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Queen Elizabeth II officially names new Britannia cruise ship that's longer than 4 superjumbos

  • Queen Elizabeth II, standing on the stage at left,  officially names new cruiser liner Britannia, in Southampton England Tuesday March 10, 2015. The Queen christened P&O Cruises’ 141,000-ton liner Britannia  a 473 million pound ($714 million) mega ship that’s longer than four superjumbo jets.   (AP Photo/Steve Parsons/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Queen Elizabeth II, standing on the stage at left, officially names new cruiser liner Britannia, in Southampton England Tuesday March 10, 2015. The Queen christened P&O Cruises’ 141,000-ton liner Britannia a 473 million pound ($714 million) mega ship that’s longer than four superjumbo jets. (AP Photo/Steve Parsons/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Queen Elizabeth II, standing on the stage at left,  officially names new cruiser liner Britannia, in Southampton England Tuesday March 10, 2015. The Queen christened P&O Cruises’ 141,000-ton liner Britannia  a 473 million pound ($714 million) mega ship that’s longer than four superjumbo jets.   (AP Photo/Steve Parsons/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Queen Elizabeth II, standing on the stage at left, officially names new cruiser liner Britannia, in Southampton England Tuesday March 10, 2015. The Queen christened P&O Cruises’ 141,000-ton liner Britannia a 473 million pound ($714 million) mega ship that’s longer than four superjumbo jets. (AP Photo/Steve Parsons/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

Queen Elizabeth II has christened P&O Cruises' 141,000-ton liner Britannia — a 473 million pound ($714 million) mega ship that's longer than four superjumbo jets.

With a gloved hand, the monarch pressed a button that swung a bottle of Sussex sparkling wine against the hull of the 1,082 foot ship at a ceremony in Southampton.

The queen is likely to have a special affection for the new ship's name. Britannia was also the name of the royal yacht, which saw service from 1954-1997.

The new ship can carry over 3,600 passengers and 1,350 crew. It features 15 passenger decks, 13 bars, four swimming pools and a 936-seat theater. It is decorated by 308 foot (94 meter) Union flag painted on its bow.

P&O is owned by Miami-based Carnival Corp.