Had a lovely time on Britannia - great itinerary service food BUT when i went to book seats on the flight for the 4 people in my party so we could sit on an 8 hour flight together was greeted with a £20 per person each way charge ! When i complained to Cruise 118 all they wanted to do was blame P&O as it was their fee - Cruise 118 did not tell me about it when i booked . The flight was a charter so they spent endless time trying to flog stuff to you as well [ Thompson's ] Lesson learned - ask stuff you do not think to when you book !
enjoyed the days at sea, Pontefract Delgada very pleasant. st Martin, st Kitts, Grenada, Barbados wonderful didn't like Dominica at all so got back on ship. Food in Horizon amazing we didn't bother eating anywhere else. the live lounge resident band Pulse brilliant.
as this was our first time on a transatlantic cruise were very pleased with the way the ship handled the storm we sailed through and the many activities provided which kept us busy throughout the cruise
Overall a good holiday , lovely ship , clean ,good food ,good dining & cabin service.
Not so impressed with the evening entertainment , only 3 production shows ,which for 15 nights wasn't enough. A lot of individual performers were fair but not as good as I've experienced on other ships.
Evening activities seemed to clash with late dining , so we missed quiet a lot of the quizzes.
Gengeral pool staff uninterested .lots of glasses , towels ,plates left lying about into the evening around the pool area, very untidy .
Bought a soft drinks package ,only a choice of 4 drinks ,tonic, lemonade ,coke & Diet Coke.Unable to get Tonic at certain bars , if you purchase a drinks package you should be able to get all drinks at all the bars.
Soot on the chairs & deck areas at the back of the ship, resulting in dirty clothes that had to have special cleaning as a general wash wouldn't remove the marks.
Reception advised us to give to the cabin steward ,who would have the items cleaned with no charge.
Never say never , Britannia is a lovely ship ,but I do think something's need attention.
We would NOT recommend this ship to anyone who is used to some style and comfort. We had a mini suite mid ship on deck 15 for three weeks, the noise from above was shear hell! It was like being in a tin can and they were unable to move us as the ship was full.
Although initally disapointed with Britannia, I grew to love it, never felf crowded, always somewhere to sit and relax. Food OK but not spectacular, got fed up with the P&O Classics on the menu every night! Entertainment OK, loved the Limelight Club, Jaki Graham and Madeline Bell amazing, best two nights of the cruise.
Cabin small but comfortable with everything you need, cabin steward very helpful and efficient. Ports good, excursions good value for money and well organised.
Sailing out of Southampton in October to the Caribbean, flying home from Barbados and P&O want to charge £50 each to book a seat on the flight home. I think this is outrageous Shame on you P&O daylight robbery.
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.
This was my second time on Britannia and I throughly enjoying my two weeks onboard. The staff were top notch, the service was excellent, considering how many passengers she carries. There was a good mix of entertainment and we really enjoyed some of the shows and performances by visiting artistes. We dined in the Epicurean restaurant for dinner twice and for afternoon tea, and it was outstanding. The food was of the very best quality, the service second to none and the way food is presented and prepared at your table makes for a very enjoyable evening. She's a big ship, but do your homework and get to know the layout in advance so you're less likely to get lost. I know some people complain that there is too many people onboard, but there was always places to sit, even in the buffet at peak times. Only occasional queues to embark and disembark in ports, to be expected.
Just back from a cruise on Britannia first and last time with P&O.
Food warm not hot, air con noisey nobody knew how to tune it off.
Do not have a Cabin on deck 15, noise late at night and from 05.00hrs
from people moving tables and chairs on beck 16.
Just back after twelve nights on Britannia. Wonderful ship staff could not be any more attentive and helpful. Loads of space in the bars and the atrium plenty of sun loungers good food if you only do one thing go to Sindhu the standard of food is first class.
First cruise and I before I start let me say nothing in life is perfect but this was pretty good. 4.5 stars out of 5
The good points.
The food was very good indeed. We ate in the Oriental restaurant and I can honestly say we had a wonderful meal every night. Breakfast too was taken there and the service was excellent.
For lunch, when taken, we used the Peninsular and once the Meridian. Again absolutely first class. I never understand the attraction of the buffet restaurant, the Horizon, when you can be waited on in style, but I suppose everyone is different but unfortunately as a result I cannot help with reviewing that place other than to say it always appeared popular.
We also had a meal in the Sindhu restaurant which was amazing.
Entertainment was better than I had expected, certainly a step up from resort hotels that I have been to. There was a variety to suit most tastes but the highlight for me was the evening spent in the limelight lounge. Dean Andrews was the perfect fit for that type of dining. He is not just a very good singer but also quite amusing.
Our cabin on G deck( G714) was a concern before I got on board as I had read reviews about noise from the Live Lounge below. I didn't hear a thing from there and I guess they must have sorted the problem as I am a light sleeper. The room was clean and serviced twice a day to a very good standard. Thank you Mathew.
I also thought the time in Ports was about right and as always everyone has a view about each place. For me I enjoyed our days in La Coruna and in Madeira, you must do the toboggan. Did not think so much about the Canary Islands and loved Seville ( from Cadiz )
The staff were excellent and look after you well. We also met some wonderful people on our maiden cruise and that certainly made our holiday
The Bad points
The lifts, they are a total pain. Not enough and in the midship section worse due to there not being any stairs. P&O need to also have one lift dedicated in that section for wheelchair users. The fit amongst us can walk forward or aft and use stairs, but often don't. It is a serious problem and was the talk of the ship.
Personal point and I may be accused of being a party pooper but I just do not get the sail away party thing. But you can always avoid them as it is such a big ship and have a nice beer somewhere or read a book as there are lots of place to escape to
All in all I think I will like cruising and we have booked another to the fjords
Hope this helps and enjoy the ship
The Britannia has had some negative reviews but I could not find anything that I did not like. The weather at sea was very rough at times and I was glad I was on such a big ship. It was my first Cruise and even though I cannot compare with any other ship I would go on the Britannia again without any hesitation.
I have just come back from a 2 day booze cruise on Britannia. This was my third trip on the ship and I can say I never get board of her. I've got 445 days to my next trip and can't wait .. perhaps a cheeky few days away before then will have to be made 😀😀
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