Britannia Cruise Review by TomPoole
- Sail Date: April 2019
- Destination: Europe
Balcony room D117 forward, clean and in good condition. Love having a proper-sized shower with fantastic water pressure, large TV with tremendous movie selection, plenty of tea & coffee, fridge if you need it. Superbly comfortable bed. Balcony a little on the small side but fine for 2.
All public areas on the ship are spotless and tastefully decorated - if you want glass lifts and chrome fittings this is not the ship for you.
Dinner in the main restaurant (freedom dining) was always excellent, other eating experiences as follows:
Horizon Buffet: a serious bun fight at times (some punters go at it like they’d never seen food before) but quality good and always plentiful.
Poolside: average burger and fries.
Sindhu: high quality and a bargain at £20 per head in the evening but, surprisingly, “Tiffin” lunch nothing special.
Glass House: great for lunch, can’t beat the small plates for taste and value at £6.95 for 3.
Drinks on P&O are very reasonably priced and all the wines we tried were decent - you can get a really good bottle for under 20 quid. Wide choice of beers and gins etc. throughout the ship.
We found the service in all areas, at all times, to be very friendly and efficient. The staff work tirelessly and show great patience when occasionally faced with a minority of passengers who appear to have been born without manners.
Didn’t get too involved in the entertainment, but what we saw was a good standard in the theatre and Live Lounge.
Cherbourg - nice town, walk in straight from the ship, unfortunately nearly everything closed being Easter Sunday.
La Coruna - also a lovely town, again berthed just a short walk away, poured with rain so only a quick scoot ‘round then bank on board.
Bilbao - beautiful city, spotlessly clean. Some great shopping and Guggenheim is a stunning building.
St Peter Port - wonderfully quaint but I’m saying that from previous visits. Sea conditions made tender unsafe and a storm was on the way, so it was straight back to spend the last night berthed in Southampton! No complaints about this, the captain made absolutely the right call.
Overall I would encourage people to give Britannia a try, she’s a great ship with no pretensions and friendly staff. I’ve seen negative reviews about the type of passenger on board and yes, there are some you wouldn’t want to share a small tent with, but I’ve stayed in some very high class hotels around the world and come across plenty of dodgy characters in those places! I think if you just accept that everyone’s different and keep a relaxed attitude, I’m sure you’ll have a great time.
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