We were very lucky with the smoothest of Atlantic crossings and lovely weather. The ship is lovely although can be quite a challenge to navigate around. Although we had a lovely time I must say I am not too keen on the formal nights. I know a lot of people love these nights but one would have been enough for me ( or none) and although the wife loved getting dressed up she agreed that it was all a bit too much. Nothing special seemed to happen on the formal nights so we were going to the bother of getting all dolled up to go to the same restaurant, eat the same meal, go to the same bar or entertainment venue. I know a lot of people won’t agree but I just feel it is a lot of bother so that we can have our photos taken and the ship can make a fortune from selling them to us. I.ll have to watch, I’m beginning to sound like a grumpy old man!!!!!!
Don’t know if I should say this but we have cruised 5 times in the last 2 years and all the others were with NCL. I love NCL. I love the informality and their all inclusive policy. Having said that we had a lovely time on Britannia. If all things were equal I would pick NCL for my next cruise although if the price was right I would not hesitate to go again on Britannia or another P&O.
July 2017 - 9 Night Baltic Capitals (Copenhagen Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway
October 2016 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Miami Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Getaway
October 2015 - 1 Night Escape (London Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Escape
June 2015 - 7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic
July 2014 - 7 Night Western Mediterranean (Barcelona Roundtrip) Cruise on Norwegian Epic
Madeira - We don’t do organised excursions. Prefer to do our own thing. Madeira is lovely and everything easily accessible from the Port.
Castries, St. Lucia - Lovely place. Taxi into town for 5 dollars. Wandered the town , a couple of drinks and back to the ship.
Bridgetown, Barbados - We got a taxi and had a day at the beach. Taxi at port took us to The Boatyard beach. ( Highly recommend it). Cost 5 dollars each. Cost 20 dollars each for entry to beach but I must say it was worth every penny. For that we got a sun bed each ( in other ports we paid 5 or 10 dollars just for a bed) an umbrella, a rum punch ( powerful stuff), WiFi and a boat trip and snorkelling gear and taken out for an hour snorkelling with the turtles and the most amazing fish. I swam and my wife just relaxed on the boat. Had a lovely bar meal and a couple of drinks. A lovely day to finish off our holiday.
St. George's, Grenada - Busy place. Probably gathered we don’t go in for searching for hidden gems. We like to see the town, have a wee refreshment and chat to locals.
Britannia - 2 tips. 1 as I have already mentioned plan your route from cabin to lifts/stairs and avoid mid ship fits if you can.
Tip 2. Our cabin was an even number cabin on F deck ( deck 9). We were obviously very lucky with weather and sailing conditions all the way over the Atlantic. Our cabin was Port side ( the left) and we had the sun rising every morning and quite often spent a couple of hours on our balcony which was lovely. I am not clever enough to know if the port side gets whatever sun is going on every cruise but certainly on our cruise we got it every morning and not only that it because of the ships route we gat it most of the day. Worth thinking about if you like that sort of thing when choosing your cabin.
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