P&O Cruises announce order for largest ever ship

Only last year, we were treated to the arrival of the new 3,647 capacity Britannia – the largest vessel of the P&O Cruises fleet and the largest to ever be built specifically for a British market. In March 2015, Her Majesty the Queen officially named Britannia in front of a number of specially invited guests. This stunning vessel showcases some of the UK’s finest culinary geniuses with a number of endorsed dining venues from chefs including Eric Lanlard, James Martin, and Atul Kochhar.

Today, P&O Cruises has officially announced the order of a brand new vessel, which is set to launch in 2020. The new vessel will be built by Meyer Werft at the company’s shipyard in Papenburg, Germany and will accommodate 5,200 passengers –therefore eclipsing the 3,647-passenger Britannia. She will exceed 180,000 gross tonnes which, when compared to the world’s largest ship, Harmony of the Seas (227,000 gross tonnes), provides perspective on just how large and impressive this vessel will be.

P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow, said: “These are very exciting times. The number of British passengers taking a cruise in the past five years has significantly increased, boosted most recently by our very successful launch of Britannia last year. 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. With an amazing range of itineraries, from two days to three months, there is a cruise to suit every budget.”

“P&O Cruises is uniquely experienced in designing ships to meet the specific needs and aspirations of British passengers and the agreement by Carnival Corporation & plc to build a new ship of this size reflects all that our guests and prospective cruisers have been telling us and shows our confidence in the growth of the UK market.”

“This ship will be the largest in the P&O Cruises fleet, will have a striking new exterior and interior design and will comprehensively embrace the company’s classic and iconic features. Innovative new guest experiences will be announced soon.”

While the ship will be the fleet’s largest, it is also worth noting that the line will be taking a step in right direction with regards to climate goals. The design of the ship will use liquefied natural gas to generate power both in port and at sea – thus significantly reducing exhaust emissions and supporting the company’s sustainability goals.


P&O Cruises is renowned for providing a quintessentially British cruising experience across seven multi-sized vessels. With over 180 years of history, they are one of the most respected and well-known cruise lines in the UK and offer itineraries to stunning regions around the world.

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