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Unusually booked this over a year ago as my father was wanting a look at the new Britannia. Party of 8 with three inside cabins. Two cabins were lucky and received upgrade to balcony. Mine had four sharing so no upgrade. This is very much a ship due to huge size that cabin location could prove very important. No such thing as just popping back to pick up something. Britannia is huge. Embarkation Embarkation was a total disaster. P & O have tried to implement timed boarding which nobody seems to follow. Such a short cruise does mean most people want to arrive early and make the most of the facilities. The terminal was mobbed. Some of out party arrived approx. 30 mins before us and somehow went straight on. We got to the terminal about 1330hrs. Our proper boarding time was 1500hrs. We were given letter Z and at 1500hrs were still only on letter P. Somebody said boarding was late starting due to training. My wife does use a walking stick and we were fortunate to have a seat. The terminal was very hot and after making enquires we were finally allowed to board using the mobility desk just after 1500hrs. Never waited so long to board before. When travelling to Southampton its very difficult to arrive dead on proposed boarding time. Not sure what the answer is but this was chaos. Britannia Britannia is amazing. Beautiful decor and we loved the atrium. Other than the atrium this is not a ship with huge open spaces. Many rooms are accessed with twists and turns and entrances are sometimes not obvious. Everything however is very modern and contemporary. The size was never an option and seating was easily found in all venues. Some places got busy at start and finish of show and dinner but largely she copes with the crowds very well. Issues with very busy lifts and frankly some very rude and ignorant passengers who would not allow disabled passengers to board lift first. As has been previously mentioned some restaurants and deck areas have to be accessed in a certain way via particular staircase or lift. This did not cause any issue as I quickly worked out the best route around. Normally avoid the buffet but we found this are on Britannia was very well designed and fitted out. Plenty of seating. Loved Crows Nest. The theatre and subsequent show 'Sound of the Underground' was a high quality show and the production on the state of the art stage amazing. We ate in Oriental which was lovely. Enjoyed all food onboard and found it to be of good quality. Personally I find it strange that a British ship does not have a covered pool but all pools lovely and spacious with plenty of swimming options. Kid clubs not busy but very well organised. Disembarkation Cases outside at midnight. Went for breakfast at 0700hrs and walked off about 0900hrs. Very smooth and no huge line to get off. Conclusion We loved Britannia and would not hesitate to book a longer trip. Boarding was a shambles and the only low point of the weekend other than two nights is just not long enough. Some will not like her size or lack of proper promenade deck but I felt she does have a 'wow' factor.

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Britannia Cruise Review by philsuarez

Trip Details
Unusually booked this over a year ago as my father was wanting a look at the new Britannia. Party of 8 with three inside cabins. Two cabins were lucky and received upgrade to balcony. Mine had four sharing so no upgrade. This is very much a ship due to huge size that cabin location could prove very important. No such thing as just popping back to pick up something. Britannia is huge.

Embarkation

Embarkation was a total disaster. P & O have tried to implement timed boarding which nobody seems to follow. Such a short cruise does mean most people want to arrive early and make the most of the facilities.

The terminal was mobbed. Some of out party arrived approx. 30 mins before us and somehow went straight on. We got to the terminal about 1330hrs. Our proper boarding time was 1500hrs. We were given letter Z and at 1500hrs were still only on letter P. Somebody said boarding was late starting due to training.

My wife does use a walking stick and we were fortunate to have a seat. The terminal was very hot and after making enquires we were finally allowed to board using the mobility desk just after 1500hrs. Never waited so long to board before. When travelling to Southampton its very difficult to arrive dead on proposed boarding time. Not sure what the answer is but this was chaos.

Britannia

Britannia is amazing. Beautiful decor and we loved the atrium. Other than the atrium this is not a ship with huge open spaces. Many rooms are accessed with twists and turns and entrances are sometimes not obvious. Everything however is very modern and contemporary. The size was never an option and seating was easily found in all venues. Some places got busy at start and finish of show and dinner but largely she copes with the crowds very well.

Issues with very busy lifts and frankly some very rude and ignorant passengers who would not allow disabled passengers to board lift first. As has been previously mentioned some restaurants and deck areas have to be accessed in a certain way via particular staircase or lift. This did not cause any issue as I quickly worked out the best route around.

Normally avoid the buffet but we found this are on Britannia was very well designed and fitted out. Plenty of seating.

Loved Crows Nest.

The theatre and subsequent show 'Sound of the Underground' was a high quality show and the production on the state of the art stage amazing.

We ate in Oriental which was lovely. Enjoyed all food onboard and found it to be of good quality.

Personally I find it strange that a British ship does not have a covered pool but all pools lovely and spacious with plenty of swimming options.

Kid clubs not busy but very well organised.

Disembarkation

Cases outside at midnight. Went for breakfast at 0700hrs and walked off about 0900hrs. Very smooth and no huge line to get off.

Conclusion

We loved Britannia and would not hesitate to book a longer trip. Boarding was a shambles and the only low point of the weekend other than two nights is just not long enough. Some will not like her size or lack of proper promenade deck but I felt she does have a 'wow' factor.
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Cabin Review

Cabin D545
Reasonable location midships and not far from lifts. Huge open dressing area. We had four in cabin but although tight managed perfectly well for how long we were all inside. Bathroom small and compact but liked the proper show door which stopped and water covering rest of bathroom. Good sized TV. Why pay more for such a short cruise?