P&O Cruises marked an important milestone for its newest ship this week as it celebrated the steel cutting ceremony.
The first piece of steel was cut in Papenburg, Germany at the Meyer Werft shipyard where it’s being built, and was attended by P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein and managing director of Meyer Werft, Tim Meyer.
Josh Weinstein said: “This is the first time in 20 years that P&O Cruises has had a ship built by Meyer Werft and I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to get us to the first stage in the life of this ground-breaking vessel.
“Meyer Werft has an enviable track record of producing genuinely innovative ships which also deliver tremendous levels of operational efficiency and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership over the next couple of years to this ship’s completion in 2020 and beyond.”
Meanwhile, Paul Ludlow said: “This is a very exciting and momentous day. Our new ship will be the largest ship ever operated by the brand and the largest ever to be dedicated exclusively to the UK cruise industry.
“It will also be the first ship in our market to be powered by LNG, the most environmentally-friendly power source yet for large-scale cruise ships.
“With UK passengers numbers set to top two million for the first time this year, we are confident in cruising’s future and believe that there will be an exceptionally positive UK response to this ship and the innovations it will bring.
“We also expect this ship to persuade many UK consumers to take that all important first cruise.”
However, there’s more exciting news for cruise enthusiasts, as P&O Cruises revealed that it will be announcing the name of its new ship on Thursday 24th May, at 4pm on the company’s Facebook page .
Over 30,000 submissions were sent in by members of the public after P&O ran a competition inviting them to come up with a name – and the result will be revealed this week.