Largest cruise ship ever built for UK tourists makes its first voyage around the British Isles
She weighs in at 141,000 tons and is the largest cruise ship ever built specifically for British tourists and is making her away around the British Isles. Built for P&O Cruises, the Britannia was named by her Majesty the Queen in March this year and as you would expect for a huge and striking vessel such as this, she is drawing crowds wherever she makes her way around the coast.
Just now Britannia has reached the halfway mark and has arrived in the town of Greenock, near Glasgow after sailing around Cape Wrath the most north-westerly point of the mainland UK. Britannia departed for this voyage on the 6th July and passed by Flamborough Head noted for the sheer chalk cliffs, South Shields, stopping of at Edinburgh, Invergordon and Kirkwall.
The rest of the cruise itinerary takes in Liverpool tomorrow, Dublin on Tuesday, and a stop close to Cork on the south coast of Ireland, passing Cornwall before ending up Saint Peter Port in Guernsey on Friday. This particular cruise around the British Isles is not the maiden voyage as you might expect, this was undertaken to the Mediterranean and back on the 14th March taking in Gibraltar, followed by Barcelona, Monte Carlo, Rome, then Ajaccio and Cadiz before returning to Southampton.
Cruise ships like this do not come cheap of course and Britannia cost close to £500million and can carry 3,647 passengers and has a compliment of1, 350 crew members spread over 18 decks. Built in Italy, Britannia has 15 passenger decks, 13 bars and 13 restaurants, a three-tier atrium, a 936-seat theatre, four swimming pools, and a multimillion-pound art collection. Britannia will be based in Southampton during the summer months and in the Caribbean over the winter.