Overall we had an OK time on this cruise. I travelled with four teens 12-15. The weather was poor so outside activities were limited. The boys went in the pools a few times but not for long!
The dining experience was generally average. The food in the buffet was OK but not good. we found lots of dishes over cooked or dried out, maybe this was due to the level of repetition. The curries were good but the salad options were quite bizarre combinations.
We had freedom dining and never waited more than 20 minutes for a 6 table. Once you were seated the service was average, the waiters were friendly but too busy and it was impossible to get drinks.
Beach House was a nice change, the boys liked it more than I did. They had nachos and lava rock steak, the choices were quite basic for the extra charge.
My friend and I went to the Limelight club, the meal was very good and the service excellent. The singer we saw was OK.
Where it all fell down for us was the lack of activities and also lack of respect towards teenagers, Britannia advertises itself as a family ship yet the attitude towards Teens is poor.
Firstly 12 year olds have to be signed in and out of a club which caters for 9-12 year olds. No chance my 12 year old was going there, we saw the club walking round the ship a few times singing songs etc. It is far too babyish for this age. Teens do have their own room but because 12 year olds are not allowed in and they didn't want to leave him the older ones didn't go.
When we were signing the boys up the girl said to them 'whist you are in H2o if there is any criminal damage it will be reported' - This is before they have even stepped in! Not a way to endear Teenagers - lets just label them all as vandals!!
The problem then was there was nowhere for them just to 'hang out', no arcade or kids lounge for all ages.
The sports court closed every day at 6pm (why?) and adult activities were on there every day between 2-5. They would have played football all the time but were not allowed.
The kids rep who told them to leave said it was too noisy for the little ones below??
Around the ship the kids reps were rude to them if they saw them and sad things like 'I hope you are not causing trouble' etc.
They weren't - but they were bored and felt like P & O don't want teens on their ships.
My boys love cruising but P & O lost my boys for life on this trip, 'Please don't make us go on P & O again' was what they said after the trip, which could have been solved by not having ridiculous rules and treating them like hooligans!
We were happy with our Cabin, plenty of space for three of us. Beds were comfy, a night night for reading would have been useful. The pull down bed was big enough for an adult with a proper mattress.
Great TV service with lots of free movies. Nice toiletries and the shower was very powerful.