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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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?

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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I am aware of the soot problems which I raised on a previous thread after looking for advice. i am hoping that the lifts and the soot receive some attention during the October 2019 refit although my biggest issue is my wife not wanting to go back onboard due to the lift situation lol. I've kind of not yet told her about our other booking! In her words she said that we may has well just cruise on a ship with no lift issues as so much other choice! I think P & O need to give these issues some serious thought as the market is growing ever bigger and people will walk away from the brand which is a real shame as in so many other ways Britannia is a beautiful ship.

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I am aware of the soot problems which I raised on a previous thread after looking for advice. i am hoping that the lifts and the soot receive some attention during the October 2019 refit although my biggest issue is my wife not wanting to go back onboard due to the lift situation lol. I've kind of not yet told her about our other booking! In her words she said that we may has well just cruise on a ship with no lift issues as so much other choice! I think P & O need to give these issues some serious thought as the market is growing ever bigger and people will walk away from the brand which is a real shame as in so many other ways Britannia is a beautiful ship.

 

They have given these issues serious thought, as the 2 new superships won't experience either of these problems.

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They have given these issues serious thought, as the 2 new superships won't experience either of these problems.

 

Unless there is a gas leak when the problem won't be soot it will be cinders :eek:

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get in any lift that stops on the floor that you are on; and be prepared to take the round trip

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I am aware of the soot problems which I raised on a previous thread after looking for advice. i am hoping that the lifts and the soot receive some attention during the October 2019 refit although my biggest issue is my wife not wanting to go back onboard due to the lift situation lol. I've kind of not yet told her about our other booking! In her words she said that we may has well just cruise on a ship with no lift issues as so much other choice! I think P & O need to give these issues some serious thought as the market is growing ever bigger and people will walk away from the brand which is a real shame as in so many other ways Britannia is a beautiful ship.
A Beautiful ship, but only on the inside looking out.

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A Beautiful ship, but only on the inside looking out.

Strangely enough I quite like the ship on the outside, it's the inside I desperately want to change. Not just the tiny lifts and lack of central stairs, but the small seats in the undersized theatre, the bland atrium a la John Lewis, and the complete underwhelming feeling it gives me.

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Take some Vick for under your nostrils as the BO of some passengers is shocking in the confined space of the lifts.

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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.

 

I agree Dave but once met a couple on board who looked to see where the lifts were and regardless of the direction they were travelling in if the lift was above them presssed the down button as in their view the lift had to come down to them, or if it as below them they pressed up as the lift had to come up to them!

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I agree Dave but once met a couple on board who looked to see where the lifts were and regardless of the direction they were travelling in if the lift was above them presssed the down button as in their view the lift had to come down to them, or if it as below them they pressed up as the lift had to come up to them!

 

I struggle to believe that people could be so dim witted. Surely the first time that they called a lift in this way and then, once they got in, the lift went in the ‘wrong’ direction, the penny would drop!

 

As my wife is a wheelchair user we have, on occasion, had to get in a lift going the wrong way in order to secure occupation. We only do this at peak times (e.g. after muster or on the morning of disembarkation) when the doors have opened on multiple lifts crammed with able bodied people, none of whom have been prepared to step out and use the stairs. Sadly, my wife has no option but to use a lift but, when I am moving around the ship on my own I try to always use the stairs as it’s quicker and helps to keep some of the Cruise pounds off!

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You may mock...but I always take a few days to get used to the single mixer tap in the wash hand basin. To get hot water do I move the lever towards the red marker or do I move the lever so the red marker moves towards me ?

I may need to seek counselling!

I always use the stairs. ( less chance of going the wrong way)

Oh, and I’m with Turing on the clockwise/anti-clockwise direction.

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As a scooter user and some one who has cruised on Britannia a few times I find that the use of the lifts calms down after a day or so. My best advice is to avoid busy times like at the end of the drill. Chill and stay down on the deck where your drill was. Have a drink and let things calm down. Far better than waiting by the lift getting stressed.

 

 

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As a scooter user and some one who has cruised on Britannia a few times I find that the use of the lifts calms down after a day or so. My best advice is to avoid busy times like at the end of the drill. Chill and stay down on the deck where your drill was. Have a drink and let things calm down. Far better than waiting by the lift getting stressed.

 

 

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That's a great idea Dai and I took your advice on our last cruise only to be told by the glass house bar staff that it would be 20 minutes before the waiters got back from their muster drill, and they were closed till then!

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That's a great idea Dai and I took your advice on our last cruise only to be told by the glass house bar staff that it would be 20 minutes before the waiters got back from their muster drill, and they were closed till then!

 

 

 

So you had 20 minutes sitting in comfort people watching instead of standing by the lifts. Anyway being Caribbean you would be full of booze from lunch time.

 

 

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A Beautiful ship, but only on the inside looking out.

Britannia's problem IMO is her two rear funnels, which look as though they were added as an afterthought and give her an unbalanced look. Her sister ship Royal Princess has one large funnel which recalls the one on Oceana, and like Oceana looks well balanced and much more handsome.

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How about moving walkways as in some supermarkets. You can see which way it (the walkway) is travelling and get on one going in the direction you want

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How about moving walkways as in some supermarkets. You can see which way it (the walkway) is travelling and get on one going in the direction you want

 

They wouldn’t be safe on a ship which moves around. Besides, as the presence of lifts causes most people to forget how to walk up and down stairs, moving walkways would doubtless result in even more lethargy!

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They wouldn’t be safe on a ship which moves around. Besides, as the presence of lifts causes most people to forget how to walk up and down stairs, moving walkways would doubtless result in even more lethargy!

Ah; I was thinking of doing away with lifts and having a moving walkway between floors. Ideal for those who are mobility challenged and for luggage moving

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We always aimed for deck 7 to go between stern and aft. Our cabin was aft C deck; we'd walk down the aft stairs to deck 7 then go all the way along past Sindhu and the photography bit to the atrium then go downstairs to deck 5 and carry on that way to get to the stern. Can't wait to go back on her as navigation will be so much easier. Fortunately we don't need to use the lifts so we very rarely did, we never used them during high activity periods.

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Britannia lifts - tips welcome

 

Are the bell boys asking for tips as well!:cool:

 

Sorry no bell boys in the lifts due to cut backs instead when you get in the lift and push your button ther eis a slot beneath that is where you put your tip......notes only.

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