Queen christens new mega cruise ship

11 Mar 15 - 2:56PM  | Cruise News

Queen Elizabeth II has christened P&O Cruises’ 141,000-tonne liner Britannia – a STG473 million ($A928 million) mega ship that’s longer than four superjumbo jets.

With a gloved hand, the monarch pressed a button that swung a bottle of Sussex sparkling wine against the hull of the 330-metre ship at a ceremony in Southampton on Tuesday.

The queen is likely to have a special affection for the new ship’s name. Britannia was also the name of the royal yacht, which saw service from 1954-1997.

The new ship can carry over 3600 passengers and 1350 crew. It features 15 passenger decks, 13 bars, four swimming pools and a 936-seat theatre. It is decorated by a 94-metre Union Jack flag painted on its bow.

P&O is owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp.

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