Presenting the best of British contemporary design, with an unprecedented number of passenger facilities, Britannia is P&O Cruises’ latest addition.
Britannia is scheduled to enter into service this Spring and will offer passengers the ‘best of the best’ when it comes to hospitality and dining.
Britannia offers more single cabins than any other cruise ship (many with balconies) and boasts a range of facilities, including treatment rooms, hydrotherapy pool, sun loungers and more.
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 combines classic features from ships which include Oriana and Aurora alongside new concepts in technology and entertainment. Dining options will also reflect the inexorable rise of British cooking on the world stage.
London-based Richmond International has provided the design throughout Britannia. The practice has created an interior design which flows with a coherent feel; whilst at the same time provides an individual identity to the different areas of the ship.
Britannia will boost P&O Cruises’ capacity by 24%, with a length of 1,082 feet. The vessel will carry over 3,600 passengers and at 141,000 tons will be 25,000 tons larger than P&O Cruises’ previous ship. The ship will also be P&O’s greenest vessel yet, boasting a new hull form which reduces unit fuel consumption by 20%.
To date there have been two previous ships named Britannia connected to P&O. The first entered service in 1835 for the General Steam Navigation Company, which went on to become The Peninsular Steam Navigation Company.
The second ship to bear the Britannia name entered service in 1887 and 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.
“Whilst the name Britannia has great historical resonance with P&O Cruises, most importantly, the ship will celebrate the forward-looking Britain of today and the future.
“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.”
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MBLD specialise in architectural lighting for use in all sectors of the construction industry, from hospitality and master planning, to commercial, heritage, retail and residential schemes. The company has been in operation for more than 30 years and within this time has worked on a range of prestigious projects, from One & Only Resorts in the Maldives and South Africa, to Gritti Palace and W Hotel London and W Hotel Dubai for Starwood Hotels.
Working on the Britannia project, MBLD worked alongside Richmond International to design all interior and exterior lighting for public areas and cabins on the vessel. MBLD worked with the interior design team, entertainment and bespoke lighting specialists to develop the lighting narrative throughout the ship, from conceptual stages through to final set up on board.
MBLD Associate, Laura Mackay, said:
“With P&O’s new approach to ship design utilising one ship architect, MBLD were very excited to be working as part of the design team who would help create a complete ship design. The project gave us the potential to develop a lighting scheme which could flow from one area to the next, providing passengers with a more cohesive journey.
“Turning the ship into a fully LED lit scheme to reduce the energy consumption to a third or less of its normal running requirements was key in P&O’s brief to improve upon energy consumption. This along with MBLD’s approach to high end hospitably lighting – whereby lighting is selective and sensitive to each area – has seen significant improvements to the energy demand on the ship.”
“The MBLD team strive to achieve their aesthetic objectives and fulfil the design requirements of the brief with a high degree of technical competence and imagination. With this background, the team has always been aware of the psychological effects of lighting in its approach to design. Light is used to enhance space: to define its authority and to evoke the right mood for people in and around the building.”