P&O Cruises is to base a ship in the Arabian Gulf for the first time to operate fly-cruises to destinations such as Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Oman.
P&O will deploy Oceana to Dubai for a ‘partial season’ between January and April 2019, taking 18,000 UK guests on holiday to the region.
Senior vice-president Paul Ludlow said if successful, the programme would be extended the following year from November to April.
Oceana was built in 2000, is 77,499 gross tonnes and carries 2016 passengers.
P&O “To Bring The Outside In”
Construction of the latest addition to the P&O fleet will get underway at Meyer Werft’s Papenburg shipyard in Germany in 2017.
The ship will enter service in the UK in 2020. At 180,000 tons, it will have a capacity for up to 6,600 guests, making it the largest cruise ship ever built for the British market.
P&O’s latest slogan is to “bring the outside in”. In keeping with this idea, the signature heart of the ship, the Atrium, will be our boldest and brightest yet. Glass walls spanning three decks will let natural light flood in while a grand staircase, gallery and overhead walkways will provide dramatic focal points.
The ship will also be the most environmentally efficient ship in the history of P&O Cruises. Powered at sea and in port by liquefied natural gas (LNG), exhaust emissions will be significantly reduced to help protect the environment.
You’ll be treated to the best British hospitality and standards of service that you know and love.
A major new entertainment hub called The Dome will be one of the star attractions of our new ship. Featuring an impressive glass roof, a pool with a retractable stage, a water feature and whirlpools, it offers a unique space whatever the weather.
By day, The Dome is the perfect place for entertainment, relaxation and informal dining. By night, the four key entertainment spaces come alive with aerial performances, roof projections and immersive shows.
There will also be much wider than normal, half-mile promenade deck, called the “Lanai” deck, allowing for al-fresco dining.
Malcolm says: I wonder how Southampton will accommodate the new P&O ship in 2020?
The as yet unnamed ship will be able to accommodate up to 6,600 passengers, a world record! Surely none of the existing terminal buildings will be big enough.
Plus other increasingly bigger ship will occasionally be in port at the same time.
If you expand the terminal buildings, the local roads will still be inadequate – they are now, when multiple ships are in port. Southampton will need a major overhaul in terms of it’s infrastructure.