Dome entertainment hub stars on P&O Cruises’ ground-breaking new ship
A major new entertainment hub called The Dome will be among the star attractions to feature on the biggest cruise ship built for Britain.
Featuring an impressive clear sky dome, a pool with a retractable stage, water feature and whirlpools, The Dome will act as an all-weather venue for all day entertainment and informal dining.
The new ship will be built in Germany for delivery in 2020
At night The Dome – one of four primary entertainment spaces on the new 180,000 ton ship – will come alive with aerial performances, projection onto the roof and immersive shows.
An uninterrupted half-mile Promenade around the ship on Deck 8 provides easy access to al fresco dining at a range of restaurants and relaxation areas under shaded pavilion awnings.
Glass walls spanning three decks will flow natural light into P&O Cruises signature Atrium, the central heartbeat and focal point of the 5,200-guest ship, complete with a grand staircase, gallery and overhead walkways.
Cutting-edge designers and architects will work on creating the next generation ship, the first new-build in five years when it enters service in early summer 2020.
Initial concepts for differentiated cabins will be created by Acumen (London), a contemporary design practice behind British Airways’ first-ever lie-flat beds, Air France first class and The Residence, Etihad Airways’ opulent three-room suites in the sky.
The ship will be the most environmentally efficient in P&O Cruises history with “green cruising” design using liquefied natural gas (LNG) to generate the primary source of power both in port and on the open sea. Meyer Werft is building the ship at its shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, for delivery in 2020.
P&O Cruises senior vice president Paul Ludlow said: “Choice, flexibility and the ability to create individual holiday experiences on board will be at the heart of the new ship which, thanks to an innovative use of space, will offer an extensive range of dining, entertainment and relaxing areas.
“Our vision is to offer the next generation of British guests the holiday of a lifetime on the next generation of P&O Cruises ships. This new ship will bring an array of new cruising experiences to guests and attract newcomers to our brand, while instantly resonating with forward-thinking guests, encapsulating the ‘P&O-ness’ they recognise and love.”
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