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We had previously taken 5 very enjoyable cruises with P & O on Ventura, Azura and Oceana, hence the reason for booking on Britannia. We were not disappointed with the ship, the food and the service provided by very polite and friendly staff. The décor in general was contemporary colours and design, which suited our taste. We liked the style of the atrium and it was a nice place to sit and relax. We found the cabin to be bright and comfortable with the large TV a bonus. There was plenty of space and hangers in the dressing area and also storage under the bed for suitcases. We did not find the cabin itself small, however as others have said, the balcony was smaller than what we had been used to. This was not a major issue for us. The bathroom was on the small side but had a large shower with glass door and plenty of hot water. We ate most nights in the Peninsular Freedom Dining Restaurant. We never had to wait for a table and on all but one night got a table for two. The food was excellent, good choice and always hot, served by very pleasant waiting staff. We used the Horizon Self Service every day for lunch. There was always a good choice and could not fault the quality of the food. The set up of the serveries is much better than on previous ships and mirrors that of the Celebrity Eclipse to a certain point. Tables were cleared quickly and kept clean. Hygiene standards were strict, having washing facilities before entering the restaurant and also hand gel before entering the buffet area. This was enforced politely by staff at the points of entry. We had afternoon tea by Eric Lanlard in the Epicurean on the first sea day. This has to be booked and incurs a £15.00 cover charge but well worth the experience. There are a couple of extra restaurants with cover charges compared to other P and O ships but the food is so good in the general restaurants we did not use them. It is personal choice and most ships now have many cover charge restaurants. The Crystal Room was lovely and good for a pre dinner drink, in addition to it being a venue for those who like to dance. The Crow's Nest was a lovely area was a quite place to relax both during the day and evening. Brodies Bar was very popular and stocked approx. 70 ciders and beers from around the UK. Good on P and O for supporting UK companies. We found the drinks reasonably priced and comparable with prices in public houses. The service in the bars was excellent and we never had to wait long to get served. We used the cinema and found this good. We had no problem with viewing the screen. We thought this was a positive move having watched films on Azura in one of the lounges. The entertainment was good on board. The theatre group were professional, good singers and the electronic scenery very effective. We got a seat every night and on some nights there were still seats available when the show was due to start. We do not however expect to turn up at the last minute and get a seat as some do. We did shore excursions in Bergen, Olden and Flam, which were all very good value. Embarkation was very efficient as usual and we were on board having lunch within 30 mins of arrival. We were able to book a debarkation time and opted for the first slot of 8.15 as we had a 7 hour journey ahead of us. This went well and we actually left the ship at 7.50. We would agree with some reviews that there is some design faults with Britannia. For us this was mainly the seating in the theatre. We found the seats quite narrow and the metal cup holder pressing into your leg and arm. The lifts are smaller than other ships we have been on, however we never had to wait long for one. We did see however it was more a problem for people using wheelchairs. The absence of stairs mid-ship seemed to be a problem for a number of passengers. We went on this cruise with the intention of having a good holiday and Britannia met our expectations. We focussed on the good points and did not dwell on a couple of minor issues. Well done Britannia.

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Britannia Cruise Review by ALLAN99

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We had previously taken 5 very enjoyable cruises with P & O on Ventura, Azura and Oceana, hence the reason for booking on Britannia. We were not disappointed with the ship, the food and the service provided by very polite and friendly staff.

The décor in general was contemporary colours and design, which suited our taste. We liked the style of the atrium and it was a nice place to sit and relax.

We found the cabin to be bright and comfortable with the large TV a bonus. There was plenty of space and hangers in the dressing area and also storage under the bed for suitcases. We did not find the cabin itself small, however as others have said, the balcony was smaller than what we had been used to. This was not a major issue for us. The bathroom was on the small side but had a large shower with glass door and plenty of hot water.

We ate most nights in the Peninsular Freedom Dining Restaurant. We never had to wait for a table and on all but one night got a table for two. The food was excellent, good choice and always hot, served by very pleasant waiting staff. We used the Horizon Self Service every day for lunch. There was always a good choice and could not fault the quality of the food. The set up of the serveries is much better than on previous ships and mirrors that of the Celebrity Eclipse to a certain point. Tables were cleared quickly and kept clean. Hygiene standards were strict, having washing facilities before entering the restaurant and also hand gel before entering the buffet area. This was enforced politely by staff at the points of entry.

We had afternoon tea by Eric Lanlard in the Epicurean on the first sea day. This has to be booked and incurs a £15.00 cover charge but well worth the experience. There are a couple of extra restaurants with cover charges compared to other P and O ships but the food is so good in the general restaurants we did not use them. It is personal choice and most ships now have many cover charge restaurants.

The Crystal Room was lovely and good for a pre dinner drink, in addition to it being a venue for those who like to dance. The Crow's Nest was a lovely area was a quite place to relax both during the day and evening. Brodies Bar was very popular and stocked approx. 70 ciders and beers from around the UK. Good on P and O for supporting UK companies. We found the drinks reasonably priced and comparable with prices in public houses. The service in the bars was excellent and we never had to wait long to get served.

We used the cinema and found this good. We had no problem with viewing the screen. We thought this was a positive move having watched films on Azura in one of the lounges.

The entertainment was good on board. The theatre group were professional, good singers and the electronic scenery very effective. We got a seat every night and on some nights there were still seats available when the show was due to start. We do not however expect to turn up at the last minute and get a seat as some do.

We did shore excursions in Bergen, Olden and Flam, which were all very good value.

Embarkation was very efficient as usual and we were on board having lunch within 30 mins of arrival. We were able to book a debarkation time and opted for the first slot of 8.15 as we had a 7 hour journey ahead of us. This went well and we actually left the ship at 7.50.

We would agree with some reviews that there is some design faults with Britannia. For us this was mainly the seating in the theatre. We found the seats quite narrow and the metal cup holder pressing into your leg and arm. The lifts are smaller than other ships we have been on, however we never had to wait long for one. We did see however it was more a problem for people using wheelchairs. The absence of stairs mid-ship seemed to be a problem for a number of passengers.

We went on this cruise with the intention of having a good holiday and Britannia met our expectations. We focussed on the good points and did not dwell on a couple of minor issues. Well done Britannia.
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Cabin C428
Very modern and comfortable.