The steel cutting ceremony was attended by Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises senior vice president; Josh Weinstein, Carnival UK president; and Tim Meyer, managing director of Meyer Werft.
According to Josh Weinstein said, it was the first time in twenty years that P&O had a ship built by Meyer Werft. He added they looked forward to continuing their successful partnership over the next couple of years to that ship’s completion in 2020 and beyond.
Ludlow said their new ship would be the largest ever operated by the brand as well as the largest ever to be dedicated to the UK cruise industry. It would also be the first ship in their market to be powered by LNG.
The name of the new ship will be announced on Thursday, May 24 at 4:00 p.m. on the P&O Cruises Facebook page. This comes as a result of a competition that the cruise line ran in 2017 when it invited members of the public to suggest a name for the ship. More than 30,000 submissions were received. A panel of experts is making the final decision.