for-web-The latest cruise ship from P&O Cruises scheduled for spring 2015 will be named Britannia.

Speaking today in London, 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.

“Today’s Britain is a place of increasing style and sophistication, optimism and excitement. Britannia will reflect that feeling and will mark a new era of growth and success for the cruise industry.

Britannia will underpin P&O Cruises’ unique commitment to building ships specifically designed to anticipate the tastes of today’s Britain. It will be a modern classic, a ship for this and future generations offering authentic travel by sea in an enduringly contemporary setting.”

Britannia will carry over 3,600 guests and will combine classic features of P&O ships such as Oriana and Aurora and the variety offered by Ventura and Azura.

Richmond International, responsible for the elegant designs in five-star hotels across the world, is designing the “flowing” interiors of the ship, reflecting the best in British contemporary design.

There are many yet to be announced innovations in entertainment on board, and dining is set to reflect the popularity of British cuisine.

The name Britannia is steeped in the history of P&O; two previous ships have been named Britannia, one in 1835 and another in 1887 to mark the Golden Jubilee of both Queen Victoria and P&O – which the young Winston Churchill sailed on with his hussar regiment to Bombay in 1888.

The new ship will be P&O Cruises’ greenest yet, with a new hull that will reduce fuel consumption by 20%.

Find out more about Britannia here: P&O keel laying ceremony for new cruise ship

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