It all depends whether you want a choice of cabins or not. I would strongly reccommend that you select an outside cabin as near to the centre of the ship as possible and as low down as possible; in this way you will minimise any potentiality to pitching or rolling. Whichever you select you will gave a brilliant time.
Alternatively you could book direct with P&O and lea ve it to them to choose a cabin for you, you might just get a better deal as first timers.
We went with P & O on Arcadia for our wedding in 2006 ( second cruise). They were great. I also would reccomend a cabin close to the centre but with a balcony to enjoy the evenings as you roll along. It really depends what you are looking for. If you want to sit outside in the warm evenings, chose a balcony otherwise save your money and book an inside cabin as a window doesn't really offer much more. We have tried inside and balcony on two different P & O ships. One thing I would recommend is their Celebrations at Sea package, some of which you may want to chose to make your anniversay special. If you go on the P & O website there are more details. We bboked our cake, flowers, champagne breakfast through them and it was magical. Enjoy your cruise and Happy 25th Wedding Anniversary.
By the way we booked our cruise with Ventura 12 months before my father-in-law who paid at least £1,200 more (I believe it was a lot more but he may read this) than us for a balcony cabin although it did have a little more room. His is now a CA (when he upgraded, but initially he paid the same as us for an obstructed outside as we paid for our balcony) instead of our JA but you look on the website now and our JA is more far expensive than 18 months ago.
Hope this helps?
As the crux of your question is about the the best deal/price why not look at Royal Caribbean who have a price promise? If the price you paid goes down prior to final payment you then pay the 'new' price. Just a thought........Wilba.
Of the 19 cruises we have done 11 were with RCCL. This was over the last 12 years and we are now both 72. We are saving for our 20th on Oasis of the Seas late next year.
From our experience the Arcadia (Norwegian Ffjords June 07) was a great disappointment. Compared with RCCL I'm afraid P&O are way behind. Main complaint was with food service. In the Belvadere restaurant at the stern of the ship there was a continual shortage of cups and teaspoons. Anything you wanted was served to you over the counter rather than "help yourself". Also, they had an "eat and out" policy owing to the meagre size of the facility. With RCCL, apart from fried eggs or omelettes, you help yourself to whatever and however much you want. Service in the main restaurant tended to be slow which we overcame by being first in for dinner.
One good point about Arcadia was that the shows were of a very high standard - as good as anything in the west-end. The Casino a bit small and not a lot of choice.
As for when to book. I've noticed that prices are being reduced as time goes on and the credit crunch begins to munch. I would study Easy Jet's summer schedules to tie in with an RCCL cruise only (usually a reduction of £190 per passenger) from Barcelona on one of the numerous RCCL ships with cheaper flights by EJ. That could save you over £150! Always book the flight the day before and an overnight hotel - which most agents do anyway, just in case of problems.
Have just returned from 2 week cruise aboard Arcadia around the med.
On arrival at each port disenbarkation was like the January sales! and only around 4 and half hours ashore apart from Rome as there was a 90 minute coach jurney each way so we did get 5 hours there.
Entertainment on board repetitive and second rate.Our balcony cabin smelt of stale cigar smoke on boarding and we had to complain to housekeeping on the poor standard of cleanliness in the cabin which was dealt with immediately and on inspection by 2 members of that department it resulted in a daily inspection by them.
Arcadia looked tired and for the large amount of money that we paid for the trip we have come away extremely angry and disappointed.