The P&O owned super-cruise ship Britannia took the top spot in Cruise Critic’s best newcomer category for 2015. The cruise reviews and information website lauded Britannia for its state-of-the-art design, elegant décor and gourmet dining opportunities.
Adam Coulter is Cruise Critic’s UK editor and he said it has been a good year for new cruise vessels and itineraries have expanded too. He said picking winners had not been easy, but the prizes in each of the different categories had been given to cruise lines that were at their peaks.
Britannia is P&O’s flagship cruise-liner and the biggest of its eight-vessel fleet. She was officially named and launched by Queen Elizabeth II at Southampton Docks in March of this year.
Britannia boasts a collection of 1,837 luxurious state cabins and suites. A spa, deck-tennis courts, a gym and a choice of swimming pools are among onboard amenities perfectly complemented by three core restaurants plus a selection of smaller food and beverage outlets.
Cruise Critic uses a team of resident critics for its annual awards nominations. These cover 25 different categories and as well as best newcomer they are also awarded for the likes of best cabins, best for a romantic holiday and best for nightlife.
Two categories cover the best UK departure port and the best port-of-call which were won by Southampton and Guernsey respectively. This year marked Guernsey’s first number one ranking and the city’s director of tourism marketing said pluses such as great hospitality had helped win the award.
Cruise Critic also assesses river cruises and AmaWaterways fared very well in this with three bests. These were in the categories of cruise line, dining and active cruisers.