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19 P&O First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

adam pasha avatar

adam pasha

1 Review Written

25 Helpful Votes

Steady as she goes but unspectacular.


General: I took the cruise on the Arcadia 1-17 March 2016, Sydney-Brisbane-Yorkey’s Knob (Cairns)-Alotau (Papua New Guinea)-Manila-Hong Kong. The Arcadia caters largely for the over-65s, mainly British ...
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Sail Date March 2016

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1 Review Written

17 Helpful Votes

Oriana Northern Lights First Cruise

We wanted to complete Norway and the Northern Lights for sometime and after looking at various options we decided on a cruise aboard the Oriana would probably be the best solution. We are very independent ...
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Sail Date February 2016

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1 Review Written

10 Helpful Votes

Southampton to Bruges on P&O Ventura; Our 1st Cruise, Mixed Feelings!

This was our first cruise and we were both nervous and excited about our trip from Southampton to Bruges on P&O Ventura. Below is our review and some of the things that we would do differently should we decide to do ...
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Sail Date February 2016

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1 Review Written

5 Helpful Votes

Our First (and Last) Cruise

We stayed at the Premier Inn Gatwick the night before our flight (TOM024). Turned out to be a great idea and at just £39 for the night, excellent value to boot. We ate in the restaurant which had a nice atmosphere ...
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Sail Date January 2016

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Cantankarous Cat

1 Review Written

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

THE GOOD Thomas Cooke gave us an excellent meal on both our flights, we are vegan. Cabin (G508) was adequate for sleeping, beds were comfortable, bathroom compact and bijou and balcony superb for drying ...
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Sail Date November 2015

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1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Nice Break by All

We did enjoy the cruise but a few parts were disappointing! Are departure was smooth apart from we didn't book parking in advance. We were told just to turn up,it was included in our package and someone would ...
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Sail Date December 2015

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1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Taster cruise

Spent 3 nights aboard Ventuta sailing to Le Havre and Zebrugge. This was my first ever cruise and I went with my mother who has cruised a few times,so has more insight into cruising than myself.Firtsly I must say ...
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Sail Date November 2015

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dennis jones

1 Review Written

9 Helpful Votes

Honest Review

Myself and partner are in our early 40's and booked the cruise as visiting many destinations appealed to us as oppose to a standard holiday where you visit just 1. This was our very 1st cruise and we were surprised ...
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Sail Date October 2015

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1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Nice Break

Cruised from Southampton via Azores to Carribbean and Madeira. The Arcadia was fabulous and the staff in bars and restaurant superb,friendly and couldnt do enough for you. James,Philip and Amruta,Lenson,Sunjay. ...
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Sail Date October 2015

Eliboo0 avatar


1 Review Written

4 Helpful Votes

Not At All What I Was Expecting

i was so looking forward to my first cruise everybody had told me how wonderful they are.we got the coach and all was very good with this.embarkaion was also swift enough and not difficult. Suitcases came as soon as ...
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Sail Date September 2015

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Mr perfect

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote

Cold in Iceland

Our first cruise, to Ireland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Orkneys, Dublin and back to Southampton. Our room A196 mid ship was a good position top price for a Non balcony room. The room itself was in need of ...
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Sail Date June 2015

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Job Fox

1 Review Written

Not Quite There, But Has the Potential To Get It Right

The potential to be a brilliant ship. However, it did have a split deck (deck 6) and lacked a good size promenade deck to stroll around. One pool was out of order for the duration of the cruise and a whirlpool tub ...
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Sail Date September 2015

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RoyBoy 1

1 Review Written

1 Helpful Vote


We started our holiday on Sunday 23/08/2015. The embarkation was a dream, none of your long queues as in the airports. From arriving at the port at 11.am to sitting in a bar on board ship at 11.45am.Luggage taken ...
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Sail Date August 2015

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Rob james

1 Review Written

2 Helpful Votes

Surprisingly Not Impressed

Never been cruising before so we spent a fair amount of money on a high deck balcony cabin and booked lots of trips in ports as we shaded for Norwegian Fjords Lots of things I could say positive and negative so ...
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Sail Date May 2015

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1 Review Written

P&O = Predictable and Ordinary

This was our first cruise. Initially the WOW factor was there but it soon disappeared! Checking in and embarking on to the vessel was chaos. There was some technical difficulties however not one voucher or ...
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Sail Date March 2015

JaneW511 avatar


1 Review Written


This was out first cruise and we choose P&O because it had been recommended for the service and overall package for the price and that they target UK passengers We choose and inside cabin (as we didn't want to spend ...
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Sail Date February 2015

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meldrew v

1 Review Written

Try it, see what you think; P&O dont care.

This was only our second cruise the first being with Royal Caribbean, no comparison. The ship looked OK and our cabin although a bit dingy was passable, however, it soon became apparent that this ship was getting ...
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Sail Date November 2014

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1 Review Written

Hated it at first but got used to it.

outward flight was ok but being x thomson crew i think they are better. we could only afford an inside cabin as xmas/new year v expensive. cabin ok, small, shower area was more like a caravan shower. 1st night was ...
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Sail Date December 2012

Jen avatar


3 Reviews Written

First Timers

As first time cruisers we weren't too sure what to expect. Not sure we would go with P & O again as on speaking to our fellow passengers they too were disappointed with several things. The evenings were great, ...
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Sail Date October 2010

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