Having read reviews about this particular cruise I am amazed at people's comments.
The outward flight from Birmingham on 10th Dec was delayed over 2 hours but nonetheless there was no drastic delay. On the return journey, yes we did receive notification the day before that there would be a 10 hour delay but P&O did their best and at least we were allowed a cabin (if not our original one) until 6.30 p.m. Whilst in the cabin on that Friday we received further written notification that the flight was delayed a further 2 hours but we could keep our cabin until 9.00 p.m. We left the ship at 1.00 a.m. (not 11.00 as someone quoted) and were given bottles of water. Unfortunately on arrival at Barbados airport there was nothing open but this was neither the fault of P&O or Thomson Airways. People should be aware that once through departure lounges personnel of P&O and Thomson would not be allowed as they would have no boarding cards etc.
In effect, we gained an extra day in Barbados. This was better than being taken to the airport and left there for some 12 hours. We were free to eat in any dining room, attend shows, or whatever.
We were on Australia Deck which we found quiet on most days.
Cabin A523 as expected but slightly disappointed in the size of balcony as the chair could not be put straight forward and only one foot stool so used small table as a foot stool.
Antigua; good trip to Nelsons Dockyard. Beach trip not the best due to the weather not being too good that day. Barbados: nice to walk into town but cheap taxis available. Dominica: very nice island but expect rain. Take a local vehicle; we had "Skippy" - think he has given himself that name as he only has one leg but he is remarkable how he jumps in and out of the vehicle. Trafalgar Falls well worth a visit. Maimi/Fort Lauderdale: plenty of places to visit from here. Montego Bay; we took a local guide. Probably least favourable port. Grand Cayman; not able to land due to sea conditions but have been previously and lovely beach here. Tortola; again we had rain but we'd taken a P&O trip and visited Pursars Landing which is great to sit and have a drink. New Orleans: Great place, well worth a visit and a guided tour first then do your own thing. Port Canaveral: Good port for trips to Orlando, Space Centre, etc. but as we'd been previously we only went to the shopping mall. St. Marteen: good long beach - would make this a beach day if we went again. Grenada: took water taxi to Grand Anse beach but a bit crowded. San Juan: well worth taking a P&O trip, excellent fort to look around and good shopping areas. St. Lucia - a nice area is Pigeon Bay if you want to sunbathe but not on a long stretch of beach. Grand Turk: - great for a relaxing beach day.