This 3,647-passenger vessel, christened by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in 2015, is P&O's flagship. Designed by world-class interior design experts, Britannia has a stylish palette of black, cream, and bronze with hints of blue that gives it a clean, crisp aesthetic. Passengers get their first sense of the dramatic architecture as they enter the three-deck atrium with its elegant, sweeping staircase dominated by "Star Burst" — a gorgeous art installation that's part sculpture, part chandelier.
What We Love
Impressive Fine Dining: Specialty restaurants include Epicurean for fine dining and afternoon tea, Sindhu for flavorful pan-Asian, and The Glass House for steak and seafood, Limelight Supper Club offers contemporary dinner theater, and Market Café serves patisserie-style bites.
The Gorgeous Crystal Room: With its white leather chairs and glistening chandelier, this elegant room hosts decadent balls and performances by live bands and singers in the evening, as well as dance lessons during the day.
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The Cookery Club: Led by Britain’s most popular TV chef, James Martin, The Cookery Club helps passengers develop essential cooking techniques and presentation skills with plenty of hands-on instruction.
Suites and Singles: A range of sumptuous butler-serviced suites feature a lounge, a dressing area, and a wide balcony with lounger chairs. There are also 27 single cabins, some of which have a balcony.
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Who It's Best For
Foodies: P&O's "Food Heroes" program offers a line-up of celebrity chefs who serve as line consultants and help craft the menus across the fleet. Their input is present in every dining venue and these personable chefs often sail as well, imparting their culinary expertise to passengers. On this ship, cooking master classes are offered by Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar, and Eric Lanlard.
Anglophiles: All of P&O's ships are ideal for those cruisers looking for a very British experience. Onboard Britannia, you'll find ocean liner-style deck chairs, afternoon tea with proper scones and clotted cream, and kettles with Twining's tea in every cabin.
Don't Say We Didn't Warn You
Expect Surcharges: Once known for all-inclusive fares, Britannia charges for specialty dining and Wi-Fi, and also tacks a automatic gratuity onto your bill at the end of your sailing.
Gary Buchanan is a UK-based contributor to ShermansCruise who has written multiple books about cruising.