Cruise Ships & Southampton Registry

The brand new P&O flagship, Britannia, was unveiled to the media on the 21st and 22nd February 2015 as she was handed over to the company by builders Fincantieri. She is due to leave Monfalcone on the 27th, hopefully making a racket a week later as she sails towards Ocean Terminal. The surprise kept quiet was her port of registry would be the same as her home port – Southampton. She isn’t the first to have Southampton on the stern. Until 1967, all Cunard ships were registered in Liverpool, as that was where the head office was, despite many, including original Queens, being based on the south coast. From that year, Cunard moved to Southampton and the first ship to get the new registry was QE2 while the others followed suit.
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Meanwhile, P&O were registered in London (P&O Australia as well as Sapphire Princess and Diamond Princess currently are), beginning the Hamilton transition with Arcadia in 2005 and completing with Aurora at the end of 2007. However, when Azura arrived in April 2010 she bore Southampton on the stern instead of Hamilton, much to everyone’s surprise.
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Azura changed to Hamilton 10 months later while Southampton disappeared from Cunard at the end of 2011, though QM2 still shows her original registry to some extent in a couple of places…. 🙂
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So how long will Britannia keep hers before changing to Hamilton or will they all revert to Southampton? With P&O’s new Union Jack bow livery, it would make more sense and add to the British theme by having the ships registered in the UK. 😀 😎

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