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Queen christens new mega cruise ship

Queen Elizabeth II officially names new Britannia cruise ship that's longer than 4 superjumbos

Queen Elizabeth II, standing on the stage at left,  officially names new cruiser liner Britannia, in Southampton England Tuesday March 10, 2015. The Q...
Queen Elizabeth II, standing on the stage at left,  officially names new cruiser liner Britannia, in Southampton England Tuesday March 10, 2015. The Q...

Britain Cruise Ship Queen

Queen Elizabeth II, standing on the stage at left, officially names new cruiser liner Britannia, in Southampton England Tuesday March 10, 2015. The Q...

Britain Cruise Ship Queen

Queen Elizabeth II, standing on the stage at left, officially names new cruiser liner Britannia, in Southampton England Tuesday March 10, 2015. The Q...

LONDON (AP) -- Queen Elizabeth II has christened P&O Cruises' 141,000-ton liner Britannia -- a 473 million pound ($714 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 1,082 foot ship at a ceremony in Southampton.

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 3,600 passengers and 1,350 crew. It features 15 passenger decks, 13 bars, four swimming pools and a 936-seat theater. It is decorated by 308 foot (94 meter) Union flag painted on its bow.

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


Updated : 2021-09-18 20:01 GMT+08:00