P&O Britannia Cruise Ship Guide

P&O Britannia Cruise Ship Guide: A Comprehensive Overview

Embark on a journey aboard the P&O Britannia, a marvel of modern cruise ship engineering, offering a blend of traditional British elegance and contemporary design. Launched in 2015, Britannia stands as the flagship of P&O Cruises, boasting an array of dining options, activities, entertainment, and accommodation to suit every taste. This guide delves into every aspect of the Britannia, ensuring that potential cruisers have all the information they need to plan their perfect holiday at sea.

P&O Britannia Docked in Southampton - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: P&O Britannia Docked in Southampton / Sail Away Magazine

Dining Options: A Culinary Journey

Britannia offers an extensive selection of dining venues, ranging from complimentary options to specialty restaurants with a surcharge.

  1. Meridian, Peninsular, and Oriental Restaurants: These main dining rooms offer flexible ‘Freedom Dining’ or set-time ‘Club Dining’, serving British and international cuisines. There’s no extra charge for dining here.
  2. Horizon Buffet: Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, offering a wide variety of dishes with no additional cost.
  3. Sindhu: For a taste of India with a British twist, Sindhu presents an exquisite menu crafted by celebrity chef Atul Kochhar. Expect a cover charge of around £20 per person.
  4. The Glass House: A wine bar and restaurant offering small plates and perfectly paired wines curated by expert Olly Smith. Dishes are individually priced.
  5. The Limelight Club: A unique combination of dining and entertainment, featuring live performances. A cover charge applies, typically around £25 per person.
  6. Epicurean: Where fine dining meets art, offering modern British cuisine. Expect a surcharge of approximately £28 per person.
  7. The Beach House: Casual dining with American and Caribbean influences. A minimal surcharge applies for certain dishes.
  8. Market Café: A French-style patisserie offering sweet treats and specialty coffees with individual pricing.
Dining at Epicurean aboard P&O Britannia - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Dining at Epicurean aboard P&O Britannia / Sail Away Magazine

Activities and Entertainment: Fun for Everyone

Britannia is a hub of activity, offering something for every age and interest:

  1. The Cookery Club: Led by renowned chefs, these hands-on cooking classes are a unique feature (charges apply).
  2. Headliners Theatre: Presents West End-style live shows, musicals, and comedy nights.
  3. The Studio: Hosts guest speakers, cooking demonstrations, films, and more.
  4. The Retreat: An adults-only oasis offering a tranquil escape (day passes available for purchase).
  5. Sports Arena: Offers a variety of sports, including football, basketball, and short tennis.
  6. Pools and Spa: Several pools, including a family pool and adult-only Serenity Pool, plus a luxurious spa offering various treatments (charges apply for spa services).
Pool Deck on P&O Britannia - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Pool Deck on P&O Britannia / Sail Away Magazine

Cruise Itineraries: Explore the World

Britannia offers a wide range of itineraries, including:

  • Caribbean Cruises: Embark on exotic journeys, visiting multiple islands and soaking in the vibrant cultures.
  • Mediterranean Cruises: Explore historic cities, beautiful coastlines, and diverse cultures.
  • Norwegian Fjords: Discover breathtaking landscapes, charming villages, and majestic fjords.
  • British Isles Cruises: Experience the beauty and heritage of the UK and Ireland.
P&O Britannia Docked in Rotterdam - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: P&O Britannia Docked in Rotterdam / Sail Away Magazine

Cabin and Accommodation Options: Comfort and Style

Accommodation on Britannia ranges from Inside Cabins to luxurious Suites. Each cabin category is designed with comfort in mind, offering ample storage, a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and a bathroom with a shower. Balcony Cabins and Suites provide additional space and amenities, including a sitting area and enhanced bathroom facilities. Suites also benefit from exclusive perks such as a butler service and access to The Epicurean for breakfast.

Deluxe Suite aboard P&O Britannia - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: Deluxe Suite aboard P&O Britannia / Sail Away Magazine

The General Feel and Ambience of the Vessel

Britannia is celebrated for its modern British elegance, combining classic elements with contemporary design. The ship’s atrium, with its stunning starburst sculpture, is the heart of the vessel, radiating luxury and sophistication. With a focus on British heritage, the ship exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere, making it a favourite among British cruisers.

P&O Britannia's Atrium - Sail Away Magazine
Credit: P&O Britannia’s Atrium / Sail Away Magazine

Who Might Not Enjoy a Cruise on P&O Britannia?

While Britannia offers a wide range of amenities and activities, it may not suit everyone:

  • Those Preferring Smaller Ships: Britannia’s large size and capacity might overwhelm those who enjoy more intimate cruising experiences.
  • Crowd-Averse Travellers: With a passenger capacity of over 3,600, the ship can feel crowded, especially during peak seasons and at popular venues.
  • Seekers of Ultra-Premium Experiences: While Britannia offers luxury, particularly in its Suite accommodations and select dining venues, those seeking an all-inclusive, ultra-premium cruise experience might find it lacks some of the exclusivities and personalised services offered by smaller, more premium cruise lines.

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P&O Britannia Full Ship Tour - Sail Away with Dan & Jay
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