The word is out, P&O Cruises have begun moves to construct their biggest cruise ship ever, the mega-ship is due for delivery in 2015. Disappointingly for British ship workers the cruise liner will be built in an Italian shipyard.
However the ship will have an interior overseen by British hospitality company Richmond, they are overseeing the project and have promised to deliver the “classic and iconic history” of the P&O line.
Richmond has worked on several high profile hotels including the Langham London, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, The Intercontinental London and Four Seasons Hampshire Hotel together with Sandy Lane in Barbados.
Things are all pretty hush-hush at the moment and all P&O Cruises will say is that the as yet unnamed 141,000-ton, 3611 passenger vessel will be a “modern classic” offering a new design and an “unprecedented” number of passenger facilities, along with many of the brand’s classic and iconic features.
The keel-laying, which involves the placement in the dry dock of one large section of the ship’s hull and the start of the actual ship build, will take place in May 2013.
If everything goes to plan the vessel will take to the water for the first time in summer 2014, before her delivery in spring 2015.
More details when we have them, it will be interesting to see where the ship will be based and the itineraries that she will be operating as many interesting ports of call are denied vessels of this size.