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  1. 2 points
    Sir Cumference

    Balcony or no balcony?

    I cruised on Britannia to the fjords last year and had a balcony cabin right on the rear of the ship and so had a view of both sides oif the fjords as we sailed through them - well worth the money!! Also, the cabins are between two suites and so the balcony is much larger than normal :-)
  2. 2 points
    Hi I'm off to the Caribbean in December and I am sure that the cruise line will try to alter to the itinerary if the proposed ports of call are so damaged that it makes them unsuitable for tourists. Unfortunately many other ships in this region will be looking to do the same thing and it may be difficult to accommodate them all at alternative destinations while those which are considered suitable may be filled to capacity. However, I fully understand that my vacation may be "marred" but I won't complain, compared to those living on these islands my minor inconvenience falls into insignificance.
  3. 1 point
    rachel

    Britannia 16/7/17

    My initial impression was excellent, Britannia is a spectacular ship and it exceeded my expectations. The atrium area is beautiful and I loved the starburst feature. I specifically chose an aft facing balcony due to the number of complaints that i hear about them but I can 100% say it was the best cabin that we have sailed in and the soot didn’t affect us in any way, we would definatley book one again and I can confidently recommend these to anyone looking at booking one. The cabin was laid out very well with lots of storage, I particularly like the glass panel rather than a curtain in the shower. Our cabin steward was excellent, he came and introduced himself when we arrived and couldn’t do enough for us throughout our cruise, he washed our baclony down every day at 12.15 just in case there was any soot on the balcony! The staff and food in the main dinning room is the best we have ever had on a P+O ship, I read reviews all the time about how the food has gone down hill and the service wasn’t good but everything that we experienced was very good. We dinned in the main dinning room most evenings and they catered very well for my fussy daughter, they were happy to amend the menu and bring her different things if there was nothing that she liked, nothing was to much trouble. The public areas are beautiful on Britannia, as you walk round it is like walking round a 5 star hotel rather than a cruise ship, the décor is very modern which we really liked and everything was perfectly clean. I really liked the look of the midhsip pool areas, there were lots of sun beds around. We used the grab and go stations and the pizzareia. I had heard from various differnet people about the ques at the mid ship lifts, on embarkation we were advised to head down to the aft lifts rather than wait for the mid ship lifts, throughout our cruise this is what we did as there generally was a que at the mid ship lift area. We dinned at the beach house and SIndhu which were both very good, the service in the beach house was very welcoming and friendly - i think this is a good area for familys as it is a little more relaxed than the main dinning room but you are still served rather than self service in the buffet. Our favourite place on board was the crows nest, we loved sitting in here and sampling the gin flights that they offer - i really liked this as it was something a little quirkcy - my husband like the craft ale flights in brodies too.
  4. 1 point
    GiGi

    Balcony or no balcony?

    The fjords are beautiful and you will see them in a different way in the summertime to when it's looking like a film set for Game of Thrones. Of course though the lights are a seasonal phenomenon and are not guaranteed to show up. We were lucky and saw them in force but the next night the people who went on the trip had thick cloud and saw nothing. We really went to see the lights as it was on the bucket list but we had to tell ourselves that we couldn't just make the cruise all about that as it would have been a lot of money for a disappointment had we not seen them. Norway is beautiful, very clean and very expensive but we would go back in the summer and hope to see the waterfalls that were literally frozen in time in full flow. You will love it but you do need to be fully kitted out with Arctic appropriate clothing if you go in winter.
  5. 1 point
    sinbad10

    Balcony or no balcony?

    Go for an inside every time and get up on deck and enjoy all aspects of the scenery with a drink with the money you will save not having a very small balcony on Britannia. My advice for Norwegian Fjords is to go in June lovely month if you go too early it will be cold and you could be unlucky with the weather and have lots of rain.
  6. 1 point
    GiGi

    Balcony or no balcony?

    Hi, We did the Northern Lights cruise on Oriana at the end of Feb 2016. We had a midship balcony cabin and would not have done it any other way. We lost count of the number of times in a morning or some other time we were in the cabin when one of us would shout 'come and look at this!' And we would dive on to balcony to see something beautiful. Many a time I'd be in my nighty with my big coat on! Those are things you would miss not having a balcony. The plus point of midship is should the sea get a bit choppy you don't get so much movement. We were very lucky, even the Captain said he had never seen the North Sea that calm. Go on, treat yourself.
  7. 1 point
    Davybe

    P & O Oriana

    Less likely to be on their phones all the time as the young ones are?? We have just booked a Cruise for Christmas and New Year on a Family ship, nice to see young children enjoying themselves...Davybe
  8. 1 point
    *Dancing Queen*

    P & O Oriana

    We have done Xmas cruises for many years but only once on an 'adult only' ship ( Arcadia ) and I said never again but I think it was more to do with I didn't like the ship, not being a family ship it obviously pushed the age of passengers up but tbh I didn't find that a problem, without a doubt with no families on board the age demographics will increase but Oriana is a well loved ship so I would think a lot of passengers in the 50+ age group ( whose children have flown the nest ) will consider it .. I certainly would. Oriana is a lovely ship and we have sailed on her many times .. go and enjoy even if it is full of 'oldies' which I doubt it will be I find some of the 'oldies' are more fun than some younger people.
  9. 1 point
    Following the recent devastation in the Caribbean area, if each person who has ever cruised there donated, say, £50 to a relief fund, collectively it would make a real difference to the recovery of these beautiful islands that we all love
  10. 1 point
    Bumble Bee

    The Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

    And this morning I heard on the news about the Earthquake in Mexico. When will it all end for them!?
  11. 1 point
    Countrygirl

    The Aftermath of Hurricane Irma

    My heart goes out to all in the Caribbean, I love these islands and once they have recovered from the horrific storms and start to rebuild their homes and businesses they will need as much tourism as possible to boost there income.
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