Cruise ship Britannia: Queen to name P&O 'superliner'
Tue, 10 March 2015
The Queen is to officially name the new cruise "superliner" Britannia later.
The 3,600-passenger vessel is the largest cruise ship designed for the British holiday market, operator P&O has said.
Its home port will be Southampton for the summer months after being built in Italy at a cost of almost £0.5bn.
The ceremony is due to start at about midday and the vessel will be the fifth cruise ship Her Majesty has officially named.
Britannia bears the same name as the Queen's former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was decommissioned in 1997 after more than 50 years of service.
The 141,000-tonne ship features a 94m (308ft) union jack on its bow and will make its maiden voyage to Spain, Italy and France on 14 March.
At 330m (1,082ft), the ship is longer than the Shard is tall.