P&O Cruises have today announced a second new ship for the fleet, scheduled to enter service in 2022.
A sister ship to the current un-named vessel, scheduled to enter service in 2020, the new ship will be 180,000grt and will accomodate 5200 guests (lower berths) and both ships will be registered in the UK.
The new ship will be built at Meyer Werft’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and will feature Carnival Corporation’s “green cruising” design as one of the first generation of cruise ships to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) both at sea and in port. This will see a significant reduction in air emissions.
Speaking of the latest new ship for P&O Cruises, Carnival UK President, Josh Weinstein was delighted at the prospect of P&O Cruises having another new ship in the fleet. He said:
“We are seeing the momentum in awareness of cruising both across the media and in our national psyche as ever-increasing numbers of people see first-hand the value for money, unrivalled service and extraordinary onboard experience. These two next-generation ships for delivery in the next four years are real and tangible evidence of our absolute optimism for future growth.”
P&O Cruises Senior Vice President, Paul Ludlow welcomed the announcement of a second new ship for the British market. He said:
“We have a bold and ambitious vision for P&O Cruises to become Britain’s number one holiday choice and we can only do that by increasing our fleet. The build for our 2020 ship begins this spring and it will offer all generations of British guests the holiday of a lifetime on the next generation of P&O Cruises ships.
“In four years’ time when her sister ship is launched, adding an additional 22 percent capacity, we will see an even greater rise in the popularity of cruising across all demographics and all age ranges including both Millennials and Generation Xers. Many of them have already learned to appreciate cruising by going on cruises with their families while growing up. Additionally, there are millions more we will attract in the future by retaining the amazing onboard and on-shore experiences and itinerary choices P&O Cruises is known for, while reflecting forward-thinking trends and tastes of British holidaymakers.
“This evolution of the guest experience will be evident over the next few years but will be underpinned throughout with in-depth market insight and feedback we receive from the best source: our current, past and prospective guests.
“The first of our new ships will go on sale in September and we will be announcing key elements of the design and build this year. Our P&O Cruisessignature features in dining and entertainment will be across all our ships, but the space and build of the two new ships allows us to have innovative new experiences to create the most memorable holidays.”
Adding to the announcement of the latest new ship, Thomas Weigend, Managing Director of Meyer Werft, was delighted at the continued partnership with Carnival Corporation and P&O Cruises. He stated:
“We are very happy to continue our excellent partnership with Carnival Corporation and P&O Cruises.”
There are currently 8 ships in the P&O fleet, which will soon be reduced to 7 when Adonia leaves the fleet to join Azamara Club Cruises in March. So, by 2022, there could be 9 ships in the P&O fleet. However, the ordering of two new ships begs the question about the futures of the older ships in the fleet, such as Oriana, Oceana and Aurora.
The two ships for P&O Cruises is part of a Corporation wide expansion across 4 brands. In total there will be 8 new LNG powered ships built between 2018 and 2022, including two for AIDA Cruises in 2018 and 2021, two for Costa Cruises in 2019 and 2021 and two for Carnival Cruise Line in 2020 and 2022.
Source: Carnival Corporation/P&O Cruises
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