P&O Cruises have announced the name of its newest and largest ship yet which is due to launch in 2020. The new ship will be named Iona.
The name was announced live on the cruise line’s Facebook page shortly after 16:00 GMT on 24 May 2018.
On 25 April 2018, the very first piece of steel was cut for newest and largest cruise ship yet at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
The new 180,000 gross tonne ship will accommodate 5,200 passengers and be the most environmentally friendly in the fleet, powered by LNG. The important milestone in the construction of the exciting new ship was observed by Paul Ludlow, Senior Vice President, P&O Cruises, Josh Weinstein, President, Carnival UK and Tim Meyer, Managing Director, Meyer Werft.
P&O Cruises is to treat Ocean Brothers Greg Bailey and Jude Massey, who rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, to a return cruise home on board its 141,000 gross tonne flagship Britannia.
Jude age 19 and Greg age 28, set off on their challenge from Gran Canaria on 18 January 2018 to fundraise for the British Skin Foundation in memory of their late father and stepfather who they lost to skin cancer two years ago.
P&O Cruises has announced that a second new cruise ship will join the fleet in 2022. The new ship will be the largest cruise ship built exclusively for the British cruise market, sharing the title with her sister ship which is due to launch in 2020.
The new 180,000 gross tonne ship, like her sister, will have a capacity of 5,200 passengers and will be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). Both of the new ship will be constructed at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg, Germany.
P&O Cruises has launched a competition to name their brand new cruise ship which isn’t due to set sail until 2020. The giant new 180,000 cruise ship will become the new flagship of the P&O Cruises fleet and will be capable of carrying some 5,200 passengers.
The yet-to-be-named cruise ship will offer more choice of accommodations, more places to eat, more space relax, more entertainment options and more freedom that ever before! Furthermore, the new ship will also be the most environmentally friendly and efficient ship that P&O Cruises have built.
The 710-passenger Adonia has returned to Southampton and re-joined the P&O Cruises fleet, following a year of operating for the now defunct start-up cruise line, fathom.
The adult-only cruise ship returns to its homeport of Southampton where it will begin operating a range of cruises to Iceland, the British Isles, Atlantic Coast, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.
BBC Worldwide has officially announced a new global entertainment channel, BBC HD, which will be the first channel exclusively designed for cruise ship passengers.
The new channel will be offered to guests on P&O Cruises and Cunard Line ship, streaming in the cruise lines’ 115,000 cabins from this month. The channel will become available to the wider cruise industry at a later date.
The P&O Cruises cruise ship, Arcadia spent Christmas Day anchored off the Norfolk coast, near the coastal town of Lowestoft.
The 86,799 gross tonne Arcadia was on a nine-night cruise to the Baltic and was on route back to Southampton. Arcadia dropped anchor at around 07:30 on Christmas Day before setting sail again at 18:00 bound for Southampton.
The P&O Cruises cruise ship, Oceana is to host a spectacular live BBC Radio 2 outside broadcast in Madeira with a performance from the Dutch jazz singer, Caro Emerald.
The singer will be performing two sets of her best-loved songs; in what will be the first ever list BBC performance on board a P&O Cruises ship. Presenter, Ana Matronic will introduce Caro Emerald. The broadcast will be live on BBC Radio 2 from 23:00.
The short-lived social impact cruise line, Fathom, has announced it will stop cruise operations in 2017, just one year since it began cruises to Cuba and the Dominican Republic.
The cruise line, owned by parent company Carnival Corporation, started cruises in April 2016 and will end its cruise operations in summer 2017. The cruise line’s only ship, the 704-passenger Adonia will return to P&O Cruises.