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📰 Britannia naming ceremony - 10.03.15

Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, officially named P&O Cruises new flagship Britannia in a glittering ceremony in which a bottle of British Wiston Estate Brut NV was broken against the hull of the 143,000 tons cruise ship.
Upholding its celebration of all things British, P&O Cruises selected sparkling wine from the Wiston Estate Winery in Sussex. A nebuchadnezzar of the Brut NV was used for the bottle smash moment itself while thousands of bottles of Brut NV and Rosé, Vintage 2011 will be enjoyed during the various inaugural events that are scheduled to take place around the launch. 
 
The ceremony was compèred by actor, comedian and TV presenter Rob Brydon who features in P&O Cruises latest advertising campaign and included the Royal Marines Band Service, the Band of the Irish Guards and English soprano Laura Wright, as well as a Strictly Come Dancing cameo show.
 
The biggest ship designed exclusively for Britain, Britannia is P&O Cruises’ latest “modern classic”, heralding a new era of holiday choice. Chief amongst her features are her restaurants, bars and cafes, with menus and culinary experiences created by P&O Cruises’ 'Food Heroes'; James Martin, Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar, Eric Lanlard, wine expert Olly Smith and cheese expert Charlie Turnbull. In the new Cookery Club, a 24 person state-of-the-art cookery school, these celebrity chefs and experts will demonstrate their culinary skills, and will be joined throughout this year by other famous chefs including Mary Berry CBE, Pierre Koffmann, Paul Rankin and Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE.
 
Britannia’s bar highlights include the Great British Gin Menu with 20 artisan gins in the Crow's Nest cocktail lounge and the Great British Beer Menu with 70 UK bottled beers, ales and ciders in Brodie’s pub.
 
Britannia’s most outstanding design statement is reserved for her three-deck high atrium with illuminating Star Burst sculpture, and she also provides the largest British spa at sea, a state-of-the-art theatre with LED wall, four pools, gym, and a multi million pound art collection including a specially commissioned representation of the “Spirit of Modern Britain” from artist Johnny Bull.
 
P&O Cruises will also uphold its celebration of all things British by selecting sparkling wine from the Wiston Estate Winery in Sussex for the bottle smash moment at the naming ceremony. A nebuchadnezzar of the quintessentially British Brut NV will be used for the ceremony itself while thousands of bottles of Brut NV and Rosé Vintage 2011 will be enjoyed during the various inaugural events that are scheduled to take place around the launch.
 
Text with thanks to P&O Cruises
Images with thanks to P&O Cruises & Associated British Ports
 
 
    • Britannia Cruise Liner

    Britannia Cruise Liner - Photo Credit: James Morgan

    • Britannia

    Britannia - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

    • Britannia Celebrations

    Britannia Celebrations - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

    • Welcoming Britannia

    Welcoming Britannia - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

    • Welcoming Britannia

    Welcoming Britannia - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

    • Welcoming committee to Britannia

    Welcoming committee to Britannia

    • Tiger parachutist

    Tiger parachutist

    • Britannia Celebrations - Associated British Ports

    Britannia Celebrations - Associated British Ports - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

    • Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness.

    Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness. - Photo Credit: James Morgan

    • Britannia Naming Celebrations

    Britannia Naming Celebrations - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

    • Britannia Naming Celebrations - Associated British Ports

    Britannia Naming Celebrations - Associated British Ports - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

    • Britannia Naming Ceremony with Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness

    Britannia Naming Ceremony with Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness

    • Britannia Celebrations - Associated British Ports

    Britannia Celebrations - Associated British Ports - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

    • Britannia naming Ceremony

    Britannia naming Ceremony

    • Britannia Naming Celebrations

    Britannia Naming Celebrations - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

    • Captain Paul Brown of Britannia

    Captain Paul Brown of Britannia

    • Britannia's Food Hero's

    Britannia's Food Hero's - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

    • Britannia

    Britannia - Photo Credit: Associated British Ports

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