We sailed before on the Britannia in June 2015, and whilst the food, the crew & the shows were excellent, we really did not like the layout of the ship, the ship has no 'heart', plenty of things going on, but all over the ... Read More
We sailed before on the Britannia in June 2015, and whilst the food, the crew & the shows were excellent, we really did not like the layout of the ship, the ship has no 'heart', plenty of things going on, but all over the place, the Atrium?!! Sorry but it looks like a lounge in an upmarket residential care home!!! Even the staircase leads away from it into a wide corridor & to the Reception!
HOWEVER, my wife so wanted to go on a Strictly Come Dancing themed cruise that we booked this Canaries cruise!! To say we were disappointed is an under-statement!! ONE Strictly Come Dancing show ONLY!! This was by ticket allocation, which I totally agree with, considering the size of the ship & the theatre, the dancing was superb, but where were the other 'Strictly' shows? There were none!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There were several "An Audience With --------" shows, but sorry, we wanted to see the dancing, not listening to a question & answer session, the information about these stars is readily available elsewhere, we don't want to sit there listening to it over again!!!
The Headliners Theatre Group were, as before excellent. It was just a pity that they were the SAME shows that we saw 12 months ago!!!! No points for that one!
Although the crew were as excellent as ever, we cannot say that for the food, yes it was O.K. but it was no where near as good as 12 months ago!! I know I can be 'fussy' with what I eat (I have I.B.S.) but last year I could always find something to my liking & it was always excellent, this year I struggled and I have never left food uneaten as much as I did on this cruise! I suppose I should be thankful, I usually put on several pounds in weight on cruises, this year I lost weight!!!!!
So it is with regret that we have decided that we will probably not cruise again with P&O especially as we paid the 'Select' price, the advantage for paying a few hundred pounds more? Two or Three 'free' shuttle busses into town!! At £4 each way it would have been a lot better to have paid the 'Saver' fair!!!!!!
We cannot control the weather & should have realised that the ports that Britannia can dock in are in the north of the Islands, which are a lot cloudier than the southern parts which where most tourist go.
We were very disappointed with this cruise, the only 'highlight' being the Toboggan Run in Madeira, but why did we have to stay overnight? Also in view of the distances between the Canary Islands why did we have to leave the ports so early?? On at least two occasions we had to be back on board by 16.00 hrs the others no later than 17:30/18:00 hrs!!!!! Read Less