If you’re anything like us, you’re literally on the edge of your seat waiting for news of P&O’s latest addition – Britannia. There’s been a definite mystery surrounding the launch of Britannia, with many of the exciting features and amenities being kept tightly under wraps UNTIL NOW!!
Be the first to hear about P&O Britannia’s exciting itineraries by taking a look at our dedicated P&O Britannia website. Here you’ll find all the newly released sailing details as well as the latest news on her facilities, dining, design and more. If you’ve pre-registered your interest prior to now then we will be in contact with you shortly to provide you with all the details of her exciting 2015 itineraries to make sure you do not miss out on your dream holiday.
The demand for Britannia is incredible and increasing by the day. The Bolsover Cruise Club Pre-Registration Service allows you to make what is reminiscent of a confirmed booking, giving you the opportunity to register your booking with us prior to the on sale date, putting you at the front of the queue for your specific cabin and dining choices. Normally we strive to be modest in our appraisal of our expertise but when it comes to new brochure launches and our pre-registering service, we’re the best, hence our title as Top UK Independent Agent for P&O Cruises and Princess Cruises for the past 27 years straight!
Here’s what we know:
Britannia Will Set Sail in Spring 2015
If you’re keen to book your 2015 cruise, now is the time! We’re expecting cabins to sell like hotcakes, so we wholeheartedly recommend pre-registering so you’re not disappointed. The new Britannia programme will officially go on sale for Caribbean, Baltic and Ligurian Tier Peninsular Club members only on 26 March 2014 and then on general sale for ALL passengers on 27 March 2014 BUT we are able to take advance registration bookings right now! That means you can contact us to discuss all the itineraries, pricing, cabin choices and more. We have all the information and ready to confirm your pre-registration, ready to go be confirmed on the day the itineraries go live on sale.
Key itinerary highlights include:
- Inaugural 14 night Western Mediterranean (B502)
- British Isles 12 night showcase cruise
- 33 sailings in her Maiden season
- Discovering 11 different regions, including; 5 Western Mediterranean, 4 Canary Islands, 3 Iberia, 1 Baltic, 5 Norwegian Fjords, 1 British Isles, 3 Cruise Breaks, 6 Caribbean Eastern and 3 Caribbean Western cruises
- Featuring overnights in Madeira (B515, B522), Barbados (fortnightly on her Caribbean fly programme) & St Petersburg (B509)
- She will offer a range of ex-Southampton durations from 2 nights to 14 nights
- An extensive array of sail-by opportunities offering passengers outstanding views such as Sognefjord (the largest fjord in Norway and third largest in the world) and the Great British coastline.
- Itineraries specifically designed for British passengers; sailing to iconic destinations & giving passengers the opportunity to experience the very best of what each region has to offer.
- 29 Saturday departures
- A selection of cruises during school holidays; Easter (14 night Canary Islands B503), May half term (7 night Cruise Break B507), Summer (7 night Fjords B514, 14 night Canary Islands B515, 7 night Cruise Break B516, 14 night Western Med B517), Christmas (14 night Caribbean Fly B528C)
- 2 short cruise breaks coinciding with the weekend (B512 & B520)
- Diverse Caribbean fly-cruises in November to March; 3 types of 14 night ex-Barbados itineraries
Britannia Will be the Largest Ship Designed for the UK Cruise Industry
While Britannia isn’t destined to be the world’s largest cruise ship – that’s a title held by Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas, and expected to be transferred to the cruise line’s ‘Oasis 3’ when she sets sail in 2016 – Britannia will be the largest ship in P&O’s history, and the biggest designed specifically for the UK market. At 141,000 tons, Britannia is a whopping 21.5 percent larger than P&O’s current leaders, Azura and Ventura. This extra space is expected to be evident in the public areas on board, giving passengers more room than ever to relax, unwind, and have fun.
P&O are developing this ship with passengers in mind, attempting to create a unique atmosphere on board that caters for just about everything imaginable. Signature features will include ‘sophisticated wows’ and new innovations, making her the most exciting representation of the P&O Cruises experience yet. Combining the classic features of P&O favourites such as Oriana and Aurora with the vast choice and contemporary variety of Ventura and Azura, Britannia will represent the best of the best for P&O Cruises, catering to cruising newcomers whilst resonating with existing passengers.
When you step on board, you’re certainly in for a treat. This magnificent ship will boast an incredible entrance point for passengers upon embarkation, with ‘starburst’, the stunning centrepiece of her atrium coming into view as you are welcomed on board. She may be the biggest ship ever built to sail out of the UK but she’s also the most glamorous. The atrium will be the largest in the fleet with a bustling vibrant atmosphere at the very heart of the ship. Britannia will also boast a superb array of entertainment and dining choices including all five of the cruise lines Food Heroes being represented on board in her bars, cafes and restaurants, not forgetting exquisite menus and a the addition of a cookery school. Theatre lovers will be pleased to note that Britannia will once again take cruising to another level with a full LED wall for a truly immersive theatre experiences whilst passengers looking for ultimate relaxation will relish the stylish spa on board. You’ll also find a one million pound art collection on board.
Britannia’s Vital Statistics:
- A total of 13 different bars
- 13 places to eat
- 9 entertainment venues
- 4 swimming pools
- 1,837 Cabins – (all outside staterooms have balconies)
- 64 Suites
- 1,313 balcony cabins – including 15 single balcony cabins
- 460 inside cabins – including 12 single inside cabins
- 3-tier feature atrium
- £1m+ art collection
- Extensive children’s facilities, including 4 separate designated age group areas, a night nursery and outdoor splash area.
- Fully equipped sports complex and arena
- Oasis Spa & The Retreat
- Extensive gymnasium
- Dedicated wedding venue
- Extensive range of shops – the largest in the fleet at 660 sqm – 17$ larger than Azura/Ventura
Britannia Will be One of the First to Sail with P&O’s New Union Jack Design
Recently, P&O announced a fleet-wide change in exterior design, adding a Union Jack to the bows of all ships, both present and future. P&O are keen to emphasise that they are a British cruise line, designed with British travellers in mind, and the combination of the Union Jack design and the name ‘Britannia’, really helps to solidify P&O’s commitment to this. At 94 metres long, Britannia’s flag motif will be the longest version of the Union Jack anywhere in the world. P&O’s Aurora will be the first to show off this new design, followed by Britannia in 2015. All other members of the fleet are expected to display the Union Jack by the end of 2016.
Britannia Will Target a Wide Range of Travellers
As P&O strive to make cruising more accessible to those travellers who have previously felt cruise holidays were not for them. Britannia will boast more single occupancy cabins than any other major cruise ship, removing the need for solo travellers to pay double occupancy rates. However, double cabins will remain the majority, so if you’re keen to book yourself your own personal haven, pre-register now and be one of the first to reserve the stateroom of your choice!
Britannia Will be a ‘Modern Classic’
P&O are keen to share with their potential passengers that this ship will be a ‘modern classic’, combining the old style charm and luxury of cruise travel with a contemporary twist. P&O are recognising that a wider range of travellers are opting for holidays at sea and believe Britannia’s new interior design, facilities, and amenities, will capture the imagination of all passengers.
Britannia’s Maiden Voyage Will be Overseen by Captain Paul Brown
Captain Paul Brown, who is currently sailing on board Ventura, will be given the honour of transporting Britannia from her dry dock in Italy to her new base in Southampton. Captain Brown will also be overseeing Britannia’s maiden voyage in 2015. Having joined P&O in 1996, Captain Brown has been in charge of sailings on Aurora, Oriana, Ventura, and Azura.
Britannia Will Carry 3,611 Passengers Plus 1,350 Crew
Early reports suggest that Britannia will carry more than 3,611 passengers on each voyage, with an additional 1,350 crew, giving a 2.6:1 crew to passenger ratio. Britannia will carry 16 percent more passengers than Azura and Ventura, yet the ship itself will be 21.5 percent larger. For travellers who appreciate having their own space, and not being cramped into crowded conditions, Britannia looks to be the perfect choice.
Britannia Will Re-Introduce Some Old Favourites
P&O have promised to include a good mix of old favourites alongside new and exciting venues on board Britannia, with the popular Crow’s Nest Bar, located at the very front of the ship with large windows overlooking the sea, seemingly a likely addition. The Crow’s Nest is already featured on many P&O ships, including Arcadia, Aurora and Oriana, and is a designed as a classic venue, complete with dark wood paneling and with the most amazing views. Having been omitted from Azura and Ventura, many loyal P&O cruisers will be pleased to hear that we’re anticipating the re-introduction of this timeless observation bar on the newest member of the fleet.
Britannia Will Boast P&O’s Largest On Board Spa
P&O have confirmed that the on board spa on Britannia will be located away from the fitness facilities – a somewhat unusual move but one that is expected to make the spa facilities more accessible to all travellers. On many ships, the spa is situated adjacent to the gymnasium, which creates an association between the two. However, P&O are keen to reinvent their on board spa, making it a place of true relaxation and opulence, rather than a facility related to a grueling workout. It is believed that Britannia will boast the largest spa of any existing P&O ship.
All you have to do is let us know you’re interested in being one of the first passengers to sail upon the breathtaking Britannia when she sets sail in 2015, and we’ll get the ball rolling. Our pre-registering process enables us to complete what is reminiscent of a confirmed booking as we take your stateroom choices, dining options and added extra preferences. We’re expecting heavy demand, so don’t miss your opportunity! Call our Cruise Consultants now on 01246 819819 and let us plan the perfect P&O Britannia cruise for you.