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We also travelled to the Baltic Capitals on Britannia in June 2015 (14 days) and although some of the many niggles have been sorted, we were still not impressed second time around. This was our 4th cruise this year and we are seasoned cruisers. Our cabin was in the mid ship area and we suffered badly due to the lack of a staircase above level 7, therefore the lifts are very busy and often full at prime times. When the weather is poor and passengers want to use the lounges and indoor seating areas, it can be difficult to find a seat. The cafeteria is also a very difficult area to find a vacant seat at busy times. Balconies and bathrooms in cabins are small, but are still comfortable. Our stewardess Rona was excellent and room service very prompt. Embarkation took about 2 hours (we arrived 10 minutes before the appointed time at 1pm ). This was, however, better than the 4 hours it took in June! Our cases arrived outside the cabin shortly after us. Disembarkation was much better, as was the case in June. The atrium area would benefit from some occasional entertainment (piano, string quartet say) and watch out for poor service, long wait for table clearance and lack of seating in the Java Coffee Bar. Don't wave a prepaid coffee card at the waiter to draw his attention, they prefer to respond to your charge card, with its additional tip possibilities! A good directional tip around the atrium is to go to the staircase end to go forward end of the ship. Trying to find your way around Britannia is not easy, due to its size, even after 2 cruises on board. The 2 ordinary dining rooms work well enough, without the need for much waiting if on freedom dining. The waiters are efficient and polite, if lacking in much charm. We dined twice in the Limelight club where the service was subject to delays and the food was served very cool on the first night. The menu selection is restricted in choice (only 2 starters, 3 main choices and a single take it or leave it pudding) Our second time menu was better, but still not great, considering we missed the gala diner in the main restaurant!! You expect much better when paying a supplement. We also used the Sindhu restaurant, which was excellent and well worth the supplement we paid. The various entertainment bars and theatres, are all very small for the number of passengers on Britannia and you must arrive very early if you want a seat. The Studio was over crowded for an audience with an Italian Chef personality, with guests sitting on the stairways and standing around the verges. However the Crowsnest is very comfortable and good for late night piano and drinks. We took 2 shore excursions. A full 10 hours tour for the Excellence of Rome, as we had never visited this city before. It was about £100 each and included a very poor restaurant lunch. However, the overall tour was good and included a long walk around the Colosseum, Forum Area, Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museum, The Sistine Chapel, St Peters and the Vatican Square. The two guides provided were very good. The 2nd tour was into the Corsican mountains for about 3 hours in the morning. Although it was picturesque, it was not unusual or captivating. P and O are not good at communicating with their passengers wishing to visit ports of call without the need for a tour. No maps are pre provided on board, off loading points are not given for shuttles or lengths or directions for walkers to go alone. The 6 main attractions should always be described in ports, with their location. Not everyone can get to port of call talks, or sit through a presentation on P and O tours! Watch out for queues on returning to the ship, if near to lunch times or prime time tour returns. You can wait for some time in the rain or heat. The standard of entertainment is on a par with most other cruise lines, nothing outstanding and nothing bad. From our view point this cruise ship and voyage fits snugly into the "average" rating and we are unlikely to return to Britannia or P + O in the future, having experienced them twice within the past few months. P + O appear to being going for mass market cruise customers and falling short of their previous 5 star ratings, for which their brand was noted.

Our Second Britannia Cruise

Britannia Cruise Review by John and Anne

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We also travelled to the Baltic Capitals on Britannia in June 2015 (14 days) and although some of the many niggles have been sorted, we were still not impressed second time around. This was our 4th cruise this year and we are seasoned cruisers.

Our cabin was in the mid ship area and we suffered badly due to the lack of a staircase above level 7, therefore the lifts are very busy and often full at prime times. When the weather is poor and passengers want to use the lounges and indoor seating areas, it can be difficult to find a seat. The cafeteria is also a very difficult area to find a vacant seat at busy times. Balconies and bathrooms in cabins are small, but are still comfortable. Our stewardess Rona was excellent and room service very prompt.

Embarkation took about 2 hours (we arrived 10 minutes before the appointed time at 1pm ). This was, however, better than the 4 hours it took in June! Our cases arrived outside the cabin shortly after us. Disembarkation was much better, as was the case in June.

The atrium area would benefit from some occasional entertainment (piano, string quartet say) and watch out for poor service, long wait for table clearance and lack of seating in the Java Coffee Bar. Don't wave a prepaid coffee card at the waiter to draw his attention, they prefer to respond to your charge card, with its additional tip possibilities! A good directional tip around the atrium is to go to the staircase end to go forward end of the ship. Trying to find your way around Britannia is not easy, due to its size, even after 2 cruises on board.

The 2 ordinary dining rooms work well enough, without the need for much waiting if on freedom dining. The waiters are efficient and polite, if lacking in much charm. We dined twice in the Limelight club where the service was subject to delays and the food was served very cool on the first night. The menu selection is restricted in choice (only 2 starters, 3 main choices and a single take it or leave it pudding) Our second time menu was better, but still not great, considering we missed the gala diner in the main restaurant!! You expect much better when paying a supplement. We also used the Sindhu restaurant, which was excellent and well worth the supplement we paid.

The various entertainment bars and theatres, are all very small for the number of passengers on Britannia and you must arrive very early if you want a seat. The Studio was over crowded for an audience with an Italian Chef personality, with guests sitting on the stairways and standing around the verges. However the Crowsnest is very comfortable and good for late night piano and drinks.

We took 2 shore excursions. A full 10 hours tour for the Excellence of Rome, as we had never visited this city before. It was about £100 each and included a very poor restaurant lunch. However, the overall tour was good and included a long walk around the Colosseum, Forum Area, Trevi Fountain, Vatican Museum, The Sistine Chapel, St Peters and the Vatican Square. The two guides provided were very good. The 2nd tour was into the Corsican mountains for about 3 hours in the morning. Although it was picturesque, it was not unusual or captivating.

P and O are not good at communicating with their passengers wishing to visit ports of call without the need for a tour. No maps are pre provided on board, off loading points are not given for shuttles or lengths or directions for walkers to go alone. The 6 main attractions should always be described in ports, with their location. Not everyone can get to port of call talks, or sit through a presentation on P and O tours! Watch out for queues on returning to the ship, if near to lunch times or prime time tour returns. You can wait for some time in the rain or heat.

The standard of entertainment is on a par with most other cruise lines, nothing outstanding and nothing bad.

From our view point this cruise ship and voyage fits snugly into the "average" rating and we are unlikely to return to Britannia or P + O in the future, having experienced them twice within the past few months.

P + O appear to being going for mass market cruise customers and falling short of their previous 5 star ratings, for which their brand was noted.
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Cabin Review

Cabin G523
Smaller than other cruise lines, but well presented. Balconies and shower room very small. Our stewardess Rona was excellent.