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Britannia Rules The Waves+Queen Naming Ceremony.

Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:19 pm

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Hello and thanks for taking the time to read my trip report. I have had a break from trip reporting recently although I have been travelling as usual but not as much time to write about them. I thought that given the occasion with the launch of P&O cruises Britannia I would take some time to share it with you all.

I was lucky to be invited by P&O cruises to attend their inaugural event program. It was to be a very busy day as it was also announced not long before that the Queen was to name the ship.


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The next thing to do was to book flights. I decided the easiest way was to book Flybe DUB-SOU. The fares were ok and of course it would be a lot handier than into LGW and train. I decided to travel HBO as I really was not interested in paying EUR50 on top of the ticket for a checked bag for such a short flight. Another decision was that I would go the night before and overnight at the Mercure hotel. Two reasons for this were to be well rested for the busy day ahead and that Flybe still do not have my full confidence in same day connections to cruise ships ! This later proved to be a good choice.




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DATE : 09/MAR/15
AIRLINE: FLYBE
FLIGHT : BE 383
ROUTE : DUB-SOU
AIRCRAFT : Q400
REG : G - ECOK
SEAT: 10A
CLASS: ECONOMY



So the morning came and I took the bus to Dublin Airport. Security was not too bad but once past that the place is a building site. I will be glad when they have finished it.


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Flybe check in which I didn't need to go to as I did OLCI 36 hours before.

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Lots of congestion. I had decided to skip the lounge as it is nothing special and boarding was not too long away.

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The iconic new BE livery. Love it hate it you know who it is instantly.  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/PnO/DSC07492_zpsinidd2ok.jpg

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RE: Britannia Rules The Waves+Queen Naming Ceremony.

Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:21 pm

Later at the gate area I saw a Brussels Airlines Q400 turn up operated by Flybe. I was surprised and then pleased when I saw it would be operating my flight.

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Boarding was announced first rows 1-10 were called so having 10A I boarded.

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It was quite windy and cold that morning so the short walk from door to door was bracing. I was greeted at the door by a young friendly FA who commented on how gusty the wind was.

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Your standard BE interior with purple headrests. Clean and comfortable for the short hops.

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Personally I was not overly impressed with the BOB compared to other airlines like Aer Lingus. I felt it was very basic.

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Soon the safety demo was done and we made our way to take off. As expected it was a rather bumpy one.

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By the time the BOB came along I was hungry so went for a basic sandwich and Orangina. Well it filled a gap.

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The rest of the flight was uneventful and soon it was time to land. We made our way to the stand and disembarked the aircraft where I caught a few more last pics. As we disembarked the FA handed out BE branded boiled sweets. Seems the chocolates have gone?

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The train station was just a few minutes away from the Terminal so I took the train and was in the city in no time.
As soon as I got off at Southampton Central I noticed the Britannia advertising was everywhere.

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RE: Britannia Rules The Waves+Queen Naming Ceremony.

Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:22 pm

So I made my way to check in at the Mercure Dolphin.

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I was greeted at reception by two friendly staff where my reservation details were given and then they advised me that I was being upgraded to a 2 bedroom suite. I guess the ACCOR Platinum card helped and was very grateful.

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The suite was very large with lots of space. A Nespresso machine is always welcome too.

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That night I met with a fellow industry colleague and we went to dinner before we both decided to get some rest.

The next morning I got up and had the complimentary full English breakfast which was really well presented. Then I checked out of the hotel and went down towards Ocean Terminal. Britannia was docked and looking very well in the sun.

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Tight security everywhere as one would imagine with the Queen due to arrive. I had to show my pass to just get near the Terminal building.

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All very well decorated and showing off the new flagship.

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After a while the Queen arrived and everyone took their vantage points to watch the naming ceremony. A nice view from the bridge !

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RE: Britannia Rules The Waves+Queen Naming Ceremony.

Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:23 pm

Not a bad set of wheels if you can afford it !

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The Queen had a tour of the ship before her subjects could board ( Me )   She must have liked it as our boarding
was delayed but to be honest it was not an issue. These things are to be expected and the atmosphere was electric.

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So our turn came and we were allowed to go aboard. I was struck by the impressive atrium right away. I had seen lots of
preview photos so it looked good but when I saw it in the flesh it was impressive. Then decided as is my routine to do a
full tour of the ship .

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First stop was to see my accommodation. I had been allocated a balcony category so no complaints there. My first impressions were positive and I really liked the colours and layout.

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A really nice bathroom with toiletries from the White Company gave a premium feel again to the accommodation.







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The next stop was the Serenity area which is adults only and a retreat from the main public areas. Access is obtained via membership either by day or whole cruise packages. ( According to the Rep ) .
 
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RE: Britannia Rules The Waves+Queen Naming Ceremony.

Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:23 pm

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The main pool area was pretty standard not much to say about it.

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The kids and teen zone was well placed away from the adults but quite large with lots of varied activities for all ages.

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Next up was the Horizon cafe/buffet where I really did like the attention to detail. Everything was well laid out with lots of fresh food on offer.
 
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Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:24 pm

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One thing that impressed me was at all entrances to the Horizon there were dedicated wash basins. I have not seen this before. Lets hope people use them ! Hygiene at sea is paramount.

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The theatre was pleasant . Not too big but well laid out and as I would find out later a great entertainment team.

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Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:25 pm

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A nice place in the upper atrium to have tea/coffee and small bites.

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A presentation was about to start in the iStudio for German trade partners. Speaking to one of the German hosts this is becoming a much more important market for both P&O and Cunard. The higher end German market really enjoy the P&O and Cunard products. The most important German travel companies had been invited for a tour and overnight on the ship.

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A speciality restaurant called Sindhu which was a fusion of everything from the Indian sub continent I would love to dine here in future when on Britannia again. It looked amazing. The menu was impressive.

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My allocated restaurant for that night was to be the Oriental so I decided to take a look.

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RE: Britannia Rules The Waves+Queen Naming Ceremony.

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P&O decided to have a smaller casino. This was due to the fact that its built for the British market and not the American market.

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Then it was time to take a tour of the spa area. When I go on a cruise I usually spend some time there and this looked impressive. The staff really knew their new surroundings and were highly motivated and trained.

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I loved this lounge it was really well designed.

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Another area in the lower atrium was dedicated to gourmet snacks and cheese and wine.

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It was a brief walk out on deck to get to the cookery club and as I did a soon to be gone Tri Lander flew over.

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The cookery club is a unique place to be and you can learn to cook along side world famous chefs. Over the course of the Summer various chefs will come onboard and do cooking demonstrations teach people how to cook and enhance their skills and host dinners where chefs such as James Martin and Mary Berry will cook for guests a full meal. Of course there is a cover charge of around £150-200 per person but it is limited to 16 guests. Something for our fellow Anetter Suryo I think  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/PnO/DSC07831_zpszxgmcvpc.jpg

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So next door was the gym. So you can burn off all that food no doubt  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/PnO/DSC07847_zps5p5lslym.jpg

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Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:27 pm

After a pretty exhausting look around the ship it was time to head back and get the suit on. There was to be a Champagne and Canape reception in the atrium where the head of Carnival cruise lines was to speak.

A lovely sunset.

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The Champagne was flowing and maybe a bit too much   The atrium really was a perfect place for this event. Everyone was dressed up in their best and the ladies looked elegant.

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A picture of the ships godmother Her Majesty the Queen.

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Soon it was time for dinner so we all went to our tables.

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After a lovely dinner waited in by superb attentive staff it was time to head to see the show.

The show was amazing and everyone really enjoyed it.

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After the show finished around 23:45 a lot of us headed to the nightclub. It was an 80's night and really was a great night. The atmosphere was fantastic and I have to say it was one of the most enjoyable in a while. At 1 am it was time for me to retire although I heard plenty stayed on until 3am !


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The next morning I got up and went for breakfast. A last look around the ship and some spotting on top deck  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/4DE66DBB-BF03-425C-8CCA-BCEFF498E681_zpsattdidoq.jpg

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Wed Mar 11, 2015 9:28 pm

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I disembarked the ship around 10am and thanked the wonderful staff of P&O for hosting us and really came away with a shining perception of this new ship.

So thats the end of my report. I hope you enjoyed it. I love to hear your comments as always and feel free to ask me any questions.

Flybe were fine they did the job. I do like their re branding but they still have reliability issues. Industry colleagues who took the flight DUB-SOU on the morning of the embarkation were delayed over 2 hours. The next day the same flight was cancelled ! Its times like this when I feel I can't trust Flybe to get passengers to cruise ships on time. I would certainly error of the side of caution and fly the night before and stay in a hotel so you are rested and relaxed before the cruise.

P&O have a wonderful ship there is no doubt. This was in fact my first time on a P&O ship as it was not a brand I was overly enthusiastic about but the Britannia is a game changer as is the new livery/brand.


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Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:11 pm

Another great report as usual, would love to cruise on this ship, where will it be based?
Do you have any pictures for the front of the ship? Did not see one.
Hope you will soon take a cruise on it so we can read your usual excellent report.
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Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:36 pm

Nice TR!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
A presentation was about to start in the iStudio for German trade partners. Speaking to one of the German hosts this is becoming a much more important market for both P&O and Cunard. The higher end German market really enjoy the P&O and Cunard products.

Very nice report, but to be honest, even as travel agent, I never came across P&O cruises... Even CMV is much more known here in Germany. Long way to go!
 
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Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:42 pm

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 11):
Another great report as usual, would love to cruise on this ship, where will it be based?
Do you have any pictures for the front of the ship? Did not see one.

Hello and great to hear from you.  

There is a video and photos here :

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-hampshire-31802613

I hope it works for you if not let me know. I was not able to get any photos from the front as it was not accessible. The link shows a good one.

Im sure you would love the ship. It really is very different from the historic themes. Britannia is supposed to show off the modern British cuisine and influences from its diverse communities. I think it does that well. The stuffiness has gone whilst still very much building on the P&O accomplishments so far. Its very modern yet luxurious. It very much caters to Families too but yet has adult only areas so a good mix. It will be based in Southampton and do a variety of itineraries to the Norwegian Fjords/Baltics/Med and mini cruises too.
 
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Wed Mar 11, 2015 11:13 pm

Great TR. The ship really looks like the best I've seen. Anyways great TR.
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 12:03 am

Great TR. I can't wait to try a cruise ship. It sounds so much fun  
 
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:00 am

Hey Philip!

Great report to break your drought with.   I have to say, like you, I was never overly enthusiastic about P&O cruises as they always gave the impression of being overly stuffy but this does look fabulous. I really like the new direction they're taking with modern combined with tradition. The ship itself looks beautiful, one of the best looking new ships I've seen in a long time (where others look like floating tower blocks!). The balconies look to be of a decent size too.  

It sounds like you really made a good decision with your flymaybe flights. I agree it's a shame as they're a good little airline once on board but they're just not reliable enough on a regular basis!

Thanks for the grand tour and hope to read more from you soon!  

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Thu Mar 12, 2015 9:00 am

Quoting debonair (Reply 12):
Very nice report, but to be honest, even as travel agent, I never came across P&O cruises... Even CMV is much more known here in Germany. Long way to go!

Hi yes they have dedicated German sales teams who are liasing with some German travel companies who deal with this market. They intend to build it up over the next 18 months. The brand P&O is large in the USA-Australia-Canada so its a case of expanding the market share in other countries.

Quoting lesfalls (Reply 14):
Great TR. The ship really looks like the best I've seen. Anyways great TR.

Thanks. I loved it I must say. Like I said I was never a P&O convert but now I really would take my own cruise vacation on it.

Quoting omidp (Reply 15):
Great TR. I can't wait to try a cruise ship. It sounds so much fun

Thank you for the reply. You should go you would love it  
 
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 3:10 pm

I think the British P & O is not the same as the American P & O. They seem completely separate.

In Bonaire I met a British couple who were on a 44 day Brazil cruise on Holland America.

They traveled on the P & O from Britain to Miami / Caribbean.

They complained that on the British P & O all the passengers are British and they tend to complain a lot. Those were their words.

Holland America is more international they said. All nationalities.
 
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:16 pm

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 16):
Hey Philip!

Hey Gareth thanks for popping by  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 16):
. The ship itself looks beautiful, one of the best looking new ships I've seen in a long time (where others look like floating tower blocks!). The balconies look to be of a decent size too.

Yes it really was. I was concerned they may go too ghastly bling bling but by cruise ship standards they went very easy and I loved the way each area looked. When I first saw the colours of the cabin interiors I was 50/50 but in real life they are so well done and it all works.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 16):
I agree it's a shame as they're a good little airline once on board but they're just not reliable enough on a regular basis!

I know I had great flights and the crew were really friendly . Its just being scared of them cancelling or major delays.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 18):
In Bonaire I met a British couple who were on a 44 day Brazil cruise on Holland America.

Great to hear from you   That would be a fab trip.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 18):
They complained that on the British P & O all the passengers are British and they tend to complain a lot. Those were their words.

Well that could be true about the complaining bit! I would be surprised if they complained lots on Britannia though but you will always get some that complain about anything and over critique things just to be different  
Quoting lychemsa (Reply 18):
Holland America is more international they said. All nationalities.

Yes they do indeed get a more rounded mix and I do like HAL.
 
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:20 pm

Hey Philip, me friend,

Good to see you back, you’ve been missed   Nice report and I must admit I like the ship too, the interior is tasty without being overly bulky and baroque. That I like! Flightwise, nice to get a special painted Flybe plane. I need to fly one of these under the SN brand and with SN crew, I’m quite curious about that!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The iconic new BE livery. Love it hate it you know who it is instantly.

Still in dubio here but you certainly can’t blame them for trying something different.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Your standard BE interior with purple headrests.

Those covers so not go together with the seats...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Not a bad set of wheels if you can afford it !

And probably thick as armor too!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
At 1 am it was time for me to retire although I heard plenty stayed on until 3am !

So early? You’re gone before it really starts lol!

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Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:11 pm

I used to sail with P&O every year going back to 1985 on the Canberra, but got fed up of sailing from Southampton due to the weather and usually 2 or 3 days at sea before you got to the Med - coming home was worse with weather cooling. I'm now a Royal Caribbean/Celebrity convert and always fly to the Med/Caribbean or even Vancouver last year to start a cruise.
The ship looks great, we had some amazing times on P&O and met some fantastic people.
 
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Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
Hey Philip, me friend,

Hey Nils  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
Good to see you back, you’ve been missed Nice report and I must admit I like the ship too, the interior is tasty without being overly bulky and baroque

Thank you great to be back. Im sure you would have loved the ship and also the fact it didnt set sail   No sea sickness!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
SN brand and with SN crew, I’m quite curious about that!

Yes I look forward to that. I have never flown SN in its new form so even just getting a livery one was cool.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
And probably thick as armor too!

Indeed security was everywhere. That thing must be like Obama's.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
So early? You’re gone before it really starts lol!

Haha age and balance all against me my friend  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 20):
I used to sail with P&O every year going back to 1985 on the Canberra, but got fed up of sailing from Southampton due to the weather and usually 2 or 3 days at sea before you got to the Med - coming home was worse with weather cooling. I'm now a Royal Caribbean/Celebrity convert and always fly to the Med/Caribbean or even Vancouver last year to start a cruise.
The ship looks great, we had some amazing times on P&O and met some fantastic people.

Thanks for the reply and interesting story. I started with RCI/CEL and then went to Cunard/Princess and now maybe P&O so its the other way around. Know what you mean though those two days after departing SOU can be a pain in bad seas. Whatever cruise line I have been on I met so many lovely interesting people which is another bonus.
 
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 5:52 pm

Hi OA260,

Great report, always nice seeing my local town on the forum!

I was caught up in the traffic for this, so I'm glad to see it went well for you onboard :P

You should've told me that you were coming into SOU, my class at college overlooks the runway (we have scanners there too cos we're all avgeeks) and I'd have got a picture for you.


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Thu Mar 12, 2015 6:30 pm

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

Great report, thank you.
Its the first time I like a cruiseships bow decoration. But then I think the Union jack is the prettiest flag out there.
Judging from your photos the Britannia seems to be lacking some colour inside. Its all so white and grey and brown.

I am not sure I like the change from the tradtional buff to blue funnels. However, I have to admit that the change goes well with the flag theme at the bows.

Btw I stayed in the same hotel in S´hampton once when I got off one of my Cunard cruises.
 
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:09 pm

Hey OA260,

thank you for your brilliant trip report and the amazing pictures of P&O's Britannia!

Being at the naming and inaugural festivities is something I still want to be part of, until now only my colleagues have been there (RCCL's Quantum of the Seas and TUI Cruises Mein Schiff 3) - I still keep my fingers crossed to be the next one on the next possibility. But I've been on an amazing trip to Norway with Hurtigruten and some pretty exciting things two weeks ago, if I only had the time to actually get started on the trip report ...

Sadly we have no business ties with P&O currently as our guests prefer German speaking ships and Southampton is quite a journey to get there to set sail. They seem to deliver a nice experience especially on this brand new vessel.

This week I had the decision to make where to go and my choice was either P&O's Britannia or Princess Cruise's Regal Princess. In the end I opted for Regal Princess' voyage in the Baltic Sea from Warnemünde with the Nordic capitals and two days in St. Petersburg in July.

Unfortunately there are no flights involved ... yet.  

Once again thanks for the efforts involved in your trip reports and keep them coming, they're always a highlight.

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Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:16 pm

When I was younger, just after the Civil War, people would go to Hawaii on P&O ships or Madison Lines. No jets and airlines were very expensive. I didn't realize it is owned by Carnival. (They own everything). If you are 20 something and want a booze cruise, take a Carnival cruise, The cruise ships named after Carnival - the absolute pits. This ship looks ok, but I guess I'm getting old as they all look alike and the furniture looks like the 50s 60s and 70s. They are nothing but container ships with a bed stuck inside. In the mid 70's I crossed from NYC to Southampton on on the QE2 in First class. Dinner and lunch was in the Queen's grill. We returned from England on a TWA 747 in First when upstairs was a real lounge. My bathroom was as big as these cabins, FGS. The walls were real wood and the bathtub was as big as a bed. The flight back was not full, no whining FF wimps, and it was delightful. Two points, then I'll shut up. The statement about the casino is for the Brits and not Americans. I found that offensive. I've been a dozen ships and never once gambled. Never have gone to Vegas and just don't do it. Second. Anybody that books a cruise and flies to the departure city the morning of the cruise is an idiot. You spend all that money and dond go the day before and spend $100 for a room is nuts, That ship is leaving at 5pm with or without you. Up to you to catch up to it. There was a picture of a roast beef (?) dinner that looked SOOOOOOOO over cooked. Why do the English over cook everything?
 
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 7:55 pm

Hi OA260

Great trip report. The ship's decor looks more modern and contemporary compared to Cunard, do you think that Cunard will have some competition for someone looking for "britishness"?
 
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 8:41 pm

Quoting ben123planes (Reply 23):
Great report, always nice seeing my local town on the forum!

Hey Ben   Thanks a lot I appreciate it. I love Soton always nice to stop there before or after a cruise or event.
A bit of shopping in West Quay or browse around IKEA lol... This time we tried for dinner a place called the Food Factory it was a bit of a weird looking place from the outside but upstairs its pretty large and we enjoyed it. Not bad for £20 each. Have you been there?

Quoting ben123planes (Reply 23):
I was caught up in the traffic for this, so I'm glad to see it went well for you onboard :P

Yes Im sure. We actually walked from the Mercure to the Ocean Terminal as it was a nice sunny morning albeit a bit chilly but didn't take long and the traffic was heavy.

Quoting ben123planes (Reply 23):
You should've told me that you were coming into SOU, my class at college overlooks the runway (we have scanners there too cos we're all avgeeks) and I'd have got a picture for you.

Thats very cool. Do you every get any study done?   Must remember that for future visits.

Quoting na (Reply 24):
Great report, thank you.
Its the first time I like a cruiseships bow decoration. But then I think the Union jack is the prettiest flag out there.
Judging from your photos the Britannia seems to be lacking some colour inside. Its all so white and grey and brown.

Hi welcome glad you enjoyed. The flag and expressing Britishness is always a tricky subject. For years the PC brigade decided it was wrong to celebrate your Britishness or to fly flags and show pride. It was also linked to some groups who had hijacked the flag and other British icons. Its actually great to see it coming back again and the nation being proud.

Quoting na (Reply 24):
I am not sure I like the change from the tradtional buff to blue funnels

I actually prefer them over the yellow to be honest. That brand had become outdated and reflecting a different era.

Quoting DS1994 (Reply 25):
thank you for your brilliant trip report and the amazing pictures of P&O's Britannia!

Thank you so much for reading and replying.

Quoting DS1994 (Reply 25):
But I've been on an amazing trip to Norway with Hurtigruten and some pretty exciting things two weeks ago, if I only had the time to actually get started on the trip report ...

Thats a trip I did and its amazing. Im sure you really loved it. I would love to do it again.

Quoting DS1994 (Reply 25):
Sadly we have no business ties with P&O currently as our guests prefer German speaking ships and Southampton is quite a journey to get there to set sail.

Yes very different from Cunard ( my favourite brand ) who have dedicated German assistants onboard and cater a lot more to the German market.

Quoting DS1994 (Reply 25):
I opted for Regal Princess

I was at the inaugural celebrations of Royal Princess so can only imagine you will love it too.

Quoting DS1994 (Reply 25):
Once again thanks for the efforts involved in your trip reports and keep them coming, they're always a highlight.

Your welcome and I look forward to yours in future also.  
Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 26):
I didn't realize it is owned by Carnival. (They own everything).

Yes they own everything. Many people who cruise do not even know the brands that come under their umbrella.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 26):
There was a picture of a roast beef (?) dinner that looked SOOOOOOOO over cooked. Why do the English over cook everything?

Perfect for me in all honesty but horses for courses as they say. Some people thought mine was under cooked   I guess its all down to personal preference. All I can say is that I enjoyed it and the beef was very tender.  
Quoting pjack (Reply 27):
Great trip report. The ship's decor looks more modern and contemporary compared to Cunard, do you think that Cunard will have some competition for someone looking for "britishness"?

I think it will be as follows :

Cunard : Old world traditional with some modern aspects. Luxury and formal.

P&O : Modern British in a luxurious surrounding. More aimed at those seeking a modern culinary experience. Also appealing to Families. A bit less formal than Cunard.

They are still very different products to be honest.
 
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Thu Mar 12, 2015 10:12 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 28):
A bit of shopping in West Quay or browse around IKEA lol... This time we tried for dinner a place called the Food Factory it was a bit of a weird looking place from the outside but upstairs its pretty large and we enjoyed it. Not bad for £20 each. Have you been there?

There's a local joke that goes "You know you live in an awful city when an IKEA is the main attraction". I haven't been to the food factory before, but I have heard of it.

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Fri Mar 13, 2015 3:04 pm

Funny comparing your pics of Britannia to mine from her sister Royal Princess... decor is different to be sure, but there are some things... same balcony furniture, same room layout, same bathroom fixtures... different carpet, tiles, bedding obviously but it's the same design to be sure.

They did a very good job though, looks very classic and clean in the common areas. I like the P&O bow paint much better than the bland white of Princess... still nothing on Norwegian but hey :P

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Fri Mar 13, 2015 5:44 pm

A very enjoyable report, thanks for sharing!
The ship looks great-massive! Would need a minimum of a week to explore everything.
 
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Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:42 pm

Quoting ben123planes (Reply 29):
I haven't been to the food factory before, but I have heard of it.

Id recommend it they do a lunch buffet too . Not gourmet food but not bad considering its a buffet. It was fresh and lots of varied choices from Thai/Indian/Italian/Mexican etc… great when you have people who all want different types.

Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 30):
Funny comparing your pics of Britannia to mine from her sister Royal Princess... decor is different to be sure, but there are some things... same balcony furniture, same room layout, same bathroom fixtures... different carpet, tiles, bedding obviously but it's the same design to be sure.

Yes everyone said that and its true there was a Princess feel on some things.

Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 30):
still nothing on Norwegian but hey :P

I do love NCL too they each have different products so nice to enjoy them all. Jade is still my favourite of the NCL fleet.

Quoting directorguy (Reply 31):
The ship looks great-massive! Would need a minimum of a week to explore everything.

Try doing a whistle tour as soon as you get on of 17 decks LOL… I was exhausted. I wanted to get pics before it got too busy. Good work out though  
 
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Fri Mar 13, 2015 9:40 pm

I was on Brittania on the Sunday night as part of the travel agents launch celebrations.
I think P & O have done a great job, just got it right between being modern and British without being ostentatious and gawdy.
One oddity though - the two-pin socket for the shavers in the bathroom didn't fit the two-pin plug on my shaver - never had that before in UK hotels !
 
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 11:45 am

Hi Philip,

what a great report, something different for sure, but very interesting nevertheless. This ship really looks impressive, very stylish and classy interior. I never thought much about taking a cruise but your pictures might actually make me change my mind about it   .

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The iconic new BE livery. Love it hate it you know who it is instantly.

Hmm, not sure about it. They tried something different so that's a plus for sure. But it always reminds of a certain German chocolate brand.

Thanks a lot for putting this together
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 2:13 pm

Great report P - saw the news footage earlier this week about the festivities in Southampton. Looks lovely inside.

Yes, THOSE Flybe colours… hmmmm.

Good to see you posting a new report.

Thanks again P/jet
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Sat Mar 14, 2015 8:24 pm

Hey, P.,
such a perfect impression about the new cruiser.
Well done, looks like really great.
Flybe, definitely on the special side, last time it works for me!.
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Sun Mar 15, 2015 9:07 am

Hi Philip!

Thanks for a nice report !

FlyBE looks okay but very bad with the reliability problems. I like the livery; something colorful and put together nicely.

Ship looks nice but that's not my thing.

Looking forward to your next report !

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Sun Mar 15, 2015 2:18 pm

Dear Philip  

Thank you for taking us along with the tour on board of P&O cruises Britannia. What a majestic ship! Truly sophisticated architectural design!  Wow!


Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Lets hope people use them ! Hygiene at sea is paramount.

True words!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Something for our fellow Anetter Suryo I think   

You know how to get me hooked!  
Look at those Kitchen Aid mixers! I have never seen so many in a row!  Wow!


Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
So next door was the gym. So you can burn off all that food no doubt  

Just perfect! Do you know if there are Yoga classes as well?


Thanks again! One day, I may get on board of a cruise ship.  

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Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:08 am

Great report, Philip! The photos as usual, are very good, and what a comprehensive look at this beautiful new ship! Everything looks great.

Looking forward to your next trip!

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Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:00 pm

Great report Phil! Once again i'm left drooling at the thought of going on a cruise (although TBH, the initial sight of the back of the sip with all those rear facing balconies piled on top of each other made me think that the boat would be ridiciulusly busy/crowded).
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Sun Mar 22, 2015 9:41 am

Quoting TC957 (Reply 33):
One oddity though - the two-pin socket for the shavers in the bathroom didn't fit the two-pin plug on my shaver - never had that before in UK hotels !

I had already recharged mine before boarding so didn't have that problem LOL..   There were a few events over the week which one would expect. Im glad I was on the naming one though as I have never seen the bottle of champs hit the side of a ship in real life  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Hi Philip,

Hi and thanks for the reply.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
I never thought much about taking a cruise but your pictures might actually make me change my mind about it   .

A lot of people say that and if they choose the right one they normally come back and rave about it. Maybe a mini cruise from Hamburg-Southampton for the first one  
Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 34):
Hmm, not sure about it. They tried something different so that's a plus for sure. But it always reminds of a certain German chocolate brand.

Haha for sure. Im just glad they didn't go all Euro white so I have to give them credit for that.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 35):
Great report P - saw the news footage earlier this week about the festivities in Southampton. Looks lovely inside.

Hi J. thanks for stopping by. Yes I was watching it on the BBC the morning before getting onboard. Of course I was following various threads on FB/Twitter too so was great to get into the mood.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 35):
Yes, THOSE Flybe colours… hmmmm.

Haha why is it when I see a lovely purple BE livery I think of your reactions !  
Quoting palmjet (Reply 35):
Good to see you posting a new report.

Thanks I needed the break. Just time to enjoy my flights and not having to do TR's for a while. We all need a break sometimes.   Which leads me to say I hope we see more from you. I loved your Aussie series.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 36):
such a perfect impression about the new cruiser.
Well done, looks like really great.
Flybe, definitely on the special side, last time it works for me!.

Hey Markus great to hear from you. BE performed well I couldnt fault them.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 37):
Thanks for a nice report !

Thanks for the reply.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 37):
FlyBE looks okay but very bad with the reliability problems. I like the livery; something colorful and put together nicely.

For sure I am always nervous when booking same day connections so always try to go the day before and overnight. Its a bad perception to have to be honest. I am never so worried if I am doing it into LGW/LHR with BA/EI to be honest so it definatley is a BE issue. Its a shame as I 99% have a good flight with them when they leave on time.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 37):
Ship looks nice but that's not my thing.

Well we all like different things it would be boring if we didn't.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
Dear Philip  

Hey Suryo  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
Thank you for taking us along with the tour on board of P&O cruises Britannia. What a majestic ship! Truly sophisticated architectural design!  

You are welcome and yes I thought so too.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
True words!

Yes the number of people I see who do not wash their hands is horrible. I know Im a big clean freak but on a ship its dangerous not to.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
You know how to get me hooked!  
Look at those Kitchen Aid mixers! I have never seen so many in a row!  

Yes   Whenever I think of you I think of cooking and your excellent dishes. There was a prize giveaway where 5 lucky people got a full set of those mixers. They were certainly lucky.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
Just perfect! Do you know if there are Yoga classes as well?

Yes they do everything. Im sure you would have a really good time with the excellent classes on offer.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 38):
Thanks again! One day, I may get on board of a cruise ship.  

I know you would love the TATL on the QM2 it really would suit you.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 39):
Great report, Philip! The photos as usual, are very good, and what a comprehensive look at this beautiful new ship! Everything looks great.

Looking forward to your next trip!

Thank you for the kind words much appreciated. I always like to try to show off the ship without going too overboard pardon the pun!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 40):
Great report Phil! Once again i'm left drooling at the thought of going on a cruise (although TBH, the initial sight of the back of the sip with all those rear facing balconies piled on top of each other made me think that the boat would be ridiciulusly busy/crowded).

Hey Gab thanks for stopping by. I know what a busy Man you are jetting around the globe so its much appreciated.
The aft balconies are the ones many rush to book. I have been in one before and due to the tiered nature its quite pleasant. Also when at sea you get a lovely view. I know if you took a cruise you would love it. Maybe TATL and fly back BA F ?
 
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Sat Mar 28, 2015 7:53 am

Hi Philip,

Good to see another report of yours online.

What a nice surprise to get an SN bird for the flight to Southampton. As for Britannia, well, I’m no cruise ship expert as you know, but I’m pretty impressed. Modern but classy & tasteful, very nicely designed. Maybe I could become a convert!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The iconic new BE livery. Love it hate it you know who it is instantly.

I belong to the “hate it” club  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Seems the chocolates have gone?

That’s a shame. I got them on my flight in January.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Britannia was docked and looking very well in the sun.

She’s massive!

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Sat Mar 28, 2015 10:58 am

Hi Philip,

great report with many nice pictures! The ship's facilities are nice in general, but I'm not a fan of the colors in many areas. Tastes are different!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The iconic new BE livery. Love it hate it you know who it is instantly.

Almost everything is better than white...

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Personally I was not overly impressed with the BOB compared to other airlines like Aer Lingus. I felt it was very basic.

EI has many more longer routes which may play a role.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

By the time the BOB came along I was hungry so went for a basic sandwich and Orangina.

Good to see they offer Orangina.


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Tue Mar 31, 2015 6:55 pm

Hi Philip, good to take a look at one of your reports again. Interesting to see the changes at T1 DUB - I hope it's still possible to walk over to T2? Heading there on Sunday with BA and want to head to the chocolate lounge!

Not much to be said about flybe really haha...

The cruise liner looks impressive - this one I noticed when it was first launched as the flag on the front looks great in my opinion. Now I've seen the inside, that's just as impressive!

Looks like you had a great time on board!

Hopefully read more from you soon - try not to leave it so long next time!
 
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Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:15 am

This might seem an odd thing to say, but if you pick the right cruise itinerary, a cruise is actually a great way of going on a spotting trip !
The ships generally arrive in port early mornings and stay until late, so you can be all day at a combination of airports en route. Just remember to get to the ship on time !!
 
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Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:20 pm

Quoting infodesk (Reply 42):
Hi Philip,

Hey Hannah great to hear from you.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 42):
Good to see another report of yours online.

Thanks it had been a while.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 42):
What a nice surprise to get an SN bird for the flight to Southampton. As for Britannia, well, I’m no cruise ship expert as you know, but I’m pretty impressed. Modern but classy & tasteful, very nicely designed. Maybe I could become a convert!

It was a real surprise when it turned up at the gate. I was hoping it was mine.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 42):
I belong to the “hate it” club  

Well I forgive you haha...  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 43):
great report with many nice pictures! The ship's facilities are nice in general, but I'm not a fan of the colors in many areas. Tastes are different!

Hi PH great to hear from you. Indeed it would be a boring world if we all liked the same. I usually enjoy all the cruise ships I go on as they all offer something different. Obviously I have my favourites. Some Id not go back on and others I would.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 43):
Almost everything is better than white...

Agree I think thats a reason I also like it.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 43):
Good to see they offer Orangina.

Yes its funny its more a drink you find in Cont. Europe rather than the British Isles. Very tasty though.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 44):
Hi Philip, good to take a look at one of your reports again. Interesting to see the changes at T1 DUB - I hope it's still possible to walk over to T2? Heading there on Sunday with BA and want to head to the chocolate lounge!

Hi James. Thanks a lot. I guess you know the answer by now sorry.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 44):
Not much to be said about flybe really haha...

Indeed. Lets hope in future they impress you more than they have in the past.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 44):
The cruise liner looks impressive - this one I noticed when it was first launched as the flag on the front looks great in my opinion. Now I've seen the inside, that's just as impressive!

I love the livery. For years the flag was hijacked by some shady groups so its nice to take it back and celebrate it again.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 44):
Hopefully read more from you soon - try not to leave it so long next time!

Yes I hope to write another one in due course.

Quoting TC957 (Reply 45):
This might seem an odd thing to say, but if you pick the right cruise itinerary, a cruise is actually a great way of going on a spotting trip !

No I agree. I actually did a Costa cruise on Pacifica and plane spotted at a few places. Also NCL Jade I did some spotting at TFN and ACE some years back. Sailing out of Hamburg on Cunard we passed so close to the Airbus factory. You would not get that view so close anywhere else.
 
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Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:30 pm

Another great report and like always very nicely done. Always a treat to read and share your travels, thanks!
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