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Stop the planning. Change to three Aurora like ships with modern propulsion. Make customers happy. Reverse the apparently continuous decline in food standards. Allow exec chefs to be chefs again. They've stopped smiling since they were given regimented non negotiable menus. Bad move P&O. I thought Carnival had introduced the policy that a British cruise ship is identical to a USA ship except for warm beer! Wasn't Oriana the last truly British ship?

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Stop the planning. Change to three Aurora like ships with modern propulsion. Make customers happy. Reverse the apparently continuous decline in food standards. Allow exec chefs to be chefs again. They

Smaller ship like Adonia and Aurora. Reading the list of things onboard the new ship just makes me think why waste money on a cruise when you could go to Butlins, because that to me is what it looks l

What would I like to see onboard the new ship,......... how about all passengers that don't want to conform to a dress code! Let them have this ship all to themselves and leave the rest of the fleet f

Like should like to see a proper cinema, similar to Chaplins on Oriana & not like the apology of the Studio on Britannia, in which you cannot see the whole screen if you are more than 3 rows back. I should also like to see 聽manned "Disabled/wheelchair lifts". I was on the maiden voyage of Britannia & it was very embarrassing to see disabled passengers having to wait for 15 -聽20 minutes while ignorant able- bodied creatures pushed ahead of them. Despite being asked over the intercom to be considerate. It might not be cost affective to have them manned all day but as busy times.

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A proper prom deck, fwd, mid ship,stern staircases from the lowest deck to the highest deck. More lifts than Britannia. Proper routes from venues, not having to go thru others. Silver service and most importantly, sufficient staff say ratio 3:1 min. 3 staff to 1passenger. Oops wrong way round.馃榿

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On 27/10/2016 at 11:30 AM, Oldworldtraveller said:

These are some of the features of the new ship. Certainly sounds good.

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 17 places to eat

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 7 speciality restaurants

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 12 places to enjoy a drink and see the sea聽

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 13 entertainment venues from the theatre to adult only venues

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Three pop-up entertainment spaces/venues

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 16 whirlpools

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 4 swimming pools (three outside, one inside)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 9 places to have breakfast

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 5 places to enjoy afternoon tea

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 7 places to have coffee聽

16 whirlpools - all for children?馃毟馃毟馃毟馃毟馃毟

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Smaller ship like Adonia and Aurora. Reading the list of things onboard the new ship just makes me think why waste money on a cruise when you could go to Butlins, because that to me is what it looks like. 聽As you can guess I like small. It allows ships to聽go to more places that the big ships can't reach.

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21 hours ago, The Drunken Sailor said:

A proper prom deck, fwd, mid ship,stern staircases from the lowest deck to the highest deck. More lifts than Britannia. Proper routes from venues, not having to go thru others. Silver service and most importantly, sufficient staff say ratio 3:1 min. 3 staff to 1passenger. Oops wrong way round.馃榿

P&O have not聽served silver service in the true meaning for over 17yrs we started cruising with them in 2000 and have never been served it only a partial attempt which meant if you were served on a table for 8 and had the manners to wait until everyone has served you got on many occasions cold or lukewarm vegetables.

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Much like another topic on this forum at the moment on P&O, it's a discussion that is open to interpretation and differing views, which is the best thing about forums really. It gives us all a place to voice such opinions with each other.

I recently said in another thread that Carnival may be viewed in a negative light by many but at the end of the day, they are business people and they don't make multi-million pound decisions without doing their due-diligence. Before deciding upon this new style of vessel for P&O Cruises, they will have done their market research and it's clear that they've decided that there is an opening in the market for this new ship that can and will deliver passengers, both new and existing. We all just need to accept it and either book to give it a try or take our business elsewhere to lines that may cater more for our preferences. It's that simple. Thankfully, there's one or two cruise lines around these days to choose from!

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1 hour ago, roseyroo said:

I agree about the entertainment, just one place that is a little bit more modern, abit of cheese is ok but not every night

I think it needs a full revamp of the entertainment features on board. P&O need to go back to the drawing board here and wake up to what their competitors are offering. Whilst P&O are still pushing tribute acts such as Annie Lennox, Royal Caribbean and NCL are introducing different shows and new forms of entertainment every year, constantly looking for new ways to entertain their guests. If P&O want to compete with those lines, which based on the size and design of this new ship, they appear to be, then they need to up their game.

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Please, not another Britannia.聽 That聽is a disaster - no promenade deck, not enough lifts, tiny cramped balconies, cheap-looking plasticky d茅cor, uninteresting menus.聽 And why do we have to be subjected to mindless pop music everywhere we聽try to find some peace and quiet?聽 Very tacky and downmarket.聽 Please rediscover a touch of class - it shouldn't be difficult even on a big ship.聽 If the idea is to compete in the chav (sorry, mass) market you will find the competition very tough.

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In no particular order, and based on our experience Arcadia):

(a) Less or, better still, no Riff Raff amongst the 'clientele'

(b) More seating in the coffee areas - so that one can sit in peace enjoying a coffee, not constantly being asked if we have finished by people waiting to sit

(c) Afternoon teas with more delicately sized items and for the service to be not so rushed - we're on holiday not grabbing a quick bite before returning to work

(d) Remove smoking areas from main thoroughfares and certainly from outside the self service restaurant

(e) Entertainment arts should be auditioned before being given a contract

(f) Better quality tvs and the software thereon needs a major overhaul

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19 minutes ago, KieranBinns said:

We need a pub! British pub serving pub grub!聽

Get shut of that overpriced market thing!聽

Do as many cookery clubs with the celeb chef as demand requires - not just two! They're being paid enough!

If you want a British pub serving pub grub then why not save the cost of the cruise and go to, you've guessed it... a British pub.

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If you want dodgems and water slides then go on Carnival or Royal Caribbean! We've been on ships ranging from 30,000 to 154,000te. and, with the exception of the QM2, smaller is always better. We did the Caribbean on the Britannia earlier this year and really enjoyed it, but do agree that P&O need to take a serious look at the "entertainment" on offer. 2 week cruise with only 4 planned shows, by the on board cast,聽of which only 3 took place. One cancelled due to "voice strain"! The Speciality dining venues were very good but grossly overpriced. I suspect they use the high price as a regulator on demand.

Would like to see a proper promenade deck, good cinema and more lifts. Also use a naval designer for the interior not a hotel specialist.

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I have been on Brittania a couple of times (mainly to dance). The dance floor is adequate but (a big but here) for some reason there are railings to separate the floor from the seating area, which means you have to walk round the tables etc to start dancing. Why? I would also like to have dance hosts and hostesses, like Cunard, for single dancers, male and female.

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lets hope this ship has a descent balcony unlike brittania!!

On 23/10/2016 at 10:49 AM, Mcc said:

Plenty of lifts and stairs (not like Britannia). Well organised buffet. A decent library. A limit on mobility scooters. The big American ships are full of them. I am sure the majority of users are too lazy to walk the distance round these vessels as once in port, there are alot fewer in use.

Having said this, we dont like the monster ships and prefer small ship traditional cruising.

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The entertainment is what needs to be seriously revamped it is all old style and outdated and not good enough. We have been cruising 15 years now and it's still basically the same.

here are some ideas.

聽Why not have a troupe of actors and actresses performing plays.

murder mystery events.

a revamp of the daily games shuffleboard and quoits could still be kept but what about some imagination in new games also.

a variety show where you get 3 or 4 different acts of about 15 minutes each.

maybe a fun pool where there are organised games.

also for those that love peace and quiet a peaceful area free of charge.

if you have any other ideas get them noted maybe someone does read this forum from the conglomerates.

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To be honest, I am not really bothered about what goes on the new ship as it will not really appeal to me - I prefer the smaller ships. 聽To me, cruising is about being at sea rather than needing dozens of events and attractions to keep me occupied - I am happy to just chill out and read on a decent promenade deck.

A lot of folks have mentioned entertainment with some saying that P&O need to up their game to keep up with the likes of NCL and RCCL. 聽I fully accept these views but think there is a major problem here. 聽P&O have seven ships. 聽NCL have sixteen and RCCL twenty five. 聽P&O will always be restricted by economies of scale as it is always much cheaper to innovate new things if you can raise contracts at a much cheaper price. It doesn't stop new things of course. 聽I know Cunard (which of course is smaller than P&O) have staged plays in their on-board theatres in the past but not sure if they still do? Just a thought.聽

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A return to traditional values. Namely silver service and a greater聽choice of food across all areas. Plus less theater company entertainment and more variety acts. The theater company style if entertainment is well last its sell buy date and no longer entertaining. Let's face it we all enjoy going to a west end type of show but nobody enjoys that night after night. That said what's the point of commenting because P &O have no interest in our views.聽

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What would I like to see onboard the new ship,......... how about all passengers that don't want to conform to a dress code! Let them have this ship all to themselves and leave the rest of the fleet for the thousands of us that still want to enjoy a formal experience!

Right, let's go and get my hard hat!

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