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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: December 2018
Our first cruise with P&O. Embarkation/disembarkation fast and efficient. Loved the ship, nicely done out, staff lovely. We had an adapted cabin, C301, which was really nice. Quite spacious. No problems with the food in the horizon ... Read More
Our first cruise with P&O. Embarkation/disembarkation fast and efficient. Loved the ship, nicely done out, staff lovely. We had an adapted cabin, C301, which was really nice. Quite spacious. No problems with the food in the horizon buffet. Meridian and Peninsular restaurants were ok, nothing special, just ok. Epicurean restaurant was fine, good service. Maybe not worth the £28 each. Plenty of sun loungers, never had a problem getting them but didn't like how close together they are. You cant walk between them so have to sit on the end and shuffle yourself backwards. Didn't like sea days, overcrowded and boring and incredibly windy. Brodies bar was good. A couple of quizzes every night. Drinks expensive. Fosters is £4.15 a pint, similar to UK pub prices but bitter at £4.50 a pint is way overpriced. I would think we spent in the region of £100 a day for the two of us for soft drinks, bitter and lager. (no wine, spirits or cocktails) New years eve, just about everyone was up on the lido deck where the band were playing. It was so crowded it was uncomfortable. Almost impossible to get a drink after 10.30 as you couldn't get near the bar and the waiters seemed to have disappeared. Lifts were a bit of an issue, when one eventually turned up, it was usually full up and going the opposite way to where you wanted to go. In the end, when a lift turned up we just got in, whichever way it was going otherwise you'd wait ages. The best ports of call for us were St Kitts, St Lucia, Grenada and Barbados. We didn't do any trips with P&O because they were far too expensive. We got a taxi to the beach instead where 2 loungers and an umbrella was $20. Couldn't go to Antigua because of weather so ended up in Martinique. We didn't particularly like Curacao, Bonaire and Dominica. Would we cruise again? Yes, probably for a week, 2 weeks was too long for us. A weeks cruise and a weeks stay would suit us better but P&O don't do that so it would have to be with another company. 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
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
Overall cruising is best value holiday but was slightly spoiled by poor evening entertainment not up to usual standard and when I complained to entertainment manager was rude every thing else was usual excellentdrink prices are excellent ... Read More
Overall cruising is best value holiday but was slightly spoiled by poor evening entertainment not up to usual standard and when I complained to entertainment manager was rude every thing else was usual excellentdrink prices are excellent compared to royal Caribbean travelling from Manchester to Barbados then to ship is is a great experience compared to other holiday experiences and return was good because you do not have to worry about your luggage as it’s taken care of for you cabin was excellent and cabin steward was as usual very hard working and kept the cabin clean and tidy the staff in the oriental restaurant were brilliant always smiling and nothing was to much for them and the food was excellent and was always hot the pool area was always clean and never too busy The resident band pulse are brilliant and would be better used than some of the poor comedians and groups brought onto the ship the blue jays were outstanding the magic show was excellent the others were mediocre Read Less
26 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
As a family of 4 adults we would have ideally chosen to cruise over Christmas and the new year, but prices rocket so went for the lead up period, having never holidayed in winter before. Flew from Manchester with TUI, and probably best ... Read More
As a family of 4 adults we would have ideally chosen to cruise over Christmas and the new year, but prices rocket so went for the lead up period, having never holidayed in winter before. Flew from Manchester with TUI, and probably best long haul flight we have done, surprised at complimentary alcohol, and didn't bother to pre booking seats but still sat together with a free seat upgrade at check in anyway. The airport at Barbados is decent, but you will by pass it on arrival as it's straight onto coaches and through to check in at the port side, with bags delivered an hour or so later. We went on Britannia in May, so we're familiar with the layout, but for some reason if you can't see the sea and your direction of travel, you still end up in entirely the wrong place. As has been said before, the main criticism is that the stairs in the middle of the ship take you only as far up as deck 7 where the lifts are busiest (a bit annoying for us with cabins in the middle of the ship on level 8). We were on freedom dinning, meaning table service at the peninsular restaurant for breakfast and lunch, and the peninsular or meridian restaurant for dinner. The meridian is a bit more modern in its decor, but the service and food is the same in both. You tend to get seated in similar locations and if you make the effort with the staff and fill out feedback forms, it goes a long way with them, and there is nothing they won't do to help you. We much prefer the restaurants to the Horizon self service, unless you need to be somewhere quickly, and the food was consistently good without being repetitive (lunch in the restaurants is a lighter menu). We had £1,000 room credits between us, and ate at Sindhu, Epicurian, Glass House (x2) and Beach House, with Glass House our favourite. The others are good, but the Epicurian just tries too hard to be different. The credits made the cruise virtually all inclusive, as we aren't big drinkers, but a bottle of proseco is £20 and a beer around £4. We aren't big on needing to be entertained during the daytime, as most days you are off ship anyway, but on the sea days we did find the activities to be a bit repetitive. The guest speaker was on how to be 'happy' and the films were often old school eg ET and Goldfinger. The headline theatre entertainment we had seen much of the ship crew shows in May, and they can be a bit amateurish, but did enjoy the visiting entertainers especially the psychic comedian. I would guess that the average age on the ship was around 60, with 600 kids scheduled to land as we left. Never any issues with finding sun beds, and our weather for the fortnight was excellent at around 29 degrees, and very few rain showers until the last couple of days We didn't book any tours from the ship, as for 4 of us it was just too pricey, however with some research before hand you can sort it all out yourself for half the price. What I would say though is that everyone's opinion of the islands is heavily influenced by what they do when they get there, eg in Dominica we had a great time, but if we had just stayed in the port town we would have been back on ship after half an hour. BARBADOS Arrived Friday evening so had all day Saturday before 6pm sailing, and as usual awake at 5am after long haul flight. Had booked a taxi on line with David Gittens at Nakendra taxis, and for $40US each he took us on a 4 hours tour of the south of the island, he was recommended by a neighbour and gave us a proper tour guide experience, rather than a taxi driver one. We saw the nicest beaches of the whole trip namely Bottom Bay, Crane Beach and Foul Bay, and early morning these were deserted and picture postcard perfect. Ended up at Bathsheba and across to Bridgetown so top of the island will have to wait until next time, and had planned to walk down Carlisle Bay next to the port in the afternoon and around town, but a heavy downpour forced us to delay that until our final day. CURACAO If Disney had designed a carribean port, then this would probably be it. The old Rif fort at the entrance has been combined with shops and restaurants, and the Renaissance Hotel chain with high end shops. Pass through this to the swinging bridge and into the old town and it's brightly coloured buildings. DIdn't venture away from the town, so can't comment on the island itself, but nice experience and good for photos. ARUBA The island like Curacao seems much more geared for American visitors e.g. Renaissance hotel above a shopping mall with Prada, Gucci shops, unlike the other islands where the towns are geared towards the locals. DIdn't make much of the town itself, and wouldn't bother with the free tram through town that works on a very very very slow loop ! Got a $15US taxi for 4 of us up to Eagle beach which is less commercialised, and has the tree on the beach that any tourism photo of Aruba features. It's a short walk then on the Palm beach which is much more commercial with big hotels RUI and Hilton on the beach front, and good beach bars on the piers (Bugaloe or Momba). Local bus back to the port for $6US for 4. Had planned to take one of the brightly coloured school buses outside the port gates for $20US tour each, but places it visited seemed a bit mundane, with best bit the beach we went to anyway. Must say however that late in the afternoon a couple of red busses pulled up next to the ship returning guests (must have been a ship trip) blaring out YMCA and everyone playing maracas which looked to have been fun. SAINT VINCENT From all I had read, this was to be intimidating because of poverty. It was poor, but didn't find it at all threatening, in fact it was the only place we visited where they employed people in purple tops throughout the town to give information and act as guides. Didn't do a trip and just got a taxi $20US for 4 up to the Botanical gardens at the top of town. It is actually walkable as we walked back, if you just go to the end of town, it is $2US entry each, and you can pay for a guide on top, nothing to write home about, but it's probably the best show in town. Had a drink at the Cobblestone Inn on the Main Street in the centre of town which has a small roof garden. We has wanted to get the ferry from right next to where the ship docks across the Bequia island for the day, but we docked at 8am and just missed the first ferries. If you take the later ferries then it all gets a bit tight on return sailings to not miss the ship. GRENADA As I said, you can only speak from your own experiences, but this was the island that we did find intimidating in a way that just didn't happen anywhere else. Our impression was that most islands were just happy to have you there, but this one has 40% unemployment, and therefore everyone is trying to make money from you in whatever way they can in more of a pressured way. We took a taxi on spec for a tour for 2 hours at $70US for 4, and getting anything out of the driver was hard work, money changed hands between the person we thought was taking us on a tour inside the building, to the one we were handed over to outside. We stopped I requested at an isolated spice shack to be shown the local produce and felt obliged to buy produce. The locals at all the islands talk to each other in an English or French slang that most tourists can't understand which is fine, but here it felt like it was done to ignore you. We visited Annandale Falls, Grand Etang Park (volcano lake) and Fort Frederick, all an additional $2US entry each and optional guides cost. These sights were OK, but to be honest I wouldn't bother again. Walked though the tunnel in town and around the Caranege harbour, and in the afternoon took the water taxi next to the ship $10US return each to Grand Anse beach. NIce beach with cruise visitors at one end, and visiting American college kids at the other end, stopping at Umbrellas bar set back from the beach half way down, and it was like New Year's Eve ! SAINT LUCIA Drove through the town so can't comment on Castries, but had pre booked at trip with Cosol Tours in advance, $75US each. There were 60 people who had done the same, but we were in buses of 12, not in convoy, but we did meet at place for drinks and food. Our driver was Baptiste and was excellent as a guide. We had as much drink as you wanted, and great local food fro breakfast and lunch. We stopped for photos a long the way, and visited a banana plantation, the Pitons, speedboat to Sugar beach between the Pitons for snorkelling, the drive in volcano for a sulphur mud bath, and waterfalls to wash it off. Without doubt this was our best trip and would highly recommend, as Baptiste made the trip educational, fun and entertaining. SAINT MAARTEN Chose not to do any tours, but walked into town with what seemed like the rest of the ship and the other 2 in port. A bit like Aruba it seemed to be a bit more American, but without the big shops. nice long beach in town to walk along the promenade, and sit and have a bucket of local beers. Most of the beach is taken over by sun beds. We're going to vista Maho beach to watch the planes land, but didn't manage in the end. ANTIGUA Probably our favourite island along with St Lucia. Walked to West Bus station, and took the 17 local bus $6US for 4 down to Nelsons Dockyard at English Harbour $8US entry each but includes Shirley Heights entry. Really well preserved area with museum and fabulous yachts. Taxi up to Shirley Heights for the view down onto the harbour $24US return as need to wait for you, or you can walk down to galleon bay and get a water taxi back to the dockyard. Bus back to St Johns and took the 22 bus to Turner Beach and Darkwood beach. Both small but unspoilt, and bus back from roadside. Worth catching some of the local small buses for the experience at some of the islands, as very economical DOMINICA Based on reviews on there being very little in the port, which did seem to be the case, we booked a tour with Levi Barron on Bumpiing Tours in advance $55US each. Just 10 of us on the tour which included drinks but not food, and Levi was excellent. As soon as we drove away from town, it was clear that the island had been decimated by the hurricanes the previous year, as lots of debris around and rebuilding work going on Went to Champagne Reef to start which was just a pebble beach and didn't look promising, but we had gone to snorkel and Levi led us for an hour showing us different fish and corals, rather than just leaving us to swim around. LIke some sort of Disney film, the bubbles do come up in streams from the seabed for you to swim through all around you. We also went on to Titou Gorge which was used in one of the Pirates of the Carribean films, and swam through the gorge to the waterfall and climbed around the waterfall, and from there onto Trafalgar falls and various view points. This was probably our most unsettled weather of the trip, but didn't seem to matter as we were in the middle of a rainforest doing mainly water based activities Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Excellent Caribbean cruise.Great variety of destinations.The food was cooked to a high standard especially in peninsular resteraunt.Could not fault the waiter service anywhere. Cabin Steward outstanding. Although 3,500+ passengers ... Read More
Excellent Caribbean cruise.Great variety of destinations.The food was cooked to a high standard especially in peninsular resteraunt.Could not fault the waiter service anywhere. Cabin Steward outstanding. Although 3,500+ passengers the ship coped well except for lifts at disembarkation times. Entertainment staff average.Pulse band brilliant, Shouldn't put films in the studio because the seats are not layered enough to give a view of the screen when someone is sat in front of you. Lots of sunbeds,very clean and good décor. beautiful Atrium. Crystal lounge could have been used for more events than just ballroom dancing.But all the lounges had different but beautiful décor.Loved Brodies and the live lounge and you could get away from it all in the crows nest.Drinks service waiters were brilliant but obviously they are trained to try and sell as many drinks as possible. Drinks prices reasonable.All in all only minor problems and lots of variety giving something for all tastes but you will never please everyone, Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Enjoyable cruise but the Britannia fell short of expectations, not a patch on the Ventura. Too much of the ship is given to cabins so too many people and not enough space in the public areas. Buffet presentation, variety and ... Read More
Enjoyable cruise but the Britannia fell short of expectations, not a patch on the Ventura. Too much of the ship is given to cabins so too many people and not enough space in the public areas. Buffet presentation, variety and seating very disappointing. The select restaurants were very good though. The trips were good and well organised, we did Snorkelling/catamaran twice, eco trek on Grenada, River tubing on Dominica. We also did the afternoon tea I. The Epicurean restaurant but it was far too rich for us, eight cakes each and unlimited Tea Pigs brand tea. Gin tasting was fun, my wife doesn’t drink gin but was persuaded that she would like it afterwards, we’ll she still doesn’t and I had to drink all of hers too! That’s eight gins and I think six cocktails, plus another Plymouth gin that was going spare, a challenging day followed :) The onboard band Pulse were very good, we didn’t get to see many others though. Selling of onboard services became obtrusive at times although it was easy to get a drink when needed. I would not cruise on the food Britannia again due to the issues first mentioned. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: October 2018
My 1st cruise and my other halfs 2nd TA re-positioning cruise. The Britannia is a great ship,and we enjoyed our holiday the chance to wind down from work for several days before in the Caribbean was great. I found the ship to be very ... Read More
My 1st cruise and my other halfs 2nd TA re-positioning cruise. The Britannia is a great ship,and we enjoyed our holiday the chance to wind down from work for several days before in the Caribbean was great. I found the ship to be very clean and tidy, however I will say the colour pallate is a little on the neutral side and not to every ones taste. The inside of the ship, and central area is pleasant to spend time in, however we tended once the weather warmed up after Maderia to spend most of our time in the Sunset bar on the aft of the ship which was a pleasant spot. We booked for the 8.30 fixed dining, thinking this would free up more time in ports and we would be able to see the early shows/ entertainment. We were very disappointed that a lot of evenings there was no early 7pm shows only 8:30pm, (whilst we were dining) or 10:45pm. (Quite a while to wait after dinner). P&O to sort this out as it's quite unfair on those with the later dining choice. We did also try and see a late show at the live lounge, and found that there were no seats , as a lot of people had gathered there for the later disco. Our cabin steward looked after us well, our standard balcony cabin, was smart and the shower and storage walk in wardrobe larger than I expected, The balcony is a little narrow compared to some other ships we were moored next too. The food was generally good in the restaurant, but things were not always exactly as described. The food in the buffet got quite repetitive on a fortnight cruise. I think there needs to be a little more variety,very traditional very british fare. I was a little disappointed in the activities on offer, I enjoy my art and there were no art or craft sessions on board. Though lots of pub quizs. Personally I thought the sail away parties were a little bit brash especially the one in Antigua with Azura moored alongside us. We stayed for the 15 day cruise, having decided on the extra day in Barbados, and we felt like P&O basically ignored us with very little information on the last 2 days. People were sat around the ship with their carry on on day 14 it kind of felt like our holiday had already ended:( We did the land and sea tour in St Lucia which was excellent, gave a really good feel for the island, and we enjoyed the swim off the catamaran. In Antigua, we did a half day beach activity to Dickenson Bay, which was enjoyable despite the occasional rain Barbados on our 2nd day we did the farewell to Barbados tour which was nice to see with a few short stops and a bit of lunch. 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
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
I have always wanted to go to the Caribbean, My husband booked a Suite which was gorgeous and all the trappings you would expect including the butler!! We had an adventure a couple of days in with the Captain waking us to advise what was ... Read More
I have always wanted to go to the Caribbean, My husband booked a Suite which was gorgeous and all the trappings you would expect including the butler!! We had an adventure a couple of days in with the Captain waking us to advise what was going to happen as there was a medical emergency and we had to turn into the storm, I was thrilled , not for the poorly person but the excitement of being on a bouncy castle in the sea!! Husband on the other had was dealing with his sea sickness bands and other medication. anyway after that it was wonderful locations, celebrations, our silver anniversary was celebrated with flowers and Maderia. Then the best part 6 days at se, I celebrated my 60th with a hot stone massage something not to miss... It was a wonderful day with the bottle of champagne being cracked open. The islands were lovely, we had another emergency so never got to see St Vincent, I just hope that both people were ok. We left the ship in Barbadous our son had flown over with BA to meet us...a wonderful end to the holiday, which up until then had been great. then it was time to fly back!!!!!! Our son returned to his BA flight (he works for them) and we were cattle classes on to a horrendous Thomas Cook flight. We had paid over 8k for the suite with NO option to book any other airline. Words cannot be written of how awful the flight was..... but I will never fly again with Thomas Cook, crew were rude, and when I pointed, when we landed in LGW that there was 8 people waiting for assist and the manifest would have said so,the cabin manager Kevin who we had not seen all flight realised that maybe customer service was an attribute his staff did not have!! Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
I'm writing this review as my others in sections. Sailing from Southampton UK. Embarkation/Disembarkation. As with all of my other P&O cruises, P&O have got this to a fine art. I had to be out of my digs at 1200 and I ... Read More
I'm writing this review as my others in sections. Sailing from Southampton UK. Embarkation/Disembarkation. As with all of my other P&O cruises, P&O have got this to a fine art. I had to be out of my digs at 1200 and I arrived at Southampton Docks around 1300. My car was taken to a long-term car park (provided free by P&O) and I went into the main check-in hall. This hall is huge with literally hundreds of people waiting. There were dozens of P&O check-in people on one side and we all had a coloured card with letter for our times. My check-in time was 1530 so I had a while to wait. I eventually checked in at 1500 and was onboard by 1530. I will say that there wasn't any refreshments available in the hall so if you're a bit hungry/thirsty, you'd have to wait till you're onboard or bring something with you. In a first, when I did get to my cabin, my bags were already there. On my last years cruise (also on Britannia) I had one bag there but the other I didn't get till around 2200-and this was after a "heated" discussion at reception. Disembarkation was very easy. I'm a "walk off". Thats someone who can carry their own bags with them. Walk-offs have to be off the ship between 0700 & 0800 (you have to be out of your cabin by 0800 anyway). I picked up my car and I was on my way home by 0830. Demographics. Exclusively British. I didn't hear any other accents onboard apart from the crew. As we travelled outside of the school holidays, there wasn't many families-and the ones that were had pre-school kids under five years old. The average age of the passengers I estimate to be middle age or a little higher-exactly what I expected. I was on another P&O ship in the Easter holidays in 2017 with around 400 kids. This was a nightmare with screaming kids running amok all over the place-but this time we had peace and quiet. The ship and it's crew. The vast majority of the ships crew are either Fillipino or Indian with the officers either British or European. All of the crew are extremely helpful and nothing is too much trouble. The ship itself is another story. Britannia is now three years old and is beginning to show her age. Carpets are looking worn and there are paint chips all over the place. The outside paintwork is starting to show rust patches and the general feel of the ship says that it's had a hard life. I've been told that Britannia is going for a full refit in October 2019-and I have to say that it's about time. I will add that the crew kept the ship spotless for the entire cruise with all of the public areas and toilets clinically clean. My stewardess-Gladys-kept my cabin perfect all the time (and she got a generous tip from me). Food and drink. I was on select dining (in the Peninsular restaurant) and had my evening meal at 1830. I was on a table of 9-all solo travellers. The food on offer was excellent and I can't fault it at all. Our waiters were very attentive-although I will say that sometimes they wanted to rush things along a bit-but they did have another sitting at 2030. The daily menus were a little underwhelming on occasion with fish and chicken being the dominant ingredient. We did have (Michelin starred chef) Marco Pierre White onboard for this trip and his menu one night was fantastic. Mr. White's Beef Wellington was superb. The Horizon Buffet on Lido deck was also very good. Breakfasts were usually "Full English" but there were other options including cereals, smoked fish, fruit, muffins/Danish (for breakfast?), yogurts...The list is almost endless. Lunch and dinner were equally as good with wide selection each day. There were themed menus too-curry night, British Pub Lunch, Italian. Again, the list is too long. As to alcohol...Thats another story. As with every other P&O review I've written, I still say that P&O are overcharging the passengers for alcohol. P&O claim that they charge pub prices. Not from my point of view they don't. Pints were around £3.95 to £4.50 with premium bottles (330ml) around the same price. In my regular pub, I pay £3.25 or a pint and if I go to my local Wetherspoons (to non-British readers, Wetherspoons is a major UK pub chain) I pay around £2.50 for a pint. So, no P&O are not charging pub prices. It's about time cruise companies lowered their alcohol prices and I'm certain that their passengers would appreciate it. Our route. We visited (in this order) La Coruna (Spain), Madeira, The Canary Islands-Las Palmas/Tenerife/Gran Canaria and Lisbon (Portugal). The weather was quite good all the time with temperatures in the mid-to-high 20'sC-sometimes in the low 30'sC. I did several trips in most of the ports (all official P&O excursions). Sightseeing in La Coruna, Volcanoes in Las Palmas and Tenerife and a coffee plantation on Gran Canaria. In Madeira and Lisbon I did my own thing just having a walk around. NOTE. If you do your own thing in ports of call and you miss the sailaway, the ship will not wait for your return. It will then be your own responsibility to get to the next port at your own expense. If, on the other hand, you take an official P&O excursion and you're delayed, the ship will wait for your return. Entertainment. There was the usual in-house troupe "Headliners" doing shows in the main theatre. There was also several guest singers/tribute acts and in the Limelight Club we had Claire Sweeney (UK actress/singer), Cheryl Baker-formerly of Bucks Fizz and a couple of others. I did hear reports of the "Headliners" not being too good but as I didn't attend any shows, I can't comment. Brodies had the usual pub quizzes, kareoke, live football matches (thats soccer to non-British readers). We also had Professor Peter Roberts-a retired archeologist who gave a series of lectures on volcanoes in The Canary Islands and others. The Professors lectures were very interesting but sadly not well attended. P&O need to get more people like Professor Roberts. Observations. All of the passengers were very friendly but...In the buffet one day (a late breakfast) I bumped into one of my fellow diners-an elderly lady who had a fall the day before. She had a very nasty black eye, stiches in her lip and severe bruising ot her left arm. I was enquiring as to her health when an elderly guy with a tray of food shouted "EXCUSE ME!". Just before this, someone had dropped a tray of food and drink and one of the crew was clearing it up. I couldn't move backwards or sideways to accomodate this bloke and he again shouted "EXCUSE ME!". Then he just barged his way through almost pushing people out of his way. I reacted to this bloke by shouting "YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHOUT!". This he ignored. I again repeated "YOU DON'T HAVE TO SHOUT!" but again this was ignored. By this time I had around 200 to 300 people watching. I will admit to not being a "people person" but this was just plain ignorant. Also on our dinner table there was an elderly lady with a southern (London or south coast) accent. She claimed to be travelling with "a friend" but we never met this friend and the lady said her friend preferred to dine at her own time. Why would two people travelling together not be dining together? Anyway, this lady thought that she was better than the rest of us and talked down to us all the time. She was also quite rude when she did talk to us but I had to bite my lip as I was in polite company. She didn't attend on a couple of nights and we all breathed a sigh of relief. I hope that I don't meet her again as I don't think I could hold back with comments about her atttitude. Overall, this was a good cruise but as I have been to some of the ports we visited on previous cruises, it did get slightly boring. Going on cruises does give you the chance to visit several countries on one holiday and you get to meet new people-but as the ships go to the same places all the time, it's getting difficult to find something new. I'm going to the Caribbean (again) in 2019 but I'l be looking further afield for 2020. I'm already looking at India or the Far East. As a solo traveller, it's not cheap do do cruises. I really want to visit Australia/New Zealand but as I'm a solo traveller, the costs are still far too high for my budget. The daily charge (£7 per person per day over 12 years old) was still in force on this cruise. This could be removed by filling in a form at reception. BUT as of May 2019, P&O are abolishing this charge-and about time too. This daily charge is VERY unpolpular and everyone I spoke to had removed the charge. It's about time all of the cruise companies stopped doing this. These trips are expensive enough without cruise companies taking more money out of your pocket. Conclusions. The ship-a bit tatty and in need of a refit. The crew-excellent. Food & drink-again excellent but I maintain that the beer prices are far too high. Our intinerary-ok but as I wrote above, I've been to some of the countries already. Marks out of 10? I'll give this eight out of ten. I've knocked off a couple of points for too high beer prices and the ship looking a bit tatty. I would recommend Britannia to first-timers and seasoned cruisers-but wait for the refit in October 2019. Read Less
Britannia Ratings
Category Editor Member
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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