we saw Britannia sailing the other way last year in the Med, it looked stunning so we promised ourselves to try it. We booked direct with P&O and pleased we did< Georgina was excellent, no hard sell, just a very knowledgeable and approachable person.
By booking direct we found we had a very acceptable on board spend allowance plus valet parking.
The valet parking was smooth & efficient, the check in was a breeze, even better when I asked when our cabin would be ready I was amazed to find that it already was!
One of the striking things about this ship is its décor, it's a cross between contemporary and art deco, no bold "n" brash purples and reds, instead mellow fawns, beiges, browns and greens that make for a calming, tranquil mood and that theme follows throughout the ship.
The other most noticeable is the amount of thought that's gone into the public areas, in particular the decks and pool areas, instead of an open sprawl that seems to be the trend of many ships there are carefully sited glass screens and planters, gazebo's and different levels that gives passengers the feeling of privacy and seclusion, it's very good, also, no plastic loungers or chairs on this ship, instead it's a mix of Rattan or bespoke steal seats, The Serenity pool area is a good example of this clever design and it really is quite stunning.
The main restaurant is the Peninsular which serves a comprehensive menu of very acceptable, nicely prepared and cooked food, there are several other dining options too, all excellent although some have a modest cover charge, there is a good pub serving many real ales and showing live premier league games pretty much non stop, they hold quizzes, bingo and various competitions too. There is a good sized (and well attended) ballroom, casino, the headliners theatre, the lime light cabaret, the live lounge and the crows nest both feature live music.
This ship and its staff are a credit to P&O and anyone who says different should be taken very lightly indeed, in fact it was so good we've booked it twice more this year ! .
Our cabin was a superior deluxe balcony on deck 14, it was one of the best we've ever stayed in (and that includes some so called penthouses) on entering to the left was a small corridor with a walk-in wardrobe to the right that was large enough to take the contents of our four suite cases, in the centre was a full height shelving wardrobe that included a free safe and to the left was a really good bathroom with shower over bath, a good sized basin and plenty of storage, delightful, into the cabin and a king size bed in the first part with large flat screen Tv on the wall opposite, moving into the lounge area there was a good sized sofa, coffee table and a long unit housing the mini bar and more cupboards, on the wall over was another flat screen, the balcony was perfectly adequate, the cabin was nicely decorated and included things like dressing gowns, slippers, umbrella, binoculars and a selection of new magazines, all in all it was a very very good cabin
we decided to do our own thing here and had a pleasant four hours ashore browsing the shops and bars
we were in Barcelona a few months ago on a 4 day short stay and never get tired of it, the hop-on buses are a good way of sightseeing the city
Again been here many times but never get tired of the Palma, excellent shopping too
again did our own thing and strolled around this beautiful old town, boring I know but if you're into shopping you wont be disappointed here, especially clothes and shoes, amazing range and cheaper than home, we bumped into fellow passengers who bring an extra suite case just for here!
another of our do your own thing venues, a ten minute stroll (or take a tuck tuck) and you're in the heart of the city
We began and ended our cruise here, it's good terminal with a very slick team