Britannia in Southampton

By ,   March 9, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

P&O Britannia arrived in Southampton with a flotilla of ships and tug boats spraying water. The new "super liner" is now in her home port ahead of the official naming ceremony tomorrow, on March 10.

The 3,600-passenger Britannia is the largest cruise ship specifically designed for the British holiday market. The ship will bear the name of the Queen's former Royal Yacht Britannia, decommissioned after over 50 years of service in 1997.

Britannia is 141,000-tonne and features a 94-meter union jack on her bow. At 330 m she is longer than the Shard in London.

After being named officially by Her Majesty The Queen, she will make her maiden voyage to Spain, France and Italy on 14 March.

During the summer Britannia will sail from Southampton and in the winter from the Caribbean. In her first year, the new liner will visit 57 ports of call in 31 countries, and will sail more than 90,000 miles.