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Britannia, Our Flagship

Inspired by our past. Designed for the future. There has never been a more stylish way to see the world!

Nothing beats the feeling of stepping on board a new ship for the first time, and whether you are new to cruising, or a veteran of the high seas, your moments on board our new cruise ship, Britannia, designed by world-leading interior design experts, are sure to be truly memorable.

Designed for the modern British holidaymaker
Combining the excitement of cruising with the sophistication of a five-star hotel, Britannia isn't just the biggest ship ever built exclusively for the British market - she's the most glamorous too. Your first moments on board are sure to be truly memorable as the spectacular 'starbust' centrepiece of her atrium comes into view.

Perfect for families
Britannia offers the perfect balance, bringing the opportunity to enjoy quality time together as well as time separately. From hassle-free mealtimes to carefree days out, we really have got it all covered.

Great for adults
Step aboard and find everything you need for a relaxing holiday including plenty of restaurants, bars, pools, a luxurious spa, a gym, a theatre and shops.

Britannia Facts

Food & dining on Britannia

Find out more about food, drink, speciality dining and celebrity chefs on board Britannia, using these links:

Main dining options on Britannia


Freedom Dining at the Meridian Restaurant...

Like to escape the usual routine on holiday? Then you'll love the flexibility of Freedom Dining. Opt for an early dinner one night and a late supper the next; you can shape each day as you please.

With Freedom Dining you'll still enjoy the special ambience and sociable atmosphere of a main dining room, with a five-course menu (six-course on Gala Nights). The difference from Club Dining is that this option allows you the flexibility to turn up at selected restaurants anytime you choose between 18:00 and 21:30, with whom you like, and every effort will be made to accommodate you. Freedom Dining is included in your fare when you book a Select Price. Just opt for it when making your Select Price booking.


Freedom Dining at the Peninsular Restaurant...
Like to escape the usual routine on holiday? Then you'll love the flexibility of Freedom Dining. Opt for an early dinner one night and a late supper the next; you can shape each day as you please.

With Freedom Dining you'll still enjoy the special ambience and sociable atmosphere of a main dining room, with a five-course menu (six-course on Gala Nights). The difference from Club Dining is that this option allows you the flexibility to turn up at selected restaurants anytime you choose between 18:00 and 21:30, with whom you like, and every effort will be made to accommodate you. Freedom Dining is included in your fare when you book a Select Price. Just opt for it when making your Select Price booking.


Take your seat in the Oriental Restaurant...

Choose a particular Club Dining seating and you'll dine at the same time and table each night and enjoy the same company. It's the way many a friendship has been made on board.

With Club Dining you'll enjoy the special ambience and sociable atmosphere of the main dining room, and a five-course menu (six-course on Gala Nights). This style of dining is a wonderful way to share your holiday experiences and meet new friends.

By choosing Club Dining you're opting for the cruising tradition of set sitting times. The same table will be reserved for you and your table companions every night for first or second sitting, at 6.30pm or 8.30pm. You can request your preferred sitting when you book a Select Price and we'll inform you of your table number, sitting and restaurant with a card in your cabin when we welcome you on board.

Afternoon tea

Classic English Afternoon tea served on board daily...

Treat yourself to a classic English afternoon tea, served daily in the main restaurants. You can enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, delicious cakes and of course the all important scone topped with clotted cream and jam all served alongside a pot of tea or coffee.

Casual dining options on Britannia


Where variety is the spice of life!

Choice abounds in our buffet restaurant. And Britannia's will offer some innovations including a live cooking station for pancakes, omelettes and noodles, a coffee bar and a dedicated salad counter.

Dine around the clock - Late night snacks are available from buffet restaurants between 10pm and 6am. The menu for these late night buffet options changes each day however, examples may include: Self service sandwich bar, ready made paninis, homemade cakes, biscuits and pastries.

This dining option is included in the price of your holiday.

Lido grill

Peckish by the pool?

All that swimming and lounging can be hungry work! Visit the Grill for quality burgers, vegetable kebabs or The Lido classic fish and chips or opt for a freshly baked pizza from The Pizzeria. This dining option is included in the price of your holiday.

Jude's ice cream is also available to purchase on board, whenever the urge strikes... from Very Vanilla, to Truly Choc, Strawberry Tease, Salted Caramel, Ginger Spice, Gin & Tonic, and more. They come in tempting tubs of pure joy, or scoops of sheer perfection.

Grab & Go

Fancy a quick bite to eat?

With a selection of pre-packed snacks, sandwiches and salads located by the main pools on Deck 16 you can simply 'grab and go'. Grabbing an instant meal has never been easier.

This dining option is included in the price of your holiday.

Room service

Enjoy room service in your comfy cabin. You can order breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinner straight to your cabin.


Britannia's outstanding entertainment & activities...

There's never a dull moment on board Britannia. Whether you're a dance-the-night-away kind of gal or a chap who enjoys nothing more than a bit of British wit, when it comes to entertainment and things to do we've something for everyone.

See below some examples of the kind of entertainment you'll find included in the price of your holiday...

Show-stopping entertainment

Headliners theatre

Raising the curtain on the digital era. Britannia introduces a new era of on-board entertainment. With its stunning LED backdrop, her theatre offers dynamic shows and the slickest of production values.

Headliners theatre incorporates the very latest technology including the LED screen wall providing a change of scenery in the blink of an eye, creating a truly unique and immersive experience.

Take a look below for some examples of fantastic productions you could enjoy on board...

The sound of the underground - A fantasy ride on the tube takes a trip around the UK saluting cultures, music and history with the ultimate cool Britannia soundtrack.

Gravity - Everyone deserves the chance to fly! Gravity takes flight into a dream, in a high-tech spectacular show set to an eclectic mix of musical styles.

Once upon a time - Set to a score of much-loved modern hits, our hero takes us on a fantasy journey through our favourite fairy stories; featuring some incredible characters and illusions.

I've got the music in me - A musical extravaganza featuring the fabulous Britannia singers and the combined on board orchestras. The show features music from the best of the West End and Broadway and both classic and contemporary pop.

The Live Lounge

Take a seat for live bands, comedy & more. A buzzing venue, the Live Lounge will play host to singers, tribute acts and live bands. And when the entertainment's over, the dancing begins as the venue turns into a nightclub.

During the day The Live Lounge is a great place for family entertainment and in the evening you'll find late-night comedy, tribute bands as well as themed nights and disco.

Take a look below for some examples of the kind of acts you will find in The Live Lounge...

The Beatles experience - The name says it all! Enjoy the many hits of The Beatles from this fab four.

Beautiful World - tribute band - Showcasing some of Take That's most memorable and best-loved songs from the 90s until now, this show has been fully choreographed and staged by one of Take That's backing dancers.

Badness - Incredible live six-piece tribute to Madness, Bad Manners and Ska. Voted amongst the top 10 tribute shows in the UK and No.1 Madness tribute in the country at The National Tribute Awards.

Mark Walker - One of the UK's top comedy impressionists, this dynamic performer combines life with surrealism to become a living embodiment of his daydreams. His blistering non-stop show includes TV and film stars from the 70s to modern day.

The Studio

One room, so many possibilities! This multi-purpose, state-of-the art venue will be the place to come for anything and everything from talks, guest speakers, cookery demos, films, game shows and music recitals...

And to give you a taster here are some examples of guest speakers that have previously appeared on Britannia:

Dale Templar, Wildlife Television Producer - Before setting up her new company One Tribe TV and starting work as a professional speaker, Dale worked as a senior television producer at the BBC for 22 years. She was the series producer of "Human Planet", the first ever landmark series from the BBC's Natural History Unit to focus on human beings. Dale left the BBC in August 2011 and set up her own television and media production company "One Tribe TV". That same year, Dale was personally recognized for her work when she was winner of the Royal Geographical Society's Cherry Kearton Medal and Award for wildlife cinematography, presented to her by Michael Palin. She is also working as a professional speaker in the UK and abroad. Dale also regularly works for the BBC Academy of Production training young television professionals and lectures at Universities and schools.

Dickie Arbiter former Royal Press Secretary - As a former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth II and manager of media relations for Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, Dickie Arbiter spent more than a decade with unprecedented access to some of the most notable figures of our time; with more than four decades of experience covering royalty as a broadcaster and journalist, he is regarded as one of the most knowledgeable and sought after experts on the British Monarchy working today. Arbiter has lectured extensively covering an array of subjects about the British Monarchy including its structure, its purpose, its relationship with the media, and its legacy. Not to be excluded are the highs and lows of Princes William and Harry, and how the mantle of the monarchy will eventually pass on to William and his bride Catherine.

The Crystal Room

Your chance to shine on the dance floor! If you love to dance, you will love the glamorous Crystal Room with its rich wood dance floors and glinting chandeliers.

The Crystal Room will host glittering evening balls and a range of entertainment from live bands and singers in the evening to dance lessons from experts during the day.

Deck shows

Brand new for P&O Cruises, spectacular deck shows. Get ready for an explosion of light, colour and sound, using the latest technology to create dazzling entertainment under the night sky...

You can enjoy themed hosted sailaways and dancing beneath the stars as well as entertainment such as professional dancers, DJs and live bands.

Hydrotherapy pool - Located on Deck 5. You have 3 steps to get up to the pool and then 9 steps to get into the pool. (Charges apply as this is an indoor pool part of the spa)

Sun loungers - there are a number of sun loungers on deck if you want to sit back and relax by the pool

Family and kids' clubs

Kids' clubs

Rock up to The Reef! With age-specific clubs, a night nursery, a boatload of activities and enthusiastic Reef Rangers on hand, The Reef is the place to be for under 18s.

Our exciting free on-board programme for 2-17 year olds is called The Reef. Split into four age groups, there are a whole host of exciting activities organised daily by our enthusiastic and well qualified Reef Rangers, to keep children of all ages entertained safely throughout the day and evening, and to ensure that they have the chance to make friends of their own age. We really have thought of everything, so why not let us take the stress out of family holidays.

Age groups are:

Splashers 2-4 year olds - Qualified youth staff provide a full programme of age-specific activities.

Surfers 5-8 year olds - Qualified Reef Rangers provide activities, adventure, games and sport coaching sessions.

Scubas 9-12 year olds - Children this age can either join in the organised games with the specialist Reef Rangers or simply hang out with friends in the chill out areas.

H20 13-17 year olds - Children have their own room to chill out, watch movies, play games or participate in coaching sessions, talent shows and parties.

Family pools

Get ready for some family fun. If you can't keep your children out the water they'll love Britannia's main pools.

Lido deck and main pool area is the ideal place for families with...

Riviera pool - located on lido deck

Lido pool - located on lido deck

Splash zone and paddling pool - located outside the 'Splashers' children's club with button-activated water cannons (suitable for children up to 8 years of age), while in between the two main pools a shallow paddling area will provide just the place for toddlers.

Sun loungers - there are a number of sun loungers on deck if you want to sit back and relax while the kids enjoy the pool.

Teen deck

Hit the deck! Dedicated sun deck and pool for teens. Teenagers will be delighted to discover their very own outside space on Britannia. A first for our fleet, this is sure to be the place to hang out with their new friends.

An extension of the H20 club offering a deck dedicated for teens to chill out and enjoy the plunge pool.

Sports arena

Arena is an outdoor sports space, ideal for all of the family. The full-sized sports court offers a range of equipment for playing Britain's best-loved sports, including short tennis, cricket and football.

Play with family and friends, or take part in friendly tournaments, arranged by our entertainment crew. The tiered viewing decks are great for cheering on family and friends, and also ideal for parents who want to keep an eye on the children while topping up their tan. There are also screens either side of the bar for playing the latest motion-sensing video games.


There's never a dull moment on board Britannia

Stepping aboard you'll find this ship a destination in its own right, with plenty of daily activities to keep you busy, bars, pools, sports and shops.

You can relax by the pool, catch a film or enjoy a cookery demo. At sea away from the rigours of routine the world unfolds at a leisurely pace and you have time to do as little or as much as you please.

Make the most of those sea days

Sea day activities

During days at sea, there is wide range of activities available on board such as guest speakers, quizzes, dance lessons, fitness classes, sports tournaments, galley walk-throughs, cinema screenings, spa seminars and craft classes. Of course, you may just prefer to relax on deck with a cocktail and a book; you can do as little or as much as you choose.

With a range of activities taking place throughout the day, you'll struggle to fit everything in. Take a look below for some examples of activities you could enjoy on board...

Dance classes - Take place on all cruises with 7 or more days at sea which are hosted by coupled dance instructors. A variety of complimentary dance lessons are available with the main type of dance offered being ballroom and Latin. It may be possible to arrange 1 to 1 tuition; any charges generated from this would be at the instructor's discretion. Everyone is welcome regardless of experience.

Bridge - classes hosted by an instructor will take place on all cruises with 7 or more days at sea (they do not need to be consecutive days at sea). Britannia will offer Bridge without an instructor which can be played in the Marlow suite.

Guest speakers - will be on board cruises of 7 nights or more (if over 20 night duration - 2 speakers share the cruise)

Deck quoits - however this is weather dependent.

Shuffleboard - however this is weather dependent.

The Cookery Club

Have you always wanted to hone your skills in the kitchen, but never found the time? Well what better time than on holiday? Led by Britain's favourite TV chef, James Martin, The Cookery Club is a brand new innovation for P&O Cruises.

Your Cookery Club team - hand selected and trained by James himself - will guide you through a wide range of inspiring classes, taking inspiration from James's favourite dishes and the destinations Britannia will visit. Whether you're an enthusiastic cook, a budding novice or a complete beginner, The Cookery Club team will give you hands-on tuition to help you develop essential cooking techniques and those all-important presentation skills. There are also family classes however unless you book a family class, all participants must be aged 18 or over (keen cooks aged 16 and 17 years may attend any class when accompanied by an adult). There will be two cooks to each station, so you will cook along with your partner. If you are booking a session just for you, we will pair you up with another cook on the day. Rest assured there will be plenty of work for two.

Take a look below to see some examples of the inspiring classes available:

Best of British - It's a great time to be British, and what better way to celebrate than to learn how to make some much-loved classics that many of us enjoy, but few of us have mastered. In this session run by The Cookery Club team, you will learn how to roll the perfect Scotch egg, share the secrets of a great Cornish pasty and discover just how delectable Welsh rarebit can be, in an intimate class of 24.

The ultimate class for chocolate lovers - Calling all chocoholics - this is the class for you! Led by The Cookery Club team, you will be transported to chocolate heaven, starting with a tasting session that will teach you the essential skills you need to select and work with chocolate. Next, master the art of making truffles using ganache filling and a liqueur of your choice - perfect for giving as gifts. To finish, we will share what we believe is the world's best chocolate brownie recipe.

Family class - Holidays are all about sharing quality time with our loved ones. This class is designed for you and the children to enjoy some time together, and get hands on in the kitchen as you learn some ideal family dishes. The Cookery Club team will lead this interactive class, helping you and the children to make everything from scratch and have plenty of fun along the way! This is a great opportunity to ignite a passion for food in your little ones, and create some lovely holiday memories to boot. Each adult can bring along one or two children, aged between the ages of 8 and 17 - and the children cook for free.

Art collection

Britannia boasts Britain's largest floating art collection, containing more than 6,000 artworks.

The multi-million pound art collection represents a new approach by P&O Cruises with works having been chosen to complement and enhance Britannia's interior designs to give the feel of a luxury hotel. Pieces ranging from paintings and bronze sculptures to ceramics and paper wall reliefs have been created by a wide variety of artists - most of them British - with some from as far afield as Japan, Australia and South Africa.

Spirit of modern Britain

We've commissioned renowned British artist Johnny Bull to produce two artworks for Britannia following a national campaign to discover what or who the British public believes embodies the spirit of modern Britain.

Each piece of artwork is an image of the ship surrounded by British icons such as The Shard, Glastonbury and The Angel of the North to illustrate the spirit of modern Britain. The two pieces are linked by a queue, also featuring a number of famous Brits such as Dr Who, HM The Queen and Sir Bradley Wiggins.


What will catch your eye? A designer scent, a new handbag or dress, or perhaps some new jewellery for formal night? With Britannia's shops located in the atrium you can decide over a coffee or lunch.

Open plan and inspired by the finest London department stores items on sale include souvenirs, designer handbags, perfumes and jewellery, clothing, evening wear and holiday essentials.

Relax by the pool

Enjoy a leisurely dip in the pool or simply relax on deck and soak up the sun on one of our sun loungers...

Riviera pool - Outdoor pool, located on Lido Deck. Has two ladders with 7 steps

Lido pool - Outdoor pool located on Lido Deck. Has 10 downwards steps and a ladder with steps/p>

Serenity pool - Outdoor pool 1.2 to 1.8 meters deep. Located on Sun Deck - exclusively for adults

Terrace pool - Outdoor pool, 1.1 meters deep. Located on Sun Deck aft. You have 7 steps to climb to reach pool then has ladder with 5 steps to get in

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