P&O Britannia cabins to avoid
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When booking any cruise, one of the things to pay attention to is your cabin number. You want a good one, right? Online reviews show that the vast majority of cruisers were very happy with their cabins and suites on P&O Britannia. However, as with any cruise ship, some cabins are less desirable than others. Read on to find out which cabins to avoid on P&O Britannia. And what you can do to make sure that you get one of the best ones when you book.
P&O Britannia cabin types
P&O Britannia has 1837 cabins (also known as staterooms). These are located on decks A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and the Lido Deck. There are several different types of cabins, which are different sizes :
- Inside (460 cabins) – 170 square feet
- Single Inside (12 cabins) – 134 square feet
- Balcony (1313 cabins) – 212 square feet with a 36-square-foot balcony
- Single Balcony (15 cabins) – 134 square feet with 36-square-foot balcony
- Super Deluxe Balcony (92 cabins) – 281 square feet with a 36-square-foot balcony
- Suite (64 suites) – 382 square feet with a 72-square-foot balcony
38 of the above cabins are accessible (adapted) cabins. Of these, two are suites, two are superior deluxe balconies, 24 are balcony cabins and ten are inside cabins.
Outside cabins on Britannia
Britannia is unusual compared to other cruise ships in that every outside cabin has a balcony. There are no cabins that have just a window on this ship.
5 cabins you shouldn’t book on P&O Britannia
Like every ship, there are some cabins on Britannia which you might want to avoid if possible. These may be noisy, smelly, have a poor layout, or be in an awkward location.
1. Noisy cabins on Britannia
One of the things which cruisers complain about when reviewing a cruise cabin is noise, and certain locations are likely to be noisier than others. However, this is, of course, subjective. For example, if you like to party into the small hours yourself, you’re much less likely to be disturbed by a cabin near the nightclub, than someone who likes to get an early night.
The noisiest cabins on P&O Britannia
A702, A704 A706 A708, A710, A712, A714, A716: These balcony cabins are directly below the smoking area of the Sunset Bar. In the early hours of the morning, people go outside for a cigarette and sometimes drag chairs across the floor, which can be heard in the cabins below. If you’re a light sleeper, you may want to avoid booking these cabins.
G201 to G225: These balcony cabins are directly above the Headliners Theatre and music can be heard in these rooms during performances. Shows are on until around 11.30 pm most evenings, so if you like an early night, you should avoid these cabins. If, however, you don’t tend to be asleep before 11.30 pm on holiday, you will have no problem here.
A612: This balcony cabin is opposite a service door. The deck plan doesn’t show what exactly is behind this door, but it has been reported that it is can be noisy.
E714 to E717, E722 to E725, E730 to E733 These inside cabins are at the back of the ship. Passengers have reported that a lot of vibration can be felt in this area.
Tip: If you prefer to sleep in silence, don’t forget your earplugs, just in case.
2. Cabins with smoky balconies
Smoking on Britannia is permitted in designated outdoor smoking areas. If you book a cabin directly above a smoking area, you may sometimes be able to smell cigarette smoke on your balcony. However, this very much depends on which way the wind is blowing – some people who have stayed in cabins directly above smoking areas have reported that they never smelled any smoke, but others have been able to. If you want to make sure that you never smell cigarette smoke on your cruise, avoid these cabins to be safe.
Cabins above smoking areas on Britannia
G630, G703, G704, G706, G708, G710, G712, G714, G716, G718, G720, G722, G724, G726: These balcony cabins are directly above the smoking area outside the Live Lounge. This venue has dancing during the daytime but is most popular as a music venue in the evening. The outdoor smoking area is likely to be busy after 7 pm until late into the night.
G401, G403, G405, G407, G409, G411, G415, G417, G421, G425, G429, G433, G437: These balcony cabins are directly above the smoking area outside the Java coffee shop. This smoking area is likely to be in use for much of the day and cigarette smoke could drift up to the balconies above.
Tip: Smoking isn’t allowed on your cabin balcony. if you’re a smoker, check out the deck plan to find cabins which aren’t too far from a designated smoking area.
3. Cabins with an annoying layout
Many cabins on Britannia sleep three or four people. In addition to the standard twin beds (which push together to convert to a king-size bed), extra beds can take the form of single sofa beds, double sofa beds or beds which pull down from the ceiling. In certain three-berth cabins, when an extra bed is in use, it can give the room an awkward layout.
Cabins with beds across the balcony doors on Britannia
A118, A119, A122, A123, A248, A253, A536, A539, C111, C112, C116, C117, C129, C121, C230, C231, C540, C543, D252, D253, D540, D543, D628, D629, D720, D721, E252, E253, E518, E519, E532, E535, E628, E629, E728, E729, F228, F229, F528, F533, F607, F608, F610, F609, F707, F708, G334, G335, G602, G601, G709, G710: These balcony cabins all sleep three people, with the third bed taking the form of a Pullman bed, which is lowered from the ceiling. Oddly, when the bed is down, it is positioned right across the balcony doors! Also, the kettle is located in the corner of the room under the bunk bed. This would make going out on to the balcony for a cup of tea before bed or first thing in the morning very tricky. These cabins are noted with a square symbol on the Britannia deck plan.
Tip: Don’t worry about putting Pullman beds up and down. Your room steward will visit several times per day and will take care of it for you, usually putting the bed away when you go for breakfast and pulling it down when you go out for the evening.
4. Cabins that might make you seasick
If you’re prone to seasickness, you’ll want to avoid cabins where motion can be felt the most. These cabins tend to be at the front of the ship and on higher decks. For the most stable cabin, choose a low, mid-ship cabin instead.
Worst cabins for seasickness on Britannia
A101 to A110: These balcony cabins and suites are located on deck 15, right at the front of the ship. This is the worst position on the ship for someone who suffers from seasickness as the movement of rough seas can be felt the most. However, if the seas are calm, you won’t feel any movement at all, even in this location.
Tip: If you get car sick, you might be more likely to get seasick. Check out the best remedies for seasickness and be sure to pack tablets, patches or wristbands just in case you need them.
5. Cabins that are a long walk from anything
Britannia is a large cruise ship and anyone with limited mobility or young children will benefit from booking a cabin close to places they are likely to go several times per day, such as the buffet, pool or kids’ club.
Worst locations for families on Britannia
Anywhere in the forward part of the ship: The Reef kids’ club on Britannia is located at the aft (back) of the ship on deck 17. Lifts are plentiful, so it doesn’t really matter how many decks below the kids’ club you are, but it’s advisable not to choose a cabin at the front of the ship, as you will face a very long walk to the kids’ club. This is particularly important if your children are likely to fall asleep watching a movie at the end of the night and then need carrying to bed! Look for cabins numbered 600 and above for the best locations close to the kids’ club.
Furthest cabins from the lifts on Britannia
Cabins A-G 100-139: There are three banks of lifts on Britannia, located mid-forward, midship and at the aft (rear). Cabins right at the front of the ship (numbered 100-139) are the furthest from any lifts. These cabins are also at the opposite end of the ship from key areas such as the Horizon buffet, the Sunset Bar and smoking area, The Reef kids’ club, the Live Lounge and the main dining rooms.
Tip: You aren’t allowed to leave pushchairs in the corridor on P&O Britannia as you can on some other ships. Take an umbrella-folding one and you can store it under the bed. I love the Zeta Vooom pushchair as it’s cheap, great quality and has a huge hood to keep little ones out of the sun.
Great cabins to book on Britannia
On the whole, most people were very happy with their cabins on Britannia, praising lots of different aspects of all different cabin types. These are the positives that people often mention about their cabin:
- Storage – Lots of storage in the separate wardrobe area and in the bathroom
- Showers – The showers have glass doors rather than those shower curtains which stick to your leg
- Toiletries – The toiletries provided are White Company and smell amazing
- Huge beds – The beds are slightly larger than a UK king size
- Obstructed balcony views – Sometimes these are hardly obstructed at all, just above a lifeboat, and much cheaper than standard balcony cabins
- Solo cabins – These are all located together on a corridor by the Crow’s Nest bar and the library
How to secure a good cabin on P&O Cruises
So now you know which cabins to avoid on P&O Britannia, but how do you make sure you get a good one? Well, it’s actually really easy!
Choose a Select Fare
P&O Cruises have three fares – Early Saver, Saver and Select. The Select fares enable you to select which cabin number you want when you book. With a Saver fare or Early Saver fare, your cabin number is allocated to you at some point between booking and departure. This is also known as a ‘guarantee cabin’ as you are guaranteed a cabin of the grade which you select (or sometimes better, in the case of free upgrades).
When you book a Select fare cruise with P&O Cruises online or over the phone, you’ll be given some cabin numbers to choose from. Look at the P&O Britannia deck plan here, and choose one which suits you best.
Booking a Select fare gives you other benefits too in addition to choosing your cabin number. There may be free extras like car parking, a coach transfer to the port or free on-board spending money. Those booked on Select fares can use shuttle buses in port free of charge and have the first choice of dining times.
Of course, Select fares cost a little bit more than Saver fares and Early Saver fares, so you’ll need to weigh up how important it is to be able to choose your own cabin as well as calculating the value of any added extras.
The vast majority of cruisers on P&O Britannia are very happy with their cabin, so even if you choose a guarantee cabin, chances are, you’ll be just fine.
On our cruise, we booked a Saver fare and were allocated cabin A121 which was about as far away from the kids’ club as you can get. Did I moan about carrying a sleeping child the full length of a 300-metre corridor whilst wearing heels and a ballgown? Yes, I did. Would I pay an extra £100 to be nearer? No way! As I see it, that’s more money in the pot for our next cruise!