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Britannia sets sail

25/02/2015

10 reasons to be excited about the arrival of Britain’s biggest ship

P&O Cruises new ship Britannia

P&O Cruises new ship Britannia

  1. Passengers will be surrounded by artwork, from grand paintings adorning the walls to ornate bronze sculptures and interesting ceramics. With a staggering 8,000 pieces of art on board, the ship is Britain’s largest floating art collection.

  2. Budding chefs can attend masterclasses at Britannia’s Cookery Club, with tuition from our Food Heroes, including James Martin, Marco Pierre White, Eric Lanlard and special guests such as Mary Berry.

  3. If gin is your thing, head for The Crow’s Nest bar. Britannia’s Great British Gin Menu includes 20 types, including artisan brands Darnley’s View from Edinburgh and Cornwall-produced Tarquin’s Dry Gin. Gin giants Tanqueray and Hendrick’s also feature. And if a G&T isn’t your tipple of choice, our skilled staff will shake or stir you a customised gin cocktail.

  4. Be pampered in one of the 17 private spa rooms or relax on the The Retreat open-air deck area at the Oasis Spa. The indulgence options range from professional hair styling ahead of a black tie evening to an intensive day of opulent treatments.

  5. Twice Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar is at the helm of Sindhu, Britannia’s fine dining Indian restaurant. Known as the ‘master of spices’, Atul’s menu pairs Indian spice combinations with British ingredients, so expect dishes such as pan-fried cod fillet with ajwain seeds and crushed spiced peas.

  6. The centrepiece of Britannia’s atrium is the dramatic Star Burst sculpture. At eight metres long, and with 280 illuminated shards and 320 LEDs, the masterpiece took nearly three years to complete and was inspired by night sky navigation methods from yesteryear, when crew members used stars to guide them.

  7. Britannia takes care of its younger guests. The Splashers, Surfers and Scubas clubs welcome 2-12 year olds and offer well-supervised activities, games, and arts and crafts. Teens also have their own club, H2O, and can hang out at the dedicated poolside area with their friends.

  8. Brodie’s bar is so diversely stocked that it has a beer to suit everyone – even those who thought they didn’t like beer! The Great British Beer Menu has more than 70 ales, beers and ciders from 56 UK counties, including speciality beers such as Chocolate Tom from Robinson’s Brewery in Cheshire.

  9. The Market Café is an informal foodie haven where several of the ship’s Food Heroes’ speciality selections will be showcased, from artisan cheeses and British charcuterie chosen by cheese expert Charlie Turnbull, to the perfect pâtisserie from Eric Lanlard.

  10. Epicurean is Britannia’s second fine dining experience. Boasting a fantastic view, the exquisite venue is perfect for special occasions. The menu, a mix of classic and contemporary, includes a popping candy torte with cherry ice cream and a shot of cream soda.

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