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After reading the mixed reviews, we were pleasantly surprised. We thought we were joining a lifeless ship with surly staff, poor food, rubbish entertainment with hard, grey towels, a steward that enters your room unannounced and single ply toilet paper!!! The only one of them statements that we found to be true was the toilet paper. It was hardly the sandpaper other reviewers had made it sound, just double it up... Every member of the crew we encountered were helpful, friendly and offered fantastic service. They work so hard and should be appreciated. Our cabin steward explained all we needed to know on arrival, we barely saw him after that. He would clean the room etc when we were out. Just use the ‘I’m resting’ sign supplied and they won’t walk in... The ship had been described as having no wow factor? I thought it was elegant and classy in every area, but I suppose this is personal opinion. The selection of food was amazing. We tended to use the buffet during the day and had club dining in the Oriental at 8.30. This worked perfectly for us as we ate so much during the day, often squeezing in an afternoon tea, that eating any earlier would not have been an option.... The buffet had at least 4/5 selections of hot food, usually a British dish like a roast, a curry, something Chinese and a chilli, along with masses of cold meats, seafood, salad, soup and loads of puddings. There was also Pizza, burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken and chips on the lido deck. The Oriental had a great menu every night and every dish we had was fantastic, without exception. The shows are repeated, so we got to see everything we wanted and always got a seat in all venues. Eric Lanlards afternoon tea was nice, but we preferred the more down to earth offering in the Oriental. There was a selection of sandwiches, hot sausage rolls, tea cakes, crumpets and 6 different desserts, all included in your holiday. The drinks are reasonably priced, a pint of Fosters for £4.10, Peroni £4.75 and cocktails around £6. They are served to your table quickly and politely. There seemed to be something for everyone. Brodie’s is a bit of a fun pub with quizzes and bingo etc, but if you want somewhere quieter like we did, Crows Nest and the Crystal Rooms were nice alternatives. We spent a lot of time people watching in the Glass House. The entertainment we saw was great, both in the Live Lounge and Headliners. We also saw Sinbad from Brookside in the Limelight, he put on a great show in lovely surroundings. It was worth paying the extra for a night away from the hordes. Now for the negatives.... The lifts are a pain that cannot cope at busy times and the layout can be a bit confusing.... That’s it...

Absolutely love Britannia

Britannia Cruise Review by AndyMichelle

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After reading the mixed reviews, we were pleasantly surprised. We thought we were joining a lifeless ship with surly staff, poor food, rubbish entertainment with hard, grey towels, a steward that enters your room unannounced and single ply toilet paper!!! The only one of them statements that we found to be true was the toilet paper. It was hardly the sandpaper other reviewers had made it sound, just double it up...

Every member of the crew we encountered were helpful, friendly and offered fantastic service. They work so hard and should be appreciated.

Our cabin steward explained all we needed to know on arrival, we barely saw him after that. He would clean the room etc when we were out. Just use the ‘I’m resting’ sign supplied and they won’t walk in...

The ship had been described as having no wow factor? I thought it was elegant and classy in every area, but I suppose this is personal opinion.

The selection of food was amazing. We tended to use the buffet during the day and had club dining in the Oriental at 8.30. This worked perfectly for us as we ate so much during the day, often squeezing in an afternoon tea, that eating any earlier would not have been an option....

The buffet had at least 4/5 selections of hot food, usually a British dish like a roast, a curry, something Chinese and a chilli, along with masses of cold meats, seafood, salad, soup and loads of puddings. There was also Pizza, burgers, hot dogs, fried chicken and chips on the lido deck.

The Oriental had a great menu every night and every dish we had was fantastic, without exception.

The shows are repeated, so we got to see everything we wanted and always got a seat in all venues.

Eric Lanlards afternoon tea was nice, but we preferred the more down to earth offering in the Oriental. There was a selection of sandwiches, hot sausage rolls, tea cakes, crumpets and 6 different desserts, all included in your holiday.

The drinks are reasonably priced, a pint of Fosters for £4.10, Peroni £4.75 and cocktails around £6. They are served to your table quickly and politely.

There seemed to be something for everyone. Brodie’s is a bit of a fun pub with quizzes and bingo etc, but if you want somewhere quieter like we did, Crows Nest and the Crystal Rooms were nice alternatives. We spent a lot of time people watching in the Glass House.

The entertainment we saw was great, both in the Live Lounge and Headliners. We also saw Sinbad from Brookside in the Limelight, he put on a great show in lovely surroundings. It was worth paying the extra for a night away from the hordes.

Now for the negatives.... The lifts are a pain that cannot cope at busy times and the layout can be a bit confusing.... That’s it...
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Cabin G407
Psssst.... Little secret, there is absolutely no restriction to the view from this cabin, despite being categorised as obstructed view. It overlooks the smoking area outside Java, but this never caused us an issue, despite us both being non smokers and usually bothered by the smell, it didn’t seem to reach us. The cabin was clean and big enough with enough space to store our clothes etc. Small ‘turning circle’ in the bathroom, but ok. The balcony is not huge, but big enough for the 2 of us. Good tv with nice selection of films etc. No real negatives.

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