P&O Cruises' Oriana
P&O Cruises’ Oriana

P&O Cruises has announced details of a competition for the public to name its new ship, which is set to be Britain’s biggest cruise ship when it arrives in 2020.

Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises Senior Vice President, said: “This new ship will be the first new launch for P&O Cruises in five years and will play a pivotal role in redefining the brand and broadening our appeal.

“It is therefore incredibly important that we have a name that reflects the ship’s heritage as well as highlighting the array of new cruising experiences it will offer – something memorable and dignified that reflects its position as the new star in our fleet.

“I encourage the general public to get their thinking caps on but also to remember that naming a ship is akin to naming a child. The name is an inherent part of its personality and is something that will sail with it for life.”

The competition to name the ship will run on the P&O Cruises website and through social media channels from today (10 July) and a panel of experts will consider all entries with the winning name being announced next year.

Not only will the winner earn their place in history with their chosen name emblazoned on the ship for everyone to see for years to come, but they will also be given two VIP places at the ship’s naming ceremony in spring 2020.

The new ship will accommodate approximately 5,200 guests (lower berths). It will have a striking new exterior and interior design and will comprehensively embrace the company’s classic and iconic features.

It will also be the most environmentally efficient ship in P&O Cruises’ history. The ship’s “green cruising” design will use LNG to generate the primary source of power both in port and on the open sea, significantly reducing exhaust emissions to help protect the environment in support of the company’s sustainability goals.

Paul added: “The ship will bring an array of new cruising experiences to guests and attract newcomers to the brand, whilst instantly resonating with forward-thinking P&O Cruises guests, encapsulating the ‘P&O-ness’ they recognise and love.

“Choice, flexibility and the ability to create individual holiday experiences on board will be at its heart.”

For more information on the competition and the new ship, visit pocruises.com/new-ship.