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Britannia Cruise Review
5.0 / 5.0
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Very disappointing ship (Britannia); however, islands were all great!

Britannia Cruise Review by Landlubber600

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Feb 2016
  • Destination: the Eastern Caribbean

This was our first cruise. - Harsh but true....

Once on board, we were not shown or directed to our cabin, but had to find out own way. Cabin was much smaller than expected and not enough room for our clothes but hanging space and shower was adequate. Balcony small.

Suitcases had not yet arrived so we went for a drink at the Glasshouse where we were overcharged by £9, this was addressed.

Went to Reception to find out about dining options etc, the receptionist was quite rude and said that it was all clearly marked in the leaflet, she then underscored where we could eat that was included in the price.

Back to Cabin deck 10 -didn't have to wait long for lifts throughout holiday.

Entertainment was poor, just unknown vocalists, poor ventriliquist and one good show - Gravity with good special effects. Comedian was also good but standing room only unless you bolted your food or skipped a course to get there 40 minutes before the start. The Overtones were the best!

Ship smelt of varnish as crew were masked up touching up, why when ship was not even a year old?

Passengers were forever getting lost, poor directions. I would not even be able to find my way to the muster point if necessary.

Food was mostly good, waiting and cabin staff...very good. Captain only made a brief appearance to upsell the café and spa (still I suppose someone had to sail the ship)

Ports were excellent, we were first off at every port and last to get back on. It was like being locked up in a hotel from 6pm onwards. Gala nights (of which there were 4) "All dressed up and nowhere to go" Everyone looked bored. Everyday we were bombarded with more and more paperwork about quoits or silent quizzes or bingo or spa offers - none of which appealed. The passengers were friendly and some had been on several cruises and thought the Ventura was much better. Many people said they would not go on Britannia again, there was no promenade deck, the pools were too small, there were not enough sun beds and those available were extremely close to your neighbour, also there was no shade for the sunbeds. Shops, expensive and not much of interest.

Overall very disappointing - this was our first and LAST cruise. Advise you to read cruise critic before parting with your hard earned cash! (wish we had)


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Cabin Balcony E250

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Barbados

Great Beach fine sand like flour, Oistins Friday night Jump Up (Georges ran out of flying fish)

St. Maarten

Very Clean port, stayed on a beach on the French side, ate and drank at beach bars, toilets not great tho.

Grand Turk

Very Clean, 3 sunbeds and parasols for $25 lovely sand, love the Margueritas and you must try the volcanic cheesy nachos.

Tortola

liked both islands, but be aware that these are NO SMOKING islands.

St. Kitts (Port Zante)

Very Good, loved the train/scenery and the 3 girl harmony choir, rum punch was included but just got a small piece of sugarcane cake as a snack.

Grenada

What a dump, harassed mercilessly at the port, locals were quite aggressive, we did a quick shop at the market then paid 10 US dollars for 2 bottles of local beer - rip off, spoke to another passenger who had gone to the botanical gardens and he said his neighbours have better gardens! Mentioned all this to P&O excusion staff and she said "the Caribbean isn't all palm trees and white beaches you know" well that's not what they said when I booked the holiday.

St. Lucia

Took a taxi to Reduit beach, the waves would be great for surfing. Unfortunately, lost my camera when giant wave took my bag.

Antigua

Taxi tour to Shirley Heights, Nelsons Dockyard. Pretty scenery and informative, love the yachts, one member of our party spotted Gerri Halliwell.

Dominica

What a dump, mercilessly harassed by locals at the port. Shopped briefly at the market, stopped off for 2 beers and were charged 10 US dollars - what a rip off. Another passenger went to botanical gardens and said his neighbours have better gardens! Mentioned all this to P&O excursion rep who said "well, the Caribbean isn't all palm trees and sandy beaches" Well, that's not what they said when we booked it!


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