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17 P&O Cruises Britannia Mediterranean Cruise Reviews

I read all the reviews before deciding on a holiday so only fair that I should leave my own objective review. This trip was our first time on Britannia and we had a fantastic trip. The food choices were really good, we ate normally in the ... Read More
I read all the reviews before deciding on a holiday so only fair that I should leave my own objective review. This trip was our first time on Britannia and we had a fantastic trip. The food choices were really good, we ate normally in the Oriental restaurant and were very well looked after with the waiters always offering more if we wanted it or to change things if they though we weren't keen. We also ate in Sindhu and Epicurean both well worth the extra cost. The grab and go sandwiches were perfect for daytime. We stayed in cabin F728 right on the back of the ship and absolutely loved it, it seemed more peaceful than the cabins on the side and we saw loads of dolphins and even a couple of whales - the downside however is that you can feel the engine vibrating more at the back and if the wind is in the right (or wrong) direction you do get soot on your balcony as mentioned on other reviews. Other comments on the cabin are that they could do with a good clean, there was mould in the bathroom in the shower and round the sink and the balcony was permanently dirty. I am not blaming the cabin cleaners I think because the ship goes straight back out it never gets a deep clean. I would only give the cabin 3 star at most In addition although maintenance seemed to be on-going the ship had a lot of rust on it and some machines in the gym weren't working a particular bug bear of my husbands. The entertainment was varied and loads of choice so something for everyone. One comment to note is if you are on second sitting there is never seats available in the live lounge. There were a number of celebrities on board but the price of £25 each to see them seemed a lot to me, this was included in the supper club but surely dinner was included anyway in the price we paid for the holiday. The guy from the Hollies was free and really well worth watching. We did our own thing in the ports as we don't need the hand holding the organised trips provided and had a great time in all the ports - Don't let Anfusa put you off by saying you'll miss the boat because trains are unreliable. We were disappointed we only had a half day in Gibraltar as it doesn't give you time for anything more than a whirlwind trip. We didn't have any problems with service anywhere on the ship everyone worked really hard Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
My husband and I travelled with our 5year old son. Embarkation was very good. We got on much earlier than our allocated slot and the bags already outside our cabin. The cruise demographic was largely retirees. With just under 100 under ... Read More
My husband and I travelled with our 5year old son. Embarkation was very good. We got on much earlier than our allocated slot and the bags already outside our cabin. The cruise demographic was largely retirees. With just under 100 under 18s on board. This was largely fine but the ships design caused major issues. There were lots of people who needed to use the lifts due to mobility issues and the lifts were fairly small so one mobility scooter plus 4 people. Not a problem we would happily take the stairs but non mid ship by our cabin so we had to walk to forward to walk down the stairs to double back - made even trickier when you couldn’t walk the length of the ship on many floors. The kids club was fantastic and the staff great. But we often felt that the cruise was designed for kids to be kept in the kids club out the way. There was really nothing for them in the main ship. The only kid friendly film they did show during the 2 weeks was on a port day. And the only child friendly show on the last night. We ate in the meridian restraint twice. Service very slow. Kids menu had no starter and on both ovcassions brought out between our starter and main so we never ate together. We stuck to the buffet mainly. The staff were fantastic there, knew our little boys name, and always chatted to him and us. After two visits to Meridian we used the glass house on formal nights. By far the high light area for us. The staff there are amazing special shout out to nem and Koran. Nothing was too much trouble, the food was great for a small cover charge. The staff in the glass house are an absolute asset to p&o. There needs to be more inclusive places to eat. The buffet and main dining rooms were the only places inside. The grab and go and pizza/ burger places were on the open deck so no use later on or in bad weather. Recreate this by ditching the market place cafe which atm is a complete waste of space. Also don’t get the ice cream card. It’s limited to one machine which closes at 6 and again located on the main deck. Was annoyed at the trip to Lorro Park. Paid the child price for our son but when we got there found out our son would have got in free. Said this to excutsion team wouldn’t give any refund. V poor service. We mainly did our own excursions so much easier, better value and more flexible. Husband did the behind the scenes tour which he said was amazing. Pools were nice and not too cold. Nice size for the kids to play in. British sail away party fantastic. The entertainment team work amazingly hard and talented. The guy in charge could easily host his own chat show. What I will say for p&o is they look after you when things go wrong. During the first few days we had one detour to enable Spanish coastguard to airlift off one passager, 2 further medical emergency calls the next night followed by speeding up the boat to get to port 6 hours early so one person could be taken off the boat as they weren’t suitable for an airlift. Apparently 10 people were removed by ambulance. I understamd p&o pick up the associated costs and provide support personnel on shore. P&o still seem very fixated on the older cruisers with a nod towards families. This is not a sustainable business model though it won’t be long before the last final salary pension is paid and those with disposable incomes will be the families they are not really catering for. Also got fed up of constant sell esp by the photographers. No I don’t want a photo when I’m in the middle of my food. I have a good camera. Most of the pictures we took ourselves were better tbh. Overall nice ship, some design faults mainly rabbit warren/lack of midship stairs design. Generally great staff. Too much hard sell. Needs to be more family friendly outside of the kids club. Royal Caribbean do this much better. Disembarkation. Good. 25 min from leaving our seats on the ship, to getting in our car. Fantastic organisation. Cases easy to locate and plenty of trollies. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
This was our second cruise after the Arcadia last year. This was definitely a step up in quality of food and overall wow factor of the ship. Yes there is a bit of getting used to which lifts to use to get down to your required deck but ... Read More
This was our second cruise after the Arcadia last year. This was definitely a step up in quality of food and overall wow factor of the ship. Yes there is a bit of getting used to which lifts to use to get down to your required deck but that's offset by enjoying the beautiful interior decor and ambience. We cruised to the Madeira and the Canaries. I must admit to being quite surprised as to the ship's rolling in not very heavy seas. These modern floating hotels are more for the generalcalmer waters of the med and Caribbean I would assume. We had an issue with our cabin that was dealt with in a timely manner by our deck manager and we were accommodated elsewhere. Food overall was excellent. We tended to breakfast and have lunch in the Horizon buffet bar with evening meals Freedom dining. The Horizon provided a great breakfast selection with the usual cooked breakfast items with the addition of eggs benedict, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, kippers, fish kedgeree etc on a rolling basis. Plenty of fresh fruit, smoothies and yoghurt options as well as cereal. Lunch again had a good variety but I stuck to the excellent curries. Delicious. Freedom dining is a great option as it does take away the regimented having to dine at a specific time. Sometimes if you've had a late afternoon tea, or a burger and chips on deck you want to dine a little later at night....Freedom dining not a problem. You do miss out on getting to know your fellow passengers better though. On our first cruise we had a really good table and it was great to catch up at the end of the day over dinner, have a laugh and comfortable chat with people you had got to know. We often went to the show and bar for a quiz afterward with our friends which was great. I suppose the thought of not meeting up with such a good table crowd again erred us against going set dining time this time but you definitely miss that element doing it this way. Entertainment was pretty good. We didn't watch all the shows in the main theatre but Brittania gives you the option to catch up with many acts in the more nightclub type Live Lounge, a more intimate venue. Sam Bailey headlined one night but even as a supportive Leicester lad myself for her I think she's got a bit shouty and overworking the power ballads. Stevie from the Drifters however was excellent, and when we saw him in the Live Lounge he had the audience in his hand, great gig. Speciality restaurants are good and reasonably priced we think. Indian connoisseur s will love Sindhu. The Glass House served great food and we look forward to trying the Epicurean and the Beach House next time! Drinks are reasonably priced and it's nice to get dressed for dinner and have a pre dinner cocktail in one of the bars. I strongly recommend the Hurricane, in fact I'm still making it at home a few weeks after the cruise! Bacardi, dark rum, amaretto (25ml) each, drizzle of grenadine, pineapple juice, plenty of ice, in a shaker, pour and enjoy :) Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
We were very apprehensive as we joined Britannia for our cruise around the med Sept 16-30th. We really enjoyed our time on the boat however. We had an inside cabin which was plenty big enough and in fact on the foggy days appeared to be ... Read More
We were very apprehensive as we joined Britannia for our cruise around the med Sept 16-30th. We really enjoyed our time on the boat however. We had an inside cabin which was plenty big enough and in fact on the foggy days appeared to be the only ones who had a good nights sleep - never heard the fog horn at all. We enjoyed all the destinations we visited and the trips to Rome and Florence had excellent guides we learnt so much. We enjoyed the entertainment in the limelight, our afternoon tea, the meals at Sindu were very special and we got to know our waiters in the basic restaurants. We spent much of our evenings in the pub - the entertainment staff were all enthusiastic and there was a great sense of fun both in the pub and during the sailaways. I had two cooking experiences the one with Marco Pierre White the icing on the cake - he was so down to earth and helpful. The only down point were some stuffy passengers in the crows nest who complained loudly that we were not in evening dress at 5:30 on a smart night. All in all we really enjoyed it. I think the only downside is that the ship is so big - some sea days we walked over 4 miles - that we didn't get to know any of the other passengers we never saw those we met again! The last two days were a bit boring - if you didn't want to go to dance classes there was an air of the cruise was over once we left Gibraltar staff clearing up. This was our second cruise the last one on Arcadia, but it was still a good experience I think too many people have over the top expectations. However we have booked with P and O again however but next time with Oceana a smaller ship fly/cruise so less time to and from the destinations.. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our second cruise with Brittania, we chose it again because of the cleanliness of the ship, also the menues in the restaurant were good, staff very friendly, and the food was all ways lovey and hot,, This time we found the ... Read More
This was our second cruise with Brittania, we chose it again because of the cleanliness of the ship, also the menues in the restaurant were good, staff very friendly, and the food was all ways lovey and hot,, This time we found the menus didn’t have so much choice, too much fish for us, food still lovey and hot I must say, The Buffet at lunch time didn’t have a lot of choice also again much the same everyday! The entertainment hasn’t changed a lot so Some of the acts we had seen before, But it was nice to see Sam Bailey and Zoe Tyler and Jimmy James,The Dance troupe we’re very good.. We used the Live Longe a few times but didn’t think the Group was as good as the last time,But they had a good singer tribute to Whitney who was very good.. All in all good cruise just hope Brittania now calls at some different ports in the future, Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This ship felt spacious modern & comfortable. It is extremely stable you really dont feel like your moving. It has several swimming pools the main area is best suited to familys as it has loud music playing not to our taste more aimed ... Read More
This ship felt spacious modern & comfortable. It is extremely stable you really dont feel like your moving. It has several swimming pools the main area is best suited to familys as it has loud music playing not to our taste more aimed at younger people . even so we didnt feel heavy rock music was appropriate for sunbathing. We liked the serenity pool at deck 17 this area has all the dedicated sun worshipper needs . Sun lounges, comfy couches, a bar, a pool that has a disabled hoist tho we never saw it used. The deck 16 restaurnt is nicely furnished with booths, tables to suit couples and larger groups, it is spacious , kept spotless by hard working waiters. If you dont want to eat inside theres always grab n go on the pool deck that has sandwiches and prepacked salads which are delicious. The group Pulse are really good and they can be found most nights in the live lounge. the Brittania show group (headiners theatre company) did 3 amazing shows, we were blown away. but also disappointed that in 12 nights they only did the 3 shows we'd have liked more. Amongst the visiting acts were a couple of good comedians.They now have dinner theatre where you play £22 for a meal n entertainment Darren Day appeared here. to us it seemed like just another way to make an extra few bob out of the passengers. Food in the main restaurants was a bit hit n miss. The steak wasnt the best quality, food was sometimes a touch cold and veg was deffo lightly cooked.The soups were fab and we did enjoy most of our meals. On Freedom dining we met lots of lovely people. Its a big ship with no staircases in the centre which led to some frustration with lifts. We thought it was a huge mistake not to have stairs as it would have eased the queues. We really liked Brittania and will deffo go back sometime in the future. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
I surrendered to the pleas of my two young grandsons to go on "Britannia", despite my fears of the ship being too big and crowded. My fears were unfounded and I was delighted to say that the ship, because of her size, was one of ... Read More
I surrendered to the pleas of my two young grandsons to go on "Britannia", despite my fears of the ship being too big and crowded. My fears were unfounded and I was delighted to say that the ship, because of her size, was one of the least congested that I have cruised aboard. I made a bad mistake in booking a cabin on "A" deck, directly beneath the Lido Deck. Light sleepers beware, during the night the crew move the hundreds of sunbeds around to hose down and clean the deck. For those trying to sleep in the deck below it sounds like a clog dance festive. The Atrium I liked, it was the heart of the ship, a place to meet or take a comfy chair and people watch. It did not double up as a tiny dance floor or daytime lecture room, where nothing is heard because of the noise. The ship's plush décor is devoid of any nautical ambiance, gone are the paintings of old company ships and models or maritime memorabilia. It is as if the company is trying to convince you that you are not at sea, but in the "Britannia Hilton". Gone too is the glorious Prom Deck, which seems to be the casualty on most of the new goliaths. The theatre had some awesome gizmos, but perhaps these were overdone. The resident singer/dancers were not the "Headliners", but the talented "Kudos" troupe. Their first show, "Once upon a time", with the famous spider was excellent. Thereafter I thought they relied more upon LED screens and science than the art of song and dance. I have witnessed the "Headliners" receive standing ovations using the simplest of sets. The bar stewards appear to have been thankfully barred from the theatre, so that 15 minutes into a performance, my enjoyment is not marred by the fellow in front ordering a round of drinks for all his cronies. The Peninsular restaurant décor was pleasantly sober, with no wow factor, and neither was there any in the mediocre fare served there. Way above in the Horizon Buffet I liked the smaller, more private table arrangements. Gone were the proliferation of large semi circular tables, where you could enjoy a delicate breakfast and be joined by a couple who believed that you had designed and owned the ship, and blasted your ears with all its shortcomings. The new "Grab and GO" locker, dispensing excellent sandwiches and mousses, is something that is needed on every ship in the fleet. Although there was a quiet pool area up forward, we chose to set up camp and relax on the rattan sofas in the shade of the Sun Deck, and still be able to keep an eye on the little ones in the Lido Deck twin pools. Sadly the ship's philosophy was that unless you had to shout to be heard you were not enjoying yourself. So many a blissful afternoon was spoilt by continuous loud music being beamed around the deck. Thump thump THUMP. The ship was very clean. Despite being accommodated midships and thus obliged to use the central lifts just to go up one deck to the Lido/Horizon (no stairs available), we encountered few problems summoning lifts. Would I sail on "Britannia" again? Although not my favourite ship, if the circumstances were right "Yes", providing not on "A" deck, that the chef watches TV's "Masterchef" and Tracy Clegg, although you are a great Entertainment Manager, please turn the volume down a couple of notches. Would my grandsons cruise on her again? They want to live on her. Thank you Reef Rangers. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
We chose this cruise because we hadn't tried P&O before and having been mainly on older ships we wanted to try Britannia while she was still fairly fresh. We arrived 10 minutes before our allocated embarkation time and were ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we hadn't tried P&O before and having been mainly on older ships we wanted to try Britannia while she was still fairly fresh. We arrived 10 minutes before our allocated embarkation time and were called almost straight away. By the time we reached our cabin our cases were waiting for us outside the door. Very impressive! Our cabin was on deck 15 and facing forward. Unfortunately this meant that we had a steel-fronted balcony, but on the positive side it was about 3 x the size of the standard balcony. The deck plans state that this balcony has restricted access while at sea so I had some concerns that it would be locked, but this was not the case. One advantage was that we could see both sides while in port. The cabin was not huge but perfectly adequate and with plenty of storage space, and it was kept beautiful clean. The food was of good quality and plentiful. We had one evening in Sindhu, which we really enjoyed, and also saw Eric & Ern in The Limelight Club, which was a really special experience. This was a Strictly cruise, and even my husband, who has never actually watched the show, agreed that this added a lot of extra interest. We had been to most of the ports before so we didn't go on any of the ship's excursions, choosing instead to make our own way around, which was easy to do on this itinerary. Britannia is a large ship, and being right at the front, we had quite a long walk from end to end, and I think we might go for a smaller ship next time. The public areas were busy, especially on sea days, but we obviously knew how many passengers would be on board when we booked so it wouldn't be right to moan about this. I agree with other reviewers' comments about not enough lifts and the bizarre decision not to have stairs above deck 7 midship. It often meant having to wait for a lift just to go up one floor. i would definitely chose Britannia again if the right itinerary was offered, but would probably prefer to try a smaller P&O ship. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
Britannia is a lovely ship, but maybe P&O have gone a step too far size wise.It took me almost the whole holiday to find my way completely around the ship.The lack of staircase in the middle was a problem for some. This did not affect ... Read More
Britannia is a lovely ship, but maybe P&O have gone a step too far size wise.It took me almost the whole holiday to find my way completely around the ship.The lack of staircase in the middle was a problem for some. This did not affect us however as our cabin was quite near to some forward stairs which we used all the time. There didn't appear to be too much of a problem with lifts although we very rarely used them. The atrium was a little disappointing compared with other ships, no WOW factor. Food in Peninsular was very good, we also tried Sindhu and the Beach House which were both excellent. The Beach House was great value for money.Staff in all the dining areas were kind,friendly and courteous at all times. The cabin was very comfortable with an excellent TV. Bathroom and balcony both a little on the small side but were perfectly adequate for our needs. There was plenty of hanging and drawer space with good storage areas in the bathroom. Our cabin steward Cris was extremely good. This was a Strictly cruise and the entertainment was excellent. We were very fortunate to have Kevin,Karen,Aljaz,Janette,Craig and Artem on board. The interviews were really good and the show by the four dancers was as good as any west end show. There were also the dresses on display and a fashion show. On the last night we were entertained by Lance Ellington, one of the singers from the TV show, who sang some great songs. We never experienced any problem finding a sun bed but we did choose areas away from the main pool area. Embarkation was very good, disembarkation however was slightly chaotic due to the lack of instructive announcements. Finding the luggage was time consuming as our cases were not together but were in different areas. Deck allocation areas were mixed up making it even more difficult to locate your luggage. All in all we had a great time. Would we cruise on Britannia again? Possibly, but it wouldn't be our first choice. Read Less
Sail Date June 2016
This two week cruise to the Med was our second P and O cruise - the first having been to Norway on the Aurora in May. We had read a few negatives reviews of Britannia, but were looking forward to experiencing this new ship, and went with ... Read More
This two week cruise to the Med was our second P and O cruise - the first having been to Norway on the Aurora in May. We had read a few negatives reviews of Britannia, but were looking forward to experiencing this new ship, and went with an open mind. Embarcation: We were kept in the terminal long after our allocated time. We arrived at 2.45 for a 3pm embarcation, and it was 3.50 before we were even called forward to the queue for the reception desk to receive our cards. The terminal was chaotic and crowded, and it was almost impossible to see any vacant seats, or even where the queue started, and our enquiry about this met with a very scathing response from the membert of staff issuing the coloured queue cards. Fortunately, the lady at the reception desk itself was warm, friendly and really made us feel like she wanted us to have a good time! Once on board, we discovered why some people had mentioned the lack of a midships stairway - having decided to skip the queue for the lift, we discovered that we had to walk to the rear of the ship to find a staircase, then walk back along the right deck to our midships cabin. Cabin (Port side, midships): The initial impression was excellent. Attractive decor, huge tv, nice balcony, good bathroom with one of the best showers we have experienced, with a glass screen and door. However, we later discovered a build-up of scum and dust in the nooks and crannies of the bathroom, so appeared to be sharing the dirt of previous cruisers. Disappointing, on a new ship. The ship: Considering their were 3,600 passengers on board, the muster was handled fairly well (following directions from the staff, we discovered that there IS a midship stairway but it was accessible only by the crew under normal conditions!) and we were soon up on deck for the sailaway party. It was a bit grey and cold in Southampton, so not a huge turnout, but the Entertainment Manager, Tracy Clegg, introduced her team, who were all very enthusiastic despite the weather. Britannia, as we expected is very modern and chic, but a bit bland compared to the older, traditional cruise ships we have experienced, like the Aurora and the Emerald Princess. Although the public rooms are beautifully furnished, it did have the feel of a hotel rather than a cruise ship. The Atrium is magnificent in size, but if it were not for the sculpture hanging from the ceiling, we could almost have been sitting in the shopping mall we had visited in Southampton, looking up at the next level of shops! There is an excellent selection of bars and sitting areas, and a superb theatre. The two things that bugged us were the lack of a traditional wrap-around Promenade deck (there is a small walking track on the top deck, but you have to go round it 7 times to walk a mile) and that missing staircase. Before the cruise, I thought I was on the side of the reviewers who said "it's a small thing - get a life, you're on holiday, just queue for the lift!" However, there are times when the lifts ARE very busy, and it is quicker to walk, but it meant walking to either end of the ship to get to a staircase, and it does become a nuisance when you are in a midships cabin. Entertainment and activities: The resident theatre group were excellent performers, and the shows (rather than being the same as on the other P and O ships) were conceived to make the most of the technical facilities available on this new stage (including having the height to fly in full-size back cloths - impressive, on a ship!). Purely a personal, subjective, view, but I found the LED wall on the stage a little overpowering when the bright colours and patterns made it difficult to see the performers! As a hearing aid user, for me the sound balance was appalling – the driving thump of the drums and bass guitar made it impossible to hear the singers much of the time. Guest performers were very good and varied - and we went to the theatre on most nights. We also went to the Limelight club when Madeleine Bell was performing - great food and a great experience, and well worth the additional premium. Madeleine Bell has a great rapport with her audience, but we felt that a couple of her song choices were self-indulgent, tuneless and unsuitable for the situation. There were musicians and bands in the various bars, and they all seemed to be very popular. There is a big emphasis on celebrity chefs, and on this cruise we had James Martin, Antonio Carluccio and Marco Pierre White on board. The Entertainment Manager and her team were brilliant, and led a range of activities throughout the cruise, as well as providing introductions and thanks for the performers. They provided the most energetic sailaway parties we have yet seen! Daytime activities seemed to be really varied, although we didn't actually attend any except port talks, the interview sessions with the celebrities, and the guest speaker Martin Woodward, who was incredibly interesting. Crew: The Captain, David Pembridge, was always entertaining in his announcements - even when there was an electrical problem which lost power to many cabins on the second day. The cabin stewars kept things superficially clean, and we felt his friendliness was a bit forced, unlike previous experiences. Bar and waiting staff were generally very attentive and friendly, except for a few in the MDR. The public areas were kept spotless by the hard-working cleaning staff. (They were, however, given extra work by some passengers who seem to think it acceptable to drop litter anywhere they choose!!) We did find that a few of the shop and sales staff (and some of the theatre company) tended to look down their noses at passengers, and were very 'clique-y' and aloof - seeming to be more concerned with their own appearance than with being friendly or helpful. Itinerary: The ports of call were good and varied, although we had to miss Naples because the wind made it too dangerous to use the tenders, but instead we were able to visit Toulon, by berthing in La Seyne sur Mer, which was a delightful town for a stroll round. The other ports were Valencia, Barcelona, Civitavecchia, Ajaccio, Alicante and Gibraltar. Although the weather was not great overall, it did not spoil our enjoyment of the holiday, and we had a couple of really hot sunny days in port. Because we didn't want to visit Rome, we took an excursion from Civitavecchia to Tuscania, an old walled town out in the countryside, stopping on the way back at a restaurant for a taster lunch of cheeses, hams, olives, and wines. This was a superb excursion, and for us disproved the theory that cruise-line excursions are bad value for money. We thought it was excellent value. We did further excursions in Ajaccio and Gibraltar, which were also good, although Gibraltar was a complete washout - the torrential rain meant that everyone who went ashore had to have a complete change of clothing on return to the ship, so big queues for the driers in the laundry! Food: We were allocated the Peninsular restaurant for Freedom dining for dinner. (Here we felt the decor was very drab for a new ship!) Preferring a table for two, we rarely had to wait more than five minutes to be paged when a table was ready. Menus were reasonably varied, although on a couple of nights we struggled to find something that appealed to us. The quality of the food was very good, but the standard of service varied greatly from excellent to very slow and casual, depending on the area of the restaurant in which we were seated. When there was nothing we fancied on the menu, we ate in alternative restaurants. Sindhu was superb - decor, service and wonderful food. Definitely worth the pricey additional premium! We ate in the Beach House (part of the Buffet area) on three evenings, and had superb food and service each time. (There is also the Epicurean retaurant, which was beautifully decorated, but we didn't try it as the menu had no appeal.) We had breakfast and lunch in the Horizon Buffet, and couldn't fault the selection or quality of the food on offer. Although busy at peak times we always managed to find a table or sat (under cover) out on the Lido deck. There are also a number of outlets around the Lido deck offering packaged items for lunch, plus an ice cream counter, which we felt was quite expensive. Disembarcation: We were out of the cabin by 7.50, and our allocated disembarcation time was 10.30. We sat intially on the Lido deck, with a coffee, but as it was cold we then went to our proscribed waiting area, the Live lounge. We were called at 10.20, and off the ship very quickly to pick up our bags, and we were soon in a taxi back to the Holiday Inn (which was excellent, by the way!) to collect our car. Overall, a really enjoyable cruise in a a very stylish modern ship. However (like many of our fellow passengers, we discovered) we prefer a more traditionally-styled cruise ship, and will be back to booking the older ships in future. We are in our earloy 60s, and it seemed to us that P and O are chasing potential younger cruisers with the Britannia - they may well succeed. Read Less
Sail Date October 2015
just returned from my first cruise, was an amazing experience. my disability prevented me from leaving ship but so much to do on board it didn't spoil my holiday. The outstanding quality of food was wonderful, great entertainment. ... Read More
just returned from my first cruise, was an amazing experience. my disability prevented me from leaving ship but so much to do on board it didn't spoil my holiday. The outstanding quality of food was wonderful, great entertainment. The staff both in cabin staff and restaurants were just outstanding. cabins were clean and adequate. It will be my one and only cruise as the cost was the most expensive holiday I have ever been on. I will remember it forever. However one or two things I found unacceptable. the cost of the Internet £35 for 100mins was outrageous. Plus while waiting for lifts there wasn't any seating as I suffer when standing for more than 5 minutes. But am overall so happy to have experienced such a magnificent ship Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
We had booked a balcony cabin for us and our two children (aged 4 and 20 months). On booking, and pre-embarkation I checked that the cabin would fit the cot and a sofa bed, to which I was assured it would. On embarking and arriving in ... Read More
We had booked a balcony cabin for us and our two children (aged 4 and 20 months). On booking, and pre-embarkation I checked that the cabin would fit the cot and a sofa bed, to which I was assured it would. On embarking and arriving in our cabin, it became immediately apparent that this wasn't going to be the case. After much debate with reception (who really weren't helpful) and housekeeping our bed was pushed up against the wall of the cabin, to make space for the cot inbetween the bed and the sofa bed (to say that we couldn't swing a cat would be an understatement!). Anyway, it was only like this for bedtime, so not the end of the world! But if you are looking at booking for a family, please be aware that you won't have much space. The ship is extremely spacious as you would expect, however, the lifts are a nightmare!!! We had a pushchair with us, and at times we were waiting for over 10 minutes to get into a lift. When it was like this, we opted to carry our son and the pushchair, but unfortunately for those in wheelchairs, this isn't an option. The back and front of the ship have stairs to all floors, but even those that are able to use the stairs would rather not, and are quite happy to queue jump in front of those that actually need the lifts. Even worse are those that get in the lift in the opposite direction of the direction they wish to travel, just so that they have a lift. Aside from these two negative points, the ship has an awful lot to offer to people of all ages. The children's clubs are amazing. Our daughter absolutely loved the clubs and the various activities. The staff on the ship were fantastic with children, and constantly spoke to them and made them feel very welcome. They even offer a children's tea at 17:00 each evening, which has a variety of food for the fussiest of eaters (I should know my daughter is one of them!). The restaurants are gorgeous, and the food equally so. The Epicurean and the Indian restaurant are amazing and well worth the supplement. The pool parties were brilliant fun - particularly the last port we visited, where even the captain came and danced on the stage! Unfortunately we didn't see any other entertainment, as we had our children with us, but we did hear very good reviews of it. The gym is very well equipped, and the promenade deck is pleasant to walk around. There is a separate lift to get to the Promenade deck. The only gripe I would have regarding the Promenade deck is the basketball court. I'm sure that during the summer holidays it will be well utilized, but it seems a huge waste of space the rest of the time? Overall a fantastic holiday, and we've already started saving for our next one! Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We did have a delay in checking in with the new system they were trying but it was not a problem for us and we were still on board in plenty of time to have some lunch and look around to get some bearings. This was only our 3rd cruise and ... Read More
We did have a delay in checking in with the new system they were trying but it was not a problem for us and we were still on board in plenty of time to have some lunch and look around to get some bearings. This was only our 3rd cruise and we absolutely loved it. As others have said there were a few teething problems, e.g. technical issues ensuring everyone was on board before departure but that is only to be expected with someone new. We thought our cabin was great with plenty of storage and hanging space. The shower was great and our cabin was kept spotlessly clean by our steward. All the staff made you feel at ease wherever you went. We always found somewhere to sit in the Merdian and loved the way the seating was laid out in comparison to the other two cruises we have been on, We always found somewhere to sit no matter where we went and agree that it never felt overcrowded bearing in mind the amount of people on the ship. Our only negative was the quality of the photos taken by the photographers and only found 1 female photgrapher that really took great care in the detail and we even managed to get one photo without people in the background which was the last formal night. The evening entertainment in the theatre was very impressive and loved Steve Hewlett, the Ventriloquist, the Patriot Girls and the Fly Rights who got a standing ovation. Daniel who was the Slot Machine Manager was a sheer delight and had chats with him every night and really made our stay special. We had a wonderful meal in the Sindu restaurant for my birthday and was a wonderful experience and the food and service was devine. We would not hesitate in going on the Britannia again and we had a wonderful Captain Brown, the weather was faultless and for me the highlight was seeing so many dolphins and 4 whales on the Thursday coming home after we left Gibralter. It was like a party on the side of our ship with so many people getting excited (especially me) at the wonderful spectacle which we were privileged to witness and I have the photos and cam corder film to prove it. Enjoy the Britannia she is great. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
We have just returned a week ago from cruising the Mediterranean on Britannia and we have to say we had a wonderful relaxing time. Unfortunately things didn't go too well to start with. Our embarkation was not good due to P&O ... Read More
We have just returned a week ago from cruising the Mediterranean on Britannia and we have to say we had a wonderful relaxing time. Unfortunately things didn't go too well to start with. Our embarkation was not good due to P&O using Britannia for a trial on that particular day. This trial was to allow P&O to ensure that all cabins would be immediately available for passengers once they boarded. (We were advised about this a few days before we travelled). We gather the passengers arriving earlier had managed to get through very quickly, however the time designated to ourselves found us in the embarkation lounge with hundreds of others and the whole process took us two hours to embark and we did not get to our cabin until well after 4 pm. Allowing for unpacking, and the emergency drill, we just made the first sitting for dinner that night. However from there on everything improved rapidly. Our waiters greeted us warmly and we began to feel ourselves relaxing as the evening wore on. The staff and crew were excellent. Our table waiters, wine waiter and our cabin steward could not be faulted. They were friendly, helpful and very considerate. One evening my husband had an upset stomach and decided to give dinner a miss. As I was leaving the dining room after eating, our head waiter appeared with a selection of fresh fruit for me to take to the cabin for my husband. Such a kind gesture. The next night he was greeted like a long lost friend by our waiters, shaking hands with him and enquiring after his health. Our cabin steward kept our cabin spotless and looked after both of us in a very quiet and courteous way. We enjoyed the entertainment in the theatre, the acts and shows were very good. Overall the ship was a beauty, we were very lucky with the weather, and combined with good ports of call, it made for a great cruise. Sail away party from Gibraltar was great. The library was small, but we didn't have any problem finding books to suit our holiday needs. The only evening that did upset us was a few days into the cruise where the entertainments team were having a live music night on the Lido Deck. Unfortunately our cabin was on Deck A and was right underneath. When the music started it was terrible. Apart from the loud beat the noise was reverberating down into our room. Everything was vibrating and the noise was unacceptable. According to the ship's daily newspaper this musical night was due to end at 11.30 pm so we stuck it out. However the powers to be up on Lido Deck ended the evening at midnight. How families with little children managed heaven only knows. Many nights later we read that there was to be a further live music light show above us and we were dreading it. However to our surprise we hardly heard a thing, just a distant beat which was fine. Maybe someone had complained that noisy night. Well done P&O for addressing the problem. Given a choice we would probably choose a smaller ship for our next cruise as that suits our needs better, however if we had no other choice but Britannia then we would gladly sail her again. Thank you P&O for a great holiday. Read Less
Sail Date June 2015
Having read all the negative reviews about Britannia I just had to give my opinion on the ship and our cruise. As usual check in at Southampham was excellent.The ship was magnificent modern decor and spacious. Cabins were well laid out ... Read More
Having read all the negative reviews about Britannia I just had to give my opinion on the ship and our cruise. As usual check in at Southampham was excellent.The ship was magnificent modern decor and spacious. Cabins were well laid out with a large wall mounted television.The bathroom had a large glass sided shower which was great.The balcony was a bit smaller than on other P&O ships but was perfectly adequate. The staff without exception were polite and friendly. The food was excellent throughout the whole ship. The absence of midship stairs was a bit strange at first but we soon got used to it,and the lifts were a little bit erratic at times but I am sure that will get sorted in time. We enjoyed our cruise so much that we have booked another cruise on Britannia in September this year. The only negative we found was the constant moaning from other passengers we felt that they were looking for faults rather than enjoying a wonderful new ship. Read Less
Sail Date April 2015
First impression of this ship was the size of the ship as I had never sailed on a ship this size before, the biggest having been the Celebrity Galaxy some years ago and the P&O ship Oceana. The cabin a twin inside on F deck was quite ... Read More
First impression of this ship was the size of the ship as I had never sailed on a ship this size before, the biggest having been the Celebrity Galaxy some years ago and the P&O ship Oceana. The cabin a twin inside on F deck was quite spacious and was impressed the the facilities in the cabin such as the adequate hanging space for clothing and a great shower in the bathroom. Beds were comfortable with a nice thick mattress on each bed. Our cabin stewardess was brilliant with nothing too much trouble for her. The cabin was handy for lifts and stairs as it was situated forward end. It was also quite near to the restaurants/shops etc on deck 7. We had freedom dining which we thought was great as it was more flexible than fixed dining times. Facilities on board were excellent with plenty of places to eat and also the bars. Entertainment throughout the cruise was excellent. All in all the cruise was excellent with plenty of activities. Would definitely recommend this ship and would sail in her again. Read Less
Sail Date March 2015
We were on the maiden voyage and what a disappointment. Although the crew were magnificent and the food was great there was just no 'oomph' to this voyage. The entertainment was, on the whole, abysmal. for such a large ship there ... Read More
We were on the maiden voyage and what a disappointment. Although the crew were magnificent and the food was great there was just no 'oomph' to this voyage. The entertainment was, on the whole, abysmal. for such a large ship there were not the facilities to cope with everyone in the theatres. There was an interview with James Martin and the venue was overfull an hour before it started. My partner is wheelchair bound and the help on and off the ship was unequalled. Seeing as it's duty free the prices on drinks etc were very high. Also the cabin doors are self closing which makes it difficult to hold them open for mobility and lets them slam at night waking the whole corridor up. Sorry P&O it's a ' could do better' on this voyage. 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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