Southampton Brand Wars!

Don’t you just love it when cruise lines are trying to get your bookings, when they put similar ships up to take business away from their sister brand? Carnival in UK has a history of that, especially when two of them used to be the same company until the Carnival takeover – P&O Princess.

Originally, Sea Princess and Ocean Princess were transferred to P&O in 2003, renamed in a twin ceremony, Adonia and Oceana. Adonia didn’t take off for some reason so was returned to Princess 2 years later but remained in Southampton until 2008.

Oceana and Sea Princess

Oceana and Sea Princess


Also in 2008 we had half-sisters operating for both brands. Grand Princess was in her second season having replaced Golden while P&O introduced the next version, Ventura, sister to Crown. I don’t have any photos of them together that year.
Ventura

Ventura


Grand Princess

Grand Princess


A year later, to replace Sea, Crown was brought over to compete with her P&O twin. With Crown usually the wrong way round in Mayflower, it is very difficult to take photos of them together.
Crown Princess and Ventura

Crown Princess and Ventura


Things became more complicated in 2010 with the addition of Azura for P&O – the ONLY Grand class with a ducktail.
Azura

Azura


Azura and Grand Princess

Azura and Grand Princess


Azura and Ventura

Azura and Ventura


And so we now had 4 Grand class ships in Southampton.
Ventura and Grand Princess

Ventura and Grand Princess


Crown Princess

Crown Princess


Azura

Azura


We said goodbye to Grand and hello to Caribbean Princess in 2012.
Ventura and Caribbean Princess

Ventura and Caribbean Princess


In 2014 Emerald Princess will replace Crown and Ruby is taking over from Caribbean while only Azura will be in port as Ventura will be in the Med. But the BIG news is in 2015 sisters will once again be rivals for the cruiser’s affections as Royal Princess (which debuted in 2013) will be around with her P&O sibling, Britannia, which has her maiden voyage in March.
Royal Princess

Royal Princess


Britannia rendering.  Image © P&O Cruises

Britannia rendering. Image © P&O Cruises

So who will win? Let battle commence!

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