The first next generation mega cruise liner for an UK company was ordered today for P&O Cruises. US parent company Carnival Corp. signed an agreement for a 5,200-passenger ship with Meyer Werft.
The new cruise vessel for P&O will be built by Meyer Werft at Papenburg shipyard in Germany, with a delivery date in 2020. The ship will be powered by LNG (liquefied natural gas), an energy source that is claimed to be more environmentally friendly compared to traditional diesel fuel through reduced exhaust emissions.
A couple of similar 180,000 GT ships will be delivered to Carnival Cruise Line in 2020 and 2022.
The still unnamed new PO Cruises ship will carry more passengers than current 3,637-guest flagship Britannia, launched in 2015 by HM the Queen.
At 180,000 GT, the new P&O ship will not be as big as 227,000 GT Harmony of the Seas, currently the largest cruise ship in the world, operated by Royal Caribbean and capable of carrying up to 6,780 passengers.
In conjunction with the ship order, the delivery dates for AIDA and Costa Cruises'new builds for 2020 will shift to 2021 in order to allow the company to effectively allocate measured capacity growth across its ten global cruise brands in more markets throughout the world.