Had a Great Time But Entertainment Poor!: Britannia Cruise Review by Roland123

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Roland123
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Had a Great Time But Entertainment Poor!

Sail Date: February 2017
Destination: Caribbean
Embarkation: Barbados
Before sailing on Britannia we have only been on Thomson and P&O Oceana so can't compare with any other cruise lines.

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


Published 03/30/17
3 Helpful Votes

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.

Port and Shore Excursions


Overcast and raining which is a shame for the island which has the best beachs in the Caribbean.
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Not as good as Curacao, just went to the beach for the day.
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Always seems to rain when we are in Barbados!
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Lovely port, nice to just wander around and have a drink by the harbour watching the bridge open and close to let the boats through.
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Hot Springs

Best tour of the holiday! Swimming in the gorge used in Pirates of the Caribbean was great, the water was cold but not freezing and swimming through the gorge up to the waterfall was really nice having been in salt water all week. We then went to the hot mineral baths which was really relaxing, highly recommended.

Did the ful island tour last year which was very good so just got the water taxi to the beach this time.
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Spent the day round the port area which is really well laid out with shops and bars. The karaoke at The Rum Therapy bar was fun, only after half a bottle of rum though!
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Had a wonder round the endless jewellery shops then went on the beach and had a swim, very nice. Had the misfortune of going in Diamonds International, what a dreadful place! Jumped on by pushy sales staff the minute we got through the door, no prices so an item of jewellery could be anything from £500-£50000 for all I knew so we just walked out. We were going to buy something but didn't spend anything in the end. There were six ships in port that day so around 20,000 people trying to get off all at once, very busy.

Kayaking

This tour is not suitable for anyone who is not fit, my wife and I and our friends really struggled with this and I don't count either of us to be unfit although both of our wives have weakness's that meant they couldn't paddle much.
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