P&O Cruises have announced more details on their new ship which is scheduled for delivery in 2020.
The 180,000grt, 5,200 passenger ship will be the first ship in the P&O fleet to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) which in turn will be most environmentally efficient ship in the history of P&O Cruises.
The ship will incorporate a stunning atrium area in which P&O describe:
“The signature heart of the ship, the Atrium, will be our boldest and brightest yet. Glass walls spanning three decks will let natural light flood in while a grand staircase, gallery and overhead walkways will provide dramatic focal points.”
A major exciting new feature for the ship will be the entertainment hub, called The Dome. It will feature a pool with a glass ceiling and retractable stage, water feature and whirlpools. In the evening, the four main entertainment areas within The Dome will come to life with aerial performances, roof projections and immersive shows.
The largest ship ever to be constructed for P&O and the British cruise market will offer greater choice of dining venues on board. 17 to be exact, including 7 specialty restaurants, 12 bars in which to enjoy a drink and take in stunning sea views. If you are a breakfast person, there will be nine venues to choose from to enjoy the ‘most important meal of the day’ and for the traditionalists who enjoy a spot of afternoon tea, there will be five venues in which to partake in the British afternoon tradition. In terms of swimming pools, the new ship will boast 4 pools, three of which will be outside and one indoor and to compliment the swimming pools, there will be 16 whirlpools. In total, there will be 13 entertainment venues around the ship, including three pop entertainment areas.
With the ship being constructed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, she will join previous P&O ships which have been built there in Oriana and Aurora. With main collaborations with Richmond for the interiors of the ship, P&O will also partner with other companies such as residential and commercial architects Jestico & Whiles (who have helped design for Aquashard (London), the Yas Hotel (Abu Dhabi) and the W Hotel (London) In terms of the on board flow experience and design of the cabins, maritime architecture specialists Partner Ship Design and design experts Acumen will be in charge of the designs.
An exciting future ahead for not just P&O Cruises but also for the British cruise industry and market.