Caribbean on Britannia
Flew from Gatwick on TUI dreamliner. Excellent flight in economy. Plenty of leg room and three free drinks. Bus on tarmac straight to ship. Onboard within one hour of landing. Largest ship we have been on and so were a little apprehensive. No need to worry. Once on board it didn't seem large, and we soon found our bearings. Inside cabin on deck D. Well designed and spotless. Cabin steward kept it that way throughout the cruise and she quickly learnt our daily routine. Freedom dining. Mainly took evening meal in peninsular around 7pm. Table for 2 usually available. Had a pager a couple of nights when we were a bit later, 8ish. A good choice of food, good quality, well prepared and always piping hot. Service efficient and professional. Breakfast in Horizon. Good choice and never full. Lunch on sea days in Meridian. A nice relaxed way to spend an hour. Did the tasting menu in the glasshouse which was a very enjoyable evening. Many entertainment areas. Crows nest is lovely for a quiet drink but it is a little quiet. Brodies is a typical pub type drinking place with entertainment mainly being quizzes, karaoke and horse racing. The live lounge is a lovely venue but you need to plan your evening as it does get crowded. The sunset bar is a great and quiet spot to have a drink and enjoy the sailaway. Drinks prices quite reasonable, much cheaper than a good hotel in UK The pools on the ship are great, but those in the middle are crowded and rather noisy with the music. Always able to find a sunbed as long as you didn't mind being away from the pool. Entertainment is very much a personal choice. Some excellent acts, Cuban magician, Tina Turner tribute. Headliners were rather hit and miss relying too much on technology to carry the shows. There is enough going on to keep everyone entertained whatever their personal likes. Itinerary was excellent although islands to tend to together by end of cruise. Caribbean is easy to organise your own trips. The karaoke bar on St Lucia is worth a stop on way back to ship for a bucket (or two) of beer. Overall an excellent and enjoyable cruise. No complaints at all. The so called 'lift' problem didn't bother us at all. One suggestion for P and O is to perhaps change the name of the Great British Sailaway to The Great English Sailaway.
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