P&O Cruises has announced that its brand new ship will be the most ambitious the cruise line has ever created for the British market.
Speaking at a launch event at London’s Sky Garden, P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “We know our guests and we know what they love.”
“Understanding the psychographic – the mindset – of our current and future guests is the key – acknowledging and realising what they want from a holiday and then providing it for them.
“Our vision is to offer the next generation of British guests the holiday of a lifetime on the next generation of P&O Cruises ships. This new ship will bring an array of new cruising experiences to guests and attract newcomers to our brand, whilst instantly resonating with forward-thinking guests, encapsulating the ‘P&O-ness’ they recognise and love.”
When it came to researching what people wanted to see from the latest addition to the P&O Cruises fleet, the cruise line looked not only to past guests, but also those who had considered cruising with them yet never quite taken the plunge.
One of the most exciting revelations of the night was confirmation that the brand new ship would feature not only a promenade deck, but an uninterrupted, half-mile long lanai deck with access to al fresco dining and relaxation areas under shaded pavilion awnings.
The largest ship ever built specifically for British cruisers will also feature The Dome, an all-weather venue for entertainment and informal dining. The Dome will host aerial performances and stage shows every evening, and is just one of the thirteen entertainment venues planned for the 5,200 passenger ship.
Guests will also be spoilt for choice when it comes to wining and dining, with plans to incorporate 17 places to eat, including seven speciality restaurants and 12 places to enjoy a drink with a sea view.
A glass wall spanning three decks will flood the ship’s Atrium with light and offer incredible views of the ocean and ports of call. Bringing the outside in is a theme which will run throughout the ship, born from P&O Cruises’ desire to connect guests with the sea and their surroundings as much as possible.
Some of the biggest names in the interior design world have been enlisted to style the next generation ship, which will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) and will become the most environmentally efficient ship in the P&O Cruises fleet.
Staterooms and suites will be created by Acumen, the designers behind The Residence; Etihad Airways’ plush suites in the sky. The cruise line will again work with Richmond International, the architecture and interior experts behind Britannia, London’s The Langham Hotel and the Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados.
The as yet unnamed ship will launch in early summer 2020, with itineraries on sale from autumn 2018.