Illusions and Magic Onboard Britannia, with P&O Cruises


Who doesn’t love a good magic show? I certainly do – and it’s definitely not just for kids! I was invited along to the premiere of the brand new magic show Astonishing, onboard Britannia with P&O Cruises and my fellow Southampton Bloggers. Astonishing is a performance created by TV host Stephen Mulhern and Jonathan Wilkes combining illusions, music, dance and of course magic, to deliver a truly impressive performance.

This was actually my first ever time on a cruise ship, which made the day all the more exciting! Britannia is a huge cruise ship with the capacity for 3,647 passengers and 1350 crew, with the feel of a luxurious 5-star hotel.


As we were there for a premiere, we got to walk along the red carpet – surrounded by fireworks and bubbles! What more could you ask for?

Pictured above with my good friend Bex (check her out here) and below is Stephen Mulhern and Jonathan Wilkes, who came together to create Astonishing.


Once we were checked in and inside the Ocean Terminal, we were treated to some pre-show magic as a little warm up. Tanya (find her here) was picked to take part in a card trick – and I have absolutely no idea how the trick worked. It must have been magic!


Next up was a trick involving a coin and a sharpie – another amazing slight of hand that seemed impossible! Brogan (you can find her hereshe’s great) and Anna (find her here) were willing participants.


I volunteered for the last trick – which involved some fork bending that was pretty impressive. I must say, I was gobsmacked – I have no idea how he managed to bend the fork without touching it! The magician was Colin Philips, and you can find him here.


The inside of Britannia is a sight to behold – with a beautiful hanging centrepiece in the atrium spanning three floors.

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The Headliners Theatre was the stage for Astonishing, and it was one of the most impressive things I have ever seen. Full of flawless illusions, clever choreography and beautiful music, as well as an interactive magic trick involving the entire audience, it was an amazing experience – and one I’d recommend seeing if you find that you have the chance!


After the show, we made our way round the ship to our afternoon tea, by Eric Lanlard.  Delicious pastries, fresh scones and seafood sandwiches – all washed down with a good cup of tea!


The afternoon tea marked the end of our time onboard Britannia – a little too soon for my liking! There was even a spa for passengers, which looked lovely and relaxing. An easy way to spend a week off…


I had a fantastic day on Britannia with P&O Cruises – and I was so impressed by Astonishing. The show was absolutely mesmerising, and apparently the cast (who aren’t magicians) perfected the tricks in just over three weeks!

Thank you so much to Alice Spake who runs Southampton Bloggers for inviting me along, and to P&O Cruises for putting on such an excellent show. It’s a day I won’t forget!


*I was invited along to the premiere of Astonishing, but all opinions are my own.*


  1. Wendy
    June 18, 2018 / 7:21 am

    I,ve never thought about cruising, but I must say I,m very tempted now…..and magic looked amazing… always an interesting and descriptive and colourful blog 😍 love it

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