We chose this cruise for the second time because the date suited us. We actually sailed from and to St Lucia but this isn't an option on the drop down box ! I think P&O are trying out this port in a view to either moving from or as well as using Barbados. The transfer is l..o..n..g from the airport to Castries, but a comfy coach made it bearable. The advantage was we were the only arrivals that day so embarkation was swift and smooth, unlike in Barbados where there can be multiple flights of passengers queuing for ages for buses, and to embark.
The cruise in the Caribbean on Britannia a was excellent. We love the ports, and the ship. Nice inside cabin , spacious, good stewardess, cleaned us up well, friendly. Food in Horizon, Limelight, Meridian and Beach house restaurants excellent, didn't try any others. Ship clean and sparkly, BUT I do have a gripe, a HUGE one. The Ladies public toilets block with alarming regularity, and the problem seems to be unfixable long term. Toilet paper is always running out so my theory is ladies use the hand towels as a substitute which in turn blocks the loos. I reported them every day, especially the one outside the Horizon on the smokers side. After an hour or two of being fixed they were blocked up again. This is a real bind, and means ladies use the disabled loos, not strictly for general use by the able bodied.
The entertainment on board was OK, a four piece group of male singers along the lines of the Four Tops were fantastic, along with Mari Wilson in the Limelight, and Adele looky soundy likey. Movies 50 per cent fab, the rest crap or for kids (?). Liked the new way of dealing with, and displaying photos taken by ships snapper, all on a touch screen.
One thing left to say is to these people who complain it's like Butlins at sea are all morons. Cruising on a ship this size throws up all sorts of people from all walks of life, and if they don't like it, choose a holiday in Siberia or Outer Mongolia, or pay through their considerably ignorant snooty noses for a private yacht, because cruising is now available to everyone, just like central heating and posh cars. Suck it up and try loosening those stays. Other gripe is the cost of WIFI, £25 a day of which at least 12 of those hours are spent asleep, or £100 for the cruise. I preferred the old 50p a minute. This is a cynical moneymaking scam by P&O and it's about time it was reviewed. Cabin review below....
Deck 14 midships. The cabins are not overly large but this one reasonably well appointed. The beds and pillows are really really comfy. There is ample drawer and hanging space, UK plugs and a kettle for tea which is supplied along with coffee and billies. Nice touch. . Shower room titchy, but well designed, glass shower door. Better than sticky curtain yewk! Lovely White Stuff toiletries. Hairdryer, good TV with excellent choice of films and tv Progs. Air con fab, easily controlled. My only gripe is the lack of reading lights so this second time on Brit I took little cheapie rechargeable reading lights that weigh nothing but are so useful. This cabin is on deck 14 midships, handy for all lifts to restaurants, pool etc, and near launderette.
Lovely ride through Curacao countryside ending at a lovely beach resort for a couple of hours.
No time we arrived on this day!