Oh Dear !!
Alan Benedick | May 26, 2017 | P&O Cruises | Britannia
Oh Dear – this was an experience that I wouldn’t like to repeat. Everything started superbly, parking at Southampton, relieved of luggage and the next time we saw the luggage was inside the cabin, superb. The cabin itself was very good, no complaints there and from there on in the cruise went downhill. Three full days at sea was hard to cope with especially as there was an unscheduled stop in France for an illness (that I later understood) was a death. Whilst that was not P&O’s fault it should have been made clear. The “shops” on board could have been walked round in 5 minutes (and that’s being generous) and at the prices the goods were being offered at, I would be surprised if there were any sales.
The lifts were appaling in terms of waiting time and also where they were positioned. As has previously been said, the safety instruction at the munster stations were a bit of a joke and all you saw at the end of it were people trying to put them back together – a complete fiasco.
I didn’t think I was ‘(potentially) posh/up market’ but the class of person left a lot to be desired. Whilst I will always accept a drinking culture (not that it’s my business), I draw the line at drinking pints first thing in the morning and also at people lolling around completely drunk late afternoon/early evening. I was appalled. Again, I understand that at least two people were asked to leave the ship, but this number could (and should) easily have been in double figures.
The entertainment (if thats what is was supposed to be) was poor with the exception of the comedian who I have to say was very good.
In terms of food, we generally stuck to the Horizon as we are both relatively plain eaters. The choice was good, plentiful and enjoyable. However, for all that, there’s always people who pile up their plates like they haven’t eaten for a week (disgusting).
Now onto the places, which was certainly one of the main reasons why we chose the cruise. I will accept that the weather for the first three places, Lanzartote, Gran Canaria and Tenerife was not good but all three were poor. Then Madeira. With Portugal claiming a 20% unemployment, the Ronaldo museum right opposite the port was closed – and that with a 3500 passenger liner come in and another similar size right behind. An outrage. Then onto Lisbon (no complaints) and finally to Vigo, which was almost desolate due to it being a Bank Holiday where everything was closed. Unfortunately, we were not told of this beforehand.
Then, thankfully, we were on our way home. Where P & O scored on this cruise was the way we got on to the ship and thankfully, our own embarkation at 6.45 in the morning went very smoothly and we were home by about 10.00. Overall not a very happy punter.
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