Hospitality interiors expert, Richmond, has been commissioned to create the interiors for P&O Cruises’ largest ship so far, the Britannia.

For the first time, P&O Cruises has approached the entire interior design scheme differently, handing over every aspect of its cabins, suites and public areas to one design agency.

With a portfolio including some of the world’s finest five-star hotels, Richmond has a wealth of experience in creating superlative interior schemes internationally. Their portfolio includes hotels such as the luxurious Langham hotels in London and Chicago, the award-winning Four Seasons Gresham Palace in Budapest, the recently opened Four Seasons Moscow, and Corbin & King’s first acclaimed hotel, The Beaumont, in London’s Mayfair.

Richmond’s latest challenge combines the excitement of cruising with the sophistication and comforts of a five-star hotel. Richmond have approached this project in the same way they would a luxury hotel, with their understanding of the requirements of the modern day traveller playing a key role, in what promises to be a ‘modern classic’ from P&O Cruises.

The interior design scheme originates from P&O Cruises heritage, with a quintessentially British sense of style and glamorous, classical touches; yet, it incorporates new innovations and concepts in dining, technology and entertainment to appeal to new audiences, as well as resonating with P&O Cruises loyal customer base.

Overall, Richmond have achieved an understated, quintessentially British feel, with a relaxing yet contemporary and luxurious atmosphere through the use of shape, space and soft furnishings. Richmond have also emphasised the use of various different spaces within the ship by giving them an individual identity, resulting in a coherent design which flows effortlessly throughout the entire vessel.

Terry McGillicuddy comments: “As a British company it has been an honour to have worked with P&O Cruises on the interior of their, and this country’s largest and most contemporary ship. British culture vastly influences the design of Britannia with a modern yet classic interior that reflects British elegance and incorporates nautical tradition”

Britannia will be named in March 2015, arriving at Southampton in early March, to be followed by a week of inaugural events. Britannia will set sail on her maiden voyage on 14 March 2015, which will see the ship sail from Southampton to the Mediterranean, the Norwegian Fjords, the Canary Islands and the Baltic Sea.