P&O Cruises has announced a second new cruise ship will join the fleet in 2022 making the company Britain’s number one holiday choice. Both ships – the first one is scheduled to enter service in 2020 – will have a “green-cruising” design with dual-fuel engines utilizing LNG for power in port and at sea resulting in cleaner air emissions and improved air quality.
Similar to the first ship – due for delivery in 2020 – this second new vessel will be the largest cruise ship to be built specifically for the British market. It will be 180,000 gross tons and will accommodate approximately 5,200 guests (lower berths). Both ships will have a striking new exterior and interior design and will include the company’s classic and iconic features.
“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.” – Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises Senior Vice President
The ship will be built by Meyer Werft at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, and feature the corporation’s exclusive “green cruising” design as one of the first generation of cruise ships to be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) both while in port and at sea. As a result the vessels will significantly reduce air emissions.
The first of the new ships is set to go on sale in September while key elements of the design and build are expected to be announced later this year.
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In total, Carnival Corporation has agreements in place with German and Finnish shipbuilders Meyer Werft and Meyer Turku to build eight LNG-powered cruise ships across four of its 10 global cruise brands with delivery dates between 2018 and 2022 – two for AIDA Cruises with expected delivery dates in 2018 and 2021, two for Costa Cruises with expected delivery dates in 2019 and 2021, two for P&O Cruises UK with expected delivery dates in 2020 and 2022 and two for Carnival Cruise Line with expected delivery dates in 2020 and 2022.