Tomorrow will see the arrival of yet another wonderful cruise ship that will pass our shores on a regular basis.
This ship, though, is even more special than the others. She will become the largest ever ship built specifically for the British cruise market.
At 141,000 tonnes, P&O’s newest ship Britannia will dwarf her fleet companions. With 13 bars and 13 restaurants, she makes Gunwharf Quays look small!
The ship will also have the honour of being named by the Queen next Tuesday. The last P&O ship to receive such royal attention was Oriana, which Her Majesty named back in 1995.
I’m wondering what the Queen will think of this Britannia. It’s a name very close to her heart, but I doubt she will be seen sailing on this one unless she fancies a two-week cruise around the Med.
I am a massive convert to cruising. Before, I was of the opinion I was too young for this type of holiday, as I’d watch the great white liners glide past.
That opinion changed in 2010 when we took our first cruise on Ventura.
You may have read about it as I kept my weekly column going when we were on board.
I feel very honoured to have been invited to be on the ship when the Queen names her on Tuesday and will enjoy the opportunity to sample this giant of the seas.
How big can these ships really get though?
How big can these ships really get?
Did you pop down to Stokes Bay a while back to witness the largest of them all? Listen to this for crazy statistics. Allure Of The Seas is the world’s biggest cruise ship – 362 metres long, 60 metres wide and weighing in at an incredible 225,000 tonnes. She carries a maximum of 6,300 people!
You will normally find her operating with her sister Oasis Of The Seas in the Caribbean. She will be joined by another sister next year.
How long before we see one of these huge ships sail out of Southampton? Not long, I’d imagine.
The choice of cruise company is staggering, with more than 10 to choose from in Southampton and Portsmouth. Look out for the newest of them all tomorrow.