For this month’s contribution I am giving further details of P & O Cruise’s vessel, ‘Britannia’, with the current Master being Captain Wesley Dunlop.

The ship has been a regular visitor to Cartagena this year since returning from operating within the Caribbean during our winter period, with several further calls scheduled prior to departing once again across the Atlantic – expected to depart Southampton for Barbados, 25th October, the vessel’s base over the winter.

Italian built, the vessel was launched on 14th February 2014, joining the fleet in March 2015 and officially named by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on 10th March that year.

Being the largest of the current fleet of seven vessels in service with P & O, I am sad to report one of these, the popular ‘Oriana’ (a previous regular visitor here), is leaving the fleet in August this year.  However, two ‘new builds’ are on order with the first due to enter service next year, in May 2020 – named ‘Iona’ with Captain Dunlop having been appointed the first Master.

The port of registry of ‘Britannia’ is Southampton, from where the majority of cruises depart whilst operating in European waters.

The following Information as recorded on the ‘net’:
The ship has a capacity 3,647 passengers plus 1,398 officers and crew.
There are 1,837 cabins; 27 of these being single, ‘inside’ and ‘balcony’. In addition to conventional ‘inside’ and ‘balcony’, 64 cabins are designated as ‘suites’.  All outside cabins having balconies.
With 13 bars as well as 13 Restaurants and cafés, there are 4 pools including one designated for teenagers. There is also the ‘Oasis’ spa.

P & O Cruises is a British cruise line operated and owned by Carnival UK. 

I have been fortunate in boarding on two recent occasions courtesy of Captain Dunlop and due to the kind assistance of the Port Authority, enormously afforded to me by representative Francisco Pablo Cerdan Pintando following my relocation to Cartagena. I introduced him to the Master, (now becoming firmly within the Captain’s circle of friends) and he was invited to board together with myself on each occasion when we were also afforded a tour of the vessel.

Rather than each of us taking many pictures within the ship, I requested Pablo to take a number on my behalf and within this article are included a few taken by each of us; one being of Captain Dunlop seated with myself and Pablo.

The normal rotation when cruising from UK to the Mediterranean is Southampton to Cadiz, thence on passage passing our door, to Barcelona followed by Monaco, Livorno (for Florence) and here to Cartagena,

The next ‘Britannia’ visit to Cartagena was scheduled for 25th June when hopefully, depending on Captain Dunlop being available and vessel port operations permitting, I may be able to include further pictures in the August Chronicle