David Dingle, Carnival UK chairman said they were honoured and proud that Her Majesty would name Britannia 20 years after she had named P&O Oriana. He continued that Britannia, “a ship for the nation”, would be the embodiment of contemporary Britain. With her Union Jack livery she would fly the flag for Britain across the globe.
Britannia is the biggest cruise ship exclusively designed for Britain and features restaurants, bars and cafes, offering culinary experiences created by the 'Food Heroes' of P&O Cruises: Atul Kochhar, James Martin, Eric Lanlard, Marco Pierre White, cheese expert Charlie Turnbull and wine expert Olly Smith. In Britannia’s Cookery Club, these celebrity chefs will demonstrate extraordinary culinary skills, joined throughout this year by Mary Berry CBE, Paul Rankin, Pierre Koffmann, and Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE.
The P&O celebration of all things British will be uphold by selecting sparkling wine for the naming ceremony from Wiston Estate Winery in Sussex. A nebuchadnezzar of British Brut NV will be used for the ceremony. Thousands of bottles of Rosé Vintage 2011 and Brut NV will be enjoyed during the inaugural events, scheduled around the launch.
Previous Royal Launches include:
- April 4, 1935 - Strathmore, named by HRH The Duchess of York (HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother);
- November 3, 1959 - the first Oriana, named by HRH Princess Alexandra;
- April 6, 1995 - the second Oriana, named by HM The Queen;
- April 27, 2000 - Aurora, named by HRH The Princess Royal;
- May 21, 2003 - Adonia and Oceana, named by HRH The Princess Royal and her daughter Miss Zara Phillips.