Had a Great Time But Entertainment Poor!: Britannia Cruise Review by Roland123
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Had a Great Time But Entertainment Poor!
We enjoyed the cruise but think Britannia is too big, not very well designed (too many dead ends, no promenade deck) and P&O are trying to cater for too many different types of people from Butlins on Sea on the Lido deck to ball room dancing in the Crystal Room and it doesn't work
The entertainment (when we could get a seat to watch it) was average, we are used to Thomsons entertainment which is superb with a West End style show five days a week! We watched the 'Once Upon A Star' show and thought we had gate crashed an afternoon matinee for 10 year olds! There was a duet on board who sang in some of the smaller venues but her voice was awful. The groups on Thomsons are so good that people would follow them from bar to bar to listen to them.
Food on the whole was good the Epicurean was superb, Sindhu dreadful (but then again I don't like More curry!) and the Beach House very good. The buffet was massive and never crowded with a reasonable selection of food but always seemed to be closing when we wanted to eat. The food by the Lido was a poor selection of burgers, hot dogs etc but the Mango Mousse from the Grab and Go was fantastic!
Cabins were good and the balcony was big enough unless you both want to lie flat out in which case go and get a sunbed.
Why we need two days a week at sea I don't know as we were literally going round in circles to waste time, two more islands would be better (Thomsons last year only had one day at sea a week). The itinerary was OK but by the end of two weeks one tropical rain forest looks very much like the next with some islands offering very little to do.
Don't think I will bother taking my DJ next time as it was nothing special not even a better menu in the restaurant, bit of a waste of time really. although the nights we didn't dress up we felt a bit out of it and couldn't go to our favourite bar The Crows Nest.
The Quattro de Gelati from The Market Café was excellent value with four single scoop cones for £4.00, I had Bread and Butter Pudding, Eton Mess, Lemon Merengue and Treacle Tart, well worth the money!
Also so good value is the Rum tasters in The Crows Nest, four different rums with ice and a bottle of Pepsi for £5.50, I had one of them most nights!
All in all a good couple of weeks but I think we will try the new Thomson Discovery next time! Less
Cabin review: BalconyF630
Our cabin was really nice and the Pullman beds didn't impact on the cabin at all as they fold away into the ceiling. The balcony was compact but perfectly big enough for two people to sit out and have a drink. if you both want to sun bathe flat out you will have to go on deck.