P&O Cruises is hoping up to 11,000 people a year will take culinary classes on its new ship Britannia.

Speaking at Fincanteri shipyard in Italy, where the ship is currently under construction, Rob Cottam, who will be the resident chef and manager of The Cookery Club, said 18 two-hour classes would be on offer for each cruise. The classes will reflect the area the ship is sailing in.

He said the club was unique in that passengers would have access to masterclasses from the line’s food heroes – James Martin, who is also heading up the school, patissier Eric Lanlard, Marco Pierre White and Atul Kochhar.

Cottam said: “There’s no other cookery school that combines this much experience and knowledge. It will be an experience that passengers won’t want to miss.”

Classes will be available for children, as well as family sessions for parents to learn new dishes alongside their children.

Speaking to Travel Weekly, chef and Saturday Kitchen presenter James Martin said he was excited to offer something that was “unique to both land and sea”.

“It will be such an amazing experience to have people learning with amazing views around them on what will be the most amazing ship at sea.

“I can’t wait to get on board and start teaching, and with the views I’m expecting, I might come on more often,” he said.

Martin is currently creating the menus for The Cookery Club and expects to have around 150 options.

The classes will be available to book online six months before the ship sails in March.