Sue | August 24, 2017 | P&O Cruises | Britannia
We cruised on this wonderful ship 15th to the 22nd May. This was our 15th cruise and 3rd with P & 0, having sailed on many other cruise lines before. Smooth embarkation as usual and on the deck by 12.30. We were able to get into the cabins around 1pm which was really great as there is nothing like having a base. The ship was stunning, brand new everything and so well designed. The main atrium has a fantastic centrepiece with lovely comfortable seating in the centre. The shops and cafes all centred around the floors above and it created a really great atmosphere. On deck there were two pools in one area and another pool at the front. If you wanted to pay a supplement of 100 pounds a week to use the retreat area at the front of the ship you could. Lots of quality imitation plants around these areas and a great plunge pool at the back of the ship. The self catering restaurant blew us away as it was so well designed with different seating types and lots pillars and walls to break it up. At night we went to the Beach cafe, an area specifically sectioned off from the self catering which for a supplement of ?5 each provided excellent food of ribs, steaks, chicken and seafood kebabs etc with a stunning view of the fjords. Ollie Smiths wine bar was also great. Excellent wines and good food at a small supplement. We had anytime dining and enjoyed 3 really good meals in the peninsular dining room. It worked well as the pager they gave you worked well. Loved the films on show, all top ones and a brilliant choice in the cabin too. We were in a balcony cabin on the 11th deck near the front. Very peaceful and never once felt movement which bothered us. The only two things I would say is that a British ship needs an indoor pool which could easily be accommodated in time and that I did not like the fact there wasn’t a sauna or steam room unless you paid for the spa. The Entertainment was without doubt the best I have ever seen on a cruise ship. The overtones were excellent as were the Take That tribute act. The Headliners cast were exceptional on this ship, of real west end quality and the LED screen was stunning. The three shows they put on were all fantastic. The ports of call were all excellent and the Grab and Go food counter was so good for shore days. A full range of sandwiches, wraps and fruit tubs to take all wrapped up for you. A real bonus with the high prices in Norway. We would most definitely go back on this ship. Can’t wait for our next one on Azura in August.
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