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Solo cruising: P&O’s Britannia review

Embarkation

Stepping on board this ship is like a city in its self, this being my biggest ship I have sailed on. Exploring the rest of the ship I found that a lot of places where very hidden. The single cabins are based up on deck 16 so you’re a little cut off from rest of ship with everything else (buffet etc) being deep down on decks 5, 6, 7. Getting to them can be a logistical challenge unless you’re fit enough to walk the stairs (the lifts can take a while).

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The ship

The ship handles very well, it is smooth to cruise upon and I’m really amazed how smooth everything runs considering the size of her. Not once did I have to queue which is a shame as us brits seem to love queueing. When in a port of call they if they can put 2 gangways out this helping the plain sailing of the disembarkation also the gangways are easy for wheelchairs and buggy’s but just in case there’s always 2 guys in yellow jackets there to assist. The master in charge of Britannia Captain Paul Brown is very hands on and a real people person. Never a day went past when he wasn’t updating us both first thing in the morning and also at night when we were about to cast off. I will warn you though he does like his horn and sometimes gets very carried away! (But I think this shows his approachable attitude to his guests.)

When in a port of call they if they can they normally put 2 gangways out. This helps the plain sailing of the disembarkation. The gangways are easy for wheelchairs and buggy’s but just in case there’s always 2 guys in yellow jackets there to assist. The master in charge of Britannia Captain Paul Brown is very hands on and a real people person. Never a day went past when he wasn’t updating us both first thing in the morning and also at night when we were about to cast off. I will warn you though he does like his horn and sometimes gets very carried away! (But I think this shows his approachable attitude to his guests.)

The master in charge of Britannia Captain Paul Brown is very hands on and a real people person. Never a day went past when he wasn’t updating us both first thing in the morning and also at night when we were about to cast off. I will warn you though he does like his horn and sometimes gets very carried away! (I think this shows his approachable attitude to his guests.)

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Britannia’s Solo Travellers balcony cabins

I was lucky enough to stay in one of Britannia’s Solo Travellers balcony cabins. From when you first walk through the door you feel very much at home and relaxed. The room layout is very clever and clearly has been thought about.

As you walk in the door you are faced with a half wall, this is actually the headboard. The bed its self is very comfy and one of the best beds I’ve slept of both on land and sea. Other amenities in your cabin are a desk with kettle and tea and coffee. Also above the desk is a very generous sized television, (around 32” ). Now including TV channels like BBC HD and ITV Choice.

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You also have a double and single wardrobe with a safe in one. You also have a very clean and fresh bathroom with a shower, though if you’re a larger person it can be a struggle to work around the glass shower door, as it opens out into the toilet area. Similar to most cruise ships.

The best part of this rooms is the Balcony that has two sun loungers/chairs and a table. I wasn’t sure why they have two chairs but a lot of solo travellers don’t travel completely alone and do bring a friend for companionship. I think they could do with a small lounge for solo guests like some of the other liners on different companies have.

General areas

Moving Around this ship I found very free flowing and there are even times you can be walking down a corridor and not see a single soul.

Eating as a solo guest

Starting at top of the ship on Deck 16 is Horizon Buffet this is where I spent most of my meal times as its easier for the solo Traveller. At night they cut off the rear of the starboard side and is used as the boathouse. This is a paid venue where they serve things like steak I didn’t try it but looked very interesting. The food on this ship is great the quality is a lot better than on most ships where you can see they are cutting corners, not on Britannia, it’s all good. The choice amazed me every day there was a British roast and also a themed dish. Breakfast was good too, from fruit, pastry’s and cereal to a full English with proper bacon.

Also on this deck you have around the pool a bar and ice-cream/costa coffee and at other end another bar and pizza and burgers and hotdogs from the grill.

Solo events

As for events for solos you didn’t have a lot going on. Now and again you would notice a get together in one of the bars of restaurants but these are unhosted. I have seen that other companies have things like solos cocktail party’s where you get to meet others and free drinks are dished out with canapés. It would be nice if P&O held events like this.

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Emmas thoughts: Thanks for this one Stu! I have always wondered what the solo cabins are like so really enjoyed this look into one. I didn’t realise that they had solo balcony cabins, I had always assumed that the solo cabins were inside. 

It is a shame that they don’t do more events for solos, I like that they give you two sun loungers on the balcony though, for your friends that you make onboard! (I am happy to hear that P&O have roast dinners too… yum!)

 

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I’m Emma, a 23 year old travel blogger based in the UK who strongly believes that cruising isn’t just for old people!

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