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Newest Southampton-based P&O ship to be called Britannia
9:50am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
Britannia will rule the waves once more when P&O Cruises` new, 141,000 luxury cruise ship arrives in Southampton in spring, 2015.
Able to accommodate more than 3,600 passengers, Britannia, which will be 25,000 ton larger than P&O Cruises` previous newest ship, Azura, and will boost the company`s capacity by 24 per cent.
Now under construction in Italy, near Trieste, Britannia will be dedicated to the rapidly expanding British cruise market and increase the company`s Southampton based fleet to eight vessels.
With a length of 1,082 feet, it will carry over 4,700 passengers and at 141,000 tons will be 25,000 tons larger than P&O Cruises previous newest ship.
Speaking today in London, P&O Cruises & Carnival UK chief executive officer David Dingle said: “Whilst the name Britannia has great historical resonance, most importantly, the ship will celebrate the forward-looking Britain of today and the future.
“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 will underpin P&O Cruises` unique commitment to building ships specifically designed to anticipate the tastes of today’s Britain.
“She will be a modern classic, a ship for this and future generations offering authentic travel by sea in an enduringly contemporary setting.”
The huge ship will be longer than Britain's tallest building, The Shard in London, is tall and the engines will generate more power than 70 Challenger tanks.
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