Bit of a mixture
Colin Bush | March 4, 2018 | P&O Cruises | Britannia
Nice ship, confusing lay-out, great food, excellent service, odd decor, much queuing when ship full, grubby and tightly packed sunbeds.
As a result of tv ads and “flagship” hype we took this 7 day Biscay cruise with another couple to see what she’s like. She has two restaurants for “anytime” dining (Meridian and Peninsular), and one for fixed sitting dining (Oriental). We were allocated to the Meridian which was very large with very little character, too brightly lit, very boring artwork etc., but lifted with the good quality food and service. Apparently, the decor in the Peninsular and the Oriental restaurants is vastly better. The Horizon buffet restaurant was enormous and well organised. After 7 days we were still losing our way onboard. The builders broke with the very healthy tradition of straight forward routings to travel from the blunt end to the pointed end, leaving the weary cruiser to change decks and make the necessary deviations from port to starboard and back. Perhaps a months cruise might be long enough to come to terms with this. As usual for P&O the shows etc are very good, as are the bars and alternative restaurants (when you’ve sussed out where to find them). The lifts at the atrium were always busy – not helped by the lack of a staircase by the lifts. We hiked from there either to the forward lifts or the aft lifts, which were still very busy at most times of the day, horribly so when trying to go ashore or returning. Looking down from our cabin balcony (port side aft) the sunbeds on decks below were in dire need of an intensive steam clean, as were all the sunbeds we came across – this alone lost them a star in our cruise rating above. Cabins and balconies were clean and adequate, albeit a tad on the small side, especially the bathrooms. Facilities for children seemed to be very good, if you have ’em with you. Would we travel on Britannia again ? Probably not.
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