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help P&O launch their super liner Britannia in style
and television news broadcasts were full of images of the Queen naming P&O’s
brand new super liner Britannia last week. FTF Worldwide Event Management were
proud to be engaged to welcome the ship and send her off on her first cruise.
With the Royal
Marines band marching alongside the liner and hundreds watching from the shore of
Southampton water, Britannia set off on her maiden voyage on the fastest ever
selling cruise for her owners, P&O. Every cabin was snapped up within days
of going on sale and passengers enjoyed a gala day and send-off with 130kg of
confetti and 7,500 fireworks.
responsible for Britannia’s arrival in the docks alongside Southampton’s Mayflower
Park, with the Band of the Parachute Regiment and the Princess of Wales Royal
Regiment’s Parachute Display Team. On the Gala day they organised fireworks and
a lone piper from the 19th Regiment Royal Artillery, The Scottish Gunners,
as well as the final farewell on the liner’s maiden voyage.
Co-ordinator Tracey de Vere White said: “It was an honour and a privilege to
be asked to provide event management and services at such an historic series of
events. There will be many memories to treasure for us all for a long time to
P and O Cruise Liners call on FTF to help them
celebrate 175 years of cruising in style For the first time, on 3 July 2012, all seven
P&O cruise liners were docked in their home port of Southampton. As they
formed a flotilla that evening on their departure for various exotic locations,
there was a great sense of excitement on board the ships and along the shore,
with an event co-ordinated by FTF Worldwide Event Management.
During the day, P&O hosted visits on
board the ships from their Godmothers, HRH the Princess Royal and Darcey
Bussell OBE. As the 15,000 passengers embarked onto one of the seven ships, the
excitement was building through the afternoon.
As each ship – Adonia, Azura, Oceana,
Ventura, Aurora, Arcadia and Oriana – prepared to depart in the early evening,
confetti fluttered down on them and passengers threw streamers to symbolise
cutting the ties with the shore. A three-cannon salute (with noises only!) bade
each one farewell, with the ship’s captain giving an answering blast on the
horn. As each ship then passed a specially-prepared barge, a three-minute
firework display ensured their send-off was just about perfect.
All that was missing was the planned RAF
Red Arrows display, which was to be held over the heads of the departing
passengers as they headed out to open sea in the Solent. The rain had set in a
few days earlier and – despite showing glimpses of clearing during the
afternoon – visibility was just too poor for the Red Arrows to fly safely, in
their traditional wing-tip to wing-tip formation. At 6pm, the disappointing
decision was made that the display just wasn’t possible and the flotilla
continued out to sea with crowds waving them off from the shore and the amazing
firework displays – each one made up of 1,750 effects.
The event itself took nine months of
planning, with 38 of the FTF team in town on the day to complete that careful planning.
Event Co-ordinator Tracey de Vere White said: “We had six crew working on the
firework display for three days and then 15 today who were actually making it
all happen. Everyone was else was quayside for the departure ceremonies or out
on a launch, making sure everything went smoothly.
“We’ve been working with the team at P
& O Cruises for nearly a year, considering every aspect, from
security through all the logistics. It’s rewarding to see it become reality and
see the seven ships with their gleaming white hulls and signature buff funnels leave
the docks to such ceremony and process down through the fireworks.”
The firework displays were produced by
Fully Fused Fireworks, carefully designed using special daylight effects and
coloured smoke in the P&O corporate colours – red, blue, yellow and white.
For Tracey, having an experienced crew
to carry out the plans is critical. She said: “We had to be confident that each
one of the seven departures would be exciting for passengers and the crowds on
the shore. Despite rain all day, our team managed to get every piece of
equipment in the right place, ready at the right time. By the end of the day
and the ships had finally left, we were all exhausted but it’s clear from the
messages we’ve received online and in person that this was a stunning, historic
event that people will remember for years to come. Only in the UK would crowds
stand out in the rain for hours on end to enjoy something spectacular like
this.” Hilary Robertson firstname.lastname@example.org