just returned from our 12 nt cruise around the med. I always read the reviews and often wonder what a lot of moaners us Brits have become.
embarkation: once through security we found our cases already by our cabin. Good start
Cabin: Inside (as always) not a bad size. Plenty of storage space. One small picky thing, no hooks anywhere just to hang lets say your bag or coat when you enter cabin (they have them on their other ships). comfy bed, changed regular and looked after by our cabin steward Cristo. Flat screen large tv., films etc but couldn't access your bill as on Azura. Bathroom usual size but brilliant shower with glass doors, better than any other in the fleet.
Restaurants: we were freedom dining, had table for 2 a couple of times but enjoyed the tables for 6 and 8. met some nice people and had good conversations. Enjoyable.
Beach House: surcharge of £7 50 pp. nice food but very american and big portions (very filling).
Limelight club: We had a lovely table for 2 by the dance floor. Shaun Williamson (eastenders) Good all rounder and a very good singer. Good meal and a very enjoyable night.
Horizon Buffet: very large, we always found a table even though its gets very crowded, baffles me why people walk around with a tray full of food trying to find a table and causing trouble bumping into everyone.find a table first.
Plenty of choice of all foods, breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas (which we used). The amount of food people pile on their plates at each venue is astounding.
Peninsular: this is the freedom dining venue, served well by all waiters and wine waiter too. Enjoyed the company each night with lots of nice food. no probs.
Lifts: now we never had a problem with them, we were on deck 11 for/mid so walked to mid for Peninsular and aft for horizon. This is where people caused arguments and lots of moaners. remember there are 4000 passengers on this ship and the lifts will be up and down all the time. People seem to think as soon as they press the button the lift should be there!!!!
Pools. always found a bed to sun bathe, we liked the aft very quiet to read your book.
Theatre: not as nice inside as other ships in the fleet, but enjoyed all the headliner shows, Sam Bailey, Peter Howard (the hollies) tucker (comedian) Stephen Mullhern, produced a new show for P&O named 'astonishing' with tech lighting and an illusionist. very unusual but enjoyable.
Live lounge. resident band Pulse good singers, good nights in there
Brodies: sports bar, live football and quizzes.
Crows nest: quiet bar with pianist
all in all we had a lovely cruise, which we always do what ever problems there are. We have been on all of P&O fleet, and really like the mid size ships, but will still use Britannia again in the future, We have quite a few booked on their other ships. Each ship as its own character.
Disembarkation: I have just read the latest reviews people saying it was dreadful organisation people sitting on the floor waiting to be called. we have seen this alot on the other ships, i am afraid to say its not the organisation its the people themselves. we were in brodies and never uncountered a problem although there were some moaning. It must be a nightmare to organise 4000 passengers, all wanting to get off when they they want to get off not when they are given a time!!!!
go on your cruise and enjoy it take no notice of the moaners about P&O standards dropping, this is the what it is, prices have never been so low for cruising enabling all walks of life to enjoy a cruise.
usual size but well layed out, great shower.