Thousands of gin lovers are celebrating the World Gin Day today (Saturday, June 13), and toast this quintessentially British drink on Britain’s largest cruise ship, Britannia.

The Great British Gin Menu of Britannia serves up 20 of the finest artisan gins of Britain within stylish surroundings in ship's iconic observation lounge, Crow’s Nest.

The gins on offer include artisan brands such as Darnley's View (Edinburgh), Tarquin's Dry Gin (Cornwall), The Botanist Islay Dry Gin (Argyll), Silent Pool Gin (Surrey), Ely Dark Chocolate Gin and Mason’s Yorkshire Gin (Cambridgeshire) as well as big names such as Hendrick’s, Bombay Sapphire and Tanqueray.

Complementing these gins is a tonic waters' selection including Bottlegreen, Fevertree and Fentiman’s which satisfy even the most discerning of palates.

The Crow’s Nest has a friendly and knowledgeable staff, trained in all gin-related things. They offer “the perfect serve” for each of the brands. For example, the Silent Pool Gin is served with lime and Fevertree Elderflower tonic; the Botanist Islay Dry Gin could be served as a gin martini with an olive and a lick of vermouth; while Mason’s Yorkshire Gin is served with and orange peel and  Fentiman’s tonic.

Christopher Edgington, P&O Cruises marketing director said that since Britannia's launch 3 months ago, The Crow’s Nest had become "one of the most popular spots on the ship for guests to socialise or simply relax and soak up the views while enjoying a perfectly crafted gin and tonic". He added that the Great British Gin Menu had become quite a talking point.

A 7-night cruise on Britannia to France, Spain and Guernsey starts from £849 per person. Departing September 5, the Select Price offers an inside cabin, full meals, round the clock entertainment and kids’ clubs on board.