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25 P&O Cruises Britannia Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

After a lumpy Bay of Biscay crossing, the rest of the cruise was excellent. The ship was going into dry dock at the end of this cruise for a spruce up. We had sailed on Britannia before so we knew our way round the ship. The lifts ... Read More
After a lumpy Bay of Biscay crossing, the rest of the cruise was excellent. The ship was going into dry dock at the end of this cruise for a spruce up. We had sailed on Britannia before so we knew our way round the ship. The lifts are still a bit of a problem, mainly as at either end of the ship they are smaller and often full at busy times. Considering the wear she has had, I thought she is holding up pretty well. I was especially pleased with the standard of food in the MDR, both in terms of service and quality. We eat in the Beach House for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at the quality and value for money. Cabins and balcony are ok but we knew that the balconies are smaller than on Azura. Cabin steward very good. Other than the 'Rat Pack' the entertainment was very good. P&O please leave Frank, Sammy and Dean on shore next time please. Looking forward to seeing the newly refurbed ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
October 2018 and this was our 12th cruise with P&O. This time we boarded Britannia on Friday 12th October 2018 on a two week cruise to the Mediterranean. We stayed overnight at our preferred hotel, New Place Hotel , Shirrell Heath, ... Read More
October 2018 and this was our 12th cruise with P&O. This time we boarded Britannia on Friday 12th October 2018 on a two week cruise to the Mediterranean. We stayed overnight at our preferred hotel, New Place Hotel , Shirrell Heath, Southampton where we got a taxi to the port. We always arrive early prior to our designated boarding time as we usually get on earlier. This was our 3rd trip on Britannia as we had already been to the Canary Islands this year. This time the boarding process was very good and we were on by 2:00 pm. Our bags were waiting for us outside our cabin. The ship is lovely and is well laid out, although more use could be made of the Atrium area which is only seating and no activities took place there except the Passenger Choir on the last sea day. We had a Balcony Cabin on F Deck which was a good size with a nice bathroom with a shower cubicle and there was plenty of hanging space for 2 weeks’ worth of clothes. We were on Freedom Dining in the Meridian Restaurant. We never had to wait for a table and the food was very good but the menu was not as varied over the two weeks as we have experienced before. We used the Horizon Buffet Restaurant for lunch and occasionally for dinner. There was plenty of choice and we were always able to get a table without any problem. My wife is a Type 1 diabetic and although the main restaurant was very good in accommodating her dietary requirements, we found the Java Café no longer offered diabetic cakes and the choice for diabetics in the Horizon was extremely limited. We always go one evening to the Sindhu Restaurant which serves fabulous Chinese food, pick the right night and you get a free bottle of house wine, all for £20 a head The specialty restaurants were heavily promoted during the cruise to get passengers to part with their cash. The Epicurean Restaurant is now £18pp for afternoon tea and £28pp for dinner. The Limelight Club was £25pp which included a visiting celebrity singer. The entertainment was varied with good shows from the Headliners Theatre Company and visiting artists including Laura Magan (singer), Steven Bayliss (singer), Duo Esencias, Paul Eastwood (comedian), Kieran Powell (ventriloquist), Dean Standsby (singer), Nick Page (an appalling comedian), Duo Balskatt, Richard & Adam (Brilliant Singing Duo).All very enjoyable, except the so called comedian. You had to get to the Headliners Theatre at least half an hour before a show to get a seat. We only had one guest speaker on this cruise which is becoming the norm, more P&O cost cutting? The speaker was Ricky Bastin, who did a number of talks on Aircraft Accidents and the outcome of investigations. All were very interesting. The shops are open on sea days and in the evening when in port. They have stalls in the atrium virtually every day doing so called sales selling ornaments, bags, watches, perfumes etc. You can easily get carried away if you are not selective and careful. The shops are very expensive, beware. Our first port of call was Alicante, Spain on Tuesday 16th. where we did an excursion taking a panoramic Coach trip with a visit to the Valor Chocolate Factory and visiting the coastal resort of Alta. Next was Barcelona where we have been a number of times so we just walked around the city. We then stopped at Toulon, France where took an excursion to Sanary Sur Mer which is a quant fishing village/resort seeing some lovely countryside on the way. Then it was La Spezia, Italy where just wondered around the town as the excursions where mainly to Pisa and Florence which we have visited before. At Civitavecchia which is the gateway to Rome, where we have been many times so we decided to do an excursion to Marta, a lakeside town which was extremely quiet and visited a winery, Antica Cantina Leonardi, for wine tasting and nibbles. Absolutely brilliant and bought bottles of wine to take home. Last port of call was Gibraltar which we have visited many times so we walked into town and did some Christmas shopping. The weather was kind to us with sunny days and temperatures of 21/24C, except Gibraltar where the weather was overcast with showers but still 20C. The service from our cabin steward was good and all the staff were mainly helpful. The only fly in the ointment was the jigsaw puzzle which we were doing in the Marlow Suite. On 3 occasions this was put away until we got reception to put up signs asking people to leave it in place for the duration of the cruise. The other problem was someone kept taking pieces, 13 in all, which were returned, anonymously, on the last day. Also on the last day I left my Kindle in the toilet and when I went back 5 minutes later to retrieve it, it was gone, never to be seen again. A note about the décor in the ship. It is mainly good as the ship is only 3 years old, but things are not getting fixed. Two of the diving wall figures in the Horizon Restaurant are broken (they were last cruise) and the carpet had trodden in food stains which were not bring cleaned. Also a couple of the buttons in the lifts has lost their numbers which have not been replaced since our last cruise. Come on P&O it’s not rocket science keeping on top of minor repairs. So, we had a very relaxing and enjoyable cruise and would recommend the ship to those thinking of taking their first cruise as although it carries over 3500 passengers it does not feel like a large ship and never feels crowded. We very much like the ship and we had no problems with the lifts which only got very busy at the end of a show and also with quite a number of mobility scooters on this cruise. The lack of a staircase with the central lifts did not seem to pose a problem Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
We booked this Mediterranean cruise for my 50th. We had the time of our life's .We had freedom dining and ate every night in the meridian. The waiters and hosts were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious from starters to ... Read More
We booked this Mediterranean cruise for my 50th. We had the time of our life's .We had freedom dining and ate every night in the meridian. The waiters and hosts were friendly and helpful. The food was delicious from starters to desserts. The bars and entertainment we enjoyed and they shown films too. We played bingo and on the roulette table and had a very good time doing so.The pool and entertainment and cocktails were great, we ate at the grab and go some days and it was nice and plenty of choices. Also you could have pizza and chips and hotdogs .The crows nest at night was relaxing with a piano player and good views out to sea.The sail away party's were amazing flag waving dancing and fun.We enjoyed the score excursions apart fro Rome as we left our money in the safe and the tour guide was no help and left us stranded for 6 hours in 90c. Mattaeo . Our other tour guide for Pisa and Florence Nicolette was great funny helpful nice and it was lovely meeting her. We will be doing a cruise again and would highly recommend everyone to do one. Read Less
Sail Date July 2018
I chose the cruise because the ship has single balcony cabins and was sailing from the UK to the Med. I thought it would be very large, but it didn't seem so big once on board. The entertainment was super, except sometimes the ... Read More
I chose the cruise because the ship has single balcony cabins and was sailing from the UK to the Med. I thought it would be very large, but it didn't seem so big once on board. The entertainment was super, except sometimes the theatre was full, you had to get there early for the 8.30 show. Sometimes the food in the main three restaurants could have been better, but the speciality restaurants were excellent. I spent a lot of time in the spa, the treatments were of very high quality, and the facilities the same. There was very good friendly service from all the crew, who were mostly Philipino or Indian. The decor of the ship is modern and has a theme which flows throughout the ship. The atrium stretches over three decks and is the main hub of the ship. Once we docked the disembarkation for the various ports was well managed for the number of passengers and it was easy to find tour buses. Altogether a very enjoyable cruise Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was my very first cruise and it was AMAZING! Staff were absolutely perfect and dining was impeccable, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I recommend it to all. It was very family friendly and the entertainment was enjoyable, I went to every ... Read More
This was my very first cruise and it was AMAZING! Staff were absolutely perfect and dining was impeccable, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I recommend it to all. It was very family friendly and the entertainment was enjoyable, I went to every sail away and loved each one! Neil and the team were so fun and made sure you were involved. Our waiters in the oriental restaurant (Manish, Brian and Ajay) were so hard working, approachable and extremely kind, I loved them! Our cabin was beautiful if a little small but we could fit everything in which mattered the most, Martino our cabin steward was also great and left our room spotless! All the bars had brilliant service and a wide range of drinks! The ship was STUNNING. Shore excursions were so detailed and easy to access we got off at every port. The Lido pool/deck was my favourite place to stay in the daytime. Dining in the Oriental was so good and I looked forward to every meal there, Manish our wine waiter memorised what you liked from the very first day and was always up for a chat, he was so amazing and served us with a smile! Brian our main waiter was also outstanding and was so nice and you could talk to him so easily! Ajay who was also our waiter was terrific too and we saw him on deck and spoke to us when he could! We loved all three of them and miss them terribly! I definitely will be going on again and i recommend you go too! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We had booked a saver price, guaranteed stateroom ( superior deluxe balcony ) so we had no idea which room we would be allocated until nearer the time. The cruise was 14 nights to the Mediterranean. Our stateroom A107 was finally allocated ... Read More
We had booked a saver price, guaranteed stateroom ( superior deluxe balcony ) so we had no idea which room we would be allocated until nearer the time. The cruise was 14 nights to the Mediterranean. Our stateroom A107 was finally allocated the Tuesday before sailing. The room was very nice and we had no complaints. First time we have had a room at the very front of the ship, in fact, we were right above the bridge so our balcony was huge! Our first impression was...have we just walked into a 5* hotel lobby, the atrium was very nice and a lot better than we had had on other cruise ships. The whole ship was clean, we ate in the buffet and found no issues with any of the food, plenty of selection, plenty of places, tables cleaned immediately etc etc etc We found all the crew to be very friendly and willing to help. The entertainment in the evenings was good although there were a few 'tribute' acts. In the Limelight restaurant they had Brian McFaddon and another from Boyzone ( think that's what the group were called ) and on the last night in the main theatre was the lead singer from the Hollies who was excellent! I had a cookery lesson in the Cookery School which lasted two hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can not understand why someone (bevbev25) has said you had to pay for afternoon tea, it was complimentary in the Oriental restaurant, deck 6 from 16:00 to 16:45. The only afternoon tea which was to pay extra for was in the Epicurean Restaurant run by someone called Eric Lanyard ( chef ) on deck 16. We also ate in Sindu and found it to be very good and good value. There were two speakers during the day who were both very good. On sea days there was lessons for iPad users which my husband benefitted from. I thought the ship felt as if is was 'well run' and we will definitely be back onboard Britannia in the future! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose to cruise on Britannia as we had previously sailed on Ventura and Azura and loved it both times. The cruise on Britannia lived up to expectations, the food was amazing such a huge choice in the buffet restaurant, how people can ... Read More
We chose to cruise on Britannia as we had previously sailed on Ventura and Azura and loved it both times. The cruise on Britannia lived up to expectations, the food was amazing such a huge choice in the buffet restaurant, how people can complain I simply don't know. In fact all the restaurants are superb, on the last evening we went to Sindhu and that was a wonderful experience and I am so glad we tried it. We loved pulse and the wonderful shows in the Theatre, the entertainment staff work so hard to keep everyone happy. We cannot fault the staff on board, they are unfailingly obliging and polite. The programme of entertainment was vast and there was always something to do or see. Had a luxury facial in the spa, which was so relaxing and exceeded all expectations. We only did one excursion which was to Herculaneum, the guide was very entertaining and although it was a very hot day it was very interesting and something I am so glad we booked. We really enjoyed all the destinations visited. All I can say is don't be put off by the negative reviews, either we are easily pleased or some people are never satisfied. Read Less
Sail Date August 2017
We chose this cruise unknowning and inexperienced. From the initial stage to the return home the complete package was exceptional, with caring staff always on hand, to the vast food options and great entertainment. We will be going again ... Read More
We chose this cruise unknowning and inexperienced. From the initial stage to the return home the complete package was exceptional, with caring staff always on hand, to the vast food options and great entertainment. We will be going again SOON. Enjoyed the dinning and self service meals as well as the evenings out. Great to see everyone making a dress code effort. The vastness of this ship soon is over come and on leaving Gibraltar this was the highlight for us. The sounding of the ships horn and the union jacks and cheering makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, great. What a shame that we had such a short time in this historic place but we did use public transport to get to Europa Point and the lighthouse, and spent far to much in the busy main street. Other ports of call were well planned with free shuttle bus service. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
This was our first cruise and we chose this with advice from our travel agent and-location. Embarkation was very quick with cases waiting outside our cabin on arrival. We were happy from the word go. Although the ship is massive I found it ... Read More
This was our first cruise and we chose this with advice from our travel agent and-location. Embarkation was very quick with cases waiting outside our cabin on arrival. We were happy from the word go. Although the ship is massive I found it easy to get around. Eating, we went for freedom dining and shared tables and met some lovely people. We also splashed out on fine dining at the Epicurian and the Sindu, which was fantastic. Okay you pay a cover charge but why pay for a quality cruise to skimp and save during the holiday. All the meals in the buffet were great with lots to choose from. I did however find some of the meals during freedom dining a bit bland. Our cabin was excellent with plenty of hangar space and the shower was a good size to ,we went for a balcony and I would advise that if it's in your budget. Plenty of sun beds for everyone but people were asked to remove towels if they were leaving for a long time and this didn't happen unfortunately. There was a quiet area at the bow away from the children. Entertainment was great, there was a strictly come dancing theme which my wife love, even I enjoyed it and a fantastic band, Peter Andre, Craig revel Hallwood and funny comedians. The port locations were good however look to see if you can arrange your own visit at the smaller towns, we went to Rome Pisa and Barcelona for the first time. After 8 days we decided to book the Britannia for 30 Sep 2018 for 12 days on a Portugal and Canary Island cruise in the same cabin lol. Overall a very relaxing cruise with plenty to do and we would recommend this cruise ship to anyone. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
Excellent cruise, ship was wonderful, service was superb, food and entertainment was also excellent, all in all very hard to fault. My one piece of advice is to be vary of reading to many reviews? We read some dreadful stories before we ... Read More
Excellent cruise, ship was wonderful, service was superb, food and entertainment was also excellent, all in all very hard to fault. My one piece of advice is to be vary of reading to many reviews? We read some dreadful stories before we sailed, but all became clear once on board. One 'seasoned cruiser' said to us during the cruise that there will always be the 1% that will moan about everything. We went on to sit with one of the 1% at diner, who said that the food was inedible, the service was terrible, the entertainment was dreadful and that silver service should be re-introduced [i rest my case]. Incidentally we saw the person in question booking another cruise some 2 or 3 days later, I think the one downside of cruising on a ship the size of Britannia is that there are maybe several cities that passengers may wish to visit, which simply could not cope its size, therefore restricting destinations of choice? Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Sometimes I think I live in a parallel universe ! Some of the critical comments just don't add up. This was our first P&O cruise and won't be our last. We drove to the terminal and dropping the car off and baggage collection ... Read More
Sometimes I think I live in a parallel universe ! Some of the critical comments just don't add up. This was our first P&O cruise and won't be our last. We drove to the terminal and dropping the car off and baggage collection couldn't have been simpler. We were towards the back end of embarcation and had to wait about an hour but it was no big deal. The ship has all the atmosphere and ambience of a modern and high class London hotel. It is chic and understated. Our cabin was immaculate and whilst not huge it had plenty of space for our needs. Unless you're going to spend the whole cruise in your cabin, the balcony was fine. Plenty of room for two to sit or lounge. To address some of the other comments. The lifts were absolutely fine. We were able to walk a lot of the time but there were no excessive waits for lifts when we needed one. The only beef was with other passengers who would insist in getting in a down direction lift when going up or vice versa then say with a laugh we're just going for the ride. The consequence is that you could be at the top of the ship facing a full lift of people wanting to go down. Headliners was easy to get a seat in. The latest we left it was 5 minutes before a show. There were usually seats in the front rows available right up up till show start time. The strictly come dancing shows and the other 3 set piece shows were excellent. We always went to the 8.30 shows so I can't speak for the later one. We did Freedom dining and never had to wait for a seat. We chose to eat on a table for two because if you share a table it can take a time because some are much slower eaters than others. The food was excellent throughout and the service was brilliant. The choice was always good. We always had breakfast, and occasionally lunch in the self service Horizon Restaurant. Again, great range of food and always staff available to help if you needed it. There were always enough sun loungers on the lido deck but sometimes you might need to search around a bit to find one. We thought the grab and go food at the poolside was particularly good. Someone did mention that loungers at the back of the ship get sooty from the engine exhaust and we did notice that as well. Some have mentioned that there isn't a promenade deck right around the ship. True but as the ship is big, the promenade deck that goes around half the ship is quite big anyway. We have been on smaller cruise ships but Brittania's large size didn't make the ship seem crowded in any way. There were always areas to sit and always a waiter at your elbow asking if you wanted a drink ! We did a mixture of organised shore excursions and self managed trips. All of the shore excursions were good. Cruise excursions are always expensive but I thought, overall, the ones on this cruise were quite reasonable. We enjoyed this cruise so much we took advantage of the £50 per person deposit to book our next cruise whilst on board. Take no notice of the negative comments. If you take a trip on Brittania I don't think you'll be disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
My husband and I along with our two children aged 4 and 7 arrived in Southampton on Easter Sunday for the much anticipated Saturday Night Take Away cruise. From stepping into the terminal you could tell it was going to be a unique ... Read More
My husband and I along with our two children aged 4 and 7 arrived in Southampton on Easter Sunday for the much anticipated Saturday Night Take Away cruise. From stepping into the terminal you could tell it was going to be a unique experience. A camera crew filming and my children spotting little Ant and Dec in the queue - we just knew it was going to be an amazing 2 week holiday! Once on board the excitement continued with a video clip on the interactive TV in our cabins from Christopher Edgington about the show (my children must of watched this 4 min clip about a hundred times!), letters about the set up and arrangements, and four very welcome Easter eggs on our bed! We were in for a rough couple of days due to Storm Katie in the Bay of Biscay. A quiet restaurant on the second night allowed us to watch the waves crashing against the window (I had never seen the waves go above those windows before!) it was quite a sight whilst eating our steak! I did feel sorry for the new comers to cruising (over a 1000 apparently) and this being their first experience of cruising probably would have put me off! But I know from my years of cruising (have been since I was four years old being the wonderful Canberra my first cruise ship) this is extremely rare. I enjoyed a lecture from the Saturday Night Take Away locations manager in the studio theatre. It was very interesting finding out how much effort and money had gone into the show. Cadiz was lovely. Very welcome sunshine and warmth after what seems a long winter! The preparations for the SNTA show were in full swing. It didn't cause too much disruption as only a few areas of the deck were closed and in fact it was very interesting watching the set up. I couldn't believe how much staging and lights and people it took just for one show! The build up to the show was immense. Huge tv screens kept popping up around the ship and then Tv cameras in areas like Brodie's. Once we reached Barcelona there were broadcasting vans all the way along the ship with huge amounts of wire coming from the top deck to them! Check out the photo of us having a lovely meal in the restaurant just next to the window where the ITV staff catering van was! We even got glimpses of Ant and Dec when they got off and on the ship! My boys became friends with little Ant and Dec, they were lovely boys and their parents very friendly and didn't mind having their photos taken with the passengers. P&O did a great job keeping us informed about the show and invited us all to a gala party where we had a surprise visit from Ant and Dec themselves! Ant and Dec did a 'selfie' with us all in the background! Once we were in Barcelona on the night of the show they asked us to keep on our cabin lights on and curtains opened. There were bright blue lights illuminating the ship too. I was worried my children wouldn't be able to enjoy the show due to age restrictions on deck but the kids club had their area all decorated with balloons, banners and they enjoyed the show with popcorn and a celebrity band! My husband and I were extremely lucky to have received tickets/ wrist bands to watch the show live on deck. It was fascinating to watch and as I love the show I enjoyed joining in with all the clapping cheering etc. We had a 'warm up' guy who got us singing and dancing at the beginning of the show and during the adverts, it was all great fun. The director prompted us when to start clapping and cheering. The fireworks at the end were AMAZING. They were very strict about not using cameras until the end of the show so not to spoil any surprises. When filming stopped Ant and Dec took time to speak to the audience to thank us for taking part and that they were sorry if they caused any disruption to our holiday. It just showed how genuinely nice they are as they could have easily just left after the show. The audience were then safely directed back inside which I thought was very well organised. We then when straight to the Horizon buffet as they served a delicious curry. This seemed very popular mainly due to being a bit nippy outside plus we decided to skip the organised early dinner as we were too excited for the show! Over the next few days the ITV crew worked extremely hard taking the stage, lights and the TVs down. It was like the Christmas decorations going down and was sad to see! The ship felt 'back to normal' very quickly! P&O even managed to open up the Arena for the rest of the cruise which was very much welcomed by my children and the teenagers having a good kick around with their new sparkly FC Barcelona footballs! There was also a book signing from Marco Pierre White during the cruise - talk about a celebrity laden trip! We couldn't believe that after all the build up and then the excitement of the show we still had another week to enjoy visiting Rome, Ajaccio and Gibraltar. We had wonderful weather and fantastic entertainment my favourites being the pianist and also children's entertainer Malcolm the Magician who put on several shows entertaining and wowing the children (and also the parents!). The Reef staff were also amazing and our children enjoyed the kids club so much that it was difficult to get them out! Pramila our amazing Cabin stewardess gave us a signed picture of Ant and Dec on our last day and also a lovely letter from P&O thanking us for taking part in the cruise. All passengers received these, even our children got a copy. What a lovely touch by the SNTA team and of course P&O. I feel very privileged to be part of this cruise. It's certainly a cruise we will never forget and will never be deleted from our TV recorder box! Hope you enjoyed the read and the photos. Happy Cruising! Caroline Lots of tips and advice for travelling as part of a family can be found on my 'P&O cruises for Families' group - please feel free to join if you are interested in that aspect of cruising. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
I have recently returned from my first cruise and although I have nothing to compare it to I can honestly say is was fantastic. From the moment my friend and I boarded the stunning Britannia we were made to feel "special". ... Read More
I have recently returned from my first cruise and although I have nothing to compare it to I can honestly say is was fantastic. From the moment my friend and I boarded the stunning Britannia we were made to feel "special". From the very first moment when Daniel (our cabin steward) introduced himself to us to the last moment of being on board was a truly amazing experience. We enjoyed everything about the cruise (apart from the weather), the food was beautiful, the cafes, shops and entertainment on board all excellent. We particularly enjoyed the live lounge where the resident band Pulse kept us entertained each night along with various other acts also. The staff on board Britannia are so very helpful and just can't do enough to help passengers, polite and friendly every moment of the day. Before going on my cruise I had read many reviews complaining about the lifts, I personally had no problems in this department and there are plenty of lifts for all to use but they do get busy when waiting to leave the ship on shore days and obviously when returning, all that is needed here is a little patience. I have had an absolute ball on my first cruise and met some really lovely people so much so that I have booked another 2 cruises on Britannia in 2016, thank you P+O see you again in September Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
Just got back from our recent cruise on Britannia, and have to say it was a beautiful ship and to be honest have been taken aback with the unfair criticism of both the decor, entertainment, food and service of the staff which I felt where ... Read More
Just got back from our recent cruise on Britannia, and have to say it was a beautiful ship and to be honest have been taken aback with the unfair criticism of both the decor, entertainment, food and service of the staff which I felt where excellent and up to the usual P&O standards. Have to say though when I was looking around saw a lot of glum faces you wouldn't believe they where on board a luxury liner on holiday! Just one point I wish to make above all else was that I believe P&O have been very brave in the design of Britannia's auditorium coming away from the usual dance oriented floor to a more family (all round hotel lobby) feel which in my view makes for a very relaxed atmosphere which you can watch the world go by on which we all love to do on our holidays. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
The one bad part of this holiday was embarkation. The IT systems failed numerous times and as a result passengers were kept waiting. Would have been nice to get free drinks and a snack as we had been in Southampton from early morning and ... Read More
The one bad part of this holiday was embarkation. The IT systems failed numerous times and as a result passengers were kept waiting. Would have been nice to get free drinks and a snack as we had been in Southampton from early morning and didn't embark until 4.30. However, once on board the holiday and cruise really began! Our bags were waiting for us and the muster was simple and well organised. The ship is amazing, the decor simple and relaxing and best of all brand new and gleaming. The cabins are well appointed and although the bathroom is a little small, the shower is large and there is enough room for one to wash and use the other facilities. The food in the main dining rooms was amazing with plenty of choice at breakfast, lunch and dinner. We loved the fact that the restaurant was open every day for lunch, something we haven't experienced on other lines. The afternoon tea served in the Oriental Restaurant each and every day was also another lovely touch and again not something offered by the other lines we have used. The staff in the main dining rooms were always very attentive and pleasant. Although our experiences in the Horizon buffet were limited, the food was always good but the staff a little distant and not as engaged. The entertainment was amazing with a huge variety of choice, perhaps a little negative was the Live Lounge didn't seem large enough to accommodate the passengers wanting to experience the entertainment offered in there (usually the comedians) who were popular. We enjoyed sea days and found Britannia offered more entertainment than the other lines on sea days. The ports of call in the main were really enjoyable especially Lisbon, Valencia and Seville, we thought Gibraltar and Cartagena were disappointing but just our opinion. We were annoyed at the moaning of other passengers, in the main they had not tried other lines and therefore did not appreciate the extras P&O still offer or the attentive staff and amenities, instead they chose the moan about the lifts (we found the wait time no different to any other cruise line), and if you have legs why not use them and walk to other lift sites or take the stairs! We do think that P&O are trying to secure their next generation of cruisers and are trying to offer a different experience from their other ships and therefore we would say if you are open minded and young at heart then you will love this ship, however, if you are a long established P&O cruiser who enjoys the experience on the older ships then stick to them and let the new generation enjoy Britannia for what she is a fabulous new era ship and experience. Thanks to all the P&O staff for am amazing holiday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
First ever trip on a cruise ship and what a fantastic experience it was. Brittania is beautifully built and run by a great crew. The food was fab and so much of it, the staff in the oriental restaurant being exceptionally good. Night time ... Read More
First ever trip on a cruise ship and what a fantastic experience it was. Brittania is beautifully built and run by a great crew. The food was fab and so much of it, the staff in the oriental restaurant being exceptionally good. Night time entertainment was top rate with the resident band and singers brilliant. Our accommodatio was excellent as was our cabin staff, room always kept very well serviced. The captain was an incredable chap especially during the Queens longest reigning knees up around the swimming pools. Did not take the escourted shore excursions as we fancied doing our own thing. We used CPS car parking which was simple and easy. Takes some time to get to know your way around such a large ship and some areas are more confusing than others. Would recommend travelling on Brittania to any one, a truely magical adventure. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
After cruising with P&O for the very first time last year on the Oceana (had a great experience) we decided to book another cruise on Britannia this year and wow what a inspired decision it proved to be, great facilities, staff, ... Read More
After cruising with P&O for the very first time last year on the Oceana (had a great experience) we decided to book another cruise on Britannia this year and wow what a inspired decision it proved to be, great facilities, staff, service, balcony suite, restaurant(oriental) excellent. Although this was only our second cruise I do know when i get good service or not and the service was EXCEPTIONAL. Got to mention our cabin steward Roland who kept our cabin immaculate and always greeted us with a cheery smile and was always courteous. A second mention goes to our table waiter (oriental) Alson who was very friendly, courteous and attentive and had a brilliant sense of humour and participated in the spirit of our table which was brilliant by the way, couldn't have wished for a better set of people to dine with. We found the ship to be clean and the staff friendly and courteous so well done P&O. Are we going to book with P&O for next year absolutely, cant wait Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
This was our first ever cruise so therefore we have nothing to compare it to. Having been interested in a cruise for sometime we decided to book it August 2014 to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this year. Britannia was not ... Read More
This was our first ever cruise so therefore we have nothing to compare it to. Having been interested in a cruise for sometime we decided to book it August 2014 to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary this year. Britannia was not completed when we booked it but after it's launch we became a little concerned because of the mixed reviews and negative comments she received. So for anyone who as never sailed on Britannia this review is for you ! Firstly I would like to cover the areas that most complaints were directed. Lifts : There are 18 lifts in total. 6 forward, 6 midships and 6 aft that hold 18 people and the most we ever waited was 2 - 3 minutes. The complaints about waiting for lifts are groundless in our opinion. After all, one is supposed to be on holiday, what's the rush. The Theatre: I will agree the theatre is on the small size for the size of the ship but having said that there are 3 performances each night, 7-30, 8-30 and 10-30. We mainly attended either of the two earlier shows and never queued once to get in as some people had claimed. We arrived as late as 10 minutes before the performance and still found good view seats. Cinema: We would agree that the seating is not banked enough, so if you do not want to see heads and shoulders on the bottom of the screen you need to be on the front row. We do think some more thought should of gone into the seating design. Politeness of Staff: Some people made negative comments regarding the on board staff/crew. I would underline every member of staff we came in contact with, went out of their way to be polite especially our cabin steward Oliver (deck 11) and the staff in Sindhu's and the Epicurean Restaurant whom were brilliant. Plus points: Embarkation and Disembarkation: Very smooth and well organised Dining: No complaints at all, we would say excellent in fact ! The choice in the Horizon Restaurant for breakfast is great. Self service buffet supplying: fresh fruit, smoothies, fresh fruit juice, tea coffee, cereals, yoghurt's, grilled food, freshly prepared omelets with your choice of filling. etc, etc. We overheard one lady say 'she could not find anything she liked for breakfast'. Where do these people come from ? Excursions: Excellent. We loved Monte Carlo, Rome and Florence and the guides were first class. Cabin: very nice, small balcony but this was not an issue. More draw space would of been nice. Entertainment: Over all very good, with a good variety of acts. Bars: Something for everyone. Sail Away Deck Party from Gibraltar: Absolutely BRILLIANT. Unashamed Patriotism ! Minus Point: The main pool area is the family area and of course when you get a lot of children by a pool you will get noise. Accompanied by music from the DJ, it was far from a peaceful, relaxing place. But it is not that we do not tolerate children, we have 2 grown up children and we were aware that Britannia is a family ship. There is an adults only pool area on board - Serenity, which nice and quite. But our complaint was the family area had two heated Jacuzzi's but we could never get in these because the children 'filled' them. The only time we managed to use one was on a Port day when we decided to stay aboard when obviously a lot of families went ashore. We feel that a Jacuzzi should of been installed in the Serenity area as well. Usually I would not go into so much detail for an holiday review, but felt it necessary to supply anyone in two minds about sailing on Britannia what we experienced. Summing up: We had a wonderful time and Britannia will supply us with many memories for years to come. Would we sail on Britannia again ? Yes. Would we recommend Britannia ? Yes. Did we like Britannia ? Yes. The standard that P&O deliver has convinced us to cruise again - with P&O. Although we would try one of their other ships, purely to experience another ship and not because we did not like Britannia. All in all a fantastic experience - Thank you Britannia ! Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
After reading all of the negative reveiws regarding the Britiannia cruise ship we started our holiday slighty apprahensive of what we might find, after a few hours on board (We embarked at our allocated time) all of these feeling ... Read More
After reading all of the negative reveiws regarding the Britiannia cruise ship we started our holiday slighty apprahensive of what we might find, after a few hours on board (We embarked at our allocated time) all of these feeling disappeared as I tried to find these faults. We were greeted on board as we entered and directed to our cabin, the cabin was beautifully presented and our cases were waiting outside of our room. We had lunch from the large buffet and proceeded to the Headliners Theatre for an optional tour of the main areas of the ship (shops, food areas, casino) Wes the gentleman doing the tour gave us his recommendations of what to try whilst on board (Market cafe has lovely cheese and ham board, The Glass house has a lovely selection of wine). Many reviews stated that the ship did not have enough room to accomandate all of the guests for the entertainment. This is the case, however many of the shows are repeated 2-3 times through the evening. We watched a show on the first night that was shown at 8.30pm and 10.30, so if you miss one show it was easy enough to go to the next showing, there was entertainment most night in Headliners Theatre and Live Lounge again with scatered showings. This ship was built to accomandate families, although they do have some Adult only areas on board, I didn't go to these as i have children myself. Serenity on top deck is an adult only area that is quiet (you can't even adult only area but this has to be paid for, this area is great for health conscious due to the offerings up there. Whilst on this cruise we have since tried to book another one but are having difficulty with the dates as the ship is already selling out for next year. I can see why this ship is georgeous and you are treated so well on board. All the staff are impeccaple and look after you marvellously. Don't be detered by some of the reviews and experience this ship for yourself. Read Less
Sail Date August 2015
Me and my wife have just returned from a two week Mediterranean cruise on Britannia. Embarkation was smooth we arrived at 11.30 and by 14.30 we were on the top deck enjoying a drink at the bar. The ship is amazing from the moment you walk ... Read More
Me and my wife have just returned from a two week Mediterranean cruise on Britannia. Embarkation was smooth we arrived at 11.30 and by 14.30 we were on the top deck enjoying a drink at the bar. The ship is amazing from the moment you walk on and see the atriam. We did not have any issues finding our way around the ship. Don't know what other people are moaning about because the mid ships stairs go from deck 4-17 and we never waited more than 5 mins for a lift. The cabin was spacious and clean with an excellent size shower and queen bed. We were on freedom dining and used the meridan restaurant almost every night. The food was amazing especially the desserts. The staff were very welcoming and friendly. The entertainment was first class we saw the Beatles experience in the the live lounge we also saw ruthie henshall in the headliners ,if you want to see 20.30 show them go at least 30 minutes prior to act as it gets very busy. The ships on board band pulse are very good. We would also recommend the crows nest on deck 17 . Resident pianist was fantastic. We also had Eric landlards afternoon tea at the epicurean which was fantastic. You can also sample his cakes at the market cafe on deck 5. The swimming pools are a good size and are heated and there was always sun loungers available . We used serenity pool more as it was quieter. The grab and go is a very good idea offering burgers, Chips, salads , pizza etc . The bar staff are very good and you are never without a drink. Overall this is an amazing modern ship that offers something for everyone . Our only negative comment is there are far to many people who go on to moan they tend to be the older generation and there are far to many people who go on to compare it with other ships. Don't go on it to moan go on it to enjoy your holiday. We would highly recommend Britannia and would definitely go on it again. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Just returned from a 14 day cruise on this beautiful ship. Superb entertainment, excellent food and service, fantastic facilities and great ports of call. In particular the special effects and talent of the resident entertainment troupe ... Read More
Just returned from a 14 day cruise on this beautiful ship. Superb entertainment, excellent food and service, fantastic facilities and great ports of call. In particular the special effects and talent of the resident entertainment troupe were exceptional, service in all bars and restaurants was immaculate and we particularly enjoyed the Beach House and the Limelight club, both of which were well worth the cover charge. Madeleine Bell was superb as was Jimmy James and several of the other acts. Only problem is the number of hyper critical "cruise experts" who seem to take great delight in nitpicking about minor issues, telling you about all the other cruises and ships they have been on and comparing them to Britannia. We learned quickly to avoid contact with such people and were careful not to prolong dialogue when it became clear we had encountered Mr and Mrs Whinger. Will have no hesitation in booking Britannia again and if you go on a cruise to enjoy yourself Britannia offers everything you could ask for. Read Less
Sail Date May 2015
I don't normally write reviews but I was so shocked by some of the really negative reviews about this great ship. From the moment we arrived at Southampton and saw Britannia till we stepped off at the end we had a great time. As usual ... Read More
I don't normally write reviews but I was so shocked by some of the really negative reviews about this great ship. From the moment we arrived at Southampton and saw Britannia till we stepped off at the end we had a great time. As usual check in was very efficient, the ship's Deco was amazing light and bright. Our cabin was ready and our luggage arrived very quickly. The cabin was a good size with a wall mounted flat screen TV.The bathroom had a large glass fronted shower which was a great improvement. The balcony was a bit smaller than on other P&O ships but was perfectly adequate. Food was excellent great choices in all the places we tried. All the staff were friendly and efficient especially the waiters in the Meridian restaurant. The lack of midship stairs was a bit odd but we soon got used to that The lifts were a bit erratic at times but I am sure they will get that sorted out.The only thing that spoiled it a bit for us was the constant moaning by some passengers, they seemed intent on finding fault instead of enjoying all this great ship had to offer. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we have just booked another cruise on Britannia this September. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
As a non flyer and regular cruiser I cannot tell you how excited I was about Britannia' maiden voyage. When booking we were given a time to check in, we arrived at that time and fortunately got on board within 40 minutes. I heard ... Read More
As a non flyer and regular cruiser I cannot tell you how excited I was about Britannia' maiden voyage. When booking we were given a time to check in, we arrived at that time and fortunately got on board within 40 minutes. I heard other people had waited a couple of hours, this is not P&O's fault, other passengers paid no attention to their allocated embarkation time which in turn creates a back log and delays. This has happened with nearly all the lines I have travelled with. Once on board we went straight to our cabin and was delighted to see our cases already there. There was a few issues with the lifts at this point I think mainly due to a lack of a mid ship stairway. The ship was beautifully decorated and the atrium was spectacular. Our balcony cabin was a good size. The bathroom was quite small but the shower was a good size and had a lovely glass enclosure instead of those horrible shower curtains. The balcony was on the small side not much space with 2 chairs a foot stool and table but ok. The public areas were lovely including brodies, live lounge, headliners and the crows nest. The theatre headliners was always busy but I never had a problem getting a seat and the shows were amazing, although the seats were a little small if you have a big bottom like me Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Maiden Cruise review on Britannia Overall Ship Experience 8 out of 10 + Modern design + Well laid out + Great choice of dining options and food quality + High tech Headliners shows + Ample seating areas + Amazing Atrium We did hear ... Read More
Maiden Cruise review on Britannia Overall Ship Experience 8 out of 10 + Modern design + Well laid out + Great choice of dining options and food quality + High tech Headliners shows + Ample seating areas + Amazing Atrium We did hear a lot of passengers comparing Britannia to other ships in the fleet, but we feel she’s not been designed to replace them, but to add a different cruise experience to the fleet, offering a modern, fresh and unique feel - Points A few key design features which shave a few points off Britannia which are : 1) Design let down by no central staircase, so moving around decks (even just one deck) requires the lift, which can take be quite a wait and get very busy at disembarkation and in the evening. If you take a long walk to either end of the ship there are staircases located forward and aft, but for some can take some time 2) No promenade deck - so if you like to take an evening stroll around the outside deck, you cannot.  Also you cannot access the bow or stern of Britannia, she only has a small outside areas on deck 7 which are amidships and another small area towards the stern (you cannot walk on the outside between these two areas as the lifeboats take the walkway area up). The Crows nest is the only area you can look out over the bow, the Retreat takes the outside bow area up - this can only accessed by purchasing a pass Check In - As usual with Ocean Cruise Terminal It takes up to 2 hours to embark. You have to take a coloured A-Z card and wait your turn…very,very slow, so arrive early Once checked in and through security everything was smooth Thats all the bad bits over with .... lets get back to Britannia's great cruising experience ..... Cabin - Inside cabins offer enough access to get around the bed, plus large area under the bed for all your luggage, a larger than normal shower with glass screen, cabins are quite spacious offering a lot of hanging / cupboard space.  Outside Cabins are quite narrow with very narrow balcony, both are very well appointed with safe, fridge, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities and are very quite (well sound insulated), either a 32” or 40” TV offering a great choice or radio, tv or film options ….althought your on a cruise and won’t need it that much! Staff - Very friendly, will accommodate your every need, on our cruise demonstrated their care, and bravery when tendering into Monte Carlo became very difficult due to sea conditions and strong winds - we felt very sorry for the crew members left aboard to recover the tenders onto the ships lifting hooks, as it took them 1 hr each to load the large new tenders back onboard due the conditions, injuring themselves in the process (lucky they made a full quick recovery) Tendering - Very fast, efficient and very well organised (please see comment above as quite a lot of passengers may complained about a long wait, but this was caused by very difficult and dangerous sea conditions. The Captain and the crew were very concerned about passenger safety as the Captain personally overseen the tenders and helped passengers back onboard Disembarkation at port destinations - Can be quite lengthly as only 2 gangways were used (we hope more will be used in the future), as with over 3500 passengers it gets very busy not only on the gangways but with the lifts so you can struggle to get ashore quickly Food and Drink - What can we say…. if you like food and drink Britannia is the place it be !!! lots of great places to dine : Meridian - Freedom Dining Restaurant - Meridian Oriental - Fixed Dining Restaurant - Oriental Horizon - open 20 hours per day (late buffet till 02.00) with self service wine Grab and Go - Ready packaged food sandwiches, fruits, pasta etc Poolside pizzeria - till 18.00 The Glass house - Charges from £3.50 to £7.50 - Open from 11.00 - 23.00 The Epicurean - Cover charge £28 per person - Open from 18.30 - 22.00 The Beach house - Cover charge £5 per person - Open from 18.30 - 21.30 The Sindhu - Cover charge £15 per person The Limelight Club - Cover charge applies The Ocean Grill - Charges apply The White Room - Cover charge applies Entertainment - Excellent entertainment Team, offering the best sail away parties we have seen for some time Headliners Theatre offers the very latest in high tech shows, lighting displays and amazing LED screens (around 14 ft high and the width of the stage) and a great sound system. The performers really take these shows to the next level Plenty of daily activities and evening entertainment for the more senior generation, but if you aged between 20-50 you could find it lacking, as the music, entertainment and general daily programme lends itself to an older age group After 11.30 the late night club doubles up as the disco which is nearly always empty as the sound system is lacking compared to the excellent sound systems around the rest of the ship Dress code - Very smartly dressed, it was great to see nearly everyone onboard adhering to smart dress codes (4 formal nights in 14 days) Retail - Quite a selection of retail options - but be quick …. they only hold very limited stock (in the case of watches and sunglasses etc they only sometimes have the item on display for sale, so if you don’t buy quickly you could be disappointed) Tours - Extremely well organised, great tour guides and run perfectly on time, prices once again are quite high on certain tours we chose a Rome tour which we felt was priced correctly for the amount of information and hours we spent on the tour. Spa - Britannia has an amazing spa with some amazing places to relax and pamper yourself, but prices are on the high side Our opinion of Britannia is a very friendly ship, very modern design features and the Captain, Crew and Entertainments team did extremely well for her maiden voyage. Britannia will also cater for families well, as she has a very large children's area with lots of entertainment and staff to keep them happy. We hope to return onboard in the near future ……   Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Maiden Cruise review on Britannia Overall Ship Experience 8 out of 10 + Modern design + Well laid out + Great choice of dining options and food quality + High tech Headliners shows + Ample seating areas We did hear a lot of ... Read More
Maiden Cruise review on Britannia Overall Ship Experience 8 out of 10 + Modern design + Well laid out + Great choice of dining options and food quality + High tech Headliners shows + Ample seating areas We did hear a lot of passengers comparing Britannia to other ships in the fleet, but we feel she’s not been designed to replace them, but to add a different cruise experience to the fleet, offering a modern, fresh and unique feel. - Points A few key design features take a few points off Britannia which are : 1) Design let down by no central staircase, so moving around decks (even just one deck) requires the lift, which can take some time and get very busy at disembarkation at ports and in evening, unless you walk to either end of the ship 2) No promenade deck - so if you like to take an evening stroll around the outside deck you cannot You cannot access the bow or stern of Britannia, she only has a small outside areas on deck 7 which are amidships and another small area towards the stern (you cannot walk on the outside between these two areas as the lifeboats take the walkway area up) The Crows nest is the only area you can look out over the bow The Retreat takes the outside bow area up - this can only accessed by purchasing a pass Check In - As usual with Ocean Cruise Terminal It takes up to 2 hours to embark. You have to take a coloured A-Z card and wait your turn…very,very slow, so arrive early Once checked in and through security everything was smooth Cabin - Inside cabins offer enough access to get around the bed, plus large area under the bed for all your luggage, a larger than normal shower with glass screen, cabins are quite spacious offering a lot of hanging / cupboard space. Outside Cabins are quite narrow with very narrow balcony, both are very well appointed with safe, fridge, hairdryer, tea and coffee facilities and are very quite (well sound insulated), either a 32” or 40” TV offering a great choice or radio, tv or film options ….althought your on a cruise and won’t need it that much ! Staff - Very friendly, will accommodate your every need, on our cruise demonstrated their care, and bravery when tendering into Monte Carlo became very difficult due to sea conditions and strong winds - we felt very sorry for the crew members left aboard to recover the tenders onto the ships lifting hooks, as it took them 1 hr each to load the large new tenders back onboard due the conditions, injuring themselves in the process (lucky they made a full quick recovery) Tendering - Very fast, efficient and very well organised (please see comment above as quite alot of passengers may complained about a long wait, but this was caused by very difficult and dangerous sea conditions. The Captain and the crew were very concerned about passenger safety as the Captain personally overseen the tenders and helped passengers back onboard Disembarkation at port destinations - Can be quite lengthly as only 2 gangways were used (we hope more will be used in the future), as with over 3500 passengers it gets very busy not only on the gangways but with the lifts so you can struggle to get ashore quickly Food and Drink - What can we say…. if you like food and drink Britannia is the place it be !!! lots of great places to dine : Meridian - Freedom Dining Restaurant - Meridian Oriental - Fixed Dining Restaurant - Oriental Horizon - open 20 hours per day (late buffet till 02.00) with self service wine Grab and Go - Ready packaged food sandwiches, fruits, pasta etc Poolside pizzeria - till 18.00 The Glass house - Charges from £3.50 to £7.50 - Open from 11.00 - 23.00 The Epicurean - Cover charge £28 per person - Open from 18.30 - 22.00 The Beach house - Cover charge £5 per person - Open from 18.30 - 21.30 The Sindhu - Cover charge £15 per person The Limelight Club - Cover charge applies The Ocean Grill - Charges apply The White Room - Cover charge applies Entertainment - Excellent entertainment Team, offering the best sail away parties we have seen for some time Headliners Theatre offers the very latest in high tech shows, lighting displays and amazing LED screens (around 14 ft high and the width of the stage) and a great sound system. The performers really take these shows to the next level Plenty of daily activities and evening entertainment for the more senior generation, but if you aged between 20-50 you could find it lacking, as the music, entertainment and general daily programme lends itself to an older age group After 11.30 the late night club doubles up as the disco which is nearly always empty as the sound system is lacking compared to the excellent sound systems around the rest of the ship Dress code - Very smartly dressed, it was great to see nearly everyone onboard adhering to smart dress codes (4 formal nights in 14 days) Retail - Quite a selection of retail options - but be quick …. they only hold very limited stock (in the case of watches and sunglasses etc they only sometimes have the item on display for sale, so if you don’t buy quickly you could be disappointed) Tours - Extremely well organised, great tour guides and run perfectly on time, prices once again are quite high on certain tours we chose a Rome tour which we felt was priced correctly for the amount of information and hours we spent on the tour. Our opinion of Britannia is a very friendly ship, very modern design features and the Captain, Crew and Entertainments team did extremely well for her maiden voyage. Britannia will also cater for families well, as she has a very large children's area with lots of entertainment and staff to keep them happy. We hope to return onboard in the near future. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
Britannia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 5.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.6
Family 5.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.2
Service 5.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.5
Rates 5.0 N/A

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