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

Chose this cruise as had a 3 week window and this was available at the right price.it was. Strictly come dancing, BBC sponsored Cruise which added a lot and would recommend to anybody. Ship has some issues such as no stairs in the ... Read More
Chose this cruise as had a 3 week window and this was available at the right price.it was. Strictly come dancing, BBC sponsored Cruise which added a lot and would recommend to anybody. Ship has some issues such as no stairs in the centre so long waits for a lift to go one or two floors. Public toilets are only one forward and one aft on each floor. Theatre design odd for a large cruise ship in that it is small and no side access to seats..more your local Odeon second screen than Royal Opera House. People complained the same shows have been on for a couple of years. We had freedom dinning which we like but felt we didn't get the service expected. For a large ship it was very smooth often docking without any of the expected juddering etc. Info on port talks were just what P And O had on offer other lines have given independent travelers useful information. Food was OK, started well then dipped in quality as if using the left overs! However you can ask for whatever you want within reason. The only time we were really aware of the number of people was when queuing for port transfers, not always organised in the best way. The live lounge is great for dancing with a wonderful band Pulce however when they put well know acts on it is too small and seat wars ensued. Adam a pianist who also ran the ships choir was wonderful do join if you go. We had read the reviews and were worried about our cruise but the Stictly thing lifted it and overall it was well managed. Read Less
Sail Date June 2017
We wanted to try a different cruise line and sail from Southampton. This cruise was supposed to be a stress free one week break for my upcoming birthday. The ship is far too big to be comfortable for our age group. We knew this when we ... Read More
We wanted to try a different cruise line and sail from Southampton. This cruise was supposed to be a stress free one week break for my upcoming birthday. The ship is far too big to be comfortable for our age group. We knew this when we booked, but thought as it was only a week, and no flying, we should be o.k. Thought we would treat ourselves to a suite with a Butler. Although this was a guarantee, we were not told that it was AFT and a very long way from anywhere. We were supposed to eat in the Epicurean Restaurant as a perk when you have a suite, we did this only 3 times as it was so far and difficult to get to. All entertainment venues were so far away. Yes we were outside the lift, but once you were on the deck you needed, then it was easily a 10 minute walk. We are both disabled, my husband has a mobility scooter, and I was walking with a stick. As for returning to Britannia, no thanks. No Way. Dining. We went to the Epicurean where we had a delightful meal. As for the other places to eat, The Beach House was very good. All else was average. Read Less
Sail Date March 2017
The ship is beautiful but I found it to be very unorganized. . Cabin . Service . Lifts . My total bill . Disembarkation My sister and myself took my elderly mum away for a taster Cruise. We paid extra money to travel on ... Read More
The ship is beautiful but I found it to be very unorganized. . Cabin . Service . Lifts . My total bill . Disembarkation My sister and myself took my elderly mum away for a taster Cruise. We paid extra money to travel on the Brittania . When booking this Mini cruise, we explained there were 3 adults. We were told there were bed settees available . When we arrived in the cabin, there were 2 single beds, the other bed was a bunk placed in the roof of the cabin. It was opened up each night by a Steward. The bed obscured the balcony, we had to bend down not to bang our heads to sit on the sofa, make a cuppa and to sit on balcony . My sister banged the back of her neck on this bed. When we booked no one stated to us regarding the beds. My mum is 81, my sister has back trouble and I have had foot surgery. Reception did not help. I struggled up the ladder, we are not youngsters. We had to ring housekeeping 6:45 am to raise the bed out of the way. Service was good in certain areas, our designated restaurant was closed due to disembarkation, we found certain members of the staff rude in the other restaurant. We waited 10 minutes for a table, with an 81 year old lady who couldn't stand for long,baring in mind one half of the restaurant had empty tables but they were trying to keep to one area, this is not exceptable when you have ques people waiting, we sat down and was given cups and our hot drinks order had been given. we were then asked to move tables due to wheel chair person, baring in mind my mum can only walk with help of a trolley. we were happy to do this. we were moved to another table, we waited for service and i had to ask 15 min later if could we have some warm drinks, He informed me that they were busy and other people to serve, the table we were originally on were served and eating their breakfast. Lifts were dreadful, to many people to accommodate, many time we were squashed into the wall of the lift. This is unacceptable for elderly people who are unsteady on their feet. Disable lifts should be available. I had a telephone call from reception at 6:15 in the morning telling me my card had been declined , I told them it must be a mistake. I was told to phone my bank. I had to phone home to my husband to check internet banking to make sure my money was still in the bank, he gave me the number to phone the bank fraud squad who informed me they stopped my card because of my identification card. We went into the casino to put £5 chips into the bandit, all has changed you now have to place your key card in machine. A member of staff told me to put in my DOB make up a pin, I won £5.00, i decided to use it the next day but when i returned my cabin card would not work. my card was stopped because of the activity in the casino. Be aware if you are going to enjoy the facility's, i recommend you notify the bank before you leave. Disembarkation took a while, to get a lift was a nightmare, once down on the correct departure area the Que was a mile long, all in a line doubling back where you started. I think this ship isn't without their teething problems, I had a relaxing time on the Oceania , Britannia is far to big, It may look amazing but I feel i wasn't relaxed as I should have been. I would never take my mum on there again, maybe god willing a smaller ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
My wife and I have just returned from a cruise to La Rochelle, Bilbao, La Coruna and Guernsey aboard Britannia. We thought that after some six months of service, any " teething troubles" would have been resolved. We thought right ... Read More
My wife and I have just returned from a cruise to La Rochelle, Bilbao, La Coruna and Guernsey aboard Britannia. We thought that after some six months of service, any " teething troubles" would have been resolved. We thought right ! Most aspects of our cruise were excellent. Lifts which have been a source of problems in the past did not affect us at all. The service, food and entertainment were as excellent as ever on P & O. Even the weather smiled on us throughout the trip. Well done to all concerned. One tip I would suggest is that in order to maximise ease of movement around the ship, try to get a cabin, with or without a balcony on Level 9 (F Deck) Read Less
Sail Date September 2015
When Britannia was being built, and right up to the launch. I was really excited about the prospect of the cruise that I had booked over 14 months ago to go around the British Isles in July 2015. As I started to read the reports that ... Read More
When Britannia was being built, and right up to the launch. I was really excited about the prospect of the cruise that I had booked over 14 months ago to go around the British Isles in July 2015. As I started to read the reports that were coming back from passengers I was starting to get a little concerned – surely it can’t be as bad as that – IT WASN’T. The embarkation was a little slow, taking about 2 hours from arriving in the car park to getting onto the ship. I have never understood how Celebrity mange the process in about half an hour, but it wasn’t a major problem. We were booked in a Superior deluxe cabin and were really impressed with the size of it. There were a couple of areas that could have been better (eg individual bedside lights, more powerful shower) but these were more than offset by the drawer space and the “walk-in” wardrobe. The bed and the chairs were extremely comfortable and I really liked the TV’s with the webcam, maps and the news channels. There were also films and TV programmes but we never seemed to have time to watch them. The balconies have received some criticism. My wife and I could both sit on the balcony with the seats reclined and a table between us. I’m not sure what we would have used any extra space for. We were midships on the 11th deck, and so were probably in one of the best places to experience the reported lift problems. THERE WEREN’T ANY. If we got to the midships lifts and there were more than a dozen people waiting we would just walk to the other lifts. Most of the time we had to go to one end of the ship or the other anyway, so we had no further to walk. If we were going somewhere central it was just about 80 paces one way, get the lift or the stairs, and 80 paces the other. Since my nearest pub at home is half a mile away, and the nearest theatre is 5 miles, I don’t think it is much of an issue. But I should stress that most of the time we got a midships lift within a couple of minutes. I suspect that it was more difficult for any disabled people on the middle decks as the lifts were probably full by the time they arrived, but that is an issue on any ships. The service that we received from the cabin steward was first class. We rarely had to call on him for anything out of the ordinary, but he kept the cabin spotless and well supplied with all the essentials. The food, on the whole was pretty good. We ate in the Peninsular on Freedom Dining for most of the meals, and the longest that we had to wait for a table for two was 10 minutes. It was in the dining room where I was most disappointed, not with the food but with the service. At times it was a bit slow, and the waiters seemed to wish that they were somewhere else. I could sense the wine waiters snarling on a couple of occasions when we just had water with our meals. This was in marked contrast to the Beach House and the Limelight. The Beach House has a more relaxed atmosphere and the food, whilst generally a little simpler than in the main restaurant, was excellent. We decided to try the Limelight early on in the cruise. This was because we wanted to see Dean Andrews, but also so that if we enjoyed the concept, we could go again later. The whole occasion was excellent, the food and service were very good and “Deano” put on a really good show. We saw saw Jaki Graham later on in the Limelight. A good performer but a bit too much chat. The food in the buffet for breakfast, lunch and, on a couple of occasions, dinner, was satisfactory without being exceptional. The layout of the buffet was better than a number of other ships but didn’t quite get the “island” concept as well as on the Eclipse. We decided to book the afternoon tea on the last sea day. We were in two minds about this as it is on the same day as the last formal evening, but we scheduled our evening meal for after the first show, so still managed to have a 5 hours gap between the two meals. It would probably have been better if they started serving the afternoon tea a little earlier than 3.30 though. The food itself was quirky but very good. Who would have though that duck went well with a chocolate macaroon – but it did. The entertainment on the ship was of varying quality. The Headliners were excellent. Although it is not my cup of tea I could appreciate the skill and effort that went into the show, and if that’s the kind of entertainment that you like you would not be disappointed. I wasn’t keen on the Opera Boys, or the comedian (I shudder when they bring out a box of wigs) For me, the best entertainment was the band and the singer who were providing the music for the dancing in the Crystal Room. I don’t really like dancing but we caught them on the way to another venue and after that spent a number of very pleasant evenings listening to them. We did 4 of the ships excursions. They were very well organized with little waiting around to get on the coaches, and the local guides were excellent My overall impression of the ship was very favourable. The décor is very smart, there was plenty of seating, even though for the cruise that we were on the weather had made the pool a virtual no-go area. Weather – 2 days good, 9 days rubbish – but who cares. Read Less
Sail Date July 2015
If you ever wandered what a holiday camp at sea would be like this is the ship for you. When I say holiday camp I am going back to what they were like in the sixties as holiday camps nowadays are much improved. Myself and my wife believed ... Read More
If you ever wandered what a holiday camp at sea would be like this is the ship for you. When I say holiday camp I am going back to what they were like in the sixties as holiday camps nowadays are much improved. Myself and my wife believed all the hype when this ship was being built and as a result booked a 12night cruise in September and this two night cruise in early July from Southampton to Guernsey. The reviews we read since the ship went into service made us regret booking the September cruise. So much so that we cancelled it before the cost balance was due. We obviously lost our deposit but better that we thought than paying out a lot more and regretting it. The obvious risk was that we would enjoy our two night cruise and have a massive regret losing our deposit for the longer cruise. We needn't have worried. All the negative reviews were correct and we enjoyed this two day cruise knowing that we had made the correct decision and saved ourselves a packet and never having to return. I can understand what a lot of people have said about the negative reviews. Go with an open mind. However in the back of your mind is always that thought. Can all those people who wrote those bad reviews be wrong and the answer is no. First of all let me list the positives about this ship. Right now that that's done lets list the negatives and these wont be new to anyone who has read previous reviews. Very poor lifts. Poor bland food and choice of food. Uncomfortable seats in the theatre and far too small for the size of ship. Poor viewing from cinema seats unless in the front row. Small dirty stateroom balconies. Areas around the pools dirty and this was the case even the next morning after the crowds had left from the previous day. Glum staff in the Horizon buffet who looked as if they didn't really want to be there. I could go on but its all been said before. The happy passengers waiting to disembark said it all really. P and O really are the poor relations when it comes to cruise holidays. Never mind it was a lesson learned and we now have another cruise to look forward to but on a proper cruise ship. Hi De Hi campers Read Less
Sail Date July 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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