Written by on Tuesday March 3, 2015
Another new ship. Some may ask “what is the significance”? as there have been lots of new ships in recent years. But Britannia is different, Britannia is dedicated to the British market, Britannia is a game-changer.
I was honoured to attend the handover ceremony for Britannia last Sunday at the Fincanteiri shipyard in Trieste, Italy. The group of just 40 visitors from the UK included celebrity chefs, journalists, PR Managers, interior designers, bloggers and photographers as well as the ‘top-brass’ from P&O. We joined the mainly Italian audience and were treated to an event that started with a thorough guided tour of the ship conducted by the ships skipper Captain Paul Brown.
Before our world-class lunch, we witnessed the formal theatre based traditional handover ceremony that included the exchange of flags, in which the shipyard flag is taken down and the P&O Cruises flag is flown. This is the fifth time Fincanteiri have handed over a new ship to P&O.
David Dingle the chairmen of Carnival UK/P&O and the head of Fincanteiri Shipbuilders delivered speeches explaining the business significance whilst the political importance was formally acknowledged by the Italian finance minister. “Britannia will once again rule the waves – this is not just a ship for Britain, it’s a ship for a new Britain. A more vibrant, more exciting Britain” according to David Dingle.
My favourite moment came when Captain Brown revealed his heartfelt pride to be the recipient of such a magnificent vessel
David Dingle also revealed that Britannia is the largest cruise ship ever designed specifically for the British holiday market, becoming part of the plan to grow the UK market to two million cruise holidaymakers per annum.
My view is that this is not just another big shiny new ship. This is a game-changing, unique, beautifully elegant masterpiece of design and engineering.
Leigh Collis, Head of Cruise