A Little Disappointing
Anonymous Visitor [220.127.116.11] | October 2, 2013 | P&O Cruises | Azura
Our 3rd Caribbean Cruise in 3 years – previously on Ventura. Bolsover did their usual efficient job, Thomson flew us there on time, we upgrade to Premium Economy which is worth the extra.
As fot the whole experience we were somewhat disappointed. Cleanliness etc all good and Cabin Steward, Clevey, looked after us well. However, it seemed to us that the waiters on Freedom Dining had more tables to look after than before, the Wine Waiter was obviously related to the Scarlet Pimpernel. We sought him here. we sought him there etc. The best solution was to ask for him as soon as we were seated. Food quality was very average. Not one really good meal in 2 weeks (Other than Sindhu). Kedgeree was yesterdays curry, a portion of rice and a quarter of a boiled egg on top. That’s class!!!
Prices up especially spirits delivered to cabin. These were at Duty Free prices in last 2 years. Now and extra ?10/12 a bottle. Headliners were dire in the main. Lead singers felt that every song had to be at full blast which became a cacophony at times. In fact we only went to 2 shows. Many others we spoke to said similarly. Comedians good as were the vocalists. HATE the stupid 50% off sales – we may as well have been in a Tunisian Souk. Attitude of P&O Reservations staff was poor. The person I spoke to was far more inteested in her computer screen that talking to me about smaller cruise ships and future trips.
We avoid Deck 15 like the plague. If the policy is for sunbeds not to be reserved then this has to be upheld by Crew members. Otherwise greedy folk just book beds and go off for hours on end. We find this area too noisy.
The dance floor on Deck 5 is too small for dance classes and the evening dances means that Blue Bar is not the place for a quiet conversation.
Will we go with P&O again? Possibly, but not until they decide who their target market is. We are youthful mid 60’s, like to cruise, enjoy good food and wine, don’t want to see some of the sights that gtreet us as we walk through Lido Deck to Venezia for the lunchtime scrum. At present the Co falls between 2 stools. It seems to try to appeal to the younger more casual element who like loud/raucous Sailaway parties and discos into the night as well as the older more sophisticated traveller who has a lot of grey pounds to spend. I feel they will lose the latter in favour of Silver Seas etc.
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