Brilliant Britannia: Britannia Cruise Review by watsonl

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Brilliant Britannia

Sail Date: August 2017
Destination: Europe
Embarkation: Southampton
We have cruised with P&O before and prefer the larger ships because of the different places to eat and the range of facilities. We also have to go in school holidays although no children with us just a small group of family and friends. We chose Britannia as it was a new ship for us an although have previously done the Med we liked the sound of the itinerary. Having read quite a number of reviews we were anxious to see for ourselves what the ship was like, we were not disappointed with our expectations. What a beautiful ship, clean and modern designs with loads of space both inside and out. Our cabin was on F deck around mid ships, it was a balcony with sofa. We wanted a Superior Deluxe cabin as we like the added space, particularly the bathroom but by the time we booked last February only A deck was left and as these are in the shade we didn't see the point in paying for a balcony cabin that was too cold to sit out on. This is a slight grumble with the design, why put some of More your best cabins where the balconies have shade all the time?

Anyway our cabin was great, loads of space, bathroom adequate and the walk in shower was very spacious, great to have the glass door and not the curtain the always sticks to you! Position on the ship was good but here comes observation number two - no mid ships stairs! We always like to take the stairs no matter which deck we are on as it helps to keep us fit, this didn't cause a problem once we had orientated ourselves as we just went along the corridor either to the front or back of the ship but it was a bit of a crush at muster time when the crew opened up their stairs to allow us to get to places without using the lifts. I hope the designers have learnt from this and have some mid ships stairs on the new ship. Anyway that is all the negativity for the whole cruise as everything else was amazing. I could write loads but will try and pick out a few very memorable moments and places not to miss. One is the Limelight Club, we saw Darren Day, who was brilliant and so entertaining but the whole idea of having a supper/ cabaret club is great, delicious food, attentive service and a full nights entertainment all for an extra £22, some people will say why pay extra but if you want a good seat in a theatre you need to pay more even though you see the same show, its the same on the ship, be prepared to pay a little extra now and again and you will be rewarded with amazing experiences . Epicurean and Sindhu restaurants are still brilliant and again well worth the extra payments in our opinion. Adam the pianist from the Crows Nest cocktail bar was brilliant, we could play almost anything and hold a conversation with people, he was such a character and his banter certainly helped to make our cruise more enjoyable. As always the main restaurants were staffed by exceptional people who could not do enough for us, Lurenco and Johnathan our waiting staff went out of their way every night to meet our every need as did Noel our wine waiter. The food was generally very good but maybe a slightly smaller menu might help to improve the overall quality, it would be better to have a few choices done very well rather than lots of choice where one or two things might not be as good as they could be. The Horizon Court is brilliant on Britannia, the designers have certainly got this right, straight lines, tables for all party sizes and loads of serving stations. The food during the day was delicious, plentiful and varied, thank you to everyone for all the wonderful breakfasts and those delicious little savoury rolls served after three in the afternoon.

The shows were good, the last one in particular exceptional, especially the dancers, the Irish Lord of the Dance bit was breath-taking. However they did only do three main shows which on the two week cruise was rather disappointing. We are not really into comedians or tribute acts so would prefer to see more 'west end' type shows with a storyline as opposed to just singing and dancing.

Outside space - there was always somewhere you could find a quiet spot and a sunbed! Even on sea days we could find 6 sunbeds all together for our party, so as long as you don't want prime position right infront of the pool there are enough sunbeds for everyone. I do think however that they need to re think the booking of the retreat, by the time we had embarked all the day passes for the whole cruise had sold out and we couldn't purchase them before as you can only do that if you buy a really expensive spa package. Would be nice to have the option to experience this as we are sure it was under used, especially on port days. Maybe half day passes would allow for a larger number of people to enjoy.

The Atrium is beautiful, the changing chandlier is stunning and actually having the spiral stairs at just one end made it easier to see all around and to help orient ourselves on the ship. Embarkation was the best we have ever experienced, from being dropped off at the port to accessing our cabin took just 40 minutes, our luggage arrived just half an hour later so although we had checked in at we has been able to settle in, check out the ship, unpack, attend Muster and be on our balcony enjoying our prosseco in plenty of time for our sail away. Ports were good and again disembarkation was slick and stressfree. All in all we can't realy fault this cruise and this ship, the minor problems were mainly design based and very small niggles that certainly did not detract from our enjoyment. We will definitely be returning to Britannia. Less

Published 09/14/17
2 Helpful Votes

Cabin review: balcony with sofaF326

Very good space with the most comfortable bed we have ever had. Balcony was slightly smaller than have previously experienced but having read reviews we were prepared and pleasantly surprised that we could actually fit all 6 of us on for champagne sail a ways! Walk in shower great and plenty of storage for toiletries etc. Desk in bedroom a little small as it houses the tea tray but there is a useful little table and the long drawer underneath is very useful. Having the sofa was great as it also gave us a bit of extra length in the bedroom. Storage for clothes good hanging space, would have liked the shelves to be a bit wider but with the bedside drawer there was plenty of space. Position on deck F good and it was in the gap between the lifeboats that now stick out so you could actually see the sea under the balcony rather than looking on top of a life boat.

Port and Shore Excursions

did the bus tour a bit long and very hot on top but some amazing sights. Hope tourists still visit this beautiful and diverse city.
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so easy to do own thing and always a favourite for shopping and sitting with a coffee and watching the sights.

Pompeii Walking Tour

excellent guide, would have liked more free time to explore after the tour.

great beach, water warm and good facilities. Not too far .

very knowledgeable guide on the way to the winery, stopped at lots of photo places. Wine tour good and the tasting even better, sat at tables with selections of meats and cheese to accompany the different wines, very good host. Bus noisy on the way back as everyone very friendly !!!!

good beach and length of time given
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