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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
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2018
My husband and I travelled with our 5year old son. Embarkation was very good. We got on much earlier than our allocated slot and the bags already outside our cabin. The cruise demographic was largely retirees. With just under 100 under ... Read More
My husband and I travelled with our 5year old son. Embarkation was very good. We got on much earlier than our allocated slot and the bags already outside our cabin. The cruise demographic was largely retirees. With just under 100 under 18s on board. This was largely fine but the ships design caused major issues. There were lots of people who needed to use the lifts due to mobility issues and the lifts were fairly small so one mobility scooter plus 4 people. Not a problem we would happily take the stairs but non mid ship by our cabin so we had to walk to forward to walk down the stairs to double back - made even trickier when you couldn’t walk the length of the ship on many floors. The kids club was fantastic and the staff great. But we often felt that the cruise was designed for kids to be kept in the kids club out the way. There was really nothing for them in the main ship. The only kid friendly film they did show during the 2 weeks was on a port day. And the only child friendly show on the last night. We ate in the meridian restraint twice. Service very slow. Kids menu had no starter and on both ovcassions brought out between our starter and main so we never ate together. We stuck to the buffet mainly. The staff were fantastic there, knew our little boys name, and always chatted to him and us. After two visits to Meridian we used the glass house on formal nights. By far the high light area for us. The staff there are amazing special shout out to nem and Koran. Nothing was too much trouble, the food was great for a small cover charge. The staff in the glass house are an absolute asset to p&o. There needs to be more inclusive places to eat. The buffet and main dining rooms were the only places inside. The grab and go and pizza/ burger places were on the open deck so no use later on or in bad weather. Recreate this by ditching the market place cafe which atm is a complete waste of space. Also don’t get the ice cream card. It’s limited to one machine which closes at 6 and again located on the main deck. Was annoyed at the trip to Lorro Park. Paid the child price for our son but when we got there found out our son would have got in free. Said this to excutsion team wouldn’t give any refund. V poor service. We mainly did our own excursions so much easier, better value and more flexible. Husband did the behind the scenes tour which he said was amazing. Pools were nice and not too cold. Nice size for the kids to play in. British sail away party fantastic. The entertainment team work amazingly hard and talented. The guy in charge could easily host his own chat show. What I will say for p&o is they look after you when things go wrong. During the first few days we had one detour to enable Spanish coastguard to airlift off one passager, 2 further medical emergency calls the next night followed by speeding up the boat to get to port 6 hours early so one person could be taken off the boat as they weren’t suitable for an airlift. Apparently 10 people were removed by ambulance. I understamd p&o pick up the associated costs and provide support personnel on shore. P&o still seem very fixated on the older cruisers with a nod towards families. This is not a sustainable business model though it won’t be long before the last final salary pension is paid and those with disposable incomes will be the families they are not really catering for. Also got fed up of constant sell esp by the photographers. No I don’t want a photo when I’m in the middle of my food. I have a good camera. Most of the pictures we took ourselves were better tbh. Overall nice ship, some design faults mainly rabbit warren/lack of midship stairs design. Generally great staff. Too much hard sell. Needs to be more family friendly outside of the kids club. Royal Caribbean do this much better. Disembarkation. Good. 25 min from leaving our seats on the ship, to getting in our car. Fantastic organisation. Cases easy to locate and plenty of trollies. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: April 2018
This was our second cruise after the Arcadia last year. This was definitely a step up in quality of food and overall wow factor of the ship. Yes there is a bit of getting used to which lifts to use to get down to your required deck but ... Read More
This was our second cruise after the Arcadia last year. This was definitely a step up in quality of food and overall wow factor of the ship. Yes there is a bit of getting used to which lifts to use to get down to your required deck but that's offset by enjoying the beautiful interior decor and ambience. We cruised to the Madeira and the Canaries. I must admit to being quite surprised as to the ship's rolling in not very heavy seas. These modern floating hotels are more for the generalcalmer waters of the med and Caribbean I would assume. We had an issue with our cabin that was dealt with in a timely manner by our deck manager and we were accommodated elsewhere. Food overall was excellent. We tended to breakfast and have lunch in the Horizon buffet bar with evening meals Freedom dining. The Horizon provided a great breakfast selection with the usual cooked breakfast items with the addition of eggs benedict, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, kippers, fish kedgeree etc on a rolling basis. Plenty of fresh fruit, smoothies and yoghurt options as well as cereal. Lunch again had a good variety but I stuck to the excellent curries. Delicious. Freedom dining is a great option as it does take away the regimented having to dine at a specific time. Sometimes if you've had a late afternoon tea, or a burger and chips on deck you want to dine a little later at night....Freedom dining not a problem. You do miss out on getting to know your fellow passengers better though. On our first cruise we had a really good table and it was great to catch up at the end of the day over dinner, have a laugh and comfortable chat with people you had got to know. We often went to the show and bar for a quiz afterward with our friends which was great. I suppose the thought of not meeting up with such a good table crowd again erred us against going set dining time this time but you definitely miss that element doing it this way. Entertainment was pretty good. We didn't watch all the shows in the main theatre but Brittania gives you the option to catch up with many acts in the more nightclub type Live Lounge, a more intimate venue. Sam Bailey headlined one night but even as a supportive Leicester lad myself for her I think she's got a bit shouty and overworking the power ballads. Stevie from the Drifters however was excellent, and when we saw him in the Live Lounge he had the audience in his hand, great gig. Speciality restaurants are good and reasonably priced we think. Indian connoisseur s will love Sindhu. The Glass House served great food and we look forward to trying the Epicurean and the Beach House next time! Drinks are reasonably priced and it's nice to get dressed for dinner and have a pre dinner cocktail in one of the bars. I strongly recommend the Hurricane, in fact I'm still making it at home a few weeks after the cruise! Bacardi, dark rum, amaretto (25ml) each, drizzle of grenadine, pineapple juice, plenty of ice, in a shaker, pour and enjoy :) Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
Had a great holiday on the lovely BrittaniaI! This was my first cruise – France and Spain 7days from Southampton. The ship was impressed, large and magnificent with lots of activities to do, such as dance classes, gym, sauna, swimming ... Read More
Had a great holiday on the lovely BrittaniaI! This was my first cruise – France and Spain 7days from Southampton. The ship was impressed, large and magnificent with lots of activities to do, such as dance classes, gym, sauna, swimming pools, bars, etc. Food was good and plenty with lots of places to eat and drink - buffet, grill bar and black tie restaurants. There were also plenty of places to sit quiet and relax if you wanted to. Service was brilliant and staff were friendly and helpful. Our cabin was comfortable and the cabin steward hard working and efficient. In part entertainment was ok, but could be better. We met many nice people and had a great time chatting and having fun. P&O had computer problems on the last day of our cruise, so we weren’t able to get our final bill, this was posted to us a week after returning home. Overall, my first cruise was amazing, with really good food and excellent service from staff, but on the not so good side, I didn’t enjoy most entertainments and the P&O computer problem was a big let-down. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
It started badly... 20 min wait on plane for buses to port. Buses from airport were a shambles and way overcrowded. Then a 20 min stand in line in 29C heat to embark. Not a good start. However, things did improve. Staff throughout the ... Read More
It started badly... 20 min wait on plane for buses to port. Buses from airport were a shambles and way overcrowded. Then a 20 min stand in line in 29C heat to embark. Not a good start. However, things did improve. Staff throughout the cruise were generally pretty good but some were surly and unhelpful especially in the pub. Room was good (balcony with sofa on Deck A) but the balconies on Britannia are very small. For such a new ship I would have expected to see my account on the TV but that is not available. Room maid was pretty good but made up our room on departure morning before we had left making it much more difficult for us to check that we had everything. Food in main dining room pretty good and Freedom Dining worked well for us. Buffet had great choice but quality varied greatly. All sunbed areas very crowded and with no space between beds made it seem very crowded indeed. Specialty dining was good (Sindhu and Limelight Club) but expensive given we had aleady paid for food in the cruise price. Glasshouse excellent. Good choices of wine at reasonable prices. In fact all drinks on board were reasonably priced at not much more than pub prices. We used the Retreat and it was pretty good alleviating the sunbed squash for a while but the food in the Retreat is not great and is often dried and tired. We were charged for a spa treatment we didn't have and it took several visits to get it resolved. Wife had a spa treatment and the masseuse clearly wasn't qualified and forgot to do one side! We were not at all happy with the staff in the spa. We had the middle internet package and it worked without fault throughout the ship and was pretty fast but no streaming on that package. Streaming was double the price! Disembarkation was at about 10.30am so it was a pity we had to vacate the room at 8am but the disembarkation was painless. We did feel that the holiday was one continuous hard sell from P&O and that aspect we didn't like but the food, service and the ship were all pretty good generally and we enjoyed the cruise overall. We would book P&O and Britannia again. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
.........my last employer who amazingly had toilet roll even thinner than on Britannia! Ok enough of that,having just retired & facing a significant birthday this fitted the bill,years of USA fly drives had left us pretty sick of ... Read More
.........my last employer who amazingly had toilet roll even thinner than on Britannia! Ok enough of that,having just retired & facing a significant birthday this fitted the bill,years of USA fly drives had left us pretty sick of flying,we felt we could just put up with the one flight without another to look forward to at the end of the holiday,just to make it extra special I had booked the Premium flights & a suite on board,all of which was unknown to my Wife but helped to build excitement nearer the time as she slowly found out finer details of the trip! Priority check in at Manchester & the so called Fast Track through security were disapointingly slow IMO,the security area seemed remarkably small & disorganised,but we survived & headed to Spinning Jenny for some breakfast which we thoroughly enjoyed(we both had a regular breakfast which came on huge plates & looked lost but actually were very good!) before heading for our gate. Again boarding was a bit chaotic,they asked for people who needed assistance & Premium cabin fliers to come forward but everyone seemed to join in but we were soon seated in the two front seats on the right hand side which proved to be a very comfotable place to be,cabin crew were superb,entertainment on board was very good IMO & seemingly in no time we were landing in Barbados. As we came off the plane were directed toward a line of what I can only describe as a line of buses which had seen better days,crammed into rather small seats we set off,it sounded like there were crates of empty milk bottles on board but consoled myself with the thought that is was probably nothing more serious than loose chassis bolts(!),anyway after hanging on for what seemed like ages we finally saw Britannia,a very welcome sight,dressed & looking handsome,we both agree that she is a handsome looking ship,so much so that we even bought the model on our first cruise on her,a very unusual thing for us. Upon enetering the shed we let it known that we were booked in a suite & were shown to an empty priority check in desk,passports checked & card registered & we were on board in minutes & free to refamiliarise ourselves with the ship. I wish I could bottle & keep the look on my Wife's face when she saw the cabin for the first time,A727,an Aft corner suite,the room itself was huge,bathroom bigger than ours at home,the balcony was the biggest surprise though,two sunbeds,a two seat sofa & six other chairs,three tables helped to fill up some more space but it was to prove a wonderful asset in days to come. Pretty tired after a long day we just crawled up one flight of stairs for something to eat in the buffet before retiring for tthe night in out evr so comfy cabin,although we soon found out that even though the cabin was pretty big in the bedroom area it was tight enough to require us to take it in turn to move at times! When it comes to shore excursions we are quite happy just to have a relaxing stroll around the area around the area where the ship is berthed which obviously gives mixed results. In Barbados we went looking for Diet Coke to go with our duty free but drew a blank,to be fair this was where Barbados fell down compared to the other ports of call as there wasn't much in the immediate area & we soon joined the other Britannia passengers at the bar by the cruise terminal! St Lucia,St Kitts & Antigua wre quite different,the areas around the cruise terminal were obviously built for purpose,our first stop of St Lucia shocked us when we first saw it as to me it looked liked something from a Disney Park! Everybody we met & talked to on our Caribean wanderings were lovely,although I would say that the people in St Lucia were happy to talk & talk but it seemed in St Kitts & Antigua once they figured out that you were not going to spend any more that was end of chat! Ponta Delgada was quite a surprise,a dockers strike meant that tenders were used to go ashore,a bit of a pain but it worked well,a big surprise for us when,as suite residents, we were given a priority boarding pass & so were able just to go down to deck 4 & get on the next available tender which saw us ashore just after 0900hrs,a really nice place,much better than expected. As for dining,we were eligible for breakfast in the Epicurean,we did this on our first morning,very nice,very civilised,super service & food but we do like buffets,especially breakfast buffets,we like to be able to see what is there & take our pick,compared to our last time on board though the days specials didn't seem quite so good,I mean making black pudding the days special isn't so special IMO,love it but it should always be there for me. For lunch we usually just had a snack from the buffet,we did try the 'grab & go' once but the quality of the sandwiches did not seem so good. For dinner we did head to the Beach house for 3 nights which we thoroughly enjoyed,great food & service,then the menu changed & there was not too many things on the new menu that suited us AND we were not sure that the extra charge of £7.50pp was really worth it. On Freedom dining we were allocated the Peninsular restaurant,we did head there for a few nights on our second week with rather mixed observations,our first few nights we felt that service,quality & portions had all become rather worse,our last few nights there seemed to indicate otherwise! On my Birthday night we had booked the Epicurean,what a treat,the food was superb,the service was amazing,the girls serving us seemed so happy & confident that they were very happy to touch,talk & laugh with us,something which wasn't the case everywhere we felt. On quite a few nights we ended the night in the Crows Nest,what a wonderful room,sadly getting a seat can be difficult as it is a superbly relaxing place,another lovely room IMO is Brodies,as with our first cruise on Britannia we too often found quizzes in progress where you had to be quiet,but unlike last time where there was also a pretty awful duo on stage,we did often find it to be a nice quiet place to enjoy a drink with a great variety of drinks available. Not a fan of shows & we certainly wouldn't have paid money to watch most of what was on but we gave it a go,the two dance shows we saw,Gravity & Sound of The Underground were very colourful,amazingly quick costume changes,a very impressive IMO Irish Dancing routine in the second show(only down point being the guy second from the left who looked like he was praying for it to end as he looked wrecked!),comedian Rudi West was IMO funny(loved his finishing line of 'I will have to finish as you haven't eaten for 45 minutes'!),Peter Piper was ammusing without telling too many jokes,Matthew Pomeroy,billed as conjuror & mind reader bored me sadly,juggler Peter Matthews was funny,in the Live lounge we saw Pulse just the once in their 'Legends' show,really good musicians but couldn't say too many good things about the quartet on vocals,an awful vibration through the area we were seated in made that an even more uncomfy experience BUT for us the prize for best entertainment must go to Vibz,the Carribean band,they performed every afternoon by the Lido pools,they had a limited set list but always made everybody so happy,we saw them getting ready to go on one night at 2315hrs on a breezy night,about a dozen people were there to see them,must have been soul destroying! One final,& unexpected treat came for us near the end of the trip when we saw,met & had our picture taken with chef James Martin,seemed a really nice guy. My Wife was unsure of how she would take the 5 days at sea,it turned out to be a wonderful chance to relax,first day at sea it was pretty wild up on deck,my Wife wanted a swim so we headed to Serenity where she managed to have the swim but it wasn't fun with things going flying left right & centre,more sheltered by the Lido pool but the sun beds are so tightly crammed together we ended up just having a short time at a table by the Riviera bar while we listened to Vibz while enjoying a few drinks. Most of all we enjoyed returning to the peace & quiet of our cabin,while sailing our balcony was sheltered by the ships superstructure & was a superb place to sunbathe,I don't think we could travel on Britannia again in any other accomodation! OK the not so good bits,having said that we like the looks of Britannia she can be an infuriating place to get around,especially being at the stern the aft lifts are useless for anything below deck 7,there are so many 'dead ends' to make finding your way around difficult,along with the lack of central stairs,annoying too that if you are trying to get to the aft lifts on deck 16 you have to go through the buffet & on deck 17 you have to go through the gym. Having mentioned earlier about waiting on staff being happy/comfy something which we found a little uncomfy at times was the attention people in White outfits were giving to these people at times,in the Beach House at times anything from 1 to 3 of them would stand watching while food was served to diners,by the Lido deck one day one was pressuring one waiter to clear tables faster,the lad looked terrified & ended up dropping half of the stuff he was trying to collect & ended up making an even bigger mess! Generally though the waiting on staff were superb,I had cause to visit reception a few times,at all times my problems were dealt with quickly & efficiently. A final observation on Britannia,our previous cruise on her was when she was only a few months old,seeing her now was quite a shock as she looks pretty tatty in parts,on our balcony the sun beds looked very scruffy & one table was so rusty you certainly wouldn't give it room at home!A surprise then that looking at her schedule for the year ahead looks rather full with no obvious time for a refurb. A big thanks to our cabin steward Sandeep who looked after us so well,& to our butler Rohit,we didn't use him too much but was always charming & totally efficient with what he did. Along with them we made many friends among the crew who we will miss,more so than our fellow passengers,meeting people on Britannia is a strange thing as due to her size you will see many people only once & are still meeting people that you haven't met before on the final days,one exception for us being Michelle & Ian from Newcastle who we got on really well with but didn't see near the end of the cruise to exchange details sadly. Having said that we enjoy buffets I have never been to a buffet before where people act like they did on this cruise,my Wife is adamant that it just because people are rude,I like to be more positive & say they are usually just not taking enough care in an area where there are so many people carrying hot food,I saw many pushing in on lines so many times liking getting the last piece of toast was life & death & at other times people getting so close to you so that nobody can push in! The ending to the cruise wasn't so grand,sad to be leaving our lovely cabin we just wanted to be home asap,given a disembarkation time of 0945hrs,we actually reached the baggage hall rather earlier but were then pretty much abandoned out in the coach park in the pouring rain,people were just left to find a coach,no organisation,we left just after 1000hrs but didn't arrive at Manchester Airport until 1630hrs,a long day! We enjoyed the cruise but probably won't be doing another anytime soon,unless a remarkable bargain appears,too many people together in too small a space for too long for our liking,I also have trouble with anybody saying that cruises are great value for money,I would still consider them to be on the expensive side although it is difficult to make a true comparison as they are so different,also dressing up is not something I enjoy. 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
Sail Date: March 2018
Love the P&O Caribbean cruises as you fly into the Caribbean rather than having to travel from USA so you get to visit extra islands. First time on Britannia, first impressions were fantastic and the cruise lived up to those first ... Read More
Love the P&O Caribbean cruises as you fly into the Caribbean rather than having to travel from USA so you get to visit extra islands. First time on Britannia, first impressions were fantastic and the cruise lived up to those first impressions. The embarkation was a breeze and we were first on the ship, there were lots of flight issues due to snow back home so we were some of the lucky ones to arrive on time, maybe if more flights had been in at the same time it would have taken longer. Main dining was very good, lovey food and occasionally service not always up to normal expectations. Are at Sindhu, Beach House and Glass House. All very good but the glass house was our favourite and would definitely eat there on next visit, thoroughly worth the few extra pounds per plate. Entertainment was good, House band and group were brilliant and saw lots of their performances. Main theatre was very impressive, the sets and performers were great but the story line on the main show was a bit weak. Would definitely travel to Caribbean on Britannia again but not in the aft balcony cabins. See cabin review. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2018
14 days Cruise. Flight out from Gatwick was ok ..couple of movies and food sorted. On landing has to get in a cramped mini bus that had seen better days. Took a few days to sort out the lifts and what stairs, but that part of the ... Read More
14 days Cruise. Flight out from Gatwick was ok ..couple of movies and food sorted. On landing has to get in a cramped mini bus that had seen better days. Took a few days to sort out the lifts and what stairs, but that part of the adventure.. freedom Dining is a Must, we turned up most nights at 6 to 6.30 in the Meridian . Good service and Good choice of food choice of sitting with 2 or as part of a big table. Never had problem with Sunbeds if you up before 10 .. plenty of room unless you need to by the main lido deck we found the End of the ship for great service and Sun... The excursions were expensive , some were worth it but other Not... most of the Guides were very aknowledgable. We did our own thing on a couple of times and found the cost at least half.. Drink prices were ok except the cocktails have Mocktails 3rd of the price .. The shops were high end but the Pandora was cheaper than Uk The main show was ok a bit dizzy but the ships show crew was disjointed ie the show called Underground.. On song about the Undergroung then the rest was going around the UK, Should have been called Rule Britannia Enjouyed the live lounge with the pulse band different set most night Guest slots were Good, The Limelight club has Barry from Eastenders, Very good and the 4 course meal was worth the £25. Also available was Darren Day, Gareth Gates etc. Overall a good cruise, Beautiful Carribean. Booked again for 2 week but this with the Azure...counting the days Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2018
We chose the cruise essentially for the island itinerary but were not disappointed to be sailing on Britannia again having enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise on her in 2016. We flew with Thomas Cook on one of their new Condor planes; ... Read More
We chose the cruise essentially for the island itinerary but were not disappointed to be sailing on Britannia again having enjoyed a Mediterranean cruise on her in 2016. We flew with Thomas Cook on one of their new Condor planes; quietest aircraft we have ever flown on. Both outbound and inbound flights landed ahead of time which we appreciated. Transfer to the ship was smooth and swift with about a half hour dockside wait under cover to go through security etc. Our luggage arrived a couple of hours after us but we were free to enjoy the ship. We had a port side cabin on E deck (10) which was kept spotless by our Cabin steward Ganesh. We found him to be friendly and helpful throughout the cruise. The cabin was spacious, well equipped with free safe, powerful hairdryer, toiletries and fresh bath and beach towels. The Queen size bed was about 7 feet wide and comfortable. The air conditioning works well and was easy to adjust. I would have liked a little more water pressure but it was acceptable. Our balcony, although not huge, was big enough for us to enjoy together. We enjoyed sitting out at night as well as in daylight. The ships lights on deck spoil the view of the stars but this is not so problematic from the balcony. On our last voyage we used an inside cabin which was quite a bit smaller. The balcony is worth the extra charge. We enjoyed the food as ever and the portions were generous. The waiters were always happy to bring extra food if anyone requested this and some did. Drinks service was sometimes slow in the restaurants. We used the buffet once and Meridian most other nights. Initially we had been assigned to first sitting 6:30pm at the Oriental restaurant on a table for 6 but on the advice of our Cabin Steward we requested a change with the Restaurant Manager and he agreed this. We ate at Sindhu three times. The food is gorgeous and the additional courses of poppadoms, sorbet, petit fours and other tasters leads to a very filling meal. Do try it but book ahead as it gets busy. Well worth the £20 fixed charge per person. There are a number of bars around the ship. We liked the Crows nest at the front of the ship but it does get busy and never seems to have enough waiting staff so service is the slowest on the ship. It doesn't help that the waiting staff take numerous orders before passing to the barista and then wait for all orders to be prepared before serving any. I do like a cocktail on holiday but was disappointed with the limited choice. On other ships it is usual to ask for anything and for it to be m made to order......catch up please P&O. We enjoyed the black tie nights and had no problem with others opting out although some passengers would prefer this to be made compulsory, however that would work! We don't make the most of the entertainment on ship ourselves, we like to relax and catch up on sleeping but the couple of shows we saw were enjoyable enough. The sail off from St Kitts was great fun, extremely camp and I would defy anyone not to sing and wave those flags. Well done entertainment team. The pools are a decent size and kept clean. I had a pool to myself more than once and for reasonably long periods of time. There are plenty of sun beds but they are close together and people, tut tut, do insist on saving them with towels never to return. My advice is just move them off. We enjoyed all the Islands we visited with the exception of St Vincent where I felt quite threatened. Sailing into harbour this looks arguably the most beautiful of all the destination islands. Stay on board and remember it that way. Antigua was again our favourite in all the Caribbean, calm and warm turquoise seas with soft white sands, hard to go wrong choosing a beach. We were introduced to Jolly beach by a some fellow passengers and have already recommended it to others. Gorgeous place. We tried two organised trips with P&O and found them to be competitively priced. Having said this Pigeon point beach in Tobago was beautiful when we arrived, one of the first buses, but within half an hour it was crowded beyond belief which spoilt the experience. To get breathing space try the beach just before the entrance barrier and stick with a towel on the sand. Our second trip was to Nevis Island. This was a pleasant 45 min boat trip to the Island where we then split into groups of 10 for our island tour. Our guide was shocking; this is a pharmacy, this is a bank, this is our fire station. Nothing at all about the volcano which is the island or the flora and forna. When asked what kind of monkeys we had seen we were told some were nice monkeys and some weren't! We were also taken to a hot spring that looked like a storm drain, emphasis on the drain, a derelict government building and a hotel where we could watch guests taking breakfast before arriving for lunch at 11am elsewhere and then beach time until it was time to return to the ship. Trips; go solo, you will have a better time. Wherever you land the locals are reliable, they won't leave you stranded. Cruise ships are their livelihood they need to get repeat trade. I would definitely sail with P&O again but as our Cabin price came down by £1600 in total for the two of us between booking and sailing, I cannot advise early booking. You will however have a fabulous time. Enjoy. 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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