Sunday, 24 November 2013

Brittania Takes Shape!

By Editor, Simon Veness
 
The advent of P&O Cruises' new ship Britannia promises to be one of THE major cruise landmarks of 2015, and the latest photos of the build process in the famous Monfalcone shipyard of the Fincantieri company in Trieste suggest things are taking shape extremely well.
 
The series of pictures shows the bow and superstructure more than half finished, which is
an amazing rate of construction since the keel-laying ceremony was held on May 15 and the main steel-cutting ceremony was held only in early October.
At 141,000 tons, it will be the largest vessel ever built for P&O when it makes its debut in spring of 2015, bearing the classic name of two previous ships in the company line (dating back to 1835 and 1887) as well as being the name of the former Royal Yacht (and, for which, P&O had to seek special royal approval).
 
For the first time a British design company, Richmond, is overseeing the whole ship’s interiors to incorporate the classic and iconic history of P&O Cruises with modern design and features to appeal to both existing and a new generation of passengers.
 
Richmond, leading designers in the hospitality industry, have a remarkable portfolio of iconic British hotels, notably The Langham London (flagship of the Hong Kong based Langham Hotels); Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park; The Intercontinental London and Four Seasons Hampshire Hotel and Spa and international resort hotels including the Four Seasons Mauritius; Sandy Lane Barbados; Boca Beach Club at Boca Raton, Miami; the Fairmont Montreux Palace, Switzerland as well as many award-winning hotels, including the Four
Seasons Budapest and the Waldorf Trianon Palace Hotel and Spa, Versailles. 
 
The 3,611 passenger ship, described as a “modern classic” will offer a stylish and innovative new design and an unprecedented number of passenger facilities, along with many of the brand’s classic and iconic features.
 
Many details have yet to be revealed, but the latest pictures show the grand design is definitely going to be both eye-catching - and large!
 
The Monfalcone shipyard has produced the recent Royal Princess for Princess Cruises and the Carnival Breeze of Carnival Cruise Lines, as well as the deluxe L'Austral class trio for French line Compagnie du Ponant.
More info: call 0843 374 0111 or visit www.pocruises.com.
 
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