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A short two night cruise with three couples. 2 couples had never cruised before. The Ship Loved the new ship. Decor wasn’t “over the top” but very impressive. Other reviews have criticised the fact that there is no central staircase but we didn’t find that a problem, especially as other large ships we have been on also didn’t have a central staircase - we simply walked to the aft or forward stairs / lifts. However, we do agree the lifts were too small and that it seems silly that the central bank of six lifts aren’t controlled by one call button. Four middle lifts are all on a single button, but then each side lift has its own button. So naturally everyone presses all three call buttons when they want a lift. We also agree that the Headliners Theatre simply isn’t large enough to accommodate 4300 people in two shows, although obviously it depends on what’s on. The first night we got in to the second show easily and the theatre wasn’t full. On the second night the second show was standing room only. Our Cabin - D501 Very well laid out and very comfortable. Yes, the balcony is a little small but as we spent very little time in our cabin or on the balcony it wasn’t a problem. The food Excellent! We were on Freedom dining in the Peninsular restaurant, there was a good choice of food and the portions were a good size. The waiters were all very friendly and efficient, especially with my wife’s gluten free diet which has caused problems on other cruise lines. Whatever she wanted from the menu they simply made a gluten free version. We wouldn’t actually use freedom dining again. It sounds like a good idea but in reality there never seemed to be a table available for anyone on Freedom dining. We did get in straight away on the first night but most couples and groups of four were being given pagers - as were we on the second night. Drinks in the main restaurant were reasonably priced with wine at around £15.00 a bottle. The Horizon restaurant was also excellent although there wasn’t such a huge choice of different dishes as on other cruise lines. It was well laid out and there was always somewhere it sit. They also had a whole selection of gluten free puddings. We didn’t use any of the restaurants where you have to pay a cover charge so can’t comment on them. The “grab & go”, pizza and burger grills by the pools seemed to be a huge success. The Bars There are a number of bars around the ship. We used Brodies and the Blue Bar. Both were comfortable and well decorated. The prices were very reasonable. The entertainment The evening shows in the Headliner theatre were very good as were the acts in the various bars. However, we weren’t particularly impressed with the entertainment during the day as nothing seemed to be organised. For example, the Horizon newsletter said that there was shuffleboard or deck quoits at a certain time. We expected this to be an organised competition with someone to explain the rules - as did other people who turned up at the appointed time - but no one arrived so we simply had a quick go ourselves. Overall we were very impressed and would certainly sail on Britannia again.

Family cruise to St. Peter Port

Britannia Cruise Review by jpdframing

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A short two night cruise with three couples. 2 couples had never cruised before.

The Ship

Loved the new ship. Decor wasn’t “over the top” but very impressive. Other reviews have criticised the fact that there is no central staircase but we didn’t find that a problem, especially as other large ships we have been on also didn’t have a central staircase - we simply walked to the aft or forward stairs / lifts. However, we do agree the lifts were too small and that it seems silly that the central bank of six lifts aren’t controlled by one call button. Four middle lifts are all on a single button, but then each side lift has its own button. So naturally everyone presses all three call buttons when they want a lift. We also agree that the Headliners Theatre simply isn’t large enough to accommodate 4300 people in two shows, although obviously it depends on what’s on. The first night we got in to the second show easily and the theatre wasn’t full. On the second night the second show was standing room only.

Our Cabin - D501

Very well laid out and very comfortable. Yes, the balcony is a little small but as we spent very little time in our cabin or on the balcony it wasn’t a problem.

The food

Excellent! We were on Freedom dining in the Peninsular restaurant, there was a good choice of food and the portions were a good size. The waiters were all very friendly and efficient, especially with my wife’s gluten free diet which has caused problems on other cruise lines. Whatever she wanted from the menu they simply made a gluten free version.

We wouldn’t actually use freedom dining again. It sounds like a good idea but in reality there never seemed to be a table available for anyone on Freedom dining. We did get in straight away on the first night but most couples and groups of four were being given pagers - as were we on the second night.

Drinks in the main restaurant were reasonably priced with wine at around £15.00 a bottle.

The Horizon restaurant was also excellent although there wasn’t such a huge choice of different dishes as on other cruise lines. It was well laid out and there was always somewhere it sit. They also had a whole selection of gluten free puddings.

We didn’t use any of the restaurants where you have to pay a cover charge so can’t comment on them.

The “grab & go”, pizza and burger grills by the pools seemed to be a huge success.

The Bars

There are a number of bars around the ship. We used Brodies and the Blue Bar. Both were comfortable and well decorated. The prices were very reasonable.

The entertainment

The evening shows in the Headliner theatre were very good as were the acts in the various bars. However, we weren’t particularly impressed with the entertainment during the day as nothing seemed to be organised. For example, the Horizon newsletter said that there was shuffleboard or deck quoits at a certain time. We expected this to be an organised competition with someone to explain the rules - as did other people who turned up at the appointed time - but no one arrived so we simply had a quick go ourselves.

Overall we were very impressed and would certainly sail on Britannia again.
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