On the 24th March 2017 we thought we would trial out the new ship to the P&O fleet Britannia. Ourselves personally we like the smaller ships up to a maximum of around 2500 passengers but still we want to at least try! This was also a few days before my heart surgery where I ended up getting a pacemaker.
So first impressions of the ship….. beautiful, wonderful, all shiny and new. The atrium was fabulous, nice and open, great for people watching which we love!
So we head off to see what our cabin looks like B719 wheelchair accessible balcony. The room is a good size especially for a new ship, plenty of room and lovely and modern. Could do with more storage and a plug socket close to the bed, especially for us who need ventilators. You get kettle in cabin and biscuits which is great but unfortunately the balcony lets it all down, it’s impossible to get out onto the balcony in a wheelchair as it’s just too narrow. If you can transfer like I can it’s not a massive issue but for those who cannot I would feel robbed if I’m honest.
The only port of call was Zeebrugge and we took a P&O excursion to look at the windmills, Gothic Home and Chocolate shop. It all went well my manual wheelchair went in the hold of the coach and we had the first row of seats on the coach, so I crawled up to them with no problem.
The villages are though cobblestones and that was at times hard or almost impossible for me due to the pain it caused so we just stayed at a coffee shop while we waited for everyone else to complete that part of the tour which we didn’t mind.
We then headed off to the chocolate shop which is wheelchair accessible however it is small and with a coach load of people in there you couldn’t move around easily, so I left Carl to do some shopping while I found a safe spot to stay!
Yes you are right that is a free chocolate fountain I found in the shop! Amazing!
The last stop on the tour was to the Gothic House, this isn’t really our thing but as it was included we looked around, I was pleasantly surprised to see that they had gone out their way to make it as wheelchair accessible as possible, the only part you couldn’t get to was upstairs.
The ship itself for us is too big, it’s the same old story ew ships are bigger but smaller balcony and lifts so makes things a little harder for us. However we do come back into the Britannia so please look out for that blog as it will go into more detail and pictures. We said if it was the right itinerary we would go back on her again but we wouldn’t choose her for the ship, in fact we have completed a 2 week on her in the Caribbean and have another booked for the Mediterranean so watch this space.
Thank you for reading my blog on this 2 nighter cruise.