Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri has delivered the new flagship of Carnival’s British brand P&O Cruises at Monfalcone shipyard.

The 330m-long and 38m-wide Britannia features 1,837 cabins, with 75% having a balcony. The vessel will be able to accommodate 4,324 passengers and 1,376 crew members.

This 144,000gt vessel is the eighth addition to the P&O Cruises’ fleet and claimed to be the largest ship to be designed exclusively for the British holiday market.

Carnival UK chairman David Dingle was quoted by Travel Weekly as saying: "Cruising has become a vibrant expanding part of the mainstream holiday business and our two businesses, Fincanteiri and Carnival, as market leaders in our different industry sectors, have played a role in this.

"We must attract passengers to Britannia not only this year but for the next 30 years and we will."

"Taking delivery of a ship is just the beginning for now we must attract passengers to Britannia not only this year but for the next 30 years and we will, because we know it’s contemporary, ground-breaking ships which attract others into cruising."

The vessel is equipped with five tier II-type MAN Diesel & Turbo engines, with a total power capacity of 62,400kW and will cruise at a speed of 22k.

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Features of this new cruise ship include 13 bars, 13 restaurants and cafes, 15 passenger decks and four swimming pools.

Britannia is due to make its first cruise from Southampton early this year.

Carnival awarded the contract for the construction of the new cruise ship to Fincantieri in June 2011, and the vessel was named at a ceremony in September 2013.

Image: P&O Cruises’ new flagship, Britannia. Photo: courtesy of P&O Cruises.