December 10, 2014
(7:30 a.m. EST) -- P&O Cruises has revealed the artwork that will take centre stage onboard its newest and largest ship Britannia when it launches next March.
HM The Queen, JK Rowling, Dr Who and Noel Gallagher rub shoulders with the 'Great British Public' in the artwork which is entitled: 'The Spirit of Modern Britain'.
Renowned British artist Johnny Bull has created the pieces -- which will hang together on the ship -- following a national campaign via the line's social media channels.
The Spirit of Modern Britain will join the UK's largest floating art collection when the ship launches in Southampton on March 9th, 2015.
Bull said: "I've had great fun working my way through these suggestions and coming up with an eclectic mix of images that truly sums up how the public feels about Britain in the 21st century."
P&O Cruises has also revealed that the new ship will be serving the largest selection of beers at sea: 70 different bottled beers from the UK's 56 counties.
The vast range includes pilsners, ales, stouts, gluten-free beers and specialty brews, many from smaller, artisan breweries.
P&O Cruises' marketing director Christopher Edgington said: "This new beer menu celebrates the growing popularity of traditionally made British beers and ciders and reflects our aim of showcasing the very best Britain has to offer."
--By Adam Coulter, UK Editor