P&O names new ship ‘Britannia’

P&O has announced it will name its new 141,000 tonne cruise ship, Britannia, to reflect the company’s popularity amongst British travellers.

According to the cruise line, P&O is still Britain’s favourite cruise line.

The ship will enter service in spring 2015 and will be the largest built to serve the British market, The Telegraph UK reported.

As a result, she will be designed to reflect the style and sophistication of modern Britain, while retaining classic features of ships such as Oriana and Aurora.

P&O Cruises & Carnival UK chief executive David Dingle said: “Britannia will capture both the contemporary spirit of P&O Cruises and the spirit of Britain today.”

She will be used sail Southampton and cruise the Mediterranean, Northern Europe.

Britannia will be the eighth ship to join the P&O fleet. She will carry 3,600 passengers.

She will also have more single cabins than any other cruise ship and will be the line’s greenest ship with a new hull form designed to reduce fuel consumption by 20 percent.

There have been two previous ships named Britannia, the first entered service in 1835 for the General Steam Navigation Company and the second launched in 1887 to mark the Golden Jubilee of both Queen Victoria and P&O itself.

For more information on the ship, check out the animated preview of Britannia in the video below.