Just back from an unbelievable cruise sailing around the warm Caribbean on the Britannia.
The Caribbean was the perfect place to leave behind the wet and windy UK. The Britannia, with our balcony cabin, was the perfect ship to enjoy the experience.
We were so pleased that we had booked a standard balcony cabin on G Deck with its excellent facilities instead of an inside cabin. The balcony with its 2 comfortable chairs and table was the perfect place to enjoy our morning cuppa as we sailed into a different Caribbean island on 9 mornings. What can be better than waking up on a December morning, pulling back the curtains, opening the balcony doors and stepping into the early morning warm Caribbean sunshine. I read from one of the professional moaners that the balcony was too small - too small for what? Too small for a party yes, but ample for 2 people to enjoy a drink, read a book, have a chat or just marvel at the scenery. Everything else in the cabin was perfect, large bed, powerful shower, large screen TV, fridge, towels and all well looked after be the cabin boy.
Once out of the cabin there are an excellent choice of restaurants, bars and activities to choose from. In an evening we were on Freedom Dining as we don't like being tied to a meal time. We ate in the Meridian restaurant on 12 of our evenings and on each occasion the choice and quality of food and drinks was exceptional. We shared a table with other guests initially which was fine but later on in the holiday opted for a table for 2 after being worried that we may end up with a couple of the professional moaners who were on board. The moaners were very much in the minority but we didn't want to risk a perfect dining experience ruined by pathetic complaining. We ate once in Sindhu, the Indian restaurant on board, which was excellent and on the first evening in the Horizon buffet, which again had an excellent choice of food and drinks. Breakfasts were always in the Horizon for us as we liked to relax and enjoy the fresh fruit followed by a selection of the warm food on offer.
After our evening meal we usually had a few drinks in one of the many varied bars and also watched a great Robbie Williams tribute act in Headliners.
On the days in port we would make use of the local taxis to take us to a beach, rain forest, waterfall etc. We would usually share with other passengers from the ship and this worked out very reasonable. Many of the organised shore excursions left at 08.30am which is too early for us on holiday. All of the islands were amazing, possibly Tortola was our favourite but we also enjoyed our last day at the Boatyard beach and bar in Barbados (walking distance from the port).
On the 4 days sailing we relaxed on deck making the most of the lovely warm weather that we had. As it was usually around 11.00am when we arrived on deck most sun loungers were usually taken but we found that if we just sat in a chair then sooner or later beds would be free. On these 4 sailing days the formal evenings took place and 99% of the passengers got involved and dressed up which was good.
The Disembarkation process was well managed and meant that the journey from ship to plane run smoothly.
Anything that I would change? 1. I would take a change of clothes in my hand luggage for the first evening on the ship as our suitcases did not arrive in the cabin until after we had eaten. 2. I would request that the moaners stay in the UK next winter and moan about something there instead - they'll find plenty :-).
Walked to the beach in front of the Boatyard bar and restaurant, took about 30 minutes. Beach lovely. You pay 15$ for beds, shade, a drink and a taxi back to port - excellent.
Shared a taxi to Church Valley (or Valley Church) beach. Lovely beach, quite busy at first. Most trips leave at 3pm so book your taxi return for 4pm, you will have the beach almost to yourselves.
Got the water taxi to the main beach. Beach nice and many duty free shops behind it.
Again took a taxi to the beach, driver very helpful and stopped a few times to allow us to take photos.
Ship docks almost on the beach. Nice lazy day swimming and resting.
Shared taxi to Honeysuckle beach. Cracking rum punch...
Shared a mini bus to Emerald Waterfalls and rain forest. Very informative guide came with us and made for a very interesting day.
Much busier island than I imagined. Ended up on a beach in front of a Sandals hotel which was nice.