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Joining P&O's big-name culinary line-up, that includes Marco Pierre White, Atul Kochhar, master pâtissier Eric Lanlard and oenophile Olly Smith, is TV chef James Martin who is opening a sleeves-rolled-up Cookery Club on board.

Smith is recreating his popular Glass House grill and bar (already on Azura and Ventura) and Martin will feature on selected cruises during the ship’s maiden season next year. “I plan to travel on Britannia as often as I can, ” he says. “But I’ll have a talented team to run it [in my absence]. I’m also talking to friends in the culinary world about coming on board to deliver classes.”

The Lanlard patisserie will be located in the ship’s three-storey atrium, along with a charcuterie and gelateria.

The £500 million-build vessel will begin sailing in March 2015 from Southampton and cruise the Norwegian Fjords, Canary Islands and the Baltic Sea before transferring to the Caribbean for the winter. On sale from March 27, a 15-night Caribbean fly-cruise round-trip from Barbados costs from £1, 399 per person departing in November. To book call 0843 374 0111 or

Britannia by numbers

Total on board capacity
5, 000 people... a quarter of the number it takes it takes to fill London's O2 stadium

Gross tonnage
141, 000... 84, 000 less than the world's largest ship, Allure of the Seas which holds 5, 400 passengers

Length
1, 082 feet...equivalent to four-and-a-half nose-to-tail Airbus A380s and longer than both The Shard and Eiffel Tower

Art
There is a £1m on-board art collection... compared with the £4 million price tag of one painting on board Nowegian Cruise Line's Norwegian Dawn.

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What are the names of the Disney cruise ships?

The first was the Disney Magic, second was the Wonder, third was the Dream and the fourth, ( Fantasy ) will be coming in March, Well, it will be christened March 1st. So far, it's already on it's way for New York :)

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