It has just been announced that Carnival Corporation & plc have signed an agreement on behalf of P&O cruises to build a brand new 180,000 ton ship, for release in 2020.
It will be the largest ship built exclusively for the British market and will be able to accommodate 5,200 guests. P&O will be using their space on board wisely with a wide range of dining and entertainment options suggested.
Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany will be handling the build and it has been said that the new ship will feature their new ‘green cruising design’. Meaning that it will be fully powered by liquefied natural gas, which will reduce exhaust emissions and cause less damage to the environment.
Paul Ludlow, P&O’s senior vice president 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. With an amazing range of itineraries, from two days to three months, there is a cruise to suit every budget.
“P&O Cruises is uniquely experienced in designing ships to meet the specific needs and aspirations of British passengers and the agreement by Carnival Corporation & plc to build a new ship of this size reflects all that our guests and prospective cruisers have been telling us and shows our confidence in the growth of the UK market.
“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.”
So there you go! Expect to hear more exciting news from P&O coming your way in the next few years, with the cruise lines exciting new ships.
What do you think of the news? Are you excited to know more about P&O’s brand new ship? Can you guess what the name will be? Let us know in the comments!// END - About the Author ?>