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2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
Recently cruised the Caribbean on board Britannia and thoroughly enjoyed it. We read many of the reviews prior to sailing and were very, very apprehensive as they were either bad or unpromising. Non of it! it turned out to be a great ... Read More
Recently cruised the Caribbean on board Britannia and thoroughly enjoyed it. We read many of the reviews prior to sailing and were very, very apprehensive as they were either bad or unpromising. Non of it! it turned out to be a great cruise with beautiful weather throughout which is unusual for the Caribbean at this time of the year. The ports of call vary considerably depending on the cruise, some you love and others less so but most become familiar over a number of years and worth seeing once again. Aruba and Bonaire are always good, as is Antigua. Although Britannia is a larger ship you very quickly get to grips with what's where and the walking from A-B keeps the weight down. The prior complaints about the decor, the problems with stairs (lack of) food, etc.were unfounded. The dining rooms were excellent and generally the service throughout the ship was excellent. The atmosphere on board was happy and friendly which can't be bad. Although, not all things were perfect. The well documented sun bed scrum is a problem. Yes, there is a rush to book early (try and stop it) and the beds on the upper decks are crammed together with no space between - but there are lots of them and there's never a problem getting one. In my opinion the entertainment is at best average. The theatre company are very good but decent guest artists are much more popular. Where have all the comedians gone? The on board future cruise booking facility is good although they need more staff to avoid the endless queues. P&O were a bit underhand this time by not informing us before booking ahead that the drinks policy was due to change days after we had booked for next year. The change may be crucial to many passengers so please make yourself aware of it before booking! Tipping will always be a very controversial issue and cruise companies should confront it. Passengers do not like having money taken from their account automatically (yes, it can be cancelled). This policy creates a lot of embarrassment towards the end of the cruise when many waiting staff are still expecting to be tipped directly and are openly disappointed when they are not. It has to be one or the other I'm afraid. There is a very good, well used gym but not enough ladies classes. "Flatter stomach" seminars etc. are fine but structured, group aerobic exercise would be welcomed. The wrap around walking area on deck 17 is excellent and well used. All in all a big well done to Britannia, P&O and its guests! Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: January 2018
Overall, a pleasant 14 day Caribbean cruise on Britannia. We had an aft suite on C Deck Britannia is a great ship which suits its status as the biggest ship in the fleet. The Britannia sailaway party may seem a bit naff but is ... Read More
Overall, a pleasant 14 day Caribbean cruise on Britannia. We had an aft suite on C Deck Britannia is a great ship which suits its status as the biggest ship in the fleet. The Britannia sailaway party may seem a bit naff but is really good fun and gets you in the spirit! Plus sides. Horror tales of soot issues for aft suites felt more than a touch exaggerated. Friends on B deck had issues with their larger and slightly overlooked balcony but was only a minor irritation for us and friends with a similar aft suite on E deck. Certainly wouldn't let this stop me from re-booking. The wrap round balcony means shade/sun varies nicely by time of day. Compared to a similar suite on the Azura, our suite was more separated and gives more privacy for parents travelling with kids. The itinerary was v good - all stops were port side so no missed stops due to tenders not being operated in poor sea conditions (unlike the Azura last year). Food in al restaurants and the buffet was very good. Love Sindhu and the cover charge is more than worth it. A big mention to John and his team in the Cookery Club, we had a meal there where they cooked Tapas for us. At £45 cover charge, it may seem expensive but that included Sangria and 3 wines - so well worth it! Entertainment was more than good enough - recommend early Headliners performance and the Ed Sheeran tribute act in particular. Stops were great, mentions in particular for St. Kitts, Aruba, Curucao, Tobago and Grenada. Also, the Stingray experience and submarine in Barbados were great excursions and well worth the money. Kids club was great! Central staircase / elevators were a bit painful, but once you get used to using the elevators/stairs at the front or back you realise it makes very little difference. Nonetheless, shouldn't have been beyond the with of the shipbuilder/designer to have thought about this if only to keep down the level of complaints about a very nice ship. Negatives - service standards just not quite the same as the Azura, we were always left feeling that it was just easier to love problems ourselves. Too many times we were met with basic requests around the ship with a blank and somewhat confused expression from staff. Would also say that a course in basic manners and a bit of common sense wouldn't go amiss for many of the staff. The stops were all good with the exception of St. Vincent. A simple message here is that the port area just didn't seem safe - a common message from many passengers. Frankly, stay on the Britannia at St. Vincent. I still don't like having to ask P&O not to charge my in room credit with a service charge before I've even spent a penny of the credit. This just doesn't sit well with me, so I remove it. Frankly, P&O should either be upfront and very clear about this or just not charge it - we all know the crew don't get it and is just an additional charge on unwary customers. The price you pay covers these costs. Final negative, exchange your currency onshore - use casino ATM's for $'s but don't be afraid of using local bank ATM's for Eastern Caribbean $'s either, everyone accepts them on the islands where they're issued despite quoting US$ prices. Only exception was Martinique where they use Euro's or $'s. P&O onboard currency rates are a rip-off, much like the airports. Like I said, the easiest and cheapest way to get US$'s on the trip is to use your ATM card in a casino, the fee is minimal compared to the ship or airport. Overall, we enjoyed the Britannia very much but have a slight preference for the Azura. We'll be trying out Norwegian and Royal Caribbean cruise lines next, mainly for a change and a bit of variation. Would still very much recommend the Britannia, though. Would have given a 5 star rating but for the drop in service standards since last year. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Flight We chose to fly from Gatwick and we were on the Thomson Dreamliner. Check in was very busy with a long queue but it moved quickly and we were through security in no time at all. This was our first flight on the Dreamliner and we ... Read More
Flight We chose to fly from Gatwick and we were on the Thomson Dreamliner. Check in was very busy with a long queue but it moved quickly and we were through security in no time at all. This was our first flight on the Dreamliner and we found it to be both quite and comfortable. Service from Thomson however was a little bit of a let down. My partner had requested a vegetarian meal so was disappointed to discover that there had been a mix up and there were no vegetarian meals at all on board! The steward informed her that about 6 people had requested one and there was no alternative so she went without a meal on the flight out. Embarcation We were met on the Tarmac at Grantly Adams by a fleet of buses to take us to the port. The journey took about 25 mins and once there we were held for about 20 mins till we could get off. Again check in was very busy but the queue moved steadily and we were on board in relatively quick time. The Ship This was our first voyage on Britannia and she is indeed a beautiful ship tastefully decorated and lacking the wow factor (or as I like to call it - crass vulgar and tasteless bling) of some of the American ships. Navigating the ship can be a little confusing at first but if you remember that deck 7 is the easiest way to get the length of the ship it soon becomes easier. Many have complained about the lack of mid-ship stairs as an issue but this was not an issue for us at all. Deck 16/17 had plenty sunbeds to go around from what we could see. The area immediately around the pools was obviously busy but a short distance away there was always a spare sunbed somewhere and plenty of waiting staff to take your drinks order. Dining We are in the MDR on 3 occasions and each time we enjoyed our food and felt there was plenty of choice on the menu. Service was good too especially given how busy the MDR was with it being a full cruise with lots of big family groups all dinning at the same time. We also eat in Sindhu on the first evening which as usual was excellent. A good tip is to book a speciality restaurant on the first evening as there is usually an offer on. We got 30% off. We had Christmas Dinner in the Epicurian which again was just that little bit special. We had breakfast everyday in the Horizon buffet as we were usually in a hurry to get ashore. We also had dinner there twice. Tip for the Horizon, read the TV screens with the menu outside the entrance and you will navigate the stations much better when you go in. We had lunch in The Glasshouse one day. We went for the Seafood platter for 2 which was delicious and value for money at £16. Can also highly recommend the Eric Lanyard afternoon tea in the Epicurian. Entertainment The nature of a cruise demands that the entertainment appeals to the widest audience possible and as such is very much middle of the road. Our taste is a bit more left field/edgy so we were never going to be overly impressed by the entertainment on offer. We do like a quiz however and there plenty of those to take part in. The saleaway parties, what can we say, yes they are cheesy, very cheesy but the are also fun and shouldn't be taken too seriously. The Xmas Eve party departing Grenada was a hoot if you just let your hair down. Bars lots to choose from ranging from Brodie's, British style pubwith an excellent choice of craft bottled beers to the Glasshouse with its excellent wine list and food menu. Onboard activities The guest speaker was the Vice Chairman of the Astronomical Society and we were only able to attend one of his talks but it was very interesting. We also attended a wine tasting hosted by the Glasshouse bar manager which was excellent from a novices standpoint. The wine tasting was not advertised and if you are interested it best to ask about it in the Glasshouse. Summary Britannia is a big ship with many facilities and features designed to appeal to a wide audience. Not everyone is going to enjoy everything on board. My advice would be to explore the ship and discover what you do like. We would have no hesitation in booking Britannia again, in fact roll on Xmas 2019! Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Just returned from a Britannia Christmas 14 night cruise. 3 nights of which spent in 'RIP OFF Barbados', where the Bridge bar rip’s you off 16$US for a Rum Punch the only punch here is the price. It seemed to us that all of the bars ... Read More
Just returned from a Britannia Christmas 14 night cruise. 3 nights of which spent in 'RIP OFF Barbados', where the Bridge bar rip’s you off 16$US for a Rum Punch the only punch here is the price. It seemed to us that all of the bars in the town were ripping off cruise passengers with exorbitant prices. Britannia is no gem, it’s a bland cheaply finished ship. Hand rails with bits of timber as banisters, not like most other ships hardwood polished wide rails not here, its painted and badly at that. No real art anywhere just a few obscure hanging here and there, can’t call it art. Its clear that this ship had a cheap overall cosmetic finish throughout including the staterooms where the cupboard are of a quality associated with the cheaper end of kit furniture. The bathrooms are so small you’ll find it hard to dry yourself once out of the shower. The shower is poorly furnished with a poor water supply, must be saving water now as well as power. In our 14 days our sheets were only changed twice, plus the clean set upon arrival. A poor standard by any cruise ship, particularly in the hot humid climate. The cabin sizes are getting smaller all of the time, they clearly are now going after stack’em high sell’em cheap, a bit like the budget airlines, are P&O going down this route as we find P&O now selling their cruises at half the advertised price to fill the ships in the final weeks before departure. Its not the odd cabin or two its becoming a booking frenzy in the last 10 weeks before a cruise departs. No central staircase everyone must walk to either end of this gigantic ship to reach a staircase. Limited lifts in the central area where a staircase should be, made it a long wait for lifts most of the time. Theatre always cold as told, otherwise the dancers will get too hot. Never mind the passengers as long as you keep the dancers cool. The food in the Oriental restaurant was poor, meat cut thinly on a cooked meat slicer and served as pork loin, once thin slices of pork loin served as pork cutlet. Waiter service not friendly and not efficient I wonder why, is it the tipping changes P&O have made over time that puts them all at a disadvantage. Horizon food inferior for lunch and at breakfast they only brought out the good sausage every third day yet kept the cheaper ones available everyday. No real fried/grilled tomatoes only some slop tomatoes cut into quarters which at breakfast looked disgusting and at lunchtime where they were served cold yet still cut into quarters rather than sliced through from top to bottom as everyone knows how it should be done. Considering it’s sold as an English ship, not one white face in the kitchen amongst the 60-70 chefs. Now tell me that’s not down to labour costs, most if not all were of Indian origins. Not saying the chefs on this ship can’t cook the quality was certainly very low, the lowest of any ship I have ever travelled upon. Wine glasses in the Horizon are plastic and everyone which came had to be exchanged for ones with lipstick or dirty marks on them, very bad wine service in the horizon at least in the oriental the glasses were always clean. Costa coffee served from machine not barristers making you a coffee here. The machines have limited ability, again so as P&O can profit from you buying this rubbish coffee. Take a look at Celebrity and Royal Caribbean and see how they do it and of course the P&O offerings of free cake with a coffee is again, low quality offerings, unlike any RCI ship which have good quality cakes and deserts on offer all of the time, not like P&O which only have them after 11am. Wine package not worth the money, the advert reads saving can be made up to 10-15%, THAT’S ONLY IF YOU CHOOSE THE MOST EXPENSIVE ON THE OFFER LIST every night, you could buy cheaper by ordering each night from the wine list. Plus if they run out of a particular wine on the package list, you are not allowed or offered an alternative, simply not worth paying for a package. Wine waiters often too busy to pay much attention to you, our sometimes took him 35 minutes to visit our table for the wine order and rarely saw him return to fill the glass, and he too is supposedly receiving 15% from every bottle you consume. Poor overall wine service in the Oriental. Staff in general were okay but not too many laughing and smiling, which used to be so, is it because they are receiving less tips now P&O have stopped directly allowing the passengers to give tips. Yes still possible to take them off at reception and to pay in cash but them the Horizon staff and behind the scenes get nothing. What’s going on with P&O tips/Gratuities? After being away for P&O UK (been living in Australasia for 12 years) Just returned from a Britannia Christmas cruise. Asked the cabin steward how many cabins he cleans, response NOT allowed to discuss this with any passenger. What why? Not allowed to discuss anything about gratuities or work load. Do you receive all of the gratuities (your share) of the tips taken from my onboard account? Cannot say was the reply. Something not right with the tipping on P&O are the staff actually receiving all of the tips that are left at reception and if someone deducts an amount for poor or bad service does everyone suffer or just that particular individual. I’d take a guess that the individual who gave the bad service still gets as much as those that give excel with their service as before the ship started collecting the gratuities everyone got what you gave them directly. I think this new way the stewards and waiters now receive less in tips than previously under the old envelope system. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We have traveled before with P&O and we have always been impressed with the entertainment, however this cruise we were left feeling ‘Is that it?’ Embarkation was slow, with us waiting an hour and a half, due to everyone ... Read More
We have traveled before with P&O and we have always been impressed with the entertainment, however this cruise we were left feeling ‘Is that it?’ Embarkation was slow, with us waiting an hour and a half, due to everyone arriving before their designated time. The food was brilliant as always, however, I felt some of the menu was repeated, almost as if they were trying to get rid of what they had left. I was also surprised by the amount of fish on the menu, not with sauces, just bland fish. Some of the ships layout was a bit odd, as to get to the Alexandria restaurant you had to go up to 7, go across the ship, and then come down again; otherwise the ship was nice, and the size was good compared to the amount of people onboard. The reception was very festive with decorations and a charming gingerbread village. The cabin staff were very friendly and they were always saying hello as you came out of your cabins. The entertainment was a different story, while the shows were enjoyable, some of the singers were a bit screechy and when they sang together (especially in that dreadful Michael Jackson rendition) it seemed they were trying to drown each other out and I think everybody in that theatre wanted to leave. I also felt that they were limited by the theatre size and as a result, they weren’t able to perform shows we had seen on other ships. The entertainment team did quizzes every night which we did partake in, but in the run up to Christmas, I don’t think anybody could do another “Guess that Christmas song” quiz. Continuing from that, on Christmas Day, the variety of things going on was very lacking, with nothing on apart from ‘Love Actually’ in the cinema. The Boxing Day panto was worth a watch, with it being very amusing in a car-crash type way. Unfortunately, our call to Amsterdam was cancelled and we were disappointed that there were no alternative arrangements in place after the previous time the ship was due to dock, it could not, similarly this happened the year before. Disembarkation was delayed as the gangways had disconnected; however this was beyond their control and they tried to correct it as quickly as possible. Overall, we would consider going again, but this is not a certainty. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise because of the Itinerary and we have cruised with P&O many times before. Dining arrangements have changed over the years with the advent of Freedom Dining which we tried once but changed back to Club dining as I ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of the Itinerary and we have cruised with P&O many times before. Dining arrangements have changed over the years with the advent of Freedom Dining which we tried once but changed back to Club dining as I don't like having to have a pager at peak periods. With prefer second sitting at 8:30pm as it allows time when returning from ashore. We have always preferred a table with 6 - 8 persons and the restaurant managers have always provided us with like minded and interesting people to share with. This was not the case this year as we had a table to ourselves and several other larger tables had people missing a lot of the time. Whilst I appreciate some guests were visiting other restaurants it appears freedom dining was the main cause of this cultural change. The ship takes a bit of getting use to in terms of layout. The choice of Beer or Larger can be frustrating in terms of what is types are sold in different bars and in some only small bottles are sold at inflated prices. The Staff were friendly and the entertainment was good. Access to the various cities from the ports of call was easy whether going on one's own or choosing an excursion. Whilst Zeebrugge does not rate high on visitors list like Brugge I was keen to see the Memorial to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines at Zeebrugge together with St George's walk given that it will be 100 years ago on St George's 2018 that the blocking of the canal entrance took place with it supporting raids there and Ostend for which 11 Victoria Crosses were awarded. Knowledge of this action seemed lacking from crew members I spoke to. The shuttle bus service to Blankenberge was appreciated as an alternative visit to Brugge. Unlike other Cruise Ships I have been on there was also a lack of interesting Lectures or talks whilst at sea. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
We had previously been on Azura two years ago for Christmas in the Caribbean and it was wonderful. so it was easy to choose Azura again for another Caribbean Christmas,we wasn't disappointed. We flew out to Barbados on Thomas Cook, we had ... Read More
We had previously been on Azura two years ago for Christmas in the Caribbean and it was wonderful. so it was easy to choose Azura again for another Caribbean Christmas,we wasn't disappointed. We flew out to Barbados on Thomas Cook, we had pre booked our economy seats as we didn't want to be spit up for 9 hours. Food was good, leg space was very good, the plane seat plan was 2 then 4 then 2 so there was no need for anyone climbing over you or you over them to get out. Embarkation was quick and we were onto the ship. The Christmas decorations were absolutely beautiful with the atrium looking a million dollars, Our cabin was great it was an inside but it was a larger inside with lots more wardrobe and cupboard space, one to remember, Our cabin steward was Basil who looked after us very well. We were flexible dining as we changed our plans most evenings to suit as there is so much to do and see. The foods taste and presentation was excellent, The staff were very attentive and polite, We always sat together on a table for two and just a little note to the passengers on the larger tables, please smile and say thank you to your waiter as we noticed most evenings that they were all talking away to each other and when food was put in front of them most never even made any acknowledgement to them. Formal nights were amazing, with all restaurants adhering to the dress code, It was nice to also see that the dress attire for the smart casual nights passengers still liked to be dressed up. Well done to Azura for keeping this ship a high standard for the dress code. The entertainment/shows were very good, we were incredibly luckily to have had Roy Walker on our cruise. he was so funny, Also the ventriloquist was so brilliant and funny, that I purchased his dvd. The Ports of call and shore excursions were excellent,, my favourite was Guadalupe we went to see where " Death in Paradise" is made, it is really is paradise but so are all the islands we went to. Christmas Eve was magical, Santa arrives! We have no children but the entertainment staff and also the Captain make it so wonderful, even for us "oldies" A was such a truly wonderful Christmas cruise that we booked up whilst on board for 2018 Caribbean Christmas Cruise Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2017
Having loved last years Cruise so much (our first) we decided to go again this year. Its a lovely ship but interestingly its surprising how much more critical one becomes second time round. Having said that our rating is still "Very ... Read More
Having loved last years Cruise so much (our first) we decided to go again this year. Its a lovely ship but interestingly its surprising how much more critical one becomes second time round. Having said that our rating is still "Very Good". At embarkation I already knew things would be different. A fellow passenger sitting beside us ripped open his prepacked sandwich with his teeth, guzzled it down and scattered crumbs everywhere. It set me wondering if this was the sort of pleasantries in store for us on the voyage to come. Boarding was a breeze and finding the Cabin was as difficult as ever (that never changed during our entire trip). The room was clean but the carpet looked shabby in areas. Otherwise no complaints. The room steward was fantastic and I should mention at this point that all the staff we had dealings with were excellent too. The Norovirus warning letter that we were presented with at the beginning of the cruise did raise some alarm bells and the subsequent letter confirming an outbreak of Norovirus during the Cruise was a worry. Thankfully we didn't succumb but looking at the unhygienic behaviors of passengers in the Buffet its not unsurprising there was an outbreak. Apart from people coughing and sneezing as the walked around the food areas (already mentioned in another Ventura review) I actually saw several passengers nip in through the central exit of the Buffet in order to avoid the hand washing. One elderly gentleman strode around picking buns and croissants without using the tongs, piled them up on his chest and strode out again. In order to avoid the above we used fine dining every night and sat with 4 lovely individuals with impeccable manners. I would recommend this choice to anyone as the food was generally excellent and you can avoid for the best part the unpleasantries of the Buffet. I know you need to dress up particularly on the formal nights but its great fun. Sadly on this trip some formal nights were missed out and the casual dress code did lead to some shocking sights (never with the ladies I hasten to add). For example as we left the Bay Tree one evening I walked behind a fellow diner. His shirt was a mess of wrinkles and hanging outside his trousers. Luckily the tail wasnt autographed. His trousers were about 9 inches too long and hung over a tatty pair of shoes. He reminded me of a farmer on his way to assist a pig farrowing rather than a fellow passenger just leaving fine dining. Conversation at our table was often hilarious usually reflecting on some of the "sights " we had seen on the ship the detail of which I wont go into but if you were there you will know what I mean. There was one incident where two of our companions had chosen the Buffet for dinner only to tell us "never again". They recounted trying to strike up a conversation with shall we say a "rather large" gentleman at their table. His response was "sorry no time to chat, i'm eating". They said that if he had a garden shovel as opposed to a knife and fork he would have used it. Sadly you will see this all too often in the Buffet areas an although you may have to endure it for breakfast I would suggest you head for the fine dining every evening and of course the Saffron for lunch. My final bugbear is that I do wish some people would bring a bar of soap with them or at least use the shower gel and toiletries provided. On a cruise I shower at least twice a day. This is not for all I guess but I did encounter several people in the lifts and other confined spaces that had not made the acquaintance of a bar of soap for some months or years even. Several times I had to hold my breath and make a hasty exit. This wasnt confined to the lifts in fact queuing for dinner at the Bay Tree some nights was equally unpleasant. What was good. Well the Ventura is a lovely ship. It has plenty of venues and you can tour around to your hearts content. The food at times was fantastic particularly when you consider how reasonably priced the Cruise is. Entertainment, well my Wife loved it so I am not going to say much more this. I dutifully went along to each show and endured o the offerings. Performance wise everything seemed a little more slick and polished than last year and I actually enjoyed some of it. The guest speaker was particularly enjoyable with his take on those high profile murder cases. We met lots of really nice people which is a great thing about cruising. I am forever indebted to the lady who who told me how handsome she thought I was much to my Wifes chagrin. Thats a first for me, perhaps she needed glasses. The ports of call were "same old same old" but the walks were always worth it and a pleasant and healthy change from being on board. Its funny but you can always differentiate passengers from locals whilst walking around town. The locals are the fit and healthy looking ones and passengers tend to be as round as they are tall and wobble along the cobble streets in their droves. I am surprised no one has mentioned the storm in the Bay of Biscay in more detail. There were several injuries on board and we did see one elderly gentleman lying prostrate on the Buffet floor with staff in attendance. I did hear that passengers at the head of the table during the second sitting were showered with everyone else cutlery dinner plates and wine glasses as the ship listed whilst turning into he wind. We did not hear any warning that this manouvre was about to be undertaken so as we left our cabin we were flung towards our neighbors door opposite. They had opened theirs to see what was going on and we almost ended up in their cabin. There was a tannoy broadcast apparently but it was not audible in our cabin. Rather shocking really. So would we go again. Absolutely. Pound for pound these Cruises are absolute bargains. They are mostly stress free and the standard of service is excellent. Has the standard dropped...Well absolutely even in terms of what I can see. Some reviews are now referring to "the Butlins mob". Its a bit like Air travel which was only for the privileged before the budget carriers came along. The only thing I would say here is that people should not be so keen to let the side down. Invest in a Tuxedo and bar of soap and try and be on your best manners. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
A while since I have cruised with P&O (2013). Managed to get a decent price for a balcony and booked. Had a fantastic time. Britannia not my favourite P&O ship but was very nice, missed promenade deck and a decent pool at the ... Read More
A while since I have cruised with P&O (2013). Managed to get a decent price for a balcony and booked. Had a fantastic time. Britannia not my favourite P&O ship but was very nice, missed promenade deck and a decent pool at the back with overhanging seating but like to take each ship for what it gives. Staff fantastic. Disappointing that only 3 other guests turned up on our fixed dining table so only 5 out of 10 of us and then not every night, Fixed dining is something I particularly enjoy so this was disappointing but nobodies fault. Embarkation quick after a good flight. Cabin steward very accommodating and not intrusive at all. Food was good, did not eat in the buffet very often (too busy for us). Had room service breakfast every day on the balcony which was so relaxing and made us want to get up early every day. Went to the restaurant a couple of times at lunchtime, ate mostly in the dining room and once in the Beach House. Entertainment was the best I have had in my 7 cruises and has certainly improved, some excellent theatre shows and VIBZ were fantastic every night, (other group not our cup of tea at all). Still dislike the sailaways and kept well away from them (personal choice). Ports were generally excellent especially the fact that we had 3 days in Barbados and also that the ship sailed late from Curacao, a definite plus, meant we could stay out later and it was fabulous. I will never understand why P&O take their cruise to St Vincent!! Did some P&O trips Jeep safari (brilliant), Grenada (good), Atlantic Hotel in Barbados (brilliant) and snorkelling in Barbados (ok only). They were good value for money. Disappointed that there is a charge for room service other than breakfast as would have fancied using it on a couple of occasions. P&O still allowing alcohol on board which is a definite plus for using them as is the discount for past cruisers. At the captains cocktail party drinks were not restricted and very generous. All in all quite a few things had changed since my last P&O cruise, but still value for money, very well organised embarkation and disembarkation, excellent staff, entertainment definitely improved from previously, drinks still very reasonable, missing the drink packages as I think they would sell extremely well with P&O customers. Will definitely come back again. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2017
We chose this cruise as it was visiting Hamburg, Oslo and Amsterdam sad well as Copenhagenn and Zeebrugge which we had previously visited. Unfortunately we did not make Amsterdam due to severe winds in the North Sea. We loved the food ... Read More
We chose this cruise as it was visiting Hamburg, Oslo and Amsterdam sad well as Copenhagenn and Zeebrugge which we had previously visited. Unfortunately we did not make Amsterdam due to severe winds in the North Sea. We loved the food and always ate in the Medina restaurant on anytime dining and enjoyed the company of all the people that we met. The entertainment was brilliant especially Helen Ward-Jackson who sang Adelle as well as Cabaret songs on another night. We really enjoyed the Four tunes especially their rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. the headliners theatre group were also great to watch and possibly the best crew ship singers and dancers that we have experienced. We did three organised tours and we were more than happy with the costs incurred. Our cabin D143 was kept spotlessly clean by our cabin steward Val and he is a credit to P & O. Aurora is a lovely ship and a joy to travel on it is the right size of ship please do not decommission it as it is a perfect size! Read Less
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