P&O Cruises have released their exciting and highly anticipated 2015 itineraries aboard their brand new ship – the largest of the fleet – Britannia, and we’re completely overwhelmed by the vast and diverse voyages this magnificent cruise ship will be completing in just her first year alone and based on the amount of pre-registrations we’ve taken so far, so are you! Ranging from taster cruises around the British Isles and Europe, to 14 night sailings around the sunny Caribbean, there’s something for everyone. The big question is – which voyage will YOU be on?
Perhaps you’ve already booked your cruise holiday for 2015, or perhaps you’ve never sailed with P&O before and aren’t sure what to expect – no problem! Britannia will be offering a number of short breaks for those keen to experience this revolutionary ship without committing to a full-on two week getaway. Two night roundtrip sampler cruises are available from Southampton to St Peter Port in Guernsey. A home away from home, there’s an interesting mix of both English and French influences here that really makes Guernsey a cultural hotspot. Keep your eyes peeled as you get closer to St Peter Port – you’ll be able to spot Castle Cornet in the distance.
While these short sampler cruises are great for a quick getaway, are they long enough to allow you to fully explore the ship? Perhaps not. With 15 passenger decks spanning more than 1000 feet in length, remember that Britannia is the largest ship ever built for the UK market – it’s going to take more than two nights to enjoy all she has to offer. If you’re looking for a longer cruise, but still want to stay close to home, consider a voyage that takes in ports in France and Spain as well as Guernsey. Fascinating ports such as La Coruna, Bilbao, and La Rochelle are included in these excellent itineraries.
The Norwegian Fjords
Britannia will be sailing through the breathtaking Norwegian Fjords right from the beginning of the Fjords cruising season in April, to the close of the season in August, giving you the ultimate choice not just in what you see, but how you see it. Britannia’s first voyage to the Fjords will be on 25 April 2015, visiting Bergen, Olden, Flaam, and Stavanger on a roundtrip journey from Southampton. This really is a great time to visit the Fjords. Just as spring brings the warmer weather, the waterfalls will be at their most spectacular as the snow atop the surrounding mountains begins to melt. However, the last Fjords sailing of the year, departing Southampton on 29th August, will also offer a remarkably special experience. Right in the height of summer, you’ll experience daylight right into the early hours of the morning. These extra-long days are perfect for exploring the new features and venues on board Britannia.
P&O Cruises were, of course, not going to miss the opportunity to send their most amazing ship to date to one of the most popular cruise destinations in the world – the Mediterranean. Britannia will be offering 14 night voyages around some of the Med’s most picturesque, historic, and culturally diverse destinations. Cruises will focus on the Western Med, where passengers will have the chance to discover the hidden gems of Barcelona, Cannes, Rome, and Gibraltar, to name just a few. With 6 sea days on the average 14 night Mediterranean voyage, we think these sailings offer the perfect balance between shore and sea time, ideal for travellers who love to immerse themselves in different cultures and see new places, but who are also raring to spend time relaxing, having fun, and sampling the mouth-watering cuisine aboard the newest ship to grace the waters.
P&O are keen for all cruise lovers to experience the amazing design, gigantic venues, and luxurious staterooms aboard Britannia, so rather than staying in the Med for the winter season, Britannia will be relocating to the sunny Caribbean, offering voyages throughout the majestic islands. You’ll have the choice of two different forms of fly-cruises on Britannia towards the end of 2015, and at the start of 2016 – one-way transatlantic sailings, or flying in both directions. There are, of course, good points to both options, so it can be difficult to choose!
Some travellers prefer one-way transatlantic sailings, especially those who don’t particularly enjoy flying. You’ll cut your time in the air in half, and you’ll have the chance to visit some wonderful destinations you may not have seen otherwise. Britannia will be sailing from Barbados to Southampton in March 2016, making a stop in Ponta Delgada, Azores, before reaching the UK. The Azores are absolutely beautiful, and yet their Atlantic location makes them somewhat difficult to access. Cruises to the Azores are one of the best ways to see these tiny Portuguese islands with their blend of European and Northern African influences, a destination that provides the perfect stop off on your return from the Caribbean islands.
Other passengers prefer two-way fly-cruises simply because they allow you to see more of the Caribbean in a shorter amount of time. Britannia will be offering roundtrip Caribbean adventures from Barbados throughout the winter of 2015, visiting luxurious destinations such as St Kitts, St Lucia, and Grenada. The cost of the flights is already included in the overall fare.
We always get excited when a new ship comes on the scene, but there’s just something so special about Britannia. Maybe it’s that she was built especially for the UK cruise market, maybe it’s because she’s set to offer the most incredible on board experience, or maybe it’s because the 2015 – 2016 itineraries are so attractive. Whatever it is, we can’t wait to sail on her. Can you?