Posted September 19th, 2016
Britain’s Biggest Cruise Ship Planned For 2020
It’s only been a year and a half since P&O Cruises launched Britannia, currently their biggest cruise ship, but they have already stated their intent to go one better in 2020. News emerged last week that the British cruise line’s parent company, Carnival Cruises, have signed an agreement with the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany to build a ground-breaking new vessel that will be in a class of its own.
The 3,647-capacity Britannia, launched in March, 2015, will be dwarfed by the as yet unnamed new vessel, which will be able to hold 5,200 guests and weigh in at a whopping 180,000 tons. Although it won’t quite sit toe-to-toe with Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas, the mega ship will create a brand new class for P&O Cruises and will be joined by a sister in 2022.
Little is known about what this new addition to the fleet will look like, inside or out, but it’s likely to feature a blend of the classic and the state-of-the-art. Certain aspects are sure to reflect the cruise line’s iconic maritime past and there will likely be some exciting advancements in terms of technology, dining concepts, entertainment and guest experiences. One thing we do know is that the ship will be fuelled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), a source of power that is said to be much better for the environment than the diesel most vessels are propelled by today. This will reduce exhaust emissions and in turn limit its carbon footprint.
P&O Cruises’ senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, is positive that the success of Britannia proves there is still a growing cruise market in the UK. “The number of British passengers taking a cruise in the past five years has significantly increased… We know there is still huge potential as more and more people realise the value for money, choice and range of dining and entertainment options available on ships of all sizes.” He said.
There are likely to be some interesting announcements regarding further details of the vessel over the coming weeks and we’re excited to see what we can expect in 2020. In the meantime, if you want to sail on P&O Cruises’ current flagship, or any of the others in the fleet, contact us today to plan your cruise holiday.