Britannia around the Cornish coast
Mildred Alonso | August 17, 2021 | P&O Cruises | Britannia
Our 4 day sail on the Britannia was something we were really looking forward to after being stuck at home for 15 months.
The check in was fantastic. As long as you have all your papers ( hope you have a printer) everything is great. My husband is disabled so at the terminal he was given a wheel chair and we were escorted by the terminal member of staff.
We were taken for a Covid Test which was really quick an easy. We were told it could take half an hour for the results but we had a negative within 10 minutes.
We were taken straight on to the ship to the deck where we would usually have the emergency drill however the staff member gave us a quick talk and asked us to watch a follow up video about the drill in our room.
We were taken to Tier 14 mid ship inside cabin.
We were extremely happy with the cabin it was spacious enough for our needs. We met our cabin steward who was very friendly.
After watching the video an refreshing ourselves we headed to the buffet restaurant at the top.
We encountered our first problem. Only 4 people are allowed in a lift and there are no stairs in the mid area 14/15 tier, we waited at least 15 minutes to get in a lift as they were all full. This was very frustration especially for my husband who was on crutches.
The ship looked lovely, the staff seemed friendly and we were soon off on our cruise. We sailed around 6pm.
The ship was so smooth we never felt like we were moving. We had a lovely meal in one of the 2 sitting down restaurants. We were on anytime dining but had to wait an hour to get to eat.
So the next day we tried the Buffet as we were told to book early for the restaurants but you could not ring in you had to go to the restaurant and they would give you a buzzer to call to your table.
We did encounter problems with the restaurant. The staff who were dealing with the bookings did not quite get it right and we had to complain one night because when we went in for our meal they told us to walk to the other end of the restaurant to get in. They also called in half an hour earlier then we wanted. My husband had to remind them that he was struggling to walk.
The restaurant was excellent, the food was amazing and the staff were very attentive.
However the buffet restaurant was not up to normal P&O standard. We ate two nights there and found the choice was bad and the food was not as good as we have had before. Breakfast, Lunch was OK but avoid dinner there.
This was not our favourite P&O ship. Some of the services did not make sense for eg the gym was at one end of the ship right at the top but the spa was at the bottom at the other end of the ship.
The shopping was not that great but the ship in some areas stunning, some areas looked like it needed refurbishing.
The entertainment was OK, all depends what you like but there was one band, 3 guys who played kind of country/folk music were were excellent.
Over all, for a 4 day trip to get away from it all was fantastic especially as we had the weather. The scenery for the Cornwall coast was stunning and we got to see Dolphins. All in all, if you can get on the ship, the price was very reasonable too, it was value for money and its a lovely break.
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