In a special ceremony earlier today, P&O Cruises marked the first step of the construction of their new, yet to be named ship.
The first of 74 blocks, which will ultimately become the new ship once welded together, was laid at the direction of P&O’s Managing Director, Carol Marlow, and Carnival UK’s CEO, David Dingle. Together the two announced, “Please lay the keel of the biggest and best ship ever built for the British market.” The keel laying took place at Fincantieri’s Monfalcone shipyard, which will also construct and finish out the ship with an expected 2015 delivery date.
As of now, no information on the ship’s name, interior designs, or onboard activities have been announced. Although, Carol Marlow has reassured cruisers by promising that the new ship will combine popular activities and amenities found throughout the fleet while also combining with new features that will be announced in the coming weeks.
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