It’s a busy time in the maritime world during March and April as P&O Cruises, Cruise & Maritime Voyages and Royal Caribbean are introducing new ships to the British cruise market.
Beginning the 6th March, P&O’s new flagship, Britannia, arrived in her home port of Southampton. As part of the celebrations, there is a gala evening on the 9th before being named by Her Majesty the Queen on the 10th with fireworks both nights. A two night jolly on the 11th will follow before she sets sail on the maiden voyage four days later
Meanwhile in London, Cruise & Maritime Voyages are preparing to welcome their new flagship, Magellan, into Tilbury on the 11th. While not a new ship, she is small enough with plenty of character to be appreciated by those passengers who want a more intimate experience rather than mega monsters. Gloria Hunniford will name her the following day and there will be special passenger evenings on the 13th and 14th. Her maiden voyage is the 15th.
It then goes quiet on the new ship front until Royal Caribbean’s new Anthem of the Seas sails up Southampton Water in April. The second of four, she is staying for just this summer season. Details have yet to be released (including Godmother) but it’s estimated she’ll arrive on the 15th and be named on the 20th with a two night jolly before her maiden voyage on the 22nd.
So get the bubbly on ice as well as on the side of the ship as the naming ceremonies are about to begin! Safe passage for many years to come, Britannia, Magellan and Anthem of the Seas and all who sail on you!