P&O Cruises & Carnival UK chief executive officer David Dingle said: “Britannia is a most fitting name for the newest addition to P&O Cruises, which, with its long and famous heritage, remains Britain’s favourite cruise line. Britannia will capture both the contemporary spirit of P&O Cruises and the spirit of Britain today.
Britannia will boost P&O Cruises capacity by 24%. With a length of 1,082 feet, it will carry over 3,600 passengers and at 141,000 tons will be 25,000 tons larger than P&O Cruises previous newest ship.
The ship will be designed to both attract many thousands of newcomers and also resonate with existing passengers. It will offer the “best of the best”, combining favourite classic features of ships such as Oriana and Aurora, the wide choice and contemporary variety of Ventura and Azura as well as many yet to be announced new concepts in technology and entertainment. Dining options will reflect the inexorable rise of British cooking on the world stage.
Following travelling trends and customer research it will also have more single cabins than any other cruise ship, many of them with balconies.
There have been two previous ships named Britannia connected to 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. This Golden Jubilee class ship carried 250 first-class passengers and 160 second-class passengers and had a cargo capacity of approximately 4,000 tons. The young Winston Churchill sailed on this Britannia with his hussar regiment to Bombay in 1888 and then went on to fight on the North West Frontier.