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Current itinerary of Britannia
Britannia current cruise is 14 days, round-trip Mediterranean. The itinerary starts on 26 Jun, 2022 and ends on 10 Jul, 2022.
Specifications of Britannia
|Year built||2015 / Age: 7|
|Flag state||United Kingdom|
|Builder||Fincantieri (Monfalcone, Italy)|
|Building cost||GBP 473 million (USD 770 million)|
|Engines (power)||Wartsila (62.4 MW / 83680 hp)|
|Speed||22 kn / 41 kph / 25 mph|
|Length (LOA)||329 m / 1079 ft|
|Beam (width)||45 m / 148 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)|
|Owner||Carnival Corporation & PLC|
|Operator||Carnival UK (via P&O Cruises UK)|
|Date||Itinerary||Departure Port||Price from|
|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 Short Break||Southampton|
|2022 Oct 21||15 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown||Southampton|
|2022 Nov 04||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Nov 05||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Nov 18||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Nov 19||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Dec 02||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Dec 03||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Dec 16||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Dec 17||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Dec 30||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2022 Dec 31||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Jan 13||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Jan 14||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Jan 27||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Jan 28||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Feb 10||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Feb 11||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Feb 24||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Feb 25||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Mar 10||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Mar 11||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Mar 24||14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton||Bridgetown|
|2023 Mar 25||13 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton||Bridgetown|
|2023 Apr 07||5 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton|
|2023 Apr 12||4 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton|
|2023 Apr 16||12 days, round-trip Spain And Portugal||Southampton|
|2023 Apr 28||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2023 May 05||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2023 May 12||14 days, round-trip Baltic||Southampton|
|2023 May 26||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2023 Jun 02||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2023 Jun 09||14 days, round-trip Baltic||Southampton|
|2023 Jun 23||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2023 Jun 30||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2023 Jul 07||14 days, round-trip Baltic||Southampton|
|2023 Jul 21||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2023 Aug 04||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2023 Aug 18||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2023 Sep 01||14 days, round-trip Baltic||Southampton|
|2023 Sep 15||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2023 Sep 22||14 days, round-trip Baltic||Southampton|
|2023 Oct 06||13 days, round-trip Spain And Portugal||Southampton|
|2023 Oct 19||16 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown||Southampton|
|2023 Oct 19||15 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown||Southampton|
|2023 Nov 03||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Nov 04||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Nov 17||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Nov 18||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Dec 01||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Dec 02||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Dec 15||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Dec 16||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Dec 29||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2023 Dec 30||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Jan 12||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Jan 13||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Jan 26||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Jan 27||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Feb 09||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Feb 10||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Feb 23||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Feb 24||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Mar 08||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Mar 09||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2024 Mar 22||14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton||Bridgetown|
|2024 Mar 23||13 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton||Bridgetown|
|2024 Apr 21||5 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton|
|2024 Apr 26||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2024 May 03||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2024 May 24||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2024 May 31||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2024 Jun 21||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2024 Jun 28||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2024 Jul 19||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2024 Aug 02||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2024 Aug 16||14 days, round-trip Mediterranean||Southampton|
|2024 Sep 13||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2024 Oct 04||14 days, round-trip Canary Islands||Southampton|
Review of Britannia
The 2015-built 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 (2021) and Discovery Princess (2022). 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 and O is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.
The 3700-passenger ship Britannia is the biggest ever cruise liner built especially for the British source 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 UK's fleet and named "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. Apparently, HM The Queen gave her permission to P&O use the name.
Two ships connected to the company have been previously named "Britannia". The first one entered service for General Steam Navigation Company in 1835. The second one, together with three other boats, was ordered to mark Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee (50th anniversary of her accession to the throne) and entered service in 1887. The "Golden Jubilee ship" had passenger capacity 410 (160 second-class plus 250 first-class) and cargo capacity 4000 tons. In 1888, on this Britannia sailed (to Bombay India) Winston Churchill, with his hussar regiment, and then fought on India's North-West Frontier (present-day Pakistan's KPK-Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province/occupied by the British between 1849-1947 via the East India Company).
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 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).
Decks and Cabins
MS Britannia staterooms (a total of 1837 total, in 35 grades) include 64x Suites, 1298x Balconies, 448x Inside and 27x Studios (single-occupancy cabins). The ship has no Oceanview cabins. Most staterooms are Balcony (sized 175-290 ft2). Cabin balconies are rather small (sized 35 ft2 / 3 m2). The largest accommodations are the Owner's Suites (470 ft2/44 m2, with terrace sized 210 ft2/20 m2).
The boat has 17 decks, of which 14 are passenger-accessible and 8 with cabins.
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&O UK 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 am, and Lunch 12:15-1:45 pm/3-course menu; Afternoon Tea 4-4:45 pm.; club dinner dining at 6:30 or 9.30 pm)
- The Oriental Restaurant (aft MDR, with fixed seating dining at 6:30 and 8:30 pm)
- The Peninsular Restaurant (forward MDR, with fixed seating dining at 6:30 and 8:30 pm, open-seating breakfast and lunch; also serving Afternoon Tea 4-4:45 pm)
- Sindhu (Indian specialty restaurant, by A. Kochhar)
- Ocean Grill (specialty, by chef Marco 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 the Britannia 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)
- Childrens' 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.
P&O Britannia itinerary program is based on homeporting in Southampton England and Bridgetown Barbados. The roundtrips include Caribbean Islands (from Barbados), ex-Southampton voyages along the Atlantic Coast, Baltic, Mediterranean, Canary Islands, "mini-cruises" to Guernsey (Channel Islands), Transatlantic repositioning crossings.
Britannia returned to the UK/Southampton on March 25, 2016 (a year after the naming ceremony led by HM The Queen) being homeported in Barbados throughout winter 2015-2016. From the UK, the ship operated short-breaks to Northern Europe and longer cruises to the Mediterranean (during summer). For the Caribbean winter 2016-2017 season, the ship was homeported in Saint Lucia (Castries).
On June 27, 2021, Britannia became P&O UK's first liner to restart operations (following the 15+ months pause due to the Coronavirus crisis) leaving roundtrip from Southampton on a 4-night "Short Break" (cruise to nowhere) in the English Channel/along Devon's coast.
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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. The interior was designed by "Richmond International" - UK-based hotel design company. On February 22, 2015, the vessel was delivered at the Fincantieri 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).
P&O Britannia (Monfalcone shipyard/hull number 6231) is powered by Wartsila marine diesel engines (models 12V46F and 14V46F) generating total power output 62,4 MW.
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 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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