Posted June 5th, 2017, 03:32 PM
The band on the quayside stopped a few years ago with the exception of maiden cruises and was very overrated. Band was a bit over the top as it was usually about 6-8 musicians and unless you were midships on the right side you either couldn't hear them or see them. Visions of a full marching band marching and playing up and down the quay is a throwback to the very old days of cruising. We have been cruising for 20yrs and have never seen anything you could call spectacular even after doing 5 maiden cruises with P&O. P&O regulars like nothing more when they go on a cruise to sit and moan about the good old days and how good Canberra was and have never seen a champagne waterfall on P&O.
Sorry, but we loved it and the band was about 30 and played for an hour before we left.
They were very good. I remember the tunes now and it made me tearful as it was at a very difficult time for us as a family. It was very special for me and we remember being so excited.
The Champagne Fountain happened - honest - and was an 'Oceana special'. And it really was special. Sorry that you never experienced it.
Just because you didn't / don't value the things above it doesn't mean that others did not.
I hope that you are not referring to us when you mention 'P&O regulars who like nothing more when they go on a cruise to sit and moan about the good old days' as I find that really offensive! I would say that we far from that and generally just get on with it on a cruise and make the most, whatever.
If you read our history below you will see that we haven't done that many cruises on P&O and have also used other lines. Infact, for 2018 we are back to Celebrity. Re the Canberra - if she was the ship that came back from the Falklands I was at school and could only dream of a cruise at that time. Thinking about it, 2010 was like a dream come true.
Please check out the people you are criticising before you reply and judge them.
There is no need
P&O Ventura 15.08.17 : Spain & the Greek Islands
P&O Britannia 28.05.17 : Iberian Cruise
P&O Oceana 10.08.16 : Western Med fly cruise
P&O Britannia 25.07.15 : Iberia and Canaries
P&O Oceana 08.04.15 : Western Med
P&O Oceana 19.04.14 : Iberian Cruise
RCI Independence of the Seas 29.10.13 : Mini cruise
Celebrity Silhouette 12:08:13 : Greek Islands / Italy
Celebrity Silhouette 10:08:12 : Adriatic / Venice
Celebrity Silhouette 10:08:11 : Eastern Med/Holy Land
P&O Oceana August 2010 : Western Med
Ocean Village 02:08:09 : Eastern Med / Crete
Louis Cruises August 2001 : Egypt