P&O has begun constructing the largest cruise ship to be built for the UK market. Once she’s in service, the ship will be able to hold 3,611 passengers in 1,812 cabins, served by a crew of 1,350.
Costing £489 million, the new addition to P&O’s Southampton-based ships will boast 17 public decks and be fitted with the latest green technology.
P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow, said: “The cutting of the steel marks the moment the ship goes into production so for us it is a very exciting time as we go from the drawing board to reality.”
For the first time, P&O Cruises has drafted in Richmond, a British company to oversee the whole of the ship’s interior design. Richmond – a market-leading name for design in hospitality – has a very impressive list of clients including some of the world’s top hotels.