P&O has just released details on their next ship due to launch in 2020, the largest vessel ever built for British guests.
The 5,200 passenger ship will feature a new entertainment hub called The Dome. The star attraction will come in the form of a clear sky dome, pool with retractable stage, water feature and whirlpools.
It will act as an all-weather venue for all day entertainment and informal dining and will be one of four primary entertainment spaces onboard the new 180,000 ton vessel.
The Dome will come alive at night with aerial performances, projection onto the roof and immersive shows.
P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “Choice, flexibility and the ability to create individual holiday experiences on board will be at the heart of the new ship which, thanks to an innovative use of space, will offer an extensive range of dining, entertainment and relaxing areas.
Understanding the psychographic – the mindset – of our current and future guests is the key – acknowledging and realising what they want from a holiday and then providing it for them.
An uninterrupted half-mile promenade around the ship on Deck 8 will provide easy access to al fresco dining at a range of restaurants and relaxation areas under shaded pavilion awnings.
Glass walls will span three decks flowing natural light into P&O Cruises signature Atrium, the central heartbeat and focal point of the ship, complete with a grand staircase, gallery and overhead walkways.
Cutting-edge designers and architects will work on creating the next generation ship, the first new-build in five years when it enters service in early summer 2020.
The ship will be the most environmentally efficient in P&O Cruises history with “green cruising” design using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to generate the primary source of power both in port and on the open sea.
This will significantly reduce exhaust emissions to help protect the environment in support of the company’s sustainability goals.
P&O has revealed that guests onboard will be spoiled for choice for dining, entertainment, socialising and relaxation options:
– 17 places to eat
-7 speciality restaurants
-12 places to enjoy a drink and see the sea
-13 entertainment venues from the theatre to adult only venues
-Three pop-up entertainment spaces/venues
-4 swimming pools (three outside, one inside)
-9 places to have breakfast
-5 places to enjoy afternoon tea
-7 places to have coffee
P&O first announced the news of the second ship on order back in January this year with just the information that it would be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
Ludlow continued: “Our vision is to offer the next generation of British guests the holiday of a lifetime on the next generation of P&O Cruises ships.
This new ship will bring an array of new cruising experiences to guests and attract newcomers to our brand, whilst instantly resonating with forward-thinking guests, encapsulating the ‘P&O-ness’ they recognise and love.”
Cruises on the new ship will go on sale in autumn 2018.
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