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Just back from 14 Caribbean cruise. We have cruised on P and O several times and Princess many times plus Cunard and NCL. About 300 days in all we think on ships from 900 passengers up to Britannia which is the biggest we have been on. ... Read More
Just back from 14 Caribbean cruise. We have cruised on P and O several times and Princess many times plus Cunard and NCL. About 300 days in all we think on ships from 900 passengers up to Britannia which is the biggest we have been on. We were very impressed by the ship. I agree with some things the previous reviewer stated but strongly disagree with others. We found the quality of the food overall to be excellent. As for Sindu we enjoy Indian food and thought it was excellent. Only wish we had eaten there twice instead of once as we ate twice in the Epicurean which was good we also ate twice in The Beach House which was good . However, having already spent a fair amount on the cruise we did not want to keep out shelling extra for meals as the main dining room was good. I strongly disagree with the previous comments about The Horizon Court. It is by far the best breakfast / lunch buffet we have experienced. The choice and quality really was impressive and the real benefit is that we never once had a problem finding a table which is the usual bug bear as these places can resemble a zoo sometimes but not this one. It is one reason why we definitely we cruise Britannia again. I get it that some people prefer to be served at breakfast but like many my wife and I prefer buffet service for breakfast / lunch and waiter service with dinner. The crows nest for pre dinner drinks very good = yes it is a little way from the other main restaurants but where else would you put it if you wanted an uninterrupted view of the sea ahead.? Friends who sailed on her years ago complained of no stairs / lifts in the atrium area. This has now been solved since the refit. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
Sailed on Britannia 1st Feb around the Caribbean on our third P&O cruise second time on Britannia, and apart from the usual sun bed hogging had a great time on board ship. Why people feel they need to reserve sun beds on both sides of ... Read More
Sailed on Britannia 1st Feb around the Caribbean on our third P&O cruise second time on Britannia, and apart from the usual sun bed hogging had a great time on board ship. Why people feel they need to reserve sun beds on both sides of the ship at 9 in the morning is beyond me. PO must do more about this as this was the worst we seen. Embarkation was easy straight off the plane on to awaiting coaches and to the port. Entertainment was average both good and bad, but food was better than our last cruise. We dined in the Limelight one night where we saw Shaun Williams, which was excellent. Did not dine in Sindhu or epicurean as we had done so previously on other cruises. We also eat in Horizon buffet which is a lot better then some. Could always find a seat even when busy. We also made good use of the food to go fridge ideal when you have just come back from an excursion. Things started to go wrong on the last day. We found our Tui flight home was delayed due to tech fault, after we returned on ship mid day. We were then told we would be staying on board an extra night. We had no access to WiFi as our account was cancelled but access to phone calls. This made if difficult to contact home cancel overnight hotel, and contact dog kennels as was late even U.K. time. All we were offered was a £7.50 drink voucher, but we had problems purchasing additional drinks and snacks as officially we were off the ship. We had in all 3 flight cancellations, poor confusing communication while on board, taken off ship to be accommodated in substandard dirty hotel with little or no information and updates poor WiFi which again made it difficult to rearrange airport pickup P&O also said we could have one 3 min overseas call but this was refused by the hotel. This made the end of our holiday very stressful P&O did call the next day after our return but my mobile was switched off. We tried to call them back on there dedicated phone line but they were either not picking up or constantly engaged. We eventually got through after a few hours, they were sympathetic but not really interested. We have 4 future cruises booked with them but are now considering cancelling them. Not very happy with responses so far do they really care. Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
We have just returned from a two week cruise around some of the Caribbean islands. This was only our second cruise. We did the Alaskan cruise a few years ago with P&O and that was amazing too. We had an inside cabin whereas ... Read More
We have just returned from a two week cruise around some of the Caribbean islands. This was only our second cruise. We did the Alaskan cruise a few years ago with P&O and that was amazing too. We had an inside cabin whereas previously we had had a balcony cabin. Whilst predictably small, it was just adequate for us. The bonus was that it was very dark once the lights were off which helped us sleep. It was also very quiet (E248, Deck 10). Cherrington our delightful cabin steward kept it clean and made it very homely for us. We mostly ate in the Oriental Restaurant at 18.30 (we were originally given the 20.30 slot but managed to change it without any difficulty). Very good restaurant. Good quality warm food most of the time. Joao and Alex, our lovely waiters, attended to us with efficiency and humour. The other two couples were fabulous company throughout. We had one meal at Sindhu’s where we had to pay extra. Great meal but it was quite cold in the place we sat and unfortunately the food went cold quite quickly. We had breakfast at the Peninsular or the Oriental Restaurants. Very good breakfasts and good service. We only ate at the Horizon buffet restaurant if we needed an early quick breakfast. Again very good food. We enjoyed buying a good coffee or an aperitif at the various bars in the atrium. Hubby enjoyed watching football in Brodie’s. Entertainment was good but not something we generally go in for but nevertheless gave us something to do in the evenings with our dinner friends. Excursions whilst costly were better than the independent taxis as they provided narration and a guide. Book early as they are popular. Taxis were abundant everywhere. The Islands were all amazing, whether they were coral or volcanic. Amazing beaches and rainforests. People were friendly and kind. Their sunny disposition was a joy. We didn’t like the duty free ports shopping as their primary purpose was commercial. Would I repeat this experience- Yes, after I have seen the rest of the world. Amazing ship, amazing part of the world, courteous staff... Read Less
Sail Date February 2020
P&o go the extra mile to ensure you have a wonderful holiday. Staff so friendly and accommodating. They work tirelessly and nothing too much trouble Cabins small but adequate. Could do with more drawer space. Bathroom fine like ... Read More
P&o go the extra mile to ensure you have a wonderful holiday. Staff so friendly and accommodating. They work tirelessly and nothing too much trouble Cabins small but adequate. Could do with more drawer space. Bathroom fine like the door instead of curtain in shower Balcony quite small but didn’t spoil our holiday Food wonderful and plenty of choice didn’t really see the entertainment and had mixed reviews from fellow cruisers. Drinks average UK prices Bit of a pain no stairs in mid ship. Sometimes long wait for lifts. Personally I prefer Azura but wouldn’t turn down another trip on brittania to Caribbean Only let down airport check in. Have complained but P&o putting blame on tui and I’m sure they will put blame back on P&o. Booked premium seats but never again. Total over £900 with booking seats together shambles at check in. Feel ripped off and very disappointed. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Overall, a good time was had by all. This was our second cruise. We went as 3 couples together so had quite a few points of views and opinions. I will try to give my hints and tips which I hope will be of use to future cruisers. ... Read More
Overall, a good time was had by all. This was our second cruise. We went as 3 couples together so had quite a few points of views and opinions. I will try to give my hints and tips which I hope will be of use to future cruisers. Dining. I hate the self-service buffet. It's just like a factory canteen. I haven't paid £6k to eat in a factory canteen. We used it on 2 occasions when we had early morning trips. We mainly used the Peninsular for breakfast but sometimes went to the Oriental. Nothing to choose between them. Evening dining we mainly used Peninsular on Freedom dining. Dinners are good but do take best part of 2 hours to get through most nights. We paid extra to eat in Sindhu once and the Beach House twice. If I went again I wouldn't bother with either as nothing stood out as worth paying extra for. There are too many sea days (4) and they just provoke selfish behaviour and "sunbed wars". The management could sort this out by policing it better but they don't seem bothered. Lots of pressure this time to get you to spend extra on dining and events. The drinks packages are a waste of time. Even if you were on the drink all day you would struggle to drink £1200 worth of drinks in two weeks. The whole concept needs a rethink. Cabin steward was much better than last year. Very helpful. P & O need to supply WiFi on the ship for free. Even if it's available just when docked. It's 2020 - people expect to be connected. Bars. Atrium bar is nice. Brodie's has a plethora of TV screens. Usually showing football. The open deck bars all serve drinks in plastic glasses which I think make your beer flat and taste odd. Crows Neat is nice but always full and too far from the restaurants. Sunset Bar at back of ship has smoking on one side that drifts to the other side as well. Luckily no smoke in other areas. Waiting staff are constantly asking if you want more drinks. Gets a bit wearing after a while. Horizon daily newsletter very helpful. Make sure you read it to know what's on where and when. We went to a few of the Headliners shows and a Cuban comedian. Could never get a seat in the Live Lounge on any of the 14 nights. We did several P & O Excursions which were all very good. You pay a bit more but you get less people on catamarans etc on the P & O cruises than other trips. Prickly Pear Island in Antigua was my high-spot plus the evening Sunset Cruise in Barbados. Took local ferries/taxis to beaches in Martinique and Barbados. Favourite Islands. We like St Kitts, ST lUCIA, Antigua & St Maarten (even though there were 6 ships in the day we went including 3 P & O ships) and Barbados. Not so keen on Martinique and Aruba. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Not been with P & O before, usually Celebrity or HAL but liked this itinerary. Good and bad with Britannia. Never seen so many sun beds, as long as you didn't want to sit by the pool (where the music was too loud anyway) there ... Read More
Not been with P & O before, usually Celebrity or HAL but liked this itinerary. Good and bad with Britannia. Never seen so many sun beds, as long as you didn't want to sit by the pool (where the music was too loud anyway) there was never a problem finding somewhere to sit, even on sea days. Shows in theatre were excellent but not a lot to suit us around the ship. No great WOW factor but some parts were very nice and some lovely flower displays. Food at dinner generally good but not always hot enough. Never a problem with queues at the buffet. Fair choice but strange layout, had to walk round first to check what was available. The same type of things, salads etc. were not always together. Thought some charges were excessive, £45 for the Cookery Club, you could take back with you what you had cooked but what can you do with a roast chicken on the ship?? BIG problem was with the lifts, not nearly enough for the number of people. Some good day time activities, quizzes, films etc. but they never seemed to be at a good time, clashed with dinner, theatre etc. Enrichment talks etc. all just wanted to see you products. Why no classical music trio as we have always had with other cruise lines? On and off ship good at all times. Would we go with P & O again? Possibly, if it was an itinerary we could not find elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Traveled on P&O flag ship January 3 2020, The ship is very down market, compared to other P&O ships. Cabins very small not very inviting decor bland, service in restaurant very slow you had to rush your last coarse to get to ... Read More
Traveled on P&O flag ship January 3 2020, The ship is very down market, compared to other P&O ships. Cabins very small not very inviting decor bland, service in restaurant very slow you had to rush your last coarse to get to the evening shows. The sun decks were crowded on sea days you had to be on deck at 6 in the morning to get a sun bed, and music blurring out all day long, no were for peace and quiet drove you mad. It was like a South Atlantic beach with seals basking in the sun not a pretty site. Drinks expensive as was the excursions, The one good thing on the ship the evening entertainment was excellent on this cruise. Like I said this cruise is like a holiday camp at sea. And would not recommend it. If you like a bit of class go on Princess cruises. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Having been on Britannia before we were very happy to travel on her again, not that we planned to it was just the cruise destinations we wanted were included in her itinery. I will talk about the ship first then the destinations. Well ... Read More
Having been on Britannia before we were very happy to travel on her again, not that we planned to it was just the cruise destinations we wanted were included in her itinery. I will talk about the ship first then the destinations. Well Britannia, what can I say, so elegant, so smooth when sailing and so cheap compared to many other cruise lines, no tips and prices are in pounds. A lot of regular P&O cruisers were saying that the Azura was better but I could not compare. I know a lot of people complain that you cannot walk straight across the ship and had to come up or down to go from the front to the back but that was not a big deal. The ship itself is very elegant, not in your face and I am glad to say they have got rid of the awful what I can only explain as pensioner's sail away parties. They used to give you union jack flags and sing songs like my old man's a dustman, get the picture. Well now they are helping the environment by not having the flags and they only do a few sail away parties and these include much more modern songs to suit all ages. The entertainment on the ship is good or at least it suits us with a resident group in the club and a typical british style pub where you can sit and chat or take part in karaoke or race nights and quizzes. There is also a pool table. The theatre is Headliners and most of the shows are done by the very talented entertainments team onboard. We only picked which ones we wanted to see and never really felt the need to go to every show. They also had tribute acts onboard such as Jess Glynne and Adele who were both excellent. The food on the ship is excellent whether you go to the Horizon buffet or the main dining rooms. There are also other restaurants where you can pay extra for an exceptional meal. Sindhu is an indian restaurant by Atul Kochhar which is very popular and is so good we went again. We booked the Epicurean afternoon tea this time whereas we had booked the Epicurean evening meal last time and we were a bit disappointed and wished we had booked the meal instead. There were too many sweets and not enough sandwiches/savouries. In fact it won't surprise me if the afternoon tea doesn't get shelved. We had ours postponed because not many people had booked on our day but on the day we did actually go there weren't many then either. The Glasshouse is phenomenal, you pay £6.95 for three starters or three desserts and then the mains prices vary based on what you want but they are not expensive. We went for lunch and had the three starters each(you don't need to book for this) then we went again for Dinner one night but booked this one. A lot of people said the Beach house was fabulous but it was in an extension of the Buffet restaurant so we gave it a miss. We did not do the Limelight club on either cruise because there were no acts we wanted to see, in fact these acts need changing they have been on for several years some of them. Apparently Gary Barlow is now P&O patron for entertainment so hopefully he will make the Limelight club more exciting but we shall see. The ship was full for the whole of the fourteen days and if you did not get a bed early on sea days it was a struggle, I think because everyone has the same coloured towel and P&O just replace them in your room without you having to provide any details of where your old ones went. I think if they opted for a procedure whereby you signed them in and out this may stop people doing this. If you smoke as I do then this ship is a bit different to others in that they do not have a smoking area at the side of the pool. There are three areas, one at the back of the ship outside the Horizon Buffet restaurant, one outside the Live lounge club and one outside Costa on Deck seven. To be fair I had no problem with this as they were positioned ideally if you were eating, sunbathing or being entertained. A tip too if you want to buy tobacco products wait a couple of days in because they do buy three get one free offers and also have discounts on alcohol and other gifts such as Sunglasses, Pandora, etc. P&O offer a drinks package of £39.95 per person per day but you have to have it for everyone in your cabin and you have to take it for the duration of the cruise apart from the first day and the day you depart(it includes bottled water, orange juice speciality coffees and all alcohol apart from expensive ones. . Drinks are not a bad price with a bottle of wine for approx £16-25, beer £4.30 pint and Vodka and coke around £4.40. Cocktails are also reasonable and Prosecco is £20.95 per bottle. Note you can put your bottle away and they give you a ticket for when you next go to the dining room. We drank quite considerably and never thought twice to order anything we wanted right down to Brandies after dinner and we still spent £800 less than it would have cost us for the drinks package. (Two of us) The highlight of sailing of sailing with P&O is the cabin, we booked a balcony and were upgraded to a cabin with a sofa. The shower has a proper door not a curtain as you would expect these days but don't always get. The main thing though, the bed, oh what a glorious sleep. We are investing in a P&O mattress. Now onto the islands on this cruise itinerary 1. Curacao - well unfortunately I cannot comment on here, we were very disappointed to miss this port but a flight from Birmingham delayed for 24 hours meant we had to sail out and back into Barbados so we had the planned day at sea a day later and missed Curacao - an excuse to go back eh 2.Bonaire - We booked a ship trip here which was snorkelling and an hour on the beach. It was incredible, you were taken to a local beach and given lifevests then the two guys running it went into the sea with you and you could snorkel amongst the fish and coral. It was stunning and even those who could not swim could do it as long as you weren't scared of being in the water. The vest kept you afloat. We then transferred to a beautiful beach where we actually had two hours and an area of beds were cordoned off for us. When we returned to Kralendijk we went back on the ship for lunch then just pottered around before going back on the ship. It is a very colourful place but not big so you don't need long to look around. Try the Cactus cocktail it is there speciality. St Vincent was next and I had read that there was very little to do here which is right I suppose. We opted to take the local bus up to the Botanical gardens and walk back into town. Well that was an experience in itself, We boarded what was a large mini bus and waited until it was full then the driver and co driver jumped in, drove around the corner and we all had to get out. He loaded up the minibus with bags of fertilizer and we all sat on top of them and we were off. We then returned to the town and pottered around having a few drinks in what seem like very strange bars which were basically huts with benches outside. On first appearances it is a very poor place and you could feel intimidated but we found everyone to be very friendly and helpful. Grenada - Again once you leave the Cruise terminal is seems very poor and can be intimidating but again, the people were very happy and very friendly. We got a taxi to Grand Anse beach and whilst the beach was beautiful the amenities left a lot to be desired. The toilets and washrooms were really bad. We decided to get the boat back to the terminal and it was the same price as a taxi $5 each. Once back in Grenada we looked for a bar called Fort Mathew but couldn't find it. We asked a local guy and he decided to take us up hill after hill but seemed to know where it was but alas we were fed up of walking so he took us back into the town to another bar and we had a few drinks with him and the locals. St Lucia - We hadn't planned a trip here but I had looked at the South of the island, a place called Soufriere and we priced a taxi and shared with 4 other people and took in the tour which included a stop at a Banana plantation, views of the iconic pitons, mudbaths and waterfalls. It cost us $25 each and was well worth it. Once back we explored the markets in the town and went for a few drinks in the local bars which again were nothing like our bars but the people were very friendly and happy. St Maaren - Our immediate plan was to visit Maho beach and take the iconic photos of the planes landing over our heads. Unfortunately for us it was an extremely windy day and no-one could possibly sit on the beach because the waves were so strong and coming in fast. We shared a taxi with other people and it was cheap enough to get there and back. We arrived at 9.30 to be told the first big plane did not come in until 11 so we sat in a fantastic bar next to the beach and had a coffee. We then went onto the beach and yes took lots of photos as planned. Not too many large aircraft fly in here any more so you wait a while for the next one but it is a must do experience. One thing I would say is avoid the danger zone when the planes are taking off, it is clearly marked, the first couple of small aircraft made no impact so we were all stood there when a small jet took off only to be blown over, my sunglasses flew to the sea, fortunate for me a lady saw them and returned them. Other people were completely blown off their feet. It is clearly marked. By lunchtime the bar was rocking so we went back had a couple of cocktails and headed back to Phillipsburg where we pottered around the shops and had a drink before going back to the ship. This island was definitely more for tourists than the others and I would definitely come here for a holiday. We drank Guavaberry cocktail and ate a lovely Mahi Mahi fish sandwich, two local delicacies. Antigua - We had only planned to go to a beach here but I also wanted to visit Nelson's Dockyard and as it was dull in the morning we decided to get a taxi with another couple and shared the cost of the trip which was $20 each. The taxi driver was like Morgan Freeman, very nice and very well spoken. He took us to the dockyard which was interesting and nice to see and then he dropped us off at a beach called Darkwood beach which was beautiful. Such clear waters and white sand. The bar where we hired our beds was full of the entertainment staff off the ship so it was obviously one of the better ones to go to. It was about 15 minutes from the Cruise terminal. The other couple did not want the beach so he dropped us off returned them and came back for us two hours later. We walked around St Johns for a bit when we returned and it was pleasant. Antigua is another definite holiday destination to see more of the 365 beaches there, one for each day of the year, you will hear that a lot. Dominica - I had read that the beaches here were volcanic and not worth a visit so I opted for two ships tours, the first one to a waterfall and hot springs and the second one in the afternoon to do river tubing. Neither disappointed. The waterfall was amazing, you had a lifevest and went into cold water then swam in a cave until you came to the waterfall. It was incredible and a must do activity. It is called Titou Gorge. We then went to some natural springs where there are five pools and all have lovely hot temperatures. The trip in the afternoon to do the river tubing was great fun. The river was not too fast but fast enough at times to be exhilarated. The safety aspect was impeccable with several chaperones ensuring everyone had a lifevest and was kept safe. The scenery and sounds and sights of the birds as you floated down the river for 3 miles was beautiful. I would recommend both trips which made a lovely change from lying on beaches on the other islands. This country may not have the beaches but the beauty is so amazing and well worth a visit. Barbados - I know we left here initially but we stayed overnight on our return so I thought I would share it at the end. When you arrive here in Bridgetown, you come out into the port and then if you walk outside and keep to the right along the path near the sea wall and keep walking you will come to Carlisle Bay which is a nice area for beach bars and bars. We had read to go to the Boatyard and this is what we did when we first arrived in Barbados, it is a beach bar, you pay $25 which includes two beds one umbrella, a drink free use of facilities, a 45 minute snorkelling trip on their boat and a return taxi to the port. It was really good value for money and the snorkeling alone was worth the money. You went to two separate places the first where you snorkel with turtles and the second where you snorkel at a shipwreck under the water where the fish are so colourful. When we returned to Barbados by the time we got here it was sold out and if you did not have a wristband and bed you weren't even allowed in the bar area. We went to the Lobster pot next door instead and you sunbathe on the same beach and we paid $10 each for our beds which again allowed us to use the facilities and one free drink. No snorkelling though. We wanted to eat local food so we asked the security guy on the door of the Lobster pot where we could get local fish, chicken and rice and a young lad took us amongst the houses and locals where we had some fabulous food at a fraction of the price everywhere else, it was so good. As we were on the ship overnight and could come back on anytime we opted to eat dinner onboard then head out to find local entertainment. We decided to go to Harbour lights which was a club on the beachfront. You paid $25 each, had a wristband and could drink as much local alcohol as you wanted(not wine), we got there a bit early and were the first ones but two hours later it was rocking. Being in our early 50s we enjoyed it but next time would probably go to Oistens which was supposed to be really good with plenty going on on a Friday night but we thought it was too far if we could not get back. When we left the club at 2.30am we knew we wouldn't get food on the ship and the taxi driver offered to take us to the KFC drive thru, there were KFCs everywhere on the islands but no McDonalds, apparently they had opened but closed again due to lack of business. The next day we were due to leave the ship at 4.30 so just stayed aboard and took advantage of the facilities and food before leaving for our flight home. We had an incredible adventure and will surely come back to the Caribbean, whether it will be on Britannia, who knows but if we do sail on her again, we will be more than happy to do so. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Our first cruise on Britannia but done many with P&O. This is a lovely ship. Although big and lots of passengers, there is plenty of room and a good flow of people. Nice contemporary decor and cabins. The best flow of passengers I ... Read More
Our first cruise on Britannia but done many with P&O. This is a lovely ship. Although big and lots of passengers, there is plenty of room and a good flow of people. Nice contemporary decor and cabins. The best flow of passengers I have seen in a ships buffet restaurant. Never had to wait or share a table even at prime dining times. Good service and food in the MDR. 3 nice big pools including the adult only quiet Serenity pool. Plenty of good quality sunbeds, although set out very close to each other. Now! The public rooms were under employed most of the time. Headliners shows or guest act as normal in the main theatre each evening, but not much else on offer. The large Crystal room had a dance band playing sometimes, with just a few people watching or dancing, but mostly empty! What a waste of a good venue! The Live Lounge advertised all sorts of appealing music, but most of it was just a blank stage and recorded music. Another hugely wasted venue. Where was the alternative to the Theatre evening shows? Comedians, singers, guest bands? This venue was also completely badly designed. All on one level with dividing walls 4ft high everywhere blocking any view. In general, except for the Headliners and ships live bands the entertainment was scatty, boring and poorly arranged. It looks to me like P&O have listened to past reviews regarding a drop in food quality. They have certainly improved food and service lately. But at the expense of saving money on quality evening entertainment. Service in the bars was good, good varied drinks menu, but thought the price for spirits and mixers excessive. All in, a good cruise for all ages. Lots of families and children and well behaved. Nice to see P&O catering for younger demographic as well as the more mature cruiser. The lifts and stairs layout is very poor. The forward and aft stairways are not very forward or aft!!! On the cabin decks this means a long walk to some cabins. These are the longest corridors I have ever seen on a ship, you will certainly do lots of walking. (Good for working off the desserts)! Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
A great ship, well run, great mix of relaxed activities with some black tie nights. (British captain) A very pleasant way to enjoy the lovely Caribbean. Every time you walked into the three deck high atrium you felt as if you were in a top ... Read More
A great ship, well run, great mix of relaxed activities with some black tie nights. (British captain) A very pleasant way to enjoy the lovely Caribbean. Every time you walked into the three deck high atrium you felt as if you were in a top new York Hotel. Many comfortable areas to relax in. Even in a force eight gale it remained stable. Quality dining included in the price but of course there are plenty of ways P & O tries to get you to pay more but the ordinary dining areas have class, great service and good menus. We will definitely use P & O again. Much better then cruises with other operators we have tried. The P & O excursions were generally good, although you are often expected to sign a waver that wouldn't be legal in the UK. Micky mouse visits again! Dance lessons by Doris Dance and their displays were a highlight. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Arrival in Barbados was an absolute breeze, with buses pulling up on the tarmac at the airport right next to our aircraft. No need to go through immigration, we were taken on about a 40 minutes journey to Bridgetown cruise terminal. ... Read More
Arrival in Barbados was an absolute breeze, with buses pulling up on the tarmac at the airport right next to our aircraft. No need to go through immigration, we were taken on about a 40 minutes journey to Bridgetown cruise terminal. Embarkation was also very stress free, having to queue for only about five minutes before then going through security screening and then straight onto the ship. As for the ship, it is simply breathtaking when you first walk in via the atrium area. No expense appears to have been spared and it really is a beautiful ship. As for the cabin, we went for an inside cabin. Whilst on the small side, it made for a very comfortable 2 week stay - we spent such little time in the cabin that it suited our requirements perfectly. The bathroom again whilst on the small side was perfect for us, with a very powerful shower and toiletries from the White Company. Our Cabin Steward kept the cabin spotless, cleaning it twice a day. The dining experience was incredible. We opted for the second sitting at 2030 and were seated in the Oriental Restaurant. Each night, delicious 3 course meals were served. The menu had plenty of choice for everybody, and I am sure even the fussiest of eaters could find something that they liked to eat. The quality and presentation of the food was superb and we didn’t have a single bad meal in the 2 weeks. The breakfast and lunches were also of an excellent quality, as was the delicious afternoon teas that we tried a couple of times. Occasionally for lunch we went to the buffet, there is a good choice here with a delicious salad bar that I enjoyed. The entertainment on board really was fantastic - the on board Headliners Theatre Company did shows every other night and were sensational. The quality of these shows was comparable to a production you would pay to go and see in the West End. The singers and dancers really were very talented. There was plenty to do in the day on sea days, with packed itineraries that you can find in the Horizon magazine. We tended to just relax on these sea days and sunbathe, but if you like keeping busy you won’t be bored. Throughout the ship there are several bars to choose from, our favourite was the Crow’s Nest which offered a pleasant relaxed environment with a pianist in the evening. The drinks prices are very reasonable and the cocktails were delicious. We went on a few excursions organised with P+O - we particularly enjoyed the rainforest trek in Grenada which included a refreshing dip at a waterfall. An incredible experience. Overall I can’t praise Britannia, the ship’s company and P+O cruises enough. It really was the holiday of a lifetime and we can’t wait to book another cruise with P+O again soon. Read Less
Sail Date January 2020
Family cruise. The good - nice ship and facilities. Food quality also good. Buffet was never crowded and never had to queue. The bad - Dining room service was hap-hazard and very slow. Clearly a lack of staff for the dining ... Read More
Family cruise. The good - nice ship and facilities. Food quality also good. Buffet was never crowded and never had to queue. The bad - Dining room service was hap-hazard and very slow. Clearly a lack of staff for the dining rooms. Aft cabin - no smoke/smut issues as others have recorded. But the carpet near the balcony door was dirty and very badly stained. They didn't refresh the cabins during her recent refit that's for sure. The p and o tours were awful - a whale watching experience turned into a beach day - after challenging the tour desk on return, got a refund. first it was unavailable, then they added an extra tour, then they cancelled on the morning, then they made it available on the dock side - total chaos! another tour was really just a drive to a dirty pool and dried up waterfall - described as a jeep tour - wasn't a jeep but a truck - is you like to drive in the heat for 4 hours with a crap stop, then book this. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
I normally cruise with P&O, especially Britannia and have had some marvellous holidays on her. This was my first Christmas cruise. Therefore, let’s start with the Pros: Initially I was so happy to be back on Britannia, usual ... Read More
I normally cruise with P&O, especially Britannia and have had some marvellous holidays on her. This was my first Christmas cruise. Therefore, let’s start with the Pros: Initially I was so happy to be back on Britannia, usual B deck after an excellent TUI flight. The food was good and had again booked the Epicurean and Sindhu restaurants, which were up to their usual standard, preceded by a pre-meal drink in the Crow’s Nest Bar. The crew were still excellent; polite, helpful and friendly. Monahar, my cabin steward was very attentive and kept my cabin to the usual high standard of cleanliness, including the balcony. This was my first time sailing with Captain Camby, who was very much a ‘people’s person’ and very eloquent in his speech-making. He also conducted a very good all-round Christmas Day service. A lovely gesture to be given a Christmas gift by P&O on Christmas day. The catering staff worked exceptionally hard dealing with the two sittings on Christmas and New Year’s days. The tours were very well organised with a good selection of choices and us solo travellers were well looked after. The islands were lovely. Now to the Cons: Where do I begin? What a disappointment this cruise was and never again will I do a Christmas cruise with P&O. OMG, the rude, uncouth people. It is true we have a North/South divide and didn’t it show. The pushing and shoving was unbelievable. Far too many families, of generations, who were obviously not used to and did not know how to behave on cruise – or probably generally. (One of the receptionists actually said to me that Jane McDonald has a lot to answer for!) The waiting staff in the Horizon are there to help, not to clear up after your kid drops its food all over the floor – you know who you are – couldn’t you at least have cleared it up yourself? Generally, please keep your kids under control, if you know how to. Normally, the solo travellers are invited to mix, but not on this cruise. It was very lonely and not helped by the fact even on port days, while the 9.00 a.m. coffee sessions were stated in the newsletter, when turning up, nothing was laid on for us, not even a cup and saucer. Whilst the meals were good, the turkey dinner on Christmas night was cold. There are a lot of notifications about reserving sun loungers and that after 30 minutes items would be removed if the loungers weren’t claimed. This was not done and I heard of some people saying loungers had been reserved for over two hours. Why don’t the crew adhere to what they say? Likewise, in Horizon, why didn’t the senior staff send out the people who were underdressed, including walking around with no shoes? This is far from appropriate, but the people themselves should know better, which goes back to my comment about the types of people on board. I presume to P&O it’s all money if they can sell a cabin, without worrying about their reputation. Sadly, this cruise had no atmosphere and the activities were all geared towards families and kids. Drunken teenagers were reeling most nights – where were the parents? Re the entertainments; the shows were good, but the act brought on for Christmas - was that really the best P&O could provide? At least the holiday ended with a good flight back and I will remember the kind crew (thank you) and feel sorry for those who had to put up with abuse from certain passengers, it’s really disgraceful and sad cruising has come to this. For noting; now no trays in the buffet, which was a nuisance when travelling solo and had to ask for a facecloth – these are just two of the cut-backs. Read Less
Sail Date December 2019
This was our first cruise...so tentative and apprehensive.. Food ...huge variety available seemingly at all times of the day. Pretty much faultless, with the buffet restaurant especially providing seemingly endless variety, quality and ... Read More
This was our first cruise...so tentative and apprehensive.. Food ...huge variety available seemingly at all times of the day. Pretty much faultless, with the buffet restaurant especially providing seemingly endless variety, quality and quantity. Entertainment....simply excellent, the quality of the professional theatre artists especially Danieli and Amelia and the guest acts was nothing less than exceptional and despite a couple of instances where the shows had to stop for some technical reason, these instances did not detract from the thoroughly excellent entertainment and quality performances from start to finish. Ship... huge..and a beautiful example of wonderful design and engineering. Everything you could need ...Spaces and 'frontline sunbeds' not always available immediately due to the pressures of people numbers, but that's not a fault of the ship and wherever you go, that will always be the case for popular activities. Staff... almost faultless, some bars where staff did not smile, but we tended to avoid them. All the catering staff and cleaning staff and maintenance staff were polite, professional, dedicated and seemed to care that everyone was not inconvenienced and had the best time possible. Black tie evenings.... entertaining to experience lots of people in their finery once in a while...a little something different, for us anyway. Ports... some excellent locations, some less so, but everywhere is worthy of visiting at least once and it's all relative. Overwhelmed by the high level of organisation of both the managed trips and the 'local' providers.. Tourism is their life...so lots of evidence that people will go out of their way to please. Met some really nice people...the world is full of them. Caribbean Sea... the sea was like a millpond throughout our 2 weeks...is it always like that ? we've no idea.. but it certainly couldn't have been any more calm which made our holiday even easier to enjoy. All in all..we will definitely be going cruising again...and P&O are very high on our list.. We did see some other liners from other providers whilst in various ports...we were not at all disappointed with our choice. If you're thinking about going cruising for the first time...we'd certainly recommend it and we'd recommend a balcony room...it's a real joy to sit out in a warm breeze and simply listen to, and watch the waves go by....at unearthly hours of the night. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Having visited the Caribbean several times on a/I holidays we decided to do our first cruise after taking some advice from our travel agent. Holiday got off to a good start when Thomas Cook folded and we were give Virgin flights as an ... Read More
Having visited the Caribbean several times on a/I holidays we decided to do our first cruise after taking some advice from our travel agent. Holiday got off to a good start when Thomas Cook folded and we were give Virgin flights as an alternative. Being excited but very apprehensive we got to the terminal at Barbados and check in was really quick and efficient. The boat itself was amazing, plenty of sun Ed’s although did get a little cramped on sea days but not really an issue, staff were good at removing towels from reserved beds after the allotted 30 mins. The food was really good, whether it was the buffet restaurant or the other freedom restaurants, no complaints at all about the food. The updates from the Captain and his crew were really good and informative, ports of call were great, some better than others which is normal, the entertainment was amazing, the shows in the theatre were like the west end, plus the guest acts were also really good quality acts, the staff don’t stop, ever, constantly serving, cleaning, always with a smile. The room (an inside cabin) was ok, comfy bed but would definitely consider a balcony on our next cruise. Overall we were both really really impressed with our first cruise and will definitely cruise again. Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
Because we had sailed on Britannia before on her first transatlantic crossing felt we would like to try again.there had been a few issues before but P@O seem to have cured this.the resturant have improved staff and food , we ate in Jays ... Read More
Because we had sailed on Britannia before on her first transatlantic crossing felt we would like to try again.there had been a few issues before but P@O seem to have cured this.the resturant have improved staff and food , we ate in Jays section and he was so nice and professional that we requested to eat there everytime we ate in the Meridian resturant . All the ports where very nice,because we had been so many time before we did our own thing including local bus where needed and convenient if not the taxis St Marrtens and Barbadoes are two of our best ports but enjoyed all of them.Britannia looks very good after her tidy up . Guest still moan about lack of stairs but you just have to plan your route, it is a shame there is not a lot of shade on the serenity deck in the Caribbean this would be most wecolme, it did not affect us but we did see a lot of hogging loungers and the settees which is a shame for their fellow guests. The headliners team are not our cup of tea but the group Pluse in the live lounge were excellent Read Less
Sail Date November 2019
We chose this cruise because it was perfect for a much needed break. We had previously sailed with many other cruise liners and felt that we always referred back to Ventura and Azura. Service had always been commendable however, Britannia ... Read More
We chose this cruise because it was perfect for a much needed break. We had previously sailed with many other cruise liners and felt that we always referred back to Ventura and Azura. Service had always been commendable however, Britannia did not seem to uphold this. Waiters were hard to get hold of for refilling your water glass and after having waited 20 mins with empty coffee cups, we ended up walking out. We then decided to go to a bar to get a drink there, this did not happen either and after 30 minutes we retired to our room! We were just glad that we were not on a drinks package! We felt we could not approach the bar as there was only 1 member of staff behind there and she was always busy. There just seemed to be far less staff than we’ve been used to on cruises and we’ve never had this issue in 20 yrs of cruising. On our last morning, we decided to try the restaurant for breakfast, to which we were ushered quickly with a menu that was described to us as the most convenient! I refused this as I wanted continental but my husband was looking forward to a full English to prepare him for the long drive home. He received a plate with a child’s portion on it! 1 sausage, 2 rashers of bacon, 1 fried egg and a few beans! We looked at the other guests plates and they did not resemble the same small portion. This didn’t seem like your usual service and we wondered if it was due to the gratuities not being charged? Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
We embarked at Southampton and this was quite smooth and uneventful but when we were issued our cruise cards we noticed our dining arrangements had been changed to a table of 8 ? I asked and the attendant said you’ll have to modify it on ... Read More
We embarked at Southampton and this was quite smooth and uneventful but when we were issued our cruise cards we noticed our dining arrangements had been changed to a table of 8 ? I asked and the attendant said you’ll have to modify it on the ship, On the ship we made this our first order of business when we went to the restaurant to check our table we were told we cannot adjust this you should have booked this earlier, I replied with I booked 18months ago how much earlier do you want? He managed to swap our table all at once, then the next night we were told your in freedom dining instead again we were tried to be forced onto a table of 8 we again said no and they literally put a table for 2 in the end of a table for 8, I went a bit mad at the manager who promised from now on every night I could have a decent table for 2 at 7pm , but every night this table was double booked so we always ended up waiting up to a hour and a half so very often missed shows and left the whole dining experience very stressful, Our cabin was very nice a balcony, although the actual balcony seemed smaller than other ships we’ve been on, the ship itself seemed very hot as if the air conditioning wasn’t on and quite a odd design is you cannot walk around the deck as a lot of other ships I’ve been on, and a lot of people commented on this so you always had to continually walk through the ship going up and down stairs or constantly waiting for lifts, The lido deck is nice area for families with plenty of sun beds, but only two small hot tubs which was constantly full of children bouncing in and out, the adult only area is quite nice but no hot tubs unless you pay 30 pounds a day to go into the retreat but we couldn’t because it was fully booked before the cruise started, we had the feeling facilities had been scrimped on a bit for a ship of this size two hot tubs for over 3000 passengers?. food in the horizon buffet was ok but the desserts were very poor ok if you like desserts full of gelatine and no flavour, drinks were of a reasonable price but we purchased more than we wanted to because of waiting for our dining table every night, The stops in the Caribbean were very good experience and the trips seemed quite well organised, would I go on this ship again, only if no other ships were doing the stops I wanted to go on or if it was at the right price, so Britannia would be quite low on my choice of ships. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I am well known within my family for not liking flying or sailing at all. Last week was my 50th birthday and as a surprise my family arranged a mini cruise to zeebrugge /brugge for my wife and I. Its not something I would have ever done ... Read More
I am well known within my family for not liking flying or sailing at all. Last week was my 50th birthday and as a surprise my family arranged a mini cruise to zeebrugge /brugge for my wife and I. Its not something I would have ever done due to being a bad traveller but obviously had to go. I have to say I was blown away by the whole experience, The ship, entertainment, staff, food and everything else was stunning. It is an experience rather than a holiday, we were made to feel very spoilt and rather special. Every member of staff were so so lovely and spoke to us like we were friends and not a customer. The atmosphere was amazing. We especially liked the gala / black tie evening as it made it even more special and rather romantic. We only returned a few hours ago but are already looking at booking a longer cruise for next year. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
I read all the reviews before deciding on a holiday so only fair that I should leave my own objective review. This trip was our first time on Britannia and we had a fantastic trip. The food choices were really good, we ate normally in the ... Read More
I read all the reviews before deciding on a holiday so only fair that I should leave my own objective review. This trip was our first time on Britannia and we had a fantastic trip. The food choices were really good, we ate normally in the Oriental restaurant and were very well looked after with the waiters always offering more if we wanted it or to change things if they though we weren't keen. We also ate in Sindhu and Epicurean both well worth the extra cost. The grab and go sandwiches were perfect for daytime. We stayed in cabin F728 right on the back of the ship and absolutely loved it, it seemed more peaceful than the cabins on the side and we saw loads of dolphins and even a couple of whales - the downside however is that you can feel the engine vibrating more at the back and if the wind is in the right (or wrong) direction you do get soot on your balcony as mentioned on other reviews. Other comments on the cabin are that they could do with a good clean, there was mould in the bathroom in the shower and round the sink and the balcony was permanently dirty. I am not blaming the cabin cleaners I think because the ship goes straight back out it never gets a deep clean. I would only give the cabin 3 star at most In addition although maintenance seemed to be on-going the ship had a lot of rust on it and some machines in the gym weren't working a particular bug bear of my husbands. The entertainment was varied and loads of choice so something for everyone. One comment to note is if you are on second sitting there is never seats available in the live lounge. There were a number of celebrities on board but the price of £25 each to see them seemed a lot to me, this was included in the supper club but surely dinner was included anyway in the price we paid for the holiday. The guy from the Hollies was free and really well worth watching. We did our own thing in the ports as we don't need the hand holding the organised trips provided and had a great time in all the ports - Don't let Anfusa put you off by saying you'll miss the boat because trains are unreliable. We were disappointed we only had a half day in Gibraltar as it doesn't give you time for anything more than a whirlwind trip. We didn't have any problems with service anywhere on the ship everyone worked really hard Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
After a lumpy Bay of Biscay crossing, the rest of the cruise was excellent. The ship was going into dry dock at the end of this cruise for a spruce up. We had sailed on Britannia before so we knew our way round the ship. The lifts ... Read More
After a lumpy Bay of Biscay crossing, the rest of the cruise was excellent. The ship was going into dry dock at the end of this cruise for a spruce up. We had sailed on Britannia before so we knew our way round the ship. The lifts are still a bit of a problem, mainly as at either end of the ship they are smaller and often full at busy times. Considering the wear she has had, I thought she is holding up pretty well. I was especially pleased with the standard of food in the MDR, both in terms of service and quality. We eat in the Beach House for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at the quality and value for money. Cabins and balcony are ok but we knew that the balconies are smaller than on Azura. Cabin steward very good. Other than the 'Rat Pack' the entertainment was very good. P&O please leave Frank, Sammy and Dean on shore next time please. Looking forward to seeing the newly refurbed ship. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
This was our first cruise and chose the Britannia because of mainly good reviews and being mainly British.. It certainly lived up to our expectations food was fantastic we chose the dine around and it does take a bit of getting used to.. ... Read More
This was our first cruise and chose the Britannia because of mainly good reviews and being mainly British.. It certainly lived up to our expectations food was fantastic we chose the dine around and it does take a bit of getting used to.. in the second week we actually preferred to go to the horizon buffet especially for breakfast you could just take your time and relax.. It definitely took us a while to find our way around the ship without getting lost .. We didn't really try out too much of the late night entertainment but did go to the limelight club twice and saw Gareth gates and claire sweeney she was brilliant! Not sure about the food though.Pizzas & burgers on decks great & quality, loads of sunbedssunbeds.. Staff were really excellent and very polite couldn't do enough! Every port was well organized with disembarkment.. We had a great holiday. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
We chose the cruise due to celebrating my mother's 80th Birthday, she had not cruised before so we wanted a short cruise just in case! We have been on many P&O cruises before but not Britannia. The one problem with the ship was ... Read More
We chose the cruise due to celebrating my mother's 80th Birthday, she had not cruised before so we wanted a short cruise just in case! We have been on many P&O cruises before but not Britannia. The one problem with the ship was the lifts!! They are a lot smaller than the other ships and therefore if a wheel chair is in the lift this does not leave much room. My mother needed to use the lift due to mobility and each time we needed to use it we had to wait a long time as they were always full and two lifts were out of service for most of the time. Also when disembarking the usual routine of an allotted time and venue was detailed in a letter, however most of the ship decided to ignore this, the result being a very long queue to get off the ship. I discussed this with one of the ship attendants and he stated that a lot of the people had not been on a cruise before and did not know the procedure!! He said he couldn't do anything about it.! I feel all it would have took was a person standing at the end of the queue checking paperwork to ensure they were queuing at the right time, if not they could have asked them to sit down and wait. If this is not done then all disembarkment is going to be a difficult experience. Due to these two things I will not be going on Britannia again even if the itinerary is of my liking. Avoid this ship if you are less mobile and need to use the lifts!! Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
I've cruised twice before - Ventura (P&O) and Independence of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). I chose this cruise because we were limited in terms of the dates we could take annual leave from work. Overall I enjoyed the ... Read More
I've cruised twice before - Ventura (P&O) and Independence of the Seas (Royal Caribbean). I chose this cruise because we were limited in terms of the dates we could take annual leave from work. Overall I enjoyed the cruise however there weren't many people my age or younger. I would estimate the average age of passengers to be 65/70+. I preferred the Royal Caribbean as the age range was more varied and this was reflected in the activities and entertainment. Ballroom dancing seemed to feature a lot - holds little/no interest for younger passengers Far too many black tie nights. At one point we had 2 black tie nights in a 3 day period. When dining I would prefer to dress more comfortably and casually. I have to dress up for work everyday so like to be more relaxed when on holiday. One black tie night per week is more than sufficient. I thought the food on Britannia was not as good as Royal Caribbean and on P&O Ventura. Staff were excellent. Cabin was excellent, clean with everything we needed. Ship Sun Decks - even though Britannia is a bigger ship with more passengers there seemed to better provision of sun loungers than compared with smaller P&O ship Ventura and Royal Caribbean. Atrium - a very large space with no atmosphere or buzz, occupied mostly by people drinking coffee, reading or eating cake to background of piano playing. I didn't use this area at all. It felt like an upmarket old people's home. Drinks - Reasonable prices, better value than Royal Caribbean. Drink packages - unless you are drinking well over healthy recommendations on a daily basis (verging on alcoholism) the drinks package is not worth having. We bought our drinks separately. Some passengers with drinks packages were unhappy as the bars weren't open very late - possibly due to the age range of the majority of the passengers. There were very few people about after 12am - most had retired for the evening. Some said the packages limited them to 15 drinks/day. Spa - Didn't use this - very overpriced. I had a tension headache and enquired about booking for a 30 minute treatment. The shortest and cheapest treatment (with a discount) was reflexology session for 50 minutes at £89. I didn't book in, not because I couldn't afford it but because it was not good value for money as this would cost less than half the price back home. I appreciate that things will be dearer on the ship but would have felt ripped off if I'd booked in for a treatment. They didn't seem very busy - possibly because the treatments are overpriced. If they reduced the price I feel people would be more inclined to book treatments. The prices for nail treatments seemed more reasonable. Entertainment Not enough provision for younger passengers below pensionable age, I was often bored during 'at sea' days. I was 50 at the time of sailing so i'm no spring chicken however I'm not ready to spend my nights ballroom dancing or sitting drinking coffee and eating cake in the atrium. There were seminars but most wouldn't appeal to my age and younger - swollen ankles, foot problems, health ailments etc. Marco Pierre White cooking demo and Q&A was excellent Tony Green featured as a speaker on several days. His stories about various war battles were brilliant and his knowledge was extensive. This became a highlight of our 'at sea' days. Brodies - pub feel. Went to Bingo and quizzes here which were good. Sail Away - We left the first sail away due to the volume of the speakers, it was so loud it actually hurt my ears and I'm someone who regularly goes to concerts and festivals watching live music so It's not that I'm noise sensitive. For this reason we didn't attempt any further Sail Aways. Headliners Theatre - most performances were singing and dancing and this became a bit 'samey' so we only went to a couple.The dancers were excellent and I assume many also have acting skills so why not perform a condensed West End type musical with acting and offer a bit more variety. Terry Cotta comedian was brilliant, made a nice change from all the singing/dancing performances. Another comedian or variety act would have been appreciated. Good space but chairs are very narrow and the drink holders only have one side so I don't use them as it's easy to spill your drink. This meant I had to hold my drink or place it under my seat throughout a performance. Film - There is a small theatre showing films which is good, we went there a couple of times. It was empty a lot of the time and the space could have been better used/occupied with additional films being put on. Cookery club - We were lucky enough to to do a Masterclass with Marco Pierre White. Cost of £100pp. This was excellent and made our trip. Marco was brilliant, we saw him around the ship a lot and he was always charming and friendly towards passengers. Dining First meal in restaurant wasn't very good - bland, not hot enough. Subsequent meals were an improvement however the food on Ventura was better and Royal Caribbean were much better. Most meals weren't hot enough. Horizon - buffet, very good, lots of choice and open later at night for snacks, hot chocolate etc. Was much easier to get a table when compared with Ventura and Royal Caribbean. There were grab and go fridges for snacks and a pizzeria, burger bar which were really good. Epicurean - a fine dining experience. We went twice for a £25pp supplement - excellent on both occasions. Limelight Lounge - excellent (evening meal with entertainment). We paid £25pp and saw Chesney Hawkes and Eric and Ern (Morecambe & Wise act) - both were excellent and good value for money Sindhu - we went there once for a £25pp supplement. Excellent food and atmosphere. Excursions Rome - Tiber Cruise and Walk. Booked this as we did a full walking tour of Rome last year to the main places of interest and thought this would be a bit easier on the feet. The cruise element of this tour is negligible, we were only on the boat twice for less than 20 minutes on both occasions and there's not a great deal to see from the boat. The tour was predominantly walking. There were several flights of stairs up and down from pavement level to the river which proved difficult for some people. Tour guide was excellent Gibraltar - WW2 tunnels This was interesting and the guide also took us via the monkeys on the Rock which was a bonus as it wasn't included in the excursion. Tour guide was excellent Florence on your own. Would recommend Barcelona Short walk away from the shuttle bus drop off there are hop on/off tourist buses. We bought a ticket and hopped on and off at several locations. Would recommend. Caution - the tourist bus drop off point for Gaudi Guell Park involves a significant uphill walk to get to the park Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
Wanted a cruise in the Mediterranean in September. Cruised several times before but not on Britannia. Huge ship and that means it is very spacious. At no time did it feel crowded. Lots of space on deck. Lots of sunbeds. If you meet ... Read More
Wanted a cruise in the Mediterranean in September. Cruised several times before but not on Britannia. Huge ship and that means it is very spacious. At no time did it feel crowded. Lots of space on deck. Lots of sunbeds. If you meet irritating people don't worry you will never see them again. Restaurants were busy. Lots of space to read. Enjoyed walking on deck. Nice pools. So smooth. Forgot we were at sea. Restaurants were busy but well organised. Top tips: Opt for freedom dining it worked really well for us especially on shore days when you want a rest before dinner. If they can't fit you in they will give you a pager and you can go off and have a drink or walk. Sorry to be negative but overall food in my opinion was poor. We have been on 8 cruises and we definately noticed a difference in food quality. Food was sometimes cold in the Horizon. Not the chef's fault but poor menu choices and poor ingedients. Steak and chips, liver, cottage pie lumpy mashed potato and tinned fruit is not what I expect having worked hard and saved for years for this holiday. Desserts were unexciting. Food reminded me of Butlins in the 80s. On the plus side I didnt feel constantly bloated and didn't put on loads of weight like other cruises. A lot of emphasis was put on paying extra for other restaurants. Well NO I am not paying extra I have paid enough. The mini bar in the cabin was an unnecessary extra too. On the positive side staff were so helpful, friendly and go out of their way to make your meal lovely. Top tips: Order breakfast to be brought to your cabin. IT IS FREE. Have it out on the balcony. A beautiful start to your day. Ours was brought to us by Francis so lovely and friendly. Ship was clean and tidy apart from the windows which need a good wash. Lots of handwashing facilities around the ship and public toilets were immaculately clean. Entertainment was good with a singer from the Hollies, a couple of comedians and an amazing acrobatic act. Top tips: Go to 10.30 show. It's much less busy and you can get a seat . Lots been said about lifts. Yes they are very busy after shows. Getting back on board ship etc.There are going to be 3,500 people wanting to use them so chill out. Wait a few minutes after shows, walk up the stairs a bit more. My husband asked people to sing in the lift and asked for deck 21 which got people grinning. Don't have lift rage you are on holiday. Loved the formal nights. So nice dressing up. Saw many great films on board. Really enjoyed them. Enjoyed seeing Marco Peirre White. Oasis spa was lovely and had the best manicure and gel nail polish I have ever had. Ports of call were amazing. We were very well informed about when we going to arrive. Weather ect. Nice port talks. Loved Rome and Pisa and Cartegina was just delightful. Look for the roman amitheatre. Entrance is via the museum in the shopping centre. Had a fabulous time. Thank you. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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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