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Britannia current position
Specifications of Britannia
|Year built||2015 / Age: 6|
|Flag state||United Kingdom|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Building cost||GBP 473 million (USD 770 million)|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Operator||P&O Cruises UK|
|Speed||22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||330 m / 1083 ft|
|Beam (width)||47 m / 154 ft|
|Gross Tonnage||143730 gt|
|Passengers||3647 - 4406|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Sister-ships||Discovery Princess, Enchanted Princess, Majestic Princess, Regal Princess, Royal Princess, Sky Princess|
|Christened by||HM Elizabeth II (The Queen of England)|
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|2021 Sep 25||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2021 Oct 09||13 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2021 Oct 22||22 days, one-way from Southampton to Castries||Southampton|
|2021 Oct 22||15 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown||Southampton|
|2021 Oct 22||14 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown||Southampton|
|2021 Nov 05||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2021 Nov 06||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2021 Nov 06||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2021 Nov 13||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2021 Nov 13||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2021 Nov 19||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2021 Nov 20||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2021 Nov 20||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2021 Nov 27||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2021 Nov 27||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2021 Dec 03||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2021 Dec 04||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2021 Dec 04||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2021 Dec 11||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2021 Dec 11||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2021 Dec 17||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2021 Dec 18||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2021 Dec 18||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2021 Dec 25||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2021 Dec 25||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2021 Dec 31||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Jan 01||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Jan 01||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2022 Jan 08||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2022 Jan 08||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2022 Jan 14||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Jan 15||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2022 Jan 15||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Jan 22||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2022 Jan 22||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2022 Jan 28||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Jan 29||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Jan 29||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2022 Feb 05||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2022 Feb 05||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2022 Feb 11||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Feb 12||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Feb 12||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2022 Feb 19||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2022 Feb 19||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2022 Feb 25||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Feb 26||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Feb 26||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2022 Mar 05||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2022 Mar 05||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2022 Mar 11||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Mar 12||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2022 Mar 12||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Mar 25||14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton||Bridgetown|
|2022 Mar 26||13 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton||Bridgetown|
|2022 Apr 08||7 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton|
|2022 Apr 15||3 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton|
|2022 Apr 18||11 days, round-trip Spain And Portugal||Southampton|
|2022 Apr 29||4 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton|
|2022 May 03||12 days, round-trip Canary Islands||Southampton|
|2022 May 15||14 days, round-trip Baltic||Southampton|
|2022 May 29||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2022 Jun 12||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2022 Jun 26||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2022 Jul 10||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2022 Jul 24||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2022 Aug 07||14 days, round-trip Baltic||Southampton|
|2022 Aug 21||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2022 Sep 04||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2022 Sep 18||14 days, round-trip Baltic||Southampton|
|2022 Oct 02||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2022 Oct 16||5 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton|
Review of Britannia
Launched in 2015, MV Britannia cruise ship is the largest vessel in the P&O UK's fleet. From this Royal-class are also the Princess Cruises liners Royal Princess (2013), Regal Princess (2014), Majestic Princess (2017), Sky Princess (2019), Enchanted Princess (2020) and Discovery Princess (2021). These are the ever biggest cruise vessels constructed by Fincantieri (Italy).
History - construction and ownership
P&O Cruises is a subsidiary company and two brands owned by Carnival Corporation - P&O UK and P&O Australia. In 2000, P&O Cruises became subsidiary of P&O Princess Cruises, which merged with Carnival Corporation in 2003. P&O is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.
The 3647-passenger ship Britannia is the biggest ever cruise ship built especially for the British market. The £500 million new-build is a result of four years of planning. P&O Britannia is 25,000 tons heavier than Azura and Ventura sister ships (previously the largest vessels in the P&O fleet). The Britannia ship alone boosts the capacity of the P and O line by almost a quarter – 24%. Britannia impresses with her Union Jack livery and offers British-style cruising with modern look and feel. Her homeport is Southampton.
Britannia has the most popular features of the P&O fleet, such as The Crow's Nest Bar, Atul Kochar's Sindhu restaurant, Olly Smith's The Glass House, as well as brand new amenities. P&O says that Britannia cruise ship engine power output (MAN diesel engines) is equivalent to 70 Challenger tanks’ power or 86 supercars Bugatti Veyron. Britannia cruise ship is also the greenest yet and designed to deliver greater levels of environmental and operational efficiency. The new form of the hull is expected to reduce fuel consumption by approx 20%. Along with the hull design, P and O changed the hull art as well – with the Union Jack flag 94 m / 308 ft long.
The Britannia ship is the eighth vessel to join P&O Cruises fleet and named, as chief executive David Dingle said, to resonate with the forward-looking mood in Britain. Britannia is considered to be the most fitting name because of its famous long heritage, so suitable for the newest P&O addition – the favourite cruise line of Britain. When asked if he had to get Queen’s permission to use the name, Mr Dingle only said he came to understand it was fine that they were using it.
Two ships connected to the company have been previously named Britannia. The first of them entered service for General Steam Navigation Company in 1835, and the second one, together with three other vessels, was ordered to mark the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria and P&O, entering service in 1887. This Golden Jubilee ship carried 160 second-class passengers and 250 first-class passengers, with cargo capacity 4000 tons. In 1888 on this Britannia sailed to Bombay young Winston Churchill, with his hussar regiment, and then fought on the Northwest Frontier.
Royal Yacht Britannia was the vessel decommissioned in 1997 by John Major government, but the name has been associated with P&O for a long time. In June 2013 a management shake-up at Carnival UK operations later saw the exit of Carol Marlow- the former managing director, and Peter Shanks – ex-boss of Cunard brand. Britannia is the first vessel for P&O Cruises since then. These departures were linked to boosting younger cruisers’ proportion at the UK arm of Carnival Cruises. Everyone who believes in the growth of the cruise industry now expects the new P and O cruise ship Britannia to mark a new era of success.
Her Majesty The Queen is the vessel’s royal godmother. She named the new ship on March 10th, 2015, in Southampton. The ship was docked at the at Ocean Terminal. HM, The Queen was accompanied by Prince Philip and The Duke of Edinburgh. After the royal words “May God bless her and all who sail in her”, The Queen pressed the button that released a Nebuchadnezzar wine (a giant bottle of sparkling wine, an equivalent of 20 regular bottles) to be smashed against the hull. This most special event was also marked by live band music performances – Her Majesty’s Royal Marines band, and the Irish Guards’ Regimental Band. Also present at the naming ceremony were the Carnival Corporation’s front men Micky Arison (chairman) and Arnold Donald (CEO), and also David Dingle (chairman of Carnival UK).
Cruise itinerary program
Britannia itinerary program is based on cruises from Southampton and Bridgetown Barbados, including Caribbean Islands voyages from Barbados; roundtrip sailings from Southampton to the Atlantic Coast, Baltic, Mediterranean and Canary Islands; "mini-cruises" to Guernsey (Channel Islands) and Transatlantic repositioning crossings.
The liner Britannia returned to Southampton on March 25, 2016 - over a year after the naming ceremony led by HM The Queen. The ship was homeported in Barbados throughout winter 2015-2016. From the UK, it operated short-breaks to Northern Europe and longer cruises to the Mediterranean during summer. For Caribbean winter season 2016-2017, the ship was homeported in Saint Lucia (Castries).
MS Britannia staterooms (a total of 1837) include 64 Suites, 1313 Balconies and 460 Inside and 27 studios (single-occupancy cabins) in all 35 grades. The ship has no oceanview cabins. Most staterooms are 175-290-ft2 Balcony rooms. The largest is the Owner's Suite (470 ft2/44 m2 plus 210-ft2/20-m2 terrace).
Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks
The rise on the world stage of British cooking is reflected in Britannia’s dining options. The Epicurean Restaurant specializes in fine dining and molecular gastronomy. It features both contemporary and traditional dishes. The Glass House is home to nearly 40 different wines from all around the world, including labels from Greece, Croatia, and Japan. Wine expert Olly Smith pairs wine with food from the menu, featuring dishes like a Wagyu burger, sea bass ceviche with lime, lobster buns, Morecombe Bay and Devon crab sliders. The first British ship to offer cooking lessons at sea, The Cookery Club provides guests an opportunity to hone their cooking techniques under the watchful eye of food experts and chefs. Aboard the Britannia, passengers can cook alongside baking queen Mary Berry and TV chef James Martin. Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar teaches guests how to make dishes from Sindhu - his signature restaurant. Celebrity chef Marco Pierre White also runs a class, demonstrating his famous dishes whilst passengers cook alongside him.
While P and O Cruises has already linked up with celebrity chefs for Cookery Club school, Britannia will also act as a backdrop to the first at sea celebrity-led TV cooking contest, Battlechefs, from April 4. On April 2, 2016, the ship will be the setting for another first as she will host live Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway from the top deck.
Follows the complete list of Britannia restaurants and food bars.
- The Limelight Club (supper club for specialty dining; offers live performances and the 3-course dinner menu)
- Meridian Restaurant (aft Dining Room; for Breakfast 7:30-9:00 a.m., and Lunch 12:15-1:45 p.m./3-course menu; Afternoon Tea 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.; club dinner dining at 6:30 or 9.30 p.m.)
- The Oriental Restaurant (aft MDR, with fixed seating dining at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m.)
- The Peninsular Restaurant (forward MDR, with fixed seating dining at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., open-seating breakfast and lunch; also serving Afternoon Tea 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.)
- Sindhu (Indian specialty restaurant, by A. Kochhar)
- Ocean Grill (specialty, by M. Pierre White)
- The Glass House (steakhouse/seafood specialty restaurant and wine bar, by Olly Smith)
- Java Cafe (buffet-style restaurant)
- The Cookery Club (specialty restaurant and cooking club by James Martin)
- Fine Dining Restaurant (Epicurean Restaurant - specialty, dinner-only, by the Michelin star Marco Pierre White)
- Horizon Restaurant (Lido buffet; complimentary, self-service; with several food stations and floor-ceiling windows)
- Beach House (casual dining venue, dinner-only)
- Poolside drinks and fast-food bars – The Pizzeria, Lido Bar, Lido Grill, Riviera Bar, “Grab and Go”.
Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport
MV Britannia ship design is a masterpiece created by Richmond International – London-based architects, who anticipate today’s Britain tastes. They are well known for creating “flowing” coherent interiors but with each area having an individual identity. While Britannia cruise ship may be a large vessel, every inch of the interior was carefully considered as to become breathtaking and striking. MV Britannia was designed to make guests feel special, and all of her was planned with flair and imagination. The Britannia ship offers the very best of Britain’s contemporary design and an unprecedented number of facilities for passengers.
The vessel provides the best classic features of Aurora and Oriana, and a wide choice of the contemporary variety of Azura and Ventura. 13 cafes and restaurants, 13 bars, 15 passenger decks, 4 swimming pools, 9 jacuzzis – what more of all these could a traveler wish for? Another good decision on a practical level is the greater number of single cabins - more than on any other ship. Additional amenities include Complimentary 24-hour Room-Service, Internet/WiFi access, supervised kids program, laundry/self-serve laundromats, nursery.
Follows the complete list of Britannia lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.
- Britannia Atrium (3-decks central open floor area and social hub); Atrium Shops (Regalia - clothes, souvenirs, gifts; The Wardrobe - brand fashion, watches, bags, hats); Chic - fashion boutique; Emporium - candy shop; Eternity - jewelry, Essence - perfumes)
- Market Cafe (Atrium patisserie by Eric Lanlard), Blue Bar (Atrium piano bar), Sunset Bar
- Brodie’s Pub; The Studio (multi-purpose lounge); Marlow Suite (multifunction room, doubles as Card Room)
- Headliners Theatre (836-seat, 2-decks, featuring grand scale productions, live performances, game shows)
- The Crystal Room (Lounge and Bar; daily dance classes, grand evening balls)
- The Live Lounge (music-dedicated venue; disco at night)
- The Crow’s Nest Lounge (dance floor, a stage for live music; with floor-ceiling windows for panoramic views; hosts art classes, quiz games, cooking demos during the day)
- Casino; Ivory Suite (vow renewal and wedding services)
- Photo Gallery and Shop; Art Gallery; The Library (with Internet computers)
- Terrace Pool (adults only area, served by Terrace Bar); Riviera Pool area; Aqua Pool and Bar; Coral Pool and Bar
- adults-only relaxation areas ("Retreat" /VIP Spa terrace with private cabanas, and "Serenity")
- Oasis Spa complex (Treatment Rooms, Steam Rooms, Thermal Suite, Thalassotherapy pool, Beauty Salon)
- Gymnasium (complimentary equipment, Fitness classes; Yoga and Pilates at surcharge)
- Children’s Facilities (Kids Play Area, The Reef Kids Programming Rooms, Nursery)
- Promenade (Walking Lane and Jogging Track); Sports Court (basketball, volleyball, football, cricket, tennis); Table Tennis; four Golf Net cages.
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MS Britannia is currently P&O UK's largest liner, as well as the ever-biggest built specifically for the UK market, Fleet's next largest vessels are Azura and Ventura. Ship's interior was designed by "Richmond International" - UK-based hotel design company. On February 22, 2015, the vessel was delivered at Monfalcone Shipyard. The ceremony was attended by Enrico Morando (Italy's Deputy Minister of Economy and Finance), Micky Arison (Carnival Corporation's Chairman), David Dingle (Carnival UK's Executive Chairman), David Noyes (P&O UK's CEO), Vincenzo Petrone (Fincantieri's Chairman) and Giuseppe Bono (Fincantieri's CEO).
First Mediterranean cruise (2015, March 14) was a 14-day roundtrip from Southampton to Gibraltar, Barcelona, Monaco, Civitavecchia-Rome, Corsica, Cartagena, Cadiz. First Transatlantic cruise crossing (2015, October 23) was a 14-day itinerary from Southampton to Bridgetown Barbados, visiting Madeira (Funchal), St Maarten, St Lucia, Dominica, Grenada. First Caribbean cruise (2015, November 6) was a 14-day roundtrip from Bridgetown Barbados to Aruba, Grand Cayman, Jamaica (Ocho Rios), BVI (Tortola), St Maarten, Antigua, Dominica, Grenada.
During winter, the ship cruises in the Caribbean on roundtrips from Barbados. The ship was homeported in Port Castries (St Lucia) during winter 2016-2017 season. It also offers fly-cruise deals from UK (Southampton England). P&O UK's "flight and cruise" deals to the Caribbean are inclusive of discounted airfare to and from Barbados or St Lucia.
P&O Britannia refurbishment 2019 review
- All interiors were refreshed (shipwide).
- (Landing Deck 5 / midship Lobby) a permanent Art Gallery was added (adjacent to Blue Bar / Atrium bar)
- (deck 5 midship) The Atrium was redesigned with new color schemes and relaxed live entertainment (music, informal acts).
- (deck 5 midship) Market Cafe's menu upgraded with new gourmet sweets (recipes by Eric Lanlard / French patissier and celebrity chef)
- (deck 5 forward) To Oasis Spa and Salon (ship's wellness complex) were added two express pods for treatments - one for high-tech spa massages, the other for express skin treatments and LVL lash lifting.
- (Tween Deck 6) The onboard shopping was upgraded with new luxury brands - Jo Malone London (candles), Tom Ford (designer fashion), Michael Kors (designer clothing and accessories, handbags, watches, shoes), Clifton (custom design clothing), Edinburgh Gin (alcohol).
- (Main Deck 7 midship-starboard) Java Cafe (buffet restaurant's) menu was upgraded with alcoholic beverages.
- (deck 7 midship-aft-starboard) Photo Gallery upgraded with Dixons Electronics Hub selling gadgets (imaging, computing, audio) from premium brands like Amazon, Apple (electronics, computer software), Microsoft (software), Sony (electronics, gaming), Canon (imaging and optical products), Fitbit (trackers, wireless wearables), GoPro (action cameras), Bose (audio devices / headphones, speakers, wearables).
On MS Britannia, P&O also introduced a try-before-you-buy program with consultant-managing tasting tables in the ship's beauty and make-up areas.
Fun ship facts
During its first year of service (March 10, 2015 - March 25, 2016), the Britannia cruise ship:
- sailed more than 90000 nautical miles (103570 ml / 166680 km)
- hosted 730 theater shows
- served 94457 meals
- operated 43 itineraries (visiting 31 different countries and calling on 61 seaports).
During that time, the ship carried 116900+ passengers, who consumed ~375000 cocktail drinks, ~2,8 million cups of tea, 292000+ scones.
The vessel was laid down in 2011, its name was announced in 2013. P&O Britannia features a 308 ft / 94 m long Union Jack flag on hull's bow - world's biggest of its kind. The vessel is the first Monfalcone-made cruise ship with 2 funnels. The last ocean liner with 2 funnels (SS Eugenio C) was delivered by Monfalcone shipyard in 1966.
For the naming ceremony was used a nebuchadnezzar British Brut NV (from Winston Estate Winery, England's Sussex region). For the cruise ship's christening event, thousands of bottles "Rose Vintage 2011" and "Brut NV" were delivered.
MV Britannia ship's godmother is Her Majesty The Queen of Great Britain. On the naming ceremony, she was accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Philip. The event took place in Southampton on March 10, 2015. The list of other P and O cruise ships named by British Royals includes Oriana (April 6, 1995, by HM The Queen), Aurora (April 27, 2000, by HRH Princess Royal) and the ships Oceana and Adonia (both named on May 21, 2003, by HRH Princess Royal and her daughter Zara Phillips).
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