P&O Cruises: Britannia cruise ship - first named five years ago - had benefited from a refit
P&O Cruises have announced their cruise ship Britannia has undergone a million-pound refit. Britannia will emerge from the Damen shipyard in Brest this October and head to Southampton ahead of a Bruges cruise. The ship - first named five years ago - has benefited from a refit that includes refreshed interiors and new details befitting a five-star hotel at sea. British company P&O Cruises said: “The refit will maximise guests’ favourite areas and bring Britannia’s design to the fore.”
Cruise: P&O Cruises unveils new cruise ship Britannia and its million-pound refurbishment
P&O Cruises’ Britannia cruise ship now has a very glitzy atrium at the heart of the ship.
A lively social hub, the atrium will boast new eye-catching colour schemes and fresh design direction.
The space will host relaxed entertainment, live music and informal performances all under the sparkling Starburst chandelier.
P&O Cruises is introducing a permanent new art gallery next to Blue Bar on Britannia, Following the success of temporary art exhibitions on the cruise ship.
Guests with a sweet tooth can indulge in 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.
At the Oasis Spa and Salon, there are now two ‘express spa’ pods boasting a range of treatments.
In one pod, guests can enjoy high-tech massages while in the other, a zero-gravity lounger will offer express skin treatments as well as LVL lash treatments.
For longer, deeper relaxation, Britannia passengers 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.
The Java café on the cruise ship will now serve alcoholic drinks and guests can relax with a drink and enjoy the birds-eye view of the action below.
Meanwhile, a 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.
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 two-night cruise to Bruges before its transatlantic crossing to the Caribbean.
This 14-night cruise will visit Barbados, Curacao, Bonaire, St Vincent, Grenada, St Lucia, St Kitts, St Maarten and Antigua, costing from £1,449 per person for an inside cabin.
Refurbished cruise ships are often cheaper than brand new vessels but with all the benefits of a new ship. Kerry Spencer, Editor of Cruise Critic, told Express.co.uk: “While booking an older ship has long been known as a great way to save money on a cruise holiday, an exciting trend that we’re seeing now is that cruise lines are making significant investments to update older ships in their fleets.
“Historically, you’d see lines upgrading what’s known as ‘soft goods’ – things like bedding and carpets. The intent there was to keep the onboard experience fresh and remove any wear and tear that might come naturally with age.
“Where we’re seeing a change, is that these upgrades are going far beyond just soft goods. Lines are undertaking massive fleet-wide refurbishment projects, going as far as to add the bells and whistles that they’ve added to brand new ships to those older ships in fleet – as appropriate, and as they’re able."