A Ceremony Fit For A Queen – And Britannia!

New photos of P&O Cruises Britannia

On March 10th 2015, Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, officially named P&O Cruises new flagship Britannia in a glittering ceremony in which a bottle of British Wiston Estate Brut NV was broke against the hull of the 143,000 ton cruise ship.

The ceremony was hosted by actor, comedian and TV presenter Rob Brydon who not only features in P&O Cruises latest advertising campaign, but who is also as funny and charming in the flesh as he is on TV. There were performances by the Royal Marines Band Service, Band of the Irish Guards, Red Hot Chilli Pipers, a Strictly Come Dancing cameo show and a superbly powerful performance by English Soprano Laura Wright – in all it was an absolutely splendid ceremony and went entirely without a hitch.

There were several celebrities spotted, including P&O Cruises Food Heroes: Olly Smith, Marco Pierre White, James Martin, Eric Lanlard and Atul Kochhar. Linda Robson was also there along with Nikki Clarke, Aneeka Rice, Darcy Bussell, Tess Daly, Judith Chalmers and a few others.

We hope you enjoy our naming ceremony photo blog – images courtesy of P&O Cruises.


Royal Marines Band Service delighted the audience several times.


Her Majesty the Queen and the Master of Britannia Captain Paul Brown.


The giant bottle of Wiston Estate Brut NV waits patiently for its moment.


Britannia is officially named!


The moment Britannia was named – a view from several decks above!


Britannia is named and ready to sail the high seas.


Rob Brydon closes the ceremony in style – and laughter!

Britannia’s maiden season is on sale now and we have some superb offers available. Visit our website to view the entire Britannia Cruise Collection, or alternatively you can call one of our friendly Cruise Experts on 0800 008 6677.

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    About Danielle Fear

    Danielle has more than 40 cruises behind her and loves to visit new and exciting places. One of her favourite cruise regions is the Baltic because of its rich history and exciting ports.


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