throughout the week was first class and the service everywhere was fantastic. The staff were friendly and helpful and all worked very hard to ensure a good holiday and customer satisfaction difficult to do on a busy ship but always friendly and smiling. The excursion manager was particularly helpful and went over and above to meet our needs. Would recommend this ship and would definitely go again. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
First time cruisers very special experience for my partner and I on the lovely Oriana she look amazing Embarkation went smoothly with no fuss we then boarded Oriana how exciting found our cabin LOOKED Good lots wardrobe spacers only ... Read More
First time cruisers very special experience for my partner and I on the lovely Oriana she look amazing Embarkation went smoothly with no fuss we then boarded Oriana how exciting found our cabin LOOKED Good lots wardrobe spacers only negative bath were small soap decanter broken slip mat for bath found it were a plus as at times there were movement when hit winds sea waves ,,we then found our way around the ship it was a little daunting as this was all new to us. food and drinks very good drinks prices very much like uk we personally did not enjoy the conservatory experience [ to much like a canteen very busy lots of noise like a feeding frenzy very rude people ] but staff very good . we used the peninsular and alfresco for dinner / breakfast .Entertainment were Average enjoyed Headliners opera flute not to our taste. comedian little sad maybe we were younger as were told average age for cruising were 69 years plus.every evening we would get news letter which were very informative Ref whats happening next day on Decks . in the spa areas to which we took advantage of this spa experience we had couples massage with hot stone very lovely therapist helpful but tried to sell and over sell products which we felt we spent already shame / also booked for my nails awful experience with the nail therapist I already had Gel nails so this was a treat sadly therapist started to file Gel as she couldn't remove polish with soak were upset as my nails felt weak after this she told me I needed more conditioning treatment I Have never been told this with my professional Nail Tech back home she applied shelliac colour look o.k still over whelmed by my experience .shore excursions we booked online before the cruise as we were told popular cruise excursions sell out but found most were available., enjoyed the experience and trips we Booked- in Future I think we could use ports shuttle make our way take our time saying that some Guides were very Interesting very Proud Of their Countries Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
My wife and I chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary. Of the 10 ports of call, 6 we had not visited before and we found them all very interesting. we had outside cabin on F deck and while it was a bit smaller than that on other ... Read More
My wife and I chose this cruise mainly for the itinerary. Of the 10 ports of call, 6 we had not visited before and we found them all very interesting. we had outside cabin on F deck and while it was a bit smaller than that on other ships it was adequate and was kept scrupulously clean by the cabin steward. The only complaint would be that the cabin had 2 upper bunk beds which were folded up against the wall as they were not needed. As we had queen bed layout the bunk beds gave restricted head room at each side of the bed resulting in frequent head bumps. The twin bed layout we saw in other cabins appeared to give more room. We chose freedom (anytime ) dining which worked reasonably well though if we requested table for 2 we usually had to wait 15 or 20 minutes and occasionally 35 - 40 minutes, but generally this wasn't a problem. The meals in the Peninsular restaurant were of a high quality and consistently good throughout the cruise.. The Conservatory (self service buffet) was a bit hectic at breakfast on sea days but was generally comparable to other ships we have been on. The smaller Al Fresco restaurant on the Lido deck was excellent for a light lunch. The entertainment was largely enjoyable with good mix of light and classical performances, while the Headliner company put on some top class shows. The Chaplin Cinema was also a useful alternative entertainment and screened some top class films. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Chose the cruise due to the good ports, some new to us and some we had not visited for several years. Ports did not disappoint, we tend to do our own trips however had good P&O excursions to Capri ( despite the whinging from ... Read More
Chose the cruise due to the good ports, some new to us and some we had not visited for several years. Ports did not disappoint, we tend to do our own trips however had good P&O excursions to Capri ( despite the whinging from passengers re tendering ) and wine tasting in Livorno. Embarkation and disembarkation went smoothly, would have been better if some passengers listened to the instructions. Varied our dining in the Restaurant, Conservatory and our favourite Beach House, all of a good standard. You may notice a theme on the previous items and that is that some passengers appear to constantly complain which was bit annoying for those of us who where on holiday!. Found the waiters and service excellent. Went to a performances, classic guitar and ventriloquist where excellent. Comedian not the best. Overall a good holiday and we are looking to book again for next year. All I would ask others is if you did not enjoy yourself please try a coach holiday. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Port choice very good, the ship needs a refit but she I still very good.The staff are amazing, the baytree restaurant superb.We went to Marco Pierre White restaurant for a special meal it passed beyond expectations.The choice of food and ... Read More
Port choice very good, the ship needs a refit but she I still very good.The staff are amazing, the baytree restaurant superb.We went to Marco Pierre White restaurant for a special meal it passed beyond expectations.The choice of food and the service amazing.The cruise was excellent , no problems at all,.Our cabin a superior balcony was brilliant plenty of space.Bed more comfortable than our own. We had Champagne and fruit on arrival, with chocolates a very nice gesture.I was lucky enough to receive 12 red roses while on holiday , fourteen days after delivery they have just been thrown out,The florist arrived the day before disembarking to arrange into bouquet, just an amazing service given without being asked.We had brilliant acts on every evening ,a problem some nights when all three act's were worth watching. We will definitely be cruising with P& O again, whether it will be this ship or another. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our first cruise and it was fabulous. It was very well organised from as soon as we stepped off the plane. The food has been delicious in the restaurants and in the Plaza. We only went on one organised trip and that was the bike ... Read More
This was our first cruise and it was fabulous. It was very well organised from as soon as we stepped off the plane. The food has been delicious in the restaurants and in the Plaza. We only went on one organised trip and that was the bike ride in Split..be warned you do cycle up some steep hills but the views were amazing and our guides Tony and Joseph were very good and friendly. Our cabin was lovely and we were well looked after by Roque...introduced himself as soon as we got to our cabin and left us a pile of teabags after asking for a few more. The entertainment did seem popular, had to stand at the back for one of the shows,but was nt always to our taste (although did go to see the comedian twice)but there was plenty of other things to do.The great British sail away was really good as well and there was good entertainment around the pool. We will definitely be cruising again and thanks Oceana for a fabulous time. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
I had read some not so good reports of Oceana and was a little concerned before the cruise from Malta, however as usual P&O did not disappoint, embarkation was excellent and very well organised, the staff on board were very helpful and ... Read More
I had read some not so good reports of Oceana and was a little concerned before the cruise from Malta, however as usual P&O did not disappoint, embarkation was excellent and very well organised, the staff on board were very helpful and polite, the food was of a good standard with plenty of choice, the cabins (we had an inside one ) were clean and quite spacious as was the bathroom, the entertainment on board was good especially the We Will Rock You show in the theatre which was amazing, the ship is due for a refurbishment later this year but even though it looked a bit tired it was kept spotlessly clean, overall it was good value for money, the trips were also very well organised and reasonably priced. The only minus point was the dis embarkation, we were off the ship by 8am in the morning with our flight being at 11-40 it involved a long wait in the airport which is only 10 minutes from the ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Just wanted to go somewhere to celebrate my birthday whilst combining it with a couple of places we hadn't been before. Booking easy took the benefit of having credit on board which was worth £1000 for the two of us because we ... Read More
Just wanted to go somewhere to celebrate my birthday whilst combining it with a couple of places we hadn't been before. Booking easy took the benefit of having credit on board which was worth £1000 for the two of us because we had booked a suite . Paid for car parking which worked very well . Embarkation was easy , usual efficient check in. Boarding no problem. Found suite champagne and fruit awaiting , didn't see Butler until about an hour before dinner. We hate Freedom dining so had booked Oriental 6.30 P.M. dinner for the duration. Service brilliant , polite, cheerful and efficient. Food on whole was pretty good , good choice of wine. No real complaints. Suite was midships on 14th floor and hadn't appreciated ( should have looked at ship's layout more thoroughly ) that the deck above was where the swimming pools , self service restaurants etc were situated so noise level high till approx. midnight and starting up again about 6 a.m . There was also an unusual knocking sound which would begin intermittently from about 5 a.m onwards which we couldn't trace ( not usual ship sound ) Also the deck above overhung all the cabins on our floor so it was not possible to use the balcony to sunbathe except early morning / late evening when the sun was low in the sky . Best decks for sunbathing were the lower ones where the balconies actually project out . Although the suite itself was pretty good and had all the things you would expect there is no way I would book a suite on the 14th floor again . Butler service OK but not as good as on previous cruises , cabin stewardess excellent. Canapes served at about 5 p.m but selection worse than we remember from other cruise One advantage of a suite is that whilst you can go down to your regular restaurant for breakfast you could also go to the Epicurean restaurant for it , choice smaller but environment better as you could sit outside with an excellent service level and personally cooked breakfasts. So we alternated between the 2 options. We had pre booked dinner in the Epicurean restaurant for my birthday dinner which was 1st class with very good choice of food beautifully prepared . Service excellent. As we had big breakfasts and big lunches only had small lunches in the self service buffets , good selection. Taking advantage of the £1000 credit we ate in the Sidhu Indian restaurant again top class excellent service . Menu was prepared by Atul Kochhar who was actually on board checking out that his standards were being maintained , we also attended a Masterclass given by him followed by an excellent lunch , wine and service. Had dinner in the Glass House in their wine tasting evening top class food and service accompanied by a different wine for each course which the head waiter explained. Other events in which we participated :- were a special tour of the galley followed by a lunch which we chose from a menu put together by the ship's head chef , again excellent food , wine, and service . Limited numbers , booked as soon as we were on board. a cocktail event on the observation desk attended by several of the officers , limited number , booked as soon as we were on board. We only went on one trip which was in Vigo with a cruise on a catamaran round the mussel beds followed by a brilliant lunch in an upmarket Parador , a huge meal with a total 8 courses and plenty of wine. Entertainment on board was upto normal cruise standards with a wide variety of performers and talents . The resident Headline Theatre company very good but sound too loud. On board shops usual variety and reasonable value Bars again par for a cruise ship with a good variety of venues One significant complaint our son had arranged for a bottle of champagne to be delivered to our cabin with a congratulatory message on my birthday, champagne received but no message and nobody knew who it had come , only after we returned did we learn when son asked how we enjoyed our champagne !!! At end with all the events / wine /shop purchases/special restaurant meals /photos we spent £995 on board so we gave P and O the bonus of the £5 we didn't spend of the credit given ! Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose to drive and received free parking. The parking arrangements were amazing We handed over our keys and our luggage were gone in one foul swoop! NEVER have we had a hassle free parking like it. Return was the same. So easy!! ... Read More
We chose to drive and received free parking. The parking arrangements were amazing We handed over our keys and our luggage were gone in one foul swoop! NEVER have we had a hassle free parking like it. Return was the same. So easy!! Embarkation was also very very smooth, i am less-abled and I bonding the boat was looked after first class. Our room was R403 which is an inside larger, We loved the room so much, it was spacious and kept well looked after. The theatre was really comfy and of high quality! We loved the sea screen and watched loads of films, the staff covers the cushioned sun loungers with covers with fitted pillows, there are lovely blankets to put over you to keep the breeze off too. The pixels were a little broken in places, mostly this didn't bother us...Films were great too. We chose freedom dining, The restaurants were really nice and the food first class. If you shared with others you had to wait until all dinner were ready before you got yours so the down side was waiting, We didn't mind at times as it was rather nice to get chatting to different people. The swimming pools were fun and there was an adult only pool which is nice if you don't want to kids around. The hot tubs were lovely and hot. Plenty of towels available! The buffet...Not great I'm afraid to say! Many people said this is deteriorating each time they sail on the Azura! This is our second cruise, our last cruise was a bit more expensive and you could really tell by the few hitches.... the service was by fare not brilliant on the Azure in comparison and the buffet food wasn't up to scratch, We have booked to sail again next year to Iceland with my mother in law who will love this typically British ship. Good price in comparison to other cruises Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We chose this mini cruise for 4 nights to Amsterdam & Brugges to try cruising as a family for the first time. My children are 17 & 13, we booked interconnecting rooms, these were the larger inside cabins. Plenty of space for ... Read More
We chose this mini cruise for 4 nights to Amsterdam & Brugges to try cruising as a family for the first time. My children are 17 & 13, we booked interconnecting rooms, these were the larger inside cabins. Plenty of space for clothes, good sized bathroom, comfy beds. We booked Freedom dining, since we thought the children may prefer this and we wouldn't be restricted where we ate. I had also pre-booked two of the Select restaurants on the ship, having read bad reviews about the food on board. I needn't have worried, we ate in Sindhu, the curry restaurant, which was simply superb. The Beach House, which was ok, but it was on the formal night so felt very overdressed in there, the Horizon restaurant is ok as a self serve for a quick snack or breakfast but The Medina was lovely, food outstanding and with waiter service. We only had to wait for a table to become available once. The ship is medium sized, has 3 pools, a cinema, theatre, golf simulator (which wasn't actually open when we sailed), lots of bars and lounges to relax in. My only criticism would be that when we finally docked in Amsterdam (having taken 24 hours to get there), it was very slow getting off the ship. We didn't book any excursions, choosing instead to make our own way and have free choice. We visited Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam for 9Euros, opposed to 35Euros each going with P&O. I would certainly think about another cruise with P&O, probably for longer and without the children next time. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Britannia is one of P & O newest ships & I think I was expecting a bit more of the 'Wow' factor & was a bit disappointed. From the outside it looks very 'Grand' but falls short on the inside, but although ... Read More
Britannia is one of P & O newest ships & I think I was expecting a bit more of the 'Wow' factor & was a bit disappointed. From the outside it looks very 'Grand' but falls short on the inside, but although very swish etc. just lacks something. The public rooms are functional but lack warmth perhaps. The decor is a bit on the stark side & I would call minimalist. The Staff are the usual, brilliant, lovely people who mainly cannot do enough for you. The entertainment was good but I thought some of the shows could have moved a bit away from the usual sounds of the Musicals. The food I have to say was perhaps one of the best we have had in the past 8 years & we have taken many cruises so full marks there. The disembarkation was very very good the Embarkation was not the best we have endured but the cases were in our room when we got on board. The ports of call were good but they always look good when the weather is fine. Certainly no major complains so overall a good ship & a good cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Our first time on Britannia. We fancied a no fly for a change and this 7 day cruise fitted our requirements to hopefully get somewhere warm. We were not disappointed as weather turned out great most of the time, being risky at this time of ... Read More
Our first time on Britannia. We fancied a no fly for a change and this 7 day cruise fitted our requirements to hopefully get somewhere warm. We were not disappointed as weather turned out great most of the time, being risky at this time of year. Britannia is a big ship and caters for families. It was half term and lots of children on board, but the were plenty of places to sit in the sun and read.We were in freedom dining and the paging system worked really well with a normal wait of around 25 minutes at what would be a peak time of 20.30. We did not bother with the speciality restaurants as we found food in main dining to be really good. Breakfast in buffet could be a bit busy but we easily found a table and the choice was good. We read complaints about lift queues in previous reviews, but maybe people who are able bodied would do well to get a bit of exercise and leave the lifts for people who need them. We did not use the lifts once (we are both 65), why are people so lazy? Cabin was very good (we always book an inside as we spend so little time in it) and our steward was very attentive. Entertainment was top notch. We book our cruises based on destination, not the cruise line, and enjoy the different ships and experiences. Of course, everyone you speak to says their last ship/different cruise line was better - I am sure people are only happy if they moan. Drinks prices we really good considering the captive market and no more than normal pub prices, plus a great choice of beers in the 'pub'. P&O are also quite good in allowing a small amount of drinks to be brought on-board for cabin use, unlike others who may confiscate. We did not do any trips as each destination was new to us and we like to walk around the town, which was accommodated by free transport for Bilbao and La Rochelle. We had to take tender boats to get into Guernsey which was superbly organised. I was astounded to hear people moaning when queuing to get the tender back - it was only about 15 minutes and peak time, just what to people expect? Complaints? Really the only think is the coffee which I find in drinkable no matter what the cruise line, but at least there is the option for a costa, however, on this ship they are using a push-button machine rather than a proper barrista process which I find disappointing. People realty need to understand that cruising has opened up to more people than 20 years ago and has been priced down by competition, so should not expect some of the touches which used to be the norm - they have to make a profit, hence the proliferation of pay-dining options - no one is forcing you so don't moan. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This was a 2 night taster cruise to Bruges. I chose this as we had seen Britannia in St Maarten in February while it was moored next to us and wanted to see what it was like to stay onboard. This is a large cruise ship with 3100 ... Read More
This was a 2 night taster cruise to Bruges. I chose this as we had seen Britannia in St Maarten in February while it was moored next to us and wanted to see what it was like to stay onboard. This is a large cruise ship with 3100 passengers. This is not our first cruise and we have been on a variety of small and large ships. For a newbie on their first cruise it could be a little daunting and It takes 2 or 3 days to discover what is onboard and to work out the best way of getting to the various areas and restaurants but you soon get the hang of it. We had cabin A309 on deck 15 which us a balcony cabin. Very spacious and more than enough for the time you spend in it. Do not go for suites unless you intend to spend time relaxing in your cabin. We were surprised at the amount of wardrobe space in the cabin which seems to be more than the average. The shower area was also a nice size. The bed was very comfortable. The balcony was a little small with only room for two chairs. The most annoying thing about our cabin was the big metal overhang from the deck above which made it a bit darker in the cabin and also made it difficult to take photos without seeing this at the top of each one. The restaurants are nice and the food is good, wish I could say the same about the service! I am not sure whether they scale the crew down fir taster cruises which would be a little silly as these are meant to encourage people to book longer cruises, but there was definitely not enough staff to serve the meals. There was no eye contact from the waiters, no smiles until I asked for a name, the personal service that you get on other cruise was nowhere to be seen. We were on the first dinner sitting and this was all a bit rushed. Take the second sitting if you can. There seemed to be one wine waitress who poured my first Red wine glass and I didn't see her the rest of the time so poured my own wine when I needed it. I have never had to do this before as the wine writers are usually all over you. We also ordered some soft drinks to our table. We saw the drinks waiter looking around the whole restaurant for our table and he had to ask done one else where we were. I had ordered an orange and lemonade and he put the lemonade on the table and the bottle of orange. There was no attempt to open the bottle if por any if the orange. Again, this would be unknown on any other cruise ship I have been on. The drinks service in the bars was also quite poor with a lot if people complaining about having to wait for drinks. We were told that the two night tasters were 'booze cruises' and yes to a certain extent it is with hen and stag do's however this didn't affect us and everybody on the ship appeared to be happy and behaved themselves and everybody dressed appropriately for the gala evening. The entertainment onboard was very good. The drinks are reasonably priced with cocktails at £5.95 and a pint of Peroni at £3.95. I would go on another of these cruises but it's just a shame that P&O couldn't get the service right for what should be a showpiece cruise. But fir the service this review would have got 5 stars. Royal Caribbean do it better. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We did this cruise before but missed 2 ports of call due to problems on the previous cruise Was very disappointed with the times of entertainment in the Play House. On all other cruises the theatre times approx. 2015 and 22.15 which was ... Read More
We did this cruise before but missed 2 ports of call due to problems on the previous cruise Was very disappointed with the times of entertainment in the Play House. On all other cruises the theatre times approx. 2015 and 22.15 which was great as we could have dinner at about 20.00 and the watch the late shows in the Play House. The change to 19.00 and 21.00 made this impossible. I spoke to Benne, the entertainments manager, but it was beyond her control to change the times of the performances. As seeing the shows is a huge part of going on a cruise we were very disappointed. All the other services were very good. The music in the bars was great. The iPod for beginners talks were very rewarding On any future cruises the entertainment times will be a crucial part of the decision as to who to travel with Regards S.D. Chandler Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
Pre-cruise Stay I stayed overnight before the cruise at the Holiday Inn on the waterfront in Southampton. There is nothing special about the hotel but it is very clean and comfortable. The public areas have been refurbished in recent ... Read More
Pre-cruise Stay I stayed overnight before the cruise at the Holiday Inn on the waterfront in Southampton. There is nothing special about the hotel but it is very clean and comfortable. The public areas have been refurbished in recent years and the bedrooms are gradually being refurbished. The ones at the front of the hotel overlook Southampton Water and are good for ship-spotting. Park-and-stay rates are available. The buffet breakfast was good quality and hot with plenty of choice. Embarkation I had been allocated a 3.00pm embarkation. I left the hotel at 2.00pm and it took only 5 – 7 minutes to drive to the Mayflower Cruise Terminal in light traffic. My car was taken immediately by staff from CPS – there wasn't a queue of any sort. Once inside the terminal building, I was told that I could check in straight away and joined the queue for the check-in desk. This was pretty efficient and after going through security, I was on board and inside my cabin at 2.30. Thirty minutes from hotel to cabin – well done P&O and the Mayflower Terminal! The Good Ship Aurora Aurora entered service for P&O in 2000, so whilst certainly not ancient, she does have 16+ years of service under her belt. Despite this, she is in fine fettle. Yes, you will see odd little rust-spots/patches but these are dealt with on a regular maintenance basis. Unfortunately, there was some fairly 'heavy duty' maintenance being carried out on both the Promenade Deck and an external staircase on Lido Deck, resulting in excessive noise at times. This is really something that P&O should do when there are no passengers aboard but unfortunately these ships are worked so hard now to maximise profits. Aurora has lovely public rooms, most of which are 'enclosed', rather than being open to a corridor or the atrium. There is a lovely observation lounge (The Crow's Nest) forward on Sun Deck, the Horizon Buffet on Lido Deck, Raffles Bar, Sindhu Indian Restaurant, the Playhouse Cinema and Glass House Bar/Restaurant on D Deck plus the two main dining rooms on E Deck. The remainder of the public rooms are on Promenade Deck and comprise the Curzon Theatre, Anderson's Bar, Masquerade Nightclub, Champions Sports Bar and Carmen's Show-Lounge. There are also various other useful spaces for children, card-players, casino buffs etc. Interior décor, fittings and furnishings are all in good condition. I was in a standard inside cabin on B Deck. These are not the largest of cabins but are certainly adequate. The queen-size bed (which can be two twins) was extremely comfortable and I slept very well most nights. Storage space was good with two two-drawer bedside cabinets, four drawers in the dressing-table and a triple wardrobe with lots of hanging space. There is a stocked mini bar (which I asked the steward to empty so that I Could use it as a fridge) and a safe for your valuables. This was big enough for my 10” tablet but would not take a laptop. There is a small-screen TV with a range of channels including Sky News and Sky Sports. Others are Film Channels and information channels. There are tea & coffee making facilities on a small table and a compact sofa. Again, all furniture and fittings were in very good condition. The compact bathroom included two corner storage cupboards and a shelf under the washbasin. The shower is big enough for an average-size person and has a curtain rather than a glass door. There was plenty of hot water with a stable temperature and the toilet flush worked well. Food There has been a fair amount of criticism about P&O food over the last couple of years and they had relatively recently introduced a new menu. I ate in the Alexandria Dining Room on second (8.30pm) sitting 'club' dining, meaning I had the same companions every evening. You can choose Freedom Dining, which means you choose when to eat each evening. The menu consists of 4 starters, 3 soups, a salad, 4 main courses 3 desserts and cheese & biscuits. There are also 'Always available' starters and main course plus 2 'Signature' or 'Always available' desserts plus a 'Chef's Choice' 'Classic Roast' and 'Daily Grill' main course. Additionally, Ice Cream, sorbet and a Sundae were available. You will not go hungry! The quality of the food was generally very good with both meats and fish being generally well-cooked and to my liking. Food was served hot and was usually tasty, with a couple of stand-out desserts: White Chocolate Mille-Feuille with Toffee, served with marscapone and basil sorbet; Milk Chocolate & Pistachio Delice, Dark Chocolate Sauce & Sweet Fennel Ice Cream – outstanding! Our waiters and wine waiter were all very friendly and really efficient. Breakfast in the main dining room gave plenty of choice, with everything being tasty and of course freshly cooked. There is a different daily special each morning. The breakfast buffet in the Horizon was okay but quite repetitive and the quality was variable as it usually is in large hotels ashore. There was an omelette station for nice, freshly-cooked omelettes where they also prepared poached eggs. There was always plenty of seating in the Horizon Buffet and waiters walked around in the morning pouring tea and coffee. Lunch in the Horizon comprised plenty of dishes to choose from and the quality was variable. Afternoon tea was served in both the Horizon and one of the dining rooms. The Lido Grill served burgers hot dogs and fried chicken but these were all cooked in advance rather than fresh which meant they were not that appetising. You could also get a small range of sandwiches at the grill but again they were not freshly made so not particularly appetising. I also ate in Sindhu twice which was really excellent. I did not eat in the Beach House as the menu did not remotely appeal to me – it is the sort of food you find on a Leisure Park and might eat after going ten-pin bowling. Entertainment Of course, entertainment is very subjective. The Headliners Theatre Group were just about average. I have seen better but also seen worse. The in-house bands were excellent but the cocktail pianist/vocalist was pretty poor. The Guest Artists were generally pretty good, with Clare Bonsu (vocalist) and Byron Johnston (Guitarist) being outstanding in my view. There was a comedy ventriloquist who many appreciated but who I found dreadful. A selection of films were shown in the cinema but none particularly appealed to me on this sailing. Daytime activities consisted of quizzes, deck-sports, seminars, lectures and Port Presentations. The seminars were sadly regurgitated selling opportunities that have been doing the rounds for years. Unfortunately there was only one lecturer on board and I had seen her on my two previous P&O cruises. The Port Presenter (from the Shore Excursions Team) was excellent, giving some historical perspective and also advice for passengers not taking tours. The Entertainment Manager was friendly and personable but I did feel he could have given a bit more information about what was on in the evening when he presented the theatre show each night. His Entertainment Officers were okay but again, I have seen better. Ports Oslo, Copenhagen, St Petersburg, Talinn, Riga, Gdansk, Klaipeda, Travemunde and Skagen. The selection of ports was excellent and the main reason I chose this cruise. I booked P&O Tours in St Petersburg, taking three half-day trips over the two days. At all other ports I simply walked off the ship and explored. They all had their own charm – some more than others. My favourite was Riga and although I had been to Oslo once before, I fell in love with it a little. Disembarkation A few days before the end of the cruise, you were invited to visit the Pursers Desk (Reception) to book a time slot. I chose the latest possible, which was 1030. I was asked to vacate the cabin by 0830 and wait in the Crow's Nest Lounge. This was comfortable and not crowded. At about 0950 a member of staff came around informing us that disembarkation was ahead of schedule and we could leave when we liked. I waited about another 20 minutes and strolled off the ship and straight through arrivals – no rush, no stress. Summary A really good cruise to interesting ports. Great companions on my dinner table and met lots of friendly and interesting passengers around the ship. Food and entertainment pretty good. Oriana is still my favourite ship but I will be very happy to board Aurora again any time. I feel this size of ship provides me with an excellent cruise. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Also we wanted to leave and return to Southhampton as we had several days planned in London before cruise. Ship was excellent, food very good, cabin cosy with balcony but more than adequate ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the itinerary. Also we wanted to leave and return to Southhampton as we had several days planned in London before cruise. Ship was excellent, food very good, cabin cosy with balcony but more than adequate on Deck 11, A150. Excellent washing facilities 9 Speed Queen washers and dryers on our deck so washing never a problem. Ports of call fantastic. Couldn't fault this cruise at all loved every minute. Didn't attend any formal nights as husband didn't have a tux and most folks did but attended buffet which didn't bother us. Entertainment and lectures first class. Would recommend to anyone. Husband thought golf simulator could have been available more often! I would be happy to do a cruise with P & O again. We were very lucky with the weather and the seas were very calm. Some fog though but Captain did excellent job. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
cost was decent. destination was itinerary was very good, the ship itself is stunning and very well decorated throughout. The shows in the theatre where superb and the majority of the guest artists where also very good. The entertainment ... Read More
cost was decent. destination was itinerary was very good, the ship itself is stunning and very well decorated throughout. The shows in the theatre where superb and the majority of the guest artists where also very good. The entertainment team didn't do enough to make themselves known to the passengers and having been on the Azura several times I don't think they can hold a candle to them. The staff in the restaurants and bars where exceptional as always as was our cabin lad. Sadly there were a few passengers hell bent on ruining the cruise for others and succeeded. people fighting and I've never known as many arguments between passengers. I had to forcibly stop one man from attacking a lady and remove him from the live lounge on night 2 !!. All in all though this wasn't the fault of P&O just the few idiots who behaved in a rude aggressive manner. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
The 2nd cruise on th Oceana was exceptional good value. It is a traditional cruise ship which was formally the Ocean Princess. Whilst having been afloat for quite a number of years she is still in good condition. Our inside cabin was ... Read More
The 2nd cruise on th Oceana was exceptional good value. It is a traditional cruise ship which was formally the Ocean Princess. Whilst having been afloat for quite a number of years she is still in good condition. Our inside cabin was very spacious with lots of storage space. It was spotlessly clean and comfortable with tea/coffee making facilities, and the bathroom was small but adequate with lovely toiletries. We dined anytime from 6.30 to 9.30 each evening meeting new and friendly people of all ages. The waiters work exceptionally hard but the food was very good with appealing menus. We watched The Headliners, a magician, a comedian and a very good singer from the South Seas. All were of very good standard.. We couldn't dock in Messina, Sicily because of a summit meeting and bike trace but we're taken to Catania which was a bonus. Our only shore excursion was to Mt Etna.which was very good value and so very interesting with an excellent guide. We made our own way to Pisa when we docked in Livourno which was easy and a little adventure. The ship is in need of a refit as she is a little worn but this did not deter us from enjoying one of the happiest and friendliest cruises we have taken. Also the Sailaway party on deck when everyone come together waving flags like Last Night of the Proms was such fun. Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
This is our third time on Britannia with our young children and we had another great cruise. Whilst the layout of the ship can be confusing, Britannia is modern and clean with comfortable cabins and a great kid's club. The highlights ... Read More
This is our third time on Britannia with our young children and we had another great cruise. Whilst the layout of the ship can be confusing, Britannia is modern and clean with comfortable cabins and a great kid's club. The highlights for me are the Serenity Pool & The Crow's Nest bar. We found the staff to be excellent once again, particularly with our children. On all three cruises we have been impressed with the facilities, cleanliness and friendliness of the staff at the kids's club 'The Reef'. The dining staff, whilst clearly very busy are friendly and helpful and made sure the children had what they needed food-wise. The cruise itself, to the Norwegian Fjords, was wonderful and there was so much to see from our balcony. I took my camera and really enjoyed indulging in some landscape photography. I would do this route again as Norway and the Fjords are so beautiful. There's one main thing I feel disappointed about with Britannia and that's the spa. On all three cruises I have booked and had a massage and all three times been left wishing I had not bothered. The spa unfortunately is all about the hard sell. My appointment this year and last year ran late but finished on time and there was about 15 minutes 'consultation' time, leaving only about 35 minutes for an actual massage (it should have been 50 minutes). I complained about this (and the pushiness to leave a tip) last year and the complaint was taken seriously. Sadly the standard of service has not changed. The staff are friendly and do give a good massage but I resent paying for a 'consultation' and the hard sell to push me to buy Elemis products. The therapist also started to offer advice on a medical condition I have and I did not feel this was appropriate. The waiting area is always very full and seems to resemble a doctor's waiting area rather than a spa relaxation area. It's such a shame as I feel P&O offers good value for money and there isn't too much hard sell on board. The Spa sadly lets the ship down. Overall we still enjoy Britannia and we had a great holiday. I just wish someone would sort of the Spa! Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
This was our twelfth cruise, but our first 'short cruise' of just 4 nights. We selected this sailing (to Bruges and Amsterdam) because of the dates, which very specifically took-in the opportunity to visit the Dutch bulbfields ... Read More
This was our twelfth cruise, but our first 'short cruise' of just 4 nights. We selected this sailing (to Bruges and Amsterdam) because of the dates, which very specifically took-in the opportunity to visit the Dutch bulbfields in all their glory. The disappointment came about becuase the expected itinerary (as booked) had been as follows: arrival Amsterdam Day 2 afternoon (Day 1 being departure form Southampton), overnight Amsterdam then all day Amsterdam Day 3 with an early evening departure to Bruges (actually of course, Zeebrugge) for arrival early Day 4 before leaving late afternoon for early morning arrival Southampton Day 5. This was changed by P&O in the last weeks before departure to a reversal of the itinerary. This meant Day 2 in Bruges and Day 3 in Amsterdam with a full day at sea on Day 4. Not really a problem you might think, but in effect we lost the opportunity to go ashore in Amsterdam on two separate days and instead had a whole day of 'thumb-twiddling on the return trip (when P&O doubtless hoped that lots of money would be spent onboard!). We were told that 'P&O had only just become aware that another ship would be berthed at Bruges' and this forced the change of itinerary. This is hard ot believe, since shipping-movements must surely be known months, if not years, ahead! I may be wrong, but the tannoy announcement at Zeebrugge that 'Ventura would be taking on fuel' (which could surely have equally easily been accomplished in Southampton before departure) suggested to me that - consequential on recent economic developments - the much better Euro/Dollar exchange-rate (as against the Pound/Dollar exchange rate) meant that P&O would be able to save a huge amount on their fuel-bill. The ship's fuel-state was possibly known to be adequate to reach Zeebrugge from Southampton, but not Amsterdam. It is of course in 'the small print' that the itinerary can be changed at any time, but this doesn't alter the feeling of having been 'short-changed'. All of that said, we did get to see the Keukenhof bulbfields on the same day as had been originally expected (and they were superb) and very much enjoyed Bruges. The vagueries of the weather cannot be controlled of course, but as it turned out we had a cold and wet day in Bruges (on Day 2) whereas Day 4 (when we should have been there) was fine and sunny. Instead, we were on board ship all day! Ventura itself is OK if you like bigger ships. Shorter trips inevitably attract a different passenger-demographic from longer, more expensive, cruises. We could not fault the food, or the service, in the Bay Tree restaurant. Pleasingly, we enjoyed fixed time/table dining, but most passengers (on this cruise at least) would have experienced 'freedom dining' in the two main reaturants (Cinnamon and Saffron), P&O's term for eating at any time to suit yourself. This more informal approach may be liked by many, but my advice would be that if you prefer a traditional experience, then make sure that you opt for the (slightly) higher-priced P&O fares to ensure a fixed time and table. Despite earlier comments, we enjoyed our trip and from an overall 'value for money' standpoint, it would be churlish to rate the overall cruise experience as anything other than 'very good'. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
Embarkation went very smoothly and we were soon in our cabin (deluxe outside) C156. This was very roomy with plenty of hanging space and a useful sitting area. This was our first cruise on Oriana since her refit and we were impressed. She ... Read More
Embarkation went very smoothly and we were soon in our cabin (deluxe outside) C156. This was very roomy with plenty of hanging space and a useful sitting area. This was our first cruise on Oriana since her refit and we were impressed. She looked pristine. All public areas were much better than before but the greatest improvement was the Conservatory. It is now a light and airy place with fresh tiles and some very good art work. We eat here on a couple of occasions and it was so much better than before. Not everything was perfect. The unthoughtful people on the previous cruise had drunk all the "Jaipur IPA" and even though it was obviously very popular no one had bothered to restock. Shame. Oriana needed some essential repair work(???) so we missed the port of Corigliano Calabro having overnight stays in Civitavecchia and Salerno instead. Unfortunately we also missed out on Marseille due to weather conditions - although I did wonder if the essential repair work also was a factor here. Food was of the usual high standard. We were on Freedom Dining which we prefer as we like a table for 2. The only problem with this was that people began queuing as early a 5pm so you really did have to be joining the queue well before 6pm if you wanted to get a table for 2. On a few occasions we were just a little too late and had to drag ourselves off to the bar with a pager which was no problem. The entertainment was very good. Headliners were excellent (as usual) and we also really enjoyed the Troubadors and the Spinettes. Chris Lubbe was also a very interesting and inspiring guest speaker. Overall, a very enjoyable cruise, so much so that we took the opportunity to book again whilst on board for another Mediterranean cruise on Oriana in October. Read Less
Sail Date April 2017
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