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#1
Essex, UK
133 Posts
Joined Jun 2009
So after a delayed boarding due to a small fire we are now under way. Cabin is situated mid ships on deck 8. Only issue appears to be lift carnage. Took my wife over 30 mins to return to cabin from spa on deck 5. Lifts taking forever and huge crowds of people waiting. Hopefully it will calm down but the lack of central stairs is being felt. Any tips on how to navigate around would be most welcome.
#2
206 Posts
Joined Feb 2016
We tend to use mainly fore and aft lifts and forget about the middle. Thirty minutes from the spa sounds rather a long time as the most we ever had to wait if using middle lifts was around two or three minutes.
#3
England
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Joined Aug 2014
Originally posted by philsuarez
So after a delayed boarding due to a small fire we are now under way. Cabin is situated mid ships on deck 8. Only issue appears to be lift carnage. Took my wife over 30 mins to return to cabin from spa on deck 5. Lifts taking forever and huge crowds of people waiting. Hopefully it will calm down but the lack of central stairs is being felt. Any tips on how to navigate around would be most welcome.
I think that most able bodied people would use the forward stairs (by the Spa) to move up just 3 floors and then walk along deck 8 to your cabin. If your wife is disabled and has to use a lift, she should be given priority at the lifts (signs clearly state that disabled passengers should be given priority) or, as we do, get into the habit of moving between floors via the forward or aft lifts (my wife is in a wheelchair) rather than the more busy midships lift.
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#4
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Best advice for using the lifts is DON'T PRESS THE DOWN BUTTON IF YOU WANT TO GO UP. IT drives me crazy seeing lifts stuffed with people going several decks in the wrong direction.
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#5
Yorkshire, UK
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Joined Aug 2009
I was under the impression that P&O were fixing this problem, we only noticed because my partner had damaged her knee a few days before the cruise and couldn't handle the stairs. There are crew stairs behind closed doors in the middle of the ship as I and most other passengers used them after muster. We were told that P&O were going to open them up for passengers? this was in Nov 2015.
#6
Stoke on Trent
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Joined Oct 2012
Originally posted by yorkshirephil
I was under the impression that P&O were fixing this problem, we only noticed because my partner had damaged her knee a few days before the cruise and couldn't handle the stairs. There are crew stairs behind closed doors in the middle of the ship as I and most other passengers used them after muster. We were told that P&O were going to open them up for passengers? this was in Nov 2015.
I agree that those stairs need to be opened up. I believe it is on the list for the first refit but when that will be is anybodies guess. I am surprised it hasn’t been done gradually during cruises but I trust there are good reasons why it hasn’t been.
#7
Essex, UK
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Joined Jun 2009
Thanks everyone. The first refit is due October 2019 so hopefully it will be sorted. Main issue seems to be that the lifts take forever to arrive and will sometimes head straight past you whilst waiting. Do suite guests get priority as I see lifts do have card readers?
#8
England
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Originally posted by philsuarez
Thanks everyone. The first refit is due October 2019 so hopefully it will be sorted. Main issue seems to be that the lifts take forever to arrive and will sometimes head straight past you whilst waiting. Do suite guests get priority as I see lifts do have card readers?
Nope. The card readers are for staff overide only.
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#9
Essex, UK
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Joined Jun 2009
Shame as I have a suite on here in October 2019. As it stands wife not impressed with the lift situation although we can’t fault anything else on board. We will be at the stern next time so hopefully will work better as this is the least used lifts and staircase. She muttered never again lol so perhaps I had better break the news that we already have another booking on a Trans Atlantic repositioning that I forget to tell her about.
#10
England
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Originally posted by philsuarez
Shame as I have a suite on here in October 2019. As it stands wife not impressed with the lift situation although we can’t fault anything else on board. We will be at the stern next time so hopefully will work better as this is the least used lifts and staircase. She muttered never again lol so perhaps I had better break the news that we already have another booking on a Trans Atlantic repositioning that I forget to tell her about.
A suite at the stern of Britannia will bring a whole load of other issues! I presume that you have done your homework and researched it? If not, plenty of threads on here will inform. We also love Britannia, but would never book another aft suite.
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#11
206 Posts
Joined Feb 2016
The lift situation is far better on the aft and fore lifts in my opinion which is why I tend to use those lifts. Then if I'm only going up or down a few decks I use the stairs. The stern does tend to suffer from a soot problem on balconies but last time I was on a few weeks ago the problem didn't seem to be there.
#12
141 Posts
Joined May 2013
The ships crew have got into an awful habit on embarkation days of taking 2 lifts at the fore and 3 or 4 lifts midship into staff control meaning everyone else has to fight for the scraps. This on days when people are moving more by lift anyway.

Mid ships stairs are being opened up during October 2019 refit. Opening up is easy, it’s reconfiguring security doors and fire protection that needs it to be done in dock. Royal and Regal Princess are having/had the same modifications.
#14
Edinburgh
3,489 Posts
Joined Jan 2008
Originally posted by philsuarez
Shame as I have a suite on here in October 2019. As it stands wife not impressed with the lift situation although we can’t fault anything else on board. We will be at the stern next time so hopefully will work better as this is the least used lifts and staircase. She muttered never again lol so perhaps I had better break the news that we already have another booking on a Trans Atlantic repositioning that I forget to tell her about.
We were at the aft and had no problems at all with the lifts - but we had a lot of problems with the soot!!!
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