P&O Cruises has unveiled plans to build the largest cruise ship for the UK market, with an expected delivery date in 2020.
P&O Cruises Senior Vice President Paul Ludlow said: “These are very exciting times. The number of British passengers taking a cruise in the past five years has significantly increased, boosted most recently by our very successful launch of Britannia last year.
“We know there is still huge potential as more and more people realise the value for money, choice and range of dining and entertainment options available on ships of all sizes.”
The ship will be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany. It will offer a range of dining, entertainment and relaxing features and will accommodate approximately 5,200 guests.
“This ship will be the largest in the P&O Cruises fleet, will have a striking new exterior and interior design and will comprehensively embrace the company’s classic and iconic features. Innovative new guest experiences will be announced soon,” added Paul.
The new vessel will be fully powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), which will make it the most environmentally efficient ship in P&O Cruises’ history.
“We are proud to be at the forefront of introducing LNG-powered ships to the cruise industry, working with our partners to achieve shipbuilding breakthroughs like this that will help us produce the most efficient and sustainable ships we have ever built,” said Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation & plc.
“Every time we launch a new ship, we have a new opportunity to create excitement and show consumers why cruising is a great vacation at an exceptional value, especially for those who typically consider land-based vacations.”