P&O Cruises New Build
P&O Cruises New Build
In September 2016 P&O Cruises took the industry by storm when it announced the construction of a blockbuster new ship to be delivered in 2020. With a displacement of 180,000 tons, this was hailed as the biggest vessel ever built for the British cruising market. Who would have thought that less than two years later Britain’s favourite cruise line would announce plans to build another 180,000-ton, 5,200-passenger leviathan?
The ship will be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and feature the company’s exclusive ‘green cruising’ design as one of the first generation of cruise ships to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, shipping’s most advanced fuel technology, which will significantly reduce air emissions. Due for delivery in 2022, this new vessel will help the cruise line meet the momentum in people choosing to cruise as they realise this holiday choice offers excellent value for money. The new ship is part of a fleet enhancement strategy with 19 new vessels set for delivery across Carnival Corporation brands (which include P&O Cruises and Cunard) between 2018 and 2022.
P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow says: “We have a bold and ambitious vision for P&O Cruises to become Britain’s number one holiday choice and we can only do that by increasing our fleet. The build for our 2020 ship begins this spring and it will offer all generations of British guests the holiday of a lifetime on the next generation of P&O Cruises’ ships. In four years’ time when her sister ship is launched, adding an additional 22% capacity, we will see an even greater rise in the popularity of cruising across all demographics and all age ranges including both Millennials and Generation Xers. Many of them have already learned to appreciate holidays at sea by going on cruises with their families while growing up.
“Additionally, there are millions more we will attract in the future by retaining the amazing on board and on shore experiences and itinerary choices P&O Cruises is known for while reflecting forward-thinking trends and tastes of British holidaymakers. Our P&O Cruises’ signature features in dining and entertainment will be across all our ships but the space and build of the two new ships allows us to have innovative new experiences to create the most memorable holidays.”
Abundance of balcony and outside cabins on P&O ships ensures that a sea view is never far away. Accommodations, from inside cabins to lavish suites, cater to a wide cross-section of budgets and tastes. Whilst there are two ships exclusively for adults – Arcadia and Oriana - the others are extremely family-friendly. For more details of cruises on these new ships call 0808 256 6742.
- 19th February 2018