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P&O cruises for all ages and all walks of life
Member Name: susan42
Advantages: All the family catered for, british food, good value, children upto 17
Disadvantages: Ventura too big
P O cruises offer luxury to the British market. I like the fact you can drive to Southampton and board a ship that takes you anywhere in the world.
On arriving at Southampton, where you have free parking if you book early enough, you pull up at the dock side, a lady/gentleman is stood waiting, they book your car in, take your keys off you and a gentleman with a trolley takes all your luggage out of your boot and the next time you see it , its outside your room.
You then make your way to embarkation. They check you in which is fast moving, take your photograph, give you a credit card with your photo on, which is for purchasing drinks and shop items on board and also for opening your cabin. And boarding the ship when your in dock. A greaat idea, save carrying your passport which can be locked in the safe free of charge in your cabin.
On boarding your chosen ship, there are a few, The ventura which holds about 3000, to the Oriana which holds 1800. You are directing to the top floor dining room, this is standard with all their ships because they want the passengers out the way while they load the suitcases.
I think this is a brilliant idea and your suitcase soon arrives at your door.
The entertainment on board is excellent and there are numerous live shows each night. From an outing to the theatre (each show is performed twice a night) to a bar/lounge stage show. Where theres comedians, groups , singers and other performers.
Theres also films shown a couple of times a day , and the films are up to date. If you fancy a quiz, theres those too. Also a night out at the casino, bingo and slots.
There is entertainment all hours of the day laid on, also a gym, beauty rooms, hairdressers. Every ship has swimming pools on and it varies from ship to ship, but theres normally an adult only pool and a childrens pool on every ship.
Theres kids clubs upto the age of 18 and once you get your kids in there they are very reluctant to come out.
Each time you dock at the various ports of call, there are numerous excursions, these can be quite expensive and usually if your a family of 4 , it would be cheaper to hire a taxi at port side and do the excursion yourself. P&O are one of the few companies that lay on a free courtesy bus that takes you into the nearest town if its too far to walk, and always let you know via the ships newspaper what the arrangements are and if its suitable for disabled. Where possible they do use disabled buses.
Food as anyone can tell you is given in abundance and is totally free, evening meal is 5 courses and you can dress up or dress down, its your choice and if you dont want to go in the restaurant, you can go up top to the self service restaurant where the food is the same, but you have to collect it, this is avantageous if you want to try all the dishes or if you require something less formal.
P&O restaurants are excellent, theres always one open, and the food is hot, tasty and good on the eye, I will say though on the Ventura the seaside restaurant gets extremely full at peak times which can make it difficult for you to find a seat.
On disembarkation, everyone has a coloured card and a time and fairplay P&O can empty there ship of 3000 people in 3 hours. They take your cases off for you so when you leave you collect them from a big hanger type building.
Cruising so easy, and relaxing, I have been on other lines and this is one of my favourites, especially the Oriana and its sister ship the Aurora. I have tried the Ventura on two occasions, and there nothing wrong with it, but for me its to big and I like the intimacy of the "smaller" for want of a better word of the other ships.
I also like that children are ages upto 17 for prices as opposed to 12 on other ships
Summary: Great company that puts the customer 1st