Britain’s biggest cruise ship takes art to a new dimension

Posted 08 Sep 2014

P&O Cruises’ new ship Britannia will boast Britain’s largest floating art collection, containing more than 8,000 artworks, when it launches in March next year.

P&O Cruises’ new ship Britannia will boast Britain’s largest floating art collection, containing more than 8,000 artworks, when it launches in March next year.

The multi-million art collection represents a new approach by the company 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.

Most of the artists are women, a factor which art consultant Tom Tempest-Radford – who has compiled the collection in conjunction with Britannia’s designers Richmond International – credits with bringing a different feel to the ship.

“Women are better at surfaces and textures and Britannia has a huge variety of really crafted materials that create an incredible depth of flavour,” he said.

Artisans have varied from painters and potters to sculptors and ceramicists, along with jewellers, goldsmiths and silversmiths. Some have made single artworks for Britannia, while others have made hundreds or even thousands which, in some cases, has involved an entirely new approach to create bespoke pieces.

The decision to integrate Britannia’s artworks with its interior style has ensured a consistency of design and attention to detail that runs throughout the ship, creating a sophisticated, yet comfortable, ambience.

Tom Tempest-Radford explained: “Most of the artworks are abstract and people will regard this as modern, but they will be amazed at how it works seamlessly together. It is based on the sea and music and the whole thing together is a symphony.”

He added: “Britannia is going to be very different to other P&O Cruises ships and it will set a new standard, which could make it a game-changer.”

*A seven-night cruise on Britannia starts from £599 per person for a Select Price. Departing September 5, 2015, the price includes an inside cabin, full board meals, round the clock kids' clubs and entertainment on board. To book, visit, call 0843 373 0111 or visit your local travel agent. Link:  

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About P&O Cruises

Britannia is the biggest ship built for the British cruise market, and will offer a sophisticated, contemporary holiday experience across health and beauty, shopping and entertainment with a strong focus on dining.

Special features include The Cookery Club, a 24 person state-of-the-art cookery school developed in association with James Martin; a three-tier feature atrium with Eric Lanlard patisserie, a charcuterie and gelateria as well as spectacular Star Burst sculpture; Sindhu restaurant by Atul Kochhar and Olly Smith’s The Glass House; gala menus created by Marco Pierre White; plus The Limelight Club, a combined entertainment and dining venue in the great tradition of the supper club.

About P&O Cruises
P&O Cruises has a fleet of seven ships offering holidays tailored to British tastes combining genuine service, a sense of occasion and attention to detail, ensuring passengers have the holiday of a lifetime, every time. Azura was launched in April 2010 – officially named by Godmother Darcey Bussell CBE. Small ship Adonia was added to the fleet in May 2011, named by Dame Shirley Bassey, DBE. Britannia, a new 141,000 ton ship, will be added to the fleet in March 2015.

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