I would be down my travel agents throat until they get it sorted. Remind them that next year they might not have a business unless 'satisfied' customers return through their front door! Good Luck Wilba.
Thank you Wilba for your reply. We have tried everything with the travel agent and P&O and they all keep passing the buck. Very nice of them they did say that even on Freedom dining they would give the party of two a bleeper when there would be a table and our reply was 'you know where to stick your bleeper'. Would never book with P&O again it has been a nightmare from start to finish even with the flight and luggage allowance as well (but that is another issue).
The problem is the time of your booking! I know this is no consolation but P&O made a firm commitment to the thousands of passengers who booked within days of the cruises being available. Club dining is the more popular option and the chances of your friends being able to join you are fairly remote, especially if you have requested and been allocated seats for Second Sitting. When we were on Ventura in August this year very very few requests to change to Club dining were agreed even when people said they would accept First Sitting places (First Sitting was full).