A second next generation cruise ship has been confirmed for P&O Cruises, which will see the new ship delivered in 2022.

Similar to a sister ship due for delivery in 2020, the second new-build will be the largest cruise ship to be built specifically for the British market and both new ships will be registered in the UK. The new ship will be in excess of 180,000 gross tons and will accommodate approximately 5,200 guests.

Senior vice president of the cruise line, Paul Ludlow, said: “We have a bold and ambitious vision to become Britain’s number one holiday choice and we can only do that by increasing our fleet. The build for our 2020 ship begins this spring and it will offer all generations of British guests the holiday of a lifetime on the next generation of our ships.

“In four years’ time when her sister ship is launched, adding an additional 22% capacity, we will see an even greater rise in the popularity of cruising across all demographics and all age ranges including both Millennials and Generation Xers. Many of them have already learned to appreciate cruising by going on cruises with their families while growing up.

“The evolution of the guest experience will be evident over the next few years but will be underpinned throughout with in-depth market insight and feedback we receive from the best source: our current, past and prospective guests. The first of our new ships will go on sale in September and we will be announcing key elements of the design and build this year."

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