A second next-generation cruise ship has been confirmed for P&O Cruises.
A shipbuilding contract signed by P&O Cruises parent Carnival Corporation and plc with shipbuilders Meyer Werft will see the new ship delivered in 2022.
Similar to a sister ship due for delivery in 2020, this second new-build will be the largest cruise ship to be built specifically for the British market. Both new ships will be registered in the UK.
The new ship will be in excess of 180,000 gross tons and will accommodate approximately 5,200 guests (lower berths).
The ship will be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and feature the company’s exclusive ‘green cruising’ design as one of the first generation of cruise ships to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas, shipping’s most advanced fuel technology, which will significantly reduce air emissions.
Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein 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 on board 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 added: “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% 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.”