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…………………….
Looks lovely. I do not know this company.
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
looked very nice
I hope that old man you found in Barcelona managed to find his way back to the ship safely
Sounds and looks great Danielle. She’s on our bucket list, particularly now that we have experienced P&O. PS. Great photos too.
Excellent Picture Review…thank you so much.