The Retreat (adults-only, open-air relaxation VIP area with 2 Whirlpools). This is the Britannia ship’s “spa terrace” with several shaded private cabanas available for rent (a day pass is around GBP 25, while a cruise-long is around GBP 120 per person). The VIP cabanas-experience features alfresco dining and Spa massages and the exclusive service of dedicated staff serving chilled drinks, cold flannels, snacks.
Serenity (adults only relaxation area) has sunbathing area, 1 pool, its own bar; open 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.)
Sun Deck open air space with loungers, 2 Whirlpools, Deck games (Shufflleboard, Deck Chess). The teens-only sun deck and pool area is another unique for P and O Cruises ship feature. It is complete with plunge pool and is a first for the cruise line. The space is cordoned off from the regular sun deck area. Parents must remain onboard if their teens are aboard the ship.
Children’s Facilities (all with portside location, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 2:00-5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. on sea days; on port days the club opens at 10:00 a.m.) – Kids Play Area, The Reef Kids Programming Rooms (Surfers, Splashers, Scubas, H2O), Nursery (for kids under 2 yo). “The Reef” is children’s dedicated area (2-17 yo) with 4 age-specific kids clubs (Splashers/ 2-4yo, Surfers/ 5-8yo, Scubas/ 9-12yo and H2O/ teens up to 17yo) and a toddlers nursery/ Tumblers (6 months to 2 years). The night nursery is offered for kids aged between 6 months-4 years, and is open between 6:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. The complimentary service is on a first come first served basis.
The H2O room (13-17-year-olds, open between 10 a.m.-1 p.m., 2 p.m.-5 p.m. and 6 p.m.-11 p.m.) looks more like a nightclub and teens can join in organised games, parties, talent shows, play video games, watch DVDs.
Gymnasium (starboard location) is the ship’s Fitness Complex with top modern equipment gym area with panoramic floor-ceiling windows, a separate Aerobics Room for classes, Change Rooms. The gym offers a variety of fitness classes, some of which free (stretching, cycling), others with a charge, including Pilates and yoga (GBP 7.70) and TRX (GBP 14 per class, a first for P&O Cruises). A personal trainer is GBP 47, while Boot Camp (including three 45-minute classes) is GBP 74.
“The Cookery Club” (starboard aft location, GBP150) is a specialty restaurant and cooking club by James Martin (from “Saturday Kitchen” show). This cooking school is new venue on a P&O cruise ship. MS Britannia guests are able to create their own culinary inventions under the celebrity chef’s guidance. James Martin is a British chef, BBC TV cooking show programmer, journalist and restaurateur. This new “specialty food” club provides 2-hour cooking classes (at surcharge PP, up to 24 people at a time) lead by James Martin himself or by specially-trained P&O Cruises chefs when he is not on the ship. At the end of the class, participants are able to enjoy what they have cooked.
Terrace Pool area (aft location, with 1 square pool).