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16 St. Lucia P&O Cruises Britannia Cruise Reviews

Our first time on P&O, although we have cruised over 12 times in 10 years. Our UK friends highly recommended Britannia, and they we spot on. Service was impeccable. The cabin staff was the best we have encountered, and the wait staff ... Read More
Our first time on P&O, although we have cruised over 12 times in 10 years. Our UK friends highly recommended Britannia, and they we spot on. Service was impeccable. The cabin staff was the best we have encountered, and the wait staff was efficient and entertaining. The meals were very good in all the restaurants, and the drinks were reasonably priced, unlike other lines who add a surcharge to each drink. The entertainment was quite good, especially in the Limelight Club, which we visited on two occasions. A nice touch was the receipt from the dining room staff of a copy of all the menus on the cruise. We have only had this once before on another line, and that only after we requested them. The trivia and other activities were well organised and attended. There was always something to do, even on port days, which can be a problems on some lines. We have already booked a 35 night cruise next year on P&O Ventura, and can't wait. Read Less
Sail Date March 2018
We littallly only went on the cruise to keep my mum and step father company , we really didn't have any idea what we had let ourselfes in for, so going with no expectations or knowledge about cruises we were overwhelmed with ... Read More
We littallly only went on the cruise to keep my mum and step father company , we really didn't have any idea what we had let ourselfes in for, so going with no expectations or knowledge about cruises we were overwhelmed with everything, the flight from Gatwick was a breeze, comfy plane etc, the bottle of prosecco hleped, when we arrived in St Lucia it was quick on the bus to the ship, it was a bit of a hairy drive but the views took are minds off it, took just over an hour to see the ship, we were amazed how big it looked, but we were quickly on board and given our cruise card without any hassle, easy, for the rest of the cruise I kept saying aren't we lucky, the food the wine the staff the ship all fabulous, you don't want for anything, the drinks weren't too badly priced, sort of hotel prices, cocktail of the day £5, the Indian restaurant Sindhi was top class, food that I will remember as long as I have a memory, the beach house is a must too if you love meat and fish, Only niggle we do have is the wifi, far to expensive , and in this day and age it should be a free service, to contact family work and social media. Cabin was comfy homely and clean, balcony was a plus, we sat out there in the morning and had room service, a free service worth taking,. All in all, we loved every minute loved the Caribbean and loved the ship, will 100% book again with p&o, Read Less
Sail Date February 2018
We had a lovely 2 weeks cruising thank you P and O! This was our first trip with them, our only previous history was with Ocean Village and Thomson's, perhaps we are just easy to please but all have their plus and minus's. So ... Read More
We had a lovely 2 weeks cruising thank you P and O! This was our first trip with them, our only previous history was with Ocean Village and Thomson's, perhaps we are just easy to please but all have their plus and minus's. So here goes with our review.... Yes, Britannia is big and no it doesn't have a central staircase except for the Atrium but get over it, you knew this before you booked it! Embarkation at St Lucia was so easy, except for the airport only letting off 20 passengers at a time (make sure you book seats on the plane towards the front to save time). Cases arrived within 1.5 hours and we met our wonderful cabin steward Francisco but all crew are so helpful. Cabin well thought out, slight smell of urine in the bathroom but this was sorted out swiftly. We ate in the buffet (Horizon) and did the freedom dining which we enjoyed. Compared to previous cruises , food was a notch up. A lot more variety for breakfast with different dishes turning up as well as the regular. Great fruit selection and never had a problem getting a table, ok you might not have one right by the buffet but all very clean and tidy at all times. A complaint about the coffee served after dinner in the formal dining rooms, please make a jug of decaf coffee! Not difficult! When you ask for a decaf and you get a sachet with some hot water.....really , P and O you could do better! Also Sindu was a highlight, just don't eat after 1pm as so much food! We thought that the lighting in the Atrium could be more subtle, especially in the evenings. No wow factor, felt like a bit like a shopping mall, especially when the sale rails from the shops are left out on display. Not much atmosphere in there either. But as for the entertainment, again a notch up on previous cruises, very professional, that goes for the in-house guys and gals and the bands. The at sea days you could always find a sunbed, ok it might not be in your exact location unless you wish to arise at 7am to do the 'not allowed' reservation! It did feel a bit like Butlins around the main pool at times (the Serenity pool was a lot quieter), especially on some of the sail aways. The Thomson cruise looking on thought P and O were up market until then! But they were fun if it is your thing and you could always find a quiet spot outside or inside if it wasn't for you, We did some excursions which were good and bad. Wouldn't bother with any of the beach trips again as on 2 of them we had to fight for a sunbed and the beaches were very busy. Next time we will grab a cab. When returning back to the ship at times we could have done with two gangplanks open to stop people waiting in the sun/queuing to get back on , but the water station outside was a great idea. Over all, we were very pleased with our cruise, except of course, the moaners but then some people like to moan as part of their holiday don't they?! For us it is all about the itinerary first and foremost and we have concerns about the 2 new big P and O ships coming into service in a few years time. This will limit them to the larger ports and for us, especially in the Med, is where Thomson's (Marella or Tui - whatever they are called now!) with their 2 newer ex RCL ships will win for us. They seem to have more exciting and varied ports of call for us. We don't enjoy the days at sea so their fly/cruise itinerary's in the Med puts P and O to shame. Think they only 1 fly/cruise leaving from Malta But we would go with P and O again if it fits the bill. We enjoyed Britannia, all those lovely islands and the lovely locals, especially after 3 days when we had found our way around - she is a big girl! Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our First Cruise: For our 40th wedding anniversary we thought we take a cruise as many friends/family said 'We'd Love It'....... Well it was just about tolerable. We embarked at St.Lucia, the one island of the six I ... Read More
Our First Cruise: For our 40th wedding anniversary we thought we take a cruise as many friends/family said 'We'd Love It'....... Well it was just about tolerable. We embarked at St.Lucia, the one island of the six I was most looking forward to. Well, it was off the plane, into a mini-bus, register on baord then set sail. St. Lucia for 3 hours. This first island should not be included on the itinerary. Much misleading but lack of research on my part. We splashed out for a balcony cabin (G107) allocated. This cabin balcony was part of steel construction of the ship and when sitting on the balcony you were below eye level, could not see a thing..... In fairness we were after a request moved to F deck midship with this balcony being much better. The cabin we found was adequate but you do have to think about clothes and case storage. The guy who looked after us, Sagar, was very good and very accommodating to any request. Dining: We chose 'Freedom Dining' which allowed us to dine anytime between 6.30 and 9.00 in two restaurants and in truth the food you could not complain about, it was overall very good. Drinks prices were as expected, reasonable. As said in other posts, having to pay a further £25 per person to dine in the prime restaurants is a step too far in having to budget for additional or so called better dining. Sun Decks: It was the day at sea that sealed it for me that I will highly likely never cruise again. 3,000+ people on board and all decks were totally jammed and very uncomfortable. The only way you could get off a sunbed was to sit up and slide down to the bottom of the bed. And if you stretched your arms whilst lying down you were likely to give the person next to you a black eye. Maximimising space, maximising profit. Entertainment - Simply average, save for the one night we did dine in the Limelight Club and saw Jackie Graham. very talented 80's prominent singer. The Headliners Theatre is a very good theatre but the artists were nothing special in truth. The Crows Nest - A lovely bar to finish off the night in relaxation. The Live Lounge - No real comment, popular music but you will do well to find a seat after 9.30pm. Facilities - Why in this day an age there is no free WiFi especially when docked is beyond me and to charge approx $10 a day for this privilege is a disgrace. Maximimising space, maximising profit. Islands - Because you're limited to less than 10 hours the expense increases if you book through the ship at P&O extortionate prices and after two or 3 they all look the same. I appreciate that the majority of people on board enjoy cruising. I'm just glad I didn't book a two week cruise as it would have been 'man overboard' after a week. I wish I had the £3k+ it cost me to spend elsewhere. Read Less
Sail Date January 2018
Our first time on the Britannia for a week in the Caribbean. We were really disappointed to find out that all of the signature restaurants required a cover charge ranging from £25/person to £35/person!! In my opinion this is a rip-off ... Read More
Our first time on the Britannia for a week in the Caribbean. We were really disappointed to find out that all of the signature restaurants required a cover charge ranging from £25/person to £35/person!! In my opinion this is a rip-off given that we had already paid a lot for the cruise to eat in our designated Meridian restaurant - The food was excellent. Also given that this was only our second cruise, we were amazed to see that on 'non-formal' evenings, people were arriving for dinner in beach shorts, round neck T-shirts & flip flops, (both women as well as men) when the dress code was casual smart (smart jeans). Why have a dress code if it's not being enforced?? Is it too much to ask passengers to wear trousers & a short sleeve shirt? A general dumbing down of standards that will not do P&O any favours in the long run. The entertainment was very good if somewhat repetitive, the only way to get more variety was to pay extra £35 plus/person for a dinner show. The regular act (Pulse) were very good, but do you really want to see them 3 nights running doing set shows of 'Movie songs' then General pop, then Abba? On the plus side, every member of staff, from the cabin crew, to waiters/bar staff & entertainers were exceptional. They couldn't do enough for you (a special mention here to Rajesh our cabin steward) & always attentive with a smile. Although we enjoyed the cruise, there are many other companies out there who will provide the certain (not unreasonable) standards we are looking for & not 'rip-off' a captive audience to visit other dining experiences such as extra £50/couple for the Sindhu Indian restaurant. Additional £50 for a curry??? Read Less
Sail Date December 2017
Its been a while since we sailed with P&O and we decided to go as a last minute decision. Britannia is a lovely ship but we and others felt it was far too big and that there was not enough going on, in fact less than on other P&O ... Read More
Its been a while since we sailed with P&O and we decided to go as a last minute decision. Britannia is a lovely ship but we and others felt it was far too big and that there was not enough going on, in fact less than on other P&O ships. Standards have slipped too: no hand cleanser before entering the restaurants or buffet (sinks to wash hands before entering the buffet but most bypassed them), handrails by the stairs were all dirty, the towels and bed linen were a delicate shade of grey with marks left on them, floors not properly cleaned, etc, etc and we were not the only passengers to notice this; many others who had sailed before had come to the same conclusion and they too said they would not be sailing on Britannia again. P&O obviously had trouble filling the ship as they were offering cabins up to half the advertised price! The food was ok but nothing very special, no ice carving, no fruit carving, no attempt to entertain passengers on sea days other than at extra cost. The staff, as always, were lovely and so very helpful. The itinerary had been changed subsequent to the earlier hurricane damage on some islands which meant that we spent 2.5 days in Barbados which we didn't mind as we love it there. Instead of Tortola and St. Maarten the ship went to Bonaire and St. Vincent. We were in cabin G303 allocated on arrival and it was ok, a balcony with unobstructed view as the lifeboats were just below us alongside meaning that we couldn't look straight down but that was alright and its starboard; the ship mostly docked portside. Would we go back? Definitely not on Britannia! Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I had a great time and food and service was brilliant. Entertainment could not of been better. I am due to go on another cruise this September around med. I just hope the shows have changed, as I would not like to see the same shows as ... Read More
I had a great time and food and service was brilliant. Entertainment could not of been better. I am due to go on another cruise this September around med. I just hope the shows have changed, as I would not like to see the same shows as I did a mini cruise and the shows were the same. I went with my parents, they really enjoyed it, my mum is disabled and I was helped so much getting on and off ship. Food was always served hot. I would have like more choice at lunch time. But what choice there was, was good. There was a lot of choice in bars and restaurants. The resident band pulse were brilliant they entertained us in bars and on the pool area. Cocktails were to die for and not too expensive either, shopping was good and not too expensive either, especially tax free Read Less
Sail Date February 2017
This was our second trip to the Caribbean on Britannia as we enjoyed the first one very much. So, how was the second acquaintance compared to the first trip ? Positive Points. The use of St Lucia as a starting port was fine. As ... Read More
This was our second trip to the Caribbean on Britannia as we enjoyed the first one very much. So, how was the second acquaintance compared to the first trip ? Positive Points. The use of St Lucia as a starting port was fine. As one previous reviewer has said the transfer is a bit longer than a Barbados start, but as only one plane was used, the check - in on board was much swifter without any waiting in a hot sweaty warehouse. From ship side to cabin was less than 15 mins. The food and service in the Oriental Restaurant was as good as ever. Tried the Sindu restaurant again, food even better than the last time. The entertainment was brilliant, the headliner shows are West End standard , maybe a bit too modern for some of the previous old fogie reviewers, but we loved them. We saw Madeline Bell in the Limelight Club and she and the food were fantastic !!. Second visit meant we didn't get lost so often ! The Negative Points Still some problems with blocked public WCs Still some hogging of sunbeds with towels before breakfast. But you can always find a quiet spot away from the noisy central pool area. Still same problems with lift capacity midships, not helped by one lift being out of service for the entire trip. OUR BIGGEST MOAN A few weeks before our trip we were upgraded to a suite with a wet floor shower bathroom. Lovely spacious cabin etc. BUT the shower drains stank. More detail in the cabin review BIG NEGATIVE FOR US Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
We chose this cruise for the second time because the date suited us. We actually sailed from and to St Lucia but this isn't an option on the drop down box ! I think P&O are trying out this port in a view to either moving from or ... Read More
We chose this cruise for the second time because the date suited us. We actually sailed from and to St Lucia but this isn't an option on the drop down box ! I think P&O are trying out this port in a view to either moving from or as well as using Barbados. The transfer is l..o..n..g from the airport to Castries, but a comfy coach made it bearable. The advantage was we were the only arrivals that day so embarkation was swift and smooth, unlike in Barbados where there can be multiple flights of passengers queuing for ages for buses, and to embark. The cruise in the Caribbean on Britannia a was excellent. We love the ports, and the ship. Nice inside cabin , spacious, good stewardess, cleaned us up well, friendly. Food in Horizon, Limelight, Meridian and Beach house restaurants excellent, didn't try any others. Ship clean and sparkly, BUT I do have a gripe, a HUGE one. The Ladies public toilets block with alarming regularity, and the problem seems to be unfixable long term. Toilet paper is always running out so my theory is ladies use the hand towels as a substitute which in turn blocks the loos. I reported them every day, especially the one outside the Horizon on the smokers side. After an hour or two of being fixed they were blocked up again. This is a real bind, and means ladies use the disabled loos, not strictly for general use by the able bodied. The entertainment on board was OK, a four piece group of male singers along the lines of the Four Tops were fantastic, along with Mari Wilson in the Limelight, and Adele looky soundy likey. Movies 50 per cent fab, the rest crap or for kids (?). Liked the new way of dealing with, and displaying photos taken by ships snapper, all on a touch screen. One thing left to say is to these people who complain it's like Butlins at sea are all morons. Cruising on a ship this size throws up all sorts of people from all walks of life, and if they don't like it, choose a holiday in Siberia or Outer Mongolia, or pay through their considerably ignorant snooty noses for a private yacht, because cruising is now available to everyone, just like central heating and posh cars. Suck it up and try loosening those stays. Other gripe is the cost of WIFI, £25 a day of which at least 12 of those hours are spent asleep, or £100 for the cruise. I preferred the old 50p a minute. This is a cynical moneymaking scam by P&O and it's about time it was reviewed. Cabin review below.... Read Less
Sail Date January 2017
From arriving at the airport in Gatwick everything went so smoothly. Flight was on time and arrived in St Lucia. From St. Lucia we quickly disembarked the aircraft no security to pass through at the airport and no luggage to locate. We ... Read More
From arriving at the airport in Gatwick everything went so smoothly. Flight was on time and arrived in St Lucia. From St. Lucia we quickly disembarked the aircraft no security to pass through at the airport and no luggage to locate. We were put straight on a coach and headed straight to the Britannia Ship. The embarkation process was quick and friendly. We located our room quickly and we soon settled in though tired with the journey. The cabin was C526 and would certainly recommend. It was set out as a double bed and there was plenty of space and storage/ hanging of clothes and belongings. The room included a safety deposit box. The shower room was adequate in size and always hot water. Our cabin steward did a fantastic job of looking after us and our room. The dining experience on this ship was excellent. We enjoyed mostly dining in the Oriental where we shared a table of 6 people. Again the staff did a great job in looking after us(very professional) and were very friendly. If something wasn't to your liking they soon rectified the situation. Personally everything was to my and my husbands liking and for this reason we dined here regularly. We tried the sindhu restaurant and that was outstanding and we also are at the market cafe for lunch and the Limelight club for an evening show and again they were more than adequate. We watched a selection of entertainment in the headliners theatre to which we thoroughly enjoyed. It was varied from singers to ventriloquist and comedians. also we had the opportunity to see Dean Andrews into the limelight club,who was fantastic and we saw pulse the resident act in the live lounge who were excellent! The only part I struggled to enjoy was sea days on deck. It was crowded with people glued together in rows of beds. Therefore we spent much of our time at sea on our balcony which is quite small. Service on the ship was excellent from reception to coffee shops and dining. It's a very busy ship so these people deserve a medal! The shore excursions were good at the very least. The only thing I would have liked more was more photo opportunities off the coaches. Sometimes I could see this was difficult though for health and safety reasons. The guides were all excellent and informative though. All in all an excellent cruise experience! Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
It was our first Xmas and New Year away from home and we weren't disappointed. Britannia is a lovely ship, very elegant, modern but bright and spacious with it. It got busier on the second week (for New Year) but still didn't ... Read More
It was our first Xmas and New Year away from home and we weren't disappointed. Britannia is a lovely ship, very elegant, modern but bright and spacious with it. It got busier on the second week (for New Year) but still didn't feel overcrowded. Cabin (C633) was an acceptable size and the best size shower we've had on a cruise, balcony was more than adequate to sit out on. We had Freedom dining for the first time and have to say it worked really well and we enjoyed the flexibility and never had to wait for a table once. Food was good, but not outstanding. Choices were varied and I enjoyed the fish dishes the most. Few complaints but the main one was the description of the dish, for example the dish contained "Mediterranean Olives" (I got half a black olive), the lady next to me didn't get any ! Another was a Deli Meat platter with Capers etc, (it was singular !) . So it seemed to us that cutbacks were pretty much in vogue, but as I say that was only a minor gripe. Ate at one speciality Restaurant, Sindhu and the food quality was noticeably better and we enjoyed a very nice meal in there £20pp surcharge. On Sea days they also do an Indian version of Tapas called Nashta, which was £4.95pp for 3 small dishesfrom a menu of about 10 items, which was also really good. Entertainment was varied and enjoyable, the NYE deck party was excellent and the band (Pulse) were really good and didn't fall into the usual party band rubbish songs category. They played a host of current stuff, dance tracks and even Highway to Hell ! Only one blot on their copybook for me was they resorted to YMCA (but you have to go to the loo sometime in the evening !). Drinks on board were reasonably priced, but my one gripe was that they didn't do small mixers of Coke, so as I drank Jack Daniels and Coke it made it more expensive at £3.65 for the JD and £2.75 for a bottle of Coke, although it did last for 2 or 3 measures, whereas my wife had Lemonade as a mixer and this was only 50p. Brodies Bar stocked a very good range of Bottled real ales which I was really looking forward too, unfortunately they were served at a sub zero temperature which rendered them tasteless, so I resorted to Draught Peroni which was the only beer I found served at the right temperature. All in all I thought Britannia was a fabulous ship and wouldn't hesitate to cruise on her again. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We chose the cruise because we liked the itinerary of 10 ports.We usually go with Cunard but thought we would try P and O on the new ship.Having booked the cruise over 12 months before online we asked for an upgrade on the plane.Initially ... Read More
We chose the cruise because we liked the itinerary of 10 ports.We usually go with Cunard but thought we would try P and O on the new ship.Having booked the cruise over 12 months before online we asked for an upgrade on the plane.Initially we were informed we were too early and to ring on a certain date.We did and were informed all premium economy seats were taken.Not given any alternative we decided to travel independently.When trying to board in St Lucia we encountered our first problems.Security on the gate did not have us on a list.Eventually we boarded. We had arrived at the time stated on our etickets .we were in one of the top suites.and We do feel other than a larger room there is no real benefit to paying for a suite.Our balcony although wider was not large enough to put a chair and foot stool directly facing out to sea. The entertainment overall was pretty good as there are many venues on board to choose from. Sea days are the worst for people putting towels on beds around the pools. The whole area is overcrowded with bodies everywhere. We feel that P and O cater for the masses rather than the individual Traveller. We mostly dined in the speciality restaurants we we paid extra for and thought the service in those areas were good. Read Less
Sail Date December 2016
We picked this cruise because we liked the itinerary. This was our fourth cruise and it did not come up to the standard of the other cruises. The dress code is almost non-existent. I went into the indoor restaurant (Horizon) and ... Read More
We picked this cruise because we liked the itinerary. This was our fourth cruise and it did not come up to the standard of the other cruises. The dress code is almost non-existent. I went into the indoor restaurant (Horizon) and although casual dress is accepted in there - no dress code is applied at all and a man of vast tattooed proportions and sweaty armpits wearing a vest plonked himself next to me. Minimum dress code should be applied in the self-service restaurant. Bare bodies and vest-tops are not acceptable when eating inside. The dress standard in the other restaurants is lax. The Britannia should be re-named The Benidorm - if you want to attract riff-raff you're going the right way about it. Entertainment was very Butlin's Holiday Camp - a lot of shouting "Are you enjoying yourselves" and inviting the audience to shriek back. Tasteless and totally lacking in class. Quite a nice cabin and balcony - excellent attendant - very helpful at all times. Shower floor cracked. Our cabin was quite nice and our cabin attendant was excellent. Most of the staff, however, seemed to have a low morale and service was slow in the restaurant. Food was OK (ish) Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Reasonably (though still a bit dear) priced 14 night cruise to the eastern Caribbean in a balcony cabin, boarding at Castries, St Lucia on the Britannia, visiting 9 islands in total, mainly in the Lesser Antilles group. First timers ... Read More
Reasonably (though still a bit dear) priced 14 night cruise to the eastern Caribbean in a balcony cabin, boarding at Castries, St Lucia on the Britannia, visiting 9 islands in total, mainly in the Lesser Antilles group. First timers with P & O, though had cruised several times with Celebrity X and once on Royal Caribbean. Good flight out on a chartered Thomas Cook Airbus A330 (I think), disappointed to find that although flight time was about 1.25 hours less than scheduled, had to sit on plane for about that time or longer without full ECS, because buses weren't available to take us to the ship until the scheduled time. Why we weren't allowed to disembark and wait in the airport I guess was down to the rather small size of the airport and its limited lounge facilities, though this was rather uncomfortable given the temperature and following the long flight. Travel to port was in rather cramped mini bus type vehicles, the small bottle of water we were each given was very welcome if a bit minimal for the 1.5hr journey. Had to wait quite a time on arrival at the port to register and get on to the ship, and by that time nerves were a bit frayed. On first sight cabin and its balcony and bathroom seemed very small compared to other ships, though subsequently felt they were adequate after a day or two. Bit surprised to find that the cabin fridge did not contain any drinks for purchase. The ship itself seemed very smart with a nice, perhaps slightly understated opulence without being at all spectacular. Dining and general eating experiences were fairly good, our evening dining was in the ship's Meridian restaurant, we like to dine with others so after the first evening (when we couldn't be asked to change after travelling and ate in the self service Horizon restaurant on deck 16) we joined a table for 8, food and service in the Meridian was of an acceptable standard generally, though some times main portions seemed a little small and were not always particularly hot. Though these points were willingly remedied by the staff. We took breakfast in the Horizon self service a number of times, which was a bit of a bun fight at times, and mirrored the British wish for a big "fry-up" to start the day, also using on some mornings the quieter ambience of the waiter served breakfast in the Peninsular or Meridian. I was a bit critical of the lunchtime or later in the afternoon meal availability of food in the self service, particularly after returning to the ship at around 3pm after a trip ashore when choice seemed rather limited because the range of food available say at about 1pm had largely been consumed and not fully replaced, several times I was unable to find things like fresh lettuce or tomatoes etc. to knock-up a nice salad. We did not use the speciality or premium restaurants. Alcoholic drink prices were generally excellent, much, much cheaper than other ships I have sailed on, in fact very competitive with pub prices in the UK particularly with draught beers and lagers and a vast array of spirits and bottled beers. I also was happy with shore excursion prices which were good value and offered a great variety of opportunities to experience local attractions, with the added safeguard of not missing the ship an extra benefit. These seemed significantly less expensive than previous experiences. On board entertainment was very good with a variety of types, from well produced muscal shows in the theatre of "West End" quality, as well as solo shows with two performances to fit in with dining times. Also disco, pop, or intimate cocktail bar type music in the smaller venues. In fact something available to suit all tastes every evening including ballroom dancing. In addition there were many different themed quizzes and cash prize bingo to have a go at as well as movies and interesting talks to attend. The "sail away" shows on the pool deck were definitely not to be missed. Disembarkation, which of course,is always a low point went ok, though was not too impressed with having to remain in one place without easy access to drinks or food for over an hour while waiting for the coaches to arrive, as it felt a bit like we were being treated like school children who could not be trusted to be at a specific place at an exact time. You may note I said "coaches" as unlike the vehicles used at the start of the trip, this time the transfer was in the comparative luxury of 40-50 seat, very new, coaches. I was unhappy with having to pay £20 each to reserve specific seats on the aircraft home as we were told that was necessary to ensure my travelling partner ( who is a slightly nervous flyer) and I would have seats together. Like many other travellers, I guess, we really have no particular preference for where we sit on the plane, as long as we have adjacent seats to each other. As the seats were allocated whilst still on the ship, there seems to me to be no reason why this wish could not be met free of charge. This practice of charging seems to be coming a standard way of effectively increasing the cost of flying without openly appearing to do so. On balance, I enjoyed the cruise and would certainly cruise with P & O again, strong points for me were the itinerary, drinks and excursion prices and entertainment. Small reservations re food and cabin, balcony and bathroom sizes would not deter me though price would be a determining factor with these in mind. Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Flight / arrival at the island / check in We'd booked what turned out to be the first trip where Britannia home ported at St Lucia. I say home ported; obviously, Britannia still made the two day stop in Barbados a week later but ... Read More
Flight / arrival at the island / check in We'd booked what turned out to be the first trip where Britannia home ported at St Lucia. I say home ported; obviously, Britannia still made the two day stop in Barbados a week later but ours was the first P&O charter flight out to the island to start a 2-week cruise. Thomas Cook was the carrier and it was just fine. We splashed out on Premium (which was very good but not quite as enjoyable as Thomson’s premium on the 787) which also helped when it came to disembarking at the airport through the one and only exit, namely the front stairs. It was a bit chaotic to be honest, it being left to the aircraft captain to apologise on P&O’s behalf for the fact that our early arrival meant there were no buses to collect us. After about 45 mins we all traipsed past the solitary immigration officer (at the top of the aircraft steps bizarrely) and got on what can be best described as a glorified minibus for the 1 hour trip on St Lucia’s steep and windy roads over to Castries. It was a bit hairy, to be honest and there were moments that I thought we’d have to get out and push, but eventually we got to the city and soon Britannia came in to view in her berth and what a welcome sight it was.. can never get over how massive the ship is up close. We parked up right next to the ship at Pointe Seraphine and the check in process was as smooth as you like; partly on the quayside but most of the processing was done on board, in the Atrium. After a bit of comedy “back a bit”, “forward a bit” with the security photo we were on the way to our cabin! This being our first cruise there was a genuine sense of excitement as we headed up the stairs and into F112. Main Dining We had expressed a preference at the time of booking for Freedom Dining on the Saver and were pleased to get it. Over the 9 or so occasions that we ate in the MDR we only once had to take a pager and wait in a bar, and that was on the Captains' Gala Evening; otherwise, given that we were happy to share a table, we got to sit down straight away. Despite some of the complaints I’ve read elsewhere about the MDR menu, we can safely say we didn’t have a bad experience at all. Whilst there are numerous courses, the portion sizes were reasonable, so you didn’t feel that you were gorging yourself just to get through the dinner… We enjoyed the menu variety and thought the quality was just fine. Service was unobtrusive and efficient, just how you want it really. On a couple of occasions when we had shore excursions leaving early-ish in the morning, we decided to have breakfast in the Buffet, which was a bit manic for us, so subsequently we just got up a bit earlier and headed down to the Peninsular Restaurant allowing a bit more time for a full-service meal. BTW I would say that overall the formal nights were pretty well observed as far as dressing up was concerned, 80+ percent of the gents were in black tie / DJ’s. It made for a pretty special feel although towards the end, the fourth formal night I couldn’t wait to get out of the trousers given that I had, er, filled out a bit. Select Dining This is where Britannia’s food and drink really comes into its own; we tried pretty much all the Select restaurants: Epicurean, Glass House (tapas), Sindhu, the Beach House (very popular with the crew, which is always a good sign) and the Limelight (see Entertainment below). Our favourite was the Beach House, a chilled feel and the food was awesome. Second favourite was the tapas – type meal we had at the Glass House (which you don’t have to book for). Overall, we thought the select dining was good value for money (assuming that you can get over the fact that you’re paying on top for the privilege, but we were happy with that). Bars and Entertainment Our favourite bar was the Crow’s Nest; as a fan of gin I tried my best to get through the selection Read Less
Sail Date November 2016
Britannia Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 4.0 4.1
Dining 5.0 3.8
Entertainment 4.0 3.6
Public Rooms 4.0 4.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 3.6
Family 5.0 3.6
Shore Excursion 5.0 3.5
Enrichment 4.0 3.2
Service 5.0 3.9
Value For Money 5.0 3.4
Rates 5.0 N/A

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