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Wanted to see the Caribbean so booked a 14 night cruise starting in Barbados. The ship is extremely large, but initially seemed to have everything we could want for a 2 week trip, and we thought it would be the best way to see 10 islands. Biggest complaint was that there was no outside space where one could have a drink in the day or evenings if you wanted to be quiet and away from loud music (which seemed to play most of the day and night on the outside decks) and it seemed, very loud people. There were interior bars without music, but who wants to be inside in 30 degrees. Also, if you ate late (after 7.30) you had little chance of getting a seat anywhere on this fully booked cruise. The ship really is huge, we soon found that from our cabin at the bow, it was a 10 minute walk to the restaurants at the stern. As we walked this at least twice a day this became somewhat of a problem, but at least we kept fit. I hesitate to mention the slow slow lifts, often gave up waiting and slowly climbed up or down several flights of stairs. Food was good in the restaurants, though the service was a bit hit and miss. We once waited 45 minutes to be served. Also, breakfast service in the main restaurant finishes at 9am - we found this too early. The theatre was excellent, and the shows could not be faulted. We felt there was not enough time in most of the ports. We had 4 days at sea, and apart from our own balcony it really felt overcrowded and very noisy in the public areas, especially round the pools. This seems to be a party ship, where participation in making as much noise as possible is positively encouraged. Not for us, we like peace and quiet, so perhaps we just chose the wrong Company, and certainly the wrong ship.

Bored on Britannia

Britannia Cruise Review by Mardymadam

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
Wanted to see the Caribbean so booked a 14 night cruise starting in Barbados.

The ship is extremely large, but initially seemed to have everything we could want for a 2 week trip, and we thought it would be the best way to see 10 islands.

Biggest complaint was that there was no outside space where one could have a drink in the day or evenings if you wanted to be quiet and away from loud music (which seemed to play most of the day and night on the outside decks) and it seemed, very loud people. There were interior bars without music, but who wants to be inside in 30 degrees. Also, if you ate late (after 7.30) you had little chance of getting a seat anywhere on this fully booked cruise.

The ship really is huge, we soon found that from our cabin at the bow, it was a 10 minute walk to the restaurants at the stern. As we walked this at least twice a day this became somewhat of a problem, but at least we kept fit. I hesitate to mention the slow slow lifts, often gave up waiting and slowly climbed up or down several flights of stairs.

Food was good in the restaurants, though the service was a bit hit and miss. We once waited 45 minutes to be served. Also, breakfast service in the main restaurant finishes at 9am - we found this too early.

The theatre was excellent, and the shows could not be faulted.

We felt there was not enough time in most of the ports. We had 4 days at sea, and apart from our own balcony it really felt overcrowded and very noisy in the public areas, especially round the pools. This seems to be a party ship, where participation in making as much noise as possible is positively encouraged. Not for us, we like peace and quiet, so perhaps we just chose the wrong Company, and certainly the wrong ship.
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Our deluxe stateroom was large and well equipped, and seemed clean enough, however I had to look under the bed for something I had dropped. It obviously hadn't been vacuumed for quite some time. Same applied to the couch, which was filthy underneath. The hairdryer was choked with someone elses hair, so did not use. The bits you could see were clean enough though, and the linen was changed regularly. Other main problem was that we could not turn the aircon off, there is no off switch, resulting in sore throats after a couple of days.
I have not included the cabin number as the steward really did his best all day every day.