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6 P&O Cruises Britannia Cruise Reviews for Entertainment Cruises to Europe - British Isles & Western from Southampton

Word of warning to passengers please be careful of what you are being charged from the photo shop when having photos taken on board ! Did not realise until on way home in car that we had been charged twice for the same photo ,people are in ... Read More
Word of warning to passengers please be careful of what you are being charged from the photo shop when having photos taken on board ! Did not realise until on way home in car that we had been charged twice for the same photo ,people are in a rush on morning of embarkation when you get your onboard statement and not always time to check it . Have rung three times on a premium rate number ,promises of replies by email ,it dosnt happen ,I even had a promise of a return phone call straight away as It was a premium rate phone call I've been ringing ,no phone call ! I also like another passenger on the same trip ,I had to go to reception 4 times in 6 days as every card I was given worked a couple of times and then wouldn't let me in my room although I was told it's never happened before !! ,very frustrating when you've been out for the evening and it took over 20 mins for me to get entry to my room ! Don't think Brittania has the wow factor as I heard quite a few people saying ,first and last time for us on that ship. Loved the Theartre shows each evening ,something for everyone . Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
Always cruised with P&O, mainly Azura as we like to do the Caribbean. Decided to take 2 of our children on a small cruise so chose this one. The ship was Lovely and Embarkation/Disembarkation was excellent. One daughter loved the ... Read More
Always cruised with P&O, mainly Azura as we like to do the Caribbean. Decided to take 2 of our children on a small cruise so chose this one. The ship was Lovely and Embarkation/Disembarkation was excellent. One daughter loved the Spa and said how friendly the staff were, feeling so relaxed and looked after. Adam the Pianist was first class. Took part in the Les Mis singing session and he made the sessions so enjoyable and also in the Crows nest when he was playing the Piano. He is a gem...Look after him P&O. The only thing I did not like( our cabin was mid ship deck D ) was that there are no stairs in the middle of the ship and so if you are claustrophobic you have to use the lifts (Which of course were always full and crowded and took so long to come as it went to every level) or walk all the way down to the front or back of the ship to change levels. I will go on the ship again but may change where my cabin is so that I am near some stairs. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
We chose this cruise as a first time taster.Just 6 nights.Firstly the food was excellent we had an amazing choice either buffet or served in main dining room.Anything we had was fresh and well cooked could not fault at all.Room service ... Read More
We chose this cruise as a first time taster.Just 6 nights.Firstly the food was excellent we had an amazing choice either buffet or served in main dining room.Anything we had was fresh and well cooked could not fault at all.Room service again was 5 star our cabin steward kept our room in a clean fresh environment.The cabin itself was of good size and nice decor.We had a leaflet placed in our cabin every day to let us know what was happening on board.The entertainment in the evening was of an amazing standard and kept us well entertained every evening.The staff were always helpful and pleasant.The ship had lots of places to have a quiet and peaceful time if you wanted.The only downside on Britannia were the lifts and stairs.Depending on where you were the stairs were at one end of the ship which meant you had to wait sometimes for a lift to arrive.Also another tip is to take any unused hangers of the clothes rail as they rattle about when the ship moves about.Would we cruise again on Britannia yes most definitely really enjoyed our short cruise.Also If it is rough at all you do not get into Guernsey.We talked to a lot of other people who had cruised before and had not got into Guernsey on other occasions either so I would avoid Guernsey on your itinerary. Read Less
Sail Date July 2017
This is my first cruise experience and what an amazing experience it was! Here is a link to a video I made whilst on The Britannia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbFZ8BB8FnI The cabins are beautiful and outstandingly clean, the ... Read More
This is my first cruise experience and what an amazing experience it was! Here is a link to a video I made whilst on The Britannia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbFZ8BB8FnI The cabins are beautiful and outstandingly clean, the staff are very friendly and attentive however drinks service was sometimes slow but overall the service was excellent. Unfortunately I cannot compare this to other ships as this is my first time cruising, however I travelled with my partner and his family who are Caribbean members and have been on various ships over the years and they absolutely love The Britannia! Me and my partner had booked the coach journey from the ship into Bruges, we had a wonderful time being escorted into Bruges by the lovely staff and enjoyed the day at our own pace meeting back up with the rest of the group several hours later to head back to the ship. Bruges is a beautiful place to visit and I would definitely recommend this trip on the Britannia, I would have stayed longer if I could! Read Less
Sail Date May 2017
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
Sail Date May 2017
We had read the mixed reviews about P&O and decided to try Britannia out because of the good prices sailing from Southampton and because it was a new larger ship. It was probably the most straight forward journey into a ship we had ... Read More
We had read the mixed reviews about P&O and decided to try Britannia out because of the good prices sailing from Southampton and because it was a new larger ship. It was probably the most straight forward journey into a ship we had ever encountered. We were on in less than 20 minutes and the cabin was ready for us. We loved the balcony cabin (Reviewed below) and didnt find the balcony too small at all and enjoyed having breakfast on it in the mornings. Food was good and we didn't have one bad meal. We had room service every day for breakfast and this worked out well especially when we had an early start on a port day. The buffet choice is more restricted than with RC, NCL & MSC but it was still fine. The tea bags would run out and coffee machines seemed to work sporadically but often a waiter came around with jugs if this was the case. I loved the fact there was Zumba onboard so I didn't miss my regular exercise. There were classes each sea day and were very high standard. All abilities could join in as Keeley took it to three different levels. This is a trial so please P&O keep it going! The classes were full each day so the need is there! The ports were all very good, we hadn't been to most of them before, and I liked the fact they didn't charge for transfers as we had paid the higher rate when booking. Actually, we think the whole cruise was better value for money as drinks were reasonable too- the same as UK pub prices- with no added tips. We appreciated being able to have wine in our cabin without paying a service or corkage. Other cruise Ines charge to bring your own wine aboard so this was pleasing. We loved the Limelight club where we saw Jackie Graham and Chesney Hawkes on another evening. Both were very good and friendly after the gig at the meet and greet. It's a great concept with having a meal followed by music afterwards. I wish more ships did this. It was worth paying a bit more to see well known artists, in a more comfortable, intimate setting. All staff were friendly but in the spa perhaps too much so! We did a couples massage which my husband enjoyed (he had a delightful Thai woman who had just joined P&O). I was not so fortunate and had an average massage followed by a very hard sales pitch for 10 long minutes. This wiped out the relaxation benefit and was not appreciated or necessary. This member of staff will hopefully, with age, learn to be more customer cantered and talk less about herself. I also didn't need the hug she gave me at the end- most unexpected and inappropriate. We didn't use the spa again after this. The relaxation room was nice though. We would return to this ship in the future, although we probably enjoy NCL more. The staff on the ship are all pleasant but seem a bit unhappy. We missed having other nationalities onboard (we enjoy learning about other cultures) as it was almost 100% Brits. We hated the whole idea of the flag waving party but easily escaped to a more restful bar at the Crow's Nest. To sum up a fun, good value cruise on a larger, newish ship! Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
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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