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A landmark day as ceremonies mark the float out of the biggest and best ship for Britain

Posted 14 Feb 2014 - As lovers across the world exchange gifts on Valentine’s Day P&O Cruises received a very special gift indeed as special ceremonies at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard near Trieste were held today (Friday February 14) to mark the float out of P&O Cruises’ newest ship Britannia.

The first ceremony involved the welding of significant coins on the open deck of Britannia for good luck. A 1oz solid silver brilliant uncirculated 2013 coin featuring Britannia with her trident and shield was chosen to mark the occasion as 2013 was the year the hull was laid.

After the coin ceremony, the focus then moved to the dockside where the ship was blessed, and a bottle of Italian prosecco was smashed against the hull by the Madrina. Italian tradition dictates that a Madrina “godmother” officiates at a float out ceremony and P&O Cruises selected Travel Counsellor’s Louise Hunt as Madrina for Britannia. Louise was selected through a travel agent competition run to find the best person possible to fulfil this role.

The valves of the dry dock were then opened so Britannia met the water for the first time.

During the formal ceremony, Carnival UK chief commercial officer Gerard Tempest said:

“Britannia will be a market-leading ship for a market-leading brand when she makes her debut in spring 2015. There will be an unrivalled mixture of contemporary sophistication mixed with those enduring hallmarks of P&O Cruises: high quality service, cuisine and entertainment delivered with style and glamour.

“We wanted Britannia to become a Modern Classic with the core of P&O Cruises heritage augmented by the latest contemporary design. Today is a landmark event for P&O Cruises and for the British cruise industry and is the start of a new chapter in our future.”

When the biggest ship built for the British cruise market sets sail on its maiden voyage from Southampton to the Mediterranean on March 14 2015 it will mark a step change in holidays at sea.

Amongst the extraordinary experiences on board Britannia are:
• The Cookery Club – a 24 person state of the art cookery school developed in association with James Martin who will host regular classes on board
• Three tier feature atrium with Eric Lanlard patisserie, a charcuterie and gelateria as well as spectacular Star Burst sculpture
• Champagne afternoon tea by Eric Lanlard served in the fine dining restaurant
• Sindhu from Atul Kochhar and Olly Smith’s The Glass House
• The Limelight Club – a combined entertainment and dining venue in the great tradition of the supper club
• Spectacular new outdoor deck show
• Gala dinners from Marco Pierre

White Britannia’s maiden season will see the ship sail from Southampton to the Mediterranean, Norwegian Fjords, Canary Islands and the Baltic Sea, as well as offering a range of short breaks and a special round Britain cruise.

The ship will then transfer to the Caribbean for the winter season sailing a range of 15 night fly/cruise itineraries from Barbados.