First Caribbean Visit
Stuart Barlow | March 29, 2014 | P&O Cruises | Ventura
We are regular cruisers and this is the first time we have been moved to provide a critique of some aspects of a cruise.
As this was our first visit to the caribbean we were unsure whether the arrangements for onshore visits would be as smooth as those we have enjoyed in the med and baltic. In essence they were more unstructured with few shuttles being provided when the distance to the port hub was perhaps a little far for some of the less mobile passengers.
Joining ships in the past has been smooth and well arranged but on this occasion the lengthy queuing in a warehouse, to obtain ship cards, was excessive and uncomfortable, and exacerbated by fellow passengers having the apparent scope to bypass the queues for no given reason. When asked, the staff at the front of the queue, were unable to explain, but just allowed the queue jumping to take place. At least an explanation, or separate desk for priority passengers would have eased the ire that many felt at the unexplained nature of the situation.
Having been on a number of cruises with P and O one of the highlights has been the evening entertainment, in particular the winning formula of the Headliners shows. On this occasion although there has been an effort to replenish the “stock performances” the introduction of the cheesy use of digital input in terms of lengthy spoken video not only interrupted the flow of the performance but made the whole display unworthy of the excellence of the performers themselves. Certainly we would not bother again watching the “Reflex” performance as in its current format it is an unworthy waste of the performers efforts.
Despite the above comments, all of which are made in the hope that a little minor tweaking can eliminate similar comments, we fully enjoyed the overall cruise, ship and itinerary provided. We will be looking to see if the same niggles continue and possibly try a different cruise line for comparison should they do so.
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