All we expected and more.
William Govan | October 18, 2021 | P&O Cruises | Britannia
It was a year last February when we met the lovely Maddison at the BCC branch then in Meadowhall. It was an impulse to see if we could afford a cruise to celebrate our Golden Wedding in May this year. I will not bore with the tales of woe caused by Covid. Suffice to say on the 25 September, after 2 cancellations and missing our actual anniversary date we boarded the coach for Southampton.
Despite the masks, it was a pleasant journey until the Covid curse tried again to frustrate with a 3 hour queue for Lateral Flow testing.
Undaunted, we boarded Britannia with about 15 mins before sailing. After gawping at the cabin and balcony, that were bigger than we expected, we went up to the Crows Nest to have a drink and watch Southampton Water slip by. This lounge/bar was a sign of things to come; everywhere bigger than expected, more beautifully appointed and more varied. Britannia is a big, beautiful lady, for the woke, lady is the traditional designation for a ship and has no other connotations. Even the smoothness of her progress across the sea is better than expected. Yes, we speak with the wide open eyes of first time cruisers but it is a feeling difficult to reproduce.
I could write for a long time over details but a smaller list of the salient pointsis called for:
The included restaurants are of the standard you would expect in a luxury hotel.
The speciality venues are wonderful, varied and of unbeatable quality.
The food in all is excellent allowing food adventures and comfortable favourites to be enjoyed in all of them.
They are all good value and not overly expensive.
The drinks are very varied and no more expensive than your local pub, hotel or restaurant.
Being a big ship, there are a lot of areas just to chill, in or out of the sun with a drink only a raised eyebrow away. The service is swift and efficient but never obtrusive.
There is entertaiment for all tastes from a “real” pub to an intimate dinner and show venue and all at a professional level. Don’t miss the resident company shows.
The onboard app has a diary of your plans and a “realtime” record of your spending. It also has the options for booking meals.
Everything exceeded our expectations including the basics of a decently roomy shower and a large walk-in wardrobe.
We were bitterly disappointed that the Italians would not let is dock as Rome and Florence were our dream destinations. However, the alternates were well chosen and good value so did not spoil anything overall.
No small amount of this is thanks to Maddison who listened to our thoughts and tastes and guided us to the right cruise.
Did we enjoy it? Absolutely. Would we cruise again? Definitely. P & O? Yes. Brittania? Certainly.
We would honestly recommend: cruising, P & O, Britannia and Bolsover Cruise Company.
I am happy to be identified with this review.
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