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Sail Date: May 2019
We chose to go on Britannia as it's the onlt P&O ship we haven't been on. After reading some reviews we were a bit unsure of what to expect, alot of people didn't seem to like Britannia, but we needn't have ... Read More
We chose to go on Britannia as it's the onlt P&O ship we haven't been on. After reading some reviews we were a bit unsure of what to expect, alot of people didn't seem to like Britannia, but we needn't have worried it was amazing, in fact my wife & i both said it is now our favourite ship. The balcony cabin was excellent loads of room & very modern, getting around the ship was extremely easy also in the reviews quite a few people said navigating the ship was a problem for them but i can't understand why, we found it to be very easy. I thought the sheer size of the ship & the amount of passengers would be a problem, for seating at shows or the Costa places but we never had a bad experience at all seating wise. The food in the restaurant was very good, we went into the Epicurean one night & we weren't very impressed with it, the venue & service was first class but the food was not for us just not our sort of thing, what i can recommend is the Limelight Club, this is a well known artist plus a three course meal & you stay in all night. This was the best night of the cruise & well worth the money, the artist was brilliant & the food was to die for really good. We don't normally use the buffet on ships but tried this one on Britannia & was very impressed. All in all Britannia really was a very good ship & we will certainly use her again Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2019
This was our second trip aboard the Britannia and chose the ship rather than the destinations because we loved or first cruise on her. She is a fantastic ship with all the modern facilities you would expect from a floating hotel. My ... Read More
This was our second trip aboard the Britannia and chose the ship rather than the destinations because we loved or first cruise on her. She is a fantastic ship with all the modern facilities you would expect from a floating hotel. My wife and I love the entertainment on board and enjoyed some very professional acts that kept us laughing and dancing for most of the trip. We also love good food and were not disappointed by the variety available on board. We had a terrific Indian meal in the Sindu an amazing wine and food experience in the Glass House. Although these restaurants make a cover charge for the meals the cost is minimal and no where near the prices you would pay ashore. We did a couple of excursions but would not recommend them as they are quite expensive and can be done a lot cheaper by local tour operators if you have the confidence. There are always down sides to every holiday in this was no exception. The room we chose was not ideal and I hold my hands up as it was me that chose it. It was on "A" deck and that was a big mistake as it is directly below the Horizon restaurant. Although there was little noise from the restaurant its self, the noise from the kitchens was incredible. It continued on some evenings until well after midnight. Just as well we are night birds. The most unfortunate thing was the fact that the service area access door for the Horizon was opposite our cabin (A612). The floor outside was constantly wet and the smell was sometimes unbearable. On our last morning aboard the area actually flooded and we woke up to wet carpets in our room. Not good P&O - you need to look into that. All in all the trip was enjoyable and we have booked another cruise on Britannia already. Ive chosen "C" deck this time so hopefully less noise. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: May 2019
We wanted to visit Seville (via Cadiz) Barcelona, Pisa & Florence ( via Livorno ) and Rome. This cruise B912 , gave us all those options and we were able to celebrate My Wife’s 70 on board. Priority boarding with check in on ... Read More
We wanted to visit Seville (via Cadiz) Barcelona, Pisa & Florence ( via Livorno ) and Rome. This cruise B912 , gave us all those options and we were able to celebrate My Wife’s 70 on board. Priority boarding with check in on line was very smooth in Southampton, on board at a champagne lunch within 20 minutes. In our balcony cabin with suitcases delivered by 14.45pm. We chose Freedom Dining, the food was alright but nothing special so we ate in the Sindhu twice, Glasshouse twice, the Beach House and Epicurean . The food in these venues well worth the surcharges. The entertainment was usual stuff of tribute bands and old ( very ) singers but the star was Gareth Oliver, ventriloquist, he was outstanding. The Headliners shows Gravity and Astonished were excellent. Two generous cocktail parties and a Baltic/Ligurian lunch were splendid affairs. Unfortunately the dress code is becoming more dress down than up and black tie nights seem less popular with some wandering around like they just came from the beach. The crew were very friendly despite this being the first cruise without gratuities added to accounts or expected by stewards and waiters. It’s tricky what to do as some people still tipped fr service and others chose to tip nothing. Bar prices still reasonable ( London pub prices ) to some but some from up North thought they were a bit steep. The excursions were excellent with brilliant guides. The weather was very good until we left Gib for home and we encountered 50 knot winds and 4m swells so a bit lumpy. Finally, Captain Dunlop was very friendly, out and about and very approachable. He was leaving the ship as he is standing by at the construction of the new Iona which he will Master when delivered, good luck to him. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We picked P & O for the itinerary, visiting so many islands including Antigua, St Kitts, St Maarten, Aruba all via Barbados. Firstly so glad we booked a Premium flight from Newcastle, great service and good food and drinks. ... Read More
We picked P & O for the itinerary, visiting so many islands including Antigua, St Kitts, St Maarten, Aruba all via Barbados. Firstly so glad we booked a Premium flight from Newcastle, great service and good food and drinks. Embarkation in Barbados was swift. We were met on the tarmac by mini buses and we were on the ship in 50 minutes! Our cases were delivered at about 9pm. So about 4 hours later but we had a meal and wandered around the ship so it was not a problem. Brittania was a beautiful ship, took us a day or two to get used to the ares but a bit of effort and patience ( with lifts especially) was all that was needed. Our balcony cabin E610 was lovely. Balcony was big enough to sit out and watch other ships sail away and to sun bathe. Fabulous bed so very comfortable and big! Great to have tea and coffee making facilities in the cabin and a fridge with cold drinks payable locally. Our steward took good care of us. We had Freedom dining and always got a nice table for two around 6.50pm in either restaurants. The food was absolutely gorgeous, I really don’t know who would rate it down! Choice was always good and service very quick. The evening entertainment was enough for us, resident band Pulse were ok, shows were of a fair standard, musicals and a well known illusionist act. But best by far was La Voix in the Limelight club. Hilarious. Around the ship on sea days was busy as was to be expected but we always got beds round the pool, although the music was very repetitive and sometimes loud. But cooling off in the pools was fab. The entertainment crew put on an aqua robics class which looked exhausting but fun. We had booked to swim with stingray in Antigua and it was spectacular! A must for nature lovers. Speedboat our to a landing bay and then a good hour snorkelling with them. Very cool! We were able to hold them too. Best beach was Barbados and St Maarten. Both by taxi and both worth the trip. In St Lucia we did the Rainforest trip which was great and it did rain! Didn’t spoil the wonderful views or spotting the hummingbird! Aruba was the nicest port we thought and had a lovely morning walking round the town. We celebrated Brittania’s 4th birthday with a great party on Lido Deck it was great fun, all of us singing and waving our Union Jacks!! The Captain made a nice speech and cut a big cake. It was very easy to leave the ship at every port, some town centres were further than others but walkable. Taxis galore and very reliable. We had a lady drive us to a beach in a Mercedes 4 x 4, very elegant!! Disembarkation was easier for us as we booked a day room, we were leaving at 2.55pm and had the room till 3pm so we were able to shower and change comfortably. But overall a bit of hanging around, to be expected, when 5 flights leaving. Barbados airport easy and a fab flight home to a freezing morning in Newcastle! we would highly recommend this cruise, go and chill out, have fun and eat plenty! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
My partner and booked this cruise as we felt like we needed a winter getaway. We also had a fantastic time on a January cruise in 2017 and wanted to explore more of the world using this excellent mode of transport. We are both in our mid ... Read More
My partner and booked this cruise as we felt like we needed a winter getaway. We also had a fantastic time on a January cruise in 2017 and wanted to explore more of the world using this excellent mode of transport. We are both in our mid 20’s and really enjoy hiking, exploring and just generally being active. The aim was to come back feeling relaxed but also like we gained new knowledge and experience. This would be our third cruise and first time with P&O. Embarkation and disembarkation I cannot fault, it is seamless from start to finish. We were on a charter flight and on arrival at Barbados we were whisked straight off the plane to the ship. We had no queue to check in and get our cruise cards created. On departure day everything is digitally signposted to make sure you know where you need to be and at what time. Our cases were taken the night before and immigration came onto the ship to handle our paperwork the day before we left. We were given our flight tickets around 4 days before departure along with our luggage labels and explanation of the process. The dedicated lane at the airport for cruise passengers was also super speedy, definitely the best we have encountered. Exercise & Leisure: There is a well equipped gym and running track on the upper deck, we used these everyday and found there was enough equipment for everyone without having to wait around (obviously there are peak times e.g. around 9am). There are free sessions such as the ‘morning stretch’ that you can sign up to along with classes such as spinning which come at a small fee. There is also a basketball court and golf area (no mini golf though which would be an excellent addition). Beside the gym is also the cookery school kitchen which looks fantastic, we did not get to experience this but there was always a variety of different classes advertised for a fee. The spa we did not use, on our first day at sea we went to have a look around at the thermal suite which appeared quite small plus it felt like a really hard selling approach to get us to purchase day passes. We did not receive our requested call back for availability and so we did not visit. There is also the ‘retreat’ open air spa terrace available for booking in conjunction with the thermal suite. Entertainment & Activities: Everyday you will find a full program of things you can get involved in within the cruise personaliser which is dropped off outside your cabin each night along with port information. We played bingo in Brodie’s bar purchasing a pack for £15 which included 5 games and a bonus 3 tickets for one game. We also really enjoyed the aqua fit classes which took place in the lido pool which was free. Throughout the day there are quizzes, talks from aviation experts, reflexology sessions, you can book your next cruise or just sunbathe out on deck. You will also find usually 2 different films showing throughout the day in the studio, there’s a great selection for all. We only attended one show in the theatre which was called ‘astonishing’, I won’t spoil it for those that haven’t seen it but we found it entertaining given its interactive nature. Shopping: Within the main atrium midship you will find a selection of stores selling jewellery, clothing and alcohol. They did a number of flash sales on products but we still found everything very pricey, however they do come in handy when you have an emergency such as not packing your tie (will set you back £12). Just opposite reception you will find another store selling biscuits, suncream, merchandise, playing cards (£3) and amongst other things the washing tabs you need for the washing machines (£1 each). Food and drink: I cannot tell you how many bars there are on this ship, they are everywhere! You can also get costa coffee at select places also. The market cafe on deck 5 also sells wonderful looking cakes and bakes designed by Eric Lanlard and also crepes and ice cream. We were allocated to second sitting dining (8:30pm) in the Oriental restaurant on a table for 2. I don’t eat food containing dairy and informed our travel agent when booking and I was looked after fantastically. I ordered my food the day before getting a sneak peak of the menu and everything was cooked for me with the same choice as everyone else minus the dairy. Our waiters were phenomenal and they really added to our meal times. We had 4 formal nights and the dress code is strict so don’t forget your tie or suit jacket! The horizon buffet is also always well stocked; if you need help with a dietary requirement you can ask the staff in the yellow ‘how can I help’ aprons. You have everything available at breakfast including cooked breakfast, fruit, pastries, pancakes, cereal, yoghurt, juice. Lunch is always something different but you can always have salad, fish and cold meats, soup along with a wide selection of hot dishes. Afternoon tea is served in here from 3pm and also in the oriental restaurant from 4-4:45pm. There are always numerous cakes, sandwiches, pies, scones, crumpets and unlimited tea. Outside either side of the lido pool you will find a grab and go section for quick sandwiches, fruit, salad etc at lunch and also pizza, burgers, hot dogs and chips served until around 6pm. There is also Jude’s ice cream and costa coffee here too. We also chose to pay extra to dine in Eric Lanlards restaurant ‘The Epicurean’ for afternoon tea. It was fantastic with a wonderful selection of food and experimental desserts along with a large choice of tea (including chocolate tea). The decor is also very light and airy, this is a must for any foodies and it was extremely reasonable price wise. You can also dine at other restaurants such as Sindhu and the Limelight Club (evenings entertainment by a known performer) for a fee. Ports & Excursions: We had a fantastic itinerary and loved each of the ports we visited. Our favourites were Grenada, Dominica & St Lucia. We booked the eco trek for Grenada which led us through a plantation, learning about all of the spices, plants and fruits the island holds. We then ended up at a waterfall in which you can take a refreshing dip. Our tour guide was fantastic however if you struggle walking up pretty steep hills on a continuous incline then this may not be for you as the way back is pretty much all uphill. We also had a to cross a river barefoot but this was all part of the fun! In Dominica we booked the hot springs trip. We swam through a gorge which was also one of the film areas for Pirates of the Caribbean, then onto the Bongo Baths which were wonderful. Naturally heated pools of water at different temperatures in a tranquil setting. You do have to take a dip in the cold before leaving to get your pores closed up (leaving open leaves you vulnerable). St Lucia we planned ourselves and already researched that we wanted to go pigeon island. I’m the port are there are always numerous people asking if you need a taxi, we paid $40 return for two with a pick up later in the afternoon. We had a fantastic time climbing up hills, taking in the scenery and relaxing on the beach; you must also visit Jambe de Bois for food and cocktails, it is fantastic! I would say don’t be afraid to do some pre trip research as shore excursions can be expensive. In Antigua we booked kayaking and snorkelling. Our guides/instructors were really superb and we had an awesome day, pretty arm intensive at the start but all worth it! We saw lots of beautiful sea creatures and enjoyed a few cups of rum punch in the sunshine. I would personally substitute Çuracao with Trinidad & Tobago as this port was the least active for us. We explored the local area and the Kura Hulanda museum but beyond this we would have needed to go further out to find some more activities. Cabin: We had an inside cabin which we found to be excellent value, we spent so much time out of our room we didn’t feel the need to book a balcony. The queen bed was great and very comfy plus we had numerous storage spaces and an adequate size bathroom. Our housekeeper cleaned at least twice a day, we could not fault how clean the cabin was. Overall we had a fantastic trip, we really did not want to come home! We want to travel with P&O again and cant wait for our next cruise. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Overall we had a lovely cruise on Britannia. We flew from Gatwick during the drone crisis. We got there on time (we were very lucky!) but others were less fortunate! P&O handled the whole crisis amazingly well. Some passengers could ... Read More
Overall we had a lovely cruise on Britannia. We flew from Gatwick during the drone crisis. We got there on time (we were very lucky!) but others were less fortunate! P&O handled the whole crisis amazingly well. Some passengers could not fly home and were given other cabins or transferred to local Hotels, some were late joining the ship, some were diverted to other flights. It must have been chaotic behind the scenes, but it was seemingly all coped with with minimum fuss. Well done P&O! The ship is lovely, our food was first class, entertainment was good, our cabin was fine and staff all very friendly. On the negative side, there are too many passengers, fine if you want to holiday with 3500 others! The Lido deck was our vision of hell, with sun beds packed in (and mostly reserved too) and loud pop music pumping out all day. There are quieter decks for relaxing but not one sun shade and very little other shade so prepare to sizzle! We were second sitting dinner, our choice, but if you choose this forget about getting a seat in any of the show lounges for late shows or dancing! P&O seem to be copying Ryanair as they were constantly after us to spend more on ‘extras’. Drinks packages, ice cream packages, afternoon tea packages, sunset gathering with the Captain packages – the list goes on. And all at £25 a head. The drinks are eye wateringly expensive too. So, keep the headline price low and make money from the ‘extras’. In consequence, the passenger profile is changing. No more comment on this! Cruising is spoiling the Caribbean, with more and more Duty Free shops and Diamonds International outlets. At Phillipsburgh, St. Maarten there were seven other cruise ships docked, a total of some 24000 passengers hitting the port at once. Looked like Wembley Way on cup final day! This was cruise 34 for me. I love cruising but will not rush back to Britannia. Iona will be bigger still. Hell! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
My wife and I had never "done a cruise" and were tempted by a last minute deal. The flight out of Gatwick with TUI was really well done and the 'plane was superb. Too much up selling of duty free stuff but, hey ho, ... Read More
My wife and I had never "done a cruise" and were tempted by a last minute deal. The flight out of Gatwick with TUI was really well done and the 'plane was superb. Too much up selling of duty free stuff but, hey ho, that's life. The embarkation process was seamless with some very courteous mini coach drivers. Really fast check in onto the ship. Our luggage hadn't arrived when we went to our cabin but that is to be expected so we spent a fascinating few hours exploring the ship. We had an hour sunbathing and returned to the cabin where our luggage said hello to us. We chose an inside cabin as we didn't want to be in the cabin too much. The cabin was superb with plenty of space and was really, really clean. (Tip: to free up more space pop your shoes under the bed) Freddy our steward was perfection itself and he always greeted us with a smile. Getting set up for WI FI was a bit of a ceremony but we didn't let that annoy us. We cancelled the automatic tip system and tipped our favourite staff nicely and in person. The Horizon restaurant was absolutely superb with great selections and lovely views. We had top quality service from the beginning with Ronald being a stellar waiter/busboy. I was pretty much addicted to the Indian vegetable curry which was made on board and to be honest far better than most Indian restaurants I've been to in the UK and I've been to a few hundred. Everything was slick and immaculate clean. We did try the Peninsular but things were a bit slow so we didn't go back and stayed loyal to the Horizon. The shows in the Theatre were superb. High, high quality. Horizon 3, Peter Howarth and the Bluejays were all absolutely splendid and having been in the entertainment world for decades I am quite picky. The pantomime by the entertainment crew was really not too good so we left. Lots stayed and enjoyed it though. We liked the reggae/calypso band on the main deck. Around the pool was very busy and noisy so we found a few quiet spots around the ship to bask in the sun. Gorgeous. There was always good product and service around the pool areas and wait staff wandering around ready to take an order We loved staying on board the ship when most people went on a tour as we were so very relaxed and happy basking in the sun. We had a wonderful time for the whole cruise and can't really fault it. Yes things aren't always to everyone's liking but that is life. We thought it was all pretty much perfect and we are very fussy. I note people complaining about the elevators and that's fair enough but when a lot of people use the elevator for one or two floors it's easy to see why it all gets clogged. We did the stairs as much as possible. We were on board when the Gatwick drone problem was going on and I have to say P & O and TUI managed everything so well it was very impressive. Superb emergency management. Thank you P and O Cruises and TUI - We will be back! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Did ncl Did royal caribbean Now done PO The seamless transit from london to Barbados and boarding the ship and returning to london was good. The only critic I have with that process is with the thomas cook return leg flight. Poor ... Read More
Did ncl Did royal caribbean Now done PO The seamless transit from london to Barbados and boarding the ship and returning to london was good. The only critic I have with that process is with the thomas cook return leg flight. Poor is the best way to describe it. Staff , entertainment, in flight meal , all poor. Captain of the ship on my cruise was brilliant and comical with his announcement. Staffing was mediocre and not very friendly some had difficulty giving reply to my queries. Food was mediocre in the buffet and the restaurant. Navigating around the ship was challenging as not all sides lead somewhere and some stair not accessible. Waiting for coffee cups at the drink station. Waiting for glass at the drink station. Side of pool drinking water containers , all 3 empty on a baking day. Buffet always been directed to go to a different part as they were closing the section I was going to. Was great visiting those 8 islands . Would I go on this ship again ? Yes IF THE PRICE WAS RIGHT. Low Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
Took a 15 day transatlantic cruise and overall it was good with some issues P&O should address. Positives Good embarkation process and boarded ship early Room available early Drinks prices reasonable Food in speciality ... Read More
Took a 15 day transatlantic cruise and overall it was good with some issues P&O should address. Positives Good embarkation process and boarded ship early Room available early Drinks prices reasonable Food in speciality restaurants very good Staff very friendly Ship clean in most parts Captain very good at keeping passengers informed Good Entertainment choices inc Limelight Club Things that could be better Food choices in main dining room (too many similar dishes) Buffet choices limited General wear and tear showing on ship Balcony windows need a good clean and Balcony was a bit grubby in places Ship designed badly, no flow, staircase is functional rather than a feature of ship, No staircase to certain floors in mid ship, have to use lifts which are crowded Pizza at pool area very good but Burgers are disgusting (think of bad burger van quality here) Overall a good cruise, having been on Celebrity Eclipse last year I would say that was better overall in certain areas, especially in food and all inclusive food and drinks options. P&O better in Entertainment and staff friendlier Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
We booked the cruise for our honeymoon to the Caribbean. Not wanting to be straight in the sun we did an Atlantic crossing of 10 days at sea. The ship is very nice but the activities where boring and repetitive. The food is lovely and ... Read More
We booked the cruise for our honeymoon to the Caribbean. Not wanting to be straight in the sun we did an Atlantic crossing of 10 days at sea. The ship is very nice but the activities where boring and repetitive. The food is lovely and the house keeping staff couldn't do enough for you. However the entertainment team looked like they had been struck with a sickness bug and had no energy. The only decent sail a way party was Madeira and British themed evening. The other nights where bland and dull. We had to stop at a different island due to a sick passanger however we arrived at Martinique which was euro not American dollars. We only found out by word of mouth as an announcement wasn't made for a further two hours from being able to get off. Unfortunately the island wasn't expecting a cruise ship so the place was shut down with nothing to do. So we'd changed our money back into euros then with nothing to actually send it on once off the boat. First cruise for us and definitely our last. Not for us. The ship was described as a floating morgue and they weren't wrong. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Visited the ship on Southampton in May 2017 and booked on board. This was our first ever cruise and the first holiday without our children. The ship is great, but getting around is complicated as there is no staircase midships. Loved the ... Read More
Visited the ship on Southampton in May 2017 and booked on board. This was our first ever cruise and the first holiday without our children. The ship is great, but getting around is complicated as there is no staircase midships. Loved the food although the menu is repetitive. Paid extra to eat in Sindu and the Glass House and the food there was exceptional. We booked booked 10 days in the retreat area - this was brill! Although expensive. Day trips are well organised and no queuing. Entertaining is good with a very varied menu of quizzes, shows and movies and much more. Grab and Go is excellent for lunchtime snacks and the buffet restaurant is excellent. Friendly staff at all times with little pressure to buy additional al services. Cabin C 336 was excellent and bed was great. Roome service was good and all times. I believe this ship I’d ideal for med cruises, but not for carribean cruises as there is no outdoor theatre or cinema. Would we go again - Yes! Read Less
21 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2018
Our second cruise on this lovely ship, a vessel that’s low on bling and high on understated style. Balcony room E322, serviced impeccably by steward Valens, was clean and in very good condition. Love having a proper-sized shower with ... Read More
Our second cruise on this lovely ship, a vessel that’s low on bling and high on understated style. Balcony room E322, serviced impeccably by steward Valens, was clean and in very good condition. Love having a proper-sized shower with glass door instead of a curtain. Big TV with tremendous movie selection, plenty of tea & coffee, fridge if you need it. Superbly comfortable bed. Balcony a little on the small side but fine for 2. All public areas on the ship are spotless and very tastefully decorated - if you want glass lifts and chrome fittings this is not the ship for you. Dinner in the main restaurant (freedom dining) was consistently excellent, other eating experiences as follows: Horizon Buffet: a serious bun fight at times (some punters went at it like they’d never seen food before) but quality good and always plentiful. Poolside: lovely cheeseburger and fries. Sindhu: the star of the ship in my opinion, incredible quality and taste, an absolute bargain at £20 per head. Glass House: great for lunch, the small plates are imaginative, well-cooked and great value at £6.95 for 3. Limelight Club: another lovely meal, entertainment by Claire Sweeney was good fun. Well worth 25 quid for something different. Drinks on P&O are very reasonably priced and all the wines we tried were decent - you don’t need to spend a fortune to get a good bottle. We found the service in all areas, at all times, to be very friendly and efficient. The staff work tirelessly and show great patience when occasionally faced with a minority of passengers who appear to have been born without manners. Didn’t get too involved in the entertainment, but J’Adele was fantastic - almost a carbon copy. Ports of call Stavanger: lovely town, good for a wander with lots to see. Flam: Small, but a beautiful location. Olden: a bit bigger, with a nice little church, but not much else. Bergen: great for a wander again, picturesque harbour. Overall I would urge anyone to give Britannia a try, she’s a great ship and a wonderful all-round experience. There are negative reviews out there, but some people are just impossible to please and would whinge if you offered them £10 notes for a fiver. Go with a relaxed attitude and an open mind and I reckon you’ll love it. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
We booked this Mediterranean cruise for my 50th. We had the time of our life's .We had freedom dining and ate every night in the meridian. The waiters and hosts were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious from starters to ... Read More
We booked this Mediterranean cruise for my 50th. We had the time of our life's .We had freedom dining and ate every night in the meridian. The waiters and hosts were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious from starters to desserts. The bars and entertainment we enjoyed and they shown films too. We played bingo and on the roulette table and had a very good time doing so.The pool and entertainment and cocktails were great, we ate at the grab and go some days and it was nice and plenty of choices. Also you could have pizza and chips and hotdogs .The crows nest at night was relaxing with a piano player and good views out to sea.The sail away party's were amazing flag waving dancing and fun.We enjoyed the score excursions apart fro Rome as we left our money in the safe and the tour guide was no help and left us stranded for 6 hours in 90c. Mattaeo . Our other tour guide for Pisa and Florence Nicolette was great funny helpful nice and it was lovely meeting her. We will be doing a cruise again and would highly recommend everyone to do one. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
Selected this cruise because we wanted to visit the Norwegian fjords, and this suited out schedule. In reviewing this cruise, I am comparing with a previous experience - Celebrity Solstice one week from Barcelona to Tunisia, Italy and ... Read More
Selected this cruise because we wanted to visit the Norwegian fjords, and this suited out schedule. In reviewing this cruise, I am comparing with a previous experience - Celebrity Solstice one week from Barcelona to Tunisia, Italy and France. Initially embarkation works quite well. We taxied from Southampton airport to terminal where our bags were whisked away from the taxi and delivered to our cabin. Registration and boarding was somewhat slow, and no complimentary drinks or snacks were served. See cabin review for cabin details. There was a choice of dining when booking. Club dining - where you are allocated a restaurant (2), table and a time for eating dinner. Freedom dining - where you are allocated a restaurant (2), but can dine when you like, and at whatever table size you prefer. Menu seemed to e the same which ever option selected. In addition to the 4 dining rooms allocated to Club and Freedom, there were three specialty restaurants each of which have a cover charge which ranged from about £20 to about £30 per person for a 3/4 course dinner, and a fourth - The Glasshouse - which offered a la carte dining. Additionally there is a large buffet restaurant operating all day - including dinner - and is excellent for breakfast. Breakfast and lunch are available from most restaurants as well as smaller snack and pizza type poolside. Food was good in the freedom - and presumably cabin - restaurants. Service was excellent, even though these restaurants are very large. In freedom, you may have to wait for your choice of table when you turn up. But they give you a pager and you can head off and have a drink while you are waiting. Ask for a window table! Food in the specialty restaurants was better, but not of a standard that would overly impress. We did not try the Epicurean - which is supposed to be the best. On day of embarkation there was a guided tour of the ship. This is worth going on, as it can be a little difficult to get detailed information about all the facilities on board. The cabin TV is equipped with a good range of channels and movies, including Britannia's own channels offering information on the cruise and destinations. However, the destination information is very skimpy, and lacks detail of the individual excursions. Additionally, information about on board facilities is lacking. We were very luck with weather. Sunny and warm for the whole week. So deck facilities - pools, loungers, etc. - were very busy. There are two pools. One for everyone and one - Serenity - for adults only. For additional cost, you can access the Retreat area. Right at the bow, and quiet and relaxing with two hot tubs. However, quite expensive. They will try and sell you a week pass for about £100 per person. However, we took a day pass option for the first cruising day for £25. Given the subsequent schedule, we didn't use the area again, so that was a good option for us. WiFi is available on board, but is confusing and expensive. Be careful of the "pay as you go" option. There seemed to be no way to monitor usage, and we ran up a large bill - even though only using our phones for occasional email and messaging. They offer other packages, but these are also very expensive. Bars on board are well staffed, and have good selection of drinks. However, no alcoholic drinks are included, and they are expensive. Wine typically at about £6/£8 a glass. Drink packages are poorly arranged, limited in their scope and expensive. Only option was to pre-buy a number of bottles of wine. This compares badly with the creative packages offered on Celebrity cruises, where a package could include wines by the glass, beer and basic cocktails. Entertainment on board was good, but not impressive. We saw two of the shows, and went to the Lamplight specialty restaurant for dinner and a show. Service throughout the ship was good and at times excellent. West coast Norway is stunning! Particularly as we saw it in lovely weather. In Stavanger, we opted for a four hour walking tour which was not great - probably better options. However, Flam, Allusund and Bergen were wonderful locations. Highlights - the Flam railway trip, the Sugar Lump in Allusand, and the funicular railway in Bergen. If going to Norway again, we would probably fly to Bergen, and take small cruises from there. Overall we enjoyed our trip, but would not use P&O again. It is, after all, a British cruise line, and appeals to mostly British people. Britannia has a large number of internal cabins which are offered at quite low prices. So expect a significant number of tattoos and beer! We preferred the more international flavor of Celebrity cruises. Finally, we would recommend the Berlitz Cruising and Cruise Ship Guide. A great book which reviews virtually every cruise line and ship in the world. Their summary of Britannia was very accurate. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2018
We had to unfortunately cancel our original cruise because of health problems so this Cruise was very much last minute for us as we like to book well ahead to get the cabin we want. We enjoyed the Baltic the last time we were there 8 ... Read More
We had to unfortunately cancel our original cruise because of health problems so this Cruise was very much last minute for us as we like to book well ahead to get the cabin we want. We enjoyed the Baltic the last time we were there 8 years ago and thought it would be good to visit again. Having read several reviews earlier we were a little apprehensive but were pleasantly surprised. Britannia is a beautiful ship with modern tasteful décor - there is far more space on this ship and it isn't difficult to find a quiet spot if needed and we found the majority of staff very pleasant. and helpful, The lifts midship were a nightmare - a very bad design error not to have stairs also for those who were able to use them - we did miss the glass lifts on the Azura and Ventura. The Crows Nest was our favourite, but it could be difficult to get a seat after a late dinner. The Glass House and The Limelight Club were also well worth the extra. We decided to try Freedom dining but never managed to get a really good table for two and no matter what time we went down for dinner, we were always handed a pager and had to wait 20-40 minutes for a table with rarely good service - it was extremely slow. We found that if you went up to the Buffet after 10.15 in the morning and around 3 in the afternoon for lunch it was much quieter - sometimes the restaurant timings are far too early for breakfast and lunch. One tthing that is worth mentioning is the caring Medical, Security and Reception Staff - I had a nasty fall whilst in Tallin and ended up in hospital - on my eventual return to the ship the Doctor and Nurse were fantastic and the Security and Reception Staff checked on me every day. I would definitely cruise on Britannia again,but prefer Azura and Ventura. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this ship as we were travelling with friends who have never cruised before, so they wanted a small cruise from Southampton, this was my 14th cruise along with my partner, so we have experience on numerous ships, from Azamara ... Read More
We chose this ship as we were travelling with friends who have never cruised before, so they wanted a small cruise from Southampton, this was my 14th cruise along with my partner, so we have experience on numerous ships, from Azamara small ship to the massive NCL epic and many more in between. Getting on board was very easy, and we were having our first drink by 1pm, cases were delivered very quickly by 1.30pm, so checked into our cabin G529, deck 8, our friends were next cabin, we had a balcony, cabins very clean, as other reviews mention bathrooms small, but to be honest they were spotless and that’s all that matters to us, we have also had smaller bathrooms before, good toiletries supplied by The White Company, really couldn’t complain about cabin at all. Our first lunch onboard we opted for the buffet not a great fan of these, but wanted our friends to experience it, and let them make their own mind up, very nice selection, very clean and nice staff, only downside are the British people NOT washing their hands, what is it with the older generation, I think they should have a better system in place instead of all lining up at sinks, this does take a while, so much easier with washy washy staff standing there or the self service soap dispensers. Main dining room we used for breakfast and main evening meals, all very good great selection to choose from, hot plates, nice staff. We tried the beach house, and the steak on the lava stone was so tender and tasty, we all enjoyed our meals that night, also had a fabulous dolphin show from our window fantastic. Entertainment was so so, Im never impressed with the cruise dancers and singers, so only saw them once, Sam Bailey was on, she was brilliant and a lovely lady to speak to after the show, another good show in the Live Lounge was a guy called Vernon Lewis. a soul singer music from 60’s and 70’s all Motown had everyone up dancing, then a DJ after, good selection of drinks in every bar, and not expensive, we wanted to book the Limelight club but the guests they had on board really didn’t do it for us. Never booked excursions as we always get off and wander around, the weather was lovely so always had the afternoons around the Lido Deck pools, only problem we saw were parents taking babies and toddlers into the pool with their nappies on yuk!!!! This needs to be addressed Sail away parties were great, a brilliant team, got everyone up and dancing. Always had quizzes going on around pool and in Brodie’s, bar which was like a weatherspoons, full every night, great atmosphere, I’ve never laughed so much playing Bingo with the great Jo B, what a character she was, eyes down teeth in she would shout out, great work Jo. Casino was ok little on the small side, to many people around roulette tables and not always playing just watching, never have experienced this before on other ships. We paid for a gin tasting lesson as my partner loves gin, I’m a vodka drinker, but the bar manager of the whole ship called Avalon invited me as his guest to try and convert me, and after 4 different cocktails and different gins, he has converted me, great guy and very informative about making the most of mixers as in fruit not just using tonic water, really enjoyed that. Can’t think of much else to add, this being our first p&o cruise, all I can say is, yes read the reviews make up your own mind, and give this ship a try, I wouldn’t hesitate going onboard again, but I will never go from Southampton I prefer to fly and cruise. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
We chose this cruise week long cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were given a time of 3pm for embarkation and were on the ship shortly after that time, it was all very efficient. First impressions of the ship from ... Read More
We chose this cruise week long cruise to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We were given a time of 3pm for embarkation and were on the ship shortly after that time, it was all very efficient. First impressions of the ship from entering the atrium was that it was very classy and elegant and put us in mind of the lobby of a five star hotel. This impression continued throughout the public areas. You can only pass through the interior of the ship on deck 7, which will take you end to end. You pass by the photography area, Sindu restaurant and, at the other end, The Live Lounge, where they host live bands and music in the evening. This whole area is elegant and sophisticated, but dark. All the curtains to the windows overlooking the sea are covered in elegant drapes; crystal lighting over the Sindu bar books elegant and refined. But here is where it is unusual, you have to look quite hard to see the sea from deck 7. The curtains close it off. In fact, apart from the Horizons buffet on deck 11, we found it quite hard to see the ocean from the interior - its almost like the ship is trying hard to be a posh hotel and is somewhat embarrassed by all that ocean outside. It should be the opposite because everyone cruises to see the ocean. If you want to go outside to see it from decks 5 to 7 (the interior of the ship) you can but only if you access the smoking areas either side of the ship. There is no promenade deck mid ship and it is not possible to walk the whole way round the ship from the promenade deck. If you walk from atrium on deck 5 or 6 you will dead end, only deck 7 takes you through the ship. There was much to like about this ship. People say there is no wow factor and I think that is a matter of personal taste. Its a beautiful ship and because the atrium area is relatively small, there is much more public space on decks 5 through to 7 for entertainment venues which means that you can get a seat in the evening This ship has numerous entertainment venues, you are spoiled for choice. We found this use of space to be much better than our experience on RC's Independence and Navigator of the Seas where the Royal Promenade takes out much of the public space. The other trump card for Britannia was the fantastic entertainment throughout our cruise. The theatre hosted Sam Bailey, who was amazing; as well as a number of other guest acts and fantastic shows put on by the entertainment team. A new show called Astonishing was excellent with really modern music and awesome LED backdrop. There was also fantastic entertainment in the Live Lounge where the band Pulse played up to date music as well as tributes to the likes of Dire Straits and the 80s. This band were top notch and it was a pleasure to listen to them each evening. If ballroom dancing is your thing, the crystal room catered for that. There was something for everyone and each evening was exciting with something to look forward to. We found this to be much better than our previous cruise on Navigator of the Seas, where the entertainment was so boring (a Beatles tribute being the highlight) we were back in our cabins by 10pm. The food in the main dining room was good. The service was reasonable. The menu was a little repetitive and if you were doing a 2 week cruise, you may want to try the speciality restaurants for variety. On a week cruise, we felt there was no need to bother. The Horizon buffet offered a reasonable choice of food throughout the day but got very busy and getting a table was hard work. Room service for breakfast solved that problem. We liked the 'grab and go' sandwich selection on the promenade deck. Very useful for a quick snack. On the whole, we would say the food was good but not outstanding. Our interior cabin was nicely furnished, modern, and had the most comfortable bed we have ever slept it. The best interior cabin we have ever slept in on a ship. The only criticism we have of Britannia was their apathy when it came to shore excursions booked through them. Your shore excursion ticket was left in the cabin but you were given little information on where to go on excursion day and were left waiting to get off the ship with all the other passengers, hoping you could get off in time for the bus and actually find it on the dock. On Royal Caribbean's Navigator, you were taken to the theatre, given a number and taken off the ship separately and accompanied to your tour bus. This was proper organisation and Britannia needs to improve on this as they are selling the tickets and are therefore responsible to ensure the tour operates properly. We would not hesitate to book this ship again. Looking at the 2 week med tours next year, we are dismayed to find that P&O have cut their ports from 7 to 6 over a 14 day period, which means 8 sea days - too many. May therefore stick to 1 week cruises with them. Read Less
19 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
I had the opportunity to travel on the Britannia on May 13th on a lovely trip to Norway. I wanted to provide some comparisons of this ship and P & O in general vs. other lines that cater more to American travelers. I am an ... Read More
I had the opportunity to travel on the Britannia on May 13th on a lovely trip to Norway. I wanted to provide some comparisons of this ship and P & O in general vs. other lines that cater more to American travelers. I am an American and no offense is meant in some of my generalizations to either American or British folk. Ship The décor is beautiful yet understated. It feels more like a 5 star hotel than a ship. There is great use of color, blues, greys, golds and different venues decorated elegantly. The ship is the same “make and model” as the Royal Princess (and Regal). This includes some of the design flaws such as no mid-ship stairs, odd floor 7 bathroom availability, no Promenade deck. Some of these were corrected on the Regal Princess but persist on these 2 ships. The ship caters to folks from the UK, so there are some differences in how the ship is laid out and space is utilized. Atrium – Unlike the Royal there is only 1 atrium spiral staircase and the atrium is rectangular. Most shops are located on deck 6, making the shopping isolated. I liked this. The atrium is much more spacious. With that said, if you love entertainment and dancing in the Atrium, that is not what it is used for. There are several bars and coffee shops on deck 7 and 5, however, these are for lounging and relaxing. There is music that is played in the atrium, but it’s usually an accent and not the main attraction. If you are a dancer, there is a specific dance venue, where lessons and music are held. Crow’s Nest – The forward staterooms normally found on deck 16 (Lido) have been removed. They were replaced with a dining venue, several private rooms, and the Crows nest. The Crows nest is a beautiful bar with forward views of the upcoming destinations. A wonderful place for sail away, pre-dinner drinks or watching the scenic views. This is a wonderful change from it’s sister Princess ships which offer no forward- facing views. Pub and Casino – There is a very small Casino. Perhaps the 3rd of the size on American style ships. The remaining space is used for a Pub type atmosphere, Brody’s. If you go on a cruise with your primary objective being to gamble, this may not be the line to take. The pub is very nice and brings in a great fun crowd for sporting events, quizzes, bingo like games and of course on our cruise, the Royal Wedding!! Aft Bar – Beautiful. A wonderful place to relax in port or watch the ship’s wake. Decorated well despite being outdoors. Lots of comfortable seating. Another interesting way that the décor changed the feel of the ship and made it more like a hotel patio bar. Cabins – No differences here in shape/size, decorated quite differently. My opinion is it was a better utilization of space. There was one North American Plug, but the rest were UK style. One thing to note is that there were several plugs instead of only one. They do have a kettle for tea or coffee in the room. The shower has a glass door. I found that much nicer, but if you are a very large person this may not be as accommodating as a shower curtain. Pools – just as many pools but only a couple of hot tubs. This results in a more open deck, particularly in the Sanctuary, Adults area. Food & Drinks The food was absolutely fabulous. However, there were more pay for, ala carte options than you may find on a ship catering to Americans. There were several coffee shops that offered alternative coffee drinks from the buffet. Dining rooms had amazing food, I never had a bland meal, meals were always hot, the service impeccable. I don’t typically eat sweets, but I must say I did every night. So much more tasty than the other lines. As an American I was asking for things such as ice water, more ice in my drinks than most…all available. Buffet’s are buffets. They are not my favorite. Expect an English breakfast. Since folks are not as keen on ice, there was no ice machine in the buffet, however the cabin steward, waiters etc. all took care of this for me. There is an Indian style venue called Sindhu. It is my understanding this is on most P & O ships. British folk love their Indian, and it was quite good. There was usually some sort of curry available on the daily dining room menu and buffet as well. I love interesting food, and all of this was a great change. However, it was intended to be spicy and was. American’s should keep that in mind when booking a reservation. Don’t go if you don’t like spicy food and don’t complain that it is. In the “Glass House”, situated where “Crooners” would be on the Princess ship, they had a small venue that served food, or bites to eat. The food here was very good and also included some interesting dishes/small plates such as pate, sliders, cheese boards. Prices are not significant £3 - £7 ish. Now the topic of drinks. If you are a cruiser who goes on a cruise to imbibe on mixed drinks and expecting an American “pour” you will be disappointed. The shots are 1 ounce, a North American pour is 2 ounces. Expect a significant difference in cost of mixed drinks since you will order a double. Also, the pours are measured more so than on other lines. This includes wine/beer etc. However, if you are a beer drinker, there are several beers on tap in nearly every bar allowing for pints or half-pints at a reasonable cost. The wine is also reasonable, and many varieties by the glass and bottles. My one complaint about this ship, and frankly all ships in the Carnival Line I’ve been on, is that the wine is inconsistent between venues. The varietals in the Glass house were different from the Crows nest and different from the Aft Bar etc. This is not a P&O complaint, but a Carnival Line consistent challenge for me. Entertainment Just like any cruise there were shows, magicians, comedians, etc. However, none of the entertainment is positioned to be in your face unless you are in the venue. For example, there are several entertainers that play in the Atrium, but they are a compliment to the ambiance, not the main attraction. Very classy piano players, solo and duet acoustic guitar music at the Crow’s nest. The pub was typically crowded nightly with quizzes or Karaoke. Very interactive and American’s will probably feel a little “dumb” as the Brits know their history, music etc. and sure take those quizzes seriously. Sail Away heading back to Southampton was so fun. Union flags passed amongst the deck, a variety of British/UK songs and anthems. Lots of flag waving fun. I wouldn’t doubt at least 1/3 of the passengers participated. Service and Staff The captain/officers of the ship were interactive. Giving many points of information that you don’t receive on other ships, including some problems that we had on board. Ringing the bell at noon, “honking” the horn on queue at sailaway were always quite coordinated. The service staff is very professional. There is less casual interaction with the guests on the ship than you might see on a more American line. There were very few Americans/Canadians on this ship. The staff is trained to accommodate British tastes and service requirements. Staff was not used to MY accent and ways of requesting things. I had to adapt to them and not believe the world revolves around me. I would like to note that, this is why I travel. I loved that I experienced things differently, had to slow down my conversations, inquire more about different utilization of words or words I’d never heard. Importantly, I will say the staff did their best to accommodate my American taste for Bloody Mary’s, double drinks etc. Several ran to the galley to get things like tobasco and were always willing to consult me on my requirements. The one complaint that I had on this ship was Passport handling. I have drafted a separate letter to P&O and Carnival in general about that item. As an American on a British ship (this ship is registered in Southampton), my passport was collected and needed to be retrieved prior to the end of the cruise. It was not the collection that concerned me, but the caretaking of the passport by the staff. Costs Additional fees for coffee, dining venues, etc. are not new to the American traveler, but remind yourself how much you might spend on a Starbucks coffee daily. I didn’t find any of these to be unreasonable and didn’t have any complaints about the coffee, food I was paying extra for. There were just as many no cost items as any other cruise ship, however, this one had more options. Rules American’s should take note of a couple things that I did not mention above. Folks dress up at night, most nights. It is not required, but this wasn’t the venue to wear ratty jeans on smart casual night. On formal nights men wear tuxes, kilts etc. and women wear gowns. Queuing is an art for Brits. No one cuts the line and when someone is in greater need such as wheelchair bound folks, they are keen to allow that person priority access to elevators. I wouldn’t doubt that folks might scold anyone who didn’t adhere to this. It was made clear by the captain himself, that parents were in charge of their children. There weren’t many children, but parents had a handle on them. When a baby cried, parents took them out of the dining room or venue, children are expected to dress appropriately for dinner etc. Thank you P & O! I highly recommend this note of advice to parents on all ships in the Carnival line. There was no yelling, shouting across the Atrium or even overt drunkenness. Misc. & Overall This was my favorite cruise of all time. I have been cruising since 1976, have logged 100 days on Princess, 50 days on Carnival, done some Royal Caribbean cruises as well as Viking. The destinations (Norwegian ports), the ship, the service, the food was all exceptional. I found very little to complain about and enjoyed it thoroughly. I spoke to other passengers and they discussed how they like American style ships and the atmosphere. This speaks to how truly folks like to “get away” from the every day. I found this particular journey to be nothing less than spectacular and understood I was a token American on a British ship. Thank you for reading! Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
It was our anniversary and we saw this 2 night cruise so thought we’d book it. We’ve cruised many times before; mostly RCI, NCL, Princess and Holland America. We were excited to give P&O as we haven’t cruised with them before. ... Read More
It was our anniversary and we saw this 2 night cruise so thought we’d book it. We’ve cruised many times before; mostly RCI, NCL, Princess and Holland America. We were excited to give P&O as we haven’t cruised with them before. Overall it was OK. Not sure what we were expecting, but something seemed lacking. It didn’t have any wow factor or oomph The worst part was check in. What a ridiculous way of doing it, we’ve never done it that way before. You’re given a time to get to the terminal and if you’re early you still have to wait. 2 1/2hrs in our case. Just give people a card as they arrive like they usually do. Cabin was lovely and Clean and the bed very comfortable. We had freedom dining and the usual wait was 30-40 mins. We weren’t overly impressed with the food, it was barely warm one night and the sticky toffee pudding was chewy where it had been left under lights to keep warm and the toffee sauce was thin and bitter. They really seemed in a rush to get you in and out. Usually you get a bit of time between courses but it was take that plate and here’s your next course. Not a relaxing experience. The buffet was fine, everything you wanted, again only warm though. The shows in the theatre were good. Again, a first for us, was that there was no drinks service in the theatre. We took our own in once we knew. The major thing we found, which we’ve never experienced before, were the staff weren’t very happy or friendly. They didn’t seem to engage with people. We tried chatting to a lot of the waiters but they didn’t want to know. They work hard and weren’t rude, but there wasn’t any personality or friendliness coming through like you normally get and I would say it was 85% of the staff we came across. None of this was awful, but we felt worth mentioning. We’ve tried P&O but don’t think it’s for us. Something was definitely missing which was friendliness and atmosphere. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
We are just off britannia b810 to the fjords an we Had a lovely time.Itinerary was nice food was really good and britannia is massive but really nice. Cabin was an inside but felt bigger and more modern than other ships. Atrium ... Read More
We are just off britannia b810 to the fjords an we Had a lovely time.Itinerary was nice food was really good and britannia is massive but really nice. Cabin was an inside but felt bigger and more modern than other ships. Atrium really nice Itinerary good loved olden and andalsnes .Stavanger still has a lot of charm about it and we will never tire of it. Food and entertainment were good quality. ate in Sindhu and glass house twice and loved them.Went to limelight club last nice very good quality for only 25 pounds per person you get three course meal plus a performance from a celebrity guest.We had Gareth gates on our cruise and Cheryl baker. Entertainment good fun Cabin very spacious shower is quite powerful and hot and you get white company toiletries as well. In cabin tv very good with lots of films and tv channels plus a map of your cruise Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Chose the cruise due to the ship and destinations. Embarkation and disembarkin went well. Allthough gangway failed on disembark. So we were lead to another. We had cabin D440. Balcony and central. Xavier our steward was brilliant. ... Read More
Chose the cruise due to the ship and destinations. Embarkation and disembarkin went well. Allthough gangway failed on disembark. So we were lead to another. We had cabin D440. Balcony and central. Xavier our steward was brilliant. Nothing too much trouble. We had the select price with freedom dining. Exellent. We ate in the Meriden most evenings. Waiters are exellent We had Philip and Amol. Great guys. A credit to the company. Food was excellent. Plenty of good Fish dishes. Wines reasonably priced. We didn't see any shows. Not really our thing. We did go to a couple of talks and the Crow's nest bar, which was good. Ports were good. I'd been to Bilbao Gijon and Cherbourg before. It was nice seeing them from the sea. I found it particularly heartwarming that there were many disabled people of all ages on board. All obviously enjoying every minute. Booked another cruise whilst on board. That says it all !! Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
We have cruised nine times now. First time as an adult on P&O. Britannia is a lovely ship. I would recommend highly. But avoid the loyalty crew. We were on deck 9 and had a balcony, which we used, a lot. Its a shame people ... Read More
We have cruised nine times now. First time as an adult on P&O. Britannia is a lovely ship. I would recommend highly. But avoid the loyalty crew. We were on deck 9 and had a balcony, which we used, a lot. Its a shame people still think its ok to smoke on their balconies and we did a couple of times end up with cigarette butts on the floor, these were promptly cleaned away by our lovely steward. There are two designated smoking areas on the open decks for people to use. Limelight club, has a cover charge but is worth every penny. We saw the three acts that were available for these dinner shows and enjoyed everyone. Morecambe and Wise tribute was the best, it was like going back to my childhood, amazing. Epicurean, if we had eaten there earlier in the cruise we would have eaten there most nights. Cover charges, but worth it. Sindhu, We were a little disappointed and concluded that the our local Indian restaurant must have an amazing chef! food was good, but not great. We would book again on another cruise, but if our budget was tight, probably give it a miss. Beachhouse, Cover charge again, we had a lovely waiter called Nelson, charming and funny. Food is kind of American diner and was excellent. Freedom dining. This works well for us. But the downside is the tables for two are not in the best places in the restaurant, which annoyed me. Always stuck in an area of high travel from waiters or other passengers. Which is another reason to pay a cover charge and dine else where, nobody likes to dine in annoyed company, as I pointed out to hubby ;) Food was sadly a bit lack lustre, fish sometimes bland, chicken over cooked on one occasion and mushy veg every time. Another reason to either eat in the Horizon or pay a cover charge and eat to a higher standard. Cookery Classes - Highly recommended, I was surprised that hubby agreed to join the class. He really enjoyed it and I have the pictures to prove it! Next time the family are staying he's helping out with the cooking. He enjoyed it so much he actually booked us onto another one. Spa. I can honestly say I arrived limping, not able to move my neck without pain on day one and by the time the spa therapist and the acupuncturist had finished with me I was 100% better. What price health? Costa coffee - Trouble with Costa is they allow people to buy beans from anywhere. The coffees are also one button push delivered, which isn't what you expect from a premium price. The coffee was variable. Tip? go back to the last place you had good coffee on the ship. Smart Casual - I have no idea what they wanted and from the outfits the other passengers where wearing some other were confused as well. I will happily stick with what I asked, if P&O were clear and stuck by some kind of rule. I packed almost one cocktail dress for every evening and two long dresses for the formal nights. People were in leggings in the dining room, cut off tops, men in t-shirts, hardly a jacket in sight on casual nights. Weird and confusing. Formal nights - I have to say the passengers on the ship know how to dress for formal nights! fantastic stuff. Would we book again? We have, but a different P&O ship as we were so angered and disappointed by the treatment of the loyalty team that it will take a while to think about going back to anywhere they could claim a credit for. I can only say they were VERY rude and dismissive. Their customer service was appalling, we saw frustration, shortness of temper, excuses for behaviours and then being fobbed off in a way that makes your jaw go slack. Awful. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Our first time on P&O, although we have cruised over 12 times in 10 years. Our UK friends highly recommended Britannia, and they we spot on. Service was impeccable. The cabin staff was the best we have encountered, and the wait staff ... Read More
Our first time on P&O, although we have cruised over 12 times in 10 years. Our UK friends highly recommended Britannia, and they we spot on. Service was impeccable. The cabin staff was the best we have encountered, and the wait staff was efficient and entertaining. The meals were very good in all the restaurants, and the drinks were reasonably priced, unlike other lines who add a surcharge to each drink. The entertainment was quite good, especially in the Limelight Club, which we visited on two occasions. A nice touch was the receipt from the dining room staff of a copy of all the menus on the cruise. We have only had this once before on another line, and that only after we requested them. The trivia and other activities were well organised and attended. There was always something to do, even on port days, which can be a problems on some lines. We have already booked a 35 night cruise next year on P&O Ventura, and can't wait. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: March 2018
We chose to mark our 20th wedding anniversary by doing our 1st ever cruise. right from boarding the plane to getting on the ship everything ran so stress free and efficiently. The on board entertainment was good apart from a comedian ... Read More
We chose to mark our 20th wedding anniversary by doing our 1st ever cruise. right from boarding the plane to getting on the ship everything ran so stress free and efficiently. The on board entertainment was good apart from a comedian we saw who took 99% of his material straight off Facebook as all the jokes he told we had seen on there prior to boarding the ship. There where plenty of space on board for sunbathing however you are either in the full sun or in the shade, there is no parasols on board which could be helpful for couples like ourselves where as I don't mind the full sun but my partner does like to be in and out of the sun at times. BE AWARE if sunbathing at the rear of the ship as the funnels kick out a lot of soot and Oil...yes OIL one day we where caught in an OIL shower which ruined several items of clothing. BE PREPAIRED FOR LONG WAITS FOR DRINKS, you cant just go up to the bar and order a drink as it is all waiter service and can sometimes have to wait 10mins for the waiter to return with the drinks or to take your orders. BOOK TRIPS EARLY if you wish to book a trip try to do it early as they soon fill up and some ports don't have a lot in the port to see or do. Overall I would recommend this cruise to anyone the Ship was kept to quite a high standard especially the cabins, the staff are very helpful and they whole cruise was a wonderful experience. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
This cruise was booked as a birthday present for my partner, she had been on a Caribbean cruise two years ago with her mother and sister and had loved it, for me it was a new experience and I didn't know what to expect. On her ... Read More
This cruise was booked as a birthday present for my partner, she had been on a Caribbean cruise two years ago with her mother and sister and had loved it, for me it was a new experience and I didn't know what to expect. On her previous cruise on Britannia, Karen had been disappointed that all the good shore excursions had been booked up in advance, so we selected 8 organised shore excursions well in advance. Because of the damage caused by the recent hurricane two of our original island destinations had to be changed. With heavy snow in our area a few days before departure, we were quite concerned about the conditions for our long drive to Gatwick Airport, we had booked into a hotel for the night before our scheduled departure. After the horrendous drive down to Gatwick (minus 4 degrees), we thought that the worst of our problems were behind us, how wrong we were! Our flight was delayed for over 9 hours due to a crack in the windscreen which Tui Airlines were unable to fix, probably due to the cold weather, understandable - what was inexcusable was the total lack of information coming from Tui, we sat from 11.20 (our scheduled departure time) with only 'Flight Delayed' on the notice boards, nothing on the tannoy, no one from Tui at the airport, no information available from the information desk. Eventually at about 1700 hours we were told that a replacement aircraft was on it's way - NOT GOOD ENOUGH for a top airline!. We arrived at the Britannia at 02:15 the following morning, exhausted, depressed and feeling that our once in a lifetime holiday had got off to the worst possible start. The embarkation procedure gave us the first insight into how well organised, professional and friendly the entire staff of Britannia are, they had us on board and to our cabins in a matter of minutes - superb! We had a superior deluxe balcony cabin equipped with two large flat screen TV's, a sofa and chair, very comfortable bed, bath, shower and tea and coffee making facilities. Very comfortable, very clean and in perfect condition. Later that morning after a superb breakfast we went into Bridgetown, Barbados and rather than further adding to our tiredness we opted for a relaxing few hours at the 'Boatyard' beach, stunning beach, lovely Caribbean sea, nice food and drink - highly recommended. On returning to Britannia we started to explore the massive ship, it is a truly awesome sight to see just how huge this ship is, every aspect is just so impressive, I have heard experienced cruisers complain that the ship does not have a central staircase, in my opinion it would not benefit from one, a central staircase would take up a lot of space and who would want to walk up or down flights of stairs to the 17 decks! After two weeks on board the only slight criticism that I could find was the lack of a promenade deck, you could not do a full lap of any of the decks, i know that many cruise passengers enjoy a good stroll along the promenade deck, definitely the one negative aspect of the fabulous ship. We opted for 'freedom' dining, thinking that we could choose where and when we ate, I wanted to try all the restaurants to try the different menu's. 'Freedom' dining means that you can eat at different times, it does not mean that you can turn up at the 'Peninsular' or 'Oriental' restaurants on spec and expect a table, booking is advisory in these and the Meridian restaurant. We did book tables at the 'Epicurean', Sindhu and Limelight restaurants at an extra cost of £25 per head, the only one worth the extra is the 'Sindhu', tremendous Indian Fusion food, great atmosphere, lovely attentive staff and perfectly cooked and presented food - excellent in every respect. The main dining area is the 'Horizon' restaurant on deck 16, this is a self service restaurant with waiter service for drinks, referred to my many as the 'canteen', there was a tremendous selection of hot and cold foods, all in my experience very well cooked, tasty and there was plenty of it! The drinks service was quite slow, on many occasions I had finished my meal before the drink arrived! The ship offers a wide variety of entertainment both during the day and in the evenings, the shows are well presented, very professional and well worth seeing, like everything on board Britannia the whole experience has been well planned, well executed in a totally professional but friendly manner. The shops on board carry a large range of quality items at reasonable prices, the staff are all knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the products on offer. Unlike many hotels, the prices on board are extremely competitive, even when compared to the duty free shops on the islands. If you are in the market for some quality jewelry or high end watches then it is well worth seeking out Jason, Britannia's resident Gemologist and Horologist, he has contacts throughout the islands and will help you to achieve huge savings on UK prices, his knowledge of the Swiss watch industry is encyclopedic and his advice and help were much appreciated. The pools on the Lido deck (deck 16) were very popular, as were the poolside deck chairs, entertainment was provided throughout the day as were snacks and both hot and cold drinks. When our fortnight was over and it was time to wave goodbye to Britannia our disembarkation was as smooth and flawless as every other planned event on board had been and this time there were no delays to our flight. Our shore excursions varied in length and content, all were well organised by the ships shore excursions crew, we got to see many historic sites and had a good overview of many of the islands. In summary we did have 'a once in a lifetime holiday' thanks to P&O and the crew of Britannia, we may never be able to afford to cruise the Caribbean again, but would love to experience the Mediterranean. It was a very expensive holiday and may not offer value for money compared to a five star all inclusive resort holiday, but there is something fantastically exotic about cruising on such a comfortable ship, Britannia is so smooth that you hardly know it is moving! Read Less
Britannia Ratings
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Cabins 4.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 4.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 5.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 5.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.0 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 5.0 0.0
Rates 5.0 N/A

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