Britannia meets Britannia

The UK’s largest cruise ship Britannia calls into the River Forth with a welcome from her royal namesake.

The UK’s largest and newest cruise liner, P&O Cruises’ Britannia, called into the River Forth today with around 5,000 people on board as part of her first British Isles tour.

The brand new 141,000 tonne luxury liner, which was launched by Her Majesty the Queen earlier this year, was warmly welcomed into the river by tugs displaying their water cannons in the time honoured way as she made her way to Forth Port’s new anchorage point off Newhaven, near Leith, Edinburgh.

At 12noon, the P&O Cruises Britannia took part in a “ships’ horn” welcome which could be heard across the city with the cruise liner and other ships in Newhaven and the Port of Leith sounding their horns to mark the occasion.

In a ceremony on board the new Britannia, Captain Paul Brown was presented with a gift from the City of Edinburgh by the Deputy Lord Provost Steve Cardownie who welcomed the ship and her passengers to Scotland’s beautiful capital city.

Edinburgh’s Deputy Lord Provost, Steve Cardownie, said: “The two Britannia’s - one with 5,000 passengers and crew on board and the other with 300,000 visitors a year in Edinburgh and indeed the UK’s number one attraction - is great news for the Capital’s ports. The new deep water anchorage that has been opened at the site is a positive step towards further reinvigorating the Newhaven and Leith area, and the city will certainly benefit from the increase in visitor footfall. It really is a spectacle to see them sitting side-by-side in Edinburgh’s waters.”

Forth Ports’ new cruise ship anchorage operation off Newhaven Harbour was opened this season to accommodate larger liners like Britannia who have thousands of passengers onboard looking for direct access to Edinburgh. The anchorage point will see a further three calls during the 2015 season.

Britannia meets Britannia

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