Work starts on P&O’s newest ship

//Work starts on P&O’s newest ship

pandosteel.jpgConstruction work has started on P&O’s newest cruise ship. Managing director Carol Marlow (above) took part in a ceremony to mark the first steel-cutting at the Monfalcone yard of Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.
The 141,000-ton ship, designed to carry 3,611 passengers, will be launched in spring 2015. The next production milestone will come in May when the first hull block is laid in dry dock, and the vessel should be floated out in summer 2014.
Marlow said today: ” 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.”
She also disclosed that hotel design company Richmond – responsible for styling London’s Langham Hotel and the Intercontinental, Park Lane, as well as a portfolio of properties for Four Seasons and Taj Hotels – will be overseeing the appearance of the ship’s interiors.
“Richmond’s design will make a stunning statement across the entire ship’s interiors. Through their ideas they will imbue the ship with a cohesive personality which works across all the public areas including the cabins, cafes, bars, restaurants and lounges,” she said.
P&O have yet to announce a name for the new ship. Any suggestions?

By | 2017-06-15T15:59:42+00:00 8 October 2012|Cruise Ships|2 Comments

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  1. Barry Brewer 8 October 2012 at 5:25 pm - Reply

    Surely it’s time for a new ‘Canberra’?!

  2. Steve Hall 11 October 2012 at 4:39 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure so much it’s time for a new Canberra. I’m just unaware of how there can be any other name….

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