MV Britannia (2015)
Southampton 6 March 2015
|Owner:||Carnival Corporation & plc|
|Port of registry:||Southampton, U.K.|
|Builder:||Fincantieri, Monfalcone, Italy|
|Laid down:||15 May 2013|
|Launched:||14 February 2014|
|Christened:||10 March 2015 by Queen Elizabeth II|
|Completed:||26 February 2015|
|Maiden voyage:||14 March 2015|
|In service:||14 March 2015|
|Identification:||Call sign: 2HHG5 IMO number: 9614036 MMSI number: 235106595|
|Class and type:||Royal-class cruise ship|
|Length:||330 m (1,083 ft)|
|Beam:||44 m (144 ft)|
|Height:||70.67 m (232 ft)|
|Decks:||15 passenger decks|
|Installed power:||Total shaft power 36 000 kW.|
|Propulsion:||Wärtsilä 12V46F x 2 & Wärtsilä 14V46F x 2 & propulsion electric motors - 2 x VEM Sachsenwerk GMBH|
|Speed:||21.9 kn @ 136 rev/min|
|Crew:||1398 officers and crew|
At 143,000 GT, Britannia is the largest of seven ships currently in service with P&O Cruises and she is also the flagship of the fleet, taking the honour from Oriana. She officially entered service on 14 March 2015, and was named by Queen Elizabeth II. Her first captain was Paul Brown.
Naming and construction
The name Britannia was announced on 24 September 2013 and has historical importance for P&O, as there have been two previous ships named Britannia connected with the company. The first entered service in 1835 for the General Steam Navigation Company, which went on to become the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company. The second, which entered service in 1887, was one of four ships ordered by the company to mark the golden jubilee of both Queen Victoria and P&O itself.
The ceremonial float out of the third Britannia took place on the afternoon of 14 February 2014, with the traditional champagne bottle smashed against the vessel's hull.
On board, Britannia features 13 bars as well as 13 restaurants and cafés.
TV chef James Martin developed "The Cookery Club" on board Britannia. The venue features celebrity chefs/cooks such as Mary Berry, James Tanner, Antonio Carluccio, Paul Rankin and Pierre Koffman. Eric Lanlard has his own patisserie, Market Café, in the ship's atrium. He also created an upgraded afternoon tea service in the Epicurean restaurant. Atul Kochhar, of the Michelin-starred Benares restaurant in London, supervises menus in Sindhu (as also seen on fleetmates Ventura and Azura). Marco Pierre White creates menu items served in the main restaurants on gala nights.  The ship has a 936-seat theatre.
Britannia has a total of 1,837 cabins with 27 of those being single cabins (inside and balcony), in addition to conventional inside and balcony cabins; 64 of the cabins are designated as suites. For the first time on a P&O Cruises ship, all outside cabins have balconies.
Britannia has four pools including a dedicated pool for teenagers, and the Oasis Spa.
Maiden voyage and itineraries
Britannia's maiden voyage took place 14–28 March 2015, and included visits to Spain, Italy and France.
During her summer season, Britannia sailed to the Mediterranean, Norwegian fjords, the Baltic, Canary Islands and Atlantic Islands. In winter, the ship operates 14-night Caribbean itineraries.
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway was recorded and shown live on board as the final show of the 13th series, on 2 April 2016.
In 2013 Princess Cruises began operating the lead vessel in its Royal Class, Royal Princess. Britannia is built to the same template, but is very different in its character and exterior appearance. The second ship of the Royal Class, Regal Princess, was delivered 11 May 2014 to Princess Cruises. The latest Royal Class ship, Majestic Princess, will launch in the summer of 2017.
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- "Is Britannia a recipe for success at sea?" – review by Teresa Machan in The Daily Telegraph, London, of the maiden voyage of Britannia
- "On board P&O Cruises’ new supership Britannia - but how does it shape up at sea?" – review by John Honeywell on Mirror Online of the maiden voyage of Britannia