March 14th 2015, was a very special day indeed, as P&O Cruises newest fleet addition Britannia would leave her homeport of Southampton on her maiden voyage.
That 2-week cruise was quite possibly one of the most highly anticipated of my entire cruising life, so far. Waiting a year from booking until sailing was absolute torture, but it really was worth it!
There were many things I liked about Britannia – her atrium was out of this world and it became one of my favourite places to sit and watch the world go by. I knew it was going to be impressive, but seeing really is believing!
I was a huge fan of the food in The Glass House. The actual area of the atrium that it housed was very nice too, but I will be totally honest and tell you that I just kept going back for the food! Tapas (which included prawns) and steak (which could also include prawns) – what more could you possibly want?!
Her Lido Deck was fresh, modern and offered so much space! I imagine during warmer cruises that this area will be a hive of activity around the clock. I enjoyed sitting here in the daytime, reading my book, and I enjoyed passing through of an evening when the pools were lit up and the bars were closed – it was very peaceful.
Sunset Bar was another of my favourite places because from here you could watch the ships wake. Heaven. The deck furniture and greenery added a nice touch and you could almost be forgiven for thinking you were at a swanky beach front bar. I really did like this space. There was also a food station here, I never did see any food, but I expect when the weather is better it may become home to light snacks. I suppose we wait and see.
The Live Lounge was my preferred evening haunt, a nice space that offered nightly entertainment and then a live DJ. It was a great space to meet up with some of my fellow passengers that had ultimately become friends.
I didn’t find anything onboard that I would say I disliked or caused me a great issue, but there was one thing that I struggled to get used to and that was the fact that Britannia has no mid-ship stairwell above Deck 7. It didn’t matter how many times I trekked the Deck, thinking I could skip down the stairs further along the ship, I always arrived there and swiftly wanted to kick myself for forgetting the stairs were non-existent.
I can’t wait to cruise on her again. She was everything and more than I had expected and she is certainly a ship built for the next generation of loyal cruiser.
I suppose now would be a good time to actually show you some pictures, the blog being called ‘A Maiden Voyage in Pictures’ and all! 😉
I hope you enjoyed the selection, I couldn’t possibly have shared every single one with you – it would have taken me a month to upload them all.
I wonder where she will take me next…………………….