I have put this review on here rather than send to P.O. as P.O. would take no notice, and it would be filed away as it’s not what they want to hear, but more people will see it on this site.
We picked the Jan 2019 cruise to the Caribbean as our first time on the Britannia.
Flights were good, getting transferred was good. To finish off the good points, the sun shone and the food was good.
First problem we had was having a shave, the electric sockets on ship don’t take UK razors or tooth brushes. Nothing in the brochure or any literature on the ship.
We were told by reception to buy an adapter from the shop (sold out, of course) or they would charge it up for you. Not good news if you have a travelling razor that needs to be plugged in all the time.
Then we encountered the lifts which, long with the set up of the ship leaves a lot to be desired.
Basically there are too many floors of just cabins, and insufficient lifts for the amount of people on board. So if you need a lift, you stand there for ages, and by then the floor is full of others wanting to get aboard the lifts. It became the normal to get into any lift that turned up no matter what direction it was going.
We also found there are no quiet corners to hid in, no matter where you go on Britannia you have mind numbing music playing all over the ship. When we asked if it could be turned down, no one knew how to do it.
Too many places to charge you extra to use or go to.
We went as a group of 6 who love Dancing, and as this is the Flag ship of the company we were expecting an enjoyable time. What a shock we got.
We had a dance band that played the music they wanted to play, not music to dance to.
One evening they had a night of playing Jazz all night. That emptied the ball room.
On their night off we got local band playing again their type of music, that again emptied the ball room. ( I could write war and peace on that subject only)
When the instructors came on they were only interested on the group of novice dances they had nurtured on the cruise. So the floor was literally full on novices, no problem with that but anyone who could dance could not get on the floor to dance. They should have played 2 of each, but they didn’t.
The male instructor danced with the same passenger nearly every dance for the 2 weeks we were there.
Their knowledge of sequence dances seemed minimal, as some requests were met with “we don’t know that one” then they would not play a sequence dance as only 3 or 4 couples knew it.
The next minute they would play a Viennese waltz, and only 2 couples would get up for, so double standards there.
To us they were more interested in selling private lessons and their dancing week ends away than doing what they should.
So to me we had a disappointing time on this ship and I would not recommend to anyone.
God help anyone who has booked a cruise on the next overgrown monster being built at the moment.
Cabins was good, we’ll layer out, with a balcony.
No bath, shower only.