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4 P&O Cruises Britannia Cruise Reviews for Repositioning Cruises to Caribbean - All from Southampton

Wanted a longer cruise of three weeks. We have enjoyed a number of trans Atlantic cruises so this suited us well. The cruise out was generally calm and the weather fantastic, excellent for the time of year. The ship itself was in ... Read More
Wanted a longer cruise of three weeks. We have enjoyed a number of trans Atlantic cruises so this suited us well. The cruise out was generally calm and the weather fantastic, excellent for the time of year. The ship itself was in generally good condition,albeit showing signs of wear in places. Carpets were almost threadbare in places. The main point of criticism of the ship itself is that there is a distinct lack of sunbathing space. Sun beds are lined up along the available decks with no room between. The rows themselves are also very close to those in front and behind. My wife who has had both knees replaced could not get on these beds except for those on the end of a row, and once or twice we could not get off the deck without asking people to move their bed as all isles were blocked. Staff as is usually the case were excellent, they do seem busier than ever, but this might be me. They still seem to make time to smile while making sure you have what you need. Finally our ongoing gripe with P&O is their dress code, simply it’s not enforced. Increasingly people are going to diner in shorts, and tea shirts are very popular also. Both theoretically against policy. Formal nights are similar. People do not wear jackets and or ties but still dine in the main restaurants. I accept P&O are loath to upset these customers but it does, by its inactivity, seem happy to upset those of us who like the dress codes. Please P&O either enforce or end the dress codes but stop sitting on the fence!! Read Less
Sail Date October 2018
My main concern was with the number of people on board would there be queues at embarkation, restaurants, disembarking or even getting sun loungers? Well, there was no need for me to worry * Embarkation with luggage deliIt wavered ... Read More
My main concern was with the number of people on board would there be queues at embarkation, restaurants, disembarking or even getting sun loungers? Well, there was no need for me to worry * Embarkation with luggage deliIt wavered to the cabin during lunch was completed within a couple of hours * There was no waiting in line to enter restaurants * Disembarking to go ashore went extremely smoothly * We always found sun loungers Our overall experience was positive. However,...... P&O need to address the service in the main restaurants. Waiters were slow, did not have a proper grasp of English and sometimes were quite rude. It was if they were doing us a favour by serving our meals. It was an effort to get mustard , marmite or honey at breakfast for instance, Also, one could not get a swim unitl 0800. It was only after a little pesuasion that we managed a swim at 0715. Come on P&O , on a Caribbean Cruise get the pool open earlier. Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
This was our first cruise & possibly our last ! The ship itself was nice. There are a lot of facilities & we couldn't fault these. The dining facilities were good with the evening meals very good & on occasion ... Read More
This was our first cruise & possibly our last ! The ship itself was nice. There are a lot of facilities & we couldn't fault these. The dining facilities were good with the evening meals very good & on occasion excellent. The service was impressive & professional, however some of the waiters/waitresses in the dining room at dinner were rude & perfunctory. The accommodation was very good considering this was a ship with a limited amount of space available. The cabin steward was very hard working & kept the cabin spotless. My biggest disappointment was the ports of call. The ports themselves with the exception of St Kitts & Barbados were uninteresting, probably as due to the restraints of time available ashore before sailing to the next port meant we were unable to traverse too far or explore any island very well. I think my overriding beef was for the money I spent I could have had better value by booking two beach-based Caribbean holidays with more possibility of a tan !! I appreciate that you either like cruising or not (the majority of people we spoke to were multiple cruise ship veterans who loved it) however I was not overawed & am unlikely to try a cruise again (unless the price was "right" !!) Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
I thought I would focus my review on the features of this lovely new ship I loved the most. Overall the interior of the ship is stunning. The variety of finishes of wood, fabrics, metal and marble used with effective lighting accents ... Read More
I thought I would focus my review on the features of this lovely new ship I loved the most. Overall the interior of the ship is stunning. The variety of finishes of wood, fabrics, metal and marble used with effective lighting accents plus the wide, spacious passageways are terrific. There are an infinite number of great places to sit in and enjoy. I was seldom conscious that I was sharing the ship with 4000 people. Another highlight was the Lido deck with three very large pools, one forward reserved exclusively for adults. There are plenty of lounges to go around. We took good advantage of the speciality restaurants as well. They cost extra, however. My favorite hands down was the Epicurean. It is elegant, quiet and the service as well as the cuisine on two different menus were outstanding. The other outstanding feature for me was the Retreat which costs extra, but provides a welcome opportunity to be in a more intimate, secluded outdoor environment, away from all the music around the lido deck pool area. Limited food is served at lunch in the Retreat as well. Read Less
Sail Date October 2016
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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