The largest cruise ship designed for the British holiday market, the “Royal Yacht Britannia” made its inaugural voyage to Grenada last week Thursday.
The red, white and blue 3,600-passenger vessel, which is operated by 178-year-old British line P&O, berthed at the Melville Street Cruise Terminal from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The 1, 0282 ft luxury liner has the capacity to cater for 1,500 crewmembers. It also has15 passenger decks, 13 places to eat and 13 bars, four swimming pools and nine places to enjoy entertainment.
This 143,000-tonne ship, which was built in Italy to the tune of £0.5bn also features a 308ft union jack on its bow.
In March, Britannia became the 5th ship named by Queen Elizabeth II who had previously christened the Royal Yacht Britannia and four cruise ships – Queen Elizabeth 2, Oriana, Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Elizabeth.
Britannia, which commenced operations on March 14th, bears the same name as the Queen’s former Royal Yacht Britannia, which was decommissioned in 1997 after more than 40 years of service.
The mega ship cruised from its homeport in Southampton making its way across the Caribbean.
Apart from Grenada, the cruise liner is scheduled to visit Ponta Delgada, St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Dominica and Barbados.
Also making its inaugural visit to the country was the Carnival Glory, which berthed at the Melville Street Cruise Terminal last week Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The 2,968-passenger vessel, which has a crew of 1,160 members, entered service in 2003.
The Conquest-class cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line was also built at the same shipyard as the Britannia in Montfalcone, Italy.
Grenada is expecting a total of 54 new cruise calls out of the overall 216 scheduled for Port St. George during the 2015/2016 Cruise season.