Britannia: A Maiden Voyage In Pictures

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! 😉

Leaving Southampton on her Maiden Voyage.

Leaving Southampton on her Maiden Voyage

THAT Atrium!

THAT Atrium!

A baby monkey in Gibraltar - he was a bit smelly!

Baby monkey in Gibraltar – he was a bit smelly!

Tapas in The Glass House

Tapas in The Glass House

James Martin giving us directions in Barcelona ;)

Celebrity Chef James Martin giving us directions in Barcelona 😉

A dog with dreadlocks

A dog with dreadlocks going for walkies in Barcelona

Let me get the most important area out of the way first - SHOPPING!

SHOP! 😉

The Cookery Club

The Cookery Club

The Epicurean Restaurant - Britannia's fine dining experience, with questionable artwork ;)

The Epicurean Restaurant – Britannia’s fine dining experience, with questionable artwork 😉

EricLanlardAfternoonTea

Eric Lanlard Afternoon Tea in the Epicurean Restaurant

 

The Arena Bar - directly opposite the Basketball Court

The Arena Bar – directly opposite the Basketball Court

Brodies Bar

Brodies Bar

BritanniaAerial

At anchor in Monte Carlo

Menton, one of the last towns in France before you reach the Italian border.

Menton, one of the last towns in France before you reach the Italian border

One of her sexy tender boats

One of her sexy tender boats

Headliners Theatre

Headliners Theatre

One of Eric Lanlard's creations in the Market Cafe

One of Eric Lanlard’s creations in the Market Cafe

One of just 2 sunsets we were blessed with minus cloud!

One of just 2 sunsets we were blessed with minus cloud!

The Limelight Club - dinner and a show

The Limelight Club – dinner and a show

The new look deck plan - apologies for the wonky picture!

The new look deck plan – apologies for the wonky picture!

Soft shell crab in Sindhu

Soft shell crab in Sindhu – EPIC!!!

Probably my favourite area onboard

Probably my favourite area onboard

Sunset Bar

Sunset Bar

The Hydrotherapy Pool in the Spa

The Hydrotherapy Pool in the Spa

A great British sailaway!

A great British sailaway!

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…………………….

Trying to explore each and every inch of this wonderful planet via cruise ship.

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6 comments on “Britannia: A Maiden Voyage In Pictures
  1. Maria says:

    Looks lovely. I do not know this company.

  2. James Foster says:

    great blog you nailed it danielle britannia is everything youve said and more beautiful ship full of great people and we had one hell of a good time im booking more as we speak your photos are great people really need to exprience her shes one of the best

  3. I hope that old man you found in Barcelona managed to find his way back to the ship safely

  4. Mick Griffiths says:

    Sounds and looks great Danielle. She’s on our bucket list, particularly now that we have experienced P&O. PS. Great photos too.

  5. Excellent Picture Review…thank you so much.

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