As you are all probably aware by now, on February 22nd, P&O Cruises officially took ownership of Britannia. The traditional ceremony included the exchange of flags, in which the shipyard flag is taken down and the P&O Cruises flag is flown. Britannia’s Captain Paul Brown was also presented with the first water to touch the hull of Britannia during the official float out ceremony.
Guests at the handover ceremony included some of P&O Cruises Food Heroes; TV wine expert Olly Smith who is represented in The Glass House wine bar and restaurant as well as master patissier Eric Lanlard and cheese expert Charlie Turnbull who are represented in The Market Cafe and Epicurean fine dining restaurant.
I am told it was quite the event, but the REAL fun is yet to come. In just 17-days time, yes, SEVENTEEN, Britannia will let go her lines and sail from Southampton on what can only be described as one the most highly anticipated cruises of 2015 (and of my entire cruising history thus far!), and as there are less than 3-weeks to go until the big event, I thought now would be a good time for us all to get to know P&O Cruises Britannia a little more – prepare for stats and pictures Britannia lovers! 🙂
3,647 passengers (lower berths)
15 passenger decks
13 places to eat
Nine places to enjoy entertainment – including a 936-seat state of the art theatre
Three-tier feature atrium
£1m+ art collection
Extensive children’s facilities, including four age group areas, a night nursery and outdoor splash area for teens
1,837 cabins – all outside cabins have a balcony
1,313 balcony cabins – including 15 single balcony cabins
460 inside cabins – including 12 single inside cabins
Oasis Spa & The Retreat
Extensive shops – the largest in the fleet at 660 sqm (17% bigger than Azura/Ventura
Britannia will leave Fincantieri shipyard at the end of this week and arrive in Southampton on Friday March 6. She will be officially named on Tuesday March 10 before her maiden voyage to the Mediterranean on Saturday March 14.