SmileLetsTravel was very much set up as a ‘Family’ travel blog – as such it prompted us to report on a recent P & O Cruise that we took my 88 year old father on.  My father has travelled extensively, however this was his first introduction to cruising.

We opted for a P & O Cruise aboard Britannia, departing from Southampton.

MV Britannia is a cruise ship of the P&O Cruises fleet. She was built by Fincantieri at its shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy.  Source: Wikipedia
 Length330 m         Capacity3,647 passengers      Cost£473 million       Crew1,398 officers and crew
In advance of travel, we contacted P & O to assist with some special needs for my elderly father – they were most helpful.  We had opted for 2 x Balcony cabins, next door to one another.  Note that *accessible cabins are also available if required, regretfully however these are very limited and very in demand.
Arriving at Southampton terminal we were immediately met and assistance given both with our wheelchair (we took this with us as my father only walks short distances) and all of our baggage.  Car parking was just across from the terminal building.  From arriving at the terminal, we were just 30 minutes until we were in our cabin – now that beats check in at an airport!   Ten minutes later, we were up on deck enjoying tea and cakes, pre departure.
We could not fail to be amazed at the side of this ship – its huge…  It does take some considerable time to get used to where things are located.  The ship offers so much, from fine dining to theatre shows and from a wonderful spa to a casino.   The ship has something for everybody.  It is busy, but you can always find an area to relax in.  Without exception the staff are welcoming, friendly and helpful.
The itinerary for our week included Guernsey, Santander ad La Rochelle.   Each port offered something different, the weather was good and the experiences most memorable.
Back aboard we enjoyed everything from a sumptuous afternoon tea, to a foot massage!  It was a lovey week and he only negative really were the lifts aboard Britannia.  Often we had to wait quite some time for a lift to get us around the ship.  Having a wheelchair – you have little choice.  More lifts please P & O when you build the next ship and also more accessible cabins for those that need them please.

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