Written on: 08/10/2010
wed been in june and had enjoyed so much that we booked again.as it was the last but 1 sailing before the final 1,they seemed to have run out of a lot of food and the duty free was practically empty.the staff werent as pleasant as before,but because of the good group of friends i was with ranging from 15 to age 67 we still had a ball.we are however disappointed the cruise has now stopped and are in search of an alternative. (read more)
Written on: 23/09/2010
was good fun! can be abit boring if your a teenager, not much to do for my age (17) otherwise, food is great, advised to take travelling tablets.
i would deffinatly go again with different people to get & for a laugh.
best time was when we arrived in Spain, was good to touch land for 4 hour hours, and to shop around. thumbs up! wasnt to bad .. i plan to book again within the next week. so excited! x (read more)
Written on: 05/09/2010 by lgerman (1 review written)
I took my 14 year old son on mini cruise and was unsure if there would be enough for him to do, to my surprise there was plenty from the small swimming pool (indoor) sauna's also there are two small cinemas showing up to date films and a gym. The entertainment was fab the staff were very helpful and friendly the food served was plentiful. The rooms were clean and nice hot showers. We were very lucky when we went as the weather was great and the sea calm, the only downside was you didn't get... (read more)
Written on: 02/09/2010
Just returned from this trip and we are so sad this is ending at the end of the month. We would love to have done it again...and again!! We are a family of five and although we had a rough few hours on the return trip (can't help the weather)we cannot speak more highly of the ship and staff. We read the reviews before and found it helpful to take extension lead, kettle and snacks although the food wasn't over priced. We ate in the International food court and found it to be of very good... (read more)
Written on: 22/08/2010 by Moore76 (1 review written)
Not long been back from a very enjoyable time onboard the Pride of Bilbao. I took my 2 children while my husband was working and was a bit worried before hand if they would be bored or not but this was not the case at all. We had quite a good size cabin as you only really sleep in there. We was really lucky that we saw lots of whales and dolphins. We could not believe how close they come in to the boat. The staff we're very friendly. Food was very good with a choose of places to eat. I did... (read more)
Written on: 21/08/2010
jus got home from a fantastic time on board the pride of bilboa saw whales and dolphins it was truley a wonderfull experiencs they were swimming so close to the ship.the staff were very friendly and helpful its such a shame its all ending next month would love to have gone again. the entertainment was excallent apart from wednesday dont ever sit and watch bizzare it was pathetic and people walked out half way through the show. the comedeons zac and phill were really funny. plenty to do on... (read more)
Written on: 20/08/2010
I thought the trip was really good. When we arrived at portsmouth we had to wait until 10:30pm to depart this was because of rough sea in the english channel. When we finally got onbaord we were amazed by the size of the rooms we were expecting them to be small but they were bigger. The food onboard was really nice and the staff onboard were very friendly and happy at all times if you needed something they would try there hardest to get what you wanted. The entertainment onboard was really... (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2010
really enjoyed the experience,as it was our first taste of a cruise,was pleasantly suprised.fortunatly the sea was calm and weather really good for 2 of the days.only downside was problem with hot water in cabin we had to the point of after 3 times complaing we was moved to another cabin.a little claustrophobic for 2 people,but did'nt spend much time in there.maybe the length of time the morning spent in bilbao was'nt as advertised because we was told it would be 4 hours when in fact was... (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2010 by Graze Tattoo Studio (1 review written)
A crowd of us went for my birthday last year and are subsequently going again this year, I consider that for the amount paid for the trip it is excellent value for money and considering onboard you are a captive audience the prices really are not too bad.
Upon arrival in Bilbao we went on the trip to the fishing village where we continued to carry on our party shinnanigans and were made very welcome, I am so looking forward to this coming weekend 20th aug and will sure be in party mode... (read more)
Written on: 18/08/2010
just arrived back and had a great time,myself and my wife enjoyed the great value for money break,shop around when eating on board as in can be quite expensive.we treated ourselves to the four seasons carvery at£18.45 each it was buffet style and you could eat as much as your belly could take so we had several plates lol.shame its ending on 28th sept as we would have loved to go again next year.not many shops open in spain when you arrive and when they do its nearly time to go back... (read more)
Written on: 12/08/2010
Just got back from a 3 night break on the pride of Bilbao minicruise and myself and my boyfriend thoroughly enjoyed. Had a 3 hour delay in portsmouth due to the ship being held up in the bay of biscay due to bad weather, only bad point of the trip! Set sail from portsmouth at 1:30am approx, bar in the show time area extended opening hours to 4:00am. We had a 2 berth inside cabin which was very clean, cosy and basic. Only one foreign plug in cabin so be sure to take a travel plug and... (read more)
Written on: 03/08/2010
this was a very good break for me and my partner, so much so i'm looking to book another asap with my kids and family. it is what u make it. the cabin didnt have tea facilites but i brought my own, the only down fall is it had 1 plug socket but i will take extention lead next time. the entainment was good shame the dj wasnt playin that good music but still made the most (read more)
Written on: 01/08/2010
I went with a Whale watching group and therefore had an excellent time. We had permission to go on 'Monkey Island' which is based above the Captains deck. We had a 360 deg view and thus managed to sight both Whales & Dolphins.
The Pride of Bilbao is starting to show its age BUT at the same time it will be missed. What a shame they couldn't refurbish it? I didn't really notice any bad behaviour as some others had prehaps we were just lucky, also we went in the middle of the week too. Maybe... (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2010
Apart from having to board late (11.00pm, due to berth rescheduling at Portsmouth, the cruise was very good value for money. My daughter and I spent a lot of time on deck, reading and sunbathing. We slept well on the surprisingly comfortable bunks. The weather and sea were perfect! The dolphin watch commentator was very informative and the Spanish receptionists were most helpful and kind. The Captain and First Officer's daily bulletins also ensured passengers were kept informed of events,... (read more)
Written on: 05/07/2010 by oilslicknick (1 review written)
Had A great 3 day voyage on the pride weather was absolutely perfect both ways until we got back into the english channel when fog decended and could see nothing until we where almost back in portsmouth. Loads to do on board the night time entertainment was really great the restaurants where a bit expensive but even though we took loads of pot noodles and snacky things with us once you stray too close to the restaurants the aromas wafting past your nose entice you in and you are hooked.... (read more)
Written on: 04/07/2010 by martin and elaine 123 (1 review written)
a brilliant couple of days staff are a 1 entertament 5star smooth crossing everyone should go on it (read more)
Written on: 13/06/2010
We booked this mini cruise after we saw it advertised on travelzoo. the price was so cheap, we just couldnt let it go. i would definitely recommend it becuase everybody on our trip had such a good time. in our group we a mixture of adults and children and everybody found something to entertain themselves with pretty much all the time. The entertainment at the show bar was brilliant, my 4 year old couldnt get enough of it. they had a good childrens play area which was always kept clean. the... (read more)
Written on: 07/06/2010 by ditzydivaOx (3 reviews written)
excelent value for money suitable for people of all ages :) got to see dolphins whilst on board which really added to the trip[. lots of entertainment on board. i recommend taking a travel kettle and snacks as food on board can be quite pricey. only bad thing of the holiday was that we went whilst the weather was really bad so half of the group spent the trip being sick due to how bad the waves were but we foundtravel sickness tablets on board in abundant supply and very cheap. (read more)
Written on: 06/06/2010
I thought this cruise was real vlue for money. Yes a meal is £12 per head per meal (main) and £5 for kids and breakfast £5 but come on thats still value for money this means a family of four is looking at £30 as day main meals without drinks. We took our own breakfast, water and drinks an extension lead and a travel kettle and the provisions so we saved load of money on food and drink. Drinks in the bar are like £7 for double vodka and coke one coke and a pint of shandy, which is the sam,e... (read more)
Written on: 05/06/2010
Good for cheap family getaway. you do not need to take your own towells. Take a travel kettle for tea/coffee. Don,t go on the ships tours what they don,t tell is that when you get to Santurtzi ....off Boat turn left and ten mins away is the train station( cost us 6.50 euors for 3 adults return children under 11 do not pay)which will take you straight into bilbao (20)mins away. then you can walk to Guggenheim museum ( about £15 euros each) or walk around bilbao itself. Remember that spain is... (read more)
Written on: 01/06/2010 by tinawatts (1 review written)
Week-end was just an absolute nightmare, I booked this for my husbands birthday, weather was dreadful so our expectations of seeing dolphins and whales was non-existent. Yes Hen & Stag parties making lots of noise and chasing around knocking into people and on occasion someone was actually physically assaulted for no apparent reason. Definately a Booze Cruise which is fine if thats what you like. We both like a drink so I am not opposed to that but the bad language and behaviour of some... (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2010 by rb71 (1 review written)
After reading many reviews on this mini-cruise, we were expecting something of a booze cruise nightmare on board, but much to our pleasant suprise all we found was an enjoyable experience. We travelled on the Monday to Thursday mini-cruise, which we understand is the quieter of the two trips they do (apparently a lot of stag and hen parties go on the mini-cruise that runs over the weekend. Our cabin was an inside bunk, which was clean, compact and fine for the purpose, ie, sleep, change... (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2010
we went as a group of 30,should have took a cool bag for food,and mini kettle,spent £30 a day on food,rest of trip,you only get what you pay for,and overall very good. (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2010
Went on the Pride with my other half last week. Had a fantastic time. It had been a decade since I last went on it, and although it's looking a little tired now, it's still a great boat. We were lucky the weather was lovely, and there were lots of whales and dolphins to see each day.
We read many reviews before we went, and were a little worried due to the amount of negative feedback. They must have been expecting something similar to the Cunard cruises... I think not. Stop moaning.
We... (read more)
Written on: 11/05/2010 by Joy Burger (1 review written)
We went on the mini cruise from hell last weekend. Seriously .... my advice to anyone contemplating this trip, and thinking I'm a whiner, is to go and experience it, after all it's cheap enough! There's just one problem, "you can't just leave!"
The weather was horrendous so there was no sitting out on deck, inside was no better, at the back end of the ferry, in the show bar, were a huge group of Yobs enjoying a 24/7 booze cruise. At the front, in the observation lounge, there were a few... (read more)
Written on: 07/05/2010 by claramarie4 (1 review written)
Portsmouth to Bilbao - Mini Cruise/Ferry
Just got back!!! Had a lovely time it was a nice change from our normal Holidays.
This holdiay was very cheap! so you do need to take spending money on Board we took around £400 pound for two of us and came back with £100 After all we only paid £35 a head for the trip! Food Can be a litlle pricey, We had an evening meal every evening in the Resturant Bar and Grill, we paid about £12.00 a head for a meal but was really nice quality food, (you can go in... (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2010
So glad we did this trip,last minute booking but so glad weve done it.Most effort was getting from home on the Isle of Wight.I do agree that the food on board was a bit pricey but the quality was exellent.Drinks in the bar also dear,but then thats the same anywhere unless you go to a weatherspoons.Plenty going on board if you want it ,or if you just want peace and quiet lots of quiet lounges. My only small complaint is that there are not enough sun lounges out on deck if the weather warm and... (read more)
Written on: 07/04/2010
Great break, great value for money at under £100 for 2 for a cabin with a view.
Cabin was small but clean. Bathroom was clean. Shower looked like it would not be up to much but was great, like a power shower.
Entertainment was top quality and we had no trouble finding a seat. Food in the self service was reasonably priced (£9 for a set meal dinner + pudding), cinema was reasonably priced around £6 a ticket, drinks were slightly on the pricy side but you could have a few in your cabin... (read more)
Written on: 03/04/2010 by PETE BROWN (1 review written)
We arrived back thursday.This was the 16th time we have been on this minicruise and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.The only let down was the weather as we were in gale force 8 on monday night.We have always thought the entertainment on the pride of bilbao is brilliant(shame there losing there jobs).Yes food can be a bit pricey but your on holiday.The ship has always been clean wherever you are onboard. Staff are very helpful and friendly.Infact the only thing i could find wrong with this trip... (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2010
Me and my husband just got back lastnight on this cruise. We would not go again and hardly enjoyed it at all. We were terribly sea sick and spent a good percent of the time laying in bed being ill because we were sailing in a force eight gale. My husband normally has the most cast iron stomach on the planet yet even he couldnt manage the exceptionally rocking ship. The captain did not inform us of this severe weather until we had been sailing for a couple of hours out of portsmouth so we... (read more)
Written on: 02/04/2010
This ship is just about ready for its proposed journey to the scrap yard. No repairs have been carried out too this rusting hulk ,i.e to spa bath, and the general mood of the public facing crew is that a lot of them are going to be out of contact when this route vends in September. The recent change from the "red duster" to a "flag of convenience" should also give a clue to a reduction in standards with "Portsmouth" being hastely painted over by "Nassau" at every point! The cabins are small... (read more)
Written on: 29/03/2010 by morisien (7 reviews written)
- entertainment was poor
- too little time spent in Bilbao
- not a big choice of Restaurants on board
- entertainment space too small to accomodate people on board and you end up standing
- swimming pool is the same size as 4 bathtubs put together and was always full
- inside cabin was way too small
- not all equipment in gym works
- there is not much to do if you do not like the entertainment, cannot go to the pool and go outside because of poor weather. (read more)
Written on: 22/03/2010 by shasi (1 review written)
Just returned and had a great time for the money we paid. Food is expensive on board, approx £10 plus per person, meal in the carvery adults pay £18.?? per person. Breakfast in the coffee bar floor 6 works out cheaper than else where. I would suggest taking lots of snacks, pack-up, travel kettle, with adapter, bottles of fizzy drinks esp if taking children, buy alcohol in duty free to cut down costs. The cinema caters for all again handy if taking children £4 for kids £5.50 for adults. Take... (read more)
Written on: 02/03/2010 by paull66 (1 review written)
hi, me and my family are due to go on pride of bilbau, in april this year. would you say it is good value for money. also do we take english money, or euros?? if anyone could let us know before we go, thanks. (read more)
Written on: 25/02/2010
cant understand the bad reviews on here about the pride of bilbao,it is really good value for money i have been on her many times and booked up for more,first thing first you cant help the weather being out at sea,maybe you should consider another route in the winter months if your bad with sea sickness,the staff cant do enough to help and the abuse they get its absolutly disgusting,so plz stop dissing them,you got so much on offer on that ferry ( not a cruise liner ) its a brilliant short... (read more)
Written on: 21/02/2010
Never ever would i book a p&o mini cruise ever again , the room i had was shocking , you expect small but the room size is beyond a joke. I booked it when it was on offer 2for1 and even for the price i paid i feel i have been mislead and ripped off. dont belive the pictures on web of rooms , that is not what i got. (read more)
Written on: 16/02/2010
i have been on this trip many many times,with and without my children.Alawys plenty to do always things going on.
this cruise is what u make it...it can be an expensive trip or a cheap break! food is reasonably priced,u get what u pay for! drinks are priced same as a club on a night out,
had some rough trips but some smooth ones too...ppl complain about some delays (u cant help the weather,its noones fault normaly if theres a delay)
ive just come back of the valentine cruise it was SNOWING... (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2010
Booked to go on the New Years Cruise expecting a party more of a damp squib!!!
Started off ok boarded the ship and cabins small as expected but beware no storage space what so ever apart from 3 hangers!!
The facilities are ok show bar quite large or so we thought - come back to that later. Posh Bar again ok prices quire reasonable for drinks and the vouchers more than covered food in the food court.
Langans Restaurant was superb ate there on New Years Eve - the best bit of the night.
The... (read more)
Written on: 12/12/2009
We went on a mini-cruise with P&O from Portsmouth to Bilbao, which turned out to be a complete nightmare.
The problems started off in our rooms, one of the beds had a blood-stained duvet, which is extremely disgusting and unhygienic, secondly on the P&O website it stated that Heinz baby food would be supplied free of charge, when we were onboard there was only Spanish baby food available, which my 8 month old baby did not like so she basically had to starve while we were onboard!! and on one... (read more)
Written on: 02/12/2009
I arranged a 3 night trip for my friends 30th, I expected it to be a bit 'rough around the edges' due to the cost being so low. When departing we had a delay and did not arrive in Bilbao until 4pm, so only had about 3hrs in Spain, in the dark. This was due to the bad weather. Therefore, we ended up on a 4 night cruise. Be aware of this when booking time off of work. The cabin was small but fine. We had underestimated the travel sickness and spent the first 24hrs in our cabin, unwell. ... (read more)
Written on: 05/11/2009
Happy halloween, things that go bang in the night. Absolute nightmare, ive never been so scared or frightened in all my life. Its called a booze cruise cos u have to be pissed to get on it and stay on it. Ive gone three nights without sleep and feel like ive been in seclusion, we attempted to make fun of which we was watch people being injured, people fighting through frustration, and to attempt to dance my friends described as (Bambi dancing on ice)and the thought of a six hour delay was... (read more)
Written on: 02/11/2009
At the start of the trip there was alot of hanging around, we was delayed at portsmouth for about 3 hours.
Once on the boat we went straight top our room which was small but clean, found the beds really comfy.
The onboard entertainment at night was good, except for the disco at night where the dj didnt really cater to everyones tastes, i asked several times for a song request and he just ignored it everytime.
The food on the boat is extremely over priced, and even for that price the food... (read more)
Written on: 29/10/2009
Cabin near engines, hardly any sleep, never saw entertainment, not enough seats. More like a booze cruise, saw more whales on the boat than in the sea. Bilbao city tour excellent. Food excellent, highly recommended in carvery. Nightmare getting off boat (read more)
Written on: 27/10/2009
dolphins and whales
1 game show is rigged
food is exspencive
cabbins are to small
ive been on this trip loads of times there are 2 things that i realy like about it 1 is the p&o players and the other is that you can see whales and dolphins the food on the boat is terribly exspnciv and very tastless the portions was realy small and the gravey was like water the drinks are very exspensive for a cocktale is £5 the... (read more)
Written on: 22/10/2009
Went on the pride of bilbao with a mate for the first time in December 2 years ago, and have been 7 times in the past 2 years, in my opinion it is a FANTASTIC break away for the money, i enjoy it so much that as soon as i get off I'm on the phone to P&O the next day booking the next one, brilliant laugh everyone is on to have a good drink and a good break away from England, supprising how many older people there are go but they are all up for a good laugh! going again in 2 weeks and cant wait. (read more)
Written on: 29/08/2009
Four hours late leaving Portsmouth due to a medical emergency on the inbound voyage. However, the P&O Mini Cruise made the time up and we arrived as per schedule.
Very choppy in the Bay Of Biscay (both ways); if you're prone to seasickness, give this voyage a wide berth because it IS a messy one!
Prices are naughty onboard (3.10GBP for a pint of Becks, 18GBP for a 3 course carvery). Rooms are basic but adequate; shower was surprisingly good, plenty of hot water.
Staff are so-so, mostly... (read more)
Written on: 15/08/2009
Had a very enjoyable trip on the Portsmouth to Bilbao minicruise, with P&O ferries.
- Cabins were small and basic, but had all the amenities and were clean.
- Entertainment was very good with shows on every night and entertainment during the day too.
- Food was very good, although a little expensive. There were a selection of restaurants onboard all serving up good food.
- There were a few bars on board, drinks weren't too expensive either.
- The staff were friendly.
Written on: 05/08/2009
Just been on the Pride of Bilbao on a Stag weekend and had a fantastic time!
I DONT do cruise's and was very sick on even the Dover to Calais crossing as a teen ager, I'm 32 now and only felt bad when we crossed the tip of the French coast into the bay of Biscay (which was the opposite of all the reviews, beautifully calm) the ship stayed very smooth for a day of so and we all enjoyed a sun bathe with the free sun loungers.
Food was of a very good standard but not cheap £10 for full... (read more)
Written on: 04/08/2009
Portsmouth to bilbao P&O Mini Cruise. Worst nightmare ever. wouldn't recommend to my worst enermy. Cabins not clean, rubbish under beds, facilities bad 1 socket that didn't work rec 1 towel per person and hit and miss if towels get changed and beds get made each day. Food was nice but same every day in all restaurants. Staff helpful but never looked happy in their work. Don't know if it was just our cruise or if they are all the same but was full of stag/hen parties, that were all cabin... (read more)
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