Britannia Christmas Cruise.
I have been accused several times of being a P&O diehard and in fairness I have defended them many times. After returning from the Christmas cruise on the Britannia I think I have finally seen the light.
This cruise was best described as "same old same old".
Whilst I don't think that he food standards have dropped over my time I do think that they are no more than average.
The evening entertainment is the same as they have been serving up for a few years. They are good shows but we've seen them several times. The Live Lounge acts are the usual poor quality who would struggle to survive in a working mans club. The only saving grace was Joe McEldery who sang with recorded music. The Crystal Band were so poor it was laughable. Pulse and Vibz were really good.
The daytime entertainment remains the same old fare of quizzes and the cringeworthy Sailaways.
However, the biggest concern for me was the hygiene standards. I really can't say that our cabin was clean enough and as I said in another post the cabin steward did the minimum he could get away with. The use of hand washing and sanitiser was more or less ignored throughout the cruise at all the restaurants and in the Buffet I never ever saw a waiter do more than give a quick wipe to a table after clearing it. Never was a sanitiser used. To me this situation left an awful lot of people with various illnesses from coughs and colds to viral infections. My wife and I were both extremely ill and spent 4 or 5 days in our cabin and we're still recovering now. We have been on Britannia 3 times and this is the second time we have been very ill.
There are a few other points that have been mentioned in other posts that I would comment on. One is the very poor condition of towels especially the beach ones. I disagreed with this but I stand corrected, they are shocking. The sunbed battle goes on and there is little effort made by P&O to stop it.
The saving grace for the Britannia are the crew. They are excellent and very friendly with the exception of some of the security staff at the gangways who are extremely abrupt. Why do they need to be so offensive?