Today marks the day that P&O Cruises take ownership of their brand new cruise ship Britannia in an event held at Trieste, Italy.

Whilst World of Cruising were sadly not at the event through the power of Twitter we can bring you the first reactions as the journalists and travel agents invited on-board toured the vessel.

Right at the start of the day Charlie Turnbull, the cheese expert chosen by P&O Cruises, proclaimed that Britannia was a sizeable ship.:

Wine expert Olly Smith took this photograph of the stylish Atrium venue at the heart of the ship:

Sue Bryant also commented on the beautiful Starburst sculpture in the Atrium on-board:

What was apparent through all of the tweets posted during the event was that there was a high level of thought, detail and design invested into many elements around the ship. For example, this detailed mosaic can be found at the Limelight Club:

Hollie-Rae Merrick took a look at the lavish spa on-board:

Dave Monk took this photo of the swimming pool on-board – sadly the Mediterranean sun had chosen not to shine over Britannia in Trieste during the morning.

Simone Clarke took a look at the Horizon buffet restaurant:

Cruise Critic had photographed the bar at Atul Kochhar’s Sindhu restaurant, and had commented that the designers have made use of a lot of marble on-board:

Eric Lanlard also photographed the Sindhu restaurant as well as the Market Café:

P&O Cruises shared a photo of Brodies Pub which stocks 70 artisan beers:

Nigel Thompson took a photo of Olly Smith behind his signature The Glass House bar on-board:

Hollie-Rae Merrick took a look at the Cookery Club venue on-board which is where James Martin and a host of other celebrity chefs will be wowing a selection of guests who pre-book with hands-on cookery lessons.

Cruise Critic commented on how the signage on-board was geared more around finding dining venues, bars and pubs than cabins:

Lastly, Nigel Thompson took one of the first glimpses into a minimalist-styled Balcony grade cabin:

(Photo credit to James D Morgan/P&O Cruises)