This was our first cruise on this ship, previously having sailed on P&O Arcadia and Oriana.
We arrived at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton at 11.45am and by 12.15 we were on board enjoying the buffet lunch. The embarkation process was very slick, from being greeted by CPS parking personnel to check-in staff.
Once on board we were directed to deck 15 where the buffet is located. There was plenty of choice and after lunch we had an explore of the ship until our cabin was ready.
We had an outside cabin with obstructed view (E508) but there was hardly any obstruction of note. The atrium is light and airy over three floors, with plenty of seating on each level. The theatre seating is very comfortable and the shows were excellent. We had our evening meals in the Saffron or Cinnamon dining rooms as we had booked freedom dining. The food choice was good, as was portion size. If you are being indulgent and having four courses, you don’t want to be full after two courses!
The staff were always polite and the cabin was cleaned and tidied twice a day.
There was always something to do and people to meet. I particularly enjoyed the classical pianists who give five performances as well as the afternoon tea at 4.00pm.
If I am going to knit-pick, then it would be regarding the small bathroom and shower and that the cabin had two bunk beds attached to the wall, that made getting in and out of bed a little challenging.
Overall, we enjoyed the cruise to the Canaries and the facilities on the ship.