P&O Cruises confirms order of second new ship - January 2018
GoCruise – P&O Cruises - 29/01/18
Carnival Corporation is one of the largest cruise companies in the world and has, over time, acquired a varied number of lines including AIDA Cruises, Costa Cruises, Cunard, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line, Seabourn and P&O Cruises. They are therefore able to offer a wide range of contemporary vessels that accommodate to wide selection of ages and backgrounds for people all around the world.
One of the biggest challenges with the cruising industry is trying to reduce overall emissions of carbon and other gasses into the environment. Last year, P&O Cruises was thrusted into the limelight for all the wrong reasons as it was reported in Channel 4’s Dispatches series that levels of pollution aboard Oceana were higher than those found in some of the world’s worst-affected cities. The funnel of each cruise ship produces ultra-fine particles which are capable of entering the lungs and can cause long-lasting damage. To put things into perspective, it was found that 84,000 ultra-fine particles per cubic centimetre were present in the air aboard Oceana – more than double that of Piccadilly Circus, where the levels are 38,400.
It is clear that something needs to be done to fix this issue and 2018 marks the beginning of a potential solution. Carnival Corporation will be launching the first of their range of 19 Excellence-class cruise ships later this year, which are set to revolutionise the industry. These ships will become the first of their kind in the world to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), a much cleaner type of fuel which reduces a considerably lower level of emissions into the atmosphere. AIDA Cruises’ new-build, AIDAnova, will become the first Excellence-class vessel when she launches later this year and she will be followed by a range of other vessels – including for P&O Cruises.
The traditionally British line had already confirmed that a new 180,000 GT Excellence-class vessel would be joining the fleet in 2020. The vessel, which will become the largest vessel built for the British market, is currently unnamed, but we do know that she will cater for a total of 5,200 guests and will be powered by liquefied natural gas. She is being built with the intention of attracting new first-time cruisers to the industry and the line is emitting a real sense of optimism – so much so, in fact, that they have announced a second new-build, which is scheduled to launch in 2022.
Announced just last week, very little is currently known about this second brand new vessel other than that she will also weigh in at 180,000 GT and be powered by liquefied natural gas. She will be an almost identical vessel to her sister ship which is due to launch two years earlier – with both vessels set to pioneer the concept of greener cruising. It has already been specified by leading figures at P&O Cruises that the new-builds will be designed with the intention of catering for potential Millennial and Generation Xer cruisers. This part of a bold new vision for the line, which will see the overall capacity grow by 22%, with current demand indicating passengers enjoy sailing to destinations around the world with all the mod-coms of home.
At the other end of the spectrum, concerning P&O Cruises’ smaller ships, the line has confirmed that the fleet’s smallest vessel, Adonia, will be transferring to Azamara Club Cruises later this year – much to the disappointment of many past passengers.
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