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P&O Cruises VIP day feedback thread. Non-attendees: tell P&O Cruises about your ideal cruise - £250 voucher prize draw! NOW CLOSED

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MichelleMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 30-Aug-13 16:27:04

This thread is for the 6 Mumsnetters who attended the VIP day on P&O Cruises' family friendly ship, Azura. Hope you all had a wonderful time!

If you didn't attend the VIP day you can still get involved by telling P&O Cruises about your perfect family friendly cruise holiday. Where in the world would you sail? What facilities would you like to see on board? What activities would you, and your DCs, like to be able to get involved in while on board?

Everyone who shares their thoughts on this thread will be entered into a prize draw to win a £250 Love2Shop voucher.

VIP attendees:

We have a few questions we'd like you to answer, but please add any other comments you may have.

- What was your and your family's, overall experience of your day on-board Azura?

- Were you surprised by anything you found, or didn't find, on board?

- What were your/your DCs highlights of the day?

- What did your DCs think of the facilities on-board?

- After your experience on Azura, would you consider going on a cruise for a family holiday? If so, why? If not, why not?

- Overall, if it came up in conversation, would you recommend going on a cruise to your friends and family? If so, why? If not, why not?

If you have any photos you took on the day please do upload them onto this thread, we'd love to see them! Please note that P&O Cruises may use these pictures on their facebook page, website or any other marketing material.

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw!

MNHQ

Well, having only been on one, my experience of the rooms is not all encompassing, but as for the stuck in a hotel idea, I suppose it depends on the ratio of sea to port days you choose, mine was half and half, so we went to 7 European cities in 14 days all with minimal effort on our part, albeit only for short, day trips.

Anthracite Sun 08-Sep-13 17:48:56

The cruise we were recently on had only one at sea day in the whole week. We went ashore in each port, and experienced new places each time, so had as much experience of the real world (whatever that is) as you can get on any holiday.

I would urge anyone to look carefully at the itineraries, checking when the ship docks and then sails off. We had long times in each port and we were surprised that many prestigious ships arrived after us and left earlier. It's also important to check how many ports are tender ports, as this will take an hour off the time you can spend ashore. P&O are notorious at being vague with this crucial information. Cruise Critic is a fabulous source of information and advice.

We had nice cabins - a suite and an extra large outside - but even then, spent little time there. We were either eating, enjoying the entertainment, or relaxing on deck. We had far more space than, say, on a mobile home type holiday.

LinzerTorte Sun 08-Sep-13 18:45:14

We also only had one sea day during our eight-night cruise this summer; it was great to wake up in a different place almost every morning.

We had interconnecting cabins - DH and I in one, the three DC in the other. Two of the DC slept in a double bed (although we could have asked for it to be made up as twin beds) and the other in a pull-down bed, which the cabin attendant put away every morning and then made up in the evenings. We had interior cabins, so no window, and they weren't huge - but, having heard how small cabins on cruise ships can be and that you can't compare them with a hotel, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they had a small sitting area with a sofa. Lots of storage space too. And, like Anthracite says, we hardly spent any time in the cabins so the size (and lack of window) was never really an issue.

kslatts Sun 08-Sep-13 19:56:28

perfect family cruise would mean enough things to keep my daughters (13 and 11) busy.

Iwaswatchingthat Sun 08-Sep-13 22:39:32

My ideal cruise would be:

- A spacious cabin with a balcony and a separate room within the cabin for my dds
- plenty of variety of food, lots of healthy choices so I would not return home half a stone heavier
- decent activities for my dds to participate in which did not always involve being enrolled into a 'kids' club' for a chunk of time
- family orientated evening activities which we could enjoy with the dds
- plenty of places to relax on board and a couple of pools - family pool with slides etc.
- the chance to learn some new skills for us and the dds. E.g. Dancing workshops for them, pro golf/tennis lessons for DH etc.

As you can see I don't ask for much!!!

Magicjellyflood Mon 09-Sep-13 10:00:14

Relaxing and entertaining for the children smile

ricecakesrule Tue 10-Sep-13 08:27:31

I would go on a cruise if it was more affordable! I wouldn't be interested in attending all the entertainment / cabaret stuff, or the black tie dinners etc. I would be happier with a cruise that wasn't all inclusive so I didn't end up subsidising the party-goers! Not sure how this could work practically though. You'd end up having to have bouncers grin and ticketed entry which would be an inconvenience for the all inclusive people.

The idea of being able to experience several different places on one holiday does appeal, especially if the sailing is mostly done at night. I haven't properly looked into all the options available but the headline prices advertised are still way out of my budget.

clubnail Fri 13-Sep-13 23:13:11

Q: Where in the world would you sail?
A: Arctic Circle, somewhere you'd appreciate the comforts on board while seeing stunning scenery.

Q: What facilities would you like to see on board?
A: Soft play, climbing wall, roller rink.

Q: What activities would you, and your DCs, like to be able to get involved in while on board?
A: As above, climbing and skating.

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