P&O Britannia cabins to avoid

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Finding the best cabins on Britannia isn’t straightforward. Whilst most cabins on this ship are fantastic, there are some that you may wish to avoid.

Britannia cabin reviews show that the vast majority of cruisers were very happy with their cabins and suites on P&O Britannia. I wouldn’t say that there are any bad cabins on Britannia, but 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 cabins when you book your cruise.

Balcony Cabin on Britannia
Balcony Cabin Photo Credit: Carl Godfrey

P&O Britannia cabin types

P&O Britannia has 1,837 cabins (also known as staterooms). These are located on decks A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and the Lido Deck.

These are the cabin types on Britannia:

  • Single Inside – 134 sq. ft.
  • Standard Inside – 170 sq. ft.
  • Single Balcony – 134 sq. ft. with a 36 sq. ft. balcony
  • Fully Obstructed Balcony – 205 to 212 sq. ft. with a 36 sq. ft. balcony
  • Standard Balcony – 212 sq. ft. with a 36 sq. ft. balcony
  • Superior Deluxe Balcony – 281 sq. ft. with a 36 sq. ft. balcony
  • Suite – 382 to 689 sq. ft. with a 72 sq. ft. 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.

Britannia cabin grades

As well as cabin types (e.g. inside, balcony), P&O Cruises also assign a grade to each cabin. You can read more about what this means here: P&O Britannia Cabin Grades Explained

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.

7 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.

To help you avoid these dodgy cabins, I’ve created a cabin checklist which you can download free. Just enter your email address in the form below and you’ll receive it in your inbox.

Balcony cabin on P&O Britannia
Balcony Cabin
Photo Credit: Alison Townsend

Read on to learn wich cabins to avoid on Britannia…

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.

If you prefer to sleep in silence, don’t forget your earplugs, just in case.

These earplugs on Amazon are hightly recommended for sleeping.

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.

Balcony view on P&O Britannia
Photo Credit: Alison Townsend

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 Pullman beds.

Read more: What is a Pullman bed on a cruise ship?

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, C703, C704, 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.

Pullman bed across balcony doors on P&O Britannia balcony cabin that sleeps 3.
Photo Credit: Linda McHugh

Don’t worry about putting Pullman beds up and down. Your room steward will visit several times per day and will put the bed away when you go for breakfast and set it up 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.

If you get car sick, you might be more likely to get seasick. Be sure to pack tablets, patches or wristbands just in case you need them.

You can buy all kinds of seasickness remedies on Amazon.

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.

Corridor on Britannia
Corridor on Britannia

You aren’t allowed to leave pushchairs in the corridor. Take an umbrella-folding one so you can store it under the bed.

I’ve always used this pushchair from Amazon which has a huge hood to keep the sun off and a good rain cover too.

6. Cabins with balconies behind lifeboats

Britannia has a category of cabins called ‘obstructed view cabins’. These are all on G Deck and are just above the lifeboats.

An important thing to know about obstructed view cabins is that the view from some is much better than others, but there is no difference in price.

It’s not advisable to book a cabin with a fully-obstructed balcony on Britannia, because you could choose one that’s positioned in between the lifeboats, with a near perfect view, for the same price!

To see what I mean, take a look at this video which shows a ‘fully-obstructed balcony cabin with the lifeboat blocking some of the view…

Britannia G611 Cabin IC Grade Obstructed View With Sofa

Now, take a look at this video, which shows the same type of cabin, but this one is positioned in between the lifeboats…

P&O Britannia obstructed balcony cabin G408 with a sofa

Fully obstructed balcony cabins on Britannia

G310 to G308, G314 to G325, G330 to G402, G442 to G504, G510 to G517, G522 to G535, G603 to G615, G618 to G627: These cabins are all directly behind the lifeboats. Take a look at the deck plan and move a few cabins down to find a much better view for the same price.

7. Cabins with windy balconies

When a cruise ship is moving, the windiest part of the ship will be right at the front. For this reason, most cruise ships do not have forward-facing balconies. Britannia is an exception.

On A Deck Britannia, you’ll find six cabins with forward-facing balconies. These are located just above the bridge, so offer spectacular views, if you’re able to actually sit on your balcony to see them.

Cabins with restricted access to the balcony when the ship is at sea

A101 to A106: These cabins come with a warning that says ‘restricted access to balcony (when at sea).

This means that, if it gets too windy, you will not be able to use your balcony. You are also not permitted to use the outside light at night time. Plus, the balconies have steel fronts, rather than glass, so you need to stand up to see the sea.

Whilst you might not get as much use out of the forward-facing balconies on Britannia, compared with the ones that face towards port or starboard, one advantage of the forward-facing balconies is that they are three or four times as large.

Great cabins to book on Britannia

On the whole, most reviews show that cruisers were very happy with their cabins on Britannia, praising lots of different aspects of all different cabin types.

If you manage to avoid all of the cabins mentioned in this article, then you can be confident that you have chosen one of the best cabins on Britannia.

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, and much cheaper than standard balcony cabins. Just take care not to pick one that’s directly behind a lifeboat.
  • Solo cabins – These are all located together on a corridor by the Crow’s Nest bar and the library
storage in wardrobe area in Britannia inside cabin
Walk-in wardrobe in an inside cabin

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.

Other Select Fare benefits

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.

Are Saver Fares a good idea?

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!

Inside cabin on Britannia with pullman beds
Inside Cabin

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46 thoughts on “P&O Britannia cabins to avoid”

  1. Hi Jenni

    We have booked cabins A206 and A210 on Britannia for a Caribbean cruise. Do you have any information on the cabins and are the balconies shaded by the deck above?

    Thanks for you input.

    Kind regards


    • Hi John. Great choice. These balconies won’t be shaded so you will be able to enjoy the Caribbean sunshine. If the sea is rough you may feel some movement in that location. I stayed nearby in A121 and it was a little bumpy at times. It’s a lovely, quiet location on the ship though and you’ll get some great views. Jenni

  2. Hi we are booked for the Caribbean November 2022 and have been allocated balcony cabin A114 on a select fare This is below the Marlowe suite and very close to the front of the ship where the bridge sticks out. Is this a good cabin or should I choose something different? Many thanks

    • Hi Debbie. This looks like a good cabin, so long as you’re not prone to seasickness. We stayed in A121 and it was a little bumpy at times being so high up and far forward. I wouldn’t expect any noise from the Marlow Suite and I don’t think that the bridge should obscure your view from there. If you have kids, it’s a very long walk from the kids club, but on the whole, not a bad cabin at all. Jenni

  3. Hi there! Love this blog! We are travelling the end of March next year and are staying in C542. Can you tell me anything about it pretty please?

    • Thank you! That cabin looks like it’s in a perfect mid-ship location. It will be nice and quiet there. It has two extra pull-down beds in case you need them. Jenni

      • Thanks jenni!

  4. Hi

    Just wondering if you have any comments on Sumatra Suite E102 I have booked this for 3 adults next year for my husbands 50th and want to make sure I have selected a good cabin


    • Hi Lynette, it looks great from what I can tell from the deck plan. I find Facebook groups to be a really good source of knowledge and photos, so maybe you could also ask here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/353731515138363. Thanks. Jenni

  5. Hello we have booked the Britannia for april 25 2021 .we are doing a back to back so cruising for 27 nights ,,excited ..can you please let me know about cabin A320 as its stated partly sheltered and wondering if we will get any sun on balcony as lido above us and ot looks like its covering our balcony .and A302 as 3rd and 4th week we are in this cabin standard balcony ,

    • Hi Sharon. Yes, that’s correct, the Lido Deck on Britannia has an overhang above the balconies on Deck A. I wouldn’t expect to get much sun on this balcony, if any. Great for people who like the shade, but if you love to sunbathe on your balcony you may wish to reconsider. Jenni

  6. Hello,
    I have just booked a cruise for may 2022 on the Britannia ship, i haven’t paid for the option to select my room. We are going with a 3 year old and noise is a huge concern for us as we will not be partying away. The prices were so much higher tho to select a room. What is the likely hood of being given a noisy room if they know you have a small child? Should i just pay the extra to book the room.

    • Hi Cerys. Rooms are allocated by a computer rather than a human and so, unfortunately, it won’t take into consideration things like the age of children and which rooms are perceived to be quieter. There are some other perks that come with the Select Fare, and if a quiet room is very important to you, this would be the way to be sure that you won’t be disappointed. Jenni

  7. Hi, we have booked Britannia 2022 Cabin E630. As there is the 4 of us I was wondering if anyone could advise on the bed layout? It’s got a 🔹 mark so am expecting a Pullman bed but was wondering if this obstructs the balcony door and if we can still have a double bed or if it has to be separated to twin beds?

    • Hi Hayley. Your cabin has two Pullman beds, these won’t obstruct your balcony doors as that issue only applies to certain 3-bed cabins. Also, you can still have a double bed, as it’s only the inside cabins where you have to have twin beds when the Pullmans are in use. Enjoy your cruise! Jenni

  8. Hello , any info on cabin D231? Is it a good cabin for a solo traveller. How high up is deck 11? I’m clueless!!

    • Hi Yonce. D321 is in one of the best locations on the ship, about halfway up and mid-ship, by the lifts. This is a wheelchair-accessible cabin so if that meets your needs then go for it! Enjoy! Jenni.

      • Thank you for the reply! Happy I got a good cabin!!!

      • Sorry to clarify I’m on about cabin D231 but you mentioned D321???

  9. Hello I was wondering if you happen to know if cabin c316 is noisy? I have the option to book c316, c317 or c323
    Thanks Claire

    • Hi Claire. I’ve had a look at the deck plan for you and those all look like really good cabins, they won’t be noisy at all. Jenni

  10. hello, wonder if you can help with this. We are booked to go on Ventura Aug ’21 but thinking of moving to same cruise Aug ’22 – this is on Britannia though. On Ventura, we managed to find out about a limited number of superior deluxe cabins that also have a pullman bed. This suits us better as we have a teenage boy and girl, we were hoping to have the main bed for ourselves but the children still not have to share. Do you know if this is still available on Britannia?? They were not well publicised on Ventura!

    • Hi Julie. I had a look at the Britannia deck plan for you and I can’t see any. You’ll want to look out for any with a diamond symbol on here: http://images.pocruises.com/global/deckplans/britannia/britannia_deckplans_2019-20.pdf The superior deluxe are on decks A, B and C. To have two Pullman beds you might need a regular balcony or a suite, rather than superior deluxe, or your other alternative would be to get two cabins with a door between them. I hope this helps. Jenni

  11. Thank you so much! I thought cabin A248 looked like a good location but, thanks to your blog, realised that the Pullman bed is in front of the balcony door. How bizarre.

    • So strange isn’t it! I’m really glad this helped you though. Jenni

      • Hi Jenni, what do you make of cabin C704? It has the square symbol on the deck plan, but it isn’t one of the ones you listed as having a strange layout. Many thanks.

        • Hi Nelle. Thanks for getting in touch. I can see that this cabin has the square symbol, which means that it has one Pullman bed. This will, like the others, go across the balcony doors. Thanks for spotting this, I have updated the article to add it to the list. Jenni

  12. I have just booked Cabin A319. Is the deck above us noisy at all??? Any pictures???

    • Hi Adele. As your cabin is below the lido deck, you may hear some noise early in the morning if people move sun loungers around while you’re still asleep. I wouldn’t expect it to be a lot of noise and this would only be a problem if you like to sleep in late. I don’t have any photos of your exact cabin, but if you search on YouTube, you may find some videos of this cabin type. I hope this helps. Jenni

  13. Hi. We have a superior deluxe balcony cabin booked on Brittania in 2021. Is the sofa bed a proper one or foam type onto floor. Teenagers not wanting to share so us adults might need to use. Otherwise thinking of taking single air bed??

    • Hi Suzie, the sofa beds are proper beds so there’s really no need to bring your own. I hope this helps. Jenni

      • Thankyou this is reassuring. I believe there is no Pullman bed available? ??

  14. We’re booked on Britannia staterooms G614 and G616
    Obstructed view. We would welcome any information of the balcony view and are these small balconies? Any photographs please?

  15. Does any one no what cabin B424 is like pleas my first time going on a ship thank you

  16. Anybody stayed in E416 or E433? we are travelling as a family and these were the closest cabins together. Caribbean Sailing November 2020

    • Just got back on 1st March from Caribbean.. We stayed in E416 and found it brilliant. All areas of the ship were accessible from here. We did find the balcony door tended to creak when we had a spurt on but easily remedied very slightly opening the door. Enjoy your cruise.

      • Hi I think it’s great that you review cruises my wife and I are going on our second cruise June 2021 on the britianna cruise ship and would like to know if our cabin is obstructed the cabin is on Ddeck number204

    • We have G628 and G622 obstructed view and wondering if you know what these are like? X

  17. We are on our honeymoon late june this year in cabin A224

    Any information would be great

  18. Hi we r booked on 29th February and have been upgraded to G219 cabin is this a good one?

  19. Would love to know about B206 if you have any info on it? We selected for the upgrade option, was this a good idea?

    • We were lucky last year with the upgrade option we went from an inside to a balcony, fair enough no where near the room we had chosen but it was better than the inside we originally had. Only problem is that you cannot turn the upgrade down, so if you are sea sick like me we prefer to be in the middle. If you want to be near other family etc, I would not choose the upgrade option. Hope that is of some help!

      • Great info, thank you!

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