Summer Sailing

Setting sail on a big boat is always a treat, especially when it’s the P&O Britannia. This boat is HUGE, pretty much a maze at first. Luckily we would be on here for a week and would quickly find our way around. This trip saw us set sail from Southampton and cruise on to Bilbao, La Rochelle, and finally Guernsey (never actually docking here as conditions were too rough).

Some interesting facts about the ship include:

  • Capacity for 500 people to be on board.
  • Weighing in at 141000 tones.
  • The union jack painted on the bow of the ship measures 308 feet in length.
  • There are 26 places to eat and drink.
  • There are 4 pools on the ship, requiring 61,600 gallons of water to fill.


This is definitely my favourite ship out of the P&O fleet, offering so much to see and do while keeping a good holiday atmosphere throughout. The highlight of any cruise has to be the constant supply of food, offering delicacies from all over the world. It is not uncommon to find yourself with a plate full of roast dinner, a load of sushi, and a side of onion bhaji’s. The key is to remember the food will be there all week and not to go too big on day one and write your stomach off for the remainder of the week.

My top 5 tips to making the most out of your cruise are:

  1. Eat your evening dinner at the later dining time (usually 20:30). This gives more time to build up an appetite after lunch and gives you more time to get dressed into your evening fineries.
  2. Attend the later performance of the evening show (usually starting at 22:00). This will give you plenty of time to have your dinner beforehand. The later performance is usually less busy so you can have your pick of the seats.
  3. Order your drinks as soon as you arrive in the theatre as they can take quite a while to arrive, and you don’t want your drinks arriving just as the show is finishing.
  4. WASH YOUR HANDS. This doesn’t need explaining, you’re on a cruise ship after all and want to enjoy the holiday.
  5. Do at least one bit of exercise per day, even if it is just a walk around the decks. This helps walk done the food, so you can eat even more.



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“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” – Gustave Flaubert

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