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A retractable roof over one of the pools. Done repositioning cruise several times from Barbados and covered pool always needed for last few days. Didn't do it last year as neither Azura nor Britannia have this facility. It was much appreciated on recent Canaries trip onAurora.

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The two main gripes on Brittania that we heard were 1. The !ocation of the promenade deck and 2. The location of lifts. Whilst this did not bother us, it would be worth bearing in mind. We liked the inside layout of the ship, broken down into sections, and liked the muted decor and accessories. The atrium, whilst impressive, was underused. We learnt ballroom dancing on one of the ships, and would like to see a much bigger dance floor - the best one to date is on Oriana. We liked the Limelight club, however the management of this could be made much better - at any 'Normal' night club or similar you would have breaks for dancing between courses. When we went, twice, there was a lack of atmosphere except when the actual performer was on stage.

We were surprised that there was no screen on top deck of Brittania, especially as she is currently spending about half the year in the Caribbean, this would be a good feature., Whilst Epicurian and Sindu are both great places to eat, we really liked the Sorrento restaurant, where the menu was very good, well priced and probably would appeal to more. If the Beach house is supposed to be the equivalent then that was a mistake.

Finally, having cruised many times now, there are always people moaning about something on board. If there was a specific procedure or place to go, other than bothering reception, to address these issues at the time then this might help to resolve any such issues at the time, rather than complaints once the cruise is over.

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With the design of most main sream cruise ships today, it is very unlikely we will ever see a traditionnal promenade deck again. Even the new HAL ship, which is similar in size to Arcadia, has a very poor prom deck, only a fore and aft viewing area, the rest has lifeboats blocking the view, and in some places you need to walk in single file.

The ship designers have tried to maximise the number of balcony decks, as a result the lifeboats now fill the space where the prom deck used to be. So those of you wanting a Prom deck either have to make do with the older ships, or migrate to the luxury cruise lines where the prices charged can cover the costs of adding these little luxuries.

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So sad, but again, so completely true!

 

Much as I love QE2, and always will, it was she and/or her Naval architects, who introduced to us to the concept of an 'enclosed Promenade deck' whilst also maintaining the walk around 'Boat deck', but she was essentially still designed for then, the single ship Cunard Trans-Atlantic 'run' first ,and cruising as a winter pastime afterwards.

How the Maritime world has changed, and in such relatively few years too??

 

 

 

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With the design of most main sream cruise ships today, it is very unlikely we will ever see a traditionnal promenade deck again. Even the new HAL ship, which is similar in size to Arcadia, has a very poor prom deck, only a fore and aft viewing area, the rest has lifeboats blocking the view, and in some places you need to walk in single file.

The ship designers have tried to maximise the number of balcony decks, as a result the lifeboats now fill the space where the prom deck used to be. So those of you wanting a Prom deck either have to make do with the older ships, or migrate to the luxury cruise lines where the prices charged can cover the costs of adding these little luxuries.

Not so towny44, have a look at the new MSC mega ships. They have promenade decks.

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Not so towny44, have a look at the new MSC mega ships. They have promenade decks.

You make a good point OWT, but they are more like the latest NCL ships which have an al fresco area outside a number of the special restaurants. Not quite the Prom deck of old but certainly an intereresting innovation.

However if you check out the early images of the Costa ships, on which the new ship will be based, there does look to be a similar looking deck area.

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Have a look at this site towny44. http://www.express.co.uk/travel/cruise/664148/MSC-Seaside-more-outdoor-space

Scroll down and it shows an artists impression of the pronmenade deck which they say goes all around the ship.

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I too would like to see a proper "wrap-around" prom deck, as on Ventura/Oriana/Oceana etc. A "Grab-And-Go" sandwich/snack facility, as on Britannia would be nice too.

 

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By the looks of some of the clientele now cruising with P&O a tattoo parlour would be a great addition to the new ship and as well as burgers/pizza at the grill adding doner kebabs.

 

What a good idea....away on holiday whilst getting a new tattoo tongue.png

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By the looks of some of the clientele now cruising with P&O a tattoo parlour would be a great addition to the new ship and as well as burgers/pizza at the grill adding doner kebabs.

what's wrong with tattoos and kebabs? laugh.png

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not on their faces or necks and not the women lol

 

No not faces, but certainly on lower necks out of sight and believe it or not they are on females, albeit in some cases quite small and discreet or at least they were in my day.wink.png   My point was that some of the most heroic people have tattoo's so therefore we shouldn't discriminate just because of tattoo's. 

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Well tonight's announcement is there will be a prom deck and an extra wide one which will have dining on it. Not sure how that will work will people be jogging round it pinching chips off your plate :D or using your saucers as ashtrays (said TIC) :)

 

Also they will be doing swimming lessons for the bricks amongst us :)

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so i missed it, but saw it advertised on facebook that p&o had some big announcements, is swimming lessons and a prom deck the big news? did they say anything else? i have seen the 'dome' on thier website and saw a new show on facebook (didnt look that entertaining on the video, maybe you had to be there to appreciate it) anybody seen anything else?

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These are some of the features of the new ship. Certainly sounds good.

·       17 places to eat

·       7 speciality restaurants

·       12 places to enjoy a drink and see the sea 

·       13 entertainment venues from the theatre to adult only venues

·       Three pop-up entertainment spaces/venues

·       16 whirlpools

·       4 swimming pools (three outside, one inside)

·       9 places to have breakfast

·       5 places to enjoy afternoon tea

·       7 places to have coffee 

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