Britannia to rule the waves again following million-pound refit

Five years after her naming ceremony in Southampton, Britannia is set to rule the waves again when she emerges from the Damen shipyard in Brest this October, following a refit that includes refreshed interiors and new details befitting a five-star hotel at sea. The refit will maximise guests’ favourite areas and bring Britannia’s design to the fore.

The atrium onboard Britannia will be given a new lease of life creating a lively social hub at the heart of the ship, day and night. This dramatic space will have new eye-catching colour schemes, fresh design direction, relaxed entertainment, live music and informal performances all under the sparkling Starburst chandelier.

Following the success of temporary art exhibitions on Britannia, P&O Cruises is introducing a permanent new art gallery next to Blue Bar. The deck 5 experience can be completed by savouring some sweet treats from master pâtissier and Food Hero Eric Lanlard at The Market Café. The popular spot has already benefitted from new furniture and décor, as well as a menu with decadent ice cream creations made in exclusive collaboration with Hampshire dairy, Jude’s.

Guests will now have even more reason to check into the Oasis Spa and Salon with the creation of two ‘express spa’ pods boasting a range of treatments. In one pod, guests will enjoy high-tech massages; in the other, a zero-gravity lounger will offer express skin treatments as well as LVL lash treatments. For longer, deeper relaxation, guests can enjoy two new experiences in the thermal and hydropool suite: an Arctic cold room, with therapeutic benefits as well as an aroma steam room.

On deck 7, Java café will now serve alcoholic drinks; guests can relax with a drink and enjoy the birds-eye view of the action below. Also on deck 7, the photo gallery will include a Dixons electronics hub featuring the latest imaging, computing and audio tech from Amazon, Apple, Beats, Bose, Canon, Fitbit, GoPro, Microsoft, and Sony, among others.

Britannia is extending the shops, to give guests more choice and an immersive experience. As well as a host of new premium brands to choose from there will be a more interactive environment, including try-before-you-buy, tasting tables and consultation areas in the beauty and make-up zones. New brands include Jo Malone, Tom Ford, Edinburgh Gin, Michael Kors accessories and exclusive fine jewellers, Clifton.

Britannia will be back in Southampton on 23 October for a 2 night cruise to Bruges before it’s transatlantic crossing to the Caribbean.

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