Britannia Review and Specifications
Specifications of Britannia
|Year built||2015 / Age : 4|
|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||3645 - 4406|
|Decks with cabins||8|
|Sister-ships||Majestic Princess, Royal Princess, Regal Princess, Sky Princess, Enchanted Princess|
|Christened by||HM Elizabeth II (The Queen of England)|
Current itinerary of Britannia
Britannia current cruise is 20 days, one-way from Castries to Southampton. The itinerary starts on 09 Mar, 2019 and ends on 29 Mar, 2019.
|Date / Time||Port|
|09 Mar||Departing from Castries, St Lucia Island|
|11 Mar||Philipsburg, St Maarten Island, Dutch Antilles|
|12 Mar||Basseterre, St Kitts Island|
|13 Mar||St Johns, Antigua|
|15 Mar - 16 Mar||Bridgetown, Barbados|
|17 Mar||Castries, St Lucia Island|
|18 Mar||Basseterre, St Kitts Island|
|19 Mar||St Johns, Antigua|
|25 Mar||Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel Island, Azores|
|29 Mar||Arriving in Southampton, England|
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) and Enchanted Princess (2020). 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 in 2003 merged with Carnival Corporation. PandO is the world's oldest cruise company, starting passenger shipping operations in 1822 on the routes connecting England with Iberia.
The 141,000-ton, 3,647-passenger cruise 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 favorite 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 North West 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 cruise industry now expect 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, 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; roudtrip 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 UK, it operated short-breaks to Northern Europe, and longer cruises to Mediterranean during summer. For Caribbean winter season 2016-2017, the ship was homeported in Saint Lucia (Castries).
Britannia has a total of 1837 cabins (of which 64 Suite, 1313 Balcony, 460 Inside rooms, 27 with single occupancy rates) in 35 grades. Most Britannia staterooms are 175-290-sq.foot Balcony rooms. The largest aboard Britannia are the Owner's Suites (470 ft2).
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 specialises 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 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 fastfood 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 unprecedented number of facilities for passengers. She 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 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 programme, 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 (patisserie by Eric Lanlard); Blue Bar (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, gameshows)
- 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, 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.
Britannia cruise ship is PandO's largest liner, as well as the ever-biggest built specifically for the UK cruising market, Fleet's next largest vessels are Azura and Ventura. Ship's interior was designed by "Richmond International" - UK-based hotel design company. Onboard art collection worth millions of GBP.
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, Rome (Civitavecchia), Corsica, Cartagena, Cadiz. First Transatlantic cruise (2015, October 23) was a 14-day crossing 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.
MV Britannia during winter offers Caribbean cruises from Barbados. The ship was homeported also 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 Caribbean are additionally inclusive of discounted airfare to and from Barbados or St Lucia.
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 over 116900 cruise passengers, who consumed around 375000 cocktail drinks, 2,8 million cups of tea, over 292000 scones.
- The vessel was laid down in 2011, and 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 Wiston Estate Winery, England's Sussex region). For the cruise ship christening event were deliverd thousands of bottles "Rose Vintage 2011" and "Brut NV".
- The 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 The Princess Royal) and the ships Oceana and Adonia (both named on May 21, 2003, by HRH The Princess Royal and her daughter Zara Phillips).
- The cruise ship's namesakes are the ferriesSpirit of Britain (P&O FERRIES) and Stena Britannica (STENA LINE).
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The below listed Britannia cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest P&O Cruises fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.
|Date||Cruise Name||Departure Port||Price from|
|2019 Feb 15||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Feb 16||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Feb 23||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2019 Mar 01||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Mar 02||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Mar 09||20 days, one-way from Castries to Southampton||Castries|
|2019 Mar 15||14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton||Bridgetown|
|2019 Mar 16||13 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton||Bridgetown|
|2019 Mar 29||7 days, round-trip The Netherlands, Belgium and Guernsey||Southampton|
|2019 Apr 05||2 days, round-trip Belgium||Southampton|
|2019 Apr 07||13 days, round-trip Canary Islands and Portugal||Southampton|
|2019 Apr 20||7 days, round-trip France, Spain and Guernsey||Southampton|
|2019 Apr 27||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2019 May 04||14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy||Southampton|
|2019 May 18||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2019 May 25||7 days, round-trip France, Spain and Guernsey||Southampton|
|2019 Jun 01||7 days, round-trip Guernsey, Belgium and The Netherlands||Southampton|
|2019 Jun 08||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2019 Jun 15||14 days, round-trip Spain, Monaco and Italy||Southampton|
|2019 Jun 29||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2019 Jul 06||14 days, round-trip Scandinavia and Russia||Southampton|
|2019 Jul 20||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2019 Jul 27||14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy||Southampton|
|2019 Aug 10||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2019 Aug 17||14 days, round-trip Spain, Monaco and Italy||Southampton|
|2019 Aug 31||7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords||Southampton|
|2019 Sep 07||14 days, round-trip Spain and Italy||Southampton|
|2019 Sep 21||2 days, round-trip Belgium||Southampton|
|2019 Sep 23||14 days, round-trip Canary Islands, Spain and Portugal||Southampton|
|2019 Oct 23||2 days, round-trip Belgium||Southampton|
|2019 Oct 25||22 days, one-way from Southampton to Castries||Southampton|
|2019 Oct 25||15 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown||Southampton|
|2019 Oct 25||14 days, one-way from Southampton to Bridgetown||Southampton|
|2019 Nov 08||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Nov 09||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Nov 16||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2019 Nov 22||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Nov 23||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Nov 23||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2019 Nov 30||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2019 Dec 06||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Dec 07||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Dec 14||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2019 Dec 20||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Dec 21||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2019 Dec 28||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2020 Jan 03||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Jan 04||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Jan 04||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2020 Jan 11||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2020 Jan 11||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2020 Jan 17||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Jan 18||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Jan 18||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2020 Jan 25||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2020 Jan 25||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2020 Jan 31||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Feb 01||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Feb 01||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2020 Feb 08||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2020 Feb 08||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2020 Feb 14||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Feb 15||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Feb 15||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2020 Feb 22||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2020 Feb 22||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2020 Feb 28||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Feb 29||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Feb 29||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2020 Mar 07||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Castries|
|2020 Mar 07||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2020 Mar 13||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Mar 14||14 days, round-trip Caribbean||Bridgetown|
|2020 Mar 14||7 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Castries||Bridgetown|
|2020 Mar 21||20 days, one-way from Castries to Southampton||Castries|
|2020 Mar 21||7 days, one-way from Castries to Bridgetown||Castries|
|2020 Mar 27||14 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton||Bridgetown|
|2020 Mar 28||13 days, one-way from Bridgetown to Southampton||Bridgetown|
|2020 Apr 10||2 days, round-trip Belgium||Southampton|
|2020 Apr 12||7 days, round-trip Spain and France||Southampton|
|2020 Apr 19||7 days, round-trip Western Europe||Southampton|
|2020 Apr 26||13 days, round-trip Canary Islands & Iberia||Southampton|
|2020 May 09||14 days, round-trip Italy and Spain||Southampton|
|2020 May 23||14 days, round-trip Italy and Spain||Southampton|
|2020 Jun 06||14 days, round-trip Italy and Spain||Southampton|
|2020 Jun 20||14 days, round-trip Italy and Spain||Southampton|
|2020 Jul 04||14 days, round-trip Italy and Spain||Southampton|
|2020 Jul 18||14 days, round-trip Spain and France||Southampton|
|2020 Aug 01||14 days, round-trip Spain and France||Southampton|
|2020 Aug 15||14 days, round-trip Spain and France||Southampton|
|2020 Aug 29||14 days, round-trip Italy, Spain and France||Southampton|
|2020 Sep 12||14 days, round-trip Italy and Spain||Southampton|
|2020 Sep 26||13 days, round-trip Spain and Italy||Southampton|