Yesterday the steel-cutting ceremony was held at the Monfalcone shipyard of Fincantieri near Trieste, Italy. The ship which will come in at 141,000 tonnes and have space onboard for 3,611 passengers is still as of yet un-named but is due to launch in the Spring of 2015.
The next date to note will come in May 2013 when the keel-laying will take place. The keel-laying ceremony marks the official start of the ships build, seeing the dry-dock placement of one large section of the ship’s hull.
The £500 million project is still a closely guarded secret at this stage with P&O Cruises not giving too much away in terms of features and facilities.
British design company, Richmond, is overseeing the entire ships interior.
P&O Cruises managing director, Carol Marlow said: “The cutting of the steel marks the moment the ship goes into production so for us it is a very exciting time as we go from the drawing board to reality.
Richmond’s design will make a stunning statement across the entire ship’s interiors. Through their ideas they will imbue the ship with a cohesive personality which works across all the public areas including the cabins, cafes, bars, restaurants and lounges.
Richmond’s designs will add an elegant and timeless Britishness to appeal to everyone who steps on board and will facilitate an excellent evolution of the P&Oness our passengers know and love.”
The ships float out is due in the summer of 2014 before her official delivery to P&O in spring 2015.