Posted August 14th, 2017, 07:18 AM
My experience has been different to most people, in that we have found the sound insulation between cabins to be quite poor on all 6 of the P&O ships we have been on. I have always been able to hear our neighbours TV, drawers closing, toilets flushing and even conversation (albeit mostly a muffled noise rather than hearing every word, but some people have loud voices that do carry and you can hear what they are saying in adjoining cabins). Two cruises ago, we were woken abruptly most mornings by one of our neighbours who had a sneezing fit every morning, yet made no attempt to suppress the noise! Here are some tips for being a good cruise neighbour;
1) Don't allow your cabin door to slam shut. It sounds like a rifle shot to your neighbours and there is no need. Although you can't pull the handle down when closing it, a firm tug engages the lock - queitly.
2) Be aware that the pre-set volume on TV's is usually way too loud, so turn it down when the info screen appears and before you select a channel. Why P&O doesn't fix this I've no idea. And when watching TV (or playing music) please keep in mind that it could be irritating for your neighbours unless at a fairly low volume.
3) Don't talk at full volume as you can be heard! We found it very funny on Aurora when our neighbours had regular heated discussions, especially when she called him a 'selfish pig'!
4) Also, when walking back to your cabin at night, keep corridor conversations to hushed tones. We have often been disturbed by sudden loud conversation or laughter outside our cabin. Nice to see that people are enjoying themselves, but irritating if you have just dozed off.
5) Don't slam drawers - it creates a real thud on the wall for your neighbour.
6) Avoid moving balcony furniture early morning or late at night as the noise will disturb those above, below and to both sides of you.
OK, so I am being a tiny bit tongue in cheek, but all of the above are true and we adhere to them out of consideration to our fellow cruisers. Sadly, many of our neighbours are often less considerate!
P&O Cruises Experience – 134 nights over 11 cruises (Aurora, Azura, Britannia x 3, Oceana x 2, Oriana x 2, Ventura x 2)
P&O Cruises to Come - 83 nights over 7 cruises (2017 - Aurora x 2, 2018 - Aurora, Arcadia, Aurora, 2019 - Aurora x 2)
674(A) Oriana 14/5/96. Southampton to Istanbul (Fly back). 8 nights. Outside Cabin.
E620 Oceana 11/8/06. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
E720 Oceana 12/8/07. Canaries. 13 nights. Outside Cabin.
X912 Oriana 24/7/09. Baltic. 14 nights. Outside Cabin.
A118 Azura 5/8/11. Eastern Mediterranean. 16 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
N321 Ventura 18/8/13. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Superior Deluxe Balcony Cabin.
B517 Britannia 15/8/15. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Forward Suite + Balcony Cabin.
B622 Britannia 23/7/16. Norwegian Fjords. 7 nights. Forward Suite + Adjacent Balcony Cabin.
N703 Ventura 15/2/17. Amsterdam & Bruges. 4 nights. Penthouse Suite.
R705 Aurora 13/5/17. Baltic. 16 nights. Accessible Balcony Cabin.
B721 Britannia 22/7/17. Western Mediterranean. 14 nights. Aft Suite + Adjacent Balcony Cabin.