Britannia Review

Good value for money, but does P&O care?

Review for the Caribbean Cruise on Britannia
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Tiger Travels
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Mar 2024

This was our first P&O cruise so tried to keep an open mind and not try to compare with the other companies that we have used. The flight from Birmingham and transfer at Barbados worked well even though we didn’t have our luggage before we went for dinner. We originally opted for Club Dining first sitting and because we only booked 4 weeks before sailing we did not get a table for 2 but were allocated to a table for 10. Not that it made any difference as the Oriental restaurant was quite empty and we had the table to ourselves. At first we tried to change to a table for 2 but having had breakfast in the Peninsular Restaurant (a much nicer environment) on day 2 we changed to Freedom Dining which worked well for us by using the phone app.

Britannia is a party ship designed for to encourage passengers to part with their money in the bars and restaurants. It is not designed for people who like to relax in the shade or have a post dinner promenade in the fresh air. When cruising we normally try to use the stairs as much as possible to ensure we get some exercise. Britannia is a nightmare to find your way around. Only on Deck 7 is it possible to walk from one to the other. Without a central stairwell we had to use the lifts to go down 2 decks for meals.

The food was generally good although lunches sometimes lacked a proper choice. The Horizon Buffet often had better choices although it also served up choices from the previous day.

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