1. Home
  2. Cruise Reviews
  3. Britannia
Very impressed with the ship, facilities and entertainment on-board. I was worried she would feel crowded and we would be herded ashore etc but not overly crowded apart from some busy times at the buffet even during a fully booked August cruise. Embarkation at Southampton was really smooth and so so much less stressful than an airport! Going ashore was great just walked off no problem apart from in Bergen where there was a shuttle bus to ferry us across the dockyard which was fine. The balcony cabin was lovely and for us worth the extra cost, loved sitting out there watching the fjords go by with a drink (no problem bringing alcohol aboard at Southampton) and tea/coffee kettle etc in cabin. Booked an inside cabin for our teenage kids and although fine for them, I was glad of the extra space and natural daylight/sea breeze. The onboard choir, lead by Adam Allinson was great fun and the practises were on sea days which worked really well. The on-board excursions were over priced and we arranged our own independently beforehand for a fraction of the price. The food was fine just became a little boring so we tried the Epicurean, Beach House and Sindu which in our opinion were well worth the extra cost and we really enjoyed. On board entertainment was much better than I had expected and the sail away parties lots of fun. Stavanger - Easily walkable, lovely old town and lots of great street art and interesting shops. Flam - Did the scenic railway up and biked 21km back down which was absolutely amazing! Booked one way train tickets and 2 bikes on the Visit Flam website for £182.60 which included cancellation insurance. Sounds a lot but Norway is really expensive! We went on the 11.05 train up and after a leisurely ride down got back on ship in plenty of time for the 4.30pm deadline. The scenic railway was nice but the ride back much better! Olden - Had planned to get the bus to the glacier independently, ( bus stop as you leave ship on left NOK104 (£10.50) leaves at 10am back at 1.50) 45 min walk up to the glacier, unfortunately it was absolutely pouring with rain and I was not 100% fit following the bike ride so we didn't bother, which I regret now as there is not a lot in Olden apart from shops selling tourist tat, whale sausages and trolls! Bergen - walked into town, checked out the fish market and Bryggen before catching the funicular located really centrally to the top of Mount Floyen, this was a bargain at NOR50 (less then a fiver) each one way. Great views from the top and goats too! We then walked back down through the troll forest into town, lovely walk through pine forest with great views, took about 45 mins. There was a walk at the top signposted to the lake but it started raining quite hard so was gave that a miss. When we got to the bottom the queues for the Floribanen were going down the street so TOP TIP get there early to avoid the queues! We were there in August though and there were several other ships in port. Overall a great holiday and great value for money.

Fabulous ship and stunning Fjords

Britannia Cruise Review by Purplefunkygecko

6 people found this helpful
Trip Details
  • Sail Date: August 2018
  • Destination: Europe
Very impressed with the ship, facilities and entertainment on-board. I was worried she would feel crowded and we would be herded ashore etc but not overly crowded apart from some busy times at the buffet even during a fully booked August cruise. Embarkation at Southampton was really smooth and so so much less stressful than an airport! Going ashore was great just walked off no problem apart from in Bergen where there was a shuttle bus to ferry us across the dockyard which was fine.

The balcony cabin was lovely and for us worth the extra cost, loved sitting out there watching the fjords go by with a drink (no problem bringing alcohol aboard at Southampton) and tea/coffee kettle etc in cabin. Booked an inside cabin for our teenage kids and although fine for them, I was glad of the extra space and natural daylight/sea breeze.

The onboard choir, lead by Adam Allinson was great fun and the practises were on sea days which worked really well.

The on-board excursions were over priced and we arranged our own independently beforehand for a fraction of the price. The food was fine just became a little boring so we tried the Epicurean, Beach House and Sindu which in our opinion were well worth the extra cost and we really enjoyed.

On board entertainment was much better than I had expected and the sail away parties lots of fun.

Stavanger - Easily walkable, lovely old town and lots of great street art and interesting shops.

Flam - Did the scenic railway up and biked 21km back down which was absolutely amazing! Booked one way train tickets and 2 bikes on the Visit Flam website for £182.60 which included cancellation insurance. Sounds a lot but Norway is really expensive! We went on the 11.05 train up and after a leisurely ride down got back on ship in plenty of time for the 4.30pm deadline. The scenic railway was nice but the ride back much better!

Olden - Had planned to get the bus to the glacier independently, ( bus stop as you leave ship on left NOK104 (£10.50) leaves at 10am back at 1.50) 45 min walk up to the glacier, unfortunately it was absolutely pouring with rain and I was not 100% fit following the bike ride so we didn't bother, which I regret now as there is not a lot in Olden apart from shops selling tourist tat, whale sausages and trolls!

Bergen - walked into town, checked out the fish market and Bryggen before catching the funicular located really centrally to the top of Mount Floyen, this was a bargain at NOR50 (less then a fiver) each one way. Great views from the top and goats too! We then walked back down through the troll forest into town, lovely walk through pine forest with great views, took about 45 mins. There was a walk at the top signposted to the lake but it started raining quite hard so was gave that a miss. When we got to the bottom the queues for the Floribanen were going down the street so TOP TIP get there early to avoid the queues! We were there in August though and there were several other ships in port.

Overall a great holiday and great value for money.
Purplefunkygecko’s Full Rating Summary
Enrichment Activities
Value For Money
Embarkation
Dining
Public Rooms
Entertainment
Cabin
Fitness & Recreation
Service
Onboard Experience
Free Price Drop Alerts
Get P&O Britannia price drops
250,000+ people have entered their email

Cabin Review

Cabin A506
Lovely! No noise from deck above and great views being so high up.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews