What I like to do on a cruise: I don't drink, gamble or am interested in speciality dining. I don't like to lay in the sun but like a dip in the pool and to spend an hour or two reading in the shade. I Iike to see as much of the ... Read More
What I like to do on a cruise: I don't drink, gamble or am interested in speciality dining. I don't like to lay in the sun but like a dip in the pool and to spend an hour or two reading in the shade. I Iike to see as much of the entertainment as possible and take part in activities. I found Britannia to be a bit too large to enable me to do this comfortably. For instance, I went to a show in the Headliners theatre on deck 6 and straight onto the buffet on deck 16. 900 people all coming out of the theatre and trying to get in the lifts. I walked along to the next lifts midships but they had also filled up and there are no midships stairs. Tried to get along the ship but was unable due to the restaurants blocking my way, so just had to wait for the lifts. But if there were stairs, I don't think many people would be willing, let alone able, to manage to walk up 9 floors. However, the plus sides….
Britannia handles rough seas with ease. I didn’t feel seasick at all in 12 days and everything is clean and in good condition.
The Horizon buffet is very large and busy but has handwashing stations at each entrance which is an improvement on most other ships.
The entertainment was far more suited to my tastes than other ships I've been on. The most excellent 8 piece band, Pulse played in the live lounge most evenings. All kinds of music from the 70s to present day. Definitely the best band I've seen in my 7 years of cruising.
Talented pianist Adam Allinson played during the evenings in the atrium and also the Crows Nest and I joined the choir he hosted on the first sea day. This was great fun and a great way of meeting new people. Adam was an excellent choirmaster. Very friendly and approachable. This culminated in a performance in the Headliners Theatre on the last sea day. We had a good audience and there wasn't a dry eye in the house when we sang climb every mountain.
The cabin was C625 on deck 12. Ordinary balcony cabin near the aft. Plenty of room with a desk and 2 chairs. A walk in wardrobe next to the bathroom, a large TV which had all sorts on it available to watch, not just the usual news and navigation chart but a huge number of films and dramas. Plus 4 choices of radio. Cabin steward Savio kept the cabin spotlessly clean and made sure everything was topped up.
We were on club dining in the Oriental restaurant on the early sitting. Table for 8 like minded people, which was so lucky. We did get a few hard stares from other tables as we were a bit noisy but we had a great laugh. The food was excellent. I saw no reason to eat elsewhere but did go to the buffet a couple of evenings.
I even used the launderette which was just opposite the cabin but was a bit of a mystery as there were no instructions so had to pick the brains of the more seasoned users.
The Britannia Show Cast were absolutely excellent performers who did several shows in the Headliners Theatre during the 12 day cruise. The last one was Sound of the Underground which was absolutely spectacular.
There were a number of guest performers and one I saw was Roy Locke, a very talented tenor. Another lady played in the Live Lounge as a Dolly Parton tribute which was also very entertaining.
This cruise we were lucky enough to have Captain Paul Brown and entertainment director Neil Oliver who did some fantastic sail aways.
This cruise began with 3 sea days which I wouldn't elect to do again as the weather wasn't good and I hardly put my nose outside for the last 2 due to the high winds and low temperature. The top deck was closed and I stayed inside eating too much and doing too little. We did go to the cinema each day and caught up with some films we had missed at the cinema at home.
The first sea day we had to divert to Brest to let off a sick passenger and also offloaded a couple for fighting. Later in the cruise another couple were evicted for having sex in the jacuzzi, allegedly.
The ports we visited were Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, Funchal, Lisbon and Vigo.
Embarkation was smooth: Supposed to be 3.30 but we arrived at 2.30 and didn’t have to wait long. Disembarkation was fine too, we were given 9.45 to leave and waited in Brodies but we were called to leave a few minutes earlier.
Age of passengers: I’d say the vast majority of them were 65+. Lots of wheelchairs and walkers and very few children as it was in term time. Oh yes, plenty of moaners, but I won’t elaborate on them….
In summary, I really enjoyed the cruise and would sail on Britannia again. Read Less