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4 P&O Cruises Repositioning Cruise Reviews

We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Mediterranean. To that end it achieved all we wanted. Although given that it happened over the Easter period you would have thought that the cruise line would have known that some of the ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to see the Mediterranean. To that end it achieved all we wanted. Although given that it happened over the Easter period you would have thought that the cruise line would have known that some of the ports of call would have been closed on certain days because of religious sensitivities and that they could have arranged the itineraries some what differently. Apart from the service given by our waiters and cabin steward I found in general that the service on the ship was poor. The food was not to my liking as I prefer plain cooking, in fact this was the first cruise that I have been on where I lost weight. The reception desk staff were worse than useless and could not or would not give any help at all. The entertainment was excellent particularly the Headliners. The shore excursions were typical of excursions that all cruise lines book and were no better or worse than any others. The ship could have offered a little more organisation to disembark for the tours other than a short line in the daily paper saying to proceed ashore a little before departure and find your coach. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
Just saying that there was little fun on this ship to be had apart from for the riotous kids who had taken over the swimming pool. A badly designed ship, with sharp elbows from fellow diners in the self service restaurant. Did they think ... Read More
Just saying that there was little fun on this ship to be had apart from for the riotous kids who had taken over the swimming pool. A badly designed ship, with sharp elbows from fellow diners in the self service restaurant. Did they think that there would be nothing left for them? The cabin was good as was the cabin steward. The food was not so good, and the areas cordoned off and charged for separately seemed to be an apt comment on p&o money grabbing. We normally go with Royal Carribean and missed out on the fun, the use of Sauna without having to pay tens of pounds a day, the only thing that we really did not like on our RCI cruise to the Canaries last year was the BIG TELLY which took over the top deck and pumped out football all day and night. No wonder they are throwing cruises away cheap! Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
Hygiene was a concern, a used tissue on the gangway on embarkation. Cabin was OK, but was unwell and had nosebleeds, told by cabin steward when asking for clean sheets that this was not a hotel and they change the sheets every 3 days. No ... Read More
Hygiene was a concern, a used tissue on the gangway on embarkation. Cabin was OK, but was unwell and had nosebleeds, told by cabin steward when asking for clean sheets that this was not a hotel and they change the sheets every 3 days. No towel art at all during our stay, part of the cruising experience. Asked for water from waiters ,either ignored, took 20 minutes to arrive or looked at like I was a piece of muck, yet people ordering alcohol got their drinks immediately. Hygiene in buffet, whilst there were hand cleaners no-one insisted on people using. A lot of the staff were wonderful and helpful, especially the breakfast waiting staff and also the waiting staff in the Oriental. Food was average, nothing special, the food that was of a suitable standard you were required to pay extra. P&O never missed a chance to grip more money. The ship broke down in the Azores, delayed 1 and a half days there, but ship caught up almost on the time. Captain left the ship in St Maarten, he was the lucky one, I would say, another person had died during the cruise and the body was down in the medical and another was ambulanced off at St Maarten. Tragedy continued when a mini-bus on one of P&O's overpriced excursions had a head-on collision resulting in one death and several in intensive care. The next port, a water taxi sprung a leak and the passengers had to be rescued by lifeboat. The ship was jinxed, the moral of people was low generally. Making cruises cheap unfortunately seems to attract a different demographic than I have experienced on past cruises. The P&O experience continued on the flight home, with Thomsons who are usually great for long haul flights, charging £2.50 for a coffee which would normally be free. I would not go on P&O again if it was free or if I was paid. I could go on... Entertainment wasn't bad. The horseracing event was painful on the ears because the Geordie girl from entertainment team, whilst a lovely girl, screeched so loud it grinds on your nerves. We were originally a party of 4, reduced to two for unforeseen circumstances, and we two left behind would never have chosen or booked this cruise, usually travel Princess or Carnival or other similar standard. . Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
Just back from the Barbados to Southampton Transatlantic. We were left feeling very disappointed. We don't usually moan and we never try to find fault with things but there was so many obvious problems that we just found the whole ... Read More
Just back from the Barbados to Southampton Transatlantic. We were left feeling very disappointed. We don't usually moan and we never try to find fault with things but there was so many obvious problems that we just found the whole experience not enjoyable. We so wanted to love this ship but P&O made it very hard for us. Firstly boarding in Barbados was fine, quick and efficient with friendly staff. We boarded and first impressions were good - we thought that she was a pretty ship. We had a balcony cabin on Deck 15 forward. It was very tasteful, on the small size but with a comfortable bed it was more than adequate. The TV was excellent, loads of free to watch movies and TV shows in on demand format. Our cabin steward was pretty good, we did have problems having our free conditioner and shampoo replaced when it ran out, he actually came in to our room when we asked him for it to be refilled after 10 days to check we had in fact ran out! How stingy is that? There was ample storage and tea and coffee making facilities. There was a small fridge to keep your own drinks in and a small safe to keep your belongings safe. The bathroom was tiny but very functional - the shower had a glass screen so no annoying shower curtain to stick too! The balcony was again on the small side but this wasn't helped with the ridiculous large furniture they had placed on there, we kept tripping over it! If made the balcony feel tiny with no room for maneuvering. The entertainment was excellent during the night, shows and acts were all very good. The big problem was that there was barely nothing on during the day, entertainment was basically non existent! We had 8 sea days, most of them with cooler weather - the horizons guide was full of activities but 90% were paid! All spa and shopping opportunities. We were incredibly disappointed. It was all money, money money - thats all P&O were interested in. They did not care that their passengers were kept entertained. This led to the ships interior areas being totally overcrowded. All the venues were too small for a ship this size, it was uncomfortable to say the least. Everywhere was packed, no seats anywhere. This included the theatre and live lounge too - the two main entertainment venues were massivley undersized. Finding a seat on a busy night in the live lounge was a nightmare - so many were left standing for the full night. This goes for the outside areas too - sunbeds crammed together like sardines. They were reserved from 6.30am on the warmer days with no action but empty threats from P&O. Two small hot tubs (if you don't count the paid Retreat) for a ship with 4000 passengers! Crazy! The whole back of the ship was covered in soot and stunk of engine fumes so mostly unusable on sea days when the engines were under power. The service in general was poor, no smiles or interaction. We are always very polite and try to talk to staff on the ship but this was like pulling teeth! They looked bored and uninterested. The waiters were only bothered about getting a drink sale. During one song in the live lounge we were asked 8 - yes 8 times!! If we wanted a drink. You were never left alone for more than 15 seconds if you didn't have a drink or were close to finishing one. There was no system in place to tell waiters we had already been asked. It became a running joke about how many times we could be asked! We were refused point black to the point of an argument in Java Coffee shop when we asked for our free cake! The waitress refused us and shouted "you should have asked when ordering" bear in mind that this was about 7 seconds after we placed the order! She continued to shout at us and refused us our free piece of cake. Well we were both bemused and astonished - had this really just happened over a free piece of carrot cake?! When trying to eat at the Glass House one evening we were told there would be a 45 minute wait. This was fine but when we saw a group of entertainment team being sat two minutes later we were so angry! I have no problem with staff using the ships facilities when it quiet but when paying customers were having to queue behind staff we could not believe it! We complained about both instances but were given a half hearted sorry. Now the food. It was very poor on the whole. The quality and selection was poor compared to other liners we have sailed with. It was so uninspired, it was often cold with poor cuts of meat and served with the same overcooked vegetables each day. The buffet was the same, the selection was very poor - especially the sea food which was only to be seen a few times throughout the cruise. The paid Epicurian was very good but we were left with the impression to eat well you had to pay more! The hygiene was a joke, the sinks outside the buffet barely ever worked. Hand sanitizers were often empty and none of the staff seemed to care. We reported it a few times and nothing was done about it at all. No enforcement, people just walked in without washing their hands - it was disgusting! No wonder P&O are failing health inspections on some of their ships! Would we travel on her again - not a chance! We didn't have the best time. I came down with food poisoning the morning we left the ship, it took me over a week to recover from it. It topped off a terrible cruise! Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
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