P&O Cruises | BritanniaBy on 18 August 2017
This was our first cruise on the Britannia. Having sailed with P&O before, we were both excited to see what the new ship was all about. We were not disappointed. We sailed from Southampton to the Fjords for 7 nights in June. From arriving in Southampton and using CPS parking to boarding the ship, all this was such a smooth process. We did arrive 30 minutes before our alloted time, so just had to wait maybe 15 minutes in our cars, but this was so well organised. The ship itself is very impressive. We loved the atrium area – the star burst fixture is gorgeous! Britannia is a large ship, but we never felt like there was massive crowds of people. Even to the point of there only being lifts in the centre and no stairs. I had heard that this caused an issue because people had to wait for lifts. We never found we had to wait more than a couple of minutes. We had a superior deluxe balcony cabin in the middle on B deck. This cabin was spacious and I loved the fact we had a seperate area with the sofa and tv. We travelled as a couple, but i would say these cabins are really good for families as the sofa turns in to a sofa bed. We picked this cruise as we wanted something different after always going to warmer beach destinations. We wanted something to do and get out and about. The Fjords were definitley the destination for this! We did just the one excursion with P&O whilst in Olden to the Briksdal Glacier. This was well worth it! The walk up to the glacier and the views are spectacular! A must see! The other ports are easily accessible from the ship as you dock right in to town. Whilst on board we used both Epicurian and Sindhu restaurants for something special. Both restaurants are worth the extra £28 / £15pp you pay for these. One of our favorite areas was The Crows Nest – especially when we was leaving port. This area is at the very front of the ship with a bar, panoramic windows and comfy chairs to enjoy the view. We had 2 sea days. We had fab weather on the way up so we were sat around the pool, we could use the hot tubs. The second sea day was cool and windy, so we found we mainly stayed inside. But there was still plenty to do. There is a fully equiped gym to use for free, with steam room. We got very competative playing table tennis and deck quiots! The complemtary cinema played current films. Also, we used the in cabin entertainment, which had a great selection of both old and new films to view for free. There was always something happening around the ship. Evening entertainment was very varied from singing/dancing to comedians. The shows in the theatre were of a good standard and Brodies pub was always very busy with various quizes and singers. We found the prices for drinks very reasonable. The service from everyone on board from our cabin stewardess to our waiter and all staff through out the ship was fantastic – they couldnt do enough for you! This is a great ship for people of all ages and we would sail on her again!