Cabin Choice / Upgrade Box / boarding times

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Liverpool - England
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Joined Jan 2005
We booked our cruise for Mid September on Britannia back at the end of January on a select fare, obviously got our choice of dining and we have the free shuttle buses in port - but not quite sure where we will use them as booked tours for a number of the stops.

Although we booked a Superior deluxe balcony we could only get one on A deck with the accompanying shade warning.

Had a bit of dialogue with P&O at the time about if we did tick the upgrade box if there would be a chance of getting one of the Superior Deluxe balcony's on one of the lower decks still mid ships if it became available (ie someone cancelled / got upgraded to a different cabin grade) - as we did not want to end up at the back or the front of the ship - but was told that basically if we did - we would have no control of the the location of the cabin we got and could not change it back - so on that basis we decided to stick with it and hope for the best! although I just know that the people in the cabin next door are probably going to tell me how they booked it last minute and got put in the same type of cabin as us for a third of the cost.

Now reading also about the boarding times and that A deck get 3pm or later it seems, but with a 4.5 to 5 hour drive down to Southampton and the boat show being on in Southampton that weekend we can't afford to leave any later than 6.30 /7.00 in the morning in case of any delays on the way down, so it looks like we will have a bit of sitting around, if we have a clear run.

Not done a cruise for quite a few years now - but it did not appear to be as complicated previously - the company rang you and offered upgrades and you could say yes or no and you could turn up when you arrived.

Still looking forward to going on Britannia.
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Hi there we had a superior deluxe cabin in June on Britannia c324 and found it to be in a great location, mid-forward so near the forward stairs and lifts. Cabins on A deck are below the lido deck and it overhangs the cabins below and if your not an early riser then you might be disturbed by people moving the sun beds around. Don't worry about boarding times, we had a boarding time of 15:30. But we arrived at 12:30 and were in our cabin by 13:15 and our luggage was already waiting for us.
I loved Britannia, it's a great ship
Try out The specialist restaurants The Epicurean the food is amazing as is Sindhu, the whole experience in both of these restaurants takes at least 2 hours and is well worth the extra cost. The Beach House is fantastic too, mouth watering ribs.
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Joined Sep 2013
I tried to waitlist a cabin in the same grade that I had booked but was told you can only waitlist a higher grade, which is annoying. I look everyday on the site to see if another cabin has become available, they don't make it easy! I would call them just after the payments are due as that's perhaps the most likely time for cabins to be freed up and an exchange may be possible.

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