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4 P&O Cruises Britannia Cruise Reviews for Spring Break Cruises to Mediterranean

First went on P&O canberra in the 80s' but this new one is not as good as the top class ones we have been on. RCI, Princess, and Holland America are the premier league ones.This new ship is very drab.The passengers who all deserve ... Read More
First went on P&O canberra in the 80s' but this new one is not as good as the top class ones we have been on. RCI, Princess, and Holland America are the premier league ones.This new ship is very drab.The passengers who all deserve a holiday age in 80+ if you do not have a wheelchair,scooter,walking wheel frame or walking stick you are in the minority.This is meant to be a family friendly ship? No so the children like us like ice cream, £1.95 a scoop or £2.15 for a Magnum on a stick.All other good cruise lines have these free.The shuttle bus in ports are £4.00 each way other cruise lines are free.Gratuities are £7.00 a day pp.14 night cruise is £98 With 3500 passengers = £343.000,and tips not going to the crew who have told us they get paid in US dollars.The cabin and bar staff and restaurant crew are excellent..The Headline theatre holds 930 seats for 2 shows a night.= 1860, then with 3500 passengers this leaves 1640 people who cannot see the main show.Dining is moderate to poor..Health & Safety, washing hands with anti bacterial is most important, the Horizion buffet has sinks to wash on entry,but the main dining rooms dis not have until we reported it,the the sprays were put in place at the entry to the dining areas..If you go ashore you have the sprays on you return to the ship,but if have all aboard by 4-30pm the sprays are taken away at 4-15pm so the last people on board cannot clean their hands. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
Decided to try a cruise from southampton. Embarkation very good disembarkation exceptionally good. This ship does not have any wow factor and appeared to be a little bit on the dull side with decor and is quite bland. The cabins are ... Read More
Decided to try a cruise from southampton. Embarkation very good disembarkation exceptionally good. This ship does not have any wow factor and appeared to be a little bit on the dull side with decor and is quite bland. The cabins are functional but the bathroom area is the smallest we have ever used on any ship as when you step out of the shower to dry yourself it is a tight space and on this particular cruise there were a vast number of disabled and elderly people who would have found this space very tight and I cannot believe there were sufficient disabled cabins on the ship to cater for them. There were an abundance of very large people also on the cruise and they could not fit in the bathroom space and went to the Spa to have a shower. The food in the Horizon Buffet was exceptionally good with a vast choice, there were also 4 speciality dining options on board with a cover charge of £25 per person this was also the charge for the Limelight Club which is a type of supper club where special guests performed. The entertainment in the theatre was very good but always full resulting in standing at the back, this spoiled any show as there were alot of people who had no idea what the show was but were there as it was a free show and promptly fell asleep and remained asleep even through the amazing voice of Sam Bailey. Apart from Bingo every lounge you visited seemed to be holding a quiz of some sort. Not an uplifting cruise by any means. Read Less
Sail Date April 2018
First up I would like to point out that P&0 are normally pretty decent value for money as they tend to be cheaper than most of the other cruise lines and as such I don't expect five star and will travel with them again however not ... Read More
First up I would like to point out that P&0 are normally pretty decent value for money as they tend to be cheaper than most of the other cruise lines and as such I don't expect five star and will travel with them again however not on this ship as it's a disappointment. I'll get the whole Ant 'N' Dec thing out of the way first. I realise that some disruption would be taking place on board however had no idea as to how bad it would be. I was informed that the main pool area would be restricted for a few days but in reality it was not full functional and open to use in it's entirety for a full week (half the cruise) which cause many passengers upset as seating around this area was very limited. The ITV crew on board thought it was their right to commandeer some of the lifts most of the time at the detriment of paying passengers. They were also rude and ignorant to people around. I booked this cruise with hope of actually seeing some of the 'celebrities' on board and being part of a TV first, how mislead was I? As only under twenty five percent of passengers were fortunate enough to see the actual show 'live' and a quarter of them being show winners this was nit the case. I was forced to see the show from other venues (I choose the theatre) which was no better than watching it from my armchair at home. Even after the show the celebs seemed to make a quick disappearing act so nothing gained there then. Kind of pointless! Now to the ship: Food in the MDR was at best okay if a little bland and limiting in choice with no wow factor. Service from waiting staff very poor, they for example would approach you with sauces/gravy etc. after about ten minutes into your meal when you were half way through it. They would knock into you whilst trying to get past, they would stand over your table waiting for you to finish and bugger off. I normally do pay for at least one or two of the signature restaurants but on this cruise we were forced to dine at least five times just to experience some good food, this defeats the object. Buffets are never that great unless you cruise with the more quality lines but this one was abysmal. It served the usual standard breakfast options which were okay but with no thought to layout and organisation eg certain food items which went together like bread and butter placed miles from each other causing much chaos with people passing one another like headless chickens. Lunch was the same boring options every day consisting of curried everything and other Indian things that looked as if they had purchased a job lot form Iceland and tasted as poorly. Same can be said for the synthetic desserts that were wheeled out every day. There was no thought or imagination whatsoever. Afternoon tea was by far the worst I have ever eaten with limited choices and stale bread for sandwiches. During the day there was little to do except attend numerous sales pitches described as entertainment. Night-time: This along with the dining experience plays a big part in a cruise holiday and is something to look forward to as P&O normally have an excellent theatre team, not on this one they didn't! Some folk walked out of the shows because of the poor vocals by certain members of the team as they should't have ever been allowed a microphone in their hand, some were good though. The shows seemed very rushed and not that well thought out. The best shows involved the 'brought on' entertainment as they were very good. Cabins were fine and kept clean unlike quite a few of the cabin stewards who constantly smelled of BO, yes you read that one correct. You would pass them in the corridor just wondering how strong it would be. Rather than waiting to complain on my return to home I decided to do what we are all advised to do if you have any issues on board and spoke directly to the relevant people behind the reception desk. This was probably the most pointless exercise of the whole thing in that nothing was done at all, yes certain amendments were promised but even after speaking to these people every day of the second week still nothing was done. I came away feeling that the reception staff were a complete waste of time as they served absolutely no purpose whatsoever. Ports of call were good but would have preferred less time in Barcelona and had an extra port elsewhere. I know there will be a lot of folk who will think that my review is too hard to believe and that I'm going 'overboard' with my description and that maybe I'm just one of those people that like to complain and is never happy. I'm not at all! I love cruising and have now ten cruises under my belt over the last seven or eight years (four with P&O) including RCI & Disney and in general have loved every one of them and have at some point came away from them feeling very impressed at how things are done to make you the passenger happy. This I feel puts me in a decent position on what to expect from a cruise line and ship and because of this I can make comparisons. I'm not hard to please or impress but when I pay out my hard earned for something I expect a decent return, which I didn't get. I haven't mentioned everything here as I've probably bored most by now so I will leave it at that. I have read some good reports about this ship which bemuses me although expectations can vary amongst people. Would I use P&O again? without a shadow, just not this badly designed ship. Read Less
Sail Date March 2016
After many cruises we were keen to sample the new ship Britannia. What a disappointment. There was no WOW factor at all about this ship. The colour scheme was muted which did not help. The lifts were pretty horrendous - people got ... Read More
After many cruises we were keen to sample the new ship Britannia. What a disappointment. There was no WOW factor at all about this ship. The colour scheme was muted which did not help. The lifts were pretty horrendous - people got stuck in them and thank God it was not me. The toilets were few and very far between and the food in the Oriental Restaurant was absolutely AWFUL and reminded me of school dinners. The waiting on staff were surly and did not appear to enjoy their jobs. On the plus side - we opted to eat out on several occasions at other restaurants throughout the ship i.e. the Limelight Club, Sindhu, The Beach House and the Glass House (at a surcharge of course!) and the food in these places was really top notch and what we have been used to on other cruises - in the normal restaurants!! Cunard for example!! The entertainment in the theatre was extremely professional and we enjoyed all the shows but on sea days (and there were plenty) - there was not a lot going on to entertain us. Treatments at the Spa were over priced and an indoor pool would have been a bonus as the outside temperatures especially at sea were pretty low. We wont sail again on Britannia. It did not live up to its hype. I doubt whether our Monarch would enjoy a holiday aboard ! Read Less
Sail Date April 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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