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P&O has announced some details about the 180,000 tom new ship that will be delivered in 2020. The following points were especially mentioned:

  • there will be a “sky dome all-weather entertainment and casual dining venue” – could this mean a (possibly sliding) glass roof over the buffet? But it will need to be quite big if it’s to also double as an entertainment venue, as at night it will “come alive¬†with aerial performances, light projections onto its roof and immersive show”;
  • a three-deck high glass wall for the atrium;
  • and my favourite: “an uninterrupted half-mile promenade around Deck 8 providing easy access to alfresco dining at a range of restaurants and relaxation areas under shaded pavilion awnings”.

And they gave us some numbers as well:

  • 17 places to eat including seven speciality restaurants;
  • 12 places to have a drink and see the sea;
  • 3 pop-up entertainment spaces;
  • 16 whirlpools;
  • 4 swimming pools – 3 outdoor and 1 inside;
  • 9 places to have breakfast;
  • 5 places for afternoon tea; and
  • seven places to have coffee.

Sounds good! – roll on 2020. Cruises on the new ship will be available to book in 2018.

One Response to “P&O's new ship will have a Promenade Deck!”

  1. Malcolm Oliver says:

    Hi Tom, some P&O regulars are beginning to get excited about the new ship. However they would not dream of cruising on-board one of RCI’s ‘Oasis’ class ships. Why, because they are too big!

    However the new P&O ship will only be 20% smaller, but will carry more passengers: up to 6,600 – in fact a world record number of passengers.

    You will in fact get less room per passenger than RCI’s Oasis and Quantum classes.

    P&O are certainly no longer catering just for the ‘socks & sandals’ brigade’, they are aiming firmly at the mass-market of families, that Carnival RCI and NCL are.

    Or am I wrong?

    Here is a slide show of renderings: https://youtu.be/-l2OmOs9wtk

    Malcolm

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