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Queen christens P&O Cruises new ship Britannia in Southampton

The much-awaited Britannia, the biggest ship designed exclusively for Britain, has been christened by the Queen in Southampton.

The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, commemorated the ship’s entry into service for the P&O Cruises fleet in a glittering ceremony in which a bottle of British Wiston Estate Brut NV was broken against the hull of the 143,000-ton cruise ship

Queen christens Britannia
The Queen christens Britannia with the traditional bottle smashing ceremony

Upholding its celebration of all things British, P&O Cruises selected sparkling wine from the Wiston Estate Winery in Sussex, and a nebuchadnezzar of the Brut NV was used for the occasion.

The ceremony was compered by actor, comedian and TV presenter Rob Brydon who features in P&O Cruises latest advertising campaign and included the Royal Marines Band Service, the Band of the Irish Guards and English soprano Laura Wright, as well as a Strictly Come Dancing cameo show.

Britannia embodies the spirit of modern Britain through the ship’s contemporary, elegant design, cutting-edge art collection, best of British chefs, state-of-the-art cookery school and world-class spa.

Queen christens Britannia
The Queen with Captain Paul Brown visits Britannia’s atrium (above) and the bridge (below)
Queen christens Britannia

Following the naming ceremony, the 3,657-passenger vessel embark on her maiden voyage on Friday to the Mediterranean and during her maiden season will also sail to the Norwegian Fjords, Canary Islands and the Baltic Sea, as well as offering a range of short breaks and a special “round-Britain” cruise.

The ship, which cost £500m to buikld in Italy, will then transfer to the Caribbean for the winter season sailing a range of 15 night fly/cruise itineraries from Barbados.

Posted on 11th March 2015 at 11:14 am in Cruise News | Cruise Ships | New Ships | Cruise Lines | P&O Cruises |

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