Think cruise holidays are exclusively for over-50s? Think again. Eliot Brittain and Blaze Halliwell, both 19, embarked on a week-long cruise on P&O Brittania to France, Spain and Guernsey, a round trip from Southampton, which made calls at La Rochelle, Bilbao and St Peter Port.
Was this your first holiday as a couple?
Last summer we went to Pula in Croatia to a music festival called Outlook with a bunch of our friends and stayed in a villa near the festival site. However, this cruise was more of a couples holiday for us as we spent much more time alone and went out for lots of nice dinners, which we didn’t do in Croatia.
I enjoyed cruising – I love the fact that you get to visit multiple destinations in one trip, that’s really cool. Also, if you enjoy a super-relaxing, flop-and-drop type of holiday it’s perfect as everything you need is in one place! Oh, and not having to fly is a huge bonus; it takes out most of the stress you get with other holidays.
It was incredibly posh, though the decor was a bit old-fashioned for my taste. I live in London, which is pretty multicultural – something which wasn’t replicated on board. I felt slightly uncomfortable that the majority of staff were Asian. But the facilities on board were great, and very luxurious – particularly the spa, which had several pools and a hot tub.
Dining was all of a high standard and there was a lot of choice – you could always find something you were in the mood for. We went to the cinema a lot, they showed some good films. One night we went to see Kong: Skull Island.
In terms of late-night activities, Brodie’s, which had a sports bar/pub type of feel, held quizzes and karaoke (which was surprisingly hilarious) every night. It was a good place to hang out before the nightclub opened, which stayed open until around 3am or 4am.
Sindhu [which showcases cuisine by Atul Kochhar] by a long way. The food there was amazing. Blaze said it was one of the best meals he’d ever eaten. I had the duck (which I was surprised to see on the menu as it isn’t typically found in Indian cuisine), which was absolutely delicious, and Blaze had a trio of curries.
The best part was definitely the dessert – my chocolate and chilli tart with lime ice cream was insanely delicious. The service was amazing and the staff were super attentive and friendly. Epicurean restaurant was also fantastic, but everyone was a lot older than us and it was incredibly posh. We preferred Sindhu as it was much trendi
To be honest, I didn’t do any of the excursions as they were all walking tours and that really isn’t my thing. I think they’re geared more towards older people.
The destinations we visited were nice enough but there didn’t seem to be that much to do. La Rochelle had a small beach and Bilbao had the Guggenheim Museum, but there wasn’t really much else. As for Guernsey, the weather was so bad we couldn’t even get off the boat!
I think if I were to go on another cruise I’d choose one sailing around the Med or somewhere like that. As for the activities on board, again I found that most were steered towards the older generations.
They had a lot of seminar-type things about anti-ageing, plus shuffleboard tournaments and cooking classes – not really things I’d want to do.
Check out the nightclub on board. Blaze and I had a good few fun nights in Britannia’s despite it feeling ever so slightly like a school disco. That’s where you’ll find other younger people so it’s a good opportunity to meet some of a similar age.
We ended up making quite a few friends and met up with them most nights, which made it much more enjoyable. Also, they held an 18-30’s social event one night, which actually turned out to be good fun, despite me initially turning my nose up. We met a really cool bunch of people said the couple.