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Britannia is a great ship, but with a few little niggles. Walking around the ship you get a sense of just how large she is, especially walking down the cabin corridors. She is beautifully equipped with restaurants, coffee lounges, bars, entertainment areas. The main deck area has a double pool arrangement. There is a separate pool area for adults only called Serenity. Plus there is the Retreat for those who have money to burn. If you enjoy Real Ales then Brodie's will make you very happy indeed - there are 70 different ales to try! And for those of you who enjoy wine, there seemed to be a huge selection of different colours and tastes. Activities on board are the usual array of shows, quizzes, games, etc. There is a separate Cinema room for those who enjoy films. The view of the screen is hampered though as the rows are not elevated enough front to back. Service in all the restaurants was the usual for P&O - Excellent. The buffet service was also better than we have experienced before. Our cabin was tastefully decorated and had a large screen interactive TV on the wall. The TV has a selection of films and TV shows which can be called up any time of day or night, along with 4 TV channels (news mostly). The cabins do seem to have shrunk a bit, though they were just about adequate for two people. However, the balcony definitely seems smaller than on Azura or Ventura (and I'm talking about the standard balcony size). The Headliners Theatre was very good indeed, but it has less seats than I would have expected. That said I could always get a seat in the 10:30pm show, even arriving at the last minute. There is a £22 surcharge if you wish to go into the Limelight Club. Here you are entertained by "special" guests whilst you eat a meal at tables within the club. One of these included a Morcambe and Wise tribute on our cruise. If you think that is worth £22, please do. The niggles start when you try a move between decks. There are no stairs mid-ships above Deck 7 (the upper Atrium deck) so you are forced to use the lifts from here and they seem to have shrunk from the ships like Azura and Ventura. The lifts also seem to take a very long time to come. There is no prom deck on Britannia on Deck 7. So having a walk outside between shows is out of the question, unless you venture up to Deck 18 where there is a dedicated prom deck (only around the engine stacks), fully exposed to whatever the weather is doing. The Live lounge at the back of the ship is the other main entertainment area and I feel this was too small. Many nights it was necessary to stand to be able to watch the shows. Overall we absolutely loved the cruise, but our next cruise will be back on Ventura or Azura.

Great cruise, but Azura was better.

Britannia Cruise Review by dragonandy

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Britannia is a great ship, but with a few little niggles.

Walking around the ship you get a sense of just how large she is, especially walking down the cabin corridors. She is beautifully equipped with restaurants, coffee lounges, bars, entertainment areas. The main deck area has a double pool arrangement. There is a separate pool area for adults only called Serenity. Plus there is the Retreat for those who have money to burn. If you enjoy Real Ales then Brodie's will make you very happy indeed - there are 70 different ales to try! And for those of you who enjoy wine, there seemed to be a huge selection of different colours and tastes.

Activities on board are the usual array of shows, quizzes, games, etc. There is a separate Cinema room for those who enjoy films. The view of the screen is hampered though as the rows are not elevated enough front to back.

Service in all the restaurants was the usual for P&O - Excellent. The buffet service was also better than we have experienced before.

Our cabin was tastefully decorated and had a large screen interactive TV on the wall. The TV has a selection of films and TV shows which can be called up any time of day or night, along with 4 TV channels (news mostly). The cabins do seem to have shrunk a bit, though they were just about adequate for two people. However, the balcony definitely seems smaller than on Azura or Ventura (and I'm talking about the standard balcony size).

The Headliners Theatre was very good indeed, but it has less seats than I would have expected. That said I could always get a seat in the 10:30pm show, even arriving at the last minute.

There is a £22 surcharge if you wish to go into the Limelight Club. Here you are entertained by "special" guests whilst you eat a meal at tables within the club. One of these included a Morcambe and Wise tribute on our cruise. If you think that is worth £22, please do.

The niggles start when you try a move between decks. There are no stairs mid-ships above Deck 7 (the upper Atrium deck) so you are forced to use the lifts from here and they seem to have shrunk from the ships like Azura and Ventura. The lifts also seem to take a very long time to come.

There is no prom deck on Britannia on Deck 7. So having a walk outside between shows is out of the question, unless you venture up to Deck 18 where there is a dedicated prom deck (only around the engine stacks), fully exposed to whatever the weather is doing.

The Live lounge at the back of the ship is the other main entertainment area and I feel this was too small. Many nights it was necessary to stand to be able to watch the shows.

Overall we absolutely loved the cruise, but our next cruise will be back on Ventura or Azura.
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