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15 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
Arrived at the port 1 hour before our allocated slot and waited in a line of cars for about 30 minutes the cases were taken to the ship and we then went into the embarkation area where it took another 30 minutes to be given our boarding ... Read More
Arrived at the port 1 hour before our allocated slot and waited in a line of cars for about 30 minutes the cases were taken to the ship and we then went into the embarkation area where it took another 30 minutes to be given our boarding card. Our cases arrive 15 minutes after we arrived in our cabin,so it was about 1. 1/2 hours to board. Could not fault the cabin which was on deck d with a small balcony which was ok for sitting out to have a drink or catch some sun.the ship was very clean and all the furniture and carpets were in very good condition.the service from the people who cleaned your cabin to serving you drinks or food was as good as any ship we have cruised on and a lot better in most cases. We went for breakfast most mornings where we would have our evening meal which was the peninsular. The breakfasts were very good and the evening meals were varied and some good some not so good.eating 3 meals a day and drinking a few beers in between takes a lot of effort when you only have 1 decent meal a day at home. We watched eric and ernei in the twilight club (£22) with 3 course meal and well worth every penny. Most evenings just found somewhere to sit and relax and have chat with other passengers(lots of young familys with children)who were all well behaved. The one complaint we would have was the disembarkation and embarkation of the ship at the ports of call which were slow and not very well organized. Read Less
20 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
I sailed with my Mum a few years ago on the Oceana and had a terrific, two-week Med cruise. The food was fantastic and we spent a fortune in the shops. There were a few things to do on sail days and I went to some very interesting talks. ... Read More
I sailed with my Mum a few years ago on the Oceana and had a terrific, two-week Med cruise. The food was fantastic and we spent a fortune in the shops. There were a few things to do on sail days and I went to some very interesting talks. Embarkation was worse this time - huge groups of us herded like cattle, when last time we had a friendly welcome and practically strolled on board. The cabin was fine - we were inside - but we were located quite far from each other on the same deck, not even on the same side of the ship. The room was clean enough but the shower smelled of wee and there were quite a few scuff marks on the wall. The design of the ship is a bit discombobulating and I really missed the way that you could stroll around the Oceana, particularly the nice promenade. We found the 'Quiet Zone' with its own pool, which was pleasant enough if a bit shabby. Beyond it was 'The Retreat', a first class seating space which no one seemed to be using. You had to pay a premium to use it but I was never told how much or what it involved. You always get a sense with P&O that they are grubbing for your money but this was the worst I could imagine. Everything nice cost extra. Most of the 'events' were trying to sell you something - detox potions, precious stones, acupuncture etc. We had one speaker - a former press secretary to the Queen - and he was interesting but had to keep to a strict time limit for some reason. There were no other speakers. The rest was incredibly cut rate. The worst was the food. The Horizon buffet was the standard of a work canteen - I am not kidding or exaggerating here. There was very little fresh food and a lot was frozen and reheated snack stuff. Trays of those breaded jalapenos with cream cheese in them are an example. Hardly any vegetarian/healthy food. The assumption seemed to be that we were Brits so we just wanted chips and burgers or boiled beef and carrots. However, this trip was mostly youngish pensioners and a lot of them were clearly trying to look after themselves - lots of people trying to make up a healthy breakfast and get some salad for lunch. By the end of the trip the tomatoes had wrinkly skin and were really unattractive. The evening meal (we had freedom dining, which was friendly and convenient) was better but you can get a better standard of food in any posh pub in the UK. And how about some new tastes? Some adventurous dishes? This isn't a great area for P&O to be penny pinching in. We paid just over £1,000 each because we had single rooms and definitely didn't get our money's worth. What's the point of gala evenings etc. when nothing's particularly special? So nice food was extra, as were all the drinks. The shops were mostly designer/high end, which were virtually empty, contrasted with grubby 'sales' of cheap designer knock-offs every evening. Quite depressing. One general shop with lots of souvenirs and one small set of shelves for useful things like sanitary towels and paracetamol. In general, the entertainment was fine. There is only one act in the Headliners every evening - no choice there - and it's a 45 minute show, which was fine for us. There are a few music events around the ship - we caught a really lovely vocalist almost by accident one evening. The other entertainment you have to pay £22 a head for. Most nights at the Headliners it was the in-house entertainment, and this was hit-and-miss. Generally quite good, although I did walk out when they did a panto-style show and the cast did an act as dwarves in a way that was almost ridiculously offensive. I have a friend with dwarfism and I just thought... no. Not in the 21st Century. Mum didn't want to see the in-house singers by the end because they all sounded the same. She was right. They also looked the same. No one had any personal or distinctive style. The other entertainment was a couple of finalists in Britain's Got Talent, a James Galway impersonator, a Lionel Ritchie impersonator. Not the fun range we had on the Oceana and I refused to pay an extra £22 for something different. Also, for some reason, there was a ridiculous amount of patriotic stuff, particularly a lot of singing of the National Anthem and English songs. I don't remember this before - on the Oceana it was mostly just fun music - but it formed a big part of the last show and the sailaway parties. Was this some sort of new Brexit cruise?! Or am I only carping because we are Welsh and we were the worst represented in terms of themic music? Not sure!! I would have used the spa if I'd had more time. It was quite expensive and we were given the hard sell on the hydrotherapy suite. It looked nice, but they wanted us to pay £200 to use it for the week - a discount for two. We balked at the cost but I found out later that we could have gone for £25 for the day. And, yes, the lifts were awful, but they were awful on the Oceana too if I recall. And paying staff 75p an hour and making them work long hours impacts on their morale and impacts on us as well. If I had to listen to another sad story about how someone has been at sea for seven months and haven't seen their children... it's depressing and you feel guilty to be taking a holiday while the people who are serving you are miserable. You must be making so much money - couldn't you give a bit to the staff? So, in summary, I think P&O should really think about the way they treat us as cash cows to be herded around without much thought to how we are feeling. A cruise should feel like a special event, not Butlins on Sea. Read Less
22 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2016
We were 1st time P & O cruiser’s although not cruise newbies on this 7 night Norwegian Fjords trip on their flagship, Britannia. We were a little worried having read many mixed reviews of the ship but having been on ten previous ... Read More
We were 1st time P & O cruiser’s although not cruise newbies on this 7 night Norwegian Fjords trip on their flagship, Britannia. We were a little worried having read many mixed reviews of the ship but having been on ten previous cruises we are also wise enough to know that people rate things in a different way and there will always be some people not happy with something (in some cases not happy with anything). Having not got home from work until almost midnight on the 8th it proved a wise decision that we had booked the train to Southampton. We boarded a train at Wigan North Western at 6:08am and were on the tube in London two hours later changing stations for Southampton. A taxi ride and at the port well before 11am expecting a long wait to our allotted time but after a short wait they started to take luggage and allow guests upstairs to await boarding. This was quite quick and we were done in less than 20 minutes however an alarm on the air bridge meant an enforced wait in the lounge whilst it was attended to. We were still on board just after 12noon and in the Horizon buffet for what for us was brunch. We enjoyed this and were one pf perhaps the first 500 or so on board. After lunch we went to see if our cabin was ready and not only ready but our luggage was waiting so we unpacked. As a late booking and a “bonus” holiday this year we had taken an inside guaranteed cabin and found ourselves on deck 14 cabin B245 and very clean and awaiting it was. Domnic, our cabin steward was attentive but not over fussy with us, just as we like. The cabins are a little bland but you don’t spend hours in them other than when asleep. Possibly a little smaller than other ships but adequate, the bathroom/shower etc. was excellent, plenty clothes hanging space etc. There was also plenty storage for cases under the bed. We then went on a walk of discovery as we had a good while before sail away and basically found everywhere we would need for our week on board. Some of the layout is not really to our liking, certainly not having a promenade deck is a big miss but we were still as excited to set sail on our first P & O Cruise as we had on our very first cruise a good few years ago. Evacuation drill was efficient and we pictured ourselves with a selfie in the life jackets hoping that would be the last time we needed them. Sail away was good if a little late but we stood on top as we sailed down the Solent to the awaiting English Channel. Now one thing I am not over pleased with is the fact that on the last minute saver fare you have allocated seating at dinner, we prefer flexibility; after all it is your holiday. We had been allocated 2nd sitting in the Oriental Restaurant but that night having looked at the menu chose to eat in the Horizon once more and again enjoyable. Dinner over we went to see what happens at night on the ship before going to the later show, featuring the P & O cast. They were all good and although no one stood out as a star they were all accomplished and you could see they were enjoying their performance for us. We ate in the dining room on a mixed 6 although never more than four of us on several nights and a couple more times in the buffet. We did not use the specialist restaurants. The choice was a little more limited than our past cruises on Celebrity or Holland America but adequate although I would say although the steak was OK it was certainly not the standard of US ships. The Horizon was nice but not all meals were hot enough in my mind and the layout was a little strange but we coped well enough. Breakfast for us is a simple affair but we also saw a great amount of cooked breakfast being eaten by the mainly UK based passenger company. AS I say not the best but better than adequate in our minds. My dear wife had a few G & T’s from the good selection in the Crow’s Nest Bar (or Crowbar as she renamed it one night!). I will say the drinks are far cheaper than US ships and no 18% automatic gratuities either! We enjoyed the various bars and other entertainment venues avoiding the karaoke like the plague. The entertainment was very good, an aging Jimmy James could still sing well and all the others were of decent standard. We did not check out the Limelight entertainment as you had to pay for dinner with this option. The house band, Pulse was very good and a three girl singing group called The Gramophones were also good entertainment. They have renamed the Cruise Director as the Entertainments Manager and she and her staff were proficient and worked hard We did enjoy a couple of sail away’s and it was nice to be part of the Rule Britannia brigade singing patriotically on top of the ship as we left Stavanger, we really don’t do enough of this in the new age of political correctness and it was good to see it alive and well. . We enjoyed all port stops and although it was wet in Bergen and cool for July in other ports. We did not use any of the ship trips and made our own way without spending lots of money. We enjoyed all ports on this trip with Aalesund again possibly the highlight. Disembarkation was first class, and we were back at the station long before out 10:20 train. The trip home was more arduous with Cross Country trains deeming a four car service sufficient to go from Southampton to Manchester Piccadilly and it was packed all the way with many standing and a total lack of space for larger pieces pf luggage. Would we go again, yes to Norway most certainly, would we try P & O again, yes we would, Celebrity remain our favourite but we enjoyed this and would try again possibly on a different ship to get a broader view of P & O as a cruise line. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We booked B617 as our honeymoon cruise and decided to also do B618 so friends could join us for the final two nights. If you want to see our video, its here: https://youtu.be/xbi-HNqxKLk We have done several short cruises before, so ... Read More
We booked B617 as our honeymoon cruise and decided to also do B618 so friends could join us for the final two nights. If you want to see our video, its here: https://youtu.be/xbi-HNqxKLk We have done several short cruises before, so know what to expect from P&O but after reading the reviews for Britannia we were slightly worried, but prepared to make the most of it. I'll base this review mostly on the main cruise and will touch on the differences we noticed between B617 and B618 at the end. Embarkation & Disembarkation (and Change over day): We arrived earlier than we were supposed to and it was busy in Ocean Terminal. We were given our lettered card and sat patiently waiting to be called, check in was smooth and efficient as was security. We still managed to get on before our allotted time – as P&O say they are not going to make you wait but will give priority to those that turn up early. So all good. Change over day we just collected our new cruise cards from reception and had a wonder around the ship – by midday everything was open as normal again, so that wasn’t too bad. We also didn’t have to do Muster Drill again – bonus! First impressions of the ship: Wow! We love the décor and the star burst in the atrium was amazing – everything so clean and fresh. Many say there appears to be no atmosphere in the Atrium - but we don’t agree with that, we loved it! We found the ship quite easy to navigate considering its size. There lack of midship stairs didn’t really bother us too much as we were close to the forward ones. The lifts are another story, or should I say the people using them! People would not look at which direction the lift was going and would get in one to go up and come back down, or worse still, give up and get out early or give up waiting and the lift would then stop for no reason. We did try to avoid them but sometimes its nice to be lazy. The pools were all open and clean, the main pool area was always busy, the quiet zone was a bit better. There was loads of sunbeds but I could imagine the best ones would fill up quick on a sea day somewhere hot and sunny. The aft decks were dirty and sooty even though they were cleaning them often – this is the only let down we could really find. There were flakes of soot – thankfully it was not an area we needed to visit often, just when having a little walk. I hope P&O have plans to resolve this somehow..?! Cabin: We were in F104 (F/9th deck, forward, HE grade, Balcony with Shower but without sofa). The cabin was light and airy, with good décor. There was a large TV, one bedside cabinet and tea and coffee making facilities. The hairdryer was nice and powerful and the fridge did a good job at keeping our wine cool. The balconies were apmle for us – smaller than other ships but we could both comfortably sit out there. It had 2 chairs and a table with doors each side that could be opened if you also had the cabin next door. There was lots of hanging space and a further cupboard with the safe in it between the bathroom and bedroom. They have the new lifejackets that have a strap that go between your legs, so practice before you go down to muster! The bathroom was clean and the shower was great too – with the glass door. The shower is bigger than our cube shower at home! Our cabin steward was Ayjay who worked hard and always had our room made up when we were out, bought us clean wine glasses daily and even organised things like an ice bucket and extra Champagne glasses for us when we had friends coming onboard – best steward we have met so far. Stewards you would walk past in the hall always give a hello and were friendly. We did find there was some vibrations during docking and also when the anchor was being dropped, but this was expected and as we were always up around 7am this was ok. Food: We dined in the Epicurean on the first night – the food and service in there was excellent. We also had Eric Lanlards afternoon tea here on a sea day but unfortunately it was far too sweet tasting for us, not something we would do again. We also tried Atul Kochhar Sindhu, again excellent food and cocktails. For breakfast we used Room service – this was very good and was delivered on time. We also had the hot breakfast in the MDR, the P&O breakfast was delicious. Our main dining room was the Meridian, as we were freedom dining we were always given a page for a table of 2, but by the time we were coming to the end of our drink we were getting called to dinner, perfect timing. Service and food in there was up to the usual P&O standard, very happy with it. We ventured in the Horizon a few times, could be a bit chaotic in there but the food was good. Midnight snacks here were also excellent. Handwashing facilities were operational with maybe only 1 or 2 taps not working but staff were on standby with hand gel or requesting you washed your hands. We looked at the Grab and Go, the selection looked good but didn’t try it. The burgers and hot dogs from the Lido Grill were very tasty, we had a lunchtime snack there a few times. We also enjoyed Afternoon tea in the Oriental – give me a constant supply of tea and I'm happy. During B617 we ordered 2 platters of Canapés to be delivered after muster on B618 as a welcome to our friends – these were mostly fish based and some of them were huge- tasty and well worth the £11 per platter (each platter served 4). Bars and Entertainment: We didn’t really go to see shows as this is not out cup of tea. We did pop our head in the Live Louge to see Badness and the Ventriloquist but they were too hot and busy for us, guess you need to be there early and not 10 minutes after they start as was in our case. The service in all the bars was excellent, though we did find you often had to ask for a menu, especially in the crows nest - no real bother though. I tried to work my way through the Gin menu in the crows nest, really liked it up there. While waiting for our pager to go off we would visit the Blue Bar as this was close by and had a really good feel about it. Quite a bit of time was spent in the Glass House. We had a few wine flights and food pairings. We also did a wine tasting here with Albert, he was excellent – we don't know much about wine so we did learn a lot from that midday session. The cost of this was £15 with 5 small glasses of wine and nibbles - about 2 hours long. That night Albert spent time with us talking some more about wine and trying to convert us in to Red wine drinkers (we always stick with the same old white wines) - he was excellent. A good tip: if you want to try a wine just ask for a taster and they will give you a tiny glass to try it, no need to be scared of trying a new wine there! Brodies also has a wide selection of Beers for thouse who don’t like the grape. Spa We took out a spa pass, £199 for both of us for the first 7 nights. Wasn’t worth it to be honest as we could have just had a day pass or two, but saying that had they sold out and not made day passes available (as we have had happen) would have been disappointed. The facilities within the spar were good, a hydro pool, hot beds, water beds, Sauna, 3 mood showers, a light sauna and a steam room. Only improvement would be maybe complimentary tea and coffee Retreat We spent one day here, £25 per person – after climbing 550m mountain we took full advantage of jacuzzi and bar service. Snacks and afternoon tea are also available up here. On a summer cruise, I would guess It's well worth the money to guarantee a sunbed and get away from the busy areas. On our port day, there was less than a dozen of us up there. Now, to finish off, I will return to the back to back aspect of the cruise. During B617 we had an amazing time and loved the ship, but once on B618 – the atmosphere completely changed. It was a party cruise, so that was expected but you could sense the staff were tired and rushed, they just were not as attentive as they were on the 7 nighter. The real let down on this was the guests! Stags and Hens, some who had no respect for the staff or Ship (c'mon, we even caught some guy about to urinate in the main pool area behind one of the fake leafy walls – think we got his attention quick enough so he didn’t!) - so because of this, we would never do a 2 night cruise on Britannia again. So overall, an amazing ship that exceeded our expectations – we would do it again tomorrow if we could! For those that have doubts about Britannia, don’t - just go with an open mind and you will love it! Read Less
16 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
We chose this ship because our 15 year old grandson is disabled and is wheelchair dependant. We chose a disabled suite and it met with all our expectations. Nine members of our family came on this cruise, including three young ... Read More
We chose this ship because our 15 year old grandson is disabled and is wheelchair dependant. We chose a disabled suite and it met with all our expectations. Nine members of our family came on this cruise, including three young grandchildren, aged from 4 -7 years. Brittania was outstanding and had something to suit all age groups. From kids club to teen club to suit our fifteen year old grandson. We hardly saw him on this cruise as he met up with lots of other teenagers. They made him feel so included. Food was exceptional, from the Horizon restuarant to the Meridian and Penisular restaurants. Staff worked tirelessly to ensure that passengers enjoyed themselves. They were so polite and professional, well done. The decor was classy, not brash like, especially some cruise ships. Our suite was outstanding and had everything to suit the needs of our grandson. We would certainly go on another Brittania cruise. Read Less
17 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
After reading various poor reports on Britannia we embarked with some reservations, however we need not have worried. Although embarkation was very busy we were boarded quickly without any problems. All cabins were ready when we ... Read More
After reading various poor reports on Britannia we embarked with some reservations, however we need not have worried. Although embarkation was very busy we were boarded quickly without any problems. All cabins were ready when we boarded at 1.30pm. We always opt for an inside cabin as we spend very little time in there and were pleasantly surprised with the new layout of the cabin, seemed a lot more space and the glass shower door much better than the old style curtains. This ship itself although very large never seemed over crowded and the new style buffet lay out worked much better. Loved the grab and go lunch option as well. We visited the Limelight Club to see Darren Day which was very good value. We did not use any other fine dining venues as we were more than impressed with the menu and service in the Meridian Restaurant. Yes sometimes service was very quick, a little too fast at times, one night we went in later and it was a tad slow, but it was nothing to complain about. The Headliners (called Britannia Show Cast) were superb with all new shows for Britannia only. Other shows were equally as good, The Brit Tones were fabulous but P & O need to update/replace the likes of the Dusty Springfield tribute act which has been on just about every cruise we've done. Likewise the sailaways need either ditching altogether or a huge revamp. Although we don't dance we do sometimes like to sit and watch others in the ballroom but the dance instructors were very young and seemed to struggle interacting with the guests, there was no encouragement or inviting people up to dance with them unlike others we have seen. It was a real shame because the Crystal Room is lovely and the girl who was singing was very good. They just sat at the side of the dance floor and apart from a few 'displays' took no real part in the evenings dancing. All in all we fully and enjoyed the cruise, however we had done all the ports of call before and would like to see P&O introduce some new ports to their itinerary. One little thing. We booked late on a saver deal and did not expect to be 'allowed' to uses shuttle buses without being charged. However we used a couple of them and although others had some form of 'ticket' to say they were entitled to use them FOC everyone was waved on regardless. As this is supposed to be one of the perks of early booking it obviously isn't enforced or even known bothered about by the port staff. Maybe not every ones first choice for their own reasons but we totally enjoyed Britannia. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
This ship felt spacious modern & comfortable. It is extremely stable you really dont feel like your moving. It has several swimming pools the main area is best suited to familys as it has loud music playing not to our taste more aimed ... Read More
This ship felt spacious modern & comfortable. It is extremely stable you really dont feel like your moving. It has several swimming pools the main area is best suited to familys as it has loud music playing not to our taste more aimed at younger people . even so we didnt feel heavy rock music was appropriate for sunbathing. We liked the serenity pool at deck 17 this area has all the dedicated sun worshipper needs . Sun lounges, comfy couches, a bar, a pool that has a disabled hoist tho we never saw it used. The deck 16 restaurnt is nicely furnished with booths, tables to suit couples and larger groups, it is spacious , kept spotless by hard working waiters. If you dont want to eat inside theres always grab n go on the pool deck that has sandwiches and prepacked salads which are delicious. The group Pulse are really good and they can be found most nights in the live lounge. the Brittania show group (headiners theatre company) did 3 amazing shows, we were blown away. but also disappointed that in 12 nights they only did the 3 shows we'd have liked more. Amongst the visiting acts were a couple of good comedians.They now have dinner theatre where you play £22 for a meal n entertainment Darren Day appeared here. to us it seemed like just another way to make an extra few bob out of the passengers. Food in the main restaurants was a bit hit n miss. The steak wasnt the best quality, food was sometimes a touch cold and veg was deffo lightly cooked.The soups were fab and we did enjoy most of our meals. On Freedom dining we met lots of lovely people. Its a big ship with no staircases in the centre which led to some frustration with lifts. We thought it was a huge mistake not to have stairs as it would have eased the queues. We really liked Brittania and will deffo go back sometime in the future. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
I surrendered to the pleas of my two young grandsons to go on "Britannia", despite my fears of the ship being too big and crowded. My fears were unfounded and I was delighted to say that the ship, because of her size, was one of ... Read More
I surrendered to the pleas of my two young grandsons to go on "Britannia", despite my fears of the ship being too big and crowded. My fears were unfounded and I was delighted to say that the ship, because of her size, was one of the least congested that I have cruised aboard. I made a bad mistake in booking a cabin on "A" deck, directly beneath the Lido Deck. Light sleepers beware, during the night the crew move the hundreds of sunbeds around to hose down and clean the deck. For those trying to sleep in the deck below it sounds like a clog dance festive. The Atrium I liked, it was the heart of the ship, a place to meet or take a comfy chair and people watch. It did not double up as a tiny dance floor or daytime lecture room, where nothing is heard because of the noise. The ship's plush décor is devoid of any nautical ambiance, gone are the paintings of old company ships and models or maritime memorabilia. It is as if the company is trying to convince you that you are not at sea, but in the "Britannia Hilton". Gone too is the glorious Prom Deck, which seems to be the casualty on most of the new goliaths. The theatre had some awesome gizmos, but perhaps these were overdone. The resident singer/dancers were not the "Headliners", but the talented "Kudos" troupe. Their first show, "Once upon a time", with the famous spider was excellent. Thereafter I thought they relied more upon LED screens and science than the art of song and dance. I have witnessed the "Headliners" receive standing ovations using the simplest of sets. The bar stewards appear to have been thankfully barred from the theatre, so that 15 minutes into a performance, my enjoyment is not marred by the fellow in front ordering a round of drinks for all his cronies. The Peninsular restaurant décor was pleasantly sober, with no wow factor, and neither was there any in the mediocre fare served there. Way above in the Horizon Buffet I liked the smaller, more private table arrangements. Gone were the proliferation of large semi circular tables, where you could enjoy a delicate breakfast and be joined by a couple who believed that you had designed and owned the ship, and blasted your ears with all its shortcomings. The new "Grab and GO" locker, dispensing excellent sandwiches and mousses, is something that is needed on every ship in the fleet. Although there was a quiet pool area up forward, we chose to set up camp and relax on the rattan sofas in the shade of the Sun Deck, and still be able to keep an eye on the little ones in the Lido Deck twin pools. Sadly the ship's philosophy was that unless you had to shout to be heard you were not enjoying yourself. So many a blissful afternoon was spoilt by continuous loud music being beamed around the deck. Thump thump THUMP. The ship was very clean. Despite being accommodated midships and thus obliged to use the central lifts just to go up one deck to the Lido/Horizon (no stairs available), we encountered few problems summoning lifts. Would I sail on "Britannia" again? Although not my favourite ship, if the circumstances were right "Yes", providing not on "A" deck, that the chef watches TV's "Masterchef" and Tracy Clegg, although you are a great Entertainment Manager, please turn the volume down a couple of notches. Would my grandsons cruise on her again? They want to live on her. Thank you Reef Rangers. Read Less
13 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2016
Just back from a fantastic cruise on Britannia to the western med. for 12 nights. We booked this last year and, as we knew all the ports well, had no intention of getting off much. We actually only got off twice - in Lisbon and Cartegena ... Read More
Just back from a fantastic cruise on Britannia to the western med. for 12 nights. We booked this last year and, as we knew all the ports well, had no intention of getting off much. We actually only got off twice - in Lisbon and Cartegena - and were gone only an hour or so at both. However, all of the ports are great and well worth either a guided tour with P&O or a walk on your own. We had fantastic weather - between 29 and 35 degrees centigrade most of the time. Britannia is a wonderful ship - very modern interior and very classy. We were on her in her maiden season last year and she is still as wonderful. Embarkation was excellent (as was disembarkation) and, in fact, we were the first on board and got an amazing welcome. We had a Suite at the rear of the ship on B deck - I have to say probably the best one! No roof to the balcony, which is great for getting masses of sunshine in summer. It's about 3 times as deep as the balconies on the side (we had one on the side last year) and has 2 loungers, a small side table, a table for eating at with 2 chairs and also a 2 seater settee with cushions and a low table for drinks etc. The settee was a wonderful addition which we've never experienced having before and we enjoyed many evenings on it watching the port slip away, or gazing up at the stars (when other people didn't have their balcony lights on that is!). We did book a table in the Club Dining rest., but only went 3 times and in the end cancelled it. We went to every other venue, some twice, and therefore didn't need it. Next time we will book Freedom Dining. It is definitely worth trying the alternative dining venues at least once. We did have a magical evening watching the sunset having dinner in the Beach House, as well as one in the Glass House watching a red sun 'melt' in to the sea. We went to see 'Eric and Ern' in the Limelight Club and thoroughly enjoyed it. They were excellent and well worth the money. We don't go to Shows etc, but did hear the duo (Matt & Sarah) and the cocktail pianist (Duke Alexander - hello if you read this!) and they were both excellent. We used the Retreat again, and noticed a small change. They no longer do hot food at lunchtime. However, the breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea selections are good. The Retreat is a lovely area to be in and is certainly worth the extra money. It would probably be worth booking the Retreat for the whole cruise if you had a side balcony in summer as the balconies may not get as much sun as it's so high in the sky. We only used it once this time as our balcony got so much sun anyway. The staff, as always, were wonderful, and we met a number that we knew which is always nice. We only managed to get through a few of the gins in the Crow's Nest, but did manage to try the new ones they have, which were very nice. Maybe others can do better! Overall a magical time and can't wait to get back on her! 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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