First Britannia Caribbean Fly Cruise for 18 months

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P&O Cruises
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November, 2021
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Quality of Food:
Very poor choices, too much vegetarian. Sindhu excellent.
Shore Excursions:
Only did one Catamaran trip which was excellent and a couple of beach trips.
All staff quite helpful. Alicia on reception very good when we had a problem with our card.
Onboard Activities:
Due to Covid they were limited. Quizzes very good.
This was the first fly cruise to the Caribbean since March 2020 so we expected things to be different to the norm. The ship sailed at less than half capacity so no problem with finding a sun bed or queues in the buffet. Cabin was the usual good standard but they are now only cleaned once a day ( in the morning) instead of two. Hygiene all over the ship was exceptionally good. Reception staff very helpful when we had a problem with our credit card. Unable to get off at a couple of islands due to their own Covid rules ( other than if you were on an official trip) but this was to be expected and nothing that P&O could do about that. To be honest that’s where the good points end. We had our first cruise with P&O in 1991 aboard the iconic Canberra and how things have changed since then. We will not be cruising with them again. There is a long list of reasons, here are just a few. 
Flight check in - chaotic, waited 90 mins in the queue mainly down to so few check in desks. At first 4 open but two of them were training so very slow,then eventually only 2 as others went for lunch- not acceptable. P&O need to rethink using TUI. 
Food- very poor choice on menus unless you are vegetarian eg 7 starters 4 of which vegetarians, Main courses normally 7 on offer, steak and grilled salmon on every night plus 3 vegetarian plus one fish and one meat. For the first time ever we ate in the buffet on 4 out of the 14 nights. The buffet food was ok but like always not really hot.
Other passengers- this is probably the main reason we would not travel with P&O again. We are from a very ordinary working class background but we know how to behave and respect our fellow passengers and staff. With some passengers now this is not the case and is more akin to stag weekend in Benidorm. The dress code is simply ignored by some passengers, one formal night a group of 5or6 younger passengers went into the theatre looking like they had just stepped off the beach. This would have been challenged at one time but not now. We understand that times change but for us the ‘ holiday camp’ atmosphere is not what we are looking for. We are quite sad to be bidding farewell to P&O but they are no longer for us. 
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