Three main cabin grades are available on Britannia, from budget-friendly inside cabins to luxury suites.
One of the beauties of a mini cruise is that you can opt to stay in a suite at a fraction of the price it would otherwise cost on a week-long sailing.
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If you are considering a longer cruise and are unsure about whether to splurge on a suite, a mini cruise in a suite would easily answer that question.
Similarly, if you want a short break to remember, for a birthday celebration or an anniversary perhaps, then there is no better way to sail on Britannia than in a suite.
At the opposite end of the spectrum are the Inside cabins. These cabins have no natural light and can feel enclosed. The reason why they are popular is purely down to the price. These are usually the cheapest option on the ship.
While the lack of natural light helps to enclose the space, there are staples found in every cabin. All cabins feature the services of a steward with twice-daily servicing. Cabins come with a TV, radio, telephone, hairdryer, refrigerator, safe, air conditioning, a vanity/writing desk and chair, a wardrobe, drawer space, and the all-important tea and coffee making facilities.
In the bathroom, you will find a welcome pack with generously sized 100ml bottles of The White Company branded shampoo, conditioner, and moisturiser, together with a 40g bar of soap and a shower cap.
If you are sharing a cabin with a child aged two to 12, they will receive a welcome helium balloon. Some children also get a bag of jelly beans.
Inside cabins are available as ‘standard’ or ‘large’ variants, with the latter boasting a little more floor space.
For natural light, you need to opt for a balcony cabin. These come with sliding doors that open out to a private balcony space. On a mini cruise, you are not going to get as full use of the balcony as you would on a week-long tour, but the private space is nice to have.
A deluxe balcony cabin adds more floor space compared to the standard version.
Britannia also features single cabins for solo travellers. There are available as inside or balcony variants and are sized just for one person. They are small spaces, but they are sized and priced to avoid the dreaded single supplement that normally applies on cabins designed for two. The 27 single cabins often book up quickly.
Balcony cabin F330 Review
I stayed in cabin F330 on F Deck. The cabin is close to the forward bank of stairwells and lifts making it easy to access key areas of the ship.
The cabin was very comfortable and decorated with a modern colour palate. The cabin could hold up to four with two sleeping in a double bed (that can split into a twin bed), one sleeping on the sofa bed, and one sleeping on a Pullman bed stored in the ceiling.
My two year old enjoyed running around the space, although I had to watch him like a hawk with the cabin door once he discovered he could easily open it. The floating-style desk meant he bumped his head a few times. The helium balloon was well received and was carefully looked after for weeks after the sailing.
The wall-mounted television meant it was out of reach of inquisitive hands. The balcony was also enclosed with a glass balustrade, making it a safe space for us all to enjoy without impeding on the views.
The bathroom was small, and the awkward glass shower door made for a testing time trying to wash a wriggling boy. There is also a sizeable step up to the bathroom which he had forgotten about on the way out, landing flat on his face.
The complimentary ‘pamper pack’ is a great touch, and I certainly did not expect to find such large bottles in the bathroom.
Choose the pocket-friendly Inside cabin, enjoy natural light and a private outdoor space with a Balcony cabin, or travel in style in a Suite.
Read more in this series
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- P&O Cruises Britannia Review
- P&O Cruises Britannia Cabins (you are here)
- Food & Drink on P&O Cruises Britannia
- Entertainment on P&O Cruises Britannia
- Visiting Guernsey on a Sunday
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