Caribbean cruise - Britannia - almost perfect
Lovely cruise around the Caribbean on board Britannia. We flew from Manchester on board a TUI Dreamliner chartered flight direct to Barbados. Although check in and security took longer than we had anticipated, the staff were very helpful and eased the two hour process. Our bags arrived on board approximately 6 hours after we had embarked Britannia but considering the size of the ship and number of passengers to be accommodated we were not surprised. We did hear that some passengers had to wait considerably longer for their luggage to arrive but we had no complaints. Our cabin was spotless, although it would have helped if we had known the name of the lady who cleaned our cabin she was always smiling and very welcoming. The food and service in the main restaurant we found to be a little ordinary and not what we had expected. We have cruised with Princess and Cunard in the past where the food was impeccable but portions for us seemed to be a little on the small side and courses were served very quickly after one another. We dined quite a bit in the specialist restaurants, having pre-booked before embarkation. The food was fantastic, beautifully and creatively presented and the service was fabulous, their sense of pride certainly was apparent. The waiting staff were courteous as you would expect and we really felt for them at times, as some of our fellow passengers were less than pleasant shall we say. To be fair, it took us a little while to get used to the ship as the promenade deck is on deck 17. To get from one end of the ship to the other you have to go down to deck 7 walk along and then back up again weird. Id say the theatre is a little small for the number of passengers on board and its advisable to take your seat early otherwise you run the risk of being turned away and having to wait for the next performance. Shows were not great compared with other cruises sadly and not a great deal to do on sea days unless you wanted to bake in the sun or play bingo. All things considered however, we did enjoy our cruise; the captain was very people focussed as were most of the crew.
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