Having recently announced the name of its latest new ship, P&O Cruises has just unveiled details of Iona’s impressive centrepiece – a stunning Grand Atrium with uninterrupted panoramic views of the sea, framed by glazed walls stretching three decks high.
P&O Cruises announced a new guest experience program for 2019 and confirmed the 1995-built Oriana will leave its fleet next August. The company did not specify where the 1,822-guest ship would operate next. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
Iona, the first of two 180,000 gross ton newbuildings for P&O Cruises from Meyer Werft in Germany, is likely to enter the UK registry rather than that of Bermuda, where six of the seven present ships of the company are registered. (cruisebusiness.com)
P&O Cruises today revealed Iona will be the name of its LNG-powered 5,200-passenger newbuild. The ship will debut in Southampton in spring 2020, making it the biggest vessel to sail out of the UK at 183,900 tons. (cruiseindustrynews.com)
P&O Cruises marked an important construction milestone last week as it cut the first piece of steel for its newest ship being built at the Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg. The steel cutting ceremony was attended by P&O Cruises senior vice president, Paul Ludlow; Carnival UK president Josh Weinstein and managing director of Meyer Werft, Tim Meyer.
The British cruise market should generate more than 2.0 million passengers this year, the first time it has exceeded the figure, said Paul Ludlow, P&O Cruises senior vice president. Last year, the figure came in at 1.96 million, with less than a percent’s growth on the previous year. (cruisebusiness.com)
The P&O Cruises Grand-class cruise ship Ventura has just completed a two-week docking at Damen Shiprepair Brest. Launched in 2008, this was the first visit of the 290-metre, 116,000 DWT vessel to the yard, where she underwent a regular docking together with a range of maintenance works.
Carnival Corporation, the cruise firm that owns P&O and Cunard, is facing a boycott from LGBT travellers after halting gay weddings on some ships. The company was forced to stop allowing same-sex unions on its ships that are registered in Bermuda. (bbc.com)
P&O Cruises is giving event organisers and delegates the opportunity to share a few laughs together with a record number of three-and-four-night comedy cruises in 2018 and 2019. Well-known names Jimeoin, Harley Breen, Claire Hooper and Matt Okine are just some of the 70 comedians who will headline a total of 72 dedicated comedy cruises between now and December next year.
Carnival Corporation & plc today announced it has signed a shipbuilding contract for a second next-generation cruise ship for its P&O Cruises brand with leading German shipbuilder Meyer Werft GmbH that is scheduled to be delivered in 2022.
The reversal of marriage equality in Bermuda continues to make international headlines, with a British newspaper reporting this week on the “devastation” of a couple whose cruise ship wedding has been cancelled. (royalgazette.com)
P&O Cruises UK new TV commercials, featuring actor and comedian Rob Brydon, is set to debut on air on Christmas Day to coincide with the cruise line’s peak turn of year booking period. (cruiseindustrynews.com)