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  1. This is an interesting topic. I think many of us are curious, unsure, intrigued by the whole Iona concept. We moved away from P&O for a few years because we felt the ships were getting too big. However after a few disappointments we decided to return and try Britannia. A 7 night cruise was shortly followed by a 14 nighter, and we realised that we had found a new 'favourite'. What we enjoyed was the space, the choice of dining venues (we only ate in the MDR 4 nights in 14), the various entertainment venues, but also areas like the Crow's Nest which retained the cruise ship flavour. We were concerned about the possibility of crowding, and problems getting on and off the shop at ports, but we didn't encounter that. I know that Iona carries far more pax than Britannia and I wonder (as I did with Britannia) if it's a step too far, but time will tell and I hope she is a success. We are booked on her in 2021 and will avidly read such threads as this and the reviews following her launch.
  2. I looked at ours for next April on Aurora and on the first page (booking summary) there are 2 items - Bed configuration, and Dining. When I clicked on Dining it came up with Anytime Dining (rather than Freedom) with 1st and 2nd greyed out.
  3. In the Caribbean they laid up tables for the Beach House outside adjacent to the Sunset Bar in the evenings. Warm Caribbean air, dim lighting plus (led) candles on the tables made it a wonderful place to dine.
  4. I agree that Britannia is more of a quality hotel concept than the usual cruise ship blueprint, but her upper decks are quite vast, and the quiet (non fee paying) adult only Serenity pool area is a nice change from the noise bound central pool area. The Azura buffet is badly designed and could do with a major revamp. Since the Britannia refit the buffet is even better with improved partitioning in the seating areas. Perhaps Azura's refit might follow that. I agree about the Glass House although it's now been enlarged on Britannia to cater for both drinking and dining. The central staircase is annoying but previously the extra side lifts were not connected to the main select control system and worked independently, whereas now they are all on the same system and seem more efficient. We were mid deck 14 and always seemed to be able to get a lift with minimal delay. One downside of Britannia for us was the shallowness of the balconies but the quality of accommodation was very good.
  5. We have just come off Britannia and, post refit, she is in fabulous condition, in fact like a new ship. Not being big ship fans previously we are now converted. We did 7 nights on her in April, and 14 nights on the Caribbean transatlantic so have had a reasonable taste of her in different weathers and seas. I think the range of entertainment and entertainment venues (even better since they reconfigured the Atrium), and range of dining options and venues really makes for an excellent cruise. On this last cruise we evening dined in the Glass House twice, the Beach House twice, Sindhu once, the Limelight Club 3 times (3 excellent dinner shows), Horizon buffet once, 4 formal nights in the Meridian dining room, and not at all on one night following an excellent Caribbean tier lunch. So an enjoyable variety! We like Azura but prefer Britannia now.
  6. This must be a real concern for P&O with the Caribbean season starting shortly. They seem to share the flights mainly between TC A330 Airbuses and TUI 787 Dreamliners, and the Dreamliners are having some delays with the ongoing Rolls Royce Trent engine problems.
  7. I totally agree. I think the dress code on P&O is just right. We feel comfortable knowing that, in the restaurants and most bars, the level of dress will contribute to the ambience. We've had a couple of cruises on Marella ships recently, and while the product is quite good, the vague dress code is a shambles and beachwear intermingled with jackets and ties at dinner is bizarre. As far as Benidorm goes we occasionally stay at the Hotel Don Pancho there where the smart casual dress code is strictly enforced, and shorts are a no no even in the show lounge in the evenings. I hope P&O continue to keep the standards up.
  8. After a mixup a few years ago with pre - cruise bookings I always print a hard copy to stop any confusion.
  9. CP is faulty this morning. Our forthcoming cruise is shown as 14 sea days, and the cabin info is wrong. I'm sure they'll sort it soon.
  10. We found that talking to P&O direct was the best. They have a flights dept. which were very helpful, and will plan your flights for pre or post cruise stays to suit your requirements. I agree that their hotel rates are very good, we couldn't get a quote to compete with them.
  11. We've been on National Express a couple of times when heavy traffic has been a problem. The driver was in radio contact with their base and they guided him to alternative routes. On each occasion the delay was no more than 30 mins.
  12. They should be on your Cruise Personaliser now.
  13. She had perfect grounds for an allegation of physical assault, which P&O would have taken very seriously, and that would have been a nasty turn for the bully boy 's holiday.
  14. English lady I take your point but, as I said originally, we have the door 'slightly open' at night for the reasons stated. I would hope the steward would not be entering at that time, and even then ' slightly open' would not create a wind tunnel. Regarding the risk of trapping fingers I am sure we are adult enough to handle everyday hazards. Many ships have sliding balcony doors which can be secured in any position and some switch off the air con when open. As a previous poster has said one of the prime reasons the cruise lines want the doors closed is economy, rather than the negative effect on the air con which is robust enough to handle an open door.
  15. Unless the weather is adverse we always have our balcony door slightly open at night because we think it nullifies 'cabin throat', and we also find the sound of the sea to be soothing. We have yet to be thrown off the cruise or even reprimanded. The whistling sound is caused when it is windy because the venturi effect of the wind causes pressure imbalance. Normally that doesn't happen. Tin hat on!
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